memory careWhat’s the difference between long-term care and memory care?

Knowing the answer can help you find the best fit for your parent. Below, we’ll explore the difference between the two, as well as how to determine which is right for your loved one.

dining in assisted livingDear Katrina,

I’ve been helping my dad look into assisted living communities. I know this might not seem like a big deal, but one of his main concerns is what the food will be like.

He’s worried that if he moves, he’ll be stuck eating boring, bland food every day. He’s also a pretty independent person and doesn’t like the idea of being told what and when to eat.

continuing therapy at homeEveryone who receives services from an inpatient rehabilitation center leaves with a discharge plan in place that outlines any necessary follow-up care. This plan often includes therapy exercises to be completed at home.

It might be tempting to ease up on your exercises and go back to your normal routine once you’re back in the comfort of your own home. However, it’s very important to continue with your therapy plan post-discharge.

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a woman gaining weight in a healthy wayThis holiday season, adult children across the country will be flocking to their parents’ homes, ready to enjoy the holidays. Unfortunately for some, those visits may bring to light some concerning changes in Mom or Dad.

One common change? Unintentional weight loss.

If you’ve noticed that Mom or Dad have lost weight recently without trying, here are some helpful tips for healthy senior weight gain, as well as a look at some of the underlying issues the sudden weight loss may indicate.

assisted vs independentA question you hear a lot in senior living is “which is the right fit—independent living or assisted living?”

The answer to that question lies in the definition of each community type. By fully understanding the two terms, you’ll be able to better understand which is the ideal place for you.

physical therapy exercisesDear Jeremy,

My husband was recently hospitalized for a bad case of pneumonia. He’s recovering but he’s going to need rehabilitation after he leaves the hospital to get back on his feet.

He’s a little nervous because he has no idea what to expect. Can you give me some examples of therapy exercises? I think it would help put his mind at ease.

hospital gift ideas for seniorsIf your friend or family member is in the hospital, it’s natural to want to bring them something when you visit. However, how do you know what gift will be appropriate and appreciated?

To help you out, here are some hospital gift ideas (that aren’t flowers!) that are perfect for older adults.

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.