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Understanding the Difference Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

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There are numerous senior care options these days, which may make it a bit confusing for families to choose the best one for their elderly family member. However, it is very important to understand the difference between the various types of senior care so that your loved one can get the right services for their requirements. Below is a quick look at two of the most common options in senior care these days – assisted living and nursing homes. Assisted Living Most people who have not navigated through senior care options may presume that assisted living is just an upscale version of a nursing home. However, there are many things that differentiate an assisted living facility from a nursing home. Simply put, assisted living communities are a type of senior housing option, in which professional caregivers offer all kinds of personal assistance to the residents. At the same time, assisted living allows seniors to live their independent lives in a private apartment. Assisted living facilities have caregivers at the site round-the-clock to provide help with medications, meals, housekeeping, daily hygiene, personal care, etc. Apart from that, assisted living communities also offer many other services and amenities, such as transportation services for visits to the dentist/doctor, wellness programs, healthy diet plans, and recreational activities. The most prominent part of an assisted living community is that it allows seniors to socialize with other people and stay physically and mentally active. Many assisted living facilities organize activities and events for their senior residents […]

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How to Stay Active During the Winter

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The cold climate during the winter can make it difficult for seniors to spend time outdoors. As that can lead to isolation and boredom, it is important for seniors to stay active and keep the body and mind refreshed. Besides, following a regular exercise schedule is vital to maintain the overall quality of health in seniors. Assisted living facilities services should be able to keep seniors active and entertained while maintaining a balanced exercise routine for aging bodies. The National Institute of Aging recommends seniors to include at least half-an-hour of physical activity in their daily routine. It does not have to be a strenuous workout session; a simple stretching exercise can also help. So if winter is making you stay indoors, make sure to follow the below simple activities to stay fit and active.  Dancing This is one of the simplest exercise routines to follow. Dancing is known to improve flexibility, boost energy levels, stimulate mood, and enhance sleep quality. In short, dancing can help to keep your body as well as brain hale and hearty. You just need to find a good spot to dance and some good music to move your body. Dancing can also give you a sense of achievement while improving posture and boosting bone strength. You can go for any form of dancing, and even try it with a partner. Start with slow movements and never push to a point where you feel any kind of pain. Remember to warm up and stretch before […]

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How Assisted Living Communities Can Help in Treating Arthritis

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Arthritis is one of the main health problems that affect the overall quality of life in seniors. Reports say that around 17 million seniors in the US have arthritis. However, seniors are not the only victims of arthritis; it can happen to anyone and at any age. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation says that there are around 300,000 children living with arthritis in the US. Genetics, physical injury, and body weight also play a key role in causing the disease. Still, the most common types of arthritis are more likely to develop with age. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent type of arthritis, which is seen usually in people above the age of 65. It happens because of the breakdown of cartilages in the joints, which causes the bones to rub against each other. This causes pain and inflammation in the joints when walking, jogging, climbing stairs, or standing for long hours. It can also lead to weak posture and balance problems. Seniors with osteoarthritis may experience trouble sleeping. How Assisted Living Communities Can Help Seniors with Arthritis Senior living communities have trained professionals at the site to help residents manage their day-to-day chores easily. This includes helping them with medication administration as required, managing their hygiene needs, and proving nutritious meals as per their health. Assisted living communities offer wellness and exercise programs as well, which are designed specifically to alleviate muscle and joint pain in arthritis patients. This can help to improve the overall health of seniors in assisted […]

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