Working with Your Insurance Company

Tuesday 2nd July 2013 - 12:00:00 AM

Regardless of the specific type of insurance you have, it is important to know what steps you can take to properly work with your insurance company in the event that you have a problem or need to file a claim. After all, being able to negotiate and work with your insurance company can save you a lot of money down the road and help you to develop a positive relationship with your insurance agent. There are some (more…)

Good Reads to Help With the Assisted Living Decision

Monday 13th May 2013 - 12:00:00 AM

Putting a loved one into assisted living can be one of the most difficult decisions you’ll ever have to make. The reason for this is due to the fact that you never know what to expect and you also don’t know what is going through your relative’s head. One of the most important things you can do as a child who has an elderly parent is to research the assisted living facility that your parent is going to be going into. By doing adequate research, it will help (more…)

Requisite Equipment for At-Home Care

Saturday 23rd March 2013 - 12:00:00 AM

Choosing the best care for an aging loved one is never easy, and many adults prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. If you are considering at-home care for your friend or family member, it’s important to think about the equipment you may need to make the home as safe and accessible as possible for your family member or friend.

Aging and differently-abled adults often struggle with mobility; bending and twisting may be difficult or impossible. Slick surfaces, such as those found in bathrooms, can be a problem. A raised toilet seat can make (more…)

Taking A Closer Look At Assisted Living

Monday 9th April 2012 - 12:00:00 AM

Let’s face it, people get old and sometimes they need help moving about the daily routine. This is a fact of life and something many families have to deal with, but it’s tough. Whether it’s your mother, your father or any other loved one, no one wants to make the decision that could send them away to an assisted living home. You might have even tried to add to your home to make the need for such a decision obsolete, adding things like home security systems, special ergonomic chairs or even implements to help people sit and stand. Before you know it, you have changed your entire life for this person, but it’s not enough.

Not only can you not be there all the time for your ailing loved one, you can’t be expected to shoulder the entire responsibility and get on with your life. That is why there are assisted living homes to help with this kind of situation, but you need to do your research. For every assisted living home you might be considering, you should plan to take a trip and see the place for yourself. Get a feel for the staff and make sure the place is both safe and respectful to the residents. That way you can have the peace of mind knowing your loved one is in safe hands.

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Thursday 18th August 2011 - 12:00:00 AM

Alzheimer’s disease is an illness that is devastating to the patient and the patient’s family. This disease affects many people emotionally and physically. Treatment can be started if the illness is detected early, and this is possible if you know what to look for. The most common symptom of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, not normal memory loss, but a loss that disrupts day to day life. The patient may demonstrate a problem planning things or solving problems, a difficult time with familiar tasks (more…)

Volunteer at an Assisted Living Facility

Friday 15th July 2011 - 12:00:00 AM

There are plenty of volunteer associations out there for those of us who want to give back to the community in which we have flourished. What better way to give back than to lend a helping hand to our elders. They have built our communities from the ground up, they have paved the way for us. Now they need our help. Volunteering at an assisted living facility is one of the most rewarding things imaginable. You get to help these people through their last few (more…)

Assisted Living for Younger Individuals

Saturday 2nd July 2011 - 12:00:00 AM

Assisted living facilities are not just for older adults. There are facilities for young individuals as well. The facility is basically the same as for adults, but there are different rules that young people must follow. They are not allowed to have cell phones or gaming devices unless the facility allows them. Assisted living facilities are divided into rooms, and residents share a room with another person of the same sex. Both men and women live (more…)

What to Do First When Caring for a Loved One

Sunday 29th May 2011 - 12:00:00 AM

If your loved one is placed under your care it can be stressful to figure out what they might need. With the help of their physician here are a few things to check out as soon as you’re deemed responsible for your elderly loved one.
Their vision. Many elderly people neglect going to an eye doctor out of fear or cost concerns so take them to an ophthalmologist right away. Here you can find out if they (more…)

Assisted Living Discussion Tips/Talking Points

Monday 17th January 2011 - 12:00:00 AM

The decision to place a loved one in the care of another can be a difficult subject to broach, whether talking to the individual in question his or her self, or another family member with whom the matter concerns. Yet, in many cases, finding an alternative care solution is in the best interest of all parties. Such major life decisions should not be made without adequate discussion between all parties involved. How do you start the conversation? Here are some tips to ease the process.Open Communication Channels Early On You will need to allow time for the entire family to come to terms with the options at hand. This means introducing the idea of a nursing home into the equation long before the time comes for decisions to be made. Also, conversing with a loved one who may ultimately need to be placed into such care before the move is impending will allow them to process the information with a clear, rationale mind.Highlight the Advantages While a move to assisted living may result in less total time spent with loved ones, many assisted living facilities offer opportunities unavailable at home or without supervision. Depending on the facility, assisted living may actually result in more freedom for the person placed into care as well as his or her family, including expert care, private rooms, varied dining options, chaperoned outings and social interaction, among many more. (more…)

Hospice: A Comforting Resource in the Final Days

Wednesday 4th August 2010 - 4:42:24 PM

If you have been taking care of a loved one who is approaching the end of their life, there are many things to consider in their last days. Whether to continue pursuing last-resort treatment, how to comfort someone in pain, as well as whether to keep a person in a care facility or bring them home to spend their final days in peace are all questions you will face. Hospice is an organization that provides care focused on increasing the quality, not quantity, of your days at the end of life. Because it runs primarily on donations and volunteers, Hospice services are covered by Medicare, which comes as a great comfort during this difficult time. (more…)