There is always a great deal of planning that goes into retirement. If you or a loved one are considering retirement you have to think not only about finances, but also about the emotional aspects of no longer working and deciding where you want to live. Many older Americans choose to move to a retirement community because of the amenities and lifestyle that these facilities offer. There is a wide range of options to consider when looking at potential communities. Because you are choosing a place where you will likely be living for an extended time, it is important to be sure you select a community that fits your life and expectations. [Read more…]
When caring for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s, it is important to anticipate potential hazards and to adjust his or her environment to minimize risks. Especially in the case of a loved one who is remaining at home, steps should be taken to make everyday tasks safer.
Tips for promoting safety: [Read more…]
Helping a person with dementia often requires a caregiver to alter his or her response to the person’s behavior and make adjustments in the person’s environment. Caregiving options will change as the disease progresses, and how you take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease should be specific to the stage they are at.
Typically an individual with Alzheimer’s may not understand as well as he or she used to, so one of the first adaptations to make as a caregiver is in how you communicate.
Alzheimer’s disease is a gradual degenerative brain disease. Typically, it changes an individual’s:
- Personality and behavior
- Ability to manage daily activities and learn new things
- Capacity to remember, think, and use language appropriately
Some people may worry that if they lose their keys or forget someone’s name, that this may be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. [Read more…]
The Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, program is an approach to end-of-life planning based on communication between patients, family, and medical providers. The main goal of POLST is to combine the advice of physicians with the wishes of patients in a single form. This POLST form enables seriously ill patients to choose treatments they want and ensures that their wishes are honored.
What is meant by the term “Living Care?” Traditionally, estate planning attorneys or financial advisors worked with families to develop financial plans for their clients. Estate planning attorneys drew up papers for their clients, often using template forms, to pass wealth from one generation to another. These papers came in various forms such as Last Will and Testament, Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts and so on. [Read more…]
Although many of us feel that nursing home placement will never be an option for ourselves or our loved ones, there may come a time when skilled nursing care truly is the best and only option for our care needs. The vast number of nursing home facilities today offer a wide range of services and amenities that [Read more…]
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Communication is important.
The next step to being a proficient caregiver is to have good communication between you and your loved one. Communication skills help caregivers to adapt to changing circumstances by enabling them to get and share information, ask questions, and stay connected to the other individuals involved. [Read more…]
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How to determine the type of care needed:
Sometimes a sudden change in a loved one’s physical or mental ability does not allow time for extensive planning. This is why thinking ahead and creating a care plan is crucial. It is important to explore all the options that are available in order to make a choice that will be acceptable to all parties involved. [Read more…]
If you are now responsible for your own or a loved one’s long term care, you might be feeling overwhelmed. What is home care compared to home health? Assisted Living Facility but with a “memory care unit?” Our firm can help. We emphasize long-term care planning, estate planning, veterans benefits planning, probate and more. We strive to help seniors plan for long term care and protect their assets against the high cost of long-term care and remain independent for as long as possible.
If you have spent any time looking into long-term care costs, you are probably shocked. [Read more…]