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How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 2

How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 2How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 2

In the first part of our blog post entitled “How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living”, we discussed how this move can make senior citizens feel a bit vulnerable, since they are leaving everything they were familiar with. We looked at ways that nursing home staff could help make the transition a little easier. In part 2, we’ll be exploring what behaviors to expect once the resident has moved..


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How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 1

How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 1How Caregivers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living- Part 1

Change is never easy, especially for senior citizens. The thought of making a move to an assisted living community can leave them feeling vulnerable, as they are basically leaving everything that is familiar to them behind. If they are lucky, they have loving family members who will visit them often and make their room seem as much like home as possible. However, whether they have family that they will be seeing..


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Making Your Senior Living Community Stand Out

Making Your Senior Living Community Stand Out

Making Your Senior Living Community Stand Out

Every senior living community is different. Retiring By Design President Kristin Kutac Ward advises that each community needs a unique analysis of its strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). She gives many recommendations for improving occupancy and planning for the long term. This starts with looking at what advantages you offer to your senior population that may be different from what another community may offer, and selling those qualities. Your sales and marketing..


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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: Green Tips for Your Community

Senior Living Insurance Green Tips for Your CommunitySenior Living Insurance: Green Tips for Your Community

Green living and energy efficiency has been steadily influencing the senior living industry. According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (AFLA), early adopters who have converted their senior living centers to be more energy efficient have demonstrated that savings of 30 percent are possible with no loss of comfort to the seniors or caregivers.

Here are some tips from the AFLA on basic tips you can do right now to green your senior living community.

Survey your..


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Senior Living Insurance: Summer Heat High Risk for Seniors

Senior Living Insurance Summer Heat High Risk for SeniorsSenior Living Insurance: Summer Heat High Risk for Seniors

Summer is the time of barbecues, pools, picnics and spending time in the sun. However the beautiful sunshine also comes with significant health risks, especially for older adults.

Excessive heat kills more Americans than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined according to the Center for Disease Control.

Summer heat particularly affects senior citizens. The body’s ability to regulate temperature through blood circulation and sweat glands tends to decline with age. Bodies of older adults also contain..


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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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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 Home Insurance: Easing Up On Driving

Senior Living Home Insurance: Easing Up On DrivingSenior Living Home Insurance: Easing Up On Driving

Aging can be a tender subject, especially when it comes to discussing limitations with patients. Discussing senior living options, moving to a new assisted home, easing back on driving, and basic daily activities can be difficult and seen as an infringement upon their sense of autonomy.

However, discussing issues as they arise with aging seniors is essential to their health. According to Medical News Today, clinicians and family members often wait too long before talking to elderly patients..


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