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The Importance of Staff-to-Resident Ratios

Posted October 2, 2020
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The Importance of Staff-to-Resident Ratios
Placing a loved one is already a difficult task considering they are going to a place you are not familiar with yet. To help ease this discomfort, it is important to look into the staff-to-resident ratio. This number determines how many employees are taking care of a resident at a particular time.   What Does This Mean? In senior living, residents are placed into various levels of care depending on their personal care needs. Some residents need very little assistance during a 24-hour period, or they may only need bathing assistance a couple of times a week. Whereas, other residents ...
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Questions About Senior Living, Answered

Posted September 23, 2020
Questions About Senior Living, Answered
Senior Living Experts advisors are asked questions about cost quite frequently. Last month, we decided to make your questions even more clear by interviewing one of our senior living advisors, Nancy Pappas, on some of the most common cost questions we get. Nancy can be reached at (847) 287-3623.   Q: What is the cost of senior living? A: That depends on what type of care you need, and whether you need it in your home or outside of your home in a community. It will vary by the type of care that you need and what location you choose.  ...
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Managing A Senior Health Crisis With Simplicity

Posted August 10, 2020
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Managing A Senior Health Crisis With Simplicity
“Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus.”--Edward deBono Eleven seconds.  The National Council on Aging tell us that on average an elderly person suffers a fall in the United States every eleven seconds.  In the four minutes you may spend reading this article, approximately 22 older Americans will have fallen, and unfortunately, almost a third of these falls will directly contribute to their eventual death. When an older loved one falls, it often starts a chain reaction of questions, decisions and complexity that many of their adult children are unprepared to ask or address.  Caregiving, bill-paying, cognitive ability, investment management, insurance coverage, ...
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What Is The Difference Between Assisted Living and Other Forms of Care?

Posted June 29, 2020 2
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What Is The Difference Between Assisted Living and Other Forms of Care?
Assisted Living Assisted Living helps your loved one continue to remain as independent as possible while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.    Often times when people think of senior living they think of Assisted Living as the main form of care. However, there are many branches of senior living that are easily misunderstood or looked past.   So, what makes Assisted Living different from other forms of care? Each branch of care depends on how much care a person will need. It ranges from Independent Living to Memory Care.     Independent Living First, Independent Living is structured so the resident can ...
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What Should I Look for in A Memory Care Community?

Posted June 25, 2020
What Should I Look for in A Memory Care Community?
What’s should you look for in a community? As our loved one’s age, we may find the need for additional care for them to remain happy and healthy.  Moving your loved one into any senior living community is a big decision for every family, so here are a few things you should look for when moving them into a memory care community.    A Secure and Safe Environment  One of the top priorities for those who suffer from memory related diseases is a safe and secure living environment. This is carried out in a couple different ways first being 24/7 on ...
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Loss of Appetite In The Elderly: Tricks To Stimulate It

Posted June 22, 2020
Loss of Appetite In The Elderly: Tricks To Stimulate It
A lack of appetite in seniors at home or in senior communities is so very common. For our loved ones in quarantine, it happens even more often, and is sometimes linked to depression. Often, we tell our families to watch the inside of the refrigerator as you visit your senior loved one to be sure they are eating properly. Is the food still there from the previous days? Is there trash in the trash bin? These are signs to look for to be sure your senior is eating properly. Just as it’s normal to see a decreased appetite in seniors ...
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Clare Quirin joins us as the SLE Summer Intern!

Posted June 17, 2020
Clare Quirin joins us as the SLE Summer Intern!
We are so excited to welcome Clare Quirin, our SLE Summer Intern. Clare is a talented student at Grand Valley State University majoring in Film and Advertising, and will be helping SLE create meaningful content. Welcome to the team, Clare!
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Is It Worth It? Print Our Cost Comparison Sheet

Posted June 15, 2020
Is It Worth It? Print Our Cost Comparison Sheet
In the time of Coronavirus, you may be asking yourself: what are my senior living options for my mom or dad, and how much do the senior living cost? Should I pay for a full-time home care, or find a home for my loved one in an assisted living community? First, figure out how much you're paying. We've made our Cost of Senior Living Sheet available to print. Use this sheet to compare the cost of maintaining and staying at home vs. the cost to live in a senior living community. Remember what else included: increased socialization, freedom from demands ...
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Dementia: What Are My Options?

Posted June 11, 2020
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Dementia: What Are My Options?
When our loved ones age and new difficulties with health arise, it is important to be honest and plan ahead.  There are a few options (how do you choose?) for our loved ones with Dementia and different people require different care to be happy and healthy.  Home Care  Many seniors find immense comfort in living in their own home where they have lived for the majority of their life. As we age, most of us plan to live out our days in the homes where we hope to raise our families, this can be a possibility for our loved ones with ...
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What’s Included In Memory Care?

Posted June 5, 2020
What’s Included In Memory Care?
What's included in memory care? As our loved one's age, we may find the need for additional care for them to remain happy and healthy. When looking into next step care here are 5 features that most memory care communities incorporate (don't know what memory care is?).  The Physical Characteristics   Memory care communities are specially designed for seniors who suffer with memory impairment diseases. One important goal in designing these communities is that they are easy to navigate for seniors. Clear walkways with lots of natural lighting are crucial, proper signage can also be beneficial for some seniors. Visual stimulation is ...
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