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Finding Senior Living Facilities For Elderly Couples

The number of seniors who are married has increased in the past few decades, as per the US Census Bureau. Increased life expectancy, remarriage, and a decrease in the age gap between men and women are all reasons for this increase. This means that more and more families are now searching for senior living facilities that support the need of both parents. Senior living options for couples can vary depending on the requirements for care and the design of the community. Some of the most common scenarios that elderly couples face while looking for senior living options and a few possible solutions for the same are shared below.   Both Of Your Senior Parents Care Needs Differ One of your elderly parents may require assistance with their daily living activities, while the other may be independent. Or one of the partners might be experiencing symptoms of dementia or other cognitive problems while the other may not have any cognitive problems. You are required to hunt for a community that can cater to the needs of both your parents.   Many assisted facilities also have memory care facilities attached to them. If one of your senior parents shows signs of dementia, or if there is a family history of dementia, this can be a very good option. Some of the assisted living communities let the couples move to a memory care apartment together. However, as memory care and assisted living are not the same, a partner diagnosed with cognitive issues like dementia […]

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Medication Management Tips For Seniors 

Most assisted living facilities in the country provide medication management services to the residents which can be a blessing to the family members living far away or are unable to check on senior loved ones regularly. For ensuring the safety of the seniors residing in their homes, it is important for them to be aware of how to manage their own medications.   Medication management in seniors is a necessary preventive measure to stay away from potentially serious health hazards. Seniors often take many medications, supplements, and vitamins, which can increase the chances of medication mix-ups, which can be dangerous in some situations.   Tips For Medication Management  The tips by the experienced staff of various senior living facilities shared below can help your senior loved one avoid medication-related health hazards.   Review The Medication Of Your Elderly Parent With Their Doctor  Note down the names and dosages of every medication taken by your senior loved one. Ensure that you are not missing out on any of the vitamins, herbal supplements, or OTC medications that they are consuming. Review this medication list at the next appointment with the primary care doctor of your elderly parent. Make sure to provide all the details, as the more information the doctor has, the more precisely they will be able to pinpoint drug interactions and potential side effects.   Go Through Medication Labels And Ask Questions  If your senior loved one is to start a new medication, ask the doctor about how and when […]

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Coping With Personality Changes in Seniors 

Managing the day to day responsibilities and challenges of senior caregiving can be hard enough. Add to it the unexpected changes in the mental health and behavior of seniors that can happen due to old age or diseases. It can be stressful for a person to deal with and many caregivers in assisted living facilities deal with such situations daily. The changes in the behavior of the senior and their actions due to the change might make you feel hurt or angry. However, you need to stay calm. It is also not uncommon for a caregiver to be on the receiving end of a senior’s anger even after all they do as to address the person’s needs. When a person is unable to recognize someone or something, it can lead to a change in behavior. Anger, withdrawal, or suspicion in seniors can often signal unmanaged pain, out of control urinary tract infection, dementia-related problems, or medication interactions and side effects. The older a person gets, the more likely they are to lose control, memory, independence, mobility, and even a sense of belonging. There is no wonder a person would feel hopelessness, frustration, grief, and fear when they experience these losses and they will lash it out on the person who they see the most, which will usually be the caregiver in a senior living facility. Tips To Cope With Behavior Changes In Seniors  The suggestions shared below can help you find a way to cope with the behavior and personality […]

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Key Differences between Assisted Living and Memory Care

Finding the right type of senior living is vital to ensure that your loved one gets all the care and support required to meet their day-to-day needs and live a contented life. This is even more important when choosing a senior living option for your parent or grandparent with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or any other form of memory impairment. In such cases, two of the most common choices for family members are assisted living facilities and memory care centers. Learn more about our assisted living facility here, While many of the services provided in assisted living communities and memory care facilities may seem similar, there are a few subtle differences between the two. That is why it is essential to understand what differentiates them so that you can make an informed decision for your senior. Below are some of the main differences between assisted living and memory care that you should be aware of. Specialized Care and Staffing Both assisted living communities and memory care centers have skilled and trained staff on the site to help their residents and address all their specific needs. In general, assisted living facilities have expert caregivers, who assist seniors with their daily tasks, medication management, meals, hygiene, and more. In contrast, memory care communities have staff that are specialized in the nuances of memory care and offer more dedicated care services related to cognitive impairment. The Level of Activities Assisted living facilities are known to offer a wide variety of daily activities to keep […]

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FAQs on Medicare/Medicaid and Assisted Living Facilities

Healthcare costs are often the prime concern for families looking for senior living options. On average, assisted living facilities can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 per month or even more depending upon the location, the services included, and the amenities offered by the assisted living community. Therefore, it is important to be aware of your options and know how you can finance the senior care services for your elderly parent or grandparent. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about Medicare and Medicaid in regards to their coverage offered for senior care and assisted living. Does Medicare Pay for Assisted Living Costs? Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part C do not provide any cover for assisted living or retirement home costs. Instead, they only pay for the expenses associated with medical care for seniors, which may include a short-term stay in a skilled nursing home or a rehabilitation facility. Medicare can also be used to cover the costs of in-home care if the senior is recovering from an illness or injury and needs specialized healthcare supervision from a home health nurse or therapist. However, Medicare does not pay for any kind of long-term care, be it in an assisted living community or a nursing care center. Does Medicaid Pay for Assisted Living Facilities? Medicaid is a type of health insurance that is designed to serve low-income families and individuals with only a few assets. So seniors can qualify for Medicaid coverage only if they meet certain criteria […]

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Diet Recommendation for Seniors with Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure is a serious condition that makes the heart muscles weak and severely damaged in seniors. This, in turn, prevents the heart from supplying enough oxygen-rich blood to the body and leads to shortness of breath, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, frequent urges to urinate at night, swollen feet, weight gain, as well as many other complications. Seniors diagnosed with congestive heart failure need proper nutrition and support to cope with its symptoms effectively. That is why nutritionists at assisted living care facilities prepare a low-sodium diet plan for their senior residents. This helps to boost their heart health and allows them to enjoy their day-to-day activities in the senior living community. Below are a few diet recommendations for seniors who have congestive heart failure. Foods to Avoid in the Diet As the heart muscles in seniors with congestive heart failure become weakened, many kinds of foods can damage the heart further. That is why assisted living facilities prepare low-sodium meal plans for such seniors. Foods that have high sodium or salt can cause the body to retain more fluids and lead to increased blood pressure. This can be very dangerous for seniors with congestive heart failure. To steer clear of excessive sodium intake, seniors are advised to avoid consuming foods like frozen dinners, canned soups, smoked, cured, or canned meat, salted snacks and nuts, instant pudding, cottage cheese, salad dressing, and vegetable juice. Aside from that, foods rich in cholesterol and saturated fat should also be avoided to manage […]

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How Assisted Living Communities Can Help in Treating Arthritis

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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FAQs About Financing Senior Living

Senior living options have evolved greatly in the past decade, and the payment and financing methods have changed as well. In fact, the senior living industry is rapidly changing every year. These changes mean you may need a refresher on the financing options available for elder care. This way, you can ensure that your loved one gets all the services they need in the right senior living facility without causing undue financial burden on you. Below are some of the commonly asked questions about senior living financing. What Options Do I Have to Pay for Senior Living? You can easily pay for assisted living by applying for a bridge loan. Such a short-term loan will be very beneficial if you are planning to sell your loved one’s house. You can also seek the assistance of senior living relocation specialists and sell the property when your senior family member is ready to move to an assisted living community. If you are not planning to sell the home, then the best option will be to rent it. You can cover the expenses of senior living using monthly rental payments. If a senior is eligible for a Veteran’s Administration pension, then they may receive benefits from the VA to pay for senior living as well. You can contact the regional office of the US Department of Veterans Affairs to see if their Aid and Attendance Program covers the expenses of assisted living for your loved one. Is it Possible to Use Life Insurance […]

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