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How to Celebrate a National Day of Listening in Assisted Living

How to Celebrate a National Day of Listening in Assisted Living

Each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the U.S. observes a National Day of Listening – where families set aside time to tell stories and record them with family and friends. Learn more about celebrating this day with seniors in assisted living, and read on for tips about how to start a conversation and preserve stories with loved ones. Listening and Sharing Stories with Seniors in Assisted Living Though we should be taking as much time as we can to visit the seniors in our lives, the National Da...
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First Veteran Assisted Living Community

First Veteran Assisted Living Community

An assisted living community for veterans – the first of its kind – focused on caring for senior veterans and their families, has opened in Connecticut. Learn more about this senior living community and what it means for veterans and the future of assisted living. Assisted Living for Veterans Connecticut WTNH News reported in an article that an assisted living community for veterans has opened in Newington, Connecticut. According to its website, Veterans Landing is: “A state-of-the-art, affordable as...
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Getting Seniors in Assisted Living to the Polls

Getting Seniors in Assisted Living to the Polls

America has a proud democratic tradition dating back more than 200 years, and that tradition is based on the right to vote. Unfortunately, many older people who are receiving care at assisted living communities aren’t always able exercise that right. Seniors may be intimidated by the thought of getting to the polls and potentially waiting in long lines. Some might even wonder whether, as long term care residents, they’re still allowed to vote. Learn more about how to assist in getting sen...
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The Suburban Apartment: Assisted Living Styles

The Suburban Apartment: Assisted Living Styles

Assisted living communities are usually recognized by two traits: their size and the type of care that they provide. Specifically, assisted living communities house more than about twenty residents seniors but are sometimes home to several hundred. While the precise types of care that assisted living communities provide varies based on the licensing and local laws, they tend to be an intermediate care type, appropriate for those who do not need the intensive, high-level care of a nursing home, but wh...
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Assisted Living: A Self-Assessment Checklist

Assisted Living: A Self-Assessment Checklist

Many families searching for senior care don’t know the differences between the many options available to then. Learning the distinction between different kinds of long-term care providers can help you more quickly identify the right care option for your parent or other senior loved one. Learn more about which senior care option is best for you and your family, through this assisted living checklist. The Cost of Confusion in Assisted Living Most families searching for senior care start out simil...
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Should You Trust Your Gut When Choosing a Senior Care Provider?

Should You Trust Your Gut When Choosing a Senior Care Provider?

An article in Illinois recently made the news by discussing the process of searching for assisted living. It recommended that families trust their guts when choosing a senior care provider for a loved one. Although you could apply that advice to just about any decision, it’s one that is worth considering. Should you really trust your gut and base your decisions about senior care on snap judgements? Why Research Matters in Your Senior Care Search Science tells us that while many people may have ...
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Survey Finds Assisted Living Residents Satisfied

Survey Finds Assisted Living Residents Are Satisfied

A survey commissioned by the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), found that assisted living residents are overwhelmingly satisfied with their lives at assisted living. Learn more about the nationwide ALFA survey of more than 500 assisted living residents. Assisted Living Residents Are Satisfied with Their Communities The ALFA findings concluded that: 86% of residents feel that staff “care about me as a person.” 87% of residents feel staff are qualified and well trained. 94% are ...
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Who Really Lives at Assisted Living?

Who Really Lives at Assisted Living?

Who is it that really lives in assisted living communities? Seniors? Yes… usually. But the ages of residents can vary widely, as well as their abilities. There are many reasons someone can end up at assisted living – from needing medical assistance to more specialized care. Here are some interesting statistics about the average assisted living resident that you may not know about. Facts About the Average Assisted Living Resident According to the document “Overview of Assisted Living,̶...
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Assisted Living Residents Continue Work after Retirement

Assisted Living Residents Continue Work After Retirement

Most retired seniors spend their time being leisurely – socializing, taking trips and visiting with loved ones, for example. But at one special assisted living community, residents are working harder than ever, producing television shows from home. Learn more about how seniors can stay active and continue work after retirement. How Assisted Living Residents Continue Work After Retirement The Wasserman Campus, a senior living community in Los Angeles, California, isn’t home to your average assisted li...
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What to Do When Your Parent’s Assisted Living Closes

What to Do When Your Parent’s Assisted Living Closes

When seniors move to an assisted living community, they are often looking for a home where they can age in place safely and stably. When an assisted living community shuts down,however,  it can cause significant hardship for residents and their family members. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen often, but it happens enough that it’s worth discussing. For example, in Youngtown, Arizona, residents were left scrambling when their assisted living community was closed without warning. When Your ...
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5 Worst Ways to Choose an Assisted Living Facility

5 Worst Ways to Choose an Assisted Living Facility

Any kind of move is difficult, but a senior’s move to an assisted living facility may be the hardest of all. That’s why it needs to be done right. At AssistedLiving.com, we arm people with the information they need to make empowered and informed decisions about senior care for their loved ones. Our local Senior Living Advisors, who work throughout the U.S., help thousands of families each year find the right facility for their loved ones. Sadly, many families don’t take advantage of...
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Age-Friendly Initiative and Assisted Living Communities

Age-Friendly Initiative and Assisted Living Communities

Politico Magazine recently covered New York City’s age-friendly initiative – a drive to improve life for seniors across the city. From more accessible transportation to safer pedestrian crossings and outing programs – New York is steadily improving the quality of life of its senior residents. Learn more about the senior age-friendly initiative and assisted living communities in New York City. Age-Friendly Initiative in New York City Politico Magazine’s recent coverage of “Age-Friendly NYC” highlighte...
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Top 10 Cities That Aging Seniors Call Home

Top 10 Cities That Aging Seniors Call Home

In an article, Forbes.com announced the top U.S. cities that aging seniors call home. Which regions have had the most growth and how does this affect assisted living? Learn more. The Top Cities That Aging Seniors Call Home Forbes.com recently studied “aging America” and the impacts that aging seniors will have across the U.S. Their research centered on which metropolitan cities have had the largest concentration of senior growth from 2000-2013, of which they found interesting results. The top 10 citi...
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Assisted Living Checklist for Families

Assisted Living Checklist for Families

After you and your family have started a search for assisted living and have a list of assisted living communities, there is no better way to narrow down your choices than through community visits. Here’s a checklist made of “yes and no” questions to help you find the perfect community for you and your family. Assisted Living Checklist: Questions for Families to Ask During a Community Visit To gain the most information about a community during your visit, use this assisted living ch...
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Gift and Estate Tax FAQs for Family Caregivers

Gift and Estate Tax FAQs for Family Caregivers

When a senior reaches a point that they need regular care, families often prefer to choose someone they know to provide that care — especially if there’s a family member who can do it. In some cases, this family caregiver replaces moving to an assisted living community, and in order to make it financially feasible for that individual, wages are provided. According to the IRS, family caregivers, nannies, and some other household workers are a special class of workers with specific tax regulations. In ...
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