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ADL Checklist For Seniors

Understanding ADL And IADL For Seniors: A Key To Promote Their Well-Being

As your loved ones age, they may encounter a variety of physical and cognitive changes that can impact their ability to carry out everyday tasks independently. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) are two categories of everyday activities that are critical for seniors’ health and well-being. What Are ADL And IADL? ADL is a term that refers to basic activities that individuals carry out every day. These activities are critical for maintaining hygiene, health, and independence. In contrast, IADL refers to activities that are necessary for more complex daily living tasks, such as grocery shopping, managing finances, using transportation, and doing housework. ADL Checklist For Seniors You can use this ADL checklist for seniors to determine if your loved ones need assistance in any of these areas. A few examples of tasks to include are: Bathing: Can your loved one bathe or shower independently, or do they need assistance? Dressing: Can they dress themselves, or do they need help putting on clothes or shoes? Grooming: Can they brush their teeth, comb their hair, and take care of their personal hygiene independently? Toileting: Can they use the toilet, or do they need assistance with incontinence or toileting aids? Eating: Can they prepare their own meals, or do they need assistance with feeding or special utensils? Transferring: Can they move from one place to another, or do they need assistance with a wheelchair, walker, or other mobility aids? IADL Checklist For Seniors Managing Finances: Can they […]

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Understanding Healthcare Benefits For Veterans In Assisted Living Homes

As a veteran, you may be eligible for healthcare coverage through either the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or TRICARE, depending on how you are separated from the military. This guide provides you with complete information on VA benefits, TRICARE benefits, Medicare eligibility, and coverage. VA Benefits When You Become Medicare-Eligible It is not mandatory to enroll in Medicare at age 65 if you’re a veteran with VA benefits. However, if you choose not to sign up for Medicare, you won’t have coverage for services received in facilities outside the VA health system. Additionally, you might have to wait until the subsequent General Enrollment Period to enroll in Medicare if you decide not to do so during your Initial Enrollment Period and do not have employer-sponsored coverage. Moreover, enrolling after the deadline may result in financial penalties. If you are eligible for Medicare at the age of 65 and have VA health benefits, you can enroll in both plans at the same time. In fact, the VA strongly encourages veterans who do not have employer- sponsored insurance to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B as soon as they are eligible. If you need or want to go to a non-VA hospital or doctor, you’re covered under Medicare. Keeping your VA benefits also means you can get coverage for services and items that Medicare does not cover. However, VA benefits and Medicare are two separate systems that are not linked in any way. TRICARE When You Become Medicare-Eligible Once you […]

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How To Successfully Age In Place?

One of the most common problems faced by elderly adults these days is finding a way to age in place safely. This is why many seniors opt for senior care options like assisted living facilities. As per a recent study, most elderly adults wish to grow older in their own homes. But a very big obstacle in achieving it is a lack of help for seniors who are living alone. Even though senior caregivers can help a senior loved one age in place, it cannot be guaranteed that a caregiver will be available round the clock. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to ensure successful aging in place. Senior care experts in assisted living facilities share some tips for seniors to age in place safely. Read along to know. Take Good Care Of Your Health This tip can seem obvious, but it is very important not to underestimate the impact of a healthy lifestyle. Having a healthy lifestyle can help avoid many problems related to aging, like dementia, heart problems, arthritis, etc. Regular exercise and a nutritious diet are very important in a healthy lifestyle. In the case of elderly adults, a minimum of thirty minutes of physical activity and a diet filled with vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and fish is advisable. Having a healthy diet can reduce the risk of stroke and dementia. Avoid Tripping Hazards We all view our home as a safe place, especially if we have been living in the same home […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Medigap Insurance

Seniors should be well aware of their financial options when choosing an assisted living home so that they can have a relaxed and comfortable stay. However, not many older adults know that Medicare does not provide cover for all kinds of medical expenses, and assisted living costs fall in that category. This is where having supplemental insurance, known as Medigap insurance, can come in handy. Medigap insurance is offered by private insurance companies to pay for the healthcare costs that are not covered by Medicare. However, you need to have a clear understanding of what is included in Medicare before choosing a supplemental Medigap insurance plan. For instance, if you have both Medicare Part A and Part B coverage, then getting a Medigap policy will be more beneficial for you. You can use the Medigap insurance to cover copayments, deductibles, and coinsurance expenses. Note that Medicare does not cover the healthcare costs if a senior develops an illness when traveling abroad. This can also be covered by some Medigap insurance policies, but not all insurance providers include this in their supplemental insurance plans. On the other hand, Medigap insurance will not cover the monthly costs for long-term senior care just like Medicare. It does not offer any cover for the expenses for dental care, eye care, hearing aids, or non-medical home care either. How Can a Medigap Policy Help You? If you ever experience a situation that requires you to be hospitalized in a local healthcare unit, then you can […]

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Helping Your Loved One Manage Their Pre-Move Anxiety

Moving to an assisted living home can be a tough thing to handle for your senior loved one. The emotional stress of moving away from their home and leaving their family can often lead to anxiety and cause other health problems for your loved one. That is why it is important to ensure that your parent or grandparent realizes the importance of moving to a senior living community. When they are aware of the life enrichment opportunities that assisted living offers, moving can be a lot easier for seniors. How to Help Your Senior Loved One Handle Pre-Move Anxiety As the day of the move draws near, your senior loved one may start feeling a bit nervous and agitated. This can be because your elderly parent or grandparent fears the big changes that would come along with it, such as the change in the location, the neighbors, or even the layout of the home. These changes are unavoidable, so you need to help them understand how the changes are for their good and how it will help them live happily in the assisted living home.  For some seniors, the money involved in covering the expenses for assisted living can be a stress factor and lead to anxiety problems. That is why you need to explore all the financing options to manage the assisted living costs and show your loved one how it will not be a burden on you or their retirement savings. Likewise, you should also consult with your […]

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