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How to Report a Problem in a Nursing Home

How to Report a Problem in a Nursing Home

By Christina Morales on September 23rd, 2014

We’ve all read the news reports or have heard stories about neglect and abuse that can happen in a nursing home. While it is not the norm, it is a real fear that family members struggle with concerning their elderly loved ones. What should you do if you suspect that your loved one is not receiving the proper care that they deserve? What signs should you look for?

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Finding Low Income Senior Housing Isn’t Always Easy – Here’s Some Tips

Finding Low Income Senior Housing Isn’t Always Easy – Here’s Some Tips

By Christina Morales on September 16th, 2014

If you have spent any length of time researching senior communities or [senior housing](https://www.openplacement.com/senior-housing), then you know how costly it can be. Between buy in rates and monthly fees, the costs can quickly become overwhelming. What are your options if you are on a limited income?

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Dementia Care Homes for Seniors with Alzheimer's – Top 5 Checklist

Dementia Care Homes for Seniors with Alzheimer's – Top 5 Checklist

By Christina Morales on September 11th, 2014

Alzheimer’s affects nearly 36 million people worldwide. One in nine Americans over the age of 65 has been diagnosed with this condition. Alzheimer’s and dementia are the top causes for disabilities in the later stages of life. Seniors with Alzheimer’s are three times more likely to be hospitalized than those who do not have this disease. With these alarming facts, it’s no wonder that so many are looking for a caring, comfortable, safe environment to help their loved ones who struggle with the impairments that come from having Alzheimer’s. Many times it’s not that families don’t want to care for their elderly parent; it’s that they can’t because of the extensive safety precautions and 24/7 attention that these patients require.

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Need a Senior Living Home? 5 Tips to Find the Best One

Need a Senior Living Home? 5 Tips to Find the Best One

By Christina Morales on September 9th, 2014

If you need a senior living home, shopping around for one is a lot like searching for a single family home: you need to determine your budget, location, and create a wish list of things you’d like to have in your new residence. However, it is also a lot more complicated than a regular move. You need to consider the level of medical care provided, social activities that are readily available, and the other residents that will be sharing the facilities with you.

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Seniors with Dementia – A Help Guide for In Home Caregivers

Seniors with Dementia – A Help Guide for In Home Caregivers

By Christina Morales on September 4th, 2014

**** **“In 2012, 15.4 million family and friends provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer's and other dementias** — care valued at $216.4 billion, which is more than eight times the total sales of McDonald's in 2011. Eighty percent of care provided to seniors with dementia is provided by unpaid caregivers,” reports the Alzheimer’s Association. Paying someone to help with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s isn’t always an option in the early stages of the disease. Not only are the costs exorbitant, but there is something intimate and personal about caring for matters that involve a breakdown of the mental faculties.

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Senior Living Home Comparison Guide - 10 Must Do Tips

Senior Living Home Comparison Guide - 10 Must Do Tips

By Christina Morales on September 3rd, 2014

Looking for a senior living home is never easy. Whether you are a child looking for somewhere safe and capable to take care of your aging parent or if you are looking to find a residence for a new chapter in your own life, the process can be complicated, confusing, and scary. **Here are 10 tips to help you through this complex journey...**

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Alzheimer's Care for Seniors - 5 Tips to Find the Best Match

Alzheimer's Care for Seniors - 5 Tips to Find the Best Match

By Christina Morales on August 28th, 2014

Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease. I experienced it first hand in the final stages of my grandfather’s life. Sometimes he would be gentle and sweet. Other times he would be cruel to the point of causing great fear to my grandmother. When she passed, he could not remember where she went. In those brief moments of clarity, he would remember that she was no longer alive and would start the grieving process all over again. By no means is my story rare or my family’s struggle unique. More than 5 million Americans are plagued by this disease and one in three seniors ends up dying with Alzheimer's or another form of [dementia](https://www.openplacement.com/dementia-care). Anyone who has tried to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s knows that you can only fight for so long before you need to call on outside help.

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Respite Care Services Needed for a Caregiver? 5 Things to Know

Respite Care Services Needed for a Caregiver? 5 Things to Know

By Christina Morales on August 26th, 2014

Caregivers tend to work long hours in mentally, physically, and emotionally demanding situations. Tending to a loved one who needs full time care undoubtedly takes its toll so respite care isn’t necessarily an option, but a much needed break to rejuvenate and refresh. [Respite care](https://www.openplacement.com/respite-care) usually means that a senior is placed short term in a facility for some social time or to give their caregiver a break. It benefits both parties and should be an option that is seriously considered for their well-being.

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What Health Insurers Told CFAH About Patient Engagement

What Health Insurers Told CFAH About Patient Engagement

By Trudy Lieberman on August 22nd, 2014

As part of our _Here to Stay: What Health Care Leaders Say About Patient Engagement_ report, CFAH interviewed senior administrators from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, PacificSource Health Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. In total, over 35 health care stakeholders were interviewed, representing seven key groups: patients, clinicians, employers, health plans, community health programs, governments, and health care consultants and contractors. From the eight questions we asked about patient engagement, six overarching themes emerged:

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Dementia Symptoms in Seniors – What You Should Look for Now

Dementia Symptoms in Seniors – What You Should Look for Now

By Christina Morales on August 21st, 2014

We all have lapses in memory and as we age, those times of forgetfulness seem to increase. We lose our car keys more often, maybe forget about important appointments or dates, or in the middle of a task we can’t recall what we were just thinking about. At first we put the blame on lack of sleep, an increased amount of stress, or dividing our time among too many tasks. How do you know if it’s something more?

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