3 Challenging Conversations to Have with an Aging Parent

Posted by Kelsey Allen on Apr 6, 2018 4:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Future Planning, Caregiving, Senior Health, assisted living

Family Caregiving Challenges for the Sandwich Generation

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Mar 30, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Almost half (47%) of 40 and 50-year-old adults have a parent age 65 or older who they care for while also raising a young child or supporting a grown child. Also known as the "sandwich generation," these family caregivers are pulled in many different directions, making it difficult to balance everyday life. They may be faced with daily questions such as:

  • Can I afford to pay for my loved one's medication while supporting my son in college?
  • Do I have enough time to make it to my daughter's soccer game after bringing my parent to their physical therapy session?
  • How do I find time to take care of myself?

It can feel impossible to manage everything. There are a variety of challenges sandwich generation family caregivers face each day.

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Topics: Future Planning, Health, Caregiving

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing an Assisted Living

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Mar 30, 2018 2:20:00 PM

Finding the right assisted living community for your loved one can be a difficult process. There are many communities that offer different services - making it hard to narrow down your choice. You may even second guess yourself, wondering if it's the right decision to move your loved one out of their home and into assisted living. To help make the process easier, avoid these five common mistakes people often make when choosing an assisted living.

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

4 Reasons Families Fold When Talking to a Parent About Assisted Living (And How to Avoid Them)

Posted by Erik Potter on Mar 23, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Change is difficult at any age but can be particularly difficult when it concerns older adults.

The choice to stay at home or move into an assisted living community can be difficult emotionally for both the older adult and their family. Weighing the potential options can be a tumultuous time for families, and it can drive divisions between parents and children and between siblings.

There is potential for conflict at every stage of the discussion — conflict about what to do, how to do it and how to pay for it. However, through patient communication and creative problem solving, families can successfully navigate the decision-making process.

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

5 Tips for Avoiding Family Conflict When Searching for Assisted Living

Posted by Erik Potter on Mar 23, 2018 11:10:00 AM

Moving from home to an assisted living community is a big change for both your parent, as well as you. For some families, they will have never felt stronger and united than the day they see their mom or dad happy in the assisted living community chosen. For others, conflict and turmoil will make this one of the most difficult decisions ever faced.

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Topics: Future Planning, Mental health, assisted living

How to Compare Assisted Living Communities

Posted by Kelsey Allen on Mar 9, 2018 3:50:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

5 Signs It’s Time to Consider Assisted Living

Posted by Kelsey Allen on Mar 9, 2018 2:05:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

5 Common Mistakes When Researching Assisted Living

Posted by Kelsey Allen on Mar 2, 2018 4:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

What to Do When a Sibling Says “No” to Assisted Living

Posted by Erik Potter on Feb 23, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Siblings disagree (shocking surprise, right?). Whether it be a heated argument over the “official” rules when playing Monopoly as kids to which house should host Thanksgiving when you are adults, I’d venture to bet that your family has experienced its fair share of ups and downs.  

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

Is it time for assisted living?

Posted by Erik Potter on Feb 19, 2018 1:10:59 PM

How likely are you to need some form of long-term care? According to one study you have a nearly 70 percent chance of needing some kind of long-term care in your lifetime.

Typically, the decision isn’t made alone.  More commonly, family encouragement to make the decision is needed. 

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

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