UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INDEPENDENT LIVING, ASSISTED LIVING, MEMORY CARE AND SKILLED NURSING

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Independent Senior Living- These apartment setting communities for people 55+ are generally for those who do not require assistance with activities of daily living. Most of these residents maintain their driver’s license and care for pets. All Independent livings communities offer different amenities and programs. Many include an activities program or socials and meals in… Read more »

HOW TO USE YOU NEWSLETTER AS A MARKETING TOOL

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As a long time manager of a number of assisted living and memory care communities, I am always curious to grab a community newsletter whenever I enter a facility. Nine times out of ten, I am expectedly disappointed. There is no gray area with community newsletters. Small companies print off drivel onto a pastel colored… Read more »

ASSISTED LIVING COMPANIES ARE BANKING ON THE BABY BOOMERS

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Helping a loved one transition from their cherished home into an assisted living community can be a challenging experience to say the least. Companies are building communities all over the valley in anticipation of the “Baby Boomer” generation eventually coming of age to need assisted living accommodations. The “Baby Boomer” generation (1946-1964) are nostalgically defined… Read more »

SUMMER FUN

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Everyone looks forward to the weather warming up so they can venture outside. Assisted living communities are no different. Whether you are going to feed ducks in the park or getting a hot dog at a baseball game, it important to make a checklist of necessary preparations and items needed in order to be comfortable… Read more »

KEY TERMS OF ASSISTED LIVING

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CNA– Certified Nursing Assistant, as they are called in most states. They provide direct care to the residents and administer medications under the registered nurse’s direction and license. POA– Power of Attorney. Assisted living administration must work directly with person responsible for making decisions for their loved one. Sometimes the resident themselves may have the… Read more »

ADULT DAY CARE AND RESPITE CARE

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With the cost of assisted living care through the roof, many families choose to take care of their elderly loved ones in their own homes for as long as possible. It is a demanding task that takes a lot of family support. Most families are unaware that a majority of assisted living and memory care… Read more »

TOURING COMMUNITIES WITH YOUR LOVED ONE’S PERSPECTIVE IN MIND

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Make no mistake that the assisted living industry is big business. Huge corporations spend millions of dollars researching how to get a prospective resident’s power of attorney to choose one of their communities. Similar to the M&M store on the Las Vegas strip pumping the scent of chocolate throughout their store and onto the street,… Read more »

ASSISTED LIVING AND LAUNDRY

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Make no mistake; laundry is a huge issue in every assisted living. Items will be lost, misplaced, bleached, torn etc… That is a simple fact that you must come to terms with. All assisted living communities try their best. Every garment must be labeled and every community has a different system. If their services are… Read more »

ASK ASSISTED LIVING ADVICE FROM HOME HEALTH STAFF

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Generally speaking, home health and hospice care companies have certified nursing assistants and registered nurses that visit numerous assisted livings on a daily basis and have no affiliation to any of them. They can tell you which communities have horrible communication, cooperation, staffing issues or just plain stink, literally. It’s a simple idea to ask… Read more »