holidays long term careIf this is your loved one’s first year in a long-term care community, the holidays can be a stressful time. Even if they’ve lived there for some time, it can still be difficult. Your celebrations will be different from how they were in years past—but “different” doesn’t have to mean “worse.”

Here are some tips to help you plan for the holidays with a loved one in long-term care.

helping senior with laundryDear Elonda,

My mom has been living at home by herself since my dad passed away three years ago. She was doing okay at first but now she seems to be slowing down a bit.

To help her, I go over once or twice a week to do yard work, help with laundry, go grocery shopping for her—anything she needs done. I live nearby so it’s not too difficult to make the trip, although sometimes it’s hard to find a free moment.

macintosh long term careLong-term care communities provide assistance with activities of daily living, which include walking, eating, dressing/grooming, toileting, bathing and transferring/standing up.

Essentially, they provide the support your parent needs when living at home is no longer an option due to difficulties with the activities of daily living (ADLs) listed above.

Assistance with ADLs isn’t the only thing communities provide, though. They also provide resources and programming to meet more than just physical needs.

How Much Does Assisted Living CostDear Jaclyn,

My mom is in her mid-80s and while she’s in pretty good shape for her age, she’s starting to have some issues getting around. I think—and she agrees—that it’s time to start looking at assisted living communities.

However, I’m having a hard time finding information about cost. Can you tell me how much assisted living costs? And how much would it cost for Mom to live at a MacIntosh community?

meal prep before planned surgeryMeal prepping is one of the best things you can do to prepare for a planned surgery like a knee replacement or cardiovascular surgery. It’s an easy way to make the transition home from the hospital or post-hospital rehab center a little smoother.

If you or a loved one will be having surgery soon, here are some meal prep tips to help improve the recovery process.

staying active in communityDear Beth,

My mom is currently living at an assisted living community in the Columbus, Ohio area. However, her health has deteriorated in the past few months and the community has told us that she will need to go to a long-term care community to receive the proper level of care. The community she’s at doesn’t offer what she needs.

I’m worried that when Mom makes the move to long-term care, she won’t enjoy herself. It’s harder for her to walk on her own and she’s been having some memory issues. I don’t want her to be stuck in her room all day because of that.

chopped vegetables for a post rehab recipeYou’ve had surgery, you’ve successfully completed post-hospital rehab and now you’re heading home.

What are you planning on making for dinner?

Returning home means returning to your normal routine. If you’ll be cooking for yourself, or if you have someone cooking for you after rehab, give these easy and healthy recipes a try. We’ve also thrown in some healthy eating tips and menu planning resources. Dig in!

Senior women enjoying petting her dog as a resident in a senior living community. When you’re touring an assisted living community (which we really do recommend), you’ll want to be sure to ask the right questions while you’re there.

But what are the right questions?

Often, whether we’re looking for ourselves or our loved one, we don’t know what questions to ask because we’ve never done this before. So, if you’re not sure what to ask, here’s a list of questions to ask when choosing an assisted living community—both of the community and yourself.

mac activities of daily living adlIs it time for your parent to move to an assisted living or long-term care community?

The answer to that question is never easy for an adult child to answer. It’s tough to know what to look for and how to evaluate your parent’s ability to live on their own. After all, you’re their child, not their doctor.