What to do when you get the call that your parent is sick?

Posted April 29, 2009
On May 5th at 1 pm (central time)  Dale Carter will be telling her story from the moment she got the emergency call about my mother through her 10 day visit there.  She wants people to hear it because it is a positive story and her mother found a new life in a retirement community 5 miles from her original home.  I referenced Dales story in one of my previous blog posts because I liked it so muchThe show is on Blog Talk Radio and will be hosted by Viki Kind.  There will also be a recording of Viki's interview ...
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1000 Years of Wisdom

Posted April 24, 2009
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to visit a very special memory care unit.  The program focuses on women in the early to mid stages of dementia. The day is filled with purposeful programs that are especially meaningful to women.The ladies made breakfast and invited some friends from the community in to share.  There was a lovely host, Dottie who made sure you were happy and not without food and drink.  The ladies peeled a lot of bags of oranges so we could enjoy some fresh squeezed juice in addition the the ham&cheese and chocolate croissants that they made.  I really ...
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Pet Care for Elderly

Posted April 21, 2009
Pet Support for Seniors is on a mission to assist low income seniors to keep & care for their pets.  These seniors are isolated, frail & living on fixed income and struggling to keep their animal companion due to lack of money or resources.  Its a shame to hear that seniors who benefit from the companionship of their pet might have to choose between food for themselves or food for their pet. They kind of make me think "meals on wheels for cats, dogs & birdies.." The not for profit organization is relatively new but as they grow they hope ...
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Chicago area to add new supportive living facilities

Posted April 20, 2009
Article in Sunday's Chicago Tribune about one of our partners, Pathway Senior Living!Several new, affordable assisted-living buildings are set to open in the Chicago area as Illinois expands its program to provide a low-cost alternative to nursing-home care. That's good news for seniors who need some help but who don't need round-the-clock supervision.  Click for the rest of the article.
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What is a Geriatric Care manager and why would you need one?

Posted April 20, 2009
In February I had a chance to tour a local assisted living community with Marianne for one of her clients.  Marianne Kwiatkowski, MSN, APRN-BC, GNP is Vice President and Care Consultant for MDM Care Management in Chicago.I had a chance to sit down after our tour and ask her why a family might need to hire a geriatric care manager.
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Assisted living demand limits discounting – but incentives still exist

Posted April 15, 2009
Timely article I found.  Having some issues with this in our business.  Some communities we work with are able to offer a bunch of move in incentives because of the amount of people they currently have living there.  Some of the communities we work with are doing better than they were at the same time last year.  Our business has been up for 09 so I can understand.  These properties are less willing to "negotiate" or even give an incentive that they were able to offer last year.So while I still think its good to ask what they can do ...
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Transition Aging Parents Blog

Posted April 14, 2009
I was so excited to stumble upon this blog today.  It talks about one daughters experience with transitioning her mother into her home of 30 years to a retirement community.  The changes that she talks about with her mother are the changes we often see first hand.  I wanted to share one post in particular that I really enjoyed.It is a list of the top 10 changes she has seen in her mother since her move to the retirement community.  Awesome!
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Why would you want to move to Assisted Living now instead of after the crisis happens?

Posted April 13, 2009
I cannot count the number of times a family has done their homework and investigated their best options and then (out of guilt?) decide that now is not the time to move.  They almost need to wait for a crisis (or excuse) to happen to make the move.  But sometimes, by that time, its too late and because of the crisis they are no longer suitable for the assisted living they selected.Here are some reasons why you should move sooner rather than later: Security & peace of mind knowing staff is available to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, ...
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Notes on Senior Housing Services and Credible Reviews – Guest Post by Karen Sampson

Posted April 11, 2009
As difficult as it is to find affordable living arrangements for seniors, it can be even more difficult to know who to trust.It seems almost daily the news is filled with horror stories about senior living centers where caregivers provided poor or under adjusted care for their residents.  It’s scary to have to put your trust in people who you barely know and enable them to care for loved ones and family.  Follow a few simple tips how to find a facility you trust and keep everyone involved in the know.Remember: there’s no substitute for firsthand experience.It stands to reason ...
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Free Resource Center in Rush University Medical Center (Chicago)

Posted April 10, 2009
The Anne Byron Waud Resource Center is located on the 4th floor of the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center. 710 S. Paulina, Suite 438, Chicago, IL 60612 This service, offered by Rush Generations offers skilled and compassionate professionals that can support you with health, aging and caregiving concerns. Education & Support ongoing education and support groups Benefits CheckUp - determines program eligibility in IL and nationwide Information on diagnosis & treatment options caregiving training & resources planning for future care needs community referrals and info physician referrals and info medicare and insurance information and guidance brochures on community resources books ...
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