Senior Living Advisors

Senior Living Advisors - Assisted Living Made Simple

What is a Senior Living Advisor?

A senior living advisor is someone who functions as a guide for families who are looking for a housing option that is most suitable for an elderly family member, ensuring they are safe and properly looked after with assisted living services.

Advisors are very familiar with the world of eldercare and assisted living, independent living and memory care options. Your advisor gets paid for their services by the community YOU choose for your loved one to move in; therefore, their service is completely free to the family and individual. Should an advisor ask you for money or payment of any kind, find another advisor.

Senior Living Advisors - Assisted Living Made Simple

Some reasons getting a senior living advisor is the right choice to make for your loved one:

→ Heightened emotions come into play when it’s about the decision-making process; having to make really quick decisions can be hard on the whole family, and can heighten stress levels for them. When you have a senior living advisor they will assist in the decision in a refined and professional way.

→ The advisor knows the area well. Searching the area you want may be difficult because you don’t know it as much as the senior living advisor. The assisted living expert knows the communities well and can provide the right information you need.

→ An advisor can be a time saver. It can be a huge task to go through a long list of communities, but with the aid of the senior living advisor, you won’t have to go through all that trouble. An advisor will narrow the search to the options based on what you need socially, physically, mentally, and financially. Your advisor should do all the leg work for you.

→ Senior living advisors are trained to provide professional assisted living guidance, and their experience comes into play whenever they are called upon to assist families to find the perfect forever home for a loved one. The service is 100% free of charge to families, so there is no need to worry about additional costs for an advisor.

How does a senior living advisor help families?

In order for an advisor to be effective and efficient at what they do, they have to have some of the following qualifications:

→ Personalized experience with a loved one. Usually, an advisor is contacted when something happens, we at Assisted Living Made Simple like to ensure that personal experience doesn’t happen.

We believe in planning; however, the unexpected does happen and when it does the first thing we do is take the time to know and understand the person and their immediate families, while also paying attention to their needs, emotionally, socially, physically, medically and financially.

Based on the information we gather, we then use our knowledge and skill in the field to suggest personalized care or housing options.

→ The advisors at Assisted Living Made Simple provide various options to the client, and then the various choices will receive detailed explanations.

The options will get narrowed down to the most relevant ones, generally three (3), and then your advisor will personally escort you to the communities to tour them.

→ Another part of the advisor’s job is to ensure they see the job through from the very beginning to the point where the client has made a decision where they will live and follow all the processes until they are settled in.

Assisted Living Made Simple likes to keep tabs on our clients for a while to ensure things are going well and they are happy and thriving at their new forever home.

What are the Top 3 questions prospects ask us as Senior Advisors?

The questions asked of us most are covered in the above and they are as follows:

  1. How much does your service cost?

    Our service is 100% free to the client. We receive payment from the assisted living community upon successful placement.

  2. What does an advisor do?

    An advisor works for you and your family to help ensure your loved one is placed in the perfect forever home suited for their unique situation.

  3. Why should we use a senior placement advisor?

    A senior placement advisor knows the area well and the communities they recommend. Assisted Living Made Simple’s motto is, “If we wouldn’t place our mom or dad there, we’re not going to place yours there either.” We know the ins and outs of the communities, how long the staff has been there, who has the best care, etc.

As you can see, the role of a senior living advisor entails quite a bit and we at Assisted Living Made Simple are honored to assist you and your family through the aging process. Please call or email us today for more information. 386-847-2322, remember we are here to serve you at no cost to you or your loved one(s).

A Hard Week in Caregiving

You've Got This - A Hard Week Caregiving

Working my Pathway, having just completed level one I had only peeked at the next step and contemplated tonight to be for whatever was the first required speech.

That is as far as my planning for toastmasters got.

You see it was a rough week since we last met and a hard week before that.

There was no great traumatic crisis, just a series of seizures over a couple of days and signs of further descent into dementia-like cognitive loss my loved one is experiencing.

You see my role has changed from husband to caregiver, hers from my always vibrant, positive, adventurous, independent, self-reliant, brilliant, and loving partner to my Loved One my Care-ee as I have coined the title.

I titled this a hard week caregiving.

So what is caregiving?

What does it mean when someone says they are taking care of mom, dad, or their spouse?

In truth, I believe it to be one of those experiences that defy description because words have not been created to express the particular emotions and experiences, and events a Caregiver has.

Maybe I can tell some of the generalities by comparison to being a parent. Caring for a person, Loved One as many support groups euphuism for one’s wife, husband, or parent, is in my estimation, having never had children, like being a parent only in reverse.

You start with the person you had hoped your child would be and go backward.

Newborn babies are totally dependent on their life but grow and develop their life skills and become autonomous and independent people.

Alzheimer’s Dementia reverses that process, one seemingly small quirky thing leads to another, it will seem so benign but like a cancer for which there is no treatment sooner or later, it will become apparent. As a child learns and becomes self-sufficient, a care-ee loses each skill and trait, becomes an expert liar deceiver to hide their shortcomings as it moves forward.

Every person’s path is different but some of the things a caregiver and care-ee face are:

The loss of friends and family support and contact. Sadly over time the quirky, cooky, sometimes inappropriate behaviors, fear of the unknowns result in even your best friends pulling away. You realize so and so did not send you an invitation, or went to a concert and never mentioned it.

Being socially ostracized both become lonely bringing its own depression and despair. Maybe people don’t realize caregivers can and need to be out with people by themselves, and the care-ee is ok.

30% of caregivers die before their loved ones. The emotional, financial, and physical stresses are overwhelming.

For the majority, burnout is common leading to high blood pressure, hypertension, obesity, depression lack of self-care, poor general health, and even suicide.

That is far from a complete inventory.

A caregiver has given up their life and time to be the caregiver much like a mom, a parent, does for their child. Each phase brings a time that instead of giving freedom or task and passing a milestone on the way to self-sufficiency, that you must take away restrict your loved one from an activity till even the most simple things like what clothing to wear or grooming needs prompts.

Remember when you had to be reminded to put shoes on, comb your hair and brush your teeth, now you have to remind them the same ways.

Caregiving is a very personal experience, and nobody wants to listen except maybe other caregivers, you do have to be one to know what it is.

The support groups, online blogs, and pages bring some comfort but also an ominous foreshadowing of the stages to come. The euphuisms that try to soften the harsh realities like “transition” or “earned their wings”.

You do not put them in a home you transition them to it.

Anything to describe the madding perseverations or obsessive behaviors, that leave you seeking respite care and a vacation day.

That too comes with odd emotions.

What was the hard week?

Epilepsy, her nemesis since her preteen years, the result of a traumatic car accident that took her mother’s life. It has been controlled most of her life but never completely.

As aging through menopause worsened taking her away from a career in retail management, and photo lab supervisor to being disabled.

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She suffered a few seizures, a couple of weeks ago, three that we know of, one I was with her.

Think of witnessing your most loved person uncontrollably thrashing and distressed, the seconds seem like minutes then they settle into a semi-conscious postictal state you believe it will be ok now.

There is not much you can do for someone suffering a seizure, clear their path, get them safely to the ground, do not hold or try and restrain them, and be near but not crowded when they are emerging into and from the postictal state. Your thought will run the course of, is this it, what more can I do, you remember she does not want to be resuscitated, or “saved”, you ask yourself, can I do that, do nothing? You tell yourself you must, that was your promise to her when she was all there, it was the promise all along during your adventures and fun times, you must honor it now.

The seizure passed and in the days to come a few new or unnoticed before quirks, or behaviors and things forgotten have emerged.

What changes will it bring to the day-to-day, what tasks of everyday life will I have to assume and provide for?

Our home is becoming more like a nursery full of safety features. Maybe it will soon be time to put locks on doors and drawers, get rid of more breakables and sharp objects. How do I restrict her phone? These and more questions race when you notice a descent into the abyss of dementia, maybe I can breathe a little if we plateau and I can adjust to the newest stage of purgatory.

That’s a hard week in caregiving.

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.

Managing Your Parent’s Care From a Distance

It is possible to manage your parent’s care from a distance and here’s how…

You may wonder how you can manage your parent’s care when you live in another state or even another country.

What is the first step?

First, decide what you CAN do for them!

  1. Can you take over their finances?
  2. Can you organize their doctor visits and transportation?

There is always something you can do for them no matter how far away you live thanks to technology.

Should you find it just too overwhelming for you, perhaps you need an advisor in the city where your parents live.

Please do NOT go to the internet and pick the first advisor you come across.

Some charge you money up-front, yes, BEFORE they do anything!!

Don’t fall prey to this kind of advisor.

An advisor should assist you free of charge unless you require an elder law attorney or a guardian.

The most important thing to ask your parents is what they want.

  1. Do they want to stay in their home?
  2. Do they want to move to an assisted living community?

Please don’t try to make the decision for them, you may think you know what they want, but do you really?

You may think they need in-home care when they really need assisted living.

While in-home care is great, it doesn’t take the place of peace of mind of someone there for them 24/7 should they require any assistance.

If there are a couple of children involved, plan a Zoom or Facetime meeting so everyone is on the same page as to what your parents want.

Once you all know what they want, you can agree on what parts each of you will play in the role of their care.

You can contribute to their care in ways you never think you can, whether it be taking care of their finances, home repairs, or making their doctor appointments, even the smallest task becomes a great deal.

Make sure you plan visits as often as possible, this is another place where an advisor comes in. An advisor can regularly check in on your parents to make sure they are doing well and give you updates.

If it’s impossible for you to visit, plan regularly scheduled phone calls and Skype or Facetime. As long as they know you care about them, it makes all the difference in the world.

Also, as long as you are checking on them regularly, they are more likely to do what they are supposed to do.

Also, have an emergency plan in place, have people in place who can get to your loved one in case you cannot get there right away.

Know where they are going to go and how they are going to get there.

Have a list of their current medications ready to take with them and have a bag of bathroom supplies ready to go on short notice.

When they are ready for an independent living, assisted living, or memory care community, look for a local placement service like Assisted Living Made Simple to guide you.

The local companies have the knowledge and expertise of the communities in the area.

When you are not near your parents and are trying to manage their care, it can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be.

With some planning and effort, you can ensure your loved one gets the assistance they need.

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.

Benefits to Quitting Smoking

Benefits to Quitting Smoking

Why you are never too old to benefit from quitting smoking!

Are you a smoker? If so, you probably hear it all the time from your doctor. . . “You should really quit smoking! It leads to all kinds of respiratory issues.”

You think, I know, I hear it all the time, but I don’t want to quit.

Well, I’m not a doctor and I’m not going to tell you to quit smoking. I’m here to point out the benefits should you decide to quit smoking.

Did you know that you can reap the benefits of quitting smoking within twenty minutes?

Yep, that’s right, twenty minutes!

After just twenty minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.

People who quit smoking tend to get fewer colds, have fewer upper respiratory issues, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and feel healthier.

Imagine being less susceptible to colds and the flu.

Do you have recurring bronchitis? Have you ever had pneumonia? These conditions are not fun and they hurt, and smoking helps them to recur.

Did you know? After only twelve hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal, and in as soon as two weeks to three months, your circulation improves and lung function increases.

According to the National Cancer Institute, being older creates both challenges and advantages when it comes to quitting.

The challenges of smoking:

It’s likely you’ve tried to quit before, maybe even more than once. Knowing how hard it is may make you feel discouraged about trying again. And if you’ve been smoking for a long time, it may be so much a part of everyday life, it’s hard to imagine quitting.

The advantages of quitting:

Older adults have some strengths that younger people may not have, and they are strengths that can help them quit. Over their lifetimes, they have had lots of experience accomplishing difficult tasks.

At this point in their lives, they are likely to be better prepared to quit smoking than when they were younger.

They know quitting is tough, and they know it won’t be easy, so once they decide to try again, they may be more willing to work at it to make sure they succeed.

The immediate benefits to quitting smoking:

Soon after quitting you’ll notice your breath smells better, stained teeth get whiter, food tastes better, and everyday activities like climbing stairs might not leave you out of breath as much.

You’ll also be protecting your loved ones from the dangers of secondhand smoke. And smoking is expensive. Calculate how much money you spend each month on cigarettes for extra motivation to quit.

Are you a smoker who is worried about the smell of their breath? Do you eat mints or chew gum to make your breath smell or taste better?

Imagine not having to do that anymore. Think of the money you’ll save, not only on the cost of cigarettes but on the cost of the mints and/or gum.

Are you worried about being irritable or getting fat if you quit smoking?

Maybe you’re worried about being bored without smoking, hmm, what will I do if I’m not having a cigarette? This is when you need to have a support system in place, and something to take the place of cigarettes, and NOT food.

I wrote a blog about the best diet to help you live longer and healthier; maybe that blog can give you some ideas on what foods to eat when you choose to stop smoking.

Check it out to learn more, you may find some foods you really like, but never knew were healthy!

Some people chew on toothpicks, fiddle with a pencil, or exercise in place of smoking.

Whichever way you choose to replace the cigarettes, make sure it will work for YOU!! If it’s not going to work, then quitting won’t work.

Make sure you choose a way to quit that will work!!

Who wants to work hard at quitting smoking only to find it didn’t work.

Just remember. . . the benefits really out-weigh what cigarettes do to your body.

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey. 

How Assisted Living Can Help Prevent Trips to The ER

An Assisted Living Community has many benefits but fewer trips to the ER may not be one you’ve thought about before. 

If your senior is still living in their own home, please read our blog about the home safety checklist to ensure the home is safe.

You may wonder how assisted living communities help prevent trips to the ER.

Well, let’s look at the bathroom in the seniors home versus the bathroom in an assisted living community.

While there are no 100% ways to guarantee accidents won’t happen assisted living communities are much better equipped to prevent recurring accidents. Let’s have a look at some of the ways they help prevent trips to the ER.

  1. Is the bathroom in the home equipped with grab bars in and out of the shower?
  2. Are there grab bars installed near the toilet?
  3. Are there throw rugs in the bathroom?
  4. Is the floor in the bathroom tile and does it get slippery?

Bathrooms in assisted living communities are handicapped accessorized. Meaning they have grab bars installed in the shower and outside of the shower. There is a grab bar by the toilet so they can raise themselves up easier, a lot of the bathrooms have pull strings as well.

Most of the floors have the non-slip tile or the rubber mats that are trip-proof.

In the home, are there handrails down the hallway and/or up the stairs? How about stairs to get up into the home? Are there three or four steps the senior has to climb to get into the front or back door? Are the handrails sturdy?

In an assisted living community, there are handrails in all of the hallways.

The communities don’t have stairs because seniors don’t need the aggravation or worry about having to climb them.

However, some do have inclines where a step or two might have been at one time. Assisted livings install ramps where the steps were so the wheelchairs, walkers, and any other equipment glide easier. Also, many seniors tend to not pick up their feet, so the ramp is easier for them to maneuver.

Does the senior have access to regular exercise in their home? If so, do they actually do it?

In an assisted living community, they have exercise programs to help the senior build strength in not only their muscles, but their minds as well.

Check out our blog on senior friendly activities for some things you can do with your seniors to help sharpen them.

Most seniors won’t go to the doctor if they think they have a cold, which can then turn into pneumonia.

In an assisted living community, they have access to regular doctor check-ups and if something is wrong, they receive the medical attention they require.

Does the senior eat healthy living at home?

Probably not, but at an assisted living community, they get the proper nutrition their body needs, and they get it three times a day! Yes! They receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all prepared by a community chef.

This is sounding pretty good right?

When a senior lives alone, they are just that, alone. What happens if they need to change a light bulb? Perhaps they need to step on a stool to reach it, and oops, they slip and fall.

Hopefully, someone checks on them regularly and will find them quickly, but what if that’s not the case? They could lay there for a long time before anyone realizes it and who knows what could happen.

In an assisted living community, they only need to tell the staff the light bulb is out and the staff has someone change the bulb for them.

No worries!!

If you are worried about placing your senior into an assisted living community, I hope this blog gives you some peace of mind.

Not only will they thrive and make new friends, but they will also have fewer trips to the ER, and have around the clock care.

That’s not slighting your loved one, that’s LOVING them!!!

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.

Elder Abuse – Know the Signs

Elder Abuse - know the signs and become part of the solution

By knowing the signs of elder abuse you can then be part of the solution!

As senior advisors, we LOVE our seniors, and we have written many blogs to help you help THEM!!! One of the blogs is about the fears they have, another one Rose wrote is about how the health-care system is failing them.

Please check them out, they are very informative and can help you help THEM to thrive during the hardest part of their life.

How can you solve the elder abuse problem if you don’t know it’s happening?

Good question!!

First thing is to know the signs of elder abuse!

Elder Abuse - know the signs and become part of the solution

If a senior lives alone, the signs can be harder to see, such as weight loss, or unexplained banking transactions. If they live in a senior community, the signs can be more apparent. They can include, bruises, cuts, broken bones, malnutrition, poor hygiene, depression, and isolation.

If a senior has a caregiver, the abuse may be neglect and/or emotional abuse and you may never see this on the outside. Most caregivers are extremely caring and wonderful, but sometimes you may get one that is only there for the money.

The signs of neglect are very hard to spot and the senior may be reluctant to tell you about it due to retribution by the caregiver. Some caregivers will threaten the senior when the senior knows they are doing something wrong.

Be sure to ask questions such as:

    1. How was your doctor’s appointment today?
    2. Did you have something yummy for lunch, what was it?

The senior will be more likely to answer these questions and they’ll feel like they’re not “tattling” on the caregiver. You may be able to tell if the senior is hesitant to answer any of these questions, if they are, it may be time to find another caregiver.

Emotional abuse is another tough sign to spot, but if the senior seems to get upset at, say, playful banter, the caregiver could be saying hurtful things to him/her. If loud noises scare the senior more than they should, perhaps the caregiver is yelling at him/her.

A senior living alone is a perfect victim for scam artists. A scam artist will move into their home, eat their food, drive their car, and talk them out of their money, just to name a few things.

Once they move into the seniors home, all kinds of abuse can happen.

Emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse, financial abuse, and sexual abuse. There is no one to look out for the senior, so who’s going to know?

However, a senior living alone who is checked upon regularly is less prone to fall victim.

If you know of a senior who still lives alone, go over and check on him/her. Ask if they need anything, see if they have food, and let them know about the latest scams out there.

We need to ensure our seniors are taken well care of, and it takes all of us working together to end elder abuse.

Look for the signs!!

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.

How to DeStress and Calm the Mind

How to Destress and Calm Your Mind

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

To find out what stress can do to you and your body, read our blog about the role stress plays in chronic illnesses.

So, you may wonder how you can de-stress yourself or help someone else de-stress.

The number one way to alleviate stress is…laughter!!!

Friends and laughter are great ways to destress

Make someone laugh, or if you’re the one needing stress relief, watch a stupid sitcom, or read a silly book.

For example, Monday, 1/4/21, was my first day back to work after a week’s vacation. I wasn’t really stressed when I got home, just tired. I just wasn’t in the mood for anything; I sat down to watch TV with my husband, Big Bang Theory, which I think is pretty stupid.

That night it had me rolling. I was laughing so hard, I guess I was so tired that everything was funny.

Sometimes, there’s nothing quite as good as a great belly laugh. If you have access to a computer, search for videos of babies laughing. That is the most wonderful sound in the world and you can’t help but not smile and/or laugh at that sound.

My favorite way to de-stress is to get a massage, but they cost money and never last long enough. Just about the time you’re relaxing, time is up and your massage is over. I know some of you don’t care for massages, so here are some other ways to de-stress your mind and body.

Don’t eat too much sugar, it can slow you down and make you feel sluggish. I know that our blog about the best foods to eat mentions dark chocolate, but you can’t overdo it, one piece is enough. Not only can too much sugar cause sluggishness, but it can also lead to diabetes and other serious illnesses if not eaten in moderation.

Moderation is the key to everything!!

Listen to music! Music can be so calming and relaxing. If you’re able to, dance along with the music, dancing releases the bad energy built up in your body and helps ease your mind and soul.

Speaking of dancing, that leads us into our next way to de-stress, exercise.

Any type of exercise you are able to do is beneficial.

Did you know that exercise can help generate new brain cells?

Think about how smart we’d all be if we exercised regularly!!

If you’re unable to stand, try some chair exercises, lift your feet (one at a time) off the floor and hold for as long as you can. Roll your shoulders and your neck, hold your arms out and make circles with them, anything to get your blood flowing in a better direction.

Breathing exercises are great as well. Meditation and yoga have been known to calm down the entire body. However, if you’re anything like me, you can’t meditate, so just close your eyes and take some deep breaths.

Make sure you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathing this way helps to slow your heart rate and decrease any stress you may feel. Go to a happy place while breathing and feel the stress exiting your body when you release the breath.

Try to become active in your community; this will give you something to occupy your mind. If your neighborhood has a watch, become a member, if not; check out your local community center or council on aging to volunteer.

Being around others (safely) can help you de-stress and ease your mind.

So, how do you de-stress and calm the mind?

Laugh, get a massage, don’t eat too much sugar, listen to music, sing and dance, exercise in general, meditation, yoga, just breathe, or volunteer in your community.

No matter how you choose to de-stress, please choose a way, stress is no good for your body or your mind, it can create havoc on you physically and mentally.

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.

Assess Senior Well-Being During the Holidays

Use Holiday Visits to Assess Senior Well-Being

Hopefully, you will be able to visit your elderly mom or dad for Christmas. Please use this time to make a visual assessment of their living arrangements.

Are they eating properly? Is the house clean, are they clean? Has their hair been brushed/washed? How is their personal hygiene?

Are they still able to wash their clothes? Make sure they have soap powder and the washing machine and dryer are in good working order. Also, check to ensure the dryer is properly vented.

Check the refrigerator to ensure there is food in it and it isn’t outdated. Check the cabinets as well for outdated food.

If they have a pet, make sure there is food for the animal and the pet has been fed. Ensure the pet is well bathed and doesn’t have fleas.

See what kind of medications they are taking; do they have the correct amount of pills in the bottle? Make sure they are taking the right amount, not more, not less.

This would be a great time to go check out our blog titled, Home Safety Checklist. There are many items listed in that blog you wouldn’t even think to check.

For example, we all think to cover cords with a throw rug or carpet, right? Not in a senior’s home. It can cause a bulge in the carpet and make for a pretty good tripping hazard. Also, there should be no throw rugs at all; they can become a slip hazard. A trip or slip is the last thing anyone needs, let alone a senior.

Check the outlet covers and make sure they are on correctly. Look for loose or frayed wires on all the cords throughout the home.

Should you find yourself one of the lucky ones visiting your family members for the holidays, please “investigate” the house as thoroughly as possible. The last thing you want is to get back home and find they suffered a slip and fall or something more catastrophic.

Look to see if they are able to clean their bathroom, if not look for the local Council on Aging to find assistance. You can also look on Angie’s List or Care.com to find caregivers with references.

If it looks like they just can’t take care of themselves anymore, or are alone and have given up, it may be time to consider Assisted Living.

Assisted Living does not have the stigma it once had. These communities are places where the senior can thrive and become social again.

Should you find yourself faced with the prospect of placing your loved one, please do not look to the internet for help.

Find a local placement service, they know the communities, the staff, the food, and which ones offer the best care for your loved one’s needs.

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.

2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review
2020 Year in Review

COVID-19: How could we see THIS Coming in 2020?

Remember our blog…Don’t Panic Over Coronavirus!! Seniors should take precautions, but not panic? Well, how could we have known????

Did you know? If you are a resident in an assisted living community, you will be one of the first to receive the COVID vaccine!! They are already reserving them!!

Here we are coming into 2021; let’s take a look back at 2020 and what we haven’t been able to do for almost an entire year!!

Ugh! Such a year. We can’t travel… No parties…No hugs…No bars… No restaurants…

I SO MISS MY PEOPLE!

I see a light, I do I truly do! I pray we’ve made it.

We have craziness in Government, riots in the street. Humans killing Humans, who are we? How did we get here?

We’ve forgotten who were your parents? Are YOU who they expect YOU to be? Kind, compassionate, genuine, selfless, generous. Who are you? Are you the person YOU expect YOU to be?

I believe this time holds a lesson. Do you? Let’s regress. Where were you when all hell broke loose?

It’s been hell…admit it. We’ve focused on family, friends, people who are around us. We’ve appreciated a day, a moment, and a memory. We have our “circle”. There have been fabulous hi- lights.

Here we are now in the season. Oh no! Scary, holidays we can’t expose our families to. It’s so emotional, sad, and horrible. What if it’s our last Thanksgiving or Christmas???

Do we take a chance? What if We (I) Expose them? The guilt, the fear, the stress!! Let’s regress again. Who are we, who taught us? You know the right thing. Do your best.

Trust yourself. Protect your people. Don’t leave them alone but trust in your compassion… If someone is alone, bring them a meal. Bake them a pie. Make a phone call. Face Time, Zoom, Skype. No one is to be alone on this holiday, use our resources to embrace our technology.

We are Americans. We are the product of our ancestors. We persevere, we always achieve.

Enjoy your holiday embrace our loved ones!! It’s up to you!! Happy Holiday’s
Be Thankful…we got this ❤️ God bless us 🙏🏼

Let’s Make 2021 the BEST Year for your loved one!If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.

Nursing Homes Don’t Have to be the Answer

A Nursing Home Doesn't Have to be the Answer

Are You Waiting Too Long for Assisted Living?

How do you know if you’re waiting too long to go into assisted living?

A time comes when it is too late.

People are waiting until they are so ill, the only solution they have is a nursing home.

There is no reason to go to a nursing home unless you have a machine or mechanical device needed to keep you alive (An oxygen machine is not in that category).

It does not have to be that way. Assisted living communities are the new nursing homes.

Assisted living regulations are very clear, you must be able to stand and pivot (with/without) assistance from a seat to a chair in order to be accepted in an assisted living community.
Assisted livings have different levels of licensure.

  • Standard
  • LNS (Limited Nursing Service)
  • ECC (Extended Congregate Care)
  • LMH (Limited Mental Health)
    Some offer 24-hour nursing care and some specialize in Memory Care. Most offer to age in place.

So what do these license levels mean?

Standard licensure:

offers basic assistance from medication management to assistance with dressing, bathing, and toileting.

They offer meals, transportation, and activities. Most offer apartment life-style living with services.

They are not required to have a nurse on staff.

LNS licensure:

Offers all of the same as the standard licensure, but they do have a nurse on staff or on call.
ECC Licensure:

Allows additional nursing services and total assistance with personal care services.

Your loved one may have a higher impairment level, which requires more needed assistance. Nursing is on the premises 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

LMH Licensure:

The facility administrator and staff of the facility who are in direct contact with mental health residents must complete specific training to deal with mental health residents.

All licenses can order home health for residents with a doctor’s order. Home health offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, and skilled nursing, but it must be ordered by a doctor!!

Hospice:

All residents, if accepted by hospice, can age in place with hospice care within the community they live.

Hospice does not mean end-of-life like the stigma it has been given anymore. Hospice can provide the equipment, supplies, and any additional services the assisted living community is unable to furnish. They also offer palliative care.

Back to the question: How do you know if you’ve waited too long to go into assisted living?

You really don’t until it’s too late, but with proper guidance, you can find an assisted living that can provide quality care in a home-like environment that offers your loved one and your family peace of mind.

You need to make a plan and work with a qualified senior advisor to assist you in finding the right forever home for your loved one.

We all think that caring for our loved one means that we have to physically care for them.

Not true!

Giving them a place with qualified trained caregivers and socialization with people their age is caring for them and allowing you to be their family or friend again.

Don’t let guilt rule your decisions.

Allow smart advice and caring people to guide you to give your family member the best journey of their lives.

As we all know each and every part leads us to the next best part of our lives for the time left of our lives, or the “Time of our Lives”.

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.