When Your Parent is Resistant to Care

Facing the prospect of aging isn’t something that any of us look forward to.  Our aging loved ones are already grieving loss in many ways, with the loss of a career, the loss of their youth, and it is often very difficult for a senior to admit that their body isn’t as strong as it used to be, and that they do actually need assistance with their daily activities. Nothing is harder than an aging parent refusing the help they need, and is one of the most difficult challenges an adult child may face. One of the first steps in
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Promises You Should Never Make to an Aging Parent

“I know that mom needs care, but I promised her I would never place her in a nursing home.” There are moments in an aging person’s life in which they may have seen or heard of an uncomfortable situation with a friend that is receiving care in a facility, and ask their child to promise NEVER to place them in a care community.  It’s a promise that should never be made.   You simply do not know what life will look like in five years, or in ten.  One adult daughter called me with this promise nagging in her mind, and
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Making your Loved One Feel at Home in an Assisted Living Community

The decision to move into an assisted living community is a difficult transition for a senior, physically, mentally, and emotionally.   Not are they only losing a bit of their independence, they are also losing a bit of their identity and privacy when they move into an assisted living community. There are several things you can do to be sure that your loved one feels at home in their new surroundings: Touches of home. Most assisted living communities allow you to bring your loved one’s furniture from home.   These familiar pieces, along with special momentos, family photos, books, and decorative knick
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How to Avoid a Slip and Fall Accident

As a senior ages, their sense of balance changes.  Safeguarding them against a fall should be a primary concern.  These simple and easy tips can help reduce the risk of falls in every home. Use a walker.Walkers can help elderly individuals walk easier, but they can also pose a risk for falling if they get caught on rugs or carpet. To prevent this, invest in a few tennis balls and cut holes in them. Then, put the legs of the walker into the tennis balls. The balls will allow the walker to move easily over rugs, carpet and other possible
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Home Care or Care Home?

Home Care or Care Home? Making the Right Care Choice for Your Loved One It isn’t easy to make the leap and finally get help for an aging parent.   Emotions often run high during this process, because seniors are often hesitant to accept the reality that they are no longer able to live alone without some help with daily activities. Many seniors wish to remain in their homes, and be surrounding by the things that are familiar to them.  This is often a great choice, and can be an economical first step.  Here are some points to consider when deciding
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Things To Ask When Touring An Assisted Living Facility

It’s time.   Your family has decided that the time has come to place mom or dad into an assisted living facility. It’s important to know what to look for, and what questions to ask, to be sure that you are making the selection that is best for the care needed by your loved one. What is your staff to resident ratio? What kind of experience and training does your staff possess? How many staffers are on duty overnight? Can staff administer medications? Do you have a nurse on staff 24/7? Do you have any experience with (issues or diagnosis of
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The Emotions of Grief

How are you handling the progression of your loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease? Over the years I have seen many residents progress towards the end of life, including my own mother, and their families handle and sometimes not handle their own grief involved in the process. I don’t personally believe there is a good way or a bad way to do this, it is what it is for most people. Even though I have seen many people pass away from Alzheimer’s the old saying is true, “if you’ve seen one person with Alzheimer’s, you’ve seen one person with Alzheimer’s.” Everyone is
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Hope! Sometimes it’s all you have!

Many of us that work in long-term care would like to be put out of business! I realize that likely won’t happen with the amount of aging baby boomers, but it sure would be nice to eliminate Alzheimer’s from the planet. There have been many false hopes in the past that didn’t work in human trial, and I hope this isn’t the case for this one.  Below is a quote from a recent ongoing study being done in mice, yes I know…mice. But you have to start somewhere in research. “Publishing in Science Translational Medicine, the team describes the technique as
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The Silver Tsunami has arrived!

    Is your business, senior living or senior care business, ready for the Silver Tsunami?  The number of Americans over 60 will double from now until 2050.  For the first time in humankind, there will be more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 5.  Wow…let that sink in. In America, what does that mean to our healthcare system?  What does it mean to the short & long term care industry? The number of people in the workforce won’t be sufficient to care for seniors at the existing ratios we have today in senior living
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Please don’t wait for a crisis

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