Great Gift Options for Seniors

Posted March 20, 2019
Great Gift Options for Seniors
It’s important to remember our seniors who are often isolated and lonely in terms of making sure we visit them enough, and the occasional surprise gift that we all love to receive from time to time. Recently, there was a national news story about a young girl who discovered what it was that residents in skilled nursing facilities would like as a small gift. You would think would be more than things such as Kleenex, hand cream, candy bars, and other simple toiletries that we all take for granted. The girl was able to raise enough money to supply all ...
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The Best Activities for Seniors: A List of Fun Ideas for Elderly

Posted March 15, 2019
The Best Activities for Seniors: A List of Fun Ideas for Elderly
What are the Best Activities for Seniors? The “best” is in the eye of the beholder, but with a little help from dailycaring.com, here is a list of options for seniors to consider for fun activities to engage in on a daily basis: Activities for Elderly that Build the Body Regular Exercise In all senior living communities, we find full on fitness centers, or at the very least, the space available to hold a fitness class of some short. For seniors who are less mobile, communities offer chair exercise and chair yoga as alternatives. I have seen balance machines in ...
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Loss of appetite in elderly: tricks to stimulate it

Posted March 1, 2019
Loss of appetite in elderly: tricks to stimulate it
A lack of appetite in elderly is so very common. Often, we tell our clients 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 at this stage in their lives, it's also now that they need healthy nutrition the most. How to increase appetite in elderly Although ...
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Elder Orphans: How to Plan Aging Without a Family

Posted February 28, 2019
Elder Orphans: How to Plan Aging Without a Family
This week, for the first time, I heard the term, “Elder Orphan”. Of course, as a Senior Living Advisor with Senior Living Experts for twelve years, I have come across dozens of seniors who have no children, and no extended family members. Just the term, “Elder orphan” pulled at my heart strings. To navigate aging on your own, has got to be a lonely and frightening road to experience. According to CNN, about 22% of seniors over 65 years old are Elder Orphans, having no family in their lives. Some say being alone in life is not something to be ...
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How to choose a Pet for Seniors?

Posted February 28, 2019
How to choose a Pet for Seniors?
Most independent living communities and some assisted living communities allow senior residents to have pets in their homes. As a part of the activities programming in senior living communities, often pet therapy and pet visits are on the schedule regularly. In working in senior living communities for the first ten years of my career, I got to witness the delight on the seniors’ faces when pets, especially dogs, would trot in the front door. Pets show us unconditional love, and remind of the pets we had and loved in our lives. How to Choose a Pet for Elderly? There is ...
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Top 10 Indicators of Alzheimer’s

Posted January 11, 2019
Top 10 Indicators of Alzheimer’s
Now that the holidays are over, you may have seen some changes in your senior loved one that are cause for concern. Here is a list of the Top 10 indicators of Alzheimer’s from the Alzheimer’s Association to look for in a cognitive change for your loved one: Forgetting recently learned information. Often we hear of seniors remembering fifty years ago more easily than we do remembering things from this morning. The ability to retain new information is impaired. They have challenges with planning. Anything that requires steps such as following a recipe or doing bills can become very difficult. ...
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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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