How Physical Therapy Can Benefit Your Elderly Loved One Suffering With Dementia

Posted by on Aug 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Physical Therapy Can Benefit Your Elderly Loved One Suffering With Dementia

In the past, health care professionals did not consider physical therapy for patients suffering from dementia because it is a terminal condition. However, some patients that have neurodegenerative diseases can live for several years before they are completely consumed by the condition. More medical personnel are considering the benefits of physical therapy for patients with neurodegenerative disease to help improve their quality of life despite the fact there is no cure for these types of conditions. If your elderly loved one is suffering from dementia, check out some of the benefits of physical therapy. Occupational Therapy Can Help Most families dealing with a loved one that has dementia see that person being unable to remember to do or say things. He or she may not remember their loved ones from one day to the next. Because of these severe memory losses, most people automatically assume treatments like rehabilitation and physical therapies are not worth the effort. However, occupational therapy can help your loved one suffering from mid-stage dementia perform tasks like bathing and getting dressed. Patients suffering from mid-stage dementia have an easier time eating on their own after occupational therapy as well. Physical Therapy Can Help Reduce Accidents When your loved engages in physical therapy, he or she will get a better grasp on walking, reducing the risk of serious falls. The physical therapist that visits your loved one may discuss how to rearrange the furniture to make navigating around the house easier on your elderly loved one. You may be asked to install helpful items like bath tub rails or a toilet seat that is raised up. By providing a safer environment for your loved one, his or her physical therapist can focus on helping that person’s muscles and balance become stronger through gentle exercises. Avoiding Infectious Ulcers And Skin Rashes If someone lies in bed and simply does nothing but stare at the television or an open window all the time, he or she will experience severe decubitus ulceration on areas like the bottom of their heels and their buttocks. Lying in bed with an adult diaper on can create serious, painful skin rashes as well. When your loved one is able to move around and stay out of the bed, he or she can enjoy clear and healthy skin. Moving around also helps to increase blood flow that can help fuel their organs and brain functioning. If your loved remains in bed all the time, he or she is not getting the stimulation necessary to maintain the brain functioning they have left, thus causing him or her to slip faster into the causeways of neurodegenerative disease. Discuss with your elderly loved one’s physician about the possibility of physical and occupation therapy. He or she may be able to recommend a program like those offered by Hillcrest Nursing...

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How To Pay For Assisted Living

Posted by on Jul 31st, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Pay For Assisted Living

If you’re a senior citizen with medical needs that may require assisted living, you probably have many questions. One of the most important questions to ask is how you can pay for the care you need. Here is a guide with ways you can pay for assisted living: Medicare If you’re 65 years or older, you may qualify for Medicare. Medicare can help pay for the costs of nursing homes and in home care. However, Medicare won’t cover the entire cost, and the care it will cover is determined by strict guidelines. Here are the guidelines for Medicare coverage: Covers 100 days in a nursing home if you’ve been hospitalized longer than 3 days Covers part time (up to 10 hours) of in-home care Will not cover assisted living facilities that aren’t Medicare certified Medicaid If Medicare will not cover the cost of assisted living and you have a low income, you may qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid may cover the costs of care and services that Medicare doesn’t. Even if you don’t qualify for Medicare, you may still qualify for Medicaid. Unlike Medicare, your eligibility doesn’t depend on your age but on your income. However, the eligibility requirements and coverage vary by state. Also, applying for Medicaid can be a lot more complicated than Medicare. It’s best to get Medicaid assistance. If you get assistance applying for Medicaid, you can get more information on eligibility, coverage, and you may be more likely to get approved. Long Term Care Insurance Long term care insurance will pay assisted living costs even if you’ve been denied Medicare and Medicaid assistance. Long term care insurance is provided by a private insurer, rather than a government or public program. Because it’s provided by a company, you may also have more flexibility in where you live and what type of assistance you can get, depending on your policy. The cost of long term care insurance varies based on your age, medical history, and where you live. Life Insurance If you have a life insurance policy, your life insurance may cover the costs of assisted living. Some insurance companies allow you to take a cash benefit on your life insurance if you’re a senior citizen who has medical needs that require assisted living or other forms of senior care. However, you likely won’t receive the full cash value of your life insurance. You may only receive a percentage, which is determined by your insurer. Contact your insurance agent to find out more. These are several ways you can pay for assisted living as a senior citizen. Contact a specialist or an assisted living facility for more...

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Helping Parents Transition To Assisted Living

Posted by on Jul 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Helping Parents Transition To Assisted Living

Assisted living arrangements should make your role as a caretaker much less over time, but the first several weeks of assisted living may be a big adjustment for your parent. Here are some ways that you can facilitate the transition to make sure your parent is comfortable and happy.  Help with the Emotional Adjustment Leaving their adult home can be difficult for an elderly parent. This is why many families help with the emotional adjustment to make sure that the parent has a positive view on their new living arrangement. One thing that can help is to visit the facility many times before the move. Help your parent make some new friends with the staff and other residents so that they are excited to be in their new home. Help them pick out things to take with them from their home so that they can decorate their new home in the same way. These little things can help them to see that the new place will be a good fit.  Helping to Curb Homesickness No matter how good the new living situation is, a little bit of homesickness is to be expected. You may need to provide some added support during the first few weeks to make them feel less disoriented. For instance, it can be helpful to visit on a daily basis during this time to give them a familiar face to count on. There are small things that may help them to feel more adjusted, such as having some of their favorite meals or hobbies available during this time.  Helping form an Attachment to the Community It’s important that you and the staff help your parent form an attachment to the new home and the community as soon as possible. Spend some effort getting your parent to network and attend different activities that showcase the best of your new facility, for instance, so that they can start to develop a routine and feel that they are fitting in.  Help with Planning Services It’s also good to get your parent used to the different services offered by your assisted living facility. For instance, plan out a schedule that allows them to take advantage of transportation services, game nights, and shared meals.  A little bit of extra care and attention during the first few weeks of assisted living can help you parent to make a permanently positive connection to their new home. These tips can send you both on the way to a great care...

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Own An Assisted Living Facility? Help Your Residents Deal With Daylight Savings Time

Posted by on May 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Own An Assisted Living Facility? Help Your Residents Deal With Daylight Savings Time

If you own an assisted living facility like Grace Assisted Living and the time changes where you live, your residents may have a difficult time adjusting to this at first. This is because there is less sun in the morning and more daylight during the evening, and this may affect their sleep schedule and their routines. Follow the tips below so you can help your residents get through this change. Help with Sleep Issues Most people have sleep issues when the time first changes one hour ahead of time because they are losing one hour of sleep. This can affect older people much more, however. They may suffer from slow reactions, fatigue, and even some mood problems. This is especially true if any of your residents have Sundowner’s Syndrome. There have been studies done that have found a link between the time change in the spring and an increase in heart attacks and accidents. To help the residents at your nursing home, install dimmer lights in their rooms. Start dimming the lights about an hour or so before bedtime in the days leading up to the time change, and ask the residents to go to bed earlier each night. Their room should be at the right temperature so they can sleep comfortably. Keep Them More Active If the residents are having a hard time sleeping each night, try to make them more active during the day if this is possible. Take them on some field trips in your area, have a dance class in your facility, or offer fitness classes. Simply setting up a craft table could get them moving more than usual. Take them out on a short walk after dinner each night. If you do not have any space on your facility grounds to walk, then walk through the halls, if possible. Adding extra activity into their days will help them tire in time for bedtime. Watch Their Eating You also need to make sure the residents eat the right amount of food each day. It is common for people to lose their appetite as the weather gets hotter, and this includes the elderly. If you notice that residents are starting to eat less, encourage them to eat their normal amount. Keep them well hydrated while you are on your outings, and if the weather gets too hot you should stay on the nursing home grounds and do things inside where it is cool. Of course you have to take into consideration residents who always do not sleep well or eat the right amount of food. This could be due to their illness or the medication they are taking. Daylight savings time may still affect them, however, so making these changes can help. Even if it is only a little bit, it can still be beneficial for...

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3 Things To Know About Moving Your Child Into A Supported Living Community

Posted by on Feb 17th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things To Know About Moving Your Child Into A Supported Living Community

If your adult child has a disability that allows them to primarily take care of themselves and live independently, but they still need some support, then a supported living community may be the ideal solution. A supported living community allows them to live as independently as possible while still addressing their unique needs. Here are three things you need to know about moving your adult child into a supported living community. Communication With Your Child Is Key Before moving your child into a supported living community, make sure you communicate clearly with everyone involved. Sit down your adult child and let them know that you think they would thrive in a supported living community. Explain to them how the community is set up and what assistance they would have. Make sure they still know you support and love them. If possible, let your child know specifically how you will still be involved in their day to day care. Answer all questions your child has truthfully. Try to involve them in the process. Let them tour the living communities that you are interested in placing them in. Allow them to talk with the staff. Take their feedback into consideration when choosing a living community for them.  Communicate Clearly With The Staff Once you select a living community for your adult child, make sure you communicate clearly with the staff. Your child’s transition will go much smoother if the staff knows your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and learns from you how to work with your child. You are an expert on what your child needs; make sure you share this expertise with your child’s new caregivers and staff. If your child needs more support in the social area, make sure you build a risk management plan with the staff for your child that will allow your child to slowly acclimate to their new surroundings. Be Prepared For A Transition Finally, make sure you are prepared for the transition. It may be hard to let your child leave your home and go somewhere else. Allow your adult child to embrace this opportunity. Be prepared for them to go through both a honeymoon phase where they love their new surroundings and a phase where, much like a teenager, they test the boundaries of their new living situations. Don’t pull your child from their new environment; allow them to go through all the adjustment phases and find their own space in their new community. If your adult child is ready to go out on their own, but needs some support, work with them to find a supported living community that will address their needs. Keep open lines of communication between your child and the staff at their new living community to make the transition go more smoothly.  You also need to keep in mind that as they get older, they may need to or want later move to an elderly assistance community like Kind-er Care,...

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When your parents reach the age where they can't do things on their own anymore, it can be difficult to decide how to care for them. In addition to worrying about their health and wellness on a daily basis, you might also struggle with thoughts of personal inadequacy. After all, why should they have to live somewhere else when you are perfectly capable of doing it? Unfortunately, if you have a young family, you might not be well-suited for the rigors of caring for the elderly. This blog talks all about different nursing homes and assisted living facilities, so that you can make the best choice for your situation.

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