01.30.11

Odessa Assisted Living

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Caregiver, Elder Care, Elderly Care at 7:10 pm by admin

Living in Odessa Texas

Odessa, Texas is quintessential West Texas. It is home to a lot of history, and to almost one hundred thousand residents. Ten percent of these are senior citizens over the age of sixty-five. That means that elderly care services are not hard to find in this city.

Odessa was formed as a Railway town in the late 1800′s. The Pacific Railway came right through west Texas, and Odessa was born. Later, the city became a popular cattle shipping center. But when oil was found in the 1920′s, it really took off. To this day, Odessa is surrounded by oil pumps–some still chugging away after decades of work.

Today, young and old residents of Odessa enjoy attractions such as the Water Wonderland, and the Monahans Sandhill State Park. There are a plethora of shopping centers such as Music City Shopping Center, Town and Country Shopping Center, and the Great Oil Basin Shopping Center.

Seniors in Odessa might especially enjoy museums such as the Ellen Noel Art Museum, the Presidential Museum, or the Parker House Museum. And, maybe best of all, they can reach the Midland International Airport to pick up family in just a few minutes.
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Understanding Assisted Living

West Texas seniors can find senior housing facilities that meet their specific needs, from full time nursing and rehabilitation care to assisted living care to retirement communities. Here are a few specific options:

If they don’t have a lot of needs, but want a safe, comfortable place to retire, they can find a place like Lincoln Towers Retirement. At Lincoln, you can get a lovely private sweet of your own, and have access to a relaxed, comfortable lifestyle. There are three delicious meals per day. You can also have access to all sorts of social outings, and have the transportation to take you there. Lincoln Towers will allow you to live independently but with support if you need help with anything.

But say you can’t exactly live on your own, but you don’t need to be watched over twenty-four-seven, either. What do you do then? This is where Odessa Assisted Living can help out. One facility to consider is the Emeritus at Sherwood Plaza. At Emeritus, you not only get a private residence in a community with three meals a day and social opportunities, you also get assistance with daily activities, sometimes called ADL’s. Specifically, seniors can get help with bathing or dressing or transferring… every day things that most of us take for granted, but that some seniors cannot do alone.

For other seniors, unfortunately assistance with ADL’s is not going to be enough because of continuing ailments. These seniors usually require full time nursing or rehabilitation care, and regular assisted living homes are not able to provide that. Fortunately Odessa area nursing homes such as Seabury Center NCU. Seabury Center is a high rated nursing center that houses 97 patients and accepts both Medicare and Medicaid.

There are other types of Odessa Assisted Living, such as memory care for Alzheimer’s patients, residential care homes for those who want Assisted Living in a smaller environment, and adult day care for caregivers who need a break. If you need to find one of these or other TX Assisted Living options, submit your information at the top of this page and you’ll be on your way to finding the Odessa Assisted Living care you need!

01.21.11

Therapy Dogs for Alzheimer’s Patients

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Assisted Living Safety, care at home, Caregiver, Elder Care, Elderly Care at 11:34 pm by admin

For patients and families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease in an assisted living facility or at home, life can be immensely stressful. Not only is there the emotional strain of losing memories and relational connections, there is the new problem of sudden, unexpected, and totally inexplicable outbursts. As one Alzheimer’s expert said, “When you’ve seen one case of Alzheimer’s Disease, you’ve seen one case of Alzheimer’s Disease.” In other words, the disease is unpredictable, making emotional outbursts all the more jarring. And while the family suffers from these uncomfortable moments, the senior in their care is obviously struggling more. After all, something is bothering them and unsettling them.

Fortunately, the emotionally complex and “jumpy” nature of Alzheimer’s Disease can be tamed–or at least calmed–in some cases, by something very non-medical: pets.

Before I go into specifics here, I want to draw a parallel between seniors with Alzheimer’s and children. Both groups are unable to care for themselves. The world does not make sense to either of them. Both can be drawn into their own world by the most trivial things… And both of them seem the world through “new” eyes. So it should be no surprise that senior adults with memory ailments respond so similarly to pets as children do.
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But don’t take our word for it. Check out this quote from an expert at the Mayo Clinic:

“A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits. I can’t always explain it myself, but for years now I’ve seen how instances of having a pet is like an effective drug. It really does help people.”
Dr. Edward Creagan

Oncologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Quoted from DeltaSociety.org

Dr. Creagan is not alone in his perspective. Doctors and experts all over the country have noticed and written on the benefits of animals on a person’s blood pressure, stress levels, and overall sense of health and well being.

Therapy dogs, of course, help millions of seniors and disabled Americans every year. This includes seeing eye dogs, and dogs to protect the mentally challenged: people with downs syndrome, autism, and all manner of ailments that would cause a person to be more vulnerable to injury and attack. And more recently, medical professionals have begun to use therapy dogs for Alzheimer’s patients, with positive results. Many patients have a noticeable decrease in aggression, a lift in social skills, and on overall reprieve from depression that so often plagues them.

So, how can this work, exactly? Several ways. The first is for caregivers who care for a loved one at home. If the family dog or cat is still alive and still well-behaved, make sure grandma gets lots of interaction with her if the two have any kind of rapport. But these criteria will not match most people’s circumstances. So for those who sometimes put their loved one in respite care or adult day care, ask about pet therapy. Many of these facilities are employing the assistance of animal professionals for several hours per day. These can include people from the Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The nice thing about going through these types of groups is that the animals are generally going to be very well trained.

A well trained animal can be just the thing that an Alzheimer’s patient needs. Many patients come alive the minute they see their new “best friend.” Even those who are not prone to any kind of speech or purposeful expressions light up when the dog enters the room. Are they, at some subconscious level, remembering pets they used to have over the long course of their life? Perhaps they are. We will never know. But I suspect it is something simpler. I suspect that there is some instinct that is created into these animals. An instinct to protect and care for people. This is why therapy dogs work so well in so many environments. And this is also why they can put up with so much abuse (especially from kids! I could tell you stories…).

But I will leave the psychology to medical experts. I don’t know why so many seniors seem to react well to pet therapy, especially seniors who are suffering from one of the most baffling ailments out there. But they do. Many of them do! And if your loved one is suffering from any form of dementia, and all the loneliness that comes with it, you might want to look into the possibilities of pet therapy. Here is one place to start . For more info on assisted living facilities from Oregon to Florida, visit our homepage and being your search!

01.18.11

Elderly Care & Taxes

Posted in Assisted Living, Caregiver, Elder Care, Elderly Care at 4:44 pm by admin

It’s a new year, friends, and that means we have to start thinking about our favorite thing in the whole world… taxes :(

For families involved in elderly care, taxes can often get even more complicated. This is especially true if the senior being cared for can no longer handle their own finances by themselves, or who know longer feel confident to make decision regarding their taxes. Where can a person turn?

Tax Aides for Seniors

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One great avenue is provided by the AARP. Tax Aides work at local AARP offices around the country. They are volunteers, and their chief aim is to help low and middle income senior adults file their returns. These Tax Aide volunteers typically begin their work in February, and continue all the way through tax day. At many of the offices, the filer can file his or her return electronically, which can significantly speed up the process (in the event of a refund, this is awesome!) To learn more about AARP Tax Aide volunteers, click here.

Since these are volunteer tax helpers, it is fitting mostly for seniors who have pretty straight forward taxes. However, if it is a more complicated return, then you will definitely want to rely on professional tax preparers, which will not be free, of course :) Here is a link some general guidelines to look for from the IRS webpage.

Tax Deductions for Elderly Care

If you, the caregiver, need help, you would be wise to look into a program like TurboTax, or to take your return to a professional service like H&R Block. But when you do, remember that there are many, many expenses that you have incurred as a full time caregiver that you can deduct on your taxes, provided the elder can be claimed as a dependent. That’s good news for you! Here are just a few ideas:

  • Mileage for trips to the doctor
  • Some adult day care costs
  • Medically prescribed hearing aides, crutches, wheelchairs, etc.

Of course, you can only claim these deductions if you are eligible. So if you think that you might be eligible to file your taxes and claim your senior loved one as a dependent, you definitely want to talk to a professional tax preparer first. Because we are not professional tax folk. Here is a good website to consult for more information.

As always, if you need more information regarding Texas Assisted living or other senior care, visit our homepage.

12.28.10

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!

12.10.10

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.

11.27.10

Houston Elderly Care Options

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Caregiver, Elder Care, Elderly Care at 4:00 pm by admin

Elderly care is more than just a medical housing industry. No, there are many different facets of elderly care that have very little to do with what kind of housing a person is in. In the Houston, TX area, there are many resources available for senior citizens that make their lives better. There are senior centers where they can connect and find information on programs available to them, there are volunteer services that help seniors at home or that let seniors plug in and help others, and there are, of course, senior housing facilities that can cater specifically to the needs of individual seniors. Together, these categories make up the Houston Elderly Care landscape. Here are a few examples of each one of these:

Houston Area Senior Centers

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Senior Centers are, for millions of retirees around the country, a primary source of comaraderie. Not only are these community centers the perfect place to find information on government programs for seniors, they are a central location for social events. In Houston, you can find new friends and local elderly care information at these places, and more:

Hardy Road Senior Center
11901 West Hardy Road, Houston, TX
(281) 260-6772 ‎

Madison Jobe Senior Center
1700 Thomas Avenue, Pasadena, TX
(713) 477-0175 ‎

Houston Volunteer Agencies That Help Seniors

There are many Houston volunteer agencie sthat exist just to help senior citizens that need it. Most of these are faith-based groups. Here are just a couple such elderly services in the Houston area:

Sheltering Arms Senior Services
3838 Aberdeen Way, Houston, TX
(713) 685-6577 ‎

Meals On Wheels For Greater
3217 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX
(713) 533-4900 ‎

Houston Senior Volunteer Opportunities

Many senior citizens find retirement to be entirely unrewarding. Though they would never want to go back, they still miss the purposefulness of having a career. For many of these, volunteering has been its own reward. Senior volunteer networks like RSVP have become immensely popular in recent years. RSVP lets seniors plug in and help others, no matter what skills they have. They will help to match up seniors with projects that fit their own interests. Some tutor school children. Others help paint houses for other seniors, and still others help young men and women with on the job training, or job skills classes. There are unlimited opportunities for involvement. But the key is this: Seniors have found that they can still live full, meaningful lives by plugging in to the lives of other people. Here is where you can tap into this network in Houston.

RSVP- Retired Senior Volunteer Program
(Through the Jewish Community Center)
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096-3907
(713) 729-3200

Houston Elderly Care Housing

Finally, the last and most instantly recognized definition of elderly care is that of senior housing. And Houston, with its high population of retirees seeking the warm weather and culture of Texas, have already discovered the treasures that exist within the cities. There are a host of nursing homes, assisted living communities, and retirement centers. And for the long planners, there are continuing care communities that allow seniors to move from one level of care to another as the situation calls for it.

Are you looking for Houston TX assisted living housing? Use the box above this article to find housing that suits your needs, and feel free to request more information from any and all of the communities that interest you.

11.26.10

Elderly Care in Texas

Posted in Assisted Living, Caregiver, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Nursing home, Senior Citizen at 8:33 pm by admin

Texas is increasingly becoming a popular retirement destination. Elderly care services in Texas are meeting the demand. People of all ages like to live in Texas, and the reasons are fairly obvious. First, Texas is a warm place. Even in the winter time, temperatures are comfortable, and ice and snow–both of which most seniors do not care for–are rare occurrences. In addition, many move to the state because it has one of the lowest living costs in the nation. There is also no state income tax. But mostly, people like to live in Texas because of the culture. The pace of life is relaxed already, and southern manners and hospitality make the state a treasured throwback to simpler times.

With a population of around twenty-five million, Texas is the second largest state in the country. The elderly care business is expansive, including senior housing and senior services that are as broad as Texas itself. Here are a few examples of what you might see with Texas Elderly Care, and a few ways to find a particular service you might be looking for.

Texas Senior Centers

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Senior Centers are an important aspect of elder care for millions of retirees. They are places where elderly people can connect in a variety of ways, where new friendships are formed, and where seniors can find out how to take advantage of a whole host of elderly care services. In Texas, there are senior centers available in virtually every significant metropolitan area. Here is how you can find some of these in the Texas’ biggest cities:

Dallas
Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas-the Senior Source
3910 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas
(214) 823-570

Houston
Senior Citizens Center
2500 Campbell St, Houston, TX 77026
(713) 228-7543

San Antonio
Senior Citizens Ctr Social Service & Welfare Organizations
Address: 6th St & Ave E
(830) 742-8711

Austin
Lamar Senior Ctr Senior Citizens Service
Address: 2874 Shoal Crest Ave
(512) 474-5921

Places for Texas Seniors to be Involved

Many retired seniors find adjusting to life a difficult task because they cannot be idle. They have worked hard their whole life, and when they quite their career, they feel a sense of loss. They miss the feeling of being productive, and they miss being with people. For them, volunteer opportunities are a central part of Texas elder care services. Here are some networks for senior volunteer opportunities in Texas’ largest cities:

Dallas
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
3910 Harry Hines Boulevard
(214) 823-5700

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

San Antonio
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
202 West French Place
(210) 222-0301

Elderly Care Housing in Texas

The most notable type of elderly are is, of course, senior housing. And Texas is full of all types of senior housing.

Texas Elderly Care Housing can be divided up into three primary divisions: Skilled nursing, Assisted Living, and independent living. Patients and residents have very different needs when they choose one of these, and there are many shades of care in each category. Texas skilled nursing homes, for example, are for ill seniors who need around the clock care, or full time rehabilitation. This can include hospital care for seniors as well.

TX Assisted Living, on the other hand, is mostly for seniors who do not need that kind of intensive oversight, but who still need some help with Activities for Daily Living, or ADL’s. This can include anything from doing housework to taking baths to getting dressed in the morning. Seniors at assisted living facilities can get specific care for their specific needs. That way, they can live independently for most things, enjoy living in an active social community, but still be taken care of where the situation calls for it.

Texas Independent Living is for seniors who are ready to retire, but who do not need oversight. Retirement communities let seniors live by themselves, without having the responsibilities of home ownership. They can often get help for all sorts of things like lawn care, housekeeping, etc. Texas Independent Living facilities often resemble resort communities.

Some Texas elderly care communities can combine all three types of care in one. These are known as continuing care communities. Seniors who choose this option generally move in to the facility when they are able bodied and independent, with the understanding that they can adapt their care options asw their situation calls for it. So when they decide they need help with basic daily activities, they can move in to an assisted living care level, and if their health unravels, they can get skilled nursing attention. Continuing care communities allow residents to sign one contract when they move in which will last for the remainder of their lives, if they wish to.

If you are looking for Texas senior housing options around the state, enter your city location and type of care desired in the gray box at the top of this article. If you find a facility that suits your needs, you can request more information from them.

11.14.10

Preventing Senior Falls

Posted in arthritis, Assisted Living, care at home, Caregiver, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Home Health Care, Senior Citizen at 9:54 am by admin

Possibly one of the most preventable yet sometimes life-threatening incidents seniors face is falling down. Brittle bones, unstable balance, slower reaction time all contribute to the hazardous nature of an incident that in the younger years was not such a big deal. For many seniors, a simple fall can be a big time set back for even an active senior. Healing usually takes longer and other complications can arise when you are immobilized.

My own active Grandmother took a fall in her favorite restaurant, broke her hip, and ended up wasting away in a nursing home where she was exposed to a secondary infection that weakened her dramatically and ultimately ended her life. While not every fall ends in severe injury or death, any serious fall takes its toll on a senior’s health. Something to consider especially since many senior falls are preventable.
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Providing Steadying Support
The answer to preventing falls may be as simple as using a cane for walking to help stabilize your balance or even just taking the arm of someone steadier on their feet. Many seniors balk at the idea of using a cane. It took some convincing to talk my own father into using such a support device. It wasn’t until we found one that suited his sense of style and individuality, that he finally warmed up to the idea. No cane-like walking device would do; he chose a six-foot, hand-carved walking staff with built-in flute on the top end. Whatever floats your boat, right? It provide just enough support to keep him steady. Having to shift to a walker later on was a harder sell, but he liked the idea of a walker that converted into a seat. Again, the dual purpose device appealed, and it gave him a place to get the rest he needed to stay steadier on his feet. Walkers designed with a personalized pocket storage system might do the trick for someone else.

Making the pathways smooth and clear
One of the biggest causes of falls often lies in the senior’s own home. Steps, uneven ground, obstructed pathways, and loose throw rugs are often the biggest culprits of senior falls. Replacing steps with ramps or adding grab bars and hand rails can make a huge difference in safety. Putting in smooth pathways in outside areas further reduces falling risks. Removing throw rugs and thick carpets and replacing them with rubber mats, or no carpeting at all is a quick fix. Making clear paths through the house is an absolute must. Removing stacks of stuff, low decor, and rickety furniture that will not safely offer support if grabbed will hugely reduce the senior’s risk of falling. Adding proper lighting such as motion sensor lights or night lights particularly for nighttime trips to the bathroom or kitchen will also go a long way to keeping seniors on their feet.

Caution when out and about
In the hustle and bustle, seniors often forget physical limitations and caution when they’re out and about. Having someone along to ofter a steadying arm and watch for wet floor signs, uneven ground, slick surfaces, traffic, or obstructions maybe the best excuse ever for making most outings a social event with a friend or family member. Remembering that senior reaction time might be a bit slower than it used to be might be added motivation for caution when venturing out into the fast lane of the grocery store or busy sidewalk.

Taking these few simple steps to preventing senior falls may be one of the simplest yet worthwhile things you can do for yourself or the senior you love. It is family elderly care, and it is worth your while.

If you need TX assisted living, or senior housing in any other state, submit your area information in the box at the top of this page.

11.12.10

Volunteer Services Helping Home-Bound Seniors in Houston, TX

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Caregiver, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Volunteer Services at 2:14 pm by admin

Many seniors in the Houston area receive invaluable volunteer services from several Houston organizations allowing them greater independence and comfort in their own home. Many of the following organizations target seniors who are home-bound. The first four are associated with the national volunteer organization Faith In Action.

F I A Project of Houston, TX in Harris County
Phone: (713) 692-8730
Faith In Action Project of Houston lends helping hands to Harris County seniors by helping with light household chores, providing personal care and transportation, assisting with shopping, and checking up on seniors with a friendly phone call.
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Faith in Action Faithful Friends
Phone: (713) 522-0879
Need help figuring out which bill is due when? Feeling lonely? Need a ride to the Doctor’s office? Overwhelmed and unable to keep the house in tip top shape? Is meal preparation becoming a struggle? Having a tough time getting out to get the groceries you need? A Faith in Action Faithful Friend volunteer is available to help you stay on top of the bills, housecleaning, groceries, and meal preparation as well as lend an ear or words of encouragement and friendship.

Faith in Action Fifth Ward Volunteers
(281) 418-2102
These volunteers provide many of the same services as the above organizations, but also offer respite care, giving caregivers a much needed break. Their services target Houston seniors who have Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, or a terminal illness; are mentally or physically disabled or frail.

For seniors just outside the Houston service area, the following volunteer organizations provide many helpful services.

Interfaith CarePartners Faith in Action, Conroe
(713) 682-5995
This organization serves seniors living outside of Houston in Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery County and the Conroe area. Interfaith Care Partners links local congregations with seniors in their community in a way that meets seniors’ unique needs. Their volunteers form teams who have been trained to address specific needs of seniors who have physical or mental impairments, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or HIV/AIDS. They offer Respite Care, providing relief to caregivers, friendly visits, and transportation to seniors who are unable to drive or take public transport.

The Samaritan Ministry Aid for the Aging, Sick & Their Caregivers
Phone: (281) 589-8936
This service organization cares for seniors in Harris, Montgomery, Ft. Bend, and National, TX by offering friendly visits and phone calls, meal preparation, respite care, shopping assistance, and transportation.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
1-866-649-5862
Catholic Charities provide volunteer senior services including transportation to medical appointments and grocery or errand destinations, home visits and calls, light maintenance and repairs, yard work, information, education, and referrals to other available medical, community, and financial aid. Their services are available to seniors 60 and older who are frail, living alone, inside Loop 610 as well as some zip codes outside the loop in Fort Bend and Galveston County.

Interfaith Ministries’ Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston
713-533-4978
Interfaith Ministries in conjunction with Meals on Wheels provide nutritious meals for over 5,000 seniors in the Houston area.

So whether you or a senior you love needs a little help, know that there are many volunteers standing by to lend a hand. And if you need help finding Assisted Living TX or any other type of senior housing around the country, click here!

11.11.10

Assisted Living Help for Veterans

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, care at home, Caregiver, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, Senior Citizen, Taking Care of a Loved One, Texas Elderly Care Services at 12:15 pm by admin

It’s November 11th today: Veteran’s Day! Today, we honor our loved ones who served to protect our nation through many years of wars, and conflicts, and those who stood on a wall to defend our freedom. In a land where every group out there is asking for more funding, these military veterans are the ones who deserve our highest attention. Since they pout their lives on the line for us, the least we can do is make sure they have the ability to live as comfortably as possible, and have full abilities to take advantage of opportunities, just like the rest of us.

Many Veterans are now becoming senior citizens. The baby boom generation includes millions of military veterans who are now retired, or planning to retire very soon. These brave men and women, many of whom fought during the Vietnam War, one of the most difficult struggles of the last century, are now wondering what should come next. Should they stay at home, or move into an elderly care facility where their medical needs are watched over, and they are relieved of the daily responsibilities that come with living in your own home. The cost of Assisted Living, however, often seems prohibitive. So many seniors who would love to move into an Assisted Living community, end up passing it up.

Fortunately, there is help for these veteran seniors. A little known Pension fund that can be a massive benefit to these men and women. The “Improved Pension” Benefit of the Veterans Administration includes a benefit for Aid and Attendance. How much aid is available? Alot. A single veteran can receive as much as $1632 per month, and a married couple up to $1949 per month. Even surviving spouses can benefit from this. They can receive $1055 per month.

This benefit is not for those who want to move into a luxurious retirement home. It is for veterans who need medical help in a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living community and cannot afford it. The medical problems do not have to be strictly related to their service, however. And it would also cover other types of caregiving, such as home care expenses for those who still want to live in the comfort of their familiar surroundings.

Consider how much this benefit could help. Most TX Assisted Living facilities can cost between $2500 and $400 per month (although he benefit is national, of course, not just for Texans). For a married couple, this is a lot of money. However, the Improved Pension benefit can affectively cut this amount in half, making it actually doable.

Are you a military veteran who wants to retire in an Assisted Living environment? Could you use this type of financial assistance? Visit VeteranAid.org to read more about the Improved Pension benefit for Aid and Assistance, and find out if you apply. Make sure you read through the application process, as it explains in detail what documents to prepare and submit. Also, if you need to find an Assisted Living facility in Texas or any other state, use the “Find Senior Housing” tool at the top of this page.

One final word to you or your loved as you look into this benefit: Thank you. For everything.

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