Different Assisted Living Communities

April 16, 2014
By: Brian Prouty How does the average consumer tell one assisted living apart from another? And for that matter, how does one separate the hundreds of options that are out there. Per DSHS King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties host 246 different Assisted Living Communities (King 152, Pierce 50, and Snohomish 44). This doesn’t include Independent communities (senior apartments, income-based senior housing, or non-board and care settings) that do not require licensing and oversight from the State of Washington. These are communities that do not offer assisted living services through their own... Read more >>

Independent Living Vs. Assisted Living

April 15, 2014
When you’re trying to find senior housing for your loved one, the first thing you should take into account is the type of care they need – yes, even before price. Senior living communities are not hard to come by, but the type of care that you’re looking for narrows the search. It’s a lot like looking for your first home. When you throw out “price,” the possibilities are endless – but that’s good, it allows you to narrow your search to what you really want. For most people just starting their research into elder care homes, the two most prevalent are Independent Living and Assisted Living... Read more >>

Care Advisors’ Stories: Adult Family Home Care

April 11, 2014
By: Patricia Agrelius As Brian Prouty mentioned last week, over 90% of the people we work with are in crisis mode. This means that they’re not looking for senior placement in the future, they need senior care immediately! Unfortunately, this does limit the type of elderly housing that’s available to them since it is such short notice… but fortunately, since 90% of the people we work with are in crisis mode, we’re well adept at handling the situation (whatever it may be). So when it comes to immediate senior placement, there’s no one better to turn to than the Concierge Care Advisors. We have... Read more >>

3D Printing and Senior Living

April 10, 2014
By: Kecia Lilly The Clone Debate It wasn’t too long ago that stem cell research was the “big” thing. One of the main reasons for pioneering the research was that it opened the doors to cloning. Of course, while some people thought, we’d clone fully-fleshed humans, that was nothing more than a science fiction concept – portrayed in several novels and movies . Despite successfully cloning a sheep, stem cell research was the definitive plan for cloning human organs. The idea being that you wouldn’t need to worry about a donor’s blood type or being on a waiting list since we’d be able to craft... Read more >>

Free Home Assessments For Seniors

April 9, 2014
By: Brian Prouty We all have someone in our lives that makes us a bit nervous to know that they are home alone. Could be a parent, extended family, a neighbor or just someone you see around town. There is something about them that gives you cause for concern. They seem a bit unsteady on their feet; may get really confused managing simple tasks like paying for groceries; they may even have noticeable hygiene issues. You want to reach out and say something… but what do you say? Chances are, if you asked them if they are having difficulties around the home, they would respectfully say “oh,... Read more >>

3 Steps to Conquering the Stress of Caregiving

April 8, 2014
By: Heather Souve There’s a substantial lack of caregivers in the senior housing field. In addition, this isn’t an industry people jump to get involved in. More often than not what happens is, when a senior needs care, it’s their children to the rescue. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing more admirable than adult children taking care of their elderly parents; in fact, it’s something that should be expected of us. However, taking on the role of caregiver is stressful. If you ask any caregiver in the field, they’ll tell you the same. Some of the people in our society with the highest levels of... Read more >>

When Senior Housing Feels Like Surrendering to Death

April 7, 2014
By: Heather Souve Many elders fear moving into senior housing because it feels like surrendering; surrendering to death. Of course, unless you’re moving near an active volcano or warzone, a senior’s location will not have a significant impact on how long they live. In fact, senior housing is meant to ensure more years with proper care, thereby increasing the quality of life . But that doesn’t matter to many elders who find themselves at the crossroads of this life transition. For many elders, a grim reaper security guard might as well be prowling the senior living communities. And while it’s... Read more >>

How to Avoid Stress When Moving into Senior Living

April 4, 2014
When it comes to moving into senior living communities, there are a multitude of emotions we go through and usually it’s those emotions we like to distance ourselves from: grief, sadness, fear, apprehension, loathing or even annoyance. Can you think of what a difference it would make if we experienced admiration, joy, serenity, or anticipation? The negative emotions however, are far more common. The reason? For starters, senior housing is a crucial decision because it is like buying a “home” and its rare for anyone to buy a home in mere weeks, let alone days! So it’s not surprising that these... Read more >>

Choose Senior Housing Before You Need It

April 3, 2014
By: Brian Pouty I would estimate that less than 10% of the families that I work with are in non-crisis mode. This means that they recognize some changes at happening with their mom, dad, or other family member. It might be that their driving is getting worse or that their vision is quite poor or it is harder to walk around the store and get the shopping done. Well, all three of those things go together. I remember as a kid driving to the store and feeling like I was commuting in a funeral procession. There was a really long line of cars lead by this huge black Lincoln Continental. I thought... Read more >>

Talking About Elder Care Options

April 2, 2014
Many people start to consider elder care options once they (or their loved ones) need to transition immediately and the reason for this is because they avoid TALKING about it. So for starters, we need to determine… Why Don’t We Talk about Elder Care Options? Earlier this week, we discussed how many seniors fear moving into senior housing because they think it puts them closer to death, and this is usually the biggest deterrent. Even when friends and family recognize the signs that their loved one is going to need senior care, they avoid talking about until their living condition becomes so... Read more >>