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Is now the time to think about assisted living?

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As parents age, their correspondingly aging children frequently take on more of a caretaker role – whether literally becoming the full-time caregiver, or merely giving more attention to their aging parents.

And recently, due to global circumstances, you – like a lot of adult children – may be in even closer contact with your aging parent than before. You may be checking in with your parents more frequently to monitor their health and wellbeing: more phone calls, more video chats, and maybe even more face-to-face interactions.

Because of this, you may be more honed into your parent’s or parents’ way of life than you were prior – and maybe it doesn’t look quite like you had thought. Perhaps their home is in greater disarray; perhaps they’re moving more slowly than before, or perhaps they’re having a harder time taking care of themselves than you realized.

Additionally, many individuals have been running more errands for their aging parents – such as pharmacy pickups, meal delivery, or grocery shopping – in an effort to keep them at home as much as possible.

This also offers insight into a parent’s life: perhaps their medication list is heavier than in the past; perhaps their eating habits or grocery requests aren’t as nutritious as they should be (or once were).

Is assisted living the right path?

Overall, you may be learning a lot more about the lifestyle and living situation of your parent or parents – and it may be clear that they need more help than you can give them.

Assisted living may be the best solution!

These communities offer residents that touch of extra day-to-day help that they need: from bathing to grooming to medication management. Additionally, medical care is available and provided as needed, and all meals are supplied.

These communities also feature many social benefits – with things like group activities and common spaces – helping to eliminate isolation among seniors. And, even though staff members are available to help at all hours of the day, communities are set up to allow residents the freedom to live as independently as possible.

In general, these communities cover the concerns individuals have about their aging loved ones: clean living spaces, nutritious meals, and consistent support. With so much hands-on assistance and daily needs met, assisted living offers both residents and family members a stable peace of mind.

Do you still have questions or concerns about assisted living? ElderCare Connections provides personalized care plans for seniors, using their vast supply of expertise and resources, to make the journey of aging as smooth as possible. Visit us at Eldercareconnections.org for more information on assisted living, independent living, home care, and more!

Why Assisted Living Services May Be More Friendly Than a Nursing Home for Rehab

Assisted living services may be a better choice for some people rather than being in a nursing home. We will be identifying the reasons for this, and then help you understand which one is best for you or your older loved one.

The Differences Between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Services

assisted living services are good for old loved ones imageNursing homes are places where people live in a room with 24/7 staff assistance. Meals are provided in a common area, along with some social activities.

There may be a doctor and/or nurse on staff to help with any medical needs during the rehab process, or a medical professional may drop in each day for check-ups.

Assisted living services provide people what they need while they remain at home. The main difference from nursing homes is that they there isn’t care 24/7. The older individual will remain at home, and people will come to the home to help the person.

For instance, meals may be delivered to the home. Some meal delivery services may provide hot meals, or they may be frozen and need to be heated. A nurse may come to visit each day for a check-up and check on medications. A senior living assistant may come each day to help with cleaning and tidying up the living area, and help with activities of daily living, such as bathing and other hygiene needs.

The benefit of assisted living services is that the person stays in his/her home, which can feel much better and be much less stressful than living in a nursing home. And generally less stressful living amounts to more healthy living. And of course healthy living is one of the main goals, so assisted living services may be the preferred choice.

However, there are times when someone does need to rehabilitate at a nursing home facility.

Why Someone Needs a Nursing Home Facility

The following are the reasons someone should use a nursing home facility for rehabilitation:

● The rehabilitation process may need to be monitored much more closely requiring medical assistance quickly if anything goes awry.
● The person is not able to heat up meals in the home safely, especially during recovery.
● Medications need to be administered.
● The home is not appropriate in size and decor, and can be a fall risk as the older person is recovering.

When Assisted Living Services Can Help

assisted living services with family member giving hugsThe following are when assisted living services are better suited for an older individual:

● The rehabilitation process is not risky and the person only needs medical monitoring once a day or every other day.
● The person is able to take medication independently.
● Meals can be delivered warm or the person can warm up his/her food.
● The home is not a safety hazard for the person.

It really has to do with the level of care the person needs during rehab.

How ElderCare Connections Can Help

If you’re wondering how Eldercare Connections can help, contact us. We can review you and your loved one’s exact needs during rehabilitation and see if assisted living or a nursing home would be best. We are experts when it comes to senior placements services, so you can trust us to help you choose the best care during this time.

How to Help Other Family Members See the Need for Assisted Living Care

Your loved one is getting older, and he’s not the same as he was last year. You’re concerned for his safety and well being. As much as you want to take on the care responsibilities he needs now in life, it’s just not feasible. You know that assisted living care is what he needs, but how do you get other family members including your older loved ones to agree?

Let Them Know About Assisted Living Care

managed care with a girl taking care of an old woman at assisted living homes imageMost people do not know what assisted living care truly means. They may have thoughts about it, but those thoughts are not accurate. If they truly understood it they may be more open to the idea.

Explain to your family members that assisted living is a service, which provides individualized assistance to people. This means that people only receive the help they need.

When an assessment determines the need, then the “care service” will start. As the person grows older and needs additional support, the service will expand to include it.

Assisted living care is the most basic form of assistance for older individuals. People still live independently, but they have someone who is available to tend to their needs so they can continue to live safely. And as needed will have access to good health care.

Tackling the Money Issue

assisted living care builds confidence in an old persons imageBesides not knowing what it is, most people disregard the service because of the expense. It does cost money to have someone care for an older individual, but this money is used in a way that saves others a lot of time, energy, and well-being.

Care giving is a challenging work. And it’s work that doesn’t pay when you’re doing it for a loved one. The work can be physically, mentally, and emotionally exhaustive. And with time, this can be highly detrimental to a person’s physical and emotion well being, which could end up costing more money than the cost of assisted living care. The stress of caring for an older loved one can lead to illnesses that need to be treated by a doctor, so then you are incurring extra medical bills. If the illnesses are bad enough, the caretaker must take time off work. Sometimes, caretakers try to cope with the stress of caring for someone by eating more, drinking more alcohol, or smoking more cigarettes, which then increases spending while negatively effecting a person’s health.

The money spent on assisted living is well worth it in the short term and long term. Family members who do not understand often do not know the perils of care giving and should take time to help to understand or read our blog to know what it truly takes to care for someone.

Explaining all of this to your family members as well as older loved ones can help put the expense in perspective.

Reach Out for Additional Help for Assisted Living Care

Eldercare Connections can help you with the process of getting your family comfortable with the idea of assisted living and the care you need. We can provide additional information that will make sense to your family, and possibly open their eyes and minds to the great need for these services. Please reach out to us now by calling 513-685-8998 or contact us.

What Is the Difference Between Managed Care and Assisted Living Homes?

When looking for additional care for your older loved one, you may find it difficult to understand the differences between assisted living homes and managed care. We hope to help you with the following information.

About Assisted Living Homes

assisted living home is a big help imageAssisted living usually involves a community. Each person who lives in the community lives independently in their own home, but they have assistance nearby if needed.

When someone joins an assisted living homes community, they are part of a program. This program will assess the resident’s needs and come up with a plan based on those needs.

For instance, if someone simply needs meals and medication monitoring, the staff will deliver meals and check on whether medication has been taken correctly. If the person needs more assistance, it can be given up to the level the community provides.

The goal assisted living homes and communities is to help seniors remain independent for as long as possible.

About Managed Care

managed care makes elderly feel at home imageManaged care helps people remain in their own homes with services. This may be home care or adult day care services.

People who are in need of help living in their home, but do not need 24 hour assistance, are best suited for this type of program. The person’s needs are assessed just like in assisted living, but they do not have to move to a community. They simply have people come to their own home to help them.

Managed care may include nurse visits to check vitals and medications. A senior care specialist may also visit to pick up and clean the home, as well as help the older individuals with bath and hygiene tasks. Also meals may be delivered, and transportation may be scheduled for medical appointments.

The Main Differences Between Assisted Living Homes and Managed Care

The main differences between assisted living and managed care are:

● Assisted living homes provide assistance 24 hours a day – managed care only provides drop-in home services.
● Older individuals have to move out of their home for assisted living, but can stay in their home for managed care.

As you can see, these two options are similar, but differ in big ways. It really has to do with the level of independence someone is able to have while still remaining safe and healthy. Knowing what that level is can be difficult. Getting recommendations from a professional is often the best thing when trying to make this important decision.

ElderCare Connections Helps You Make Informed Decisions

Deciding on senior housing, whether assisted living homes or managed care is right for your older loved one depends on his/her needs and can be difficult to understand which is best.  ElderCare Connections provides specialists ready to help you understand which type of assistance will provide your loved one with the care needed to live this stage of life with as much freedom as possible while remaining safe and healthy.

Our placement and referral services are free. So give us a call today at 513-685-8998 or complete the contact us form.

How to Know When It’s Time to Move to Assisted Living Communities

helping elderly move to assisted living communities

It can be difficult to know when it’s time to make the move to assisted living communities. After living independently for so long, it can feel uncomfortable to admit you need help. What’s important to keep in mind right now is that this is a normal part of life, and that seeking help with certain areas of your life will create a better life going forward. And it can make things even more difficult trying to understand the many housing options available to seniors. Below we address some things to consider when trying to determine if it’s time to make the move.

Safety First

Safety is an important consideration. If you’re not able to live in your senior home safely, moving to a community where people are available to help you is the best decision.

Many people risk their lives every day because they refuse to seek assistance. They may cause a fire while cooking, or end up leaving the water running somewhere in the house and slipping. These situations are life threatening, and there’s no reason anyone should take the risk when assisted living communities are there to help. 

What’s great about assisted living communities is that you are still living independently. You don’t lose all of your independence, but instead, you receive help with what you need. If you need more help down the road, you can get it. These communities are highly based on only what you need.

Medical Monitoring in Assisted Living Communities

Do you often feel afraid that something may happen to you and no one notices for hours or maybe even days? If so, medical monitoring is something you could use in your senior housing options search.assisted living communities nurse helps medical needs of elderly gentleman

Many of these communities will include checkups as part of their services. They can check on you multiple times a day, once a day, or every couple of days – whatever makes you comfortable. This way you never have to worry about being hurt and alone for a long time.  

Also, many communities will have a system that allows you to alert someone if you have fallen or feel extremely ill. This system connects to the office that is part of the community, so someone can come assist you in a matter of minutes.

Having the peace of mind that when you need someone, a person will be there to help you can be so reassuring. This is an important consideration when trying to determine your future senior living options.

Social Interaction

elderly group in social interaction in assisted living communitiesGrowing older can be lonely. Family members are busy with their lives. Close friends may have passed or moved away. The problem is that social interaction is more important than ever in your Golden Years. Research has shown it can increase longevity.

A great way to have more social interaction is to join a community where people are in the same stage of life as you. Assisted living communities are for people who still wish to live alone, but they just need some help at times. If this sounds like what you need, you know you’ll be around others who are at this same stage of life.

Many of the communities have scheduled events you can attend. If you’re not interested in attending events, you can meet people by just walking around the community. You can socialize in any way that is comfortable for you.

 Are Assisted Living Communities for You?

To help you determine if assisted living communities are right for you, contact Eldercare Connections today at 513-685-8998. We offer a free referral service to help you find the best assisted living communities in your desired area. Give us a call now for more information, or complete our contact us form.