mac life in an assisted living communityDear Jennifer,

We are getting ready to move my mother into an assisted living community, and she’s very apprehensive. She doesn’t like change anyway, and even though we toured the community, she’s not sure what life will be like once she moves in. Can you give us an idea?

Sincerely,

Freda

hepatitis cThe aging of Baby Boomers is bringing great changes to this nation. Along with rising worries about safety nets and health care comes a concern about Hepatitis C. Boomers are 5 times more likely to have Hepatitis C than the rest of the U.S. population. 1 out of every 30 Boomers has Hepatitis C.

pill organizerMedication management is a critical service offered in most assisted living communities. After all, 77.5% of residents in assisted living need help with medications, according to one recent study. That same study noted that, on average, residents took 13 medications, 3 of them on a daily basis.

mac assisted living 1What is assisted living?

What kind of care will my family member receive in assisted living?

Is assisted living the best option for my senior loved one?

These are three of the most commonly asked questions by people who are searching for the best living environments for loved ones.

No wonder most people don’t understand assisted living: It’s a relatively new development.

woman and doctor talkingDear John:

My parents have both had fairly serious health problems the last few months. Until then both of them were active and independent. To be honest, we never really discussed how we would handle legal decisions and what their wishes for the future might be.

My brother and I thought, since our parents were in such good health, there wasn’t really a need to worry about having these tough discussions with them. It is quickly becoming apparent, however, that the two of us need to learn more about what we can legally do to help our parents.

Can you explain to us what a Power of Attorney is? How is it different from a durable Power of Attorney? And what are the decisions we can and can’t make with either?

Sincerely,

Vickie

senior woman reading a cardDear Sheila:

My mother moved to an assisted living community right after Christmas. Now that she is unpacked and settled in I am trying to figure out how we can make her feel as if she is still connected to family and friends. I know she is worried that everyone will forget about her!

Do you have any ideas for me? I am trying to create a list to share with everyone who is important to my mom.

Kind Regards,

Donna

na al special offerIf you or your loved one is looking to combine the security of care with the comforts of home, our spacious one-bedroom apartments with 24-hour personal assistance are the perfect match.

Assisted Living is currently offering $1000 off your rent each month for your first 3 months (Offer good through 5/31/17)

jeremy evans rehab expertDear Jeremy:

My Dad is in the hospital recovering from a serious bout with pneumonia. It’s left him pretty weak and unsteady on his feet. His physician wants him to go to an inpatient rehab center for a few weeks of therapy. Dad thinks he can just get by with outpatient rehab because a friend of his recently went to an outpatient center after surgery on his wrist.

Can you help me understand the differences? I would really be concerned about how safe my Dad is going home at this point.

Jason

cmoore JNW5539Dear Crystal:

With the holiday season upon us, I’d like to splurge and buy my parents some comfortable yet fashionable clothing for their gifts this year. Their budget is a little tight since they retired, and they don’t treat themselves very often.

Do you have any recommendations? I would like to buy clothing they will find comfortable but that still looks nice for their outings to the senior center and other social activities.

I would appreciate any tips you might be able to offer!

Denise