How Often to Visit Parent in Nursing Home

Posted November 12, 2013
How Often to Visit Parent in Nursing Home
Thank you to our friend Ryan for another great guest post: How Often Should We Visit Our Loved Ones Who Are In Care? Most individuals realize the difficulty of the decision to choose to send a loved one to an assisted living or care home facility; however, few people understand the ongoing concern after that decision has been made. Even just deciding when to visit and for how long is a heavily weighed choice for most as visiting can provoke a variety of emotions for both parties involved. For individuals visiting, the visit can prompt feelings of sadness or frustration, ...
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Benefits of Assisted Living Facilities for Seniors

Posted October 15, 2013
Benefits of Assisted Living Facilities for Seniors
The idea of assisted living is something that might be a little bit frightening for elderly adults and the children that are taking care of them. However, for many seniors, an assisted living facility is actually one of the most beneficial and nurturing environments out there. That’s because assisted living facilities are designed with senior’s health and happiness in mind. Giving up the home a senior has likely lived in is definitely scary, and the idea of asking a parent to move can be as well, but in the long run, there are many reasons why assisted living is actually ...
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AARP: Are You Ambivalent About Your Caregiving Role?

Posted March 22, 2013
I wanted to share this because it has got to be a common feeling among Caregivers.  It's totally normal, but that fact doesn't help with feeling better.  This article does; read it for some advise on managing those emotions...   Learn strategies for dealing with difficult feelings by Barry J. Jacobs, AARP I have a confession to make: I resent driving my 82-year-old mother to visit her husband, my demented stepfather, at the smelly, crowded and unpleasant nursing home where he now is confined. On the 20-minute ride there, I grip the steering wheel and silently seethe. I'm irritable while she ...
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Moving two independent parents into senior living – a first hand account

Posted November 13, 2011
Guest post by a reader, Sherri Cash who wanted to share HER story about searching for a community for her parents.  Thank you so much Sherri for telling us your story! ---- I had been listening to the concerns voiced by my parents for a few weeks before we engaged in a conversation to make a move into an assisted living community. My father is diabetic, and on a sliding scale medication which we all have difficulty keeping track of; at first we entertained the idea of brings in a nurse to monitor his dosage. My mother’s mobility has decreased ...
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Tax Deductions for Assisted Living Costs

Posted February 19, 2010
I am doing my taxes this week so it reminded me to post this.  I am not an accountant, I have to hire one because I could not even begin to figure out my taxes even if I used an EZ form.  So, I am not qualified to give you any advice on this subject.  But I can give you the link for the IRS form 502. Tax deductions for the cost of assisted living? I finally finished my taxes!  What a wonderful feeling to not have that looming over my head.  In fact the state of Illinois provided me ...
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Senior Living Advocates Assemble on Captiol Hill

Posted February 16, 2010
More than 120 ALFA members and senior living advocates from across the nation --from New York to California --left an impressive footprint on Capitol Hill last week with the largest single advocacy event ever held by the Assisted Living Federation of America.  Participants raised awareness of assisted living as a great  long term care option for seniors in more than 470 one-on-one meetings at 150 offices of Senators, House members and key committee staffers. The turnout was more than twice the size of last year’s fly-in.``This federal fly-in marked a turning point for the senior living industry’s outreach to the ...
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Pet Photos with Santa…. Proceeds to benefit Pet Support for Seniors

Posted November 30, 2009
The Bark Bark Club is having a Holiday Open House with Santa! Come have your four-legged friend's picture taken with Santa Charlie!   Where:     The Bark Bark Club                 5943 N. Broadway 773-989-8807 for more info.   When:    Sunday,December 13, 2009                 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Cost:     For a $10 donation to Pet Support For Seniors you will receive a 4x6 photo of your furry friend with Santa.   Pet Support for Seniors (PSS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping low-income seniors keep and care for their companion animals. All donations to PSS are tax ...
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Touring the AAHSA Idea House

Posted November 9, 2009
This morning I had the opportunity to venture over to the McCormick Place and tour the Idea House that was built right inside for the AASHA Annual Meeting. When I initially arrived, the media was touring the home and I got to stand back and take a look and really appreciate how many people could comfortably stand inside the home and socialize.  And socialize they did, as there were many vendors demonstrating some of the latest and greatest technology available to us today to help us age in place. I walked into the open courtyard area and tried to decide ...
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AAHSA Idea House Continued

Posted November 1, 2009
I have some more information on the Idea House that will be at the AAHSA Meeting and Expo next week in Chicago. Before I even get into all the cool technology and design, its work noting that sustainable design features are used throughout the house including: carpets made from post-consumer recycled content and furniture made from recycled plastic milk jugs.  Go green! This 2,600 square foot home uses new technologies and design to make it possible for older adults to remain independent at home.  (And like I said before, home might be your independent living home right now...) Here are ...
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American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging "Idea House"

Posted October 31, 2009
The 2009 AAHSA Annual Meeting in Expo this is year is in Chicago at the McCormick Place.  This year they are featuring a full scale, 2600 SQFT home which includes and demonstrates cutting edge design and technology from more than 25 companies! The Expo is not open to the public but the home is and I plan on stopping by to check it out, take some pictures and blog about the technology and design.  As a professional who works in the industry and as a student of interior design, I can't wait to see what they have in store as ...
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