Assisted living can get a bad rap. Many seniors mistakenly believe that when they move to an assisted living community they’ll lose their privacy and independence when, in reality, it’s just the opposite. Assisted living communities are now designed to empower seniors to maintain their independence while allowing for easy access to assistance, activities and companionship.
Is 80 the new young? If the pace of increase in life expectancy in America over the past two centuries continues through the 21st century, most babies born since 2000 will celebrate their 100th birthdays, according to an article published in the medical journal the Lancet. And people aren’t just living longer. These additional years of life are now being realized later in life.
Each year, the cost of assisted living has steadily risen. Depending on what level of care your loved one needs, assisted living can be much more affordable than nursing home care or long-term in-home care. Often nursing homes don’t allow flexibility in services and you pay a flat fee for services, where assisted living communities range from an apartment with services for extra fess to all-inclusive packages.
Have you noticed that things are piling up around the home? Is your mother losing weight? Or your father forgetting to take his medications? Your parents will start to need more help as they age, and talking to them about these sensitive topics can be challenging. However, if you have these difficult conversations before a crisis hits, they will be easier and more productive. Here’s a look at three of the most challenging conversations to have with an aging parent — and how to start them.
Just making the decision to consider assisted living as an option for a parent is challenge enough. If you’ve started your research, you’ve probably noticed that most assisted living communities provide some sort of housing, meal service, personal care and support, social activities, 24-hour supervision and health-related services, but all in slightly different ways.
There is no standard for assisted living communities, and they’re not regulated by the federal government, which can make comparing one community to another difficult. Here are three simple steps that will help you compare assisted living communities.
Bringing up assisted living with a parent might be a touchy subject. It can be hard to know when to start the conversation. But in some cases, it might be the best way to keep them safe, healthy and, ultimately, happy. Here’s a look at five key indicators that it’s time to consider assisted living.
With more than 32,000 assisted living communities in the U.S., according to the National Center for Assisted Living, finding the right one for your aging loved one can be a daunting task. You know that you’ll need to make some calls and schedule some tours, but what are the mistakes families make when searching for assisted living, and how can you avoid them? If you want to feel confident that your loved one ends up in a place where their quality of life improves, here are five most common types of mistakes people make when researching and choosing assisted living for loved ones.
Have you noticed that your mom is having difficulty falling asleep and is losing interest in socializing with friends? Is your dad hardly smiling and seems more irritable around your kids now? These are signs that your aging loved one might be struggling with depression.
As your parents age, you might begin to wonder when it may be time to consider whether to move a loved one into assisted living. Although every situation is different, there are some telling signs that your loved one should no longer be living alone. But even once you’ve determined it might be time for assisted living, it can be hard to convince your parents it’s the right time. When it’s time to talk with your loved ones about moving into assisted living, here are four situations when it helps to get their doctor involved and how to talk to your parent’s doctor when you do.