11.27.10

Continuing Care Communities

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Atria Senior Living, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, Nursing home, Texas Elderly Care Services at 1:55 pm by admin

Continuing Care is a type of elderly care designed to help senior citizens make just one housing decision that will last for years to come. Here is why this is necessary. Think about what happens when a senior who lives in a retirement facility has something unexpected happen to them. For instance, what happens if they are diagnosed with a disease that will require medical help on a regular basis? Or what if they take a fall, break their hip, and now need help getting dressed in the morning? Typical retirement communities have no provisions for these unexpected events. They are built to let seniors live independently.

Similarly, Assisted Living communities are meant for seniors need help with basic activities for daily life, but not full time medical attention by nurses. But as anyone who has ever been through such trials knows, the health of a senior is a tenuous thing. It can all change very quickly.
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In the past, when elderly care was synonymous with skilled nursing (what a narrow definition!), all varieties of seniors from the healthy to the terminally ill were often housed together. That took care of this concern on one level: patients already had full time nurses patrolling the halls, after all. But today (thankfully), the situation has changed. How can a man who lives in a condo on a golf retirement community get help bathing every morning after he breaks his leg?

Understanding Continuing Care Communities

Continuing Care Communities are facilities that offer adaptable levels of care. Patients can be comfortable making one elderly care decision with one company. There is no need to end a contract, move their belongings to a different part of the city, and sign a new care contract at a new facility. And seeing as those changes usually need to happen during times of crisis, that can be a massive relief for everyone involved.

Here is how it works. When a senior finds a multi level continuing care community, they can sign a contract with that company that will either last for a defined period of time, covering any needed types of care, or can last for the remainder of the patient’s life. The services offered are generally right there on the same physical facility, but sometimes the nursing home facility is offsite. But either way, the principle is the same: the resident is dealing with the same company which adapts to their own unique needs. So when it’s time to move into different housing, everything is still very much in order. No reason to panic.

The best thing about Continuing Care Communities is the “community” aspect. Residents are more like members of a club then they are patients. There are social events planned in house, and there is transportation available for social outings offsite. Residents can eat together (assisted living, in most cases, offers three meals per day), and do life together. In this way, they are not alone, wasting away in isolation. They are surrounded by friends, and they have a support system already in place.

Does continuing care sound like the right type of housing for your aging loved one? Use the gray box at the top of this page to find facilities near your city. It will help you find TX Assisted Living facilities, as well as senior housing from all around the United States and Canada.

11.24.10

Making the Holidays Special for Elderly Loved Ones

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elderly Care, Nursing home, Retirement, Senior Citizen, Texas Elderly Care Services at 9:40 pm by admin

The Holidays would not be complete without our nearest and dearest. Many families include traditional ways of celebrating that have been passed down through the generations. The holidays are a special time to include elderly friends and family. The following are some steps to ensure that the elderly one you love will enjoy the Holidays to the fullest.

Preparing your home

Whether you’re having a massive family celebration or just your family and grandma, everyone enjoys sprucing up the house and adding special seasonal decor. One thing to keep in mind in your preparation is to keep the floors clear of loose rugs and objects that might easily be tripped over and cause a fall. Outside walkways and driveways also may need some sand or salt to prevent icy surfaces, prime culprits of senior falls. Having a comfy seat handy for Grandpa to plop down in rooms where you will be spending most of your time is also a safety measure worth taking. Pulling out decor and photo books that have sentimental value, like the quilt Great Aunt Nettie made or the kids most recent school photos may mean more to your elderly loved one than any gift and become great conversation pieces for everyone.
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Making room for special diets on the Holiday menu

Keep in mind that the elderly one joining your celebration may have diet restrictions will save you some last minute flurry and prevent anyone from being left out of the Holiday feast. Many elderly people need to watch their salt, fat, or sugar intake, even on the Holidays, so ask before you start your baking, and be sure to include a few special-diet-friendly dishes

Accommodating Special Needs

In the case of an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, having someone on hand to guide them through the Holidays and keep tabs on them is a wise idea. Whether you assigned a family member or hire a respite care worker, having a loved one with dementia take part in family celebrations is important. Briefing family and friends who are unaware on how to interact can be helpful. The Holidays may be a particularly sentimental and emotional time for people who have Alzheimer’s Disease, and having someone close by who is familiar and calming helps.

Planning ahead to make the house as accessible as possible will ensure that no one gets left out. Keeping family activities on the ground level and in easy-access rooms will allow everyone to participate. Leave space at the table and through the house for walkers or wheelchairs, and make sure the bathrooms are easily accessible for everyone.

Planning for meaningful interactions

Many holiday celebrations are centered around the kids, but some of the most precious traditions are the ones Great-Grandma started. Having special, traditional activities that will bridge the generation gap and bring the elderly and the kids together can create unforgettable memories. Putting Great Grandma in charge of a taffy pull, turkey craft, or cookie decorating, or setting Grandpa in charge of choosing the best dishpan to send the kids down the snowy hillside is an awesome way to stir up family stories and create priceless memories.

The Holidays are filled with precious family interactions and traditions. Take time this year to make them special for the elderly one you love.

If you are looking for help finding TX assisted living or other elderly care, use the search box above.

11.15.10

Understanding Texas Assisted Living

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen, Texas Elderly Care Services, Uncategorized at 9:53 am by admin

Why Choose Assisted Living in The First Place?

Assisted Living facilities, in their most basic form, are elderly care communities. They come in many different forms, but there are some pretty standard characteristics. For example, assisted living facilities, unlike nursing homes, provide ways for their residents to remain independent. Nursing home patients need around the clock care, so nurses are always nearby. But that is not the case here. Assisted living residents are not usually fighting diseases.

The lines between types of care are blurring more and more. The current trend in senior care is that assisted living homes are doing more of what nursing homes used to do–caring for a patient’s daily needs. They want their resident’s independence to remain in check, but they also need a helping hand with ADL’s, or Activities for Daily Living.
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Activities for Daily Living?

What activities? Basic ones that young people hardly ever think twice about. Things like bathing, getting dressed, going to the bathroom. Things like transportation, taking medicine, and eating meals. When aging seniors start to lose muscle mass and control, they need someone to be with them to give them a helping hand.

Assisted Living facilities provide help with these ADL’s for all of their residents who need it. For example, they almost always offer meal services. Most of them give three hot meals per day. They also provide transportation for shopping, doctor appointments, and scheduled social events. In fact, social outings have become a center piece of the assisted living lifestyle. Most will not need help bathing or toileting, but if they do, the staff is there to assist them. And in general, residents love to have housekeeping assistance as well.

Independence and Simplification

Residents of these facilities usually are those that want to maintain independence. They have lived in their own homes for years, and they have never had to rely on other people to do everything. This kind of life is not really possible in a nursing home where there is a maximum level of oversight. In assisted living, residents are encouraged to do whatever they want to do on their own, and take advantage of whatever services they require. It is a lifestyle of simplification, not helplessness. They simplify by getting rid of complicated, labor intensive chores such as housekeeping, cooking and lawn maintenance. That means there is more time for having fun.

But there is an extra benefit of this lifestyle that many seniors find out only after they move in: the friendship factor. These facilities are filled with peers, after all–other seniors who are in the same boat as they are. And because they are living in community, they end up spending a lot of time together at meals, social outings, and in-home activities. These peers often end up becoming dear friends, and making the entire transition process very enjoyable.

The Cost of Assisted Living

There are so many options involved with Texas assisted living. Some facilities, of course, are more opulent than others. There are some that are defined by the type of amenities that surround them. For example, some facilities are situated near golf courses for more active seniors. These types of facilities are more like retirement centers than assisted living facilities. These types of active communities are generally far more expensive.

But generally, the price will depend on the size of the apartment and the specific ADL’s that the senior requires. If he needs help bathing, for example, he can expect to pay far more than someone who simply needs help remembering to take his medication.

All in all, assisted living is generally much more affordable than nursing home life or full time home care. According to a recent Met Life report, assisted living typically costs around $3,200 per month–about 1/3 the cost of a nursing home. The difference is this: nursing homes generally accept Medicare or Medicaid, while assisted living facilities almost never do. And for Texans, this figure is likely to be lower than the national average. Texas, after all, has the most inexpensive nursing care in the country, and it’s assisted living costs are also very reasonable.

Finding a Texas Assisted Living facility

Are you looking for an assisted living facility for you or an aging loved one? There are many, many excellent communities to chose from. Whether you need a artsy community in downtown Dallas, or a rural setting in New Braunfels, we can help you find the TX Assisted Living home you need. All you need to do is use the widget at the top of this page to search for housing in your city. When you see a list of facilities, you can request an information packet from as many places as interest you. So go ahead and take a look!

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.

11.10.10

Alzheimer’s And Smoking

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, dementia, Dimentia, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen, Texas Elderly Care Services at 5:19 pm by admin

According to a new study just released and written about in the Wall Street Journal, smokers appear to have a significantly higher risk of getting Alzheimer’s or Dementia than the average citizen.

For most people, this might not be a surprise. The effects of smoking on a person’s lungs, and the subsequent risks of developing lung cancer have been explored ad nauseum. Every one knows that smoking is bad for you. However, the fact that it appears to be able to affect a neurological disease like Alzheimer’s is very interesting.

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of Dementia. Common “Senior Moments” and memory decay do not necessarily indicate Alzheimer’s. Most seniors will experience those things as a natural mark of the aging process. Alzheimer’s, however, is much more severe. It is one of the top ten causes of death in the United States, and it afflicts millions of Americans right now. Recent numbers indicate that there might be more than five million cases. Seniors are for more likely to get it than others, of course. As a form of Dementia, Alzheimer’s is a disease that decreases brain activity. It affects not only the memory, but all parts of the brain. It can severely hamper a person’s thinking processes, and even their subconscious ones. It can be catastrophic to a senior’s independence, and it can cause immense emotional hardship on the family. That is not to mention the natural damage it does physically, causing a host of problems all over the body, including the heart.

So for seniors who smoke, the news that their habit could contribute to something as difficult and daunting as Alzheimer’s could be a sufficient wakeup call.

The study, which was documented by Shirley S. Wang, says that after 20 years of research and observation, says that heavy smokers (people who smoke two or more packs a day) who continue their habit into their 50′s and 60′s are far more likely to develop Alzheimer’s and Dementia. How much more likely? Get this: 157% more likely to develop Alzheimers, and 172% more likely to get vascular dementia.

As for those who smoke less than that, from from one to two packs a day, the results were not quite as heavy, but still significant. There was a 44% greater chance of getting Alzheimer’s, and 37% greater chance of developing dementia.

One of the study’s authors, Dr Rachel Whitmer, explains how this might happen:

“We know smoking compromises the vascular system by affecting blood pressure and elevates blood-clotting factors, and we know vascular health plays a role in risk of Alzheimer’s disease,”

What This Means, Practically

Many seniors who have reached old age (especially those who have a solid family health history) often feel like they have earned the right to “coast.” And that might be true. But for heavy smokers, the danger has not disappeared just because they made it through life smoking. For them, this study really ought to sound an alarm. If Alzheimer’s really is so emotionally damaging (which it is), and if it is really so dangerous (which it is), and if it really is such a frustrating enigma that drains people’s strength, feelings, and finances (yes, it does!), then all seniors who want to smoke really ought to take heed. After all, if you want to see the family and know the grandchildren, you need to keep your mind sharp. When that goes, everything else can go, too.

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If you are looking for help with Alzheimers care or TX Assisted Living facilities, use the box at the top of this page. You can find listings across Texas and across the nation! Elderly Care is no longer hard to find!

10.30.10

The Holistic Approach to Senior Care

Posted in Assisted Living, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen, Texas Elderly Care Services at 5:41 pm by admin

As we documented last time, in recent years, new senior service organizations have increased dramatically. As the national population reaches retirement age in higher percentages, the number and specificity of these elderly care service organizations has increased as well to provide more comprehensive care for our nation’s elderly. The scope of services offered has widened to include broader-spectrum care for seniors. For example, home-bound seniors now may receive services including everything from in-home nursing and medical care to comprehensive volunteer services such as home maintenance, meal and grocery delivery, and social calls.

A More Holistic Approach to Senior Care

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The shift to a holistic approach to medical care and illness prevention has made a huge impact on the variety of service organizations that are being formed. Senior care has expanded from a physical needs-based field, to one that includes mental, emotional, social, and spiritual care. Organizations are recognizing the need to include opportunities for seniors to build community and maintain social relationships. All of these pieces are vital to maintaining and improving seniors’ over-all health.

Many senior citizen service organizations are forming networks to more effectively address the wide range of needs our seniors may have. For example, the Aging Services Council of Central Texas is a network of businesses, faith-based, nonprofit, and public service providers hoping to offer better services to the seniors of Central Texas and raise more awareness and finances to provide support the growing senior population. The hope is that more senior citizen service organizations across the nation will see the effectiveness of coordinating and networking together to provide more fully for the needs of seniors.

Depending on where you live, getting connected with the appropriate senior citizen service organizations may take some legwork, but you best bet is to start asking questions. Ask your doctor, your church, your TX Assisted Living center, or your senior center and check out the senior citizen service organizations in your area by searching on-line. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Whether you are home-bound or still active, there may be a service organization out there that could greatly enrich as well as prolong your life.

10.29.10

Senior Citizen Service Organizations Are on the Rise

Posted in Assisted Living, Elder Care, elderly and education, Senior Citizen, Texas Elderly Care Services at 11:20 pm by admin

As Baby Boomers reach 65, more national resources and attention are being shifted to care and prepare for this huge demographic as they enter their senior years. More senior citizen service organizations are arising than ever before, and many senior care organizations are teaming up and creating networks to provide more comprehensive care and easier accessibility to seniors.

Many organizations are expanding their volunteer networks to more fully meet needs of senior citizens all over the United States. Remember Meals on Wheels? This volunteer service has been providing meals for home-bound seniors for over 50 years in the United States. Now the Meals on Wheels organization has expanded in some cities to include minor or major home repairs, dementia and Alzheimer’s respite care, rural service, grocery delivery, care calls, congregate meals, and even pet care!
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Many senior citizen organizations are recognizing the need for specialized services to effectively meet the varied needs of senior citizens. Organizations devoted to Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia care have increased rapidly as the incidence of these illnesses has increased.

Rising costs of nursing home care have lead to the creation of hundreds of new in-home nursing care and senior care coordination businesses. These organizations provide or coordinate and network to provide regular in-home nursing care, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Most of these businesses will design a unique schedule and services suitable to each client’s needs.

Texas Senior citizens are enjoying more individualized care and services than ever before, but with the looming increases in the senior population combined with tight finances, these senior citizen service organizations are facing a serious dillema. How do we provide services to every senior who needs them and who may not be able to afford them? For many senior citizen care organizations, their solution is to band together, form wider networks, broaden their volunteer base, and appeal to American citizens to give generously to non-profit volunteer organizations whose focus is senior care.

The existing senior citizen service organizations are to be commended. The services they are providing are making a huge difference in the lives of many of our seniors, greatly contributing to a better quality of life and care. The best thing seniors and their loved ones can do is get connected to a network in their area and discover just what services are available to them. Information is readily available at your local senior center or TX Assisted Living facility.

Volunteer Services Available to Seniors in Austin, Texas

Posted in Assisted Living, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Texas Elderly Care Services at 5:16 pm by admin

Many of Austin’s seniors benefit from the volunteer services offered to the Austin metro area by various non-profit organizations. Two of these organizations offer a wide range of services to Austin seniors.

Faith in Action Caregivers

Many Texas seniors rely heavily on family and friends to provide transportation to and from the doctor’s office, or help with fix-it projects around the house, but sometimes family isn’t available, or seniors would rather not burden them with repair chores. Enter Faith in Action Caregivers. These volunteers serve seniors in the Austin area by providing transportation, minor home repairs, assistance, friendship, information, and referrals. The goal of their services it to help seniors stay as independent as possible. Need a wheel chair, walker, or shower seat for a little while? Faith in Action also runs a Medical Loan Closet providing on-loan medical equipment to Austin Seniors.
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Meals on Wheels and More

Besides offering the incredible service of delivering meals to clients’ homes, Austin volunteers bring life and hope to many home-bound Austin seniors through their extension services. Short on grocery money this month? Volunteers can deliver an extra bag of groceries to your door. Need a friend to chat with on the phone? Caring “phone friends” are just a phone call away.

Many home-bound seniors take comfort in having a pet around the house to keep them company. Have a pet you’re concerned about? Volunteers can deliver pet food as well as connect you with P.A.L.S., free veterinary services offered during their Annual Pet Wellness Fairs.

For clients with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia, Mike’s Place provides a warm, safe place to socialize and get out of the house every Wednesday and the second Saturday of the month. This service offers caregivers a much-needed break and seniors a chance to engage and meet new friends.

Need a new grab bar installed to make your bathroom a safer place for unsteady feet? Meals on Wheels clients rely on volunteers who are part of their Handy Wheels program and provide safe-related minor repairs.

For low income homeowners with more serious home repair needs, Meals on Wheels and More (MOWAM) has started a new program, Home Repair and Architectural Barrier Removal. This program intends to provide services to eligible clients whose homes have serious structural issues which pose health and safety risks. Over a dozen Austin seniors have received much needed repairs to support beams, roofs, bathrooms, and kitchens.

Need a ride to the doctor’s office? A grocery go-getter? More than one meal a day? A place to meet other seniors to eat together, play games, and join in physical activities? Meals on Wheels and More volunteers can help.

For more information on elderly care services, click here.

10.11.10

Are Texas Assisted Living Facilities Too Expensive?

Posted in Assisted Living, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Texas Elderly Care Services at 2:05 pm by admin

When a person settles on the fact that his mom needs to move into an assisted living facility, they might well follow this pattern: First, they feel guilty that they cannot take care of her. Then, they feel nervous for such a big change, before they settle down, knowing deep down in their hearts that this is really the right thing to do.

And finally, when they find an assisted living facility they like, they see the price tag… and they flip out.

Are Texas Assisted Living Facilities too Expensive?

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To answer this question, you need to realize a couple of things. There are many different lifestyles that seniors enjoy, just like any demographic. One of the groups that is most catered to in the elder care world is the affluent senior community: those who alot of money to spend on their retirement. You have seen the brochures, right? These Assisted Living communities settled into golf resort communities or wineries. They have full fitness centers, huge indoor swimming pools, country clubs, and three acre lots that are tended to by landscaping staff.

If you do not have a treasure chest saved up for your retirement, you should not get your hopes up. These facilities are very expensive.

But there are facilities for the rest of us, too. Many assisted living communities are very nice, and cater to regular senior citizens who have worked hard, saved, and are ready to enjoy their years in a nice place, even if it isn’t luxurious. These often cost between twenty five hundred and three thousand dollars per month.

“How can that be?!” you ask? How can they charge so much for living quarters? The truth is, they don’t they charge that much for a new kind of lifestyle. We are not talking about an apartment for rent here. Yes, that price would be way over the top for an independent apartment lifestyle, but Assisted Living Communities provide much more. Here is a sampling of what your parent could get in a Texas Assisted Living Facility:

A nice place to live
Three hot meals a day
Utilities
Housekeeping help
Regular Medical Visits and Checkups
Trash Service
Twenty-four seven Security
A Healthy amount of social entertainment

Now, consider the kinds of things that are eliminated if you move your parent to a Texas Assisted LIving facility.

Property Taxes
Grocery shopping (hello!)
Lawn maintenance
Doctors visits
Home insurance

And the list goes on and on. An assisted living community represents an entirely new way of life. The community takes care of all the things your mom would normally have to think about. But now she will not have to. All those expenses add up, and the cost evens out surprisingly well when you eliminate them. Assisted Living communities become central to the patient’s entire way of life. She will no longer have to write out a dozen checks to various utility and insurance companies, to landscapers, to the cable company, etc. Instead, she will have peace of mind, knowing that the check she does write is going to take care of all those other things. She will be able to relax and enjoy all the social outings and entertainment benefits that she used to have to pay a lot of money for. Only this time, she can be surrounded by peers as well. Not only will she not have to pay extra for them, but she will likely enjoy them a whole lot more as well.

Texas Assisted Living facilities, like those of every other state, can be affordable, and they can be extremely expensive. Just remember not to equate their sticker price with the cost of your mother’s rent or monthly mortgage payment, because that is not accurate. The elder care that she will receive is far more valuable than that one check. And if you are careful to eliminate other financial strains that she has in order to move her in, you might be surprised at how little Assisted Living costs after all!

10.04.10

Choosing Elderly Care in Dallas

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Assisted Living Safety, dementia, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen, Texas Elderly Care Services at 8:53 pm by admin

If you are choosing elderly care in Dallas, TX, you are in luck. There are dozens of excellent facilities around the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. These facilities offer many different levels of senior care at many different prices. In fact, there are so many different choices in North Texas that it can be an overwhelming task to just look at a list of them and determine which would be best for you or your loved one.

In order to make the task simpler, here are a few easy steps to making an Assisted Living Decision in North Texas.

1.) Determine a Location

You might think this should be a secondary concern, but I believe location might be the single most important factor in helping your loved one make a senior housing decision. Is the family relationally tight knit? If so, make sure you find a facility that is close to home. If you live in Terrel, please don’t, for heaven’s sake choose an Assisted Living facility in Fort Worth. Sure, you might have the best intentions to go and visit every weekend. But the length of the drive will catch up to you, and you will start going less and less. So if at all possible, make sure you keep your elderly loved one close.
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In addition to family locale, be sure that your parent or grandparent is close to things that he or she is able to enjoy. For example, if they are still active and like to go shopping, keep them near shopping centers. Don’t send them out into the prairies. Is grandpa a sports fan? See if you can find a place that is relatively close to the Ballpark in Arlington. Day trips like baseball games might just prove to be some of the most precious times he will have.

2.) Kind of Care that is Offered

The specific kind of care that is offered by a Dallas Elerly Care facility will be tied to the resident’s medical condition, of course. This is obvious. But did you know that many Assisted Living facilities will specialize and adapt to your loved one’s medical condition? It’s true. In the past, there was pretty much just one level of professional elder care. People would either live at home, with family, or go to a nursing home. But that just isn’t true anymore. Today, Texas seniors can, like other seniors around the country, choose to live in a nursing home or a retirement center that will cater to their level of activity.

So, ask yourself: is grandpa able to care for himself? If so, how much? Does he require weekly medical checkups? Does he need help cooking meals or dong housework? Can he drive? Or better yet: should he be driving?

The answers to these questions are very important. Today, Assisted Living facilities can help out with all of those things. They can let seniors live alone (not like a nursing home at all) in an apartment or a townhome, while keeping medical staff right on hand, should anyone need care. Their staff is often very involved in the lives of senior residents. They help deliver meals and do laundry. They organize social events onsite. They organize transportation for shopping ventures, sporting events, or anything that drums up interest.

But of course, situations are not always so positive. What if your loved one is suffering from memory loss? From Alzheimers or another kind of Dementia? This can be a scary thing for a family member. But many Assisted Living facilities offer entire wings that are dedicated to caring for patients with memory loss. These environments are generally sealed off to prevent wandering, and are full of natural settings where your loved one can relax and enjoy life. Staff can help emphasize daily routines and help to stimulate brain activity.

So there is care for your loved one whether he’s in perfect health or needing end of life care. No matter what kind of care your loved one needs, rest assured: you can probably find a good fit in the Dallas area.

3.) Figure out Your Budget

Finally, costs will vary greatly for Assisted Living facilities. Lots of factors make the price fluctuate: Amenities, size of the apartment, location, etc. Generally (not all the time), Medicare will not cover most senior housing. Assisted Living facilities can be quite pricey. However, if you consider how much your loved one usually pays per month right now (mortgage, groceries, utilities, etc.), and subtract that from the monthly cost or the facility in question (or vice versa), I think you’ll find it much more evened out. Some retiring seniors even choose to sell their home when they move into and Assisted Living center, and that frees them up quite a bit to live without concern.

So, those are the three primary considerations for a person (or family) considering Assisted Living around the Dallas area: location, level of care, and cost. If you take these one at a time, I’m sure you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for very soon.

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