How Can an Ombudsman Help You?

If you live in a long-term care or assisted living facility remember that the Ombudsman is your advocate to help in working out issues or concerns that arise. I first met Jennifer, a fifty something year old woman last year. Jen reported injuring herself, a small cut, maybe a nick gardening or chopping veggies she wasn’t sure. The cut was small enough to be non-concerning and it healed soon enough that the event was long

Benefits of Continuing Care Retirement Communities

When considering senior living options for yourself or a family member, the amount of information to process may seem overwhelming. It’s important to understand the types of communities available to you, along with the services offered. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) typically include independent living, assisted living, and memory care and some may offer skilled nursing and rehabilitation. These communities are worth considering, as they offer a variety of services within one community, maintenance-free living,

Safety Checks Room by Room

There are many things that we can do to improve the safety for ourselves and for our loved ones. As we walk through the home there are many things to consider. In general, fall hazards can happen in any room. Start with eliminating various trip/fall hazards such as clutter in all sizes, stacks of items on the floor, throw rugs, extension cords in walkways, etc. Even some pets can be a problem as we age,

Senior Meals Provide Nutrition and Community Support

Cooking for one or even two, presents challenges as we age. It can be difficult to shop and prepare healthy, well-balanced meals on a daily basis. Did you know the Older Americans Act provides grants to State and community senior organizations to help provide a healthy, well-balanced meals for older adults? Through the Community dining and home delivered meal programs, seniors struggling with isolation and loneliness or those who have difficulty buying or preparing meals

Plan for the bet, but prepare for the worst.

Your father’s bank calls and tells you they are concerned that “friends” are bringing him to the bank on a regular basis and helping him cash checks and make ATM withdrawals. How can you stop others from taking advantage of your father? A nurse calls to tell you your wife has been admitted to the emergency room and doctors need to talk with her health care surrogate. You ask, “What is a health care surrogate?”

What Are You Doing For Stress?

It can also create or contribute to health concerns everything from high blood pressure, digestive issues, migraines, skin irritations, depression, weight, sleep disorders, food and environmental allergies, and much more. Some stress can be good stress: weddings, birthdays, new jobs. Things we think of as bad stress: family conflict, pressure at work, dealing with family addictions, and health concerns. So what do you do about it? Some people find they can take a walk, talk