Tips for Visiting a Senior in Memory Care

Knowing how to communicate with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia takes practice and, above all, patience. Regardless, just being present for an aging family member can take an emotional toll. Before visiting a loved one in memory care, consider researching some of the common behavior and personality changes associated with memory loss. Memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s affect people’s brains differently, and how individuals cope with changing medical needs can be significant factors

Mom’s Big Decision (An illustrative story)

I wouldn’t say my mother was ever a social butterfly, but since Dad’s passing the home health nurse and physical therapist had become the week’s highlights. We just could never get there often enough! Then the pneumonia and fall in the bathroom last winter scared us all. My brother said there was no way Mom could afford a senior home because a coworker told him what it cost for his dad. I did an internet

No One Plans to Fail

No one wakes up in the morning with a deliberate plan to fail, but I do believe many of us plan for failure by simply procrastinating because while we all know we will die it all seems so far off. Unfortunately, too often the unexpected arises, and families are left scrambling to figure out what to do for those they love. When my mother’s health became such that my father had to place her in

How to Preserve Assets When Faced With Long Term Care Costs

It is estimated that over 70% of people over 65 will need some type of Long Term Care(LTC) according to the US Department of Health & Human Services. Meet Charlie and Fran.  They have three children, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren…so far!  They have hopes and dreams for their future generations and have worked hard to ensure their legacy is passed on.  As they age, they realize that if either one of them needs

Making Sense of Senior Safety

Observing the safety hazards in a senior’s home is one thing. Living them is another. It’s not always easy to understand the physical limitations older adults face that could make home a virtual minefield for an aging parent. According to research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network, nearly 100% of emergency room doctors in the U.S. and Canada report that the following health conditions are very serious risk factors as potential causes for injuries or accidents