Observations we make during “Home for the Holidays”

Posted December 19, 2018
Observations we make during “Home for the Holidays”
This holiday season, it’s important to observe how your senior loved one is doing when visiting them. Often, after the holidays, we get calls from families who have noticed some changes in their family member that have caused them to think a more supported lifestyle may be in store. Here are some things to look for: Is your loved one still active and participating in the events that they have always enjoyed? Is their personal hygiene being done on a daily basis? Are they eating proper, nutritious meals? Have they had recent falls? Are they mentally alert and making safe ...
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What is a Senior Group Home?

Posted December 6, 2018
What is a Senior Group Home?
Group homes are residential homes that provide a homelike environment for usually under 10 seniors to reside. Some are licensed assisted living, others do not provide personal care assistance, but much needed support. The homes have 24 hour staff members who care for residents, provide activities, and homemade cooking. The pricing in our area can begin at $1600 per month for no personal care, but meals, activities, and 24 hour security and support. For personal care assistance, including things like dressing, bathing, and medication reminders, the cost is more typical to be close to $4500/month. Group homes are extremely popular ...
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Misconceptions of the Senior Living Advisor Industry

Posted October 22, 2018
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Misconceptions of the Senior Living Advisor Industry
Often there are misconceptions regarding what we do as Senior Living Advisors in the marketplace. Recently, at an educational event for seniors, a gentleman said, “ When you get paid by the senior living communities, my rate goes up because they have to pay you!” I told him in no way is this true. Communities have a line item in their budget for services like ours. They expect to pay us, and are prepared for that without affecting the resident’s monthly rate in any way. As a matter of fact, as Senior Living Advisors, we are able to negotiate rates ...
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When to move to Supportive Living Facilities

Posted October 16, 2018
When to move to Supportive Living Facilities
Supportive Living Facilities (SLF) are basically assisted living communities that are subsidized by the State of Illinois. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services oversees the program which provides services that are usually not covered by Medicaid including personal care needs, medication reminders, laundry assistance, activities, transportation, three meals a day, and outings. When a senior has around $100,000 or less in total assets, and they need supportive services on a daily basis (bathing, dressing, etc),  this is a good time to think about Supportive Living as an option. SLF’s are typically around $4000 per month for all of the ...
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How to have the Conversation

Posted October 9, 2018
How to have the Conversation
Having the conversation with your senior loved one is one of the biggest deterrents in helping the senior make a life transition. It’s very difficult to explain the changes you see in the senior, and why you think they would benefit from some extra support. One of the best ways to handle this is to get the doctor more involved. There is nothing wrong with calling the doctor prior to an appointment to ask for his/her support in offering their concerns on why they think a change would benefit the senior. This takes some of the burden off the adult ...
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The Greatest Generation

Posted September 25, 2018
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The Greatest Generation
In visiting some recent clients in their homes, I realize more everyday that we work with what is truly “The Greatest Generation”. I met a 92 year old gentleman yesterday who works full time as a financial advisor! Yes, you read that right! He is nothing short of amazing! He had a surgery last week, and although he is home, he needs some extra TLC for about a month so that he can gain all of his strength back. He talked about not wanting to be a burden to his kids, as two of his kids sat across from him. ...
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Don’t wait for the crisis!

Posted September 17, 2018
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Don’t wait for the crisis!
We have all had that salesperson tell us to “act now!” or “buy now!”, and we sort of feel like we’re being pushed along a sales process we may or may not want to be a part of. But, when we get calls at Senior Living Experts from family members explaining their loved ones physical or mental decline, that is definitely a reason to "act now". Often, I have felt that families may interpret my message of not waiting to tour communities as pressure, but in reality, we work to save our clients from pressure in the long run. Getting ...
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Tips to Recognize Thyroid Disease

Posted January 30, 2018
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Tips to Recognize Thyroid Disease
Your thyroid is a type of comptroller in the body, a gland that influences other cells, tissues, and organ function. Respite care in the Schaumburg area offers tips to recognize thyroid disease, which can be prevalent among seniors. January is Thyroid Disease Awareness Month and it is the perfect time to see your provider to determine if you are at risk of a thyroid problem. More than 30-million people in this country have a thyroid disorder, but less than half seek medical diagnoses or treatment. It is estimated that thyroid disease is more prevalent than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. ...
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Importance of Folic Acid In The Diet

Posted January 23, 2018
Importance of Folic Acid In The Diet
Folic acid is an integral mineral that many may be deficient in, particularly seniors. Retirement communities stress the importance of folic acid in the diet of their residents and you should, too. Assess your diet during January’s National Folic Acid Awareness Week. It seems that seniors, particularly females, are at risk of developing a dietary deficiency that could impact overall health and well-being. Pay attention to whether you are eating plenty of foods that contain folic acid, as it contributes to many functions and systems in the body. A well-balanced diet is not always adequate to get enough folic acid, ...
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Cost of Poverty on the Aging Generation

Posted January 16, 2018
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Cost of Poverty on the Aging Generation
When senior living in Hinsdale examines the cost of poverty on the aging generation, many correlations are found between quality of care available to these seniors, treatment approaches, and prognoses. Seniors that live in poverty- or below the standard income level guidelines outlined by the US Government- may find correlations between their health and income. Having money does have its advantages and, unfortunately, this is often closely connected to the quality of healthcare afforded them. Don’t go without the professional practitioners that you need to overcome existing health issues, gain relief from chronic conditions, or prevent future problems; reach out ...
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