Monthly Archives: July 2016

Choosing a Senior Living Option You Can Afford

shutterstock_89095468Determining the cost of senior living requires more than just a review of your loved one’s finances and the current marketplace pricing. You also need to gaze into the future, taking into account such factors as the impact of inflation, likely projections for your parent’s health and longevity, and what income/assets will be available for senior living expenses. …Read more ›

Completing a Bucket List with Your Parent in Assisted Living

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” – The Bucket List, 2007

shutterstock_240639418The Bucket List, a touching movie about two seniors realizing lifelong dreams, encourages seniors to continue gaining new experiences despite their age. As a family member of someone in an Assisted Living community, you should communicate with your loved one about their goals and help make them a reality. …Read more ›

What to Do When Your Loved One Resists Senior Living

shutterstock_265082102Many aging parents and loved ones resist moving into Assisted Living or Memory Care communities because they fear isolation from their family and friends, a loss of independence, and the financial burden it can put on their monthly income. Fueled by their fears, those resisting elder care can become aggressive, stubborn, and difficult to manage. However, you shouldn’t allow your loved one’s fears of moving …Read more ›

Caregiver Burnout: Recognizing When You Need Help

shutterstock_252703090Taking care of a loved one is not an easy task. Caregiving burdens individuals physically and emotionally so much so that, without relief, it will result in caregiver burnout. Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion accompanied by positive or negative fluctuations in attitude. Caregiver burnout can lead to a deterioration of your health, the deterioration of your loved one’s health, and …Read more ›

Levels of Care: The Various Types of Senior Living Communities

shutterstock_136759886According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 70 percent of Americans who reach the age of sixty-five will need some form of long-term care for an average of three years. The decision to move your loved one into an unfamiliar setting will be easier if you plan ahead and do your research. Various housing options are available to meet the requirements …Read more ›

Should You Hire a Senior Move Manager?

shutterstock_100999264Moving is one of life’s most stressful events, and it doesn’t get easier with age. But are senior move managers worth the cost? (more…)

Paying for Senior Care with Crowdfunding

shutterstock_177843716When it comes time to move your parent or loved one out of their home, you may need help financing the cost of a senior living community. Many people will turn to more conventional methods such as long-term care insurance, retirement accounts, and government funding. However, an overlooked, out-of-the-box option includes crowdfunding, a relatively new trend that involves collecting small sums of money from a …Read more ›

Respite Care as an Alternative to Post-Surgery Rehab

shutterstock_361382867Your body’s ability to heal diminishes with age, increasing the risk of health complications after surgery. For seniors, who comprise 20 percent of all surgical procedures in the U.S., this can mean more time for rehabilitation and the need for greater access to quality care to help aid recovery. Post-surgical rehab can have a significant impact on the budget of many seniors, especially …Read more ›

#ElderCareChat 7/20/16: The Future of Elder Care Technology

seniors and technology

seniors and technologyRobotics. The Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors. Our last #ElderCareChat conversation was all about technology—what’s currently working for elder care providers and family caregivers, what keeps people from adopting new tech tools, and what exciting innovations are in the pipeline. And we were thrilled to be guided in this important discussion by one of the field’s top experts: Susann Keohane from IBM’s Accessibility division.

Susann is an …Read more ›

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Taking an Assisted Living Test Drive

shutterstock_423588148You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a test drive, so why sign up for senior living sight unseen? Fortunately, communities such as Grand Villa in Florida, Parkwood Heights in New York, and Allerton House in Massachusetts, offer test drive programs that allow seniors to rent an apartment for a short-term stay—no long-term commitment required. …Read more ›

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