OpenPlacement Community > OpenPlacement Blog > assisted living

OpenPlacement Blog
Tag Archives: assisted living

10 Reasons Assisted Living is Better Than Home Care Christy Rakoczy

November 13th, 2013 | 0

HomeCare or Assisted LivingIt can be a hard decision for seniors to choose between living at home and receiving care there, or moving to an assisted living facility. It’s important to examine the benefits of either. Let’s explore the benefits of moving to an assisted living facility.

First and foremost, living in an assisted living facility allows seniors to live their lives without worrying about the daily tasks that may have become tedious or difficult. Cooking, cleaning and taking care of the home is no longer necessary in an assisted living facility, leaving seniors without the worry of having to complete those chores or get help from family to do so.

Continue Reading

Retrofitting Your Home or Choosing Assisted Living? Christy Rakoczy

October 29th, 2013 | 3

Retrofitting-Your-Home-or-Choosing-Assisted-Living?With AARP reporting that 89% of seniors would prefer to stay in their homes as they age, or “age in place” as it is being called, deciding whether to retrofit your home or to move into an assisted living facility can be a difficult choice for many. While staying in a home, retrofitted for an aging adult, can be the top choice for some, it is not always the best choice. A variety of factors can, and should, be taken into account when making this decision.

 

Continue Reading

How To Prepare For Transitioning To Assisted Living Marcela De Vivo

September 23rd, 2013 | 0

living1Transitioning an elderly parent to an assisted living facility is often the right move for older adults that need regular medical attention and can no longer care for themselves in the fashion that they used to. However, for many children with elderly parents, the transition can be particularly confusing for a variety of reasons.

While it may take some time for your parent to adjust to assisted living, you need to do everything you can to prepare before moving day. Being prepared will make the transition easier for your parent and you, and it can ease some of the uncertainty that’s very typical when moving an elderly adult into an assisted living facility.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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

August 29th, 2013 | 1

SignPost

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.  

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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. 

Continue Reading

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.

 

Continue Reading
This entry was posted in Long-Term Care and tagged , , , , , ,

Assisted Living: Not Your Grandma’s Retirement Justin Usher

September 27th, 2012 | 2

AssistedLivingThis post originally appeared here: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/09/19/assisted-living-not-your-grandma-retirement/ and was published by FoxBusiness.com.

Trends in Assisted Living

Hospital curtains and cafeteria food? Not anymore.

Assisted living facilities have come a long way from the clinical institutions of old, offering residents an ever-expanding menu of amenities that reflect the diversity of baby boomers themselves.

 

“The population is aging, and more consumers can demand more choices,” says Andrew Carle, founding director of the Senior Housing Administration program at George Mason University, which teaches students to manage senior living properties.

Continue Reading

We do not endorse or guarantee the completeness, accuracy or reliability of any answers, messages, blog posts or other material posted in the Community, and we do not endorse any opinions they express.