When searching for the right assisted living facility for your loved one, comparing the costs and services can be overwhelming. You want your loved one to receive the best quality care, but you’re nervous about being able to afford these costs. There are many ways to pay for assisted living. The final price shouldn’t be your deciding factor, but we understand it plays a large role in the decision.
May is American Stroke Month, and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a stroke. And every four minutes someone dies from a stroke. If your senior parent has ever experienced a stroke before, you know that it can turn their life and yours upside down. In fact, more than half of survivors 65 and older have reduced mobility.
When you're moving a parent to assisted living, the hundreds of "make your move easier" lists on the internet fall a little short. Every move signifies an ending and beginning. When your mom or dad moves from their home to assisted living, this is even more so.
These tips are meant to help your parent's move go more smoothly – for them and you.
When you married your spouse, you took a vow to be there for each other “for better or worse.”
Over the years you’ve learned how to adapt to any number of changes – raising children, an empty nest, illnesses, deaths and more. Now it’s caregiving. It can be heartbreaking, hard and scary.
The following tips will help you care for your spouse and not at the expense of your marriage.
Helping a parent downsize can be a rewarding experience. It’s also a lot of work – both physically and emotionally. While you might be tempted to just “get it done”, here are six things to avoid.
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.
When a parent becomes dependent on you to assist them with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, or running errands — life can change drastically for both you and your parent.
After a lifetime of your parent being the caregiver, this role-reversal can create tension in your relationship.
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.
It’s an uncomfortable topic: talking about safety concerns, isolation, errors in managing medications at home or the plethora of other reasons assisted living becomes a topic of discussion.
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.