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Everything you Need to Know about Veteran Benefits for Assisted Living

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The Department of Veterans Affairs offers many types of funding programs to help former members of the US armed services live a contented retired life. These benefits can be very helpful to meet the various needs of senior care as well. Most of the assisted living communities will work with veterans to help them understand how they can claim the benefits that they are entitled to and pay for the costs of senior care. This can help them to choose the services and amenities at the assisted living wisely and ensure that everything is covered by the veteran benefits. This can come as a great relief for the family members, as long-term senior care at an assisted living community can get very expensive. By opting to pay for the expenses through VA benefits, you can rest assured that no financial burden will fall upon you later. However, it is important to note that a veteran’s rent in the assisted living facility is usually not covered by VA benefits. Still, it can be used to pay for many types of services that you may need, such as help with managing day-to-day chores, daily hygiene, meals, nursing assistance, etc. It is important to note that Medicare does not cover the entire expenses of assisted living either, but can be used to pay for some of the qualified medical expenses that you incur when in an assisted living community. VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound Benefits Even though there are many types of […]

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How to Decorate your Senior’s Room in an Assisted Living Facility

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Decorating the room for your elderly parent or grandparent in the assisted living facility can work wonders to make them feel at home. This is an important part of the transition, which is why most assisted living communities allow residents and their families to decorate their rooms to their liking. The caregivers at the assisted living facility can help to understand what not to do in order to avoid any unnecessary hazards and risks. In fact, you can decorate the room in an assisted living community in such a way that it works to enhance the physical safety of your senior. Below are some tips to help you decorate your senior’s room in an assisted living facility so that it boosts their emotional outlook. Remove Potential Fall Hazards Be aware of elements in the room that can increase the risk of slip, trip, or fall for your loved one. For instance, removing rugs and mats from the floors can help to avoid such issues. At the same time, color coding the floors and corners of the room with brightly colored tape will help your senior to find the way to the bathroom or main door easily. Create a Home-like Environment Light fixtures can greatly affect the ambiance of any room. So if your loved one is used to having a specific kind of lighting at home, installing that in the assisted living facility will help to make them feel at home. You can go for pretty table lamps, overhead lighting, […]

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Why Socializing Matters So Much for Seniors

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Isolation and the sense of loneliness can have serious impacts on seniors. Studies conducted by the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health as well as the reports of the Administration on Aging and the Administration for Community Living of the US Department of Health and Human Services have repeatedly highlighted that being socially isolated can be harmful to an individual as they grow older. Being cut off from family, friends, and the community that they were a part of for years can seriously affect the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of seniors. Some of the most common medical conditions that can result because of isolation include depression, anxiety, diabetes, weakened immune system, cardiac diseases, obesity, high blood pressure, and cognitive decline. It is seen that socially isolated seniors usually have a much shorter lifespan when compared to their peers who stay connected with their friends and family. Therefore, if you have an older adult in your family who is at risk of social isolation because of their age or poor health condition, then you should take all steps possible to prevent it. Below are some simple ways to overcome social isolation in seniors. Have More Transportation Options Lack of transportation services is one of the most commonly cited factors that make seniors feel disconnected from their friends and community. Your elderly family member may not be able to drive as confidently as they used to. You may have scheduled transportation services for their regular visits to […]

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