Senior living

The search for a nursing home is an event that usually only happens once for most people. Because it’s such a rare event, many don’t know what to look for as they tour a facility.    
At Embassy Healthcare, we understand this. That’s why we’ve put together this list of items you should consider and ask about during your tour. These items will help you make the right decision for you and your family.

Balance and Strength

Each year 30 percent of people over the age of 65 are injured because of a fall, making falls the leading cause of injury and injury-related deaths in the age group. 

Here are some ways you can reduce your chances of falling and avoid becoming a common statistic.  

Assisted LivingWhen you live in one of our assisted living communities, you receive help with daily activities such as preparing meals, bathing, getting dressed and managing your medication. Your overall health and social interactions also improve with access to activities and facilities such as: 

Fitness Centers
Personal trainers, fitness equipment and physical activities can all improve your health and allow you to interact with other residents.

MosquitosTicks and mosquitoes can carry many different diseases, some of which are very serious for seniors and infants. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, Embassy Healthcare wants you to know the signs of some common illnesses that are transported by these parasites. 

MedicareMedicare is federally funded health insurance that many people in the United States rely on once they turn 65. 

To minimize the stress and maximize your coverage, it’s important to know the ins and outs of Medicare before you apply for coverage. Here’s some facts everyone should know before they start the application process: 

Start early
The enrollment process can start as early as three months before you turn 65, but experts suggest starting your research shortly after turning 64. This will ensure you understand the process and know what to sign-up for. 

DementiaDementia affects more than 47 million people in the United States, and that number is only expected to grow in the coming years. 

Since it affects so many families, Embassy Healthcare wants the public to be well educated about this health concern and has compiled a list of facts most people don’t know about dementia. 

Dementia isn’t a disease
Dementia is a term used to describe symptoms such as memory loss, behavior change and cognitive decline. Some forms of dementia can be treated if detected early enough, while others forms only worsen over time. 

AlzheimersLight therapy may become a viable option to reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease as recent studies shown progress made with mice that are injected with the disease.  

By flashing a bright light at a certain speed, researchers have made mice’s brain neurons fire at the same time to increase gamma power. This increase in gamma power reduces Alzheimer’s causing plaque by up to 50 percent. Even mice with advanced stage Alzheimer’s disease had reduced levels of plaque after one week of treatment. 

Financial PlanningMore than 40 percent of American families have not discussed where the funds will come from if their parents need senior care. While senior care is important for many aging adults, it can also be financially difficult for families that don’t plan ahead. 

Embassy Healthcare has some steps you can take to avoid this difficulty: 

Have a Family Discussion
In this discussion, your parents should share how much money they’ve saved for retirement and where important documents are located, including bank account information, legal documents and professional contacts. This information is especially important if senior care is need right away.  

Eating disorderLifestyle changes such as retirement, illnesses or a reduction in independence can cause many seniors to develop an eating disorder.

If your loved one is over 50 and has experienced a major lifestyle change, it’s a good idea to see if they display any of these common signs of having an eating disorder:

CaregiverDeciding to become a caregiver for a loved one is a tough decision. It can mean changing your work schedule, driving your loved one to doctor’s appointments and running errands for them that they can no longer do themselves. 

It can also cause you to grow apart from your friends.

As you transition into your role as a caregiver, here are some tips to help you maintain your friendships. 

Be honest
Let your friends know if your circumstances change. For example, let your friends know what’s going on if your loved one needs extended medical care. When they’re updated about your situation, it helps your friends understand what is going on and why your availability changed.