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Welcome to Seniors Blue Book's home page for the Boston area.  Here you will find the latest news and information on our community.  Please check back often and let us know what you think. This site complements our local Seniors Blue Book and Professional Discharge Planner Resource Notebook.  If you would like a book please click on a button below.  If you are a professional  interested in being showcased in our next issue or receiving our Discharge Planner Resource Notebook please contact us. We are here to help our seniors, their family members and the professionals that serve them. Email or call us at 978-443-8318  and let us know how we can help you. Enjoy the site and we look forward to hearing from you. Susan Arayas - Publisher

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Generations Law Group

Guardianship/Conservatorship 111 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts, 01776

Protecting Today What Matters TomorrowGenerations Law Group provides comprehensive legal services for the Sandwich Generation in matters such as: Crisis Planning Long-Term Care & MassHealth (Medicaid) Planning Estate Planning Guardianship & Conservatorship Probate & Trust AdministrationFounded by a Nurse Attorney, Generations Law Group has over 20 years experience and has been the trusted source for expert legal advice. We find many people want the peace of mind that comes from legally protecting their most cherished assets: their health and the financial future of their family. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand the potential impact many life events can have on your estate and long-term planning. We help you do this by compassionately listening and responding to your needs. We serve you with three offices conveniently located at 179 Great Road, Suite 109, Acton, MA 111 Boston Post Road, Suite 101, Sudbury, MA1500 District Avenue, Burlington, MATo learn how we can help you and all the Generations of your family, call us at 978-263-0006 or visit our website www.GenerationsLawGroup.com.

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Assisted Living Locators

Housing Resources 11 River St, Amesbury, Massachusetts, 01913

"Finding the perfect senior living option is an emotional and daunting task. Assisted Living Locators offers a FREE hands on, personal service guiding you through the process of researching and choosing the healthiest and safest senior living option. Matching the Right Person with the Right Place at the Right Time."

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NewBridge on the Charles

Memory Care 6000 Great Meadow Rd, Dedham, Massachusetts, 02026

NewBridge on the Charles offers Memory Care Assisted Living Residences to seniors with Alzheimers Disease and/or a related dementia in a social, residential setting. Situated within the larger NewBridge on the Charles campus, residents receive priority access to Harvard Medical School affiliated health care services.

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Sunrise of Wayland

Memory Care 285 Commonwealth Rd, Wayland, Massachusetts, 01778

At Sunrise of Wayland, our team members are experts at offering loving, personalized care. We develop meaningful relationships with our residents and will enjoy showing you just how much we care in all that we do. Our committed, compassionate team will partner with you, your family, and your physicians to develop a customized plan that addresses your specific needs and wants. Our cozy community is lush with greenery, warmed by a fireplace, and easy to navigate.

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Save hundreds per month by auditing your home service subscriptions

When was the last time you looked at how much youre paying for your home service subscriptions?Most people sign up for monthly subscription services like cable, internet, home phone, and cell phone,and rarely revisit them to see whether they could be paying less, or which of these services theyre actually using.Home service companies use several tactics to take advantage of customers.First, they often offer inexpensive introductory rates for services and increase the price after thefirst year.  This gets customers signed up before the price shoots up to the normal rate when they arent monitoringthe bill.Second, they often require customers to bundle services. There might be an excellent deal on home phoneservice, but to get it, you must sign up for a service youre not using (like internet).Third, service providers will sell high margin, add-on products that customers are unlikely to use, increasing the total price of the service.This is especially true with cell phone providers, who will try to get customers who usually use verylittle data onto expensive unlimited data plans.Here are two steps you can take to get your home services under control.Start by auditing your subscriptions, looking at every service youre paying for, and asking yourself two questions: How much am I using this service? Does the price Im paying line up with how much Im using it?If you dont feel youre getting enough value out of a particular service, consider alternative options. You might find better, cheaper options today that werent available when you first signed up.For instance, you could cut the cord with online cable alternatives, like YouTube TV or Hulu Live TV.For home phone services, companies like Community Phone connect your home phone to cell towers rather than copper wire cable, which lets you get out of restrictive home phone contracts, or expensive internet + home phone packages that most traditional providers require.The bottom line is, you could save hundreds of dollars per year just by taking some time to review the subscriptions youre paying for and looking for cheaper alternatives that more closely align with your needs.This article was submitted by James Graham, Founder and CEO of Community Phone, Cambridge Massachusetts

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What’s the difference between a CCRC and a Lifecare community?

What is a CCRC? What defines a Lifecare community? Is there a difference? In this article, you will learn about the available contract types at CCRCs so you can make an educated decision about thetype of community thats best for you. CCRCsalso referred to as continuing care retirement communities or Life Plan communitiesoffer a secure pathway for aging and future healthcare needs and eliminate the need for a disruptive move if you ever need a higher level of care. Residents typically enter these communities as independent living residents and enjoy access to continuing on-site healthcare, including assisted living and memory care, should the need for such services arise.There are three types of care contracts available at CCRCs (Type A, Type B and Type C), all offering different levels of care coverage.1.     Type A Contract: LifecareType A Lifecare contracts include coverage of all potential care costs as part of the initial contract, which includes housing, services, and amenities.  All Lifecare communities are CCRCs, but not all CCRCs offer a Lifecare contract.  A Lifecare contract requires an entrance fee but ensures predictable monthly fees regardless of your care needs. Plus, couples with a Lifecare contract can occupy two residences on the same campus but only pay one monthly fee.Those who opt for Lifecare know they can count on high-quality care available at predictable rates for the rest of their lives. Generally, Lifecare residents pay far less for these services than they would on the open market as part of a smartfinancial plan to protect themselves and their estate from the ever-increasing costs of long-term care.2.     Type B Contract: Modified CareType B Modified Care Contracts offer lower upfront deposits and monthly fees but also have limitations on covered long-term care services. Healthcare is typically provided in one of two ways:         1.     A limited number of free days included as part of the entrance fee, with additional care billed at per diem market rates        2.     An ongoing, minimally discounted rate Healthcare services may be delivered on or off site, and two monthly fees may be incurred if couples require different levels of care.   3.     Type C Contract: Fee-for-Service Care       With a Type C Fee-for-Service Contract, access to long-term care, while typically guaranteed, is charged at market rates. If a resident requires care on a short-term basis, to maintain their independent living residence,      that resident would be required to pay the monthly fee on the independent living residence plus the costs of housing and healthcare received in assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing. While theres no upfront expense under this plan, the market costs of care can rapidly exceed the amount of an upfront entrance fee without the benefits of pre-arranged long-term care costs.Making a DecisionSo which CCRC contract is the best? Theres no one right answer for everyone. It comes down to making the decision that youre comfortable with after considering things like your family history regarding life expectancy and health in addition to knowledge about the different types of CCRCs. ContributingWriter Adam Manchester, Executive Director, New Pond Village amanchester@benchmarkquality.com 508-660-1555

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Is It Time for Senior Living?

Senior living community is a catchall phrase for independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities. For seniors who are ready to downsize, or for those who need more care than can affordably be provided at home, a senior living community can be an excellent choice. Independent living communities offer social activities, meals, and the security of knowing help is nearby. Assisted living and memory care communities do the same, but also provide the care ailing seniors need to live as independently as possible. If you or a loved one is struggling with whether its time to move, consider the following. RED FLAGSImmediate action is needed.        Wandering. People with dementia may get lost in familiar surroundings or they may set out for a location from their past. They are at significant risk if they are alone.        Frequent falls. Injury from a fall often marks the beginning of a steep decline in physical and mental health.         Drastic weight loss. Weight loss may be due to a medical condition, self-neglect, or simply not eating enough because its too difficult to shop and/or prepare meals adequately.        Inconsistency taking medications. Confusion and forgetfulness can lead to under- or over-medicating, resulting in falls, overdoses, or poorly controlled medical conditions.        Self-neglect. Self-neglect shows up as very poor personal hygiene, unkempt appearance, malnutrition and/or dehydration, squalid or unsanitary living conditions, and/or hoarding. YELLOW FLAGSA move should be considered.        Isolation. Studies have shown that socialization     and mental stimulation are key components to healthy aging.         Increased forgetfulness or confusion. These can lead to a senior leaving the stove on, forgetting, or doubling up on medications, and vulnerability to financial predators.        Caregiver burnout/declining health. Caregiving is emotionally and physically stressful. Caregivers may see their own health decline as caregiving needs increase. If a caregiver feels burned out or has health issues of their own, a Plan B should be put in place.        Loss of drivers license. Giving up a drivers license becomes much easier if there are good alternatives. A senior living community provides built in social activities and meals and may provide transportation to local businesses and doctors appointments.  Editors Note: This article was submitted by Megan Fisher, CSA and Bill Cleary, CSA. Megan and Bill are owners of Boston-area offices of Oasis Senior Advisors and may be reached at 781-490-0180 or 508-538-8100, or by email at mfisher@youroasisadvisor.com or bcleary@youroasisadvisor.com.

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The Key to Compassionate Care: 7 Things to Look for in Memory Care Assisted Living Communities

As our loved ones age and face the challenges of dementia, finding a caring, supportive environment is so important. Memory care assisted living communities are designed to provide specialized care and assistance to individuals with memory loss. However, not all facilities are created equal. Here are seven things to consider when selecting a memory care community, ensuring your loved one receives the support and dignity they deserve.Compassionate and Trained StaffThe heart of any exceptional memory care community lies in its compassionate and well-trained staff. Look for communities where caregivers receive specialized and ongoing training in dementia care, understanding the unique needs of individuals with memory loss. Observe how staff interacts with residents, noting their patience, empathy, and dedication to preserving residents' dignity. Person-Centered ApproachEach resident is unique, with a life story and individual needs. An outstanding memory care community will emphasize a person-centered approach, tailoring care plans to each resident's preferences, abilities, and history. They should focus on maintaining a sense of independence and self-worth, promoting engagement and a high quality of life. Safe and Secure EnvironmentSafety is key for all loved ones, but especially so for those living with dementia. Ensure the memory care community provides a protected environment with measures like secured entrances, monitored exits, and surveillance systems. The community should be designed to minimize confusion, with clear signage, easily navigable layouts, and secure outdoor spaces. By incorporating elements such as ample natural light and intuitive floor plans, community designs can greatly contribute to fostering a more positive state of mind and a sense of independence among residents. Engaging Activities and ProgramsStaying active and engaged is crucial for the well-being of individuals with dementia. Look for communities that offer a wide range of stimulating activities and programs specifically designed for memory care residents. These may include opportunities for socialization, as well as memory-enhancing games, sensory experiences, and art, music, and pet therapy. Additionally, access to secure outdoor spaces, thoughtfully designed walking paths, inviting patios, and serene gardens can greatly contribute to relaxation and overall enjoyment for residents.Nutritious Meals and Dining ExperienceProper nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining overall health and well-being. Ensure the memory care community provides nutritious, well-balanced meals tailored to meet the dietary needs of individuals with dementia. Consider the dining experience as welllook for inviting dining areas, personalized assistance if required, and flexible mealtime options to accommodate varying preferences and abilities. Holistic Healthcare ServicesComprehensive healthcare services should be readily available within the memory care community. Look for communities that offer regular health assessments, medication management, and coordination with medical professionals. Additionally, ask about onsite therapy services, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy, to address residents' specific needs. Family Involvement and SupportMaintaining strong connections with family members is vital for individuals with dementia. Seek out memory care communities that actively encourage family involvement and provide support services. Look for open communication channels, family education programs, and opportunities for family members to participate in care planning and decision-making processes. Selecting the right memory care assisted living community for a loved one living with dementia calls for careful consideration. By keeping these seven aspects in mind, youll have a head start on homing in on a community that provides the compassionate care, security, engagement, and support necessary for your loved one to thrive. Remember, a well-designed, attentive memory care community can make a big difference in the lives of residents and their families, offering peace of mind and enhancing the quality of life for everyone involved.  Mary Ann Morse at Heritage, situated on eight acres in Framingham, MA, is renowned for its exceptional memory care, traditional, and mental health assisted living communities. Nonprofit Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Corp. has been dedicated to delivering quality, affordable senior living and healthcare services for over three decades in the MetroWest area. Our mission is to support aging adults and their families by providing a comprehensive continuum of senior living, healthcare, and home care options. We are deeply committed to our mission of helping seniors to live their best lives and to embrace healthy aging, no matter where they are on lifes journey.

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