Trends in Senior Physical Fitness

When the entire Baby Boomer generation finishes aging into the 65+ age bracket around 2030, they’ll comprise 20% of the U.S. population – wow! Where expert recommendations for older adults used to focus on resting and avoiding exertion, recent decades of scientific and social research has found that staying active and regular exercise play important […]

There’s An App for That

Have you ever thought, I just don’t have enough time in the day? When you provide care for someone, this is a question that is often at the top of mind. The hours of the day just simply run out and there is still more to do on the ever running list of things to […]

Why Should I Use a Referral Agency?

People tend to fall into two broad categories when it comes to big decisions or difficult tasks… the first camp is those who are determined to take care of it themselves, just wade right in and see what happens; the second camp are those who look for input from those who may have been there […]

Alzheimer’s Association­­— We’re Here for you Day or Night

The Alzheimer’s Association serves the estimated 62,000 Oregonians living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as their loved ones and caregivers. We offer free early-stage engagement programs, support groups, community classes and other dementia resources. If you or a loved one need resources or support, call our 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900. Alzheimer’s and […]

Home Health Care vs In-home Care

There are many people who don’t know the difference between home health and in-home care. In reality, there are many differences. Home health is specifically designed to assist patients that are ill with a chronic condition like heart failure, recovery from a surgery, or another acute health condition. Home health allows patients to discharge earlier […]

Why Choose In-Home Care?

Whether you’re a senior, a child, or in the middle of your working career….if you find yourself in the hospital then you want to get better, get out, and you don’t want to go back!  Preventing re-hospitalization is nothing new for in-home care agencies. The in-home care industry has been held accountable since its inception […]

Are You Ready to Time Travel?

Family and friends have special ways of reminiscing. There are shared memories which bubble to the surface with inside jokes and memories about each other that remain unspoken because of that shared history. We will never know what tales a loved one would share about us with a stranger. Louise, a resident at the Cottages, […]

What are the Warning Signs?

In today’s world, seniors are living longer, families are dispersed all over the country, and we all want to keep our independence. However, with phone relationships, we usually don’t get the whole picture. Adult children can struggle to come to terms with their parent’s aging process; and seniors of this generation often do not ask […]

3 Steps to Saving Money and Locking in the Best Long-Term Care Solution

For almost all, this is the first time you are navigating through the senior housing or in-home care process. Seniors often find themselves looking for housing options after a life changing event such as a serious fall, diagnosis of disease, or significant decline in health needs. It is easy to quickly find yourself sitting on […]

Plan to Make the Most of Your Home Sale

Are you like many folks looking at the many wonderful community options, thinking this could be a good fit for me and then hitting a total road block when you realize you need to sell your home as part of your move?  If you have you been in your home for many years, you have […]

Proactive Seniors Plan for Their Final Farewell

Most seniors have a will and take other proactive steps for end-of-life planning. Surprisingly, far fewer seniors preplan their funeral arrangements. There are numerous benefits in preplanning. Seniors who make their own funeral arrangements ensure their final wishes, such as whether they want to be cremated or buried, are followed. This lifts a huge emotional […]

The Hidden Costs of Caregiving

If you are taking responsibility for helping an aging relative get through the day, you may be shouldering a larger burden than you realize. Many caregivers don’t stop to consider the personal, financial and emotional costs of caring for a loved one. New research is bringing those costs to light. According to the U.S. Department […]

5 Key Factors in Finding the Right Senior Living Option:

There comes a time for many seniors when they need or want more care than they can receive at home.  It can be overwhelming for many to know “Where do I start?” Here are 5 factors to consider: 1. Needs: Independent Living may be the right option if your loved one needs assistance with meals, […]

Benefits of a Life Plan Community or Continuing Care Retirement Community

Have you ever wondered what a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) or Life Plan Community is? Have you done your research, explored the benefits and know your options? The state registered CCRC’s in Oregon range in location from Medford all the way to Portland. Each community is different and will vary in amenities, so be […]

Their Rights, Your Voice

Find meaningful volunteer work with the Long Term Care Ombudsman program Long-Term Care Ombudsman volunteers advocate for the rights, dignity, and quality of life of adults in nursing homes, residential care and assisted living facilities, and adult foster care homes. Everything they do is free and confidential. Backed by a professional staff, they visit licensed […]

Exercise and Aging

While the fastest growing population segment in the United States is the 85+ age group, only about 25% of this population is currently exercising at recommended levels. There are numerous benefits of staying physically active as you age: Cardiovascular Health Improved overall cardiac function Improved blood pressure Decreased risk of hospitalization rate for congestive heart […]

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a term often used to mean any disorder that affects joints. Symptoms generally include joint pain and stiffness. Other symptoms may include redness, warmth, swelling, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints. Hip or knee pain due to arthritis or related conditions can have a significant negative impact on a person’s […]

Top 5 Reasons To See a Neurologist

Neurologists are doctors of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. You are most likely to see one after being referred by your primary care provider or after having been in the emergency room for one of the following conditions: 1. Stroke. “In the last two months, 80 percent of the patients I treated […]

How Music Positively Influences Individuals With Alzheimer’s

Studies show that music has the power to positively influence individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. It can create moments in these individuals’ lives that elicit positive interactions, evoke emotions and facilitate cognitive functions. Music Shifts Mood & Manages Agitation There are two types of music that are commonly used: music that calms and […]

Why & When to Consider In-home Care

For a millennia, families provided their homes a a safe harbor for their aging family members. This noble tradition, which many families still desire to sustain, can create enormous challenges. Ever-accelerating demands of modern society encroaches into nearly every aspect of  a family’s time and availability, often limiting the level of care that could have […]

Fall Prevention Tips

Falls are a leading cause of injury and care concern. To prevent falls, focus on three key areas: what you can do for yourself, how you can improve your environment, and who you can  contact for help. Movement is key Being physically active is the key to reducing falls. It promotes maintenance of good leg […]

Molly the Seal Joins Patriots Landing

After a long day’s work, most employees need a good night’s rest to recharge, Molly only needs to be plugged in. Molly, who will be joining the Patriots Landing staff in September of 2016, is an advanced interactive robotic baby harp seal developed by AIST, a leading Japanese industrial automation pioneer. She has been used […]

CCRCs vs Life Care Communities

CCRCs are now called life plan communities, not to be confused with life care communities. Life care communities provide the same continuum of care to a resident for life, but the biggest difference is this: residents who become financially unable to pay their monthly care fees will be subsidized by the community with the same […]

Why Work With an Eldercare Consultant?

Would you go to court without an attorney? Into surgery without a good surgeon? Purchase a home without a realtor?  Exploring the vast world of long-term care and senior housing options can be equally overwhelming. The right eldercare consultant can educate, guide, protect, and simplify your search providing you with the right options for you […]

25 Best Travel Tips:

1. Be Patient, don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control. 2. Wake Up Early, avoiding crowds, and a great time for photos. 3. Laugh At Yourself and don’t take life so seriously. 4. Stash Extra Cash in case you lose your wallet, your card stops working, or the ATMs run out of money. 5. Meet […]

Hospice is Not a Place

Hospice programs are available to help terminally ill individuals live their remaining days with dignity. These programs can assist the family in making the patient as comfortable as possible.  Assistance is available around the clock, seven days a week. Hospice is primarily a concept of care and not a specific place of care. Hospice care […]

Why is it Important to Pre-Plan for Your Own Burial or Cremation?

There can be no more personal and life changing experience than losing someone we love.  The loss of a loved one brings with it many unanswered questions, difficult decisions and unforeseen expenses. Pre-planning your burial wishes for the people you love is far more compassionate than leaving the overwhelming decisions associated with a death to […]

Eldercare’s Best Kept Secret!

Jane woke up and knew this was going to be a tough day. Her father was just admitted to the hospital with a stroke. She is the only adult child who could help him and was just promoted at her job. Her life’s stresses had already been piling up and now this. How could she […]

Alzheimer’s Advanced Care Directives

A new alternative to the more common Advanced Directive is the  Alzheimer’s Mental Health Advanced Care Directive, developed by Lisa Brodoff, a professor at Seattle University School of Law. The common Advanced Directive usually takes effect at the end of life when a person is no longer able to express a preference as to what […]

Questions to Ask a Home Care Agency

It’s never too early to choose a home care agency that you can rely on when life doesn’t go as planned. Whether it’s a little help around the house or more involved care, you should look for a home care agency that can safely meet all of your needs every step of the way. Are […]

“Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About” Broaching the Dreaded Senior Care/ End of Life Talk

You may be wondering what a Bonnie Raitt song, “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About”, has to do with Mennonite Village, a continuing care retirement community offering all senior living and care options. In a meeting the other day the focus of the discussion was to constantly improve our services when the comment was […]

Adult Foster Home Classifications

There are three classifications of adult foster home licenses in Oregon. The classifications are based on the experience and/or training of the provider. Each home has a license posted that indicates the classification of the home. A licensee with a Class 1 license may only admit residents who need assistance in no more than four […]

The Hidden Costs of Caregiving

If you are taking responsibility for helping an aging relative get through the day, you may be shouldering a larger burden than you realize. Many caregivers don’t stop to consider the personal, financial and emotional costs of caring for a loved one. New research is bringing those costs to light. According to the U.S. Department […]

Making a Difference at Any Age

It is never easy in life to make a transition from one home to another and making the decision to move to an active living or assisted living community can be even more challenging. One of the primary concerns seniors have about moving into an active or assisted living community is that they’ll become disconnected […]

5 Key Factors in Finding The Right Senior Living Option

There comes a time for many seniors when they need or want more care  than they can receive at home. It can be overwhelming for many to know  “Where do I start?” Here Are 5 Factors To Consider: Needs: Independent Living may be the right option if your loved one needs assistance with meals, housekeeping, […]

Retina Specialists & Diabetic Retinopathy

An ophthalmologist is a physician and surgeon trained to manage diseases of the eye. Many of us are familiar with ophthalmologists as they perform cataract surgeries. There are also ophthalmologists who choose to subspecialize in the field of Retina. These Retina Specialists manage medical and surgical diseases of the retina, a light-sensitive tissue lining the […]

Common Misunderstandings About A Reverse Mortgage

People get reverse mortgages for all kinds of different reasons. Part of their overall financial plan is they no longer want to make a monthly mortgage payment, or they want to create additional cash flow or pay off debts. The reasons to get a reverse mortgage are as diverse as the people getting them. Yet […]

What is a LTACH (Long Term Acute Care Hospital)?

Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACH) are designed to care for critically ill and medically complex patients who require several weeks in a hospital setting. Typical patients have multiple co-morbidities, multi-organ system failure, and significant loss of independence following a traditional hospital stay. Specialty programs include: Complex Respiratory and Ventilator Weaning, Medically Complex Conditions and […]

Hearing Impairment is Not a Benign Condition

We all instinctively know hearing impairment is not a benign condition. When a child or adolescent is diagnosed with even a mild hearing loss there are multiple programs that can help them get hearing aids – we value their hearing. We all know how important it is for them to be able to hear as […]

Funeral & Cemetery Arrangements: Why You Should Pre-Arrange

Thorough and careful pre-planning for your funeral, memorial service, cemetery and end-of life choices gives you enhanced peace of mind knowing there will be adequate funds to cover funeral expenses and that your wishes, beliefs, and preferences will be met. There are many benefits of pre-planning and we have covered a few below. Locking In […]

Print Guide – Puget Sound – September 2015

What is an Adult Family Care Home?

If you or a loved one need more care than you can get at home it may be time to explore residential care. Residential care is a term used to describe a home or community where an adult can live and receive care in a homelike setting.  There are many residential care options that have […]

Making a Difference at Any Age

It is never easy in life to make a transition from one home to another and making the decision to move to an active living or assisted living community can be even more challenging. One of the primary concerns seniors have about moving into an active or assisted living community is that they’ll become disconnected […]

Purses & Keys

As I was fumbling for my keys to unlock the door I thought about my mother. I retain vivid memories of my visits to Ohio to discuss mother’s care levels and needs with my older sister, where one of the challenges involved keys. One specific issue – car keys – is no surprise. Keys now […]

Retirement Choices for Veterans in Puget Sound

The Puget Sound area is home to many retired veterans.  There are many reasons why veterans choose to retire here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Joint Base Lewis McChord, the temperate winters, the pristine scenery, and many advantageous tax benefits have combined to present an attractive package to retirees. Many retired officers and veterans choose […]

CCRCs are now called “Life Plan Communities”

Since they were teens, the boomers have done things differently. So it’s no surprise they’re revolutionizing retirement and reinventing themselves and the senior living field. To meet the needs of this generation senior living communities have transformed from care providers into vibrant villages offering a range of residential options along with new opportunities for creative, […]

Why Work With an Eldercare Consultant?

Would you go to court without an attorney? Into surgery without a good surgeon? Purchase a home without a realtor?  Exploring the vast world of long term care and senior housing options can be equally overwhelming. The right eldercare consultant can educate, guide, protect, and simplify your search providing you with the right options for […]

How to Help a Grieving Friend

What can I do to help the family/loved ones of the deceased? The first few months following a death are a time when grieving friends and relatives need you most. Let them know that your support did not end with the funeral. While talking to someone in a state of grief can be uncomfortable, don’t […]

What Seniors Should Know: Managing Personal Property

Seniors who downsize, reorganize, move or sell personal property have a lot of decisions to make and any of these activities can quickly become a daunting prospect. There are plenty of companies offering services to assist. Here are some insights into how to assess what is right for your needs. Moving Property It seems as […]

Power of Attorney or Guardianship: The Power of Choice

Guardianship can be imposed when choices have not been made prior to disability or incapacity. The Superior Court and a Court appointed Guardian take your power away. Your power to make choices is gone. To start the process toward making your own decisions, the first document you should sign is a Power of Attorney. A […]

Caregiving as an Encore Career

Reaching retirement age has a whole new meaning for today’s growing number of baby boomers. They are embarking on second careers that are not only about making a living but making a difference. Known as an encore career, this second vocation strives to combine a paycheck and a sense of purpose for adults after retirement […]

What You Need to Know When You Don’t Know What You Need!

Having a family member move into a different stage in life that requires care can be a confusing and complicated process.  How do you navigate the complex and overwhelming amount of information available and find out what is right for you? This can be one of the most stressful stages in the journey when care […]

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?

Home safety and defensive living are concepts healthcare professionals take very seriously. With a few simple “just in case” precautions these preparations can provide the peace of mind that your family members will be prepared in the event of an emergency. When putting together emergency kits there are a few extra steps that can make […]

What Is A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)?

Before I fell in love with the senior living industry, and decided to make it my career, I was simply a granddaughter trying to find the best community for my beloved grandparents. I had no knowledge about senior communities, as I had never needed to know about them. Then, dementia and medical issues plagued my […]

What You Need to Know About Elder Care Referral Agencies

From sprawling retirement communities with hundreds of residents to adult family homes with only a few, the options for senior living are endless. Working alone, most people will be overwhelmed with the choices available and will pick something because it is close or familiar, later discovering that it does not meet their needs. When it […]

Connecting People to Resources

While most of us don’t need to be reminded that we are growing older, many of us need a gentle push to think about how aging affects our everyday life. In 2011, the first baby boomers reached 65 causing a surge in the number of older Americans, a trend that which will continue for the […]

A Legacy to Remember

To remember and be remembered are basic human needs. Since the beginning of time, memorials have been based on the belief that no one truly dies until their memory has faded from the hearts and minds of the people who knew and loved them. The pyramids of Egypt and the Taj Mahal are two famous […]

Elder Care Tips: Ensuring a Beneficial Relationship with a Care Provider

Developing an elder care plan for your aging loved ones enables you to ensure your parents get the care and assistance that will meet their physical, cognitive, medical, mobility, and emotional needs on a daily basis. While it is completely normal for you to want to take on all of the responsibilities of caring for […]

You Paid For It (Long Term Care Insurance)

So Use It When You Need It In 2014 Long Term Care Insurance carriers paid over $7.8 billion in claims. Seventy Percent of seniors over 65 will need assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). Unfortunately only 10% of seniors have Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI). Sadly over 90% of seniors never file a claim […]

Assisting Our Parents As They Age

Helping our elderly parents age gracefully will be among the most difficult tasks we encounter. When we recognize and acknowledge that aging is the process of loss; we will be more prepared and capable of identifying the signs that our loved ones need help. Sometimes the need can be very obvious when it is caused […]

Home Health Services and Medicare

How often is it covered? Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and/or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers eligible home health services like intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services, continued occupational services, and more. Usually, a home health care agency coordinates the services your doctor orders for you. Medicare doesn’t pay for: 24-hour-a-day […]

How Important are Licensed Nurses for Assisted Living and Memory Care?

Assisted living and memory care communities are designed to promote aging in place by supporting independence and quality of life. The care provided by licensed nurses is often essential for achieving these goals. A nurse on-site 24 hours a day on every day of the week can save lives and decrease visits to the emergency […]

Medical Coverage, Long-Term Care and Social Services – All in One

Providence ElderPlace is part of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), a federally recognized program with over 100 sites operating in 31 states. PACE helps seniors maintain independence and health for as long as possible by combining medical coverage with long-term care and social services. Long-term Care and In-home Services Through our […]

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Breathing 100% oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure is a painless, proven way to help the body heal. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chambers work by surrounding the patient with 100% oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure in sessions, or dives, that last 90 minutes to two hours. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient’s […]

Coping with Parkinson’s Disease

If you or someone close to you has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), you probably have many questions and concerns and you may be on an emotional rollercoaster. Remember that you are not alone. As many as one million people in the US and an estimated seven to ten million worldwide live with […]

Home Health Services & Medicare

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and/or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers eligible home health services like intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services, continued occupational services, and more. Usually, a home health care agency coordinates the services your doctor orders for you. Medicare doesn’t pay for:  24-hour-a-day care at home Meals delivered […]

Fall Prevention and Risk Factors

As we age, our bodies go through many changes that we must constantly adjust to in order to continue to remain active, independent individuals. Being educated and prepared for life’s changes can help us avoid common pitfalls. Obvious things such as changes in eyesight or hearing, sends us to our doctors to seek corrective measures. […]

Oregon Eldercare Support Foundation

Oregon Eldercare Support Foundation (OESF), formerly Oregon Health Care Foundation, is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 2000. The mission of OESF is: to provide educational opportunities for current & future employees working in long term care communities; to offer programs that enrich the lives of seniors, and to enhance the public understanding and appreciation […]

Fall Prevention and Risk Factors

As we age, our bodies go through many changes that we must constantly adjust to in order to continue to remain active, independent individuals. Being educated and prepared for life’s changes can help us avoid common pitfalls. Obvious things such as changes in eyesight or hearing, sends us to our doctors to seek corrective measures. […]

LetsShareHousing.com READY * SET * SHARE!

What’s new and affordable in the realm of housing for folks 50 and up? There is a movement on the rise where like-minded homeowners and home seekers are matching themselves to create community through shared housing. The homeowner might be an empty nester, someone who is underemployed or on a fixed income looking to increase […]

Assisted Living Resources

Licensing requirements for assisted living facilities vary by state and can be known by as many as 26 different names including: residential care, board and care, congregate care, and personal care. A complete list of each state’s terminology and state regulations can be found online. Choosing A Community A good match between a community and […]

Longevity and How to Survive It

When I was young and I heard about a person turning one hundred, it was a wow factor. Now, the estimated number of centenarians living in the United States is as high as 72,000. American seniors, in the main, are living longer than their ancestors ever did. Statistics suggest that seniors can expect to live […]

Concerned About Your Safety at Home?

For many seniors, the term “retirement community” represents a place where seniors move when they are incapable of living on their own. But independent retirement living communities offer an exciting alternative for seniors 55 and older. Independent retirement living communities are designed for seniors who are capable of living on their own and can benefit […]

Urgent care or emergency room? Where to go when you’re not feeling well

When you are sick or in pain, it can be hard to make good health care decisions. You just want to feel better as soon as possible. That’s why understanding the pros and cons of your options today can help you make better choices when it counts. Your regular doctor’s office is the best place […]

What Is Hospice And Palliative Care?

Hospice is traditionally an option for people whose life expectancy is six months or less, and involves palliative care (pain and symptom relief) rather than ongoing curative measures, enabling you to live your last days to the fullest, with purpose, dignity, grace, and support. While some hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities provide […]

Tell Your Story – Funerals Evolving into True Celebrations of Life

In recent years, funeral and graveside services have evolved from a formal or structured service with religious music, scripture, prayers and little or no information regarding the life of the deceased to a true celebration of a life remembered. “The key to turning a service into a celebration of the life lived is through personalization,” […]

Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

Sometimes it is hard to tell that you might have Parkinson’s disease. The early symptoms are mild and could have other causes making it challenging even for experts to confirm an early diagnosis. Some of the more common early signs of Parkinson’s disease are indicated below. If you are noticing these warning signs and have […]

The Probate Process – How It Works and Why It’s Important

Probate is the process of collecting and distributing a deceased person’s assets under court supervision. The Probate process allows for an estate to be distributed to its heirs and creditors in an orderly and systematic manner, but unfortunately it is a process that many of us do not fully understand until someone we love has […]

Alzheimer’s Association – We’re Here For You Day or Night

The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help you any time. If you or a loved one needs resources or support, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. We also offer many Web-based services you can access whenever and wherever it is most convenient for you. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s […]

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG) is a regional governmental entity created in the mid-1960’s by the local governments within Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties. OCWCOG supports local and regional members and their communities to develop solutions to common issues, and connect member governments, businesses and individuals with a wide array of resources. Over […]

Understanding Long Term Care

Awareness Campaign – What is Long-Term Care? Long-term care is a variety of services and supports to meet health or personal care needs over an extended period of time. Most long-term care is non-skilled personal care assistance, such as help performing everyday Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), which are: Bathing Dressing Using the toilet Transferring […]

Aid and Attendance and Household Benefits

Aid and Attendance (A&A) and Housebound benefits are a benefit paid in addition to monthly pension. This benefit may not be paid without eligibility to pension. A veteran may be eligible for A&A when: The veteran requires the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, […]

What Advanced Planning (Advance Directive) is Needed?

What Advanced Planning is needed? What advanced planning should we do? Advance directives are oral and written instructions about future medical care should you become unable to make decisions (for example, unconscious or too ill to communicate). Each State regulates the use of advance directives differently. A living will is one type of advance directive. […]

What if the Caregiver Passes Away? Who will provide the care?

What if the Caregiver Passes On? As caregivers, we cannot assume that we always will be able to provide care. Even if we are able to be active caregivers, it is important to establish both emergency and long-term alternative care plans for our older relative or friend, and to make sure that the necessary legal […]

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer disease is a degenerative disease of the brain that causes dementia, which is a gradual loss of memory, judgment, and ability to function. This disorder usually appears in people older than age 65, but less common forms of the disease appear earlier in adulthood. Memory loss is the most common sign of Alzheimer disease. […]

Care for Terminally Ill Individuals – What is Hospice?

Hospice programs are available to help terminally ill individuals live their remaining days with dignity. These programs can assist the family (or other designated caregiver) in making the patient as comfortable as possible, and assistance is available around the clock, seven days a week. Hospice is primarily a concept of care, not a specific place […]

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) – What You Need to Know

Could you or a loved one benefit from a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS). A PERS is an electronic device designed to allow people with disabilities or older people living alone to summon help in an emergency. People use Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) for various reasons, such as general concerns about falling, needing reminders […]

Telecommunication Relay Service (TRS) for the the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Provided by State Agency of Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). They can be reached 800-422-7930 (Voice/TTY), 360-902-8000 (Voice/TTY) or visit their websites for more information: http://odhh.dshs.wa.gov, www.washingtonrelay.com or www.dshs.wa.gov. Also available through: Videophone: (VP): VP: (360) 339-7382; VP: 65/113/246/110. Telecommunication Relay Service (TRS) Relay […]

What Services Can Help Caregivers?

If you are a caregiver and need help, chances are that assistance is available in your community. There are many different government and privately funded services that may be available. Most of the programs and services mentioned in this guide are federally funded through the Older Americans Act. You can get information about these services […]

What to Look For in a Continuing Care Retirement Community

As providers of senior housing in a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community), we are often in the position of helping people choose where they are going to live. It might be helpful for you to review some of the reasons we feel are very important in helping all seniors make this decision. The Residents – […]

How to Tell When a Senior Needs Care and Assistance

Sometimes it’s easy to know when your senior family member needs care and assistance. For instance, maybe he or she has a major disability or requires additional help following a hospital stay. In other cases, however, it isn’t immediately obvious that your senior is in need of care. Families need guidance, and should follow a […]

When The Care Receiver Lives With you

American society is often a muddle of contradictions, and this is certainly true when it comes to families. On the one hand, we cherish the concept of the extended family and laud the ideal of multiple generation households. On the other we cherish our privacy and fiercely defend our independence. It is thus important for […]

Alcohol Presents Yet Another Health Challenge For Women

Women and Drinking Exercise, diet, hormones, and stress: keeping up with all the health issues facing women is a challenge. Alcohol presents yet another health challenge for women. Even in small amounts, alcohol affects women differently than men. In some ways, heavy drinking is much more risky for women than it is for men. With […]

Suggested Questions to Ask When Hiring a Home Care Provider

Questions to Ask Your Home Care Provider 1. Does Your CAREGiver speak, read and write in English? 2. Is your CAREGiver carefully screened? 3. Have the CAREGivers’ references been checked? 4. Is a criminal background check performed on the CAREGiver? 5. Is the CAREGivers’ driving record checked annually? 6. Is the CAREGiver bonded? 7. Is […]

Love and Companionship Aren’t Just for the Young

Being connected to other individuals is one of the best ways to age successfully. According to Pew internet American Life project on on-line dating, 47% of older adults (65+) are still married or in committed relationships. 48% of older adults (65+) are not in a relationship and aren’t looking. A whopping 2% of you are […]

The FACTS and FICTION of Long-term Care Financing

I will not need long-term care in my lifetime. False. Sixty (60%) of Americans will need some long-term care (LTC) during their lifetime. Family members may be able to provide care in some situations. Or LTC services may be purchased to provide help at home or in a facility setting. The average long-term care stay […]

About the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

What is the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program? Long-Term Care Ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities and similar adult care facilities. They work to resolve problems of individual residents and to bring about changes at the local, state and national levels to improve care. While most […]

About The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center, operated by the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) in conjunction with the National Association of State Units on Aging, provides on-call technical assistance and intensive annual training to assist ombudsmen in their demanding work. The Center is supported […]

Mature Job Seekers Finding More Opportunities

Mature Job Seekers Finding More Opportunities Mature Americans who are seeking jobs are finding more opportunities available because of rising demand for employees, programs designed to assist them and a growing appreciation for workers from their generation. Also, more companies have open positions and are tailoring job opportunities for mature workers. Demographic factors in America […]

When Does Medicare Pay for Home Health Care?

When Does Medicare Pay for Home Health Care? The Medicare program will pay for home health care if all of the following conditions are met: 1. The patient must be homebound and under a doctor’s care 2. The patient must need skilled nursing care, or occupational, physical, or speech therapy, on at least an intermittent […]