Category Archives: Assisted Living

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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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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Everything You Need to Know About Medigap Insurance

Seniors should be well aware of their financial options when choosing an assisted living home so that they can have a relaxed and comfortable stay. However, not many older adults know that Medicare does not provide cover for all kinds of medical expenses, and assisted living costs fall in that category. This is where having supplemental insurance, known as Medigap insurance, can come in handy. Medigap insurance is offered by private insurance companies to pay for the healthcare costs that are not covered by Medicare. However, you need to have a clear understanding of what is included in Medicare before choosing a supplemental Medigap insurance plan. For instance, if you have both Medicare Part A and Part B coverage, then getting a Medigap policy will be more beneficial for you. You can use the Medigap insurance to cover copayments, deductibles, and coinsurance expenses. Note that Medicare does not cover the healthcare costs if a senior develops an illness when traveling abroad. This can also be covered by some Medigap insurance policies, but not all insurance providers include this in their supplemental insurance plans. On the other hand, Medigap insurance will not cover the monthly costs for long-term senior care just like Medicare. It does not offer any cover for the expenses for dental care, eye care, hearing aids, or non-medical home care either. How Can a Medigap Policy Help You? If you ever experience a situation that requires you to be hospitalized in a local healthcare unit, then you can […]

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A group of happy seniors.

Helping Your Loved One Manage Their Pre-Move Anxiety

Moving to an assisted living home can be a tough thing to handle for your senior loved one. The emotional stress of moving away from their home and leaving their family can often lead to anxiety and cause other health problems for your loved one. That is why it is important to ensure that your parent or grandparent realizes the importance of moving to a senior living community. When they are aware of the life enrichment opportunities that assisted living offers, moving can be a lot easier for seniors. How to Help Your Senior Loved One Handle Pre-Move Anxiety As the day of the move draws near, your senior loved one may start feeling a bit nervous and agitated. This can be because your elderly parent or grandparent fears the big changes that would come along with it, such as the change in the location, the neighbors, or even the layout of the home. These changes are unavoidable, so you need to help them understand how the changes are for their good and how it will help them live happily in the assisted living home.  For some seniors, the money involved in covering the expenses for assisted living can be a stress factor and lead to anxiety problems. That is why you need to explore all the financing options to manage the assisted living costs and show your loved one how it will not be a burden on you or their retirement savings. Likewise, you should also consult with your […]

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Senior woman enjoying gardening in an assisted living community.

How Gardening Benefits Seniors in Assisted Living Communities

Gardening has many surprising health benefits for seniors, which is why most assisted living communities promote the activity among their residents. For instance, it keeps seniors engaged and active, while helping to reduce the likelihood of some common ailments associated with aging as well. Below are some of the most amazing benefits of gardening for seniors in assisted living care facilities. It Helps to Burn Calories Aging reduces mobility in seniors, which is why many of them spend their time sitting in one place or sleeping. This kind of inactivity can lead to higher calorie retention in the body, which can cause other complications in seniors. Gardening gives a simple way to exercise and burn calories by pulling weeds and planting seeds. It is even reported that light yard work and gardening can help to burn up to 330 calories in an hour. It Helps to Relieve Stress It is common for seniors to become anxious about a variety of things and stress over them. This could range from their family problems to worrying over their declining health condition. This can lead to restlessness and distress in seniors. Gardening can help to divert their focus and give them the responsibility to take care of their plants. This, in turn, helps to cultivate a sense of purpose and reduces stress and feelings of depression. It Promotes Heart Health Seniors are prone to a wide range of heart diseases due to the weakening of their heart muscles and other health complications. As […]

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A senior man getting memory therapy in an assisted living home.

Different Types of Memory Care Therapies at Assisted Living Facilities

Seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease experience extreme difficulties to interact with their surroundings. This is not only due to their cognitive impairment but also as a result of the changes related to their senses and perception. Such seniors may feel distressed and uncomfortable when in an unfamiliar situation and even become distracted in visually stimulating environments or due to high sounds or noise. That is why assisted living facilities offer all-inclusive care services to seniors with or dementia. Assisted living senior care communities focus on creating an environment that is safe and promotes independence in dementia or Alzheimer’s patients. This helps to boost their quality of life and alleviates stress. Although there are dedicated memory care facilities that differ from assisted living communities, the latter follows a comprehensive approach to help seniors with any condition. Below are some of the unique therapies employed by assisted living facilities to help seniors with memory-related conditions. Aromatherapy Aromatherapy refers to a holistic healing treatment approach that involves using plant extracts and aromatic essential oils to promote the overall health of the body and mind. It is seen to benefit physical and emotional health in seniors, which helps them to relax and reduces the likelihood of difficult behaviors. Aromatherapy can also help to improve mood, reduce anxiety, lower agitation, and promote sleep in seniors with dementia. Light Therapy Light therapy, which is also known as phototherapy in some cases, has lately emerged as a promising treatment for dementia patients. It helps to stimulate […]

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Addressing High Cholesterol Problems in Seniors

Managing cholesterol levels is very important to maintain good heart health as we age. Cholesterol can be found in certain foods and is necessary to support many bodily functions. However, high cholesterol levels can lead to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and it is even linked to Alzheimer’s disease. That is why it’s essential to understand how to manage high cholesterol problems in seniors. Managing High Cholesterol in Seniors Cholesterol comes in two types: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is more commonly known as good cholesterol as it helps to regulate cell creation, hormone production, and digestion. LDL can be viewed as bad cholesterol, as it can lead to the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels and arteries. This accumulation of plaque makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body, leading to heart failure and other cardiovascular problems. Generally, seniors’ healthy cholesterol level is below 200 mg/dl when taken as the total cholesterol count. Ideally, the LDL level should be 100 mg/dl and the HDL level above 50 mg/dl in women and 40 mg/dl in men. Seniors with diabetes or heart disease are recommended to maintain an even lower LDL level, preferably below 70 mg/dl. However, it is seen that as we age, our body produces more cholesterol. Combined with high-cholesterol foods like saturated vegetable oils and dairy products, this can lead to many health complications. There are many other risk factors as well that could lead to high cholesterol […]

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Helping Seniors with Dementia Move to Assisted Living

Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can get annoyed and frustrated with little things. It is seen that most family members have a difficult time managing the needs of their elders with dementia, which is why they turn to assisted living communities for help. An assisted living home will have professional caregivers at the site to help seniors with all their needs. They make sure that seniors with memory problems live a comfortable and contented life when there. However, moving a senior with Alzheimer’s or dementia to the assisted living community can be a bit challenging at first. The change to a new environment can be traumatic for some seniors and can even make their symptoms worse. That is why you should take all the steps necessary to make the move as smooth as possible. Below are some tips to help you out in that regard. Set your Goals Straight As soon as your senior starts feeling agitated due to their condition and forgetfulness, you should start planning the move to an assisted living community. Communicate with your senior, try to learn about their preferences, and focus on their needs to choose the best assisted living home for meeting those requirements. This will help to decrease the anxiety related to the move. Besides, it will also make you feel more confident knowing that you have made the right choice. Create a Familiar Environment Visit the assisted living facility in person and check the amenities and facilities they provide. See how […]

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