When 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Staying 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.
With 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.
Having 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:
It take time and plenty of research to find the right senior living community to meet your unique needs. Avoid these five common mistakes in your search for a senior living community to feel comfortable with your final choice.
1. Not staying realistic about current and future needs.
When we're caring for an aging parent, we want to remain optimistic about their health. Too often, though, families choose a senior care community based around existing care needs, without considering how that community can help as those needs change.
Odds are high that someone in your family will need skilled nursing care at some point. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, most people age 65+ require some type of long-term care during their lifetime, and 40% of seniors need a period of time in an assisted living home.
The cost of that care can be financially stressful, but there are steps you can take to minimize the impact. They key is to familiarize yourself with your senior's healthcare policy and coverage, and explore your options for added financial support like Medicare and supplemental insurance.
It can be strange, even for grownups, to go from visiting grandma at her house to visiting her in a retirement community. Kids need even more time to adjust to these kinds of changes. With a little planning, though, you can ensure your children have a great visit at their grandparent's senior living community.
Our staff invites you to make your next visit together special – and something your children won't forget.
Exercise has numerous benefits for those of all ages, like stronger bones, a healthier heart and better flexibility. But for those over 50, regular exercise can also reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve one's mood and lower the chance of injury.
As we age, we lose coordination, strength and balance. But how early do these changes occur? Many of us think that we won't notice severe physical decline until our 60s or 70s. However, research from the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University found we actually start to experience signs of physical aging in our 50s.