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8 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

The average rent for a one bedroom apartment at an assisted living community is about $3,100 per month according to the 2012 A Place for Mom Cost of Senior Care Survey; in some regions the cost is higher. So, understandably, many families who contact us are worried about how to pay for senior care. That’s where we come in. Our Senior Living Advisors have had the honor and pleasure of educating thousands of families about ways to pay for care that they may not have discovered otherwise.  For exa...
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15 Weird and Wonderful Movies Set at Senior Communities

Assisted living facilities, retirement communities and nursing homes have served as the backdrop for a wide range of movies in practically every genre. We compiled a list of 15 such films. There are heart-warming dramas, suspense-filled thrillers, gross-out comedies, and even a sci-fi flick. But despite these films’ differences, it’s intriguing to note that a recurring theme present in many of them: the young hero (or anti-hero) whose life is changed for the better after meeting a wise el...
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All About Older Drivers: Safety Tips and Guidelines

Over the past few years, news outlets have brought to national attention a spate of alarming stories about tragic traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers. Indeed, as America ages, the safety of its older drivers is being increasingly scrutinized. Many states have passed laws aimed at keeping dangerous older drivers off the road. In Oregon, seniors may be required to retake the state driving test if they exhibit physical or mental warning signs, have a poor driving record, or if they have been rep...
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The Importance of Having a Living Will

Today, 42% of American adults have living wills (or advance directives) according to an ABC News poll. This figure is at an all-time high, but experts and advocates aren’t satisfied. What Can Happen Without a Living Will In 1990 26 year-old Terri Schiavo, a young married woman living in St. Petersburg, Flor. collapsed in her apartment complex and was found face down, unconscious, with no breathe and no pulse. Schiavo’s husband called 9-1-1 and she was rushed to the hospital. Although doct...
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10 States with the Most Affordable Assisted Living Costs

When I worked as an Senior Resource Coordinator for A Place for Mom, I had countless conversations with families and seniors who were in the process of searching for care. I remember one elderly woman in particular, we’ll call her Janet, who asked me, “What state has the cheapest assisted living?” Janet lived alone and had no living family, but she needed hands-on care. She was in an awkward financial position such that her income was too high to qualify for Medicaid, but not really...
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A Frighteningly Common Way Consumers Find Senior Communities

One of the most common ways for families to locate senior communities is also one of the worst: Many seniors and their loved ones find the senior community they choose simply by driving by and seeing the signage or the building. For example, according to a recent report by the Assisted Living Federation of America, roughly 1 in 6 moves to Emeritus Senior Living, the nation’s largest senior living provider, were the result of  families who first saw community from the road. This is obviously qui...
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Resident Facts: Who Really Lives at Assisted Living?

Who is it that really lives in assisted living communities? Older folks? Yes…usually it’s older folks. But the ages of residents can vary widely, as well as their ability levels. There are many reasons someone can end up at assisted living – various types of health problems that can necessitate a move. Here are some fascinating statistics about the average assisted living resident. Note that different communities can specialize in caring for seniors with different ability levels. So...
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25 Senior Living & Caregiving Twitter Feeds You Should Follow

Families who are researching senior care can benefit from the support and information provided online. Although one might not naturally think of Twitter as a resource for this kind of support, it can actually be a great source of info and support for families dealing with caring for a parent, finding a care for a parent, or both, to get information Here are some great Twitter feeds to follow if circumstances have found you in a position where you can benefit from the encouragement and knowledge dispe...
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Affordable Assisted Living: 5 Insider Secrets

Assisted living communities can be quite pricey. The 2012 A Place for Mom Cost of Senior Care Survey found that the national average price for a 1-bedroom assisted living apartment is about $3100 per month. In some regions the cost is significantly higher. Seniors who have few assets and very low income can apply for Medicaid, but because its eligibility requirements are so strict, many families are caught in an awkward position where their older loved one is financially overqualified for Medicaid, b...
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6 Ways to Find Your Soul-Mate at Assisted Living

Men and women usually arrive at assisted living communities out of necessity. They have something in common you could say. They typically have age-related ailments and frailties that make care or supervision a necessity. They’re just like any of us, but often just older and not as fit. It’s a given, then, that these residents desire love like any of us. Some may get more than their share from families or a spouse at the community, but others are lacking it. They move into the facility sin...
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14 Signs Your Elderly Parent May Be Unsafe Living Alone

It can be difficult to tell the difference between normal, age-related decline and something more serious. According to Alan Gruber, M.D., a psychiatrist with a private practice in Massachusetts, there are several ways a loved one can tell if an elderly relative is losing his or her independence. Here are some things to look for: 1. Missed appointments: Failing to meet a friend or doctor without cancelling in advance may be a sign of declining health. 2. Maintaining hygiene: Pay attention to body odo...
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When Home Care Is Not Enough

Home care can be a good option for older parents with low needs, but when a senior becomes frailer and needs grow, the limitations of relying on one individual to provide visiting care can become starkly obvious. Path of Least Resistance When seniors who live alone first begin to need a little assistance around the house, it’s natural for their loved ones to address the needs by hiring a home care aide to visit periodically. It’s the path of least resistance. Very often, the senior simply...
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Senior Living Q&A: Coed Roommates at a Care Home?

Can Senior Communities Have Men and Women Room Together? Q: My sister is 15 years older than me and lives in a small residential care home. They now have her rooming with a male.  It is a seven  bed facility and the administrator moved them together to make room for a sixth person that wanted to single room.   - Elizabeth Dear Elizabeth The rules and regulations for assisted living communities and care homes vary by state, and without knowing your state we can’t say whether this is permitted. W...
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Senior Living Q&A: Cause of Sudden Gambling Compulsion in Elder?

Q: My aunt, has within the last 6 years become addicted to scratch off tickets at any local gas station. I worry about her safety. She lives alone (insists on it) and comes and goes as she pleases. She states that this gambling is her social life. She knows all the other gamblers that hang out in the same places. Anyway, she does has a bowel and incontinence problem which we have just recently gone for an MRI because of that. We will have some results tomorrow.  She has no interest in doing anything ...
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Senior Living Q&A: Medical Marijuana at Assisted Living?

Q: My mom lives in Portland, Oregon. She’s 68 years old and has very limited mobility due to multiple sclerosis. She also has glaucoma and is a breast cancer survivor. (She was only given a 50/50 chance of surviving by her doctor’s sbut today she is cancer free.) My mom is a medical marijuana patient. She believes marijuana helped her survive cancer, and she says it helps immensely with her MS and glaucoma. Her doctor says that if she weren’t using marijuana she would need 18 differ...
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