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Choosing My Mother’s Next Home: A Caregiver’s Tips for Selecting a Long-Term Care Facility (Guest Post) Deborah Shouse

September 16th, 2013 | 0

Deb2Because of my mother’s deepening Alzheimer’s, my father is now living with a stranger, a woman he does not know or understand. He is afraid to go to sleep, because she wanders around at night. She, who cannot remember what a can opener is, an avocado, or a shoe lace, has figured out how to unlock the apartment door, find the elevator, press the down button, get in, and wander out through the lobby. The guard on duty quickly retrieves her, but her unchecked mobility unnerves my father.

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Time Pressures in Researching Assisted Living Facilities Christy Rakoczy

September 13th, 2013 | 1

TimeFar to often families face major time pressure when looking for a facility for a senior to live in. Often, seniors will be reluctant to enter into an assisted living or nursing home facility, preferring to maintain their independence for as long as possible. This can lead to a situation where a senior lives alone for too long until a state of emergency is reached. This emergency may be a triggering event such as a fall or a stroke, or it may occur when a near-injury or near-death experience happens, such as a relative coming over to find that an absent-minded senior has left the stove on.

Unfortunately, this means that in many situations, a senior needs to be placed into an assisted living facility or a nursing home quickly as the senior is clearly no longer able to live on his or her own without being at risk. This can leave families scrambling to get a senior into a safe environment right away, with minimal time for researching and choosing the right facility.

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Absence of Comparable Data for Families Seeking Assisted Living Facilities Christy Rakoczy

September 6th, 2013 | 4

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Some of you may have recently read my post from last week entitled, “A Close Look at the Assisted Living Industry – And What You Should Do About It.”  In the article I highlighted that the absence of comparable data for families seeking care is a core issue facing those in need of any type of long term care.

Assisted living facilities provide a solution for seniors who are not able to live entirely on their own but who do not want or need the round-the-clock medical care that is provided in a nursing home. Assisted living facilities can allow seniors to maintain a broader degree of independence and to live in a more home-like setting as compared with the more institutional setting of a nursing home.

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The Fundamental Differences between Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Care Facilities Dan Trigub

August 29th, 2013 | 1

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As many of us who are deeply involved with care transitions know, everyone has there own opinions about what type of care is best. Usually those giving the strongest opinions coincidentally own or be work for the very type of business they are touting. In the end it’s really up to the family members and person needing care to fully understand the different options and decide for themselves which is best. In the case of housing and more specifically the decision between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes, the question really comes down to the level of care required.

At the most simplistic level, many residents and family members sometimes fail to understand the fundamental differences between assisted living homes and nursing care facilities.  

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A Close Look at the Assisted Living Industry – And What You Should Do About It Christy Rakoczy

August 26th, 2013 | 7

Frontline-LifeDeath2Recently, PBS’s Frontline produced an in depth three part series on what life is like inside of assisted living facilities. PBS focused on assisted living facilities run by Emeritus, the parent company of the largest chain of assisted-living facilities in the nation.  Emeritus was chosen as the focus because, as a large national chain, it has the resources and infrastructure to provide adequate care to patients. Unfortunately, it alleged that Emeritus was falling short and letting patients down in many ways.

The disturbing three-part Frontline series highlighted tragic stories of patients in assisted living facilities who died in care facilities that did not have the tools or policies in place to care for them.  Unfortunately, variations of these stories may happen without the headlines at many assisted living facilities throughout the United States, as the business model of assisted living may be set up to encourage a focus on profits rather than people.

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Long-Term Care: The Crisis Nobody Talks About (Guest Post) Daniel Gaitan

July 24th, 2013 | 1

ObamaSpeachThe U.S. is running out of time to remedy its long-term health care crisis, Dr. Bruce Chernof, chairman of the Federal Commission on Long-term Care, told Chicago’s NPR affiliate. As long-term care insurance dries up and becomes more expensive, millions of baby boomers must begin planning now for uncertain futures.

“It’s important to recognize that we are going to age differently than our grandparents did,” Chernof said, “because 70 percent of folks over the age of 65 will need, on average, about three years of long-term services and support.” Twenty percent will need five years or more. Planning is vital because federal benefits will most likely be scarce; such care is not covered through standard health insurance and is not a prominent portion of Medicare or Medicaid.

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What Can We Learn From Overseas Health Care? Christy Rakoczy

May 27th, 2013 | 0

USHealthcareWhen assessing healthcare in the United States it is useful to compare and contrast the various aspects of healthcare on a global level. In doing so, researchers and policy makers can work together to learn how to improve the care provided in the U.S.

The Commonwealth Fund, a health policy foundation based in Washington D.C. surveyed eleven countries to better understand global healthcare challenges. The survey revealed the ways in which the United States excels in healthcare and those areas which need improvement. Over 2,500 people just in the United States were part of the study.

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Senior Care Trends We’re Seeing in Southern California That You Should Know About Christy Rakoczy

January 15th, 2013 | 2

WhatToKnowAnti-psychotic medications are being abused in record numbers in nursing home settings as care providers dose patients to make them more docile and to make their behavior easier to control. This is an egregious form of senior abuse and a serious public health problem. In February 2012, the American Health Care Association announced a three-year plan for nursing homes and assisted living communities to improve their care, including reducing the use of off-label uses of antipsychotic medications.  Anyone interacting with senior patients, from hospital discharge planners to nursing home administrators, needs to be aware of the measures being taken. 

Progress on this issue is just one important trend in senior care. Consider both the anti-psychotic drugs issue as well as some other key trends that are important to senior care providers. 

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Senior Living Options: An In-Depth Look Amy Barlow

January 11th, 2013 | 0

SeniorCareTraditionally nursing home care was the only option for long-term senior care. It was not until the mid-1980s that different assisted living communities started to emerge in the United States. These communities were thought to be a shift from the institutional setting that were strict with regulations and gave patients and families few options of choice. These assisted living variations can offer very desirable features and have shown great patient satisfaction.

There are many factors to consider when deciding on your future living arrangements which can make the decision difficult. Below is information on many different senior living options to assist in your choice of which option is right for you. 

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The Cost of Living Longer M.L. Sutton

November 2nd, 2012 | 1

HealthcareCostsThis post originally appeared here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203937004578079184108523030.html?mod=googlenews_wsj#project=INVESTOR1027&articleTabs=article and was published by The Wall Street Journal.

Andee St. John is searching for an assisted-living facility near Columbia, S.C., for her 69-year-old mother, who was hospitalized recently after several falls. But finding the place with the right combination of price, amenities and services has been difficult.

So far, Ms. St. John has consulted with a financial adviser, a geriatric social worker and an elder-law attorney as part of her research.

 

“It’s been very eye-opening,” Ms. St. John says. “You don’t just pay one fee a month for assisted living. There are all these different add-ons.”

A growing number of families are wrestling with the same dilemma: rising costs for long-term care and a mind-boggling array of options.

 

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