Preparation Articles

How can you best prepare to move your parents into a senior living community? What should be packed and moved? What should be sold? An organized, efficient transition to senior living requires careful planning. Remember that unexpected surprises can be greatly diminished or avoided with experienced advice!

How to Choose a Senior Community: Property Tour Checklist

Checklist 3.28.2016The search for the right Assisted Living community involves a great deal of time and effort. Once you’ve compiled a list of communities that you like, tour them in person before making any decisions. Use this checklist to help evaluate each community’s location, amenities, medical care, and other important factors. (more…)

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Assisted Living for Seniors in Need of Memory Care

shutterstock_169807310Though you may anticipate difficulty, moving a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or different memory impairment may be simpler than you think. During this process, remember that you are making a transition that is in your loved one’s best interest. For instance, Assisted Living environments are social places – and most individuals with memory impairment do better in the company of others. A …Read more ›

Dining with a Disability: Products That Assist with Motor Impairments

Preparation 3.2.2016A loved one living with an arm, shoulder, or hand disability must adapt the way they complete everyday tasks, from typing emails to washing dishes. (more…)

A Checklist for Moving into Assisted Living

Preparation_2.27.2016You’ve already used a senior living referral service and now it’s time to help your parent move to an assisted living facility. After making the decision to move your loved one into Assisted Living, it’s time to start packing and consolidating their belongings. In order to make this transition from living on their own to moving into Assisted Living, it’s important for you to pack …Read more ›

Three Ways to Make a Senior-Living Room More Comfortable

DIY_2.27.2016Adjusting to senior living is difficult for seniors and their loved ones. Seniors, like any of us, may initially experience discomfort or anxiety living somewhere new. Despite the center’s best efforts to adjust your loved ones to their new home, some seniors may feel out of place. However, you can help shorten the adjustment period and ease the transition. Crafts and do-it-yourself projects are an excellent way …Read more ›

How to Prepare for a Great Retirement

reitrementYou know that phrase on our cars’ side-view mirrors? “Objects are closer than they appear.” That’s what retirement is like. It may seem like it’s far off in the distance, but then all of a sudden, it creeps up right alongside you. That’s why it’s best to prepare early for your retirement years—financially, physically, and mentally. …Read more ›

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Vacationing With an Elderly Parent? What to Do Beforehand

Summer’s quickly approaching. With it come the traditional summer vacations. If you’re planning a trip with your elderly parent, the Right at Home blog has some tips for you, to help prevent headaches.

For one thing, before you leave, make sure you’ll be accommodated well:

Check ahead on accommodations and dietary or ambulatory needs. Contact airlines, rental car companies and hotels about special needs, such as reserving wheelchairs and allowing assistive medical equipment. …Read more ›

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When Hoarding Complicates a Care Transition

Dementia, grief, caregiver burnout, depression, limited mobility: these issues often lead to hoarding among seniors. Family members who have concerns about a parent, friend or relative’s hoard should take action as soon as possible, because when it is time to make a care transition (from home to assisted living, for example), the already overwhelming task of consolidating a house …Read more ›

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Teaching Caregivers in Senior Living and Beyond

Your school days may be far behind you, but if you are a caregiver — whether at home, in senior living, or elsewhere — education and ongoing training is essential.

Thousands of articles and expert opinions about caregiving emphasize the importance of “taking care of you” in order to be a better caregiver. One way of accomplishing this goal (while also fulfilling the …Read more ›

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How to Write Advance Directives: Easy Sources

A study on advance directives has been making news lately. It found that these documents, such as living wills, do usually affect how people are cared for at the end of life.

But they only work, of course, if you have them. Do you know if your parents do? If they don’t, you can help them fill them out, and it may be easier than you think.

Advance directives may sound …Read more ›

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