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Seniors Choosing Retirement Communities for Better Living

Seniors Choosing Retirement Communities for Better Living

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Dec. blog Retirement Living

Many Seniors prefer to remain in their own homes after retirement but many are choosing to live in retirement communities. Often, seniors begin their “golden years” in the homes they raised their children in but find later on in life that they are not able to do all the things they had planned because of the time and money it takes to maintain a home.

Homes require maintenance and though our parents might have been able to do much of it themselves when they were younger, they now need to hire professionals to do it. This takes time and money they had hoped to spend traveling or just enjoying hobbies.

They also find that neighborhoods change over the years and now do not have the company of people in their own age range in the neighborhood of where they live. Though they have people all around them, it’s likely that they no longer have much in common with most of them.

The great news is that seniors are finding that retirement communities can provide them just what they are looking for and what they need to make their retirement years more pleasant. We have listed below a few of the reasons seniors are choosing retirement living in communities.

Time to Enjoy Themselves

No matter what type of retirement community they choose, they have more freedom to travel or indulge in hobbies. Without the responsibilities of living in their own home, seniors are finally able to take trips when they wish and often find others with the same interests to travel with them in a group tour. Sharing interests in the same hobbies is another benefit. Though seniors may know others who enjoyed the same hobbies, it’s likely that it wasn’t convenient to get together with them. In retirement communities, those people are nearby and are looking for company as well.

Seniors who like to socialize with others in their age range are better able to do so. Retirement communities often have activities scheduled that make socializing easy. These activities may include bingo, card games, movie nights, live music and entertainment and more. Trips to local attractions or events and shopping are often available as well. Some seniors find there is more than enough to do – staying busy and boredom is never a problem.

Living Among Others in the Same Age Range

As mentioned above, seniors often find their old neighborhoods have changed, leaving them with few people they can relate to. Retirement communities put them among other seniors that they have more in common with. New friendships with people who enjoy the same events and activities as they do makes the transition to retirement living easier.

Security

Feeling secure is important to seniors and their families. Retirement communities are more secure than the neighborhoods they moved from. This is often simply due to staff being present around the clock. With a more secure feeling, seniors have less worry and stress.

Options for More Care Available

As people age, cooking every meal isn’t always feasible or desired. Many retirement communities have apartments with small kitchens for those times residents do want to cook or bake and have a dining room that serves meals so when residents don’t want to cook their own meals, they don’t have to. Some seniors seldom cook their own meals, especially when the dining room is like eating in a fine restaurant and you are waited on hand and foot.

When seniors need help, such as when an elderly resident falls or needs help with medications, staff is available to provide the help needed. Many services may be available that could include housecleaning, laundry, transportation and etc.

We could list more reasons seniors are choosing retirement living here but there are so many that it would take a while to list them all. If you are considering retirement living for yourself or a loved one, please give the Small Assisted Living Facilities Coalition a call or click here and we will be glad to talk more about why seniors choose retirement living as a way for better living.

Helping Elderly Parents Through Depression During the Holidays

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Holidays with seniors

‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la. We’ve all heard the song and we know that we are meant to be happy and jolly during the holidays. However, we know that each of us are often pulled in many directions during this busy time of year with our family and friends.  How are you evaluating your time?  Who are you spending it with?  Is it with your elderly loved one?

Did you know, it isn’t unusual for depression in seniors to be strongest as the holidays approach, especially if this will be the first year they have been away from the home they lived in for so many years?  They may feel displaced and depressed.  Even if they are still in their own home, they may be sad, especially if they have lost their spouse. Getting into the holiday spirit may not seem worth the effort to them.

Chances are that, deep down, they would like to feel that sense of joy and holiday cheer that they had when they spent holidays with family and friends. It is often a time of reflection as they are looking back to the time when they were heavily involved or coordinated family dinners and events.

Here’s where we can help.  Being aware and sensitive to their feelings is extremely important.  Sometimes, we don’t pick up on clues in terms of how our loved ones are feeling. We tend to talk around them without seeing their reactions. Have you noticed that as the holidays approach or are talked about well ahead of time that our elderly loved ones get quite and pull back from joining the conversation? They might even state they don’t want to be included in the usual family traditions. As the time for the holidays grows closer, they might be reluctant to even visit with you at all.

The good news is we can help make the holidays as positive and rewarding as possible. Here are some easy ideas to help you get them involved and pull them out of the holiday blues and into a more receptive state to take a bigger part in holiday festivities.

Holiday memories from the past

Start with gentling urging your elderly parent or loved one to talk about a particular memory that will bring a smile to their face. Choose something you would really like to hear them talk about and something that will foster positive conversations, perhaps taking them down memory lane.

Another idea is if you have some of the decorations from when you grew up, you might choose one that has a lot of sentiment attached to it and show it to your elderly loved one. Ask questions such as- where it came from – if it is one that seems to have been in the family forever.  Really let them talk and share as seniors generally like to talk and be heard.  Of course, if you have a different memory about the decoration, talk about your memory of it and see if they join in and have even more to share.

 Move From Merely Talking to Doing

Once you have your elderly parent talking and remembering, you can move on by asking for their advice as this will help get them motivated to doing more during the holidays. Ask for help in showcasing special decorations or how to make some of the special foods and drinks you remember growing up. Ask them to help you get the ingredients for foods and drinks or the right decorations to complement those special ones from the past.  Including them in activities fosters joy and love.

It really is the “little things” in life that make a difference.  These ideas are just a few that can help you get started. At the Small Assisted Living Coalition, we have many more ideas to help beat the holiday blues in seniors during the holidays. We would love to share them with you.  Please contact us at 813-857-2551 or click here.

Senior Housing Options – Making the right Choice

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Senior Housing for the Elderly

According to Harvard University, there will be an estimated 70 million seniors (65 and older) residing in the United States by 2030. Seniors make up around 25% of the home owning population, the largest rate of homeownership by age group. While the majority of seniors would prefer to remain in their own homes after retirement, not all homes are adequate to meet the health care requirements of seniors. There are many types of senior housing that provide the amenities and assistance that can promote independent living for seniors – which is right for you or your loved one? In order to decide which type of senior housing is best for your individual circumstances, you should first know a little about each type and your options.

There are five main types of senior housing arrangements, according to a list compiled by Harvard University.

  1. Assisted Living Communities – These types of communities offer a wide variety of arrangements for seniors who require some assistance with day to day living, but do not need full-time nursing care. They range from facilities that offer help with day to day chores such as housekeeping and personal hygiene to those that offer only meals and recreational activities.
  1. Independent Living Communities – These are most often age restricted communities where seniors who are at or over retirement age can reside. Intended for active and relatively healthy seniors, they do not offer in-home assistance, but often have easy access to groups, clubs, and sports activities. These types of retirement communities are very popular in the Southern and Western states.
  1. Shared Housing – This involves a senior who lives with an individual less than 60 years of age, either at the senior’s home or the home of the other individual.
  1. Supported Housing – In this scenario the senior resides in their own home, but with daily assistance from someone outside the home who is not a family member. A good example of this would be organizations such as FirstLight Home Care or The Home Care Team.
  1. Conventional Housing – This is by far the most popular choice of senior housing as far as the seniors themselves are concerned. The AARP has stated that according to polls, 90% of seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes if possible. In order to do this however, the senior must be in at least moderately good health and be able to take care of their day to day needs on their own. In many cases this is possible with minor modifications to the home, such as walk in showers rather than bathtubs or chair lifts for navigating stairs.

Which type of senior housing is right depends on a variety of factors. For those who have only minimal health issues, remaining in a conventional home may be a viable option. For those who require some assistance occasionally, but prefer to do most things for themselves, may want to explore the possibility of an independent living senior community. For those who need daily assistance with chores and personal grooming however, they may want to look more closely into assisted living facilities. In other words, each situation must be evaluated carefully and the wishes and opinions of everyone involved must be taken into account. Senior living options have made dramatic progress in the past several decades and no matter what level of care is needed, there are many facilities that will suit the needs of you or your loved one.  The Small Assisted Living Coalition would be honored to help you.  Please click here or call us at 813-857-2551.

Parkinson’s Disease – What you need to know

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Diagnosing early signs of Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological condition that affects a person’s mental ability and mobility. Despite the fact that it does affect the body, the disease isn’t fatal. Instead, factors like age, ability to obtain resources and how severe your case is can impact the life of someone with the disease.

So, how do you know if you have Parkinson’s disease? Only a qualified physician can actually diagnose you with the condition. However, there are some gradual signs that do appear, which includes the following:

  • Balance problems
  • Difficulty moving muscles from opposition forces
  • Uncontrolled and spontaneous movements called bradykinesia

When a person is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a physician will take the time to assess what stage a person is in. The later the stage, the greater the health complications are, with a significant reduction in the expected lifespan of a person. There are presently five stages, but the condition isn’t easy to diagnose.

The reason is that Parkinson’s disease is a condition with a clinical diagnosis.  Unfortunately, there are no medical tests for it. Instead, they base the diagnosis over several clinical factors. Since many symptoms are subtle at first, it can take a long time for a person to be diagnosed. This is especially the case with the symptoms that appear to be nothing more than aging.

When a person does reach a stage where diagnosis is possible, they also need to be watched for complications and other concerns. Fatal falls are often one of the most common killers of Parkinson’s patients. This occurs in Stages 4 and 5. This is due to the inability to stand or walk on their own.

Other fatal complications that claim the life of those diagnosed with the condition include:

  • Aspiration
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Pulmonary Embolism

Treatment can help to improve the quality of life of patients significantly. While women will generally live longer than men, both will respond to both occupational therapy and medications. Newer medications can even stop the progression of the disease to the point that a person can continue to enjoy a normal, healthy life. The key is early detection, so the disease doesn’t progress beyond the early stages.

Schedule an appointment today with your doctor if you believe you are suffering from Parkinson’s. Through their clinical diagnosis, they can determine where you are in the process and help you to improve the quality of your life or the person impacted. In fact, a recent study suggests that patients can live as long as 15 – 20 years longer with medication, as long as their condition is diagnosed and treatment is begun in the earlier stages of the disease.

There is always someone to help you with problems that you may be facing with an elderly relative or loved one.  If you have concerns about Parkinson’s disease and you have questions about treatment or help available to you, contact The Small Assisted Living Coalition by clicking here for assistance.

Moving Elderly into a Senior Care Facility

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Tips for Retirement Living

Tips for making the move easier for elderly into a Senior Care Facility

Have you had the difficult conversation or “talk” with your parent or loved one about life and the changes that lie ahead?  If you are like many of us, this “talk” is often dreaded and can be challenging of sorts.  Moving your elderly loved one into an assisted living or senior care facility is not an easy talk to have with an aging parent. It is more likely to be met with less resistance when it’s handled gently, with empathy, care and love.

To help ease the transition, here are some tips to help make the decision easier for you and more acceptable to your loved ones.

Involve your loved one in the decision as early as possible. One of the first decisions will be what type of senior facility is right and then you can discuss which specific facility it will be. Choosing a facility can be done well ahead of time so your loved ones can visit from time to time and get to know some of the staff and residents. This can help ease the transition from home to a senior care facility since the surroundings will be unfamiliar.

When making visits to facilities being considered, be sure to dine at the facility so you and your loved one know what the food will be like.  Typically, having good food and having snacks available throughout the day that your loved one enjoys will help comfort them during the transition.

Get a schedule of planned activities and classes so you and your loved one can participate in activities. Let your loved one choose the activities that interest them. Knowing they won’t be left alone just sitting in their room or apartment with little to do will help keep their mind occupied and challenged and will also allow them to have fun.

When moving elderly parents into an assisted living, a nursing home or any senior care facility, giving them the chance to have input into the decision making process can make it easier. Be sure you approach it from the view point that you care about them enough to want to be sure they are not alone should something happen and you will be less worried about them knowing they are in good hands.  Enabling them to give input into what they like and dislike can be empowering and rewarding as seniors like to be heard. When moving your elderly loved one, on-going communication is critical especially when they don’t want to move.

Additionally, making sure they can take some furniture with them so the new living space feels more familiar often helps. Some facilities offer empty rooms or apartments so residents are able to furnish the space with familiar pieces to make it feel just like home which gives their new home that extra touch.

At the Small ALF Coalition, we understand the difficulties of moving an elderly loved one and would be honored to help ease the transition.  Please click here or call us at 813-857-2551 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elderly Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion Tips

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Elderly Heat Exhaustion

Summer is a great time to spend memorable moments with our elderly loved ones. It is also a time to take extra care of them so that they don’t suffer from the summer heat. Though everyone is vulnerable to heat stroke and heat exhaustion, our elderly are even more so. They can show signs of these conditions before younger, healthy adults do so it is necessary to be on guard against heat related health problems much sooner.

Heat stroke prevention with seniors starts with understanding why the elderly are more likely to suffer from heat conditions. Our elderly often have chronic medical problems that affect the body’s ability to adjust to changing heat conditions and ambient temperatures. As people age, it is natural for an otherwise healthy body to lose the ability to adjust responses to normal, seasonal temperature changes. Medications are more often prescribed to seniors that make it difficult for their bodies to perspire to cool off or regulate bodily temperature.

Of all the heat related conditions, heat stroke is the most serious. When it happens, a person’s body can no longer control its temperature. The affected person may have a body temperature of 106 or higher in 15 minutes or less but be unable to sweat to cool down. Permanent disability or death are quite possible if immediate treatment is not given. This is what can happen with anyone but with seniors, it can happen more quickly. For this reason, we need to know what the signs are at the earlier stages and how the deal with them to prevent worsening the condition.

Signs that warn of a possible heat stroke developing include:

  • Body temperature exceeding 103°F degrees
  • Strong, rapid pulse
  • Red, dry, hot skin without sweating
  • Throbbing headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Even if you are unsure when any of these signs present themselves, one of the best tips is that it is always best to err on the side of caution than to have regrets later. If possible, it is best to stop heat stroke before it gets past the first signs. Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion can both be treated but both can be prevented. Heat exhaustion is a heat related condition just as heat stroke is but is not as severe. It may take a few days to develop when our elderly are exposed to a lack of adequate fluid intake and high temperatures. Untreated, heat exhaustion can become a heat stroke so learning how to prevent heat exhaustion helps in elderly heat stroke prevention.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion have some warning signs in common but some are different. The signs in common include headache, dizziness and nausea. Other signs of heat exhaustion are:

  • Paleness
  • Tiredness
  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fainting
  • Rapid but weak pulse rate
  • Skin that is cool and clammy
  • Fast, shallow breathing

If you notice any of these signs beginning to show, here are some tips to begin treating it right away so it is stopped before it gets too bad. Encourage your senior loved one to drink plenty of cool beverages but avoid alcoholic drinks. If a doctor has your elderly loved one taking medications such as water pills or other medications that may limit the amount of liquid that can be taken in, find out how much can be safely consumed on hot days. Avoid drinks that are icy cold as they may cause cramping.

Getting plenty of rest and bathing in cool water helps prevent heat related problems. Clothing should be light weight and strenuous activity should be avoided during the hottest part of the day. Staying inside where it is air conditioned during the hotter part of the day is among the best ways to help with elderly heat stroke prevention along with other heat related health issues.

Summer can be the best time of the year for our elderly or it can be one of the worst times. If we keep watch, we can help make it the best time of year for our loved ones. If you want more information on how you can help make life more pleasant for your elderly family members, let us at the Small ALF Coalition know and we will be glad to help you.  Please feel free to call us at 813-857-2551 or click here.

 

Veterans Benefits for Seniors Makes a Difference to Those Who Served

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Veterans benefits for seniors

After serving our country in the military, our senior veterans should get all the benefits they are eligible for. Unfortunately, many do not. This is often because they don’t know what those benefits are or don’t think they are eligible.

Veterans who served in active duty during wartime are entitled to apply for veterans benefits that other veterans don’t qualify for.  Most veterans know about benefits such as:  financial assistance to aid in furthering their education, getting VA loans to buy a home and getting medical care through the VA Hospitals and clinics to help save on costs.  However, there are also veterans benefits for seniors that can provide financial assistance to those who qualify.

If you, your spouse or parent are a veteran, you owe it to yourself to look into the VA pension. It is possible to be eligible and not even realize it. This pension is intended for veterans with little or no income. The allowable income a veteran can have may seem too low to qualify but this income is based on what is called countable income. You can deduct any medical expenses from your gross income, including Medicare premiums and Medicare Supplemental Insurance Premiums which can reduce your countable income. After deducting all eligible expenses from your gross income, it is possible to have a negative countable income. Veterans who served in active duty for a minimum of 90 days and at least one of those days was during an active war and meet one of the following requirements may qualify:

  • Are at least 65 with a qualifying countable income
  • Receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security income
  • Are completely and permanently disabled
  • Are a resident in a nursing home

In addition to the VA Pension, our senior veterans may also be eligible for VA Aid and Attendance. This benefit is for veterans who need help from another person to do ordinary everyday living tasks like preparing meals, eating, taking medication, bathing and dressing. Being bedridden at home, living in a nursing home because of a physical or mental incapacity such as dementia or Alzheimer’s or having severe vision impairment in both eyes (that is at an acuity of 5/200 with corrective lens) are also ways a veteran can be qualified. A veteran who is unable to leave their home without the aid of another person can get homebound benefits as well.

Veterans benefits also includes help with the cost of nursing home care, assisted living or memory care.  Only independent living facilities would not be covered, however, if care is not available in the independent living facility and is provided by a third party, it may be eligible for coverage.

At the Small Assisted Living Coalition, we understand the benefits that our senior veterans are entitled to.  We want to ensure that those that quality are getting all the benefits they deserve.  We can assist by directing you to either an Elder Law Attorney or help you get in touch with your VA regional office, the VFW, the American Legion or the DAV (Disabled American Veteran) to get you started with the documents needed for processing.  Call us at 813-857-2551 or click here to contact us.

Tips to Help Seniors Cope with Loneliness

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Elderly Lonliness

Loneliness is a major concern for seniors and families of seniors whether they are living in their home or moving into a senior care facility. For seniors living in their own home, feelings of loneliness is often a result of changes in their lifestyle.  For example, they may now be living alone or they may be dealing with a sickness or perhaps a new medical condition.

Moving into a senior care facility seems like the perfect solution to help combat loneliness, however, it is not uncommon for loneliness to be felt even more so, at least at first, when a life changing event occurs. Unfamiliar surroundings and unknown people often make seniors feel even lonelier. Elderly aging and loneliness seem to go hand in hand but there are ways to cope and ease the loneliness both at home and in an assisted living or nursing home facility.

Keepsakes and special items.

To help seniors cope with loneliness, find something for them to keep with or near them that is a reminder of earlier times of happiness. Something that lifts their spirits each time they look at it and hold it. It can be a picture or a special memento that has meaning and conjures a feeling of closeness.

You may also be thinking that just having other people their age around will automatically make any loneliness disappear but this is not usually the case. Being in an unfamiliar place with people who are new or strangers can make them feel even lonelier. It takes time to adjust, get familiar with the new surroundings and become acquainted with the people in their new community.

Replicate or recreate their former home.

Another tip that can help seniors adjust to their new surroundings, is to make their room or new home feel as much like their former home as possible. For example, have furniture from their previous home brought in to furnish their new living space. Familiar, loved items such as pictures of family, favorite knick-knacks, etc. will make it more comfortable for them and give them a place that feels like a safe haven.

Especially at first, visit frequently and spend time in the community areas with your loved one versus them spending a lot of time isolated in their room. Get to know others living there yourself so you also become part of their community. As you do, so will your senior family members. You will find that not only does your relative benefit but you also benefit. A smaller community setting makes this much easier as it can be more relaxed and easier to get the one-on-one care and attention that may be needed to help with the adjustment. The unfamiliar becomes familiar much faster as it is less likely to become overwhelming.

Active Listening.

Find out what will make your loved one feel less lonely. This is best done simply by asking questions, listening to them and paying attention to what they react to and how. Listening by itself is a major factor in easing loneliness. Nothing makes a person feel lonely more than the feeling that no one listens.

Sometimes, the loneliness doesn’t seem to lift much no matter what you try and do. When this happens, it may be more than just loneliness. Depression is not unusual and often is mistaken for loneliness. Talk to the staff about it as they can evaluate the situation and consult with a therapist to distinguish between just feeling lonely or having depression. Often, depression is situational and will pass but sometimes it goes beyond situational and needs treatment that may be long term.

Change is hard for our aging family members to cope with. Even when our elderly remain at home, aging brings changes in the way they live. Loneliness often comes with that change. We can find ways of helping seniors cope with loneliness and change and it starts with listening.

As always, if we can be of assistance in any way, please contact us at www.smallalfcoaliton.com/contact-us.

Utilizing technology for Seniors

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Elderly Medical Alert Technologies

In continuation of providing tips and resources for seniors and their families, this article is devoted to providing you with five technologies to put your mind at ease. Below are great ideas for utilizing technology for Seniors.

Modern technologies are paving the way for our older population to stay independent for longer. With the advent of sensors, gadgets, and other ‘smart’ devices, our loved ones can thrive while their caregivers can maintain their peace of mind.  Let’s take a brief survey of these technologies.

Location Devices

Through the use of radio detection technology, LoJack has developed SafetyNet, a device which can be used for wandering loved ones.  If the older person gets lost, they can be found through the use of wearable ankle device that hones in on their location.

For those who aren’t fond of putting on bracelets or other new devices, there is the GPS SmartSole.  This can be inserted directly into your loved one’s shoes so their movements and activities can be monitored.  If the person goes outside of a ‘geo-fence,’ then the caregiver is notified.

Medical Alert Bracelets and Pendants

Medical alert bracelets and pendants have come a long way since their inception over 30 years ago.  The response ranges have gotten much larger. There are some medical alert systems which even have a two-way communication device right on the pendant so that the user can speak directly with someone on the other end of the line without being near the base station.

Health Monitoring

Health monitoring is not simply a fad for those who want to know their heart rate and caloric intake, it’s become a vital tool for our loved ones to stay in touch with their health care professionals and caregivers.

The telehealth monitoring system offered by Philips is able to get a person’s vital signs and then transmit them via a secure server to a health care professional.  The professional can then assess and make recommendations without our loved one having to leave the home. We are gradually moving toward the time where dime-sized chips can be implanted inside the body that can transmit the same information to doctors, caregivers, and other healthcare providers.

Active Monitoring

One thing which is putting many caretakers at ease is the ability to monitor and record their loved one’s activities in real time.  By being able to watch what’s going on, emergencies can be reacted to immediately. iWatchLife is a service where camera ‘hotspots’ can be placed throughout the home.  With this ability to monitor, the caregiver is warned of activities and motions which are out of the ordinary, actions which might prompt action.

We would be remiss if we didn’t also talk about grandCARE, a caregiving tool which claims that it is a comprehensive care solution.  It provides caregivers and other healthcare providers the ability to monitor and communicate with the loved one (or patient) with an easy-to-use interface.

Medication Reminders

Forgetting to take pills once in a while happens to all of us, but forgetting to take them on a regular basis can be a sign of more serious issues.  There are a few technologies available which can help people remember to take their pills.

The MedMinder has several options for its users, including a non-locked pill dispenser for every day drugs and a locked pill dispenser for medications that can be dangerous if taken in excess.  The pillbox informs the caregiver if medication has not been taken.

There are many technologies available for keeping our loved ones safe and active.  Caregivers want to have peace of mind when taking care of their loved ones.  These technologies can help both caregiver and loved one stay connected and healthy.

Author

Charlie Kimball is a Chief Communications Officer at MedicalCareAlert.com, a Michigan-based company providing home care monitoring for family members who choose to stay at home despite medical challenges. She also blogs for her company.

The Small Assisted Living Coalition: Senior Care Services

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Assisted Living Services

Making the Right Care Choices for Your Elderly Loved Ones

There once was a time when the only choices were to move senior family members in with you or into a nursing home. Now there are more choices, including finding the right assisted living service or other senior care service for your needs. Getting help and advice from someone who knows and understands the various options is so important since it is someone you love who needs the best and most appropriate care possible.

With choices such as home care, independent living, assisted living, memory care and nursing home care, it can be a confusing maze of choices. As loving, sometimes over protective family members, we can be too subjective as far as the needs of our elderly are concerned. It helps to have someone who can be more objective yet caring to evaluate the needs of not only your loved ones but also the entire family. On one hand, we can be in denial of how much care is needed but on the other, we might think they need more than they do. This can be especially true when it is both parents needing senior care services.

Working with the Small ALF Coalition, you will find caring people to help you assess the degree of care needed and to find the right community to provide the assisted living or senior service needed. As much as possible, the senior loved ones’ are included in the process since it is they who will be most affected. For as long as possible, they should be part of any decisions regarding their living situation and care. It makes a big difference in how well they adjust to the changes and how they do overall.

Elderly who are able to do many things for themselves may do best with home care or independent living. When a bit more care is needed than those options can provide, assisted living is a better option as it still allows seniors more control over their care than more institutional options. Elderly with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia would be better served with memory care. They would have services especially designed to keep their minds as healthy as possible as they are given tasks and opportunities to engage with others. When our loved ones can no longer care for themselves at all and family members are not able to give the twenty-four hour dedicated care they may need, it may be time to consider a nursing home to provide the skilled care needed for the health and safety of our elderly.

With so many factors to consider, it is a relief to know that this is what the Small ALF Coalition does all with the goal of helping you and your family make the best decision. The Small ALF Coalition provides the help you need at no cost to you.  We know the senior care services industry inside and out and have built solid reputations for providing the best care possible for families and their senior loved ones.   Please contact us at www.smallalfcoalition/contact-us for more information.  We would be honored to assist you.

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