Questions to Start Your Senior Living Search

There are about 22,000 senior housing properties in the U.S. And there are different types of senior housing within that 22,000, so figuring out which one to choose can feel a bit daunting. Asking yourself two questions – “How much can I afford?” and “What level of services do I need?” – will help you narrow your range of choices so you can find the best fit for your lifestyle and budget. What Level of

The Many Benefits of Inpatient Rehabilitation for Stroke

When a loved one suffers from a stroke, it is an unexpected and life changing event for everyone in the family. Stroke can cause paralysis or weakness on one side, visual/perceptual impairment, reduced coordination and balance, language and cognitive difficulty, bowel and bladder issues and swallowing difficulty, among many other issues. Stroke impacts thinking, talking, and daily living skills. Luckily, stroke rehabilitation can help greatly improve a patient’s symptoms from a stroke and in many cases,

Avoid Nursing Home Medicaid Mistakes

“I didn’t know how stressful this would be.” This is a comment from a client of my firm who recently placed her Mom into a nursing home and is attempting to have Medicaid pay for the care. If you are in the process of applying for Medicaid benefits, you probably share this sentiment. A nursing home admission will result in tremendous financial stress for families. Nursing homes can cost more than $10,000 per month and

3 Reasons Simple Will Plans are Insufficient

It’s Not Only About the Money. The problem with simple wills is that they generally deal with who gets the stuff.  General will plans for married families typically distribute assets “all to spouse then to my kids in equal shares.”  Consider this question… is money the only thing you give to your kids? Don’t we also give our kids other valuable things: respect, work ethic, religion, morals?  Of course, we do. Unfortunately, this is where

Virtual Reality – An Experience Apart from the Ordinary

It’s a sunny day in Paris and the sights our residents are experiencing through virtual reality are breathtaking. The St. Barnabas Memory Care Team, led by Midge Hobaugh, Memory Care Manager, is pleased to be working with Dr. Joseph Maroon, MD, FACS, Neurosurgeon, and MyndVR, to introduce the use of virtual reality to assist in the care and comfort of our residents living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. With the aid of our care team and

Person Direct Care in Comparison to Institutional Care

Person Direct Care meets the unique needs of individuals confronting Alzheimer’s/Dementia, as well as those of their loved ones. Person Direct Care practicing the Eden Alternative Philosophy is the method which develops strong, open, and transparent relationships for all concerned and provides individualized care. Standard institutional care approaches its delivery of care by strict adherence to processes, schedules, staff needs and relentless organizational rules and red tape. Many institutions are a form of what has