Assisted Living (ALF) Articles

  • Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility: Tips from a Certified Nursing Assistant

    On senior living tours, guides often direct your attention to the shiny features they’re proudest of. These offerings may be great, but it is crucial to use an evidence-based method to determine the quality of care your loved one will receive.

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  • How to Pay for Assisted Living

    Most people pay assisted living fees out-of-pocket, but there are several options for paying for assisted living that you should be aware of.

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  • How to Talk to Aging Parents About Assisted Living

    Talking to aging parents about assisted living can be tough. The conversation about moving to a retirement community or an assisted living facility doesn’t have to be difficult or emotionally charged. Use these tips to encourage a healthy discussion before a crisis arises.

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  • How Involved Should Families Be When Elders Live in a Facility?

    Some families visit so often that they interfere with a loved one’s care, while others don’t visit at all. Finding a good balance between the two requires a positive attitude and common sense.

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  • Bob’s Place: A Personal Story of Finding an Assisted Living Community for Dad

    The transition to senior living can be difficult for the whole family, but careful research, plenty of tours, and a few personalized touches will ensure that you find the best housing option for your loved one.

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  • No Strings Attached: Trying Out Assisted Living

    Fear of the unknown often causes seniors to hesitate when it comes to moving to long-term care. Fortunately, more senior living communities are offering temporary stays, which allow potential residents to test the waters with no long-term commitment.

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  • How to Convince Your Parent to Move to Assisted Living

    Convincing a parent to move to assisted living could be beneficial for their social life, safety, and physical well-being. But how do you get stubborn aging parents to make the big move?

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  • Signs That It’s Time for a Senior to Move to Assisted Living

    Most seniors wish to age in place in their own homes, but sometimes the best option for keeping an aging loved one safe, healthy and active is to consider a move to an assisted living community.

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  • Assisted Living Questions and Answers

    Considering assisted living? When it comes time for a senior to find and transition into assisted living, caregivers and family members have lots of question. We've compiled common questions about finding, paying for and moving to an ALF.

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  • Renting vs. Buying in Senior Living Communities

    When considering the many different types of senior housing communities available, you may be faced with the decision to rent or buy. It’s important to consider an elder’s future care needs and finances before deciding which option is best.

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  • Documenting Life with Dementia

    Actress Connie Shulman discusses the life-altering impact of learning that her friend had frontotemporal dementia, and the importance of bringing awareness and support to families dealing with a dementia diagnosis.

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  • Key Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

    In order to find the best fit for an aging loved one, it’s important to understand what types of housing and care are available and how they compare.

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  • Seniors and Sex: Elder Care Facilities Attempt to Tackle Taboos

    A healthy sex life is important for all adults, and becomes even more essential as a person gets older, but sexually active seniors aren't often offered enough educational or emotional support from the elder care facilities where they live or society in general.

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  • How to Legally Force a Loved One to Move to a Senior Living Facility

    What is a caregiver to do when a senior is no longer safe living at home but refuses to consider moving to long-term care? Guardianship is a tool that allows adult children to make decisions on behalf of an aging parent when competency is in question.

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  • Seniors Behaving Badly in Long-Term Care Facilities

    It’s impossible to anticipate how a senior may interact with other residents and staff in settings like assisted living facilities and nursing homes, but staff should be prepared to handle difficult interpersonal issues and defuse tensions.

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  • Needs Assessment: The First Step When Moving to Senior Housing

    Senior living communities of all kinds should conduct a needs assessment that measures potential residents’ physical and cognitive abilities. This evaluation ensures that a senior’s needs match the services the community is able to provide.

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  • Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay

    A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.

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  • Understanding Senior Housing Options

    Understanding senior housing options will help you assess your elderly parent’s needs and make the best senior living choice. Learn about assisted living, skilled nursing, independent living, continuing care retirement communities and home care.

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  • Can Couples Live Together in Senior Housing?

    Many independent living communities, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities and memory care centers can accommodate senior couples who wish to live together, even if each spouse has different care needs.

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  • Senior Housing Options for Dementia Patients

    Deciding what type of long-term care an aging loved one needs is far more complex when dementia is a factor. Explore senior housing options and the limitations of each when considering the appropriate level of care for a senior with dementia.

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