Make the Move Once: Aging in Place

October 30, 2014
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Recently, we had a married couple that came to us for assistance for long-term planning and we were taken aback! They weren’t simply looking for a senior care facility that met their current needs, but one that met their future needs as well! And this is one of the main reasons to come to us, seniors and their families should NEVER settle for a “temporary” fix for long-term care needs. Care Should Outweigh Panic When people approach us looking for elder care, it’s usually with one of two conditions: They needed senior care yesterday! They’re planning for the future. Guess which of the two we... Read more >>

Medicare MAYHEM! Overwhelming Open Enrollment

October 29, 2014
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Open Enrollment for Medicare closes on December 7 th and we’ve been meeting with a number of seniors that are struggling to enroll! However, since Medicare will cover many of the costs associated with inpatient and outpatient care, as well as some of the expenses associated with skilled nursing homes, it’s all the more important that you get signed up! Common Questions and Problems When it comes to enrolling in Medicare, seniors are expected to have read through all the necessary information. Of course they were mailed a packet… but like the “terms and conditions” to iTunes , that doesn’t... Read more >>

The Many Meanings of Resiliency: How to Bounce Back Without Breaking a Bone

October 27, 2014
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When a child falls down, what happens? They may get a bruise or, if it’s very severe, a broken bone, but has that ever stopped a child? A couple weeks go by and they’re back at it, stronger than before. That resilience is enviable, not just by seniors, but adults as well. To me, that resilience changes as we get older , because, for kids (nine times out of ten) that’s the biggest obstacle they’ll face. As we age, the obstacles that get in our way change. As teens, it could be grades and tests; as adults, jobs and income. Although our bones may not heal as quickly, our resilience doesn’t fade... Read more >>

Old-Timers Vs. Alzheimer’s: Knowing When to Get Help

October 23, 2014
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Samantha didn’t know she had Alzheimer’s Disease and neither did her family. They all thought something was off; something was wrong, but they couldn’t place their finger on it. She had had plenty of doctors’ appointments and checkups, but nothing in her medical history, blood tests, or physical exams showed any signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s . It was only when the doctor applied a mental status test that the symptoms became clear. After a more thorough neurological exams and brain imaging, Samantha was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. A wave of emotions and fears overcame the family: sorrow,... Read more >>

How Can I Help My Elder with Dementia?

October 21, 2014
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If you don’t have a medical education or nursing background, then you may not know where to begin, but there’s a lot you can do for a senior with dementia. For starters, you should be able to determine how severe your elder’s dementia is. If they need someone to help them get out of bed, get dressed, guided to the kitchen table, cooked for and spoon fed, then you should consider moving them to a senior living facility. HOWEVER, if they’re simply suffering from the common symptoms (i.e. mood swings and memory loss), then there’s a lot you can do. Regular Routine Maintain a regular routine; a... Read more >>

Help Me, Don’t Baby Me: Personal Freedoms in Assisted Living

October 20, 2014
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Not long ago, the Concierge Care Advisors were contacted by a senior in need. She noticed that she had been having difficulty with dexterous tasks. Once simple projects, like sewing, became overwhelming; just to thread the needle was taxing and time-consuming. Of course, this crisis led to some more severe changes. She didn’t feel comfortable driving because she had difficulty gripping the wheel; when she did manage to get her hands around the wheel, steering became an issue. It was then that she decided to walk to her destinations: the grocery store, farmer’s market, local pharmacy, etc... Read more >>

100 is the New 50: When Health Spans Match Life Spans

October 15, 2014
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By: Derek Hobson In the past, we've talked extensively about the pros and cons of RoboCare . Partially because it’s a technological development that’s going to be in high demand as the Silver Tsunami crests – and partially because there’s a juvenile in me that loves robots. I’ll save you the trouble of reading that article right now and tell you that the primary pro is that robots could sorely supplement the ever understaffed nursing profession. It’d be a welcomed addition since, as it stands, when the baby boomers retire, there aren’t enough caregivers or senior housing communities to go... Read more >>

A Stroke of Bad Luck: Rehabilitative Assisted Living

October 14, 2014
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“ The day had started out so well .” Rita, 72, had taken her morning walk with Patches, her Boston Terrier. The sun was out and a light breeze reminded her that she was heading into the eve of summer. Later, when she went down to the local farmer’s market, she sampled the various jams. As she paid for jar, the merchant thanked her graciously and as she made her way to leave, a child behind the jam stand asked to pet her dog. Both the child and Patches loved the attention. Eventually, the little girl asked, “ What’s his name? ” And Rita said nothing. Rita didn’t mean to say nothing, but she... Read more >>

Dementia Laments: When Life Gives You Lemons…

October 10, 2014
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“I miss the flowers…” Joe was living alone in an empty house. The family grew concerned when they visited him and saw dust along the handrail going upstairs. When they went upstairs and saw that the floors had been freshly vacuumed, they asked Joe when the last time he’d gone upstairs was. Joe said, “Just this morning,” but the truth was obvious, he didn’t remember. The maid had been coming every other week to Joe’s house for the last 15 years – hence why the floor was freshly vacuumed. However, when the family contacted her, she said she hadn’t been to the house in several months! She tried... Read more >>

Assisted Living is Still Independent

September 5, 2014
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It wasn’t long ago that a Seattle senior and his son came to the Concierge Care Advisors looking for Assisted Living. They had done some moderate research and understood that Assisted Living provided minor- to moderate care for elderly persons. Their biggest concern wasn’t if the elder would receive enough care, but if there were enough activities and events to keep the elder occupied. This is a fairly frequent concern – not far off from cost – since most people think “retirement home” or “nursing home” and immediately think they are restricted to the homes’ schedules. This certainly isn’t... Read more >>