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Overcoming Objections to Senior Living


overcoming-objections-to-senior-livingFor many of us, senior living isn’t a consideration until it becomes a necessity. So when senior care is no longer a matter of “if” but “when,” your loved ones may have trouble getting on board with the idea.


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Looking Ahead at Assisted Living in 2016

assisted_livingSenior living facilities are not what they used to be…and that’s actually a good thing. An increasing number of assisted living providers are replacing outdated notions of “an old folks’ home,” where residents passively live out their remaining years, with communities that offer more positive feelings of socialization and active engagement. (more…)

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The Rise of Faith Based Senior Living

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faith based senior livingFor many seniors, faith is a way of life. Whether that faith is one that has provided sustenance through the decades or is more of a recent discovery, spiritual life tends to take priority as the end of physical life draws nearer.


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Managing a Senior Health Crisis: What to Ask Before Leaving the Hospital

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discharge planningWhen crisis happens, we’re often caught off guard. Perhaps your mom fell at home and broke her hip, or your uncle suffered a heart attack in the nursing home. They are rushed to the hospital, and then discharged after a few days of acute care. But what happens when they arrive back at home or their senior living community and are unprepared for life …Read more ›

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Smart Seniors Series Comes to Diakon Senior Living

shutterstock_245425318You may graduate high school at 18 – or finally get your diploma years later at 81 – but receiving that official piece of paper does not mean your educational journey must end. (more…)

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Chef Challenge Showcases Five Star’s Fine Dining Focus

Chef Challenge Showcases Five Star’s Fine Dining Focus

Chef Challenge Showcases Five Star’s Fine Dining FocusMany senior living facilities have recently embraced the concept of offering residents a better dining experience, but few are doing it with Five Star Quality Care’s panache and attention.


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Veterans Sue Retirement Community for Alleged Deceptive Practices

A retirement community deceptively enticed some veterans and their spouses to move into units they couldn’t afford, claim four residents in a lawsuit they’ve filed in Oregon.

According to Courthouse News Service, the plaintiffs allege that Holiday Retirement told them they’d “receive Aid and Attendance benefits from the VA within a short period of time and in an amount that would substantially offset the rents charged by Holiday.”

“Despite portraying that it was …Read more ›

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Ask Retirement Community Financial “What Ifs” Before Moving In

When evaluating retirement communities, you’ll want to ask them a lot of questions—many not about amenities and activities but about finances.

Some of those questions—financial and not—are covered in “What to Look For When Shopping For a Retirement Community” at The Best Life blog. As you may have heard elsewhere, you should ask things like how much various things will cost you and about the community’s finances. But also, the …Read more ›

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People Still Struggling to Get Timely Retirement Community Refunds

Certain retirement communities may promise a refund or partial refund of fees once you vacate your residence. But in June, we talked about how some people were having to wait a long time to get that refund because they were only set to receive it once their previous residence was rented out again.

The Des Moines register reports this is still going on but mentions a twist: Some people are being offered …Read more ›

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These Retirement Community Fees Could Get You a Tax Deduction

Though even some financial advisors don’t know it, big tax breaks are often available for people who move into continuing-care retirement communities, reports The Best Life blog. Adult children who help parents pay the communities’ fees may also be eligible for the breaks.

Because CCRCs provide health care services, parts of both the entrance fee and the monthly fee may be deductible.

The percentage of CCRC payments that may …Read more ›

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