12.29.10

The Best Nursing Homes in Dallas

Posted in Elder Care, Elderly Care, Nursing home at 7:31 pm by admin

If you are looking for the best nursing homes in all of Dallas elderly care, there is one place you need to look: the rankings from Medicare and US News & World Report. Each quarter, US News issues a list with the top nursing homes in the nation, based on periodic reviews and inspections based on a consistent criteria. Here are the three categories they are rated for on a level of one to five stars:

Health Inspections: Has the home met safety standards for food preparations and general health conditions.
Nurse Staffing: This rating is graded by the typical number of hour of care a resident receives per day from nursing staff
Quality Measures: Rates based on whether patients are receiving the type of care they need (for anything from medication to changing bed pans to vaccinations, etc.)

The most recent round of inspections and grades gave these Dallas / Fort Worth area nursing homes a rating of Five stars based on those three criteria:

The Plaza At Edgemere Health Care
8502 Edgemere, Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 615-7045
The Plaza at Edgemere is a small, twenty-two bed facility that accepts Medicaire. They received 5 stars for Health Inspections and nurse staffing, and 4 stars for quality measures for an overal 5 star rating.

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Trinity Terrace
1600 Texas St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 338-2400
Trinity is a 60 bed non profit medicare facility that scored a stellar five star rating after earning five stars for health inspections and quality measures, and four stars for nursse staffing.

Life Care Center Of Plano
3800 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75075
(972) 612-1700
The Life Center of Plano is a 120 bed facility that accepts both medicare and medicaid. It received 5 stars for Health inspections and nurse staffing, and 4 stars for quality measures. The final tally: 5 stars.

C C Young Memorial Home
4829 W Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 827-8080
CC Young Memorial is an 88 bed nonprofit nursing home that accepts both Medicaire and Medicaid. They were given four stars both for health inspections and nurse staffing, and five for quality measures. Their overall star ratings was a 5.

Christian Care Center
1000 Wiggins Pkwy, Mesquite, TX 75150
(972) 686-3000
Christian Care Center is a 180 bed non profit nursing home that will accept both Medicare and Medicaid. They received an overall 5 star rating after scoring five stars for Health Inspections, and four for quality measures and nurse staffing.

Woodridge Nursing & Rehabilitation
1500 Autumn Dr, Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 488-8585
Woodbridge is a 120 bed for profit nursing home that accepts both medicare and medicaid. They received an overall 5 star rating after they scored 5 stars for health inspection and 4 for nurse staffing and quality measures.

Crestview Court
224 W Pleasant Run Rd, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
(972) 291-5977
Crestview is a 125 bed nursing home. They are a for profit company, and they take Medicare and Medicaid. They received three stars for health inspections, four for nurse staffing and five for quality measures. Overall, they got five stars.

Lake Village Nursing And Rehabilitation
169 Lake Park Rd, Lewisville, TX 75057
(972) 436-7571
Lake Village is a 112 bed for profit nursing home that will take medicare and medicaid. They received 5 stars overall after they scored 5 stars in health inspections, four stars on nurse staffing, and three stars for quality measures.

Signature Pointe On The Lake Healthcare Community
14655 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 726-7575
Signature Pointe is a 195 bed for profit nursing home. They will take Medicare and Medicaid. Their five star rating came from getting three stars for health inspections, four for nurse staffing, and five for quality measures.

Silverado Senior Living – Turtle Creek
3611 Dickason Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 559-0140
Silverado Senior Living is a small twenty-four bed for-profit nursing home that accepts payment from medicare and medicaid. They received Five stars for both health inspections and quality measures, but only two for nurse staffing. Overall, they came out with five stars.

Arbrook Plaza
401 W Arbrook Blvd, Arlington, TX 76014
(817) 466-3094
Arbrook Plaza is a 120 bed, for profit nursing facility that takes medicare and medicaid as well. They scored 4 stars for health inspections, two for nurse staffing, and a strong five for quality measures. Overall, their rating is a five.

Cottonwood Nursing And Rehabilitation Lp
2224 N Carroll Blvd, Denton, TX 76201
(940) 387-6656
Cottonwood is a 60 bed nursing home that will accept medicare and medicaid. They received just one star for nurse staffing but 5 stars for quality measures and health inspections. Overall rating: 5 stars.

Lone Star Comprehensive Adult Care
1005 Ira E. Woods Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 421-1313
Lone Star is a 132 bed nursing home that accepts medicare and medicaid. Like Cottonwood, they received only one star for nurse staffing, but 5 stars for health inspections and quality measures.

Town East Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center
3617 O’Hare Dr, Mesquite, TX 75150
(972) 284-8600
Town East is a for profit nursing home with 130 beds. They take both medicare and medicaid. They received 5 stars overall after scoring five stars for health and quality measures, but only one star for nurse staffing.

The Legacy At Willow Bend
6101 Ohio Ste 500, Plano, TX 75024
(972) 468-6300
The Legacy is a 60 bed non-profit medicare facility. They scored an overall 5 star rating by earning 5 stars for quality measures and nurse staffing.

Traymore Nursing Center
4315 Hopkins Ave, Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 358-3131
Traymore is a for profit, 88 bed medicare facility. They received 4 stars for health inspections and five for quality measures for an overall 5 star rating.

Broadway Plaza Healthcare Center
5301 Bryant Irvin Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76132
(817) 346-9407
Broadway is a for profit 60 bed medicare nursing home that received five overall stars after earning five stars for health inspections and three for quality measures.

To find more information on these and other nursing homes around the state, visit the US News and World Report site directly. If you need to find assisted living residences, use the box at the top of this page.

12.28.10

Yoga for the Elderly

Posted in Assisted Living, Elder Care, Elderly Diseases, exercises at 10:06 pm by admin

As seniors get older, their options for exercise become more and more limited. This is unfortunate, because if there was ever a time for them to make proactive attempts to get fit, it is in their senior years. After all, there are a host of ailments and diseases that come about because of inactivity, or are at least made much worse by it. But how can a senior avoid the aches, panes, and general abuse that comes with impact sports and exercise? Here is one idea: Yoga.

Yoga for seniors is becoming a popular activity in elderly care, mostly because it can be an extremely beneficial exercise. The physical affects of yoga are well documented: the exercise helps individuals achieve greater flexibility, lubricate joints and tendons, improves respiratory health, and tone muscles. Likewise, the psychological affects are tremendous as well: yoga fosters a sense of calm well being. People just tend to feel better after practicing yoga.
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Seeing this, it’s obvious why seniors would want to join yoga classes. A typical senior gets weaker and tighter as they sit for long hours. This can result in muscle shortening. They can also develop osteoperosis, and their balance gets worse. This leads not only to greater deterioration of their bones and muscles, but it can lead to accidents as well. Yoga can help to counteract all of these problems. It can help to stretch a senior’s muscles, preventing that tightness and shortening. It can help maintain healthy bones, and best of all, it can help seniors maintain a sense of balance.

Granted, yoga is not a complete exercise program. It is not a cardio workout that can take the place of jogging. But it can be an extremely valuable addition to a senior’s exercise program.

Thankfully, assisted living programs and senior centers are starting to offer yoga programs all around the Texas and around the country. Many yoga studios offer special classes especially for seniors. These classes may be called “gentle yoga,” or something similar. But don’t be dissuaded. These classes can still be immensely helpful for seniors who not only want to feel better about their body but who want to feel better about their life.

Austin Elderly Care Services

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Bathing, Caregiver, Elder Care, Elderly Care at 7:52 pm by admin

Austin elderly care services are as diverse as the reasons people live in Austin, and as people of Austin themselves.

Austin, TX is the fifteenth most populous city in the United States. It is a college town, where fifty thousand students attend the University of Texas, and where music and arts burst off of every street corner.

People live in Austin for a variety of reasons. Some like the hot weather. And it is hot! Average Austin temperatures in the summer are well into the 90′s, and often jump into the tripple digits for long periods of time! Others like it for the incredibly diverse and quality culture scene. The annual SXSW (South By Southwest) music festival has become one of the most popular festivals of its kind. Indeed, Austin claims to be the live music capital of the nation, rivaling even Nashville, TN for musical props! And beyond that, there are plays and museums up and down the city, which prides itself on its eclectic nature. Event he bumper stickers say “keep Austin weird!”

Senior citizens, too, enjoy the heat, the culture, and the general excitement of Austin, and those are just a few reasons that they choose to retire there. It is a fun, exciting place to live! But there is something else that draws senior citizens to Austin: the senior housing and the quality of the city’s elderly care services, both volunteer and paid. Here are some examples of what seniors in the city of Austin can find.

Austin Senior Centers

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Senior Centers are some of the best resources for seniors looking for elderly care services. They are, for millions of elderly people, a hub for building friendships and for getting much needed information about programs and situations that affect them personally. Here are just a few locations in the Austin elderly care scene:

Senior Activity Center
2874 Shoal Crest Avenue, Austin
(512) 474-5921

City of Austin: South Austin Senior Activity Center
3911 Manchaca Road, Austin
(512) 442-1466

Conley-Guerrero Senior Center
808 Nile Street, Austin
(512) 478-7695

Opportunities for Austin Elderly to Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities can sometimes provide seniors with an excellent way to jump back into life and be productive in a meaningful way. And these opportunities can be more fulfilling even than a previous career was! Here is THE place to contact if you need volunteer ideas in the Austin elderly care world:

County of Travis: Retired Senior Volunteer Program
100 N I H 35
Austin, TX 78701-4138
(512) 854-7787

Volunteer Services to Assist Austin Seniors

Austin Seniors who need a helping hand can easily find assistance through the city’s volunteer network. Not only is the Meals on Wheels program active around the city, Austin has its own “Meals on Wheels and More.” This particular network sets up all kinds of excellent services for Austin seniors including “Mike’s Place,” which works with Alzheimer’s patients, “Care calls” for seniors who need someone to check on them, and “congregate meals,” which provides a socially fun environment for seniors to get together and share a meal. You can call them or visit their website for more information:

“Meals on Wheels and More.”
3227 East 5th Street Austin, TX 78702
(512) 476-MEAL (6325)

Elderly Care Housing in Austin

Finally, most people, when they think of “Austin elderly care services,” would think immediately of assisted living and other forms of senior housing. And Austin has plenty of those!

Here are a few examples of different types of senior care homes in the Austin area:

Barton Hills
1606 Nash Avenue, Austin, TX
(512) 441-6000
Get around the clock care for all sorts of activities for daily living, including dressing, bathing, etc. This is an affordable assisted living center.

The Summit at Westlake Hills
1034 Liberty Park Dr., Austin, TX
(512) 328-3775
The Summit at Westlake Hills is a broad senior care facility that includes fine independent (retirement) living, personalized assisted living care, and nursing home care as well.

Horizon Bay Vibrant Retirement Living
8005 Cornerwood Dr.
Austin, TX 78717
512-238-7200
Horizon Bay offers a comfortable independent living environment for today’s active seniors. You can settle down in a Horizon apartment and take advantage of all the terrific amenities and social activities that are going on all around the facility.

There are dozens more senior housing options in the city. Do you need to find TX assisted living? You can start by filling in your information at the top of this page!

12.27.10

Seniors and Pets

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Safety, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen at 12:43 pm by admin

Healthy Seniors Owning Pets

Pet ownership has tremendous benefits for people in any demographic, given the right circumstances, especially senior citizens. Seniors who grow close to their pets are often happier and healthier than those who live alone. It is not difficult to see why. Pets become a source of real companionships for millions of people. They talk to their pet, they feel a connection with them. They feel protected by them, and they feel like they are never alone. And because their pet is dependent on them, they take responsibility for all kinds of things: feeding their pet, taking walks, cleaning up after her. All of these things can help the senior to get physical exercise that they might not otherwise get.

For seniors who are healthy enough to live alone, pet ownership can be a tremendous help. The biggest benefit might be the most subtle. Retired seniors can often suffer from a depressed state of mind that results in a loss of purpose. When they were working in their former careers, at least they felt productive. At least they felt like they were contributing to society. But when they retire, all of that can go away. A pet, however, brings the kind of responsibility to the table that can squelch those feelings. A senior who has to take care of a pet can quickly regain a sense of responsibility, which builds confidence. Add to this the comraderie and exercise benefits, and pet ownership might be a real no-brainer!
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When Seniors Can’t Care for Their Pets

But as a senior ages further and their health begins to go south, they might not be able to take care of their beloved friend by themselves. What happens then?

Fortunately, there are a growing number of elderly care facilities–from nursing homes to assisted living facilities to retirement communities–that allow pets, and able to help care for them. Of course, there are restrictions and fees involved, but the door is opening wider and wider as baby boomers need help but don’t want to abandon their friends. This is definitely worth looking into. Seniors can search for assisted living homes that will allow dogs, cats, birds, etc.

But more often than not, assisted living homes will not allow pets, for obvious reasons. Pets require additional hands, and additional care. That means greater expenses. So if you are unable to find an assisted living home that will take a pet, you might be left with some less attractive options:

1) Find a family member who can take care of the pet. This is a great option if the pet is small and manageable. But if we are talking about a bid dog or a less manageable animal, obviously, family will not be too thrilled.

2) Take an ad out in the paper or on Craigslist and find a good home for the pet. This is not a fun option for the senior, but it might be the best one. If they can’t manage their pet any longer, of if they are unable to take their pet with them to their next living situation, let them have a say in where their pet goes. They might be able to have a say in where their animal ends up.

For help finding assisted living or other senior housing, enter your info above, and begin your search!

An Elderly Care Intervention

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care at 12:09 pm by admin

The holiday season is, for many families, one of the few times when the entire family gets together. Thus, it is often the only time when a family gets to come and visit an elderly relative: a parent or grandparent living at home. So says a recent article by UPI, encouraging family members to take their relatives to the emergency room if they find conditions are poor.

The article gives several criteria for getting immediate medical attention. For example, if grandma is physically unkept, or if the house is a disaster, or if she seems confused, unreasonably agitated, or in constant pain… all of these, the author advises, could be good reason to go to the hospital. There, medical professionals can check for infections, skin ailments, breathing levels, etc.
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While some might see the criteria that this author gives to be a bit extreme, the scenario is worth looking at. Because for many families, a senior who needs help will simply not agree to get it. They would rather live in squalor, in constant pain, and in confusion and vulnerability than move into an elderly care home.

So what is a family to do if they find their loved one living in these conditions? Clearly, it is time for an intervention.

1) Gather as many family members together as you deem would be helpful. Make sure you only include family members who are in good standing with the senior in question. This is no time to pile on past hurts or grievances. Bring them all into the home.

2) Include, if at all possible, someone with medical training. A registered nurse, an elder care expert from a local assisted living center, or–even better–the family practitioner. Make sure it is understood that this is not just the opinion of an overly concerned family. It is the opinion of people who know what they are talking about.

3) Lovingly, gently, tell them your concerns. Be sure to come back again and again to how much you care for them, and that is why you are doing it.

4) Come with options. Bring brochures and information packs from local assisted living centers that you think might be a good fit for them. In fact, it is good to have already visited some of these places beforehand. Find amenities that your loved one would enjoy, and be sure to let them know all of those things. This will also help you break down the potential financial implications. All of this, you can work out in theory before you begin your meeting. Let your loved one know you have thought this through, and it really can work!

5) Go for a visit right away. Make an outing of it. Go visit a few facilities together. Make sure you have appointments. And it is okay to be firm about going. You can be loving and caring without being weak.

6) If they still refuse, tell them you will call a social worker. The threat of being “told on” might be enough to get them moving right then and there.

Is a dirty house really enough to take grandma to the emergency room? Probably not. But it could be a sign that she can no longer adequately take care of herself. Make sure she has a way to move forward with dignity, knowing that she is cared for by those who love her most. To find TX assisted living options, use the gray box at the top of this page.

12.16.10

Austin Continuing Care Communities

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Assisted Living Safety, Elderly Care at 12:10 pm by admin

Austin seniors already have a lot of great options for senior housing. Perhaps you already know this. Maybe you have taken advantage of Austin nursing homes, Austin Assisted Living or retirement communities. But have you heard about Austin Continuing Care communities?

What is Austin Continuing Care

Here is the basic concept of continuing care in the elderly care community. Sometimes there is a downfall in senior care. It happens when a senior enters a retirement center in good health, but their health takes a turn for the worse. There are immediate problems and considerations, but the first is this: how can he be cared for in a retiremetn community that is designed to have seniros living independently? He needs the hands on care of an assisted living home, or even a nursing home now, but he is paying for an independent lifestyle.

This scenario plays out in other ways as well, such as when an assisted living resident has an injury and needs intense physical rehab. The problem is that assisted living facilities are designed to help seniors perform basic daily activities, but they obviously need help in a nursing home or skilled nursing hospital section. The problem, as you see, is obvious: you can sign a lease for one type of senior housing, but the needs of a senior can change very, very quickly, forcing them to end either end the lease and sign a new one, or pay for two types of care until they are back on their feet.
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Austin Continuing Care communities are helping to solve this problem. What are continuing care communities? They are, as some have described, a “continuum of care.” They are elderly care companies that have multiple levels of care onsite. They have retirement communities, assisted living sections, and a nursing home segment as well. The residents are fortunate to be able to shift into different areas on the campus as their needs demand it.

Austin seniors, then, can move into a continuing care community while they are healthy and active, knowing that if that changes, they can shift into assisted living or nursing care without signing a new contract. That is the big advantage. There is no need for them to end their current lease agreement and find a new company to work with. Austin continuing care communities are set up as one company. You sign a contract with them when you first move in, and it covers all the different types of care.

Some seniors choose to sign a contract that will last the rest of their lives, while some will choose a year or two years. Different companies have different policies. But the basic elements of Austin continuing care are the same. Are you looking for an austin continuing care community for your loved one? Here are some to consider:

Austin continuing care communities:

Summit at Westlake Hills
1034 Liberty Park Dr.
Austin, TX 78746
512-328-3775

Westminster Manor
4100 Jackson
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 454-4711

Longhorn Village
3204 University Club Drive
Austin, TX 78732
(512) 266-5600

If you need help finding other types of Austin elderly care, including TX Assisted living facilities around the state, use the gray box at the top of this post.

12.14.10

Ft. Worth Elderly Care Services

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elderly Care at 7:56 pm by admin

Ft. Worth has a wide range of elderly care services for North Texas seniors. From it’s huge array of elderly care housing options, to city services and volunteer helpers, Ft. Worth seniors can be well taken care of.

Elderly Living in Fort Worth

First, let’s look at Ft. Worth as a city. Ft. worth might get overlooked by her big brother, Dallas, but she is a formidable city: the fifth largest in the state of Texas, and the seventeenth largest in the United States. Although Ft. Worth is joined at the hip with Dallas, it has a unique culture all its own. It is a bit of west Texas in the North!

Seniors love Ft. Worth for the same reasons they love Dallas. There are great elderly care services in Ft. Worth, the weather is warm, and there are a ton of things to do. There are cultural museums that celebrate the American west. Among these are the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Fort Worth Stockyard Museum. Yes, the West is alive and well in Fort Worth! But even if you have no interest in horses, cowboy hats, or country music, seniors can still enjoy all sorts of fun activities. Championship Golf courses are all over the place, like the Colonial Country Club. Each year the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on that Fort Worth course in honor of Fort Worth Native Ben Hogan. Other sports venues include the Texas Motor Speedway in northern Fort Worth, and the sporting events of Texas Christian University. TCU’s football team, especially, is one of the best in the country.
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But there are other activities seniors can enjoy. There is tremendous shopping and dining, and excellent artistic venues around town. All of this is available to seniors in Fort Worth Assisted Living homes, and it is all within reach of relatives, who can easily fly in to Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport.

Senior Centers in Ft. Worth

An important element of Ft. Worth Elderly Care is having a central place for seniors to come together. This is necessary for two major reasons: first to form relationships with other seniors. Second, and maybe more importantly, to have a place to get answers to the many unique issues that seniors face. Here are a few Fort Worth Senior Centers that your elderly loved one can do both at:

Diamond Hill Senior Center,
(Senior Citizen Services Of Greater Tarrant County)
1701 NE 36th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76106-4605
(817) 625-4721

Dfw Senior Care Service Inc
5321 Little Natalie Lane # 3503
Fort Worth, TX 76119-8879
(817) 561-0045

Stone Gate Senior Care
6600 Lands End Court
Fort Worth, TX 76116-2100
(817) 665-1971

Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors in Fort Worth

Many seniors enjoy investing in their communities after they retire from their career. After all, just because they are retired, that doesn’t mean they no longer have anything to offer! In Fort Worth, there are volunteer opportunities for seniors to jump in to to help, and sometimes these services can serve them as well.

Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County
320 South Freeway,
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
817-336-0912
(Note: Meals on Wheels serves mostly seniors, but seniors who are able can volunteer as well)

Fort Worth Senior Service Directory
At this site, you can find a nice mix of all these Fort Worth Elderly Care Services, including volunteer opportunities.

Fort Worth Elderly Care Housing

Finally, the most common idea that jumps into our heads when we say “Ft. Worth elderly care services” is “Fort Worth Senior Housing.” Thankfully, the city of Ft. Worth has a plethora of senior housing options, from skilled nursing facilities to TX Assisted Living communities, to independent living communities surrounded by golf courses. Are you looking for any of these? If so, you can simply put your information in the box at the top of the screen.

12.10.10

Grandparent Scams

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Caregiver, Elder Care, Elderly Care at 7:20 pm by admin

They are happening with more and more frequency, especially around the holiday season: scams against the elderly. As the general populace looks for creative ways to make money, criminals seek new, creative shortcuts to get ahead. Senior citizens, whether they live in elderly care or live alone, need to be on their toes during the Christmas season more than any other.

Grandparent scams” seem to be on the rise this year. Here is an example of a grandparent scam that took place in North Carolina last month. An elderly woman received a phone call from a young man who said he was her grandson. He had been in a car accident and was arrested because he had been drinking. The man told her he needed $2300 to be released from jail. The woman paid up.
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The next day, he called back, telling her that he had sustained some injuries in the crash, and that the hospital, like the jail, required a payment of $2300 before they would let him go. Once again, grandma paid the money.

Of course, the young man was not her grandson, and she never heard from him again.

This particular scam, sometimes known as the Emergency Scam, has been prevalent for years. The story and the methods can vary. The scammer generally uses the phone, but sometimes uses email or even social networking sites to request the money. And while the story changes, the urgency is always there. Most often, the scammer requests money for a bill that he cannot pay on his own. “Grandma, you don’t want our electricity to go out, do you?”

Like the south carolina woman, many elderly end up wiring money through services like Western Union. Others could use online services like PayPal. But there is no way to guarantee that this person is even in the United States!

One of the hallmarks of scams like this is the “please don’t tell anyone” factor. The young man in the fake accident, for instance, asked his “grandma” not to tell anyone in the family, because that would be shameful to him. SImilarly, not being able to pay a bill can be embarrassing. So the senior’s kind hearted nature is often used against them. The last thing a grandparent wants to do is to say no to their grandchildren!

The growth of these scams is likely due in part to the easy availability of information. With a little bit of simple investigation, a person can learn all sorts of things about a senior citizen. Names and ages of grandchildren are very simple to acquire. So anyone can pull a scam like this.

The question, then, is this: how can a senior guard against this kind of situation? There are at least three things they can do.

1) Always, always, always ask the advice of a trusted family member. In fact, it is a good idea for seniors to make a commitment, along with their family, to always getting advice before sending money anywhere. This needs to include supposed emergencies.

2) Seniors can inform the caller that they will call the police first and then call back. Scammers are not likely to stay on the line.

3) Ask “test” questions. Is it really your grandson? Then where were you born? What is your mother’s middle name? What is grandma’s cat’s name? What color is grandma’s car? There are endless options here, but you get the idea. Ask a question that only a real family member would know. If the caller is a scammer, you can expect a quick hang up.

If you or your loved one believe you have been scammed or called by a scammer, call your local police department. If you need to find assisted living housing, use the top box on this page.

Should You Bring Grandma Home for the Holidays?

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Assisted Living Safety, care at home, Dimentia at 4:45 pm by admin

Christmas time and the surrounding holidays are supposed to be easy opportunities for families to be together, reminiscing about the old days and making new memories. But for many seniors who live alone in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, this season can be the most depressing of all. Families who have loved ones in elderly care homes, then face a serious question: should we bring your parents or grandparents home for the holidays?

For many, this is an easy answer: yes. Why leave your parent alone and sad when you live close enough to bring her into your living room? It seems downright delinquent and selfish to leave her there. And indeed, they are right. It can seem that way. But certainly, not every family ought to bring their aging loved ones home for any length of time. Especially the holidays.
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Carol Abaya of NewJerseyNewsroom.com took on this issue, advising families not to do it if the visit would induce more stress. to some, this might sound harsh, but I think she is right. Especially if there are physical dependency issues. Would it really be right to bring someone home if you are not able to adequately, or honorably, deal with these complications?

Abaya lists some questions to consider before making this decision. If your loved one gets easily confused, or is incontinent, for example, you should probably not do it. And if the drive from the nursing home is too long, it will likely not be worth it, either.

Here is the thing. If you as a family member are making a decision to do something nice, but you are doing it because you simply cannot live with yourself if you didn’t, that should be a red flag. The better question is this: Will bringing my loved one home be a blessing to her and the rest of the family? If you are unsure of the answer, be careful that you do not rush into a decision.

If you decide not to bring her home, that does not mean you have to ignore her, and it does not mean she must have a miserable Christmas. There are ways that you and the family can still make her holidays happy, even while she is in there.

Abaya recommends a couple of basic ideas, like visiting her, going to a scheduled lunch or dinner and making a video. I say, you should take it a step further. Make her feel like she is a part of the festivities even though she cannot be there. Visit her, yes. But bring her some of the Christmas cookies you had the night before. Have the kids come with you, and have her open a present from them. And remember to call her, too, during the events that she will miss. Let her hear the festivities, or even see them, if she is able to video chat.

The point is this: when grandma is in good health and good spirits, it is awesome to bring her home for the holidays. Sometimes, however, grandma would be more comfortable staying put where people know how to take care of her personal (sometimes very private) elder care needs. If that is the case, it is much better to bring a party to her, rather than bringing her home for the party.

For more info on assisted living options, use the box at the top of this page.

Continuing Care in Austin

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases at 2:12 am by admin

If you or someone you love has been looking for senior housing in Austin, TX, we have a consideration for you. There are many terrific facilities in the city, of course. There are dozens of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and all manner of retirement communities. And Austin is a wonderful city to retire in, no matter what kind of care you need.

But the fact is, a senior’s health is liable to be extremely fragile. It is all too common that when a shift takes place in their condition, they suddenly have new needs to be met, and new challenges to overcome. What if they are living in a facility that can not meet these needs? What then?
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This can happen with a person who is getting basic help with their ADL’s (activities for daily living) like dressing, transferring positions, and bathing. Assisted living staff are used to taking care of these activities. That is why they are there. But suppose that person falls and breaks their leg, requiring much more intensive physical therapy. Assisted living facilities are simply not equipped to handle that. That is a condition for skilled nursing professionals in a nursing home or a hospital. What should they do in the mean time? Move out?

Worse yet, what if that person has been diagnosed with a serious illness that requires the senior to make a permanent change to a more intensive senior care community?

The problem, of course, is that Austin Assisted Living communities require deposits, leases, and long-term agreements. It is inconvenient, and it takes a lot of effort, hours, and cost to leave one company and sign on with a new one. And when you are in the midst of dealing with an accident, or an illness, paperwork, house hunting, and paying extra money are the last things any one wants to be thinking about.

But there is a new, exciting trend in the world of elderly care which can help solve this complicated issue, and it is called Continuing Care.

Austin Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Continuing care communities in Austin are retirement communities that also have assisted living facilities and nursing homes right there on site (or in some cases not on site, but very close by). All of these senior care facilities are part of the same company. Because of that, seniors can move from one level of care to another without any problem. There are no new contracts to sign, no new down payments to come up with, no new rounds of haggling with financial institutions.

Austin continuing care communities, like others, ask the senior to sign a care contract. These can sometimes last for a fixed amount of time–a year or two–or be written to last until the end of their lives. No matter what type of care you need at a given time, the caregivers will adapt to you. If you need to move into a different part of the campus for a time or for the long term, you can do that easily, and with no paperwork. The contract covers it all.

Are you looking for continuing care communities in Austin? Here are a couple to consider:

Summit at Westlake Hills
1034 Liberty Park Dr.
Austin, TX 78746
512-328-3775

Westminster Manor
3204 University Club Drive
Austin, TX 78732
(512) 266-5600

Longhorn Village
3204 University Club Drive
Austin, TX 78732
(512) 266-5600

Krus Village
1700 E Stone Street
Brenham, Texas, USA
979-830-1996

Buckner Villas
11110 Tom Adams Drive
Austin, Texas, USA
866-333-2176

To find other TX Assisted Living facilities, check out our Senior Housing Finder at the top of this page.

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