Category Archives: Senior Living
May 12th, 2015 | 0
It’s no secret that as we age, our spine along with other body parts let us know that things have changed. Changes to our spine as we get older can result in discomfort, pain or additional complications. In order to accommodate these changes, you may want to make some adjustments to your household to provide comfort and relief from pain from an aging spine. Even if your aging spine is causing you discomfort or limited mobility, it’s important to participate in some type of exercise to prevent further damage or discomfort. You will want to check with your doctor to ensure that the activities you plan on participating in are safe for your condition.Continue Reading
March 26th, 2015 | 0
It’s a big misconception that seniors enter a nursing home only as a final stage in the medical care process. In fact, Medicare reports that 9 percent of nursing home patients are those needing acute rehabilitation and they have an average stay time of 23 days. However, approximately 43 percent of people over the age of 65 are likely to spend time in a nursing home. Of these patients, 24 percent will be there less than one year. Finally, the average length of stay for those patients who are able to be discharged is 272 days, or approximately nine months.Continue Reading
March 19th, 2015 | 0
My parents are both 66 years old and are very reluctant to move out of their paid off, 2,500 square foot home on half an acre. Not only are the steep stairs in their house an issue, but the maintenance (both inside and out) is terribly hard to stay on top of. While they aren’t quite ready to let go of the home that is saturated in memories and hosts countless parties, we have been researching retirement communities in the area for when the time is right for them to move. Here are some pros and cons that we have found when it comes time to move into a retirement community.Continue Reading
March 5th, 2015 | 0
We’ve all seen news stories that tell the horrible things that can happen to the elderly when an unkind or greedy caregiver is hired. It’s enough to make you want to lock the front door and never let your loved one out of your sight. Fortunately, those instances are by far the extreme and not the norm. However, you undoubtedly want to ensure that your loved one gets the best in home care possible.
Here are 10 tips for finding the right caregiver:Continue Reading
February 19th, 2015 | 0
Most people don’t think about skilled nursing homes until they need one in the very near future. Either you are looking for yourself or a loved one and you have to find the best one within a limited time frame that meets a few necessary requirements. Here are three tips to help you on your journey to finding the best one:
1) Track Record – Skilled nursing care facilities are more commonly referred to as nursing homes and must be licensed, inspected, and regulated by a state’s Department of Health Services. Each state regulates and records violations and it is easy to find any nursing home in your area and their history by typing in your search engine “nursing home violations” plus the name of the state in which you live. Usually one of the first five websites listed will be a link to the state’s directory of nursing homes. Either call the phone number on the website or enter your city to pull up the names of nursing homes located there. Click on the name of the home you are interested in and their report will load onto your screen.Continue Reading
February 12th, 2015 | 1
Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease and certainly Alzheimers care is no easy task. 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 couldn’t 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. 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.Continue Reading
January 13th, 2015 | 1
Yikes! You researched, you packed, you’ve spent time making sure that your loved one is okay, and now you realize that this nursing home is not working out. Maybe it’s too far away for you to visit or you didn’t realize that certain services were an additional charge. Whatever your reasons may be, how do you switch from one nursing home to another?
If it’s a problem with care or service, I would recommend talking to the caregiver or nurse that is in contact most with the patient. In a non-confrontational way you could ask, “Mom doesn’t seem to be happy. Is there anything I can do or should know about to help make her stay here more comfortable?” If there is a care problem, you may question, “I’ve noticed mom’s bandages haven’t been changed today. Is there a reason for that?” You attract more flies with honey, and the staff will be more open to helping if you aren’t accusatory.Continue Reading
January 6th, 2015 | 1
Change is scary and transitioning into a nursing home can be one of the scariest changes. Being on the cusp of the unknown and having worst case scenarios scroll through your mind can make one almost paralyzed to move forward. In the case of moving into a nursing home, there are the added fears of poor care, neglect from family members, and being surrounded by ailing patients. There are several things that you can do to help your loved one have a smooth transition into a nursing home facility.
First of all, remove the myths and unfounded fears that come with the thought of a nursing home. For many, nursing homes are just a short term facility for those who have a medical condition that needs additional medical attention. Also research the history of the facility to find if there are any reports of abuse, neglect, or health violations.Continue Reading
December 16th, 2014 | 2
The holiday spirit starts to creep into our consciousness a little bit earlier as each year passes. Radio stations begin to play Christmas tunes on November 1, super store aisles quickly pull ghosts and goblins to replace them with red and green trimmings, and those who never took down the twinkle lights from their eaves last December breathe a sigh of relief that they still won’t have to. And yet while the holidays stalk us months ahead, instead of giving us more time to conquer all of the family traditions and shopping lists, we are busier than ever before. I also feel like all those gift guides that come out around this time of year help find something for our special mom, dad, our tech hungry child or even our pets. Though, what about a loved one in a nursing home? So while we still have just over a week before the actual days of celebration, I’d like to propose that we take a deep breath and brainstorm how we can honor our loved ones who will be spending the holidays in a nursing home. Here is our stab at our OpenPlacement 2014 gift guide for a loved one in a nursing home.Continue Reading
October 23rd, 2014 | 0
There’s a certain peace that one feels when things are in order and having your long term care plans in writing is no different. It can be difficult facing the “what ifs” and the time and financial investment it takes can be daunting, but you and your family members can rest assure that your affairs are settled if a time comes when you cannot voice your wishes.
Where do you start in this complicated process? First of all, meet with a trusted, certified financial planner or your CPA. He or she can make sure your financial accounts are in order and can advise you on budgeting for future expenses. They can also explain, sell, or direct you to someone who is an expert on long term care insurance.Continue Reading
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