As loved ones age, it can become increasingly difficult to provide the quality care that they need. If you’re struggling to balance your life while still caring for an elderly family member, it may be time to consider the benefits of a nursing home. These live-in facilities provide around-the-clock care and monitoring, no matter the needs of the residents. While this may seem like the perfect solution, many hesitate to enlist the help of such facilities due to the perceived cost. To help you understand what a nursing home may cost your family, here’s what you need to know. Read the rest of this entry »
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Moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility can be a difficult transition for your loved one, but there are a few things you can do to make it a little easier. Read the rest of this entry »
As your loved one ages, they may outgrow the quality of care that you’re able to provide. Especially as illness and serious conditions develop, you may find that you’re overwhelmed with the amount of time that it takes to care for them. For this reason, more and more families are opting to place their loved ones in nursing homes. These live-in facilities provide around-the-clock care and may even specialize in memory care. Although this is the best solution in many cases, it’s common for family members to feel guilty about the decision to choose a rest home. To help combat these feelings of sadness and guilt, there are a few things that you can do. Read the rest of this entry »
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injury for seniors. However, many older adults don’t believe that they will fall or don’t recognize the dangers of falling. Luckily staying active is a proactive way of preventing falls and keeping you healthy. Read the rest of this entry »
We know that a skilled nurse and attentive health care professionals are hugely beneficial. We also know that people can sometimes be terrified of facing yet another large medical bill. However, there are ways to help cover the expense of a nursing and rehabilitation center. You don’t have try and tough it out or avoid care, simply because you’re afraid of the cost. You should be able to afford the help that you need, and you may be able to get more assistance in managing the bills than you ever imagined. Read the rest of this entry »
As you get older, it can be difficult to stay active as you have less energy every day. However, it is more important than ever to keep in shape as much as possible. Fortunately, there are many options for staying fit nowadays, and you should be able to take advantage of them without much problem. If you or a loved one needs to get active again, you can try these tips. Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone suffers some memory loss as they age. It isn’t clear that there is a way to avoid it, but there are some things you or an elder in your care can do to reduce or delay the onset of symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »
Knowing the right decision to make when a family member needs more care than you can provide is hard. Being in charge can be difficult, and there can be confusing acronyms thrown at you when going through this process. Two you may have heard are SNF and ALF. Here’s a breakdown of each of these terms, and what they mean.
Medicare and Medicaid are two distinct programs that offer financial assistance in paying for medical costs. Although they’re easy to get confused, they’re funded and organized by different parts of the government and cover different needs. Your loved one may qualify for one or both programs. Here’s how to find out if they’re eligible. Read the rest of this entry »
In the United States alone, one in four elderly people falls every year. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury for those over the age of 65. If you have an elderly parent, grandparent, or neighbor that you are concerned about, you can help prevent falls with these tips.
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A few of the most common contributors to falls are health-related. Falls can happen because of poor vision, a lack of balance, or dizziness because of a chronic condition. Make sure your loved one is getting regular health checkups with their primary care physician and their eye doctor. If the senior in your life lives alone, you should also encourage them to wear an alert device that will call for help if a fall occurs. Read the rest of this entry »