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Category Archives: Continuing Care Retirement Communities

How to Ease the Transition into a Continuing Care Retirement Center

How to Ease the Transition into a Continuing Care Retirement CenterHow to Ease the Transition into a Continuing Care Retirement Center

For many senior citizens, making the decision to transition to a Continuing Care Retirement Center (CCRC) can be a difficult and emotional one. Some seniors have been in their previous homes for 50+ years and even though they may know they can no longer care for their home or themselves like they used to, especially if they are on their own, there is a sense of loss when they have to sell or leave it.

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Nursing Home Insurance: Improving Patient Care

Nursing Home Insurance: Improving Patient CareNursing Home Insurance: Improving Patient Care

The best way for nursing home owners to provide their residents with a quality life is by focusing on improving patient care. This can be challenge among changing regulations and overhead concerns, but it is absolutely imperative and doable for any facility. Here are some practical time savers and morale boosters to practice among your staff that will be felt by your patients as well.

Consolidate patient questions, pre-certifications, and referrals. Have a staff expert who handles all pre-certifications and referrals..


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Senior Living Insurance: Stalling Dementia with Music

Senior Living Insurance:Stalling Dementia With MusicSenior Living Insurance: Stalling Dementia with Music 

In recent years there have been numerous studies done to demonstrate the power that both playing and listening to music has on the human brain, whether it be for an autistic child, a brain-damaged adult, or an elderly Alzheimer’s patient. These studies have raised questions about how music can actually prevent mental decline in seniors.

Can simply playing a musical instrument or listening along to the radio stall the onset of dementia? How many years would one need to engage..


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Senior Living Insurance: Reading Slows Mental Decline

Senior Living Insurance Reading Slows Mental DeclineSenior Living Insurance: Reading Slows Mental Decline

An inevitable part of the aging process for many individuals is cognitive decline. Some are dismissed as a normal progression of the aging process. In other instances, it can be a sign of Alzheimer’s. Several studies have found that people who report memory loss often years before an Alzheimer diagnosis is made.

A great deal of Alzheimer’s research is focused on not only treatments, but on preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s and other variations of memory loss. Neurology, the medical..


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Senior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always Better

Senior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always BetterSenior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always Better

A study by the Assisted Living Federation of America found that the average life expectancy for Americans rose from 75.2 years in 1990 to 78.2 years in 2010. However, the study also found that despite the longer life span, individuals were in good health without disabilities for an average of 68.1 years, leaving a significant gap.

The gain in life expectancy was attributed to better management of certain diseases, particularly breast and colon cancer and..


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Senior Living Insurance: New Drugs to Combat Opioid Abuse

Senior Living Insurance New Drugs to Combat Opioid AbuseSenior Living Insurance: New Drugs to Combat Opioid Abuse

A few months back, we discussed the use of prescription painkillers and the chance of addiction and abuse among the elderly. Now the pharmaceutical industry is taking steps to combat the widespread abuse of opioids.

Backed by a U.S. campaign to slow abuse of prescription painkillers, drugmakers are creating new forms of medicines that don’t lead to misuse and new products that treat dependency. If all goes will it could change the face of the..


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The Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home Residents

The Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home ResidentsThe Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home Residents

Hospitalizations can have adverse effects on patients, especially repeated visits. An article in the New York Times discussed a study published in the journal Neurology. According to the study, elderly patients who are hospitalized are at a much higher risk of cognitive problems afterward. Hospital stays have also been found to interfere with an older person’s physical functioning and ability to perform the so-called activities of daily living including bathing, toileting, dressing, etc.

Furthermore, hospitalizing nursing home..


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Hurricane Preparedness: Senior Living

Hurricane Preparedness Senior LivingHurricane Preparedness: Senior Living

At the Atlantic hurricane season begins, now is the time for nursing homes to review their emergency plans to ensure the safety of their residents and staff.

Previous reviews on nursing homes’ emergency preparedness plans haven’t always been positive. Federal regulations require that Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes have written emergency plans and that all employees have emergency preparedness training. However, in a sample study, plans often lacked information suggested by experts and nursing home administrators.

In the study, administrators from five of 20 facilities reported..


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Senior Living: Prescription Painkiller Abuse, Opioids

Senior Living Prescription Painkiller Abuse, OpioidsSenior Living: Prescription Painkiller Abuse, Opioids

Opioid abuse has become a national concern. Despite the notion that addiction and substance abuse is primarily for younger people, it affects every age group from teenagers to adults. The senior population is no exception.

Elderly patients tend to take many medications prescribed by multiple doctors for a variety of ailments and symptoms. The overlap in prescriptions and high amount of drugs they take can increase their risk of prescription drug abuse.

Nonmedical use of prescription drugs is a rapidly growing threat. According to..


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Senior Living Insurance: Supportive Services Promote Aging-in-Place

Senior Living Insurance Supportive Services Promote Aging-in-PlaceSenior Living Insurance: Supportive Services Promote Aging-in-Place

Senior housing is a booming community and will continue to climb. Due to the increasing life expectancy, the growing preference to age in a comfortable situation is being seen as an alternative to assisted living communities and nursing homes. This new business model which integrated a higher level of supportive services being offered by senior living communities is linking people with community organizations and services to improve their overall health. This model allows seniors to age-in-place for a longer..


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