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How to Know When It’s Time for a Nursing Home

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There’s no one right answer for when it’s time to transition to a nursing home. Some seniors make the move in their 50s or 60s, while others continue to live on their own until their 80s or 90s. Sometimes your elderly loved one may decide it’s time for a nursing home on his or her own, while other times it’s left up to family members to make that decision. Here are some ways to know it might be time to move your loved one into a nursing home.

Physical Signs

As your loved one grows older, is he or she falling more often? Have there been more hospital visits or even surgeries to repair cracked hips or knees? Look for signs of overall weakness as well. Do they have a hard time doing even basic chores? Do they tend to lay in bed all day and have a hard time getting up on their own? These are signs that your loved one may need more supervision and possibly someone to help with basic tasks like changing their clothes or taking a shower.

Mental Signs

Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other similar conditions are becoming increasingly common in the United States, and the risk goes up the older you get. If your loved one is frequently confused, gets lost, or has a hard time remembering things, it’s in their best interests to move them into a nursing home. 24-hour supervision will ensure that they’ll be as safe as possible.

 

What Are Nursing Home Costs and How Are They Determined?

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At some point, most people will eventually need extra care as they grow older. Nursing homes are one option that give seniors the supervision and company they need, and surveys show that around 40% of people will use nursing homes at some point during their life. Here’s what you need to know about the costs involved. Read the rest of this entry »

Social and Active: Assisted Living Activities

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For seniors who can no longer live on their own, there are plenty of ways they can continue to be active after making a move to an assisted living facility. Many seniors enjoy being active and independent long after retirement, which is why assisted living facilities are offering more and more activities that residents can take advantage of. Read the rest of this entry »

Red Flags to Look for to Avoid Bad Nursing Homes

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When the time comes to move your loved one into a nursing home, the most important thing is that they find a place where they can be happy and well cared for. Visiting prospective nursing homes in person is the best way to determine whether they’ll be a good fit. Here are 3 red flags to pay attention to during your visit. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Maintain Independence in Old Age

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While you can’t always control the curveballs life throws your way, there are certain steps you can take to make aging a more graceful process. For many aging adults, maintaining their independence is a major priority, so read on for tips and suggestions that can help along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Nursing Homes Aren’t Scary Places

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Sending your aging loved one off to live at a nursing home can be a scary thought. What if they aren’t cared for properly? What if they don’t get everything they need? But, if they live in a well-established nursing home with licensed and qualified nurses and caregivers, you really have nothing to worry about. Your loved one’s quality of life can be greatly improved after the transition. Check out a couple of big reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid of nursing homes. Read the rest of this entry »

Assisted Living or Nursing Home: How to Decide

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If you have a parent, spouse, or other loved one in your life who has come to the point of needing extra day-to-day care, it can be a difficult decision choosing between assisted living or nursing home care. While both are great care options, one may be better for your personal situation, so it’s important to make an informed decision. Learn about what kind of care each one entails and how that can help you make the best choice for your loved one. Read the rest of this entry »

What Should You Bring When Moving into a Nursing Home?

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Making big life changes can be frustrating, uncomfortable, and even a bit frightening, but a little bit of preparation can be tremendously helpful. Knowing what to bring into the nursing home can diminish some of your anxiety. Continue reading below for more information about what you should bring when moving into a nursing home. Read the rest of this entry »

Mobile Apps that Can Help with Memory and Retention

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In today’s tech-savvy era, devices like smartphones and tablets are improving nearly every aspect of daily life. Several apps on the Android and Apple networks can actually help improve your memory. Keep reading to learn more about these popular apps from LakePoint Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Read the rest of this entry »

The Benefits of a Private Room

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One of the big decisions when making the move to a nursing home is whether to choose a private or semi-private (shared) room. For most people, the benefits of a private room help make the transition easier. Read the rest of this entry »