Category Archives: Assisted Living

An elderly woman and a staff member at an assisted living home.

A Few Stimulating Activities For The Elderly

Have you recently started to feel that the senior in your life has slumped into a daily rut? It is a common thing for elders to develop a routine that can dull their spirits and negatively impact their mental and physical wellbeing. However, you need not worry, as many stimulating activities can help improve the quality of life of your senior loved one. Many ideas can improve the physical abilities and mental capabilities of seniors. Engaging in stimulating activities can benefit seniors in many ways like: Minimizing depression and agitation Maintaining motor skills Get a feeling of accomplishment A few stimulating activities for seniors are discussed below. These activities can help seniors become more engaged in their lives. Gardening  For seniors who enjoy the outdoors, gardening can be a great option. Even if they do not have the agility and strength to perform advanced gardening activities, they can always do the basic gardening tasks like seed placement, watering, raking, etc. Gardening is an activity that can arouse the senses and can give seniors a chance to get vitamin D. For seniors who are more physically able, there are tasks like weeding, digging, and potting. Many assisted living communities and senior homes encourage their residents to take part in gardening. Exercises And Walking  Walking is a physical activity that can help seniors ensure a flow of endorphins. Seniors can walk around the community or many also join swimming programs or exercise groups. Organized exercise sessions like aerobics and yoga are also […]

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A man touring an assisted living facility.

Tips For Touring Assisted Living Facilities

Finding the right assisted living facility for your senior loved one is a really important decision for you to make. There are a few important things that you should look out for while assessing a senior living facility and you need to consider the quality of care that your senior loved one may receive in the facility. The below tips can be used while touring senior care communities to find the facility that your senior loved one will be comfortable staying in. Observe The Level Of Cleanliness  Observe the place and see if it feels clean and fresh. Enquire about the frequency at which housekeeping is provided in personal living space. Besides, collect details about the type of maintenance offered and the estimated time of response. Do not miss out on enquiring about the specifics such as what is being offered and at what expense. Foul smells in the property can indicate a lack of cleanliness or some temporary issues. If the odor is concentrated in an area, it can be due to a recent incident, and smells throughout the assisted living community can be an indication of a bigger problem. Make it a point to ask the manager about the cause of the problem. Observe Staff Friendliness  The friendliness and attitude of the staff are important things that you need to pay attention to. Watch several staff members interacting with the residents to assess their friendliness. Do the staff members listen to the residents and share a mutual eye […]

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A masked nurse and two residents at an assisted living facility.

Understanding The Instrumental Activities Of Daily Living 

Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) are the abilities and skills that are necessary to do some of the daily tasks associated with independent living. These activities may not be essential for the basic functioning of a person. However, they are contemplated as important to evaluate the self-sufficiency of a person together with their quality of life.    An evaluation of the capability of a person to manage the instrumental activities of daily living is used as a factor to understand whether a person can safely continue to live in their house without any outside help. Typically there are eight key focus areas for IADl and includes: ability to use a phone,  running household tasks and shopping management of finances  dressing and laundry housekeeping  meal preparation transportation management of medication    Functioning Of Instrumental Activities Of Daily Living  There are various scales used to measure the ability of a person to do the instrumental activities of daily living. These include the Katz ADL scale, Lawton IADL scale, Older American Resources, And Services ADL/IADL scale, and the Bristol Activities of Daily Living Scale.  Some questionnaires are used by caregivers, family members, and health care professionals to measure the competence of a person with these skills. These are oftentimes used in assessments to find out if seniors can safely live at home independently. Alternatively, these are used to find out the level of services necessary to enable a senior to continue living in their home.  These assessments will allow for objective considerations regarding […]

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A nurse and resident in adult foster care.

Understanding Adult Foster Care 

Adult foster care is any care that is offered to an adult in a home-based environment. Ordinarily, this type of care is provided to adults with intellectual or developmental impairments. These disabilities can affect their ability to lead a normal life.  Adult foster care usually offers assistance with activities that are a part and parcel of daily living. A few examples include the following ones listed below: Meal preparation  Cleaning and laundry  Personal grooming  Dressing  Climbing stairs and walking  Medication management    Adult foster care is also called small group assisted living, domiciliary care, adult family care, etc. Usually, this type of care is provided in homes with less than six residents, whereas the assisted living homes offer care to large groups. Adult foster care can also ensure the personal safety of the seniors.  How Does Adult Foster Care Work?  Adult foster care provides varying levels of care and this depends on the need of the residents. Therefore this type of care can vary from round-the-clock care to daily drop-ins for help with some tasks. In foster care setups, residents will usually have their quarters with easy access to assistance when they need it.  The availability of staff is the biggest difference between assisted living facilities and adult foster care. Staff will be available and awake round the clock in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Adult foster care homes will also have staff available but they might not be necessarily awake round the clock. This is because the needs […]

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A senior and caregiver at a NY senior care home.

Coping With Personality Changes in Seniors 

Managing the day to day responsibilities and challenges of senior caregiving can be hard enough. Add to it the unexpected changes in the mental health and behavior of seniors that can happen due to old age or diseases. It can be stressful for a person to deal with and many caregivers in assisted living facilities deal with such situations daily. The changes in the behavior of the senior and their actions due to the change might make you feel hurt or angry. However, you need to stay calm. It is also not uncommon for a caregiver to be on the receiving end of a senior’s anger even after all they do as to address the person’s needs. When a person is unable to recognize someone or something, it can lead to a change in behavior. Anger, withdrawal, or suspicion in seniors can often signal unmanaged pain, out of control urinary tract infection, dementia-related problems, or medication interactions and side effects. The older a person gets, the more likely they are to lose control, memory, independence, mobility, and even a sense of belonging. There is no wonder a person would feel hopelessness, frustration, grief, and fear when they experience these losses and they will lash it out on the person who they see the most, which will usually be the caregiver in a senior living facility. Tips To Cope With Behavior Changes In Seniors  The suggestions shared below can help you find a way to cope with the behavior and personality […]

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A doctor discusses medication management with a senior in a NY assisted living home.

How Assisted Living Homes Prevent Medication Mistakes by Seniors

Following a proper medication schedule is vital for maintaining health in seniors, but it can be challenging for them at times. This is especially the case for those who have to take multiple types of medicine every day. It is reported that more than 770,000 seniors end up in a hospital emergency room because of medication mistakes. That is why assisted living homes pay special attention to medication management and ensure the right administration of prescription drugs for their elderly residents. Common Instances of Medication Mistakes by Seniors and How Assisted Living Helps to Avoid Them Most of the prescription medications for seniors are time-sensitive, such as those prescribed for diabetes and heart disease. If a senior patient misses a dose or takes too many doses at once, then the results can be very dangerous. Caregivers at assisted living facilities maintain an adequate medication schedule for each of their senior residents with the names of the prescription drugs, right dosages, and administration time. This way, they can help seniors to take the medicines adhering to the right dosage and intervals. Many seniors with chronic health conditions also have swallowing problems, which makes it difficult for them to take their medication as per the recommended schedule and dosage. This can be a serious concern for elderly individuals living alone as it increases the risks of choking and other issues. When in an assisted living setting, seniors are guided by professional caregivers to take their recommended doses without experiencing any complications. Caregivers […]

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a doctor helps a senior with pain management.

Chronic Pain in the Elderly and How to Manage it

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 20 million older adults in the US alone are living with chronic pain. As chronic pain interferes with their daily life, seniors often take medications to manage their condition. Yet because of the opioid epidemic in recent times, doctors are reluctant to recommend pharmacological solutions for chronic pain. This can make things quite challenging for seniors, but there are ways to manage chronic pain effectively and deal with the frustrating situation without relying on medications. Causes of Chronic Pain in Seniors As we age, our body becomes weaker and paves the way for many types of complications. The most common cause of chronic pain in seniors is found to be musculoskeletal disorders that happen due to the weakening of the bones. Conditions like arthritis and degenerative spinal problems often lead to severe pain in the elderly, while ischemic pain, neuropathic pain, and pain due to cancer and its treatment are also triggers of chronic pain. Vertebral compression fractures in older women are another common cause of severe pain and discomfort. Chronic pain in seniors can lead to an increased risk of falls, functional impairment, mobility problems, and other adverse outcomes like depression and sleep issues. Pain evaluation and treatment is also very difficult in seniors because of concomitant chronic illnesses, whereas older adults also respond differently to different therapies, making it difficult to follow a treatment plan. Moreover, many seniors also have some kind of cognitive impairment that […]

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Seniors doing exercises at an assisted living home.

Key Differences between Assisted Living and Memory Care

Finding the right type of senior living is vital to ensure that your loved one gets all the care and support required to meet their day-to-day needs and live a contented life. This is even more important when choosing a senior living option for your parent or grandparent with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or any other form of memory impairment. In such cases, two of the most common choices for family members are assisted living facilities and memory care centers. Learn more about our assisted living facility here, While many of the services provided in assisted living communities and memory care facilities may seem similar, there are a few subtle differences between the two. That is why it is essential to understand what differentiates them so that you can make an informed decision for your senior. Below are some of the main differences between assisted living and memory care that you should be aware of. Specialized Care and Staffing Both assisted living communities and memory care centers have skilled and trained staff on the site to help their residents and address all their specific needs. In general, assisted living facilities have expert caregivers, who assist seniors with their daily tasks, medication management, meals, hygiene, and more. In contrast, memory care communities have staff that are specialized in the nuances of memory care and offer more dedicated care services related to cognitive impairment. The Level of Activities Assisted living facilities are known to offer a wide variety of daily activities to keep […]

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A senior and his daughter view medicare and assisted living costs.

FAQs on Medicare/Medicaid and Assisted Living Facilities

Healthcare costs are often the prime concern for families looking for senior living options. On average, assisted living facilities can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 per month or even more depending upon the location, the services included, and the amenities offered by the assisted living community. Therefore, it is important to be aware of your options and know how you can finance the senior care services for your elderly parent or grandparent. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about Medicare and Medicaid in regards to their coverage offered for senior care and assisted living. Does Medicare Pay for Assisted Living Costs? Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part C do not provide any cover for assisted living or retirement home costs. Instead, they only pay for the expenses associated with medical care for seniors, which may include a short-term stay in a skilled nursing home or a rehabilitation facility. Medicare can also be used to cover the costs of in-home care if the senior is recovering from an illness or injury and needs specialized healthcare supervision from a home health nurse or therapist. However, Medicare does not pay for any kind of long-term care, be it in an assisted living community or a nursing care center. Does Medicaid Pay for Assisted Living Facilities? Medicaid is a type of health insurance that is designed to serve low-income families and individuals with only a few assets. So seniors can qualify for Medicaid coverage only if they meet certain criteria […]

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Seniors using resistance bands to exercise.

Fall Prevention Exercises for Seniors in Assisted Living Communities

Seniors are at great risk of falls and getting injured due to that. That is why assisted living communities employ all necessary safety measures and precautions to make sure that their residents stay safe and avoid unnecessary falls. Caregivers at senior care facilities also encourage their residents to practice simple fall prevention exercises regularly, which help to strengthen their muscles, improve balance, and boost cognitive skills. Below are some of the most effective fall prevention exercises for seniors in assisted living communities. Visit our Services page to learn more about our services, including group exercises. Chair Leg Raise Exercises This is one of the most common fall prevention exercises, wherein you need to sit on a sturdy chair, hold the base of the chair with your hands, and extend one leg straight up. Then bring the knee toward the chest while keeping the upper body still. Hold it for a few seconds, and then repeat the same process with the other leg. Elastic Band Exercises Elastic band exercises can help to improve hip stability and strength, which are essential to maintain mobility and avoid falls. Caregivers at assisted living facilities can guide you with different types of elastic band exercises that suit your condition and can help to strengthen your hips, such as hip abduction, hip flexion, hip adduction, and hip extension exercises. Weightlifting Weightlifting is another great exercise for seniors and it helps to maintain their balance and movement control. However, this exercise should be done under proper supervision […]

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