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How to Afford Living in an Assisted Care Facility

Assisted living centers are often not as expensive as many believe. Many assisted living facilities are even more affordable than home health options and nursing homes in the same area. Furthermore, there are a number of options available to you that can help lower the cost of the care you need and deserve. Obtaining Assistance There are various forms of assistance available for senior citizens who want to move into an assisted living facility but have a limited budget to cover expenses. The Department of Veteran Affairs offers financial assistance that can be used to cover the cost of care; this
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What You Need to Know About Assisted Living

An assisted living facility is incredibly useful for anyone who requires care during the day. For example: When it comes to an individual’s needs, an assisted living arrangement can offer intermittent nursing care to the resident by keeping tabs on their health and making sure they are taking their medication. To make matters even better, many assisted living arrangements offer different types of care that cater to the occupant’s needs. The Rights of the Residents An assisted living arrangement allows occupants to keep their independence (as long as they possibly can) in such an environment that encourages safety, privacy, dignity, autonomy, community involvement,
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Factors to Consider Before Selecting an Assisted Living Facility for your Loved Ones

When relatives start to age, many families will try to care for their loved ones themselves. They may feel that since their relatives cared for them when they were younger, they want to return the favor in their old age. Unfortunately, many families are financially or physically unable to do so after a certain point. Sometimes, their loved ones have chronic medical problems that simply merit the attention of an expert. When families start to look for an assisted living center for their loved ones, they can become overwhelmed by the number of choices. To help families decide on the
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Advance Healthcare Directives for Assisted Living Residents: A Legal Tool for Protecting Your Healthcare Wishes

If you or a loved one are living in an assisted living facility, it’s important to take measures to protect your healthcare wishes legally. Aging adults need to prepare for medical decisions they may be unable to make in the future, and advance healthcare directives can help. Having an advance healthcare directive in place is recommended for all assisted living residents, and here’s a closer look at what you need to know to get this legal tool in place.   What is an Advanced Healthcare Directive? An advance healthcare directive, sometimes referred to as a living will and in some
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Paying for Assisted Living

In 2016, the average cost of assisted living in the U.S. ranged from $3,000 to $5,000 a month. The costs vary depending on the senior’s health condition. When it is time to select an assisted living community, making the right choice is a critical step. Choosing the community involves knowing the level of services required and offered. Keep in mind, the cost from state to state differs.  As a result, the location of the community affects the cost of living variables.  The evaluation and the final decision are overwhelming. These financial options can help to offset the cost. More important is the assurance for seniors to receive quality
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A Future Vision of Senior Assisted Living

The increasing senior populations have created a new trend for assisted living. The residential communities now offer a variety of lifestyle options.  One of the new developments is geography. Seniors today prefer to be part of the urban community, close to local amenities and families. Over the next 30 years, the last of the baby boomers reaching the age of 65 will influence the way of life for assisted living. In 2010, the senior population was more than five million. Projections for 2030 expect over eight million senior residents, representing one fifth of the U.S. population. By 2050, this age group will grow beyond 19 million. The growth is a result of the
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Four Nutrient Dense Foods that are Easy to Eat for Seniors

Most people understand that nutrient needs increase as people get older. As the body ages, the bones have trouble retaining calcium leading to bone weakness. Arteries will develop plaque and the kidneys will decline in efficiency. This will make it challenging for the body to absorb much-needed nutrients. Seniors need to work hard to keep their nutrient intake high; however, they often have trouble eating tough foods. What are some nutritious foods that are easy for them to eat? 1. Greek Yogurt Most people have realized that greek yogurt is a nutrient-packed food. A few seniors have trouble dealing with
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How Positive Thinking Can Benefit Your Loved One

With modern medicine’s fascination with technology, medicines and expensive exams it is easy to lose sight of the power that the mind has over the body when it comes to health. If you have a loved one suffering from dementia and other debilitating ailments, the importance of positive thinking becomes even greater. But can positive thinking actually allow your loved ones to live longer and healthier? The answer is a resounding yes. Becca Levy, PhD began to study the power of positive thinking on longevity in the 1990s. She used a body of data from 1,100 patients over the age
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How Could Upcoming Changes To The Affordable Care Act Affect Funds For Assisted Living?

Whether you’re helping a parent or loved one transition to an assisted living facility or are residing in one yourself, you may be concerned about the post-election uncertainty surrounding the health insurance industry. Those who are relying on state Medicaid benefits to pay a portion of assisted living costs may be concerned that these benefits will be cut, particularly after the President-elect has promised to overhaul the health care system by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read on to learn more about some of the changes that could be coming to the ACA, as well as how these may impact
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The Elderly and Nutrition: Easy Shake Recipe for Seniors

As the human body gets older, it starts to lose key vitamins and minerals that keep it healthy and running like a well-oiled machine. Just because you get older, doesn’t mean that you have to stop caring about nutrition. You can even get all of the vitamins and minerals you need in food and drinks that are easy to consume and digest. With that in mind, you can make drinks that are easy to digest, really healthy, and tasty. Here is an example you can try out at home: Espresso Soy Milk Shake Nutritional Information: Calories: 290 Calories from fat:
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