activities of daily livingActivities of daily living are the things people do every day, like eating, bathing or dressing.

That’s the short answer. The long one includes answers to questions like why activities of daily living (ADLs) matter and how they can help you tell what level of care your parent needs.

Here’s what you need to know about activities of daily living, without the confusing medical jargon.

physical therapy outdoor rehabDear Jeremy:

My husband had knee surgery earlier this month and has completed most of his rehab program that his doctor suggested. However, outside of rehab he’s been sitting a lot more than he ever has in his life. I know that can’t be good for him.

tips for moving parents into assisted livingDear Stephanie:

We visited my mom in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend. Truth be told, I’m worried about her and have been for a while. At a minimum, she is lonely. She might even be depressed. Some of the other concerns I have are small, but I think they add up to a more serious decline in her health.

long term care communityLong-term care is becoming an increasingly common need for older adults. 
 
In fact, it’s estimated that about half (52%) of Americans 65 or above will need some type of long-term care service in the future.
 

However, those are just numbers. Your parent isn’t a number. Your loved one isn’t a statistic. If they end up in the 52%, you want to be sure that their needs are being met. You don’t want them living in a cold, impersonal facility where they can’t do the things they enjoy.

Dear Jeremy:post hospital rehab therapy

I have a question about inpatient rehab versus outpatient rehab. My husband recently came down with a bad case of pneumonia. He had to be hospitalized and while he’s making progress, he’s not yet back to his old strength. When he stands, I’m worried he’ll fall because he’s still a little shaky.

assisted living signsYou’ve noticed some changes in your parent. Maybe Mom isn’t dressing like she used to, or perhaps Dad no longer plays bridge even though he used to love it. But are these signs that it’s time for assisted living?

It can be difficult to tell whether your parent could benefit from assisted living or not. Here are four signs that it might be time to consider making the move.

macintosh assisted livingThe phrase “continuum of care” can mean something different depending on what field it’s referring to. When it comes to senior and assisted living, “continuum of care” refers to a comprehensive offering of services that can cover a variety of care needs seniors have.

MacIntosh assisted living communities are able to offer a continuum of care through rehab and skilled nursing services. Here’s why that matters when you’re choosing an assisted living community for your parent or loved one.

post hospital rehab insuranceDear Kristen,

My father was recently hospitalized for a broken hip. Dad’s doctor told us that he’ll need post-hospital rehab following his stay to help him get back on his feet.

Now we’re trying to figure out how (or even if) the rehab will be covered by his insurance, but it’s been really confusing trying to sort through what’s covered and what’s not. Can you give me any info on how insurance works for rehabilitation after a hospital stay?

medicare and medicaidWe hear it a lot—“what’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?”

The confusion is natural. If you don’t have any experience with either program, it’s easy to get the two mixed up.

To help clear things up, let’s go over the basics of Medicare and Medicaid, who’s eligible for each program, examples of what each covers and how the two can work together for Ohio seniors.