Everything you need to know when choosing care for you or your loved one! We completely understand how difficult it is to navigate the complex world of senior care. How do you know where to start? Do we hire an elder law attorney first? Should we meet with our local VA representative? What’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? Should we look into assisted living or home care? How do you choose the first step?
Not as many people are aware, but every one of us is impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Maybe the disease affects somebody we know – we’re all just a few degrees of separation away from someone suffering from the disease. We are all indirectly paying the bill as Alzheimer’s will cost our government $277 billion by the end of 2018, and that does not reflect informal care. Nationally, 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, every 66 seconds
When selecting a senior living community, the design is important. A personal evaluation will help. Today’s prospective residents are looking for design trends that facilitate a more active and engaged lifestyle. Designs that promote engagement, encourage social living and include plenty of spaces for both privacy and community are in high demand. Consider an overall holistic design that promotes different elements and dimensions of wellness, including: SOCIAL EXPERIENCES: Communities should provide a neighborhood concept with
Senior living has many options – what’s best for you? Do you require care? Are you independent and seeking an apartment community where you feel safe, can socialize and have activities right at your fingertips? Yes? An independent living community would fit your lifestyle. Check out senior apartments or a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). A CCRC allows you to move-in as a healthy adult, but if your needs change, you can access higher levels
Senior housing facilities who receive tax credits are required to provide Supportive Services as part of their agreement with the Pennsylvania Health Finance Agency (PHFA). These services are designed to help seniors age-in-place by addressing barriers to healthy food, transportation, health & wellness services, ﬁnancial assistance and social activities. Although non-tax credit properties may not have an escrowed budget to pay for such services, there is evidence that the cost of property management can be
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