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April 9th, 2015 | 0
Last year my family was forced to change insurance companies. It was a terrible decision to make since we had been seeing our doctors for over 12 years and they knew all of our health issues and treatments. However, we couldn’t keep up with the $500 fee increases that happened in just two short years. All of that leads me to say that change isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it comes to technology and medicine.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 12th, 2015 | 1
Health care debates continue to linger on in televised newscasts and in newspaper articles. Regardless of which side you are on, there is one thing that everyone can agree upon: health care is expensive. One of the biggest stressors of growing older is the financial burden that many seniors unfortunately face.
What are your options for paying for long term care?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 29th, 2015 | 0
Charles Dickens once said, “Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” Dorothy clicked her heels three times to return to it, some want it where the deer and the antelope play, and for others it is where their heart is. Home: something so dear, so simple, and yet so complex. Senior living retirement community sounds downright cold. How do you find a home in your golden years?
Now while the word “home” hasn’t altered (including a place of rest, somewhere to store your memories, and a locale for social gatherings), the requirements have most definitely evolved over the years. Your lifestyle and physical, spiritual, and medical needs have changed as well as your finances and goals in life. Finding the perfect dwelling and community to accommodate these necessities takes some serious research and consideration. How do you find your new perfect home?Continue Reading
January 20th, 2015 | 1
Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight is still the biggest audience he’ll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again — Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama) have all had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president’s agenda slim to none. But tonight Obama will certainly try to use his speech to frame the debates for the next two years and set the table for the 2016 election. I wanted to take this opportunity to recap, review and remind everyone how Obama Health Care Reform affects and affected the senior citizens of this country.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
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