Communication Articles

Critical conversations need to be had with your parents prior to the move to a senior living community. Difficult discussions may also be required between family members who have different opinions about the best way to care for your parents. Good communication is always crucial to a successful move.

Challenges of the Young Caregiver

shutterstock_370595594Providing care for an elderly parent is challenging at any age, but for young caregivers—those in their twenties or thirties—the challenges are especially acute.  (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 ›

How to Make Long-Distance Caregiving Work

shutterstock_447607882Family caregiving offers enough challenges when you and your aging parent live in the same city. When your parent lives far away, the separation makes it even more difficult. Despite the distance, you can remain involved in your parent’s caregiving with these six suggestions for effectively maintaining an active role. (more…)

Relinquishing Caregiver Responsibilities: How to Talk to Your Parent

shutterstock_264974351According to the AARP, nearly forty million Americans act as unpaid caregivers for a family member. However, many of these relatives (typically the adult children of those requiring care) quickly become overwhelmed with the responsibilities that come along with this situation. If you can no longer care for your parent or loved one, you must be honest about your feelings. Below are a few tips …Read more ›

When Finances Require Your Loved One to Move Long Distance

shutterstock_323823368First-time shoppers looking for senior living often forget that a senior community’s costs are based on healthcare and real estate. And like all real estate, location matters. A community’s proximity to local shopping malls, freeways, and notable landmarks can have a drastic impact on price. What you pay for a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of downtown may contrasts sharply with a similar space in a more …Read more ›

How to Get Legal Affairs in Order for Assisted Living

shutterstock_212792899Most Assisted Living communities require residents to arrange their legal affairs prior to moving into their new home. As difficult as it may be, you need to make important decisions about your financial and healthcare affairs. Use the following suggestions to help organize your documents before moving into an Assisted Living community.

Seek legal advice – Find an attorney to help you get your affairs in order before …Read more ›

What to Do When Your Parents Don’t Want to Live with You

shutterstock_237061231Once it becomes clear that your parents can no longer live independently, you may want to invite them to live with you. However, they may prefer to move to an Assisted Living community. How can you get past your hurt feelings and understand your parents’ perspective? (more…)

Explaining Dementia and Memory Care to Family and Friends

shutterstock_356402420With the slow progression of dementia, each day will prove to be a different challenge. Family members of loved ones with dementia may struggle to accept the diagnosis. However, you must explain the effects of the disease to family and friends, especially young children and teenagers, of those with dementia. You can speak with a Senior Living Advisor (SLA) to learn about Memory Care solutions such as …Read more ›

Seven Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving

shutterstock_275195612If you live an hour or more away from your elderly loved one in Assisted Living care, think of yourself as a “long-distance caregiver.” According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, approximately 15 percent of the 34 million caregivers in the United States fall into this category. (more…)

When Words Fail: How to Communicate with a Loved One Who Has Dementia

shutterstock_131122493Families have enough difficulty discussing senior living when their loved one’s memory is intact, but what happens when the loved one has dementia? Among other things, dementia impairs the ability to process and produce words, leading to confusion, anxiety, and even depression. (more…)

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