Infographic: The State of Caregiving

For the first time in U.S. history, there are more than 50 million seniors, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which means there are more than 50 million people who love and care for them — spouses, partners, family members, friends, neighbors who assist with activities of daily living, medication management, finances, arrangement of care, and more.

The first profile of the average family caregiver emerged in 1997 with the Caregiving in the U.S. study. Since then, related studies have been conducted, and the newest baseline for examining the state of caregiving today is a 2015 survey conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.

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What Is the True Cost of Being a Family Caregiver?

There are 40.4 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unpaid care they provide is estimated to be worth $470 billion per year in a report by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Many caregivers are hesitant to move a loved one to a residential care facility — whether due to feelings of guilt, concern about the quality of care, or the expenses associated with long-term care — and they mistakenly believe that caring for their loved one at home is more affordable than professional senior care.

However, providing in-home care is fraught with financial risks and personal sacrifices, too.

Here’s a look at four costs of caregiving that should be considered before committing to becoming the full-time caregiver for an older loved one.

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Topics: Caregiving

Infographic: Key Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

Your parents have worked hard for decades so that they could retire and enjoy a well-deserved life of enjoyment, relaxation, and freedom.

There was probably a point in life when your dad loved tending to his large lawn or your mom thought of cooking as expressions of love for her family and friends. These days, on the other hand, mowing and raking are becoming bigger chores and cooking for one isn’t as rewarding.

This is the perfect time to start exploring senior living options. Two of the most popular options out there are independent living and assisted living.

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Arbors Residents Share What  Assisted Living Is Really Like

The reason families consider assisted living for a loved one are as different as the unique needs, wants, and desires of each resident living at The Arbors. It’s a big decision — one that, unfortunately, many don’t plan for until they experience a crisis or an unplanned event that forces them to make last-minute care arrangements.

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Topics: What is Assisted Living?

Not Sure You're Ready for Assisted Living? Try Respite Care First

Everyone needs a break every now and then. Maybe your mom needs a break from cleaning the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house she lives in by herself. Or perhaps you need a break from stopping by your childhood home every other day to make sure food isn’t bad in the refrigerator or to drive your mom to a doctor’s appointment.

If caring for your aging parent is putting stress on your relationship, then it’s time to explore assisted living. However, if your loved one is safe and healthy at home and neither of you is sure it’s time for assisted living just yet, try respite care first.

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How Does Moving to Assisted Living Improve Seniors’ Quality of Life?

Every year more than 700,000 seniors receive support from residential care communities, including assisted living facilities. By 2050, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Labor estimate that the number of individuals using paid long-term care services in any setting — whether at home or in residential care settings, such as assisted living or skilled nursing facilities — will likely double from the 13 million using services in 2000 to 27 million people.

Why? As the population ages, seniors are increasingly taking advantage of new options to improve their quality of life, including moving into assisted living communities.

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Topics: Senior Health

Can an Assisted Living Apartment Really  Feel Like Home?

 

One of the most common objections aging parents have about moving to assisted living is that they can’t stand the idea of leaving their house. Home is where the heart is, right?

But when that four-bedroom home with a big lawn starts to become more than your parents care to handle, it might be time for them to move out of their home and into assisted living.

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Is Assisted Living Really That Different Than It Was 50 Years Ago?

There have been dramatic changes over the past 50 years in the way the United States cares for seniors. Once the exclusive responsibility of the family, long-term care has developed into a system that includes formal community caregivers such as home care agencies, facility providers such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and informal caregivers such as friends or family members.

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Topics: What is Assisted Living?

Slideshow: What Does a Typical Day in Assisted Living Look Like?

If you’re considering moving to an assisted living facility, you’re probably wondering what it would be like to actually live in one. Or maybe you’re still trying to keep track of the difference between independent living and assisted living. If that’s the case, you’re not alone.

There are a lot of options when it comes to senior living, so it helps to remember what assisted living is all about anyway.

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Topics: What is Assisted Living?

Who Cares for Your Parents as Much as You Do? These 7 Assisted Living Staff Members

Making the transition to assisted living can be difficult. From downsizing and selling the house to making Mom’s new apartment feel like home, to helping Dad adjust, it’s normal to be concerned that your parents will struggle when moving to a new place.  

That’s what the staff are there for. They’re familiar with the anxiety seniors feel when moving to a new place, and they have already established procedures and activities that make the transition easier. 

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Topics: What is Assisted Living?

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