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Free Tools to Find an Eldercare Facility

Fortunately, there are plenty of helpful tools, as indicated below. For your FREE Assisted Living Guide or Nursing Home Guide please contact our office. Also here are a few sites worth checking out: The U.S. Administration on Aging’s Resource Center, which has links to other sites, including the agency’s Eldercare Locator service. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which will let you find your local agency on aging as well as information about housing options for the elderly. The Department of Health and Human Services National Clearinghouse for Longterm Care Information, a guide to long-term-care choices. Medicare’s Nursing…

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Dealing with Your Aging Parent

Recent studies show that doctors have more influence on an aging person's decision to stop driving than the person's family does. But if you can’t speak to the doctor, there are a number of topics that, if not handled correctly, can cause division between an aging parent and their children. Is it safe for the parent to drive? Is the parent taking proper care of themselves or their pets? Should the parent consider moving into an assisted living center? There are ways for the children to handle these topics in a sensitive way. In some ways, these conversations need to…

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Making the decision to move a parent out of the home can hurt.

A decade ago, at least one part of that transition wasn't so tough. When the for-sale sign went up, an eager buyer was likely to show up with a good offer. But today, families are facing a much more difficult real estate environment. Home Prices Collapse … Home prices are down more than 30 percent from their peak in 2006, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index. Over the past five years, home prices have plunged by roughly a third. During that same period, the annual cost of residing in an assisted-living facility has increased 5.7 percent per…

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Assisted Living Prices Increasing

The average monthly cost for assisted living has risen 5%, which might drive some seniors to consider other, more economical options when it comes to long-term care, according to the 2012 American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) Sourcebook. Assisted living costs an average of $3,350, reports the association, but despite the increase, more people have been turning to assisted living or home healthcare options rather than nursing home care. Less than a third (31%) of newly opened long-term care insurance claims are for nursing home care, according to AALTCI data. However, many seniors are realizing that long-term care insurance can…

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Transitioning Your Parents To An Assisted Living Facility.

People with aging parents may find it difficult to have a discussion about the prospect of transitioning them into a senior residence, particularly an assisted living community.  Many adult children should expect to face some resistance from their parents who may feel they are not ready to give up their independence and/or move from their home.  However, there are potential warning signs that one should consider while evaluating the particular circumstances.  The following are some examples when having a discussion on the topic might be necessary: The refrigerator is empty or filled with spoiled food, which may be a sign…

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Benefits of Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living communities offer many great benefits to the residents and provides peace of mind to their loved ones.  Some of these benefits may include the following: Dining plans with many choices of food to ensure that each resident is eating a well-balanced healthy meal. Daily social and recreational activities to encourage an active social life. Laundry and linen services. Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing and medication management, ensuring greater health and personal hygiene. On-site trained staff for medical emergencies. Group transportation for shopping and community events, and personal transportation for doctor’s appointments. On-site medical offices, physical therapists and other…

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Don’t be an Ostrich regarding Elder Law Issues i.e. head in ground

Some mistakenly dismiss elder law as something with which they need not concern themselves until they personally need help getting by each day. However, at the Elder Law office we work with many local residents on these issues decades before they need care themselves. That is because many adult children are forced to deal with these concerns on behalf of their parents–many of whom have serious health concerns that arise quite quickly. With demographic changes leading to a boom in the elderly population, the need to care for aging parents is catching more and more adult children by surprise. According…

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Long Distance Caregiving

Taking care of your aging parent can be difficult, even if you live right down the road. But when you live out of state, those difficulties can grow exponentially. How can you make sure their needs are met? Preparation.  Visit with a Purpose. If you can, take an extended trip so you have ample time to assess how your parents are coping. Particularly review: Hygiene Eating habit How they’re getting around Their social interaction Are they taking care of their business (bills, medications, etc.)? Make Arrangements. If you notice your parent having difficulties, consider getting them a home health aide….

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Planning for assisted living costs should be at the top of your aging parent’s mind, or your mind.

Planning for assisted living costs should be at the top of your aging parent’s mind, or your mind. Because nursing home, assisted living, and adult day care costs are constantly increasing. As stated in the MetLife Mature Market Institute’s annual survey the cost of these types of long-term care have increased by 5.6 percent since the previous year. A private room in a nursing home averaged $87,000 a year and adult day programs cost $42,000 a year. Assisted living costs increase as your parents require additional care. Therefore, facilities can charge hundreds more a month for bathing, incontinence care, and…

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Assisted Living Facilities may not be what you think. In fact, many are like 5 star hotels.

When it comes to leaving your home and residing in a retirement home most people would rather stay at home. However, today's retirement homes, or Continuing Care and Assisted Living Facilities may not be what you think. In fact, many are like 5 star hotels. The assisted living facilities offer full service amenities such as laundry, housekeeping, transportation, onsite dining, and entertainment. The best part is that many of these services are all inclusive. Many seniors value their freedom, but for reasons beyond their control they can no longer care for themselves. Therefore, simple household chores like cooking, cleaning and…

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