blog january 17As a caregiver, you know that talking to a parent about relocating to an assisted living facility can be a difficult subject. But you also know it’s a step you must take when you’re concerned about your loved one’s overall health. A decline in your own well-being, like missed time from work or a lack of sleep, is another sign it might be time to talk about a move.

Embassy HealthCare in Ohio knows that having “the conversation” with your senior loved one may feel threatening. Follow these three tips to ensure an assisted living relocation talk with your parent goes as smoothly as possible.

january blog 2017Planning for long-term care now is essential for you to be able to get the attention you might need in your senior years. However, long term care insurance is often overlooked as a crucial planning tool.

According to a survey by Sun Life Financial, 36% of seniors believed that they would need long term care insurance. But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated that nearly 70% of people age 65+ will require long term care services at some point in their lives. The survey also found that 84% reported they don't feel financially prepared for their long-term care needs.

rowingseniorAlthough scientists haven’t found a drug that will cure Alzheimer’s yet, dementia experts suggest that lifestyle improvements might have a greater effect than medication alone.

Embassy HealthCare in Ohio details three lifestyle choices you can make right now that might lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia:

1. Eat Healthy Foods

Foods and supplements we consume now have an impact on our future health. Follow a Mediterranean diet that includes whole grains, fish, leafy vegetables and nuts. Some Studies believe that Mediterranean foods rich in antioxidants may be more effective than Alzheimer’s drugs alone.

Senior woman writing a letterMany people treat the New Year as a fresh start, setting numerous goals for wellness and productivity. While New Year’s resolutions are made with good intentions, they’re often too ambitious and forgotten by February.

Seniors can enjoy their daily routines and benefit from these five easy, senior-focused habits for a better self in the New Year.

1. Walk every day
Even 20 minutes of daily physical activity like walking can reap huge health benefits. Seniors can decrease their risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease by staying more active.

coffeeWhen your senior loved one with an active lifestyle needs extra help regarding health, wellness and housekeeping to maintain their quality of life, long-term assisted living might be the best choice.

What is Assisted Living?

Often, there’s a misconception that assisted living is for those who can’t take care of themselves. In fact, the difference of assisted living is right in the name: assisted.

Seniors who live in an assisted living community are still in charge of their life decisions, but benefit from supportive staff who help with medication management and daily living tasks.  

Family HolidaysThe holidays are an exciting time! Kids have a break from school and adults have a few days off of work, providing a unique opportunity for family members to reconnect. If you’re hosting elderly loved ones over this holiday season, or if you and the family will visit them at an assisted living community, these tips will help you make the experience a special one.

Healthy HolidaysThe holidays are a time to relax and celebrate, which often means overindulging on an abundance of rich foods. So it’s no surprise that caregivers making meals for seniors and other loved ones can find it challenging to strike the right balance between comfortable favorites and healthy food options.

As we age, our sense of taste becomes less powerful. It’s harder to experience spices and the other elements of foods that we love, which makes mealtime less enjoyable. And when you combine a dulled sense of taste with specific dietary restrictions, it’s easy to see why some seniors view mealtime as a chore and have difficulty taking in their necessary caloric, vitamin and mineral requirements.

elderly bikingStaying active and exercising regularly can help you stay healthier and feel younger, well into your senior years. Maintaining an active lifestyle and a healthy diet in your 70s, 80s and beyond can help prevent serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease, as well as boost energy and mood, help you get a good night’s rest and reduce arthritis pain.

SleepWith the hectic holiday season in full swing, there’s no better time to remind ourselves how important sleep is to the physical and mental health of seniors – and their caregivers.

Sleep disorders are a significant concern, especially in the geriatric population. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke states that over 40 million people develop chronic sleep disorders each year.

Heart Care Unti EmbassyHaving heart disease doesn't mean you should stop living your life to the fullest. That's why Embassy Healthcare, with senior communities located throughout Ohio, offers the care you need so you don't have to give up the things you enjoy.

Heart failure affects more than 5 million Americans, and for people over age 65, it's the most common cause of hospital stays. The cardiac care team at Embassy Healthcare provides the highest level of treatment to meet the challenges of living with chronic heart failure. Our proven heart program aids in the recovery from: