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Planning Ahead – Getting Your Affairs in Order Christina Morales

October 23rd, 2014 | 0

Planning AheadThere’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.

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Moving Elders with Love, Care, and Compassion Leslie Vandever

October 7th, 2014 | 0

Moving EldersFact: People live an average of 50 years longer than they did 100 years ago, thanks to advances in medical science and better nutrition. And “within the next five years, for the first time in human history, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In addition, the parents of a majority of adults who are middle-aged and older today are still living. Although some elders are well enough—and strong enough—to live their daily lives without outside assistance, many others are not. They may need daily assistance with caring for themselves, taking medications safely and on schedule, getting nutritious, regular meals, and doing chores around the house. Moving into an assisted living facility may be the best and healthiest alternative for these elders.

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

September 16th, 2014 | 0

low income senior housingIf you have spent any length of time researching senior communities or 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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Long-Term Care Service Providers In The United States (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

August 5th, 2014 | 1

Long-Term CareLong-term care defines a broad range of services that meet the needs of older adults with various functional limitations. These services are provided by paid, regulated providers, and include assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, toileting), instrumental activities of daily living (medication management, housework), and health maintenance tasks. Here, we report on various aspects of these long-term care service providers: their funding, their population profile, and the prevalence of morbidity in their facilities.

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Assisted Living Costs – 10 Things Seniors Need to Know Christina Morales

July 10th, 2014 | 1

Assisted Living CostsI once heard a joke that it is cheaper to take a cruise than to live in an assisted living facility. Out of curiosity, I had to look it up. Are you ready for the answer? It’s not true! The average per passenger per day cruise for 2013 is projected to be $200.85 while the average assisted living costs across the nation is $110 per day. (Now a single occupancy room for one person in a nursing home averages $222 per day, so book that cruise… just kidding!) All joking aside, assisted living facilities are quite steep and cause much anxiety among seniors. 

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Senior Care Scorecard (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

July 7th, 2014 | 0

Senior Care Scorecard (INFOGRAPHIC)The Senior Care Scorecard aka “The Long Term Scorecard” is a collaborative study done by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Scan Foundation. Its results form multidimensional state scorecards on long-term services and supports for older adults, people with physical disabilities, and family caregivers. California has the 8th largest economy in the world–but you might be surprised how it measures up against the top states for Long Term Care.

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The Cost of Senior Living (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

January 16th, 2014 | 3

TN_Cost_of_SLAs we become older, there is more demand for help in our daily lives. However, with the upcoming baby boomer population, space at senior care homes may become limited. In addition, the cost of senior living options have a substantial increase annually. The cost of senior living varies with the type of residence, apartment size, and types of services needed. The basic rate may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. We have simplified the finances and defined various housing options available below in an infographic of our own.

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Senior Care – A Detailed Look Alyssa Chan

December 18th, 2013 | 0

OpenPlacement-Blog-Spectrum-of-Senior-CareSearching for Senior Care for yourself or a loved one can be a very difficult task and more often than not is during a difficult period of time.  It is extremely important to find the perfect fit with comfort, care and most importantly safety in mind. That said, it is critical to consider all the options that are available as well as the specific level of care and services they provide.

Below you will find a graphic that helps visualize all the key care types available.  As you move from the bottom of the graphic to the top the level of care increases.  Non medical home care provides the most basic form of care services in the comfort of ones home.  On the other side of the spectrum is a hospital which provides the highest level of services and care for a loved one.

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10 Reasons Home Care is Better Than Assisted Living Christy Rakoczy

November 19th, 2013 | 0

HomeCare or Assisted LivingLast week I took a deep look at 10 Reasons Assisted Living is Better than Home Care and received tremendous feedback, comments and thoughts from many of our readers.  It would be prudent to now switch the perspective and look into why home care is better than assisted living.  To be fair, deciding between home care and assisted living is a challenge. Both lifestyles have beneficial elements but many Americans continue to choose home care over assisted living. Why?

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Assisted Living Risk Management Christy Rakoczy

November 14th, 2013 | 1

As with any assisted living facility, there is potential for problems to arise that can create a less than desirable environment or negatively affect patients. Assisted living risk management is absolutely crucial for any owner/operator in order to create an environment in which potential issues are minimized.

Because of the population of those in assisted living facilities are prone to falling, and being injured as a result, it is crucial to determine ways to diminish the potential for falls. Adopting a falls prevention program, implementing the program and testing it and evaluating the results are all crucial in order to find an effective way to minimize injuries of those likely to fall.

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