assisted living downsizingIs your parent moving to an assisted living apartment? Do you have questions about how to decorate the new space? We have the answers!

To help you through the process, we’d like to share these 5 tips for decorating an assisted living apartment.

 downsizing for assisted livingWhen you’re preparing to make the move to an assisted living community, it can be a little intimidating to contemplate the downsizing process (also known as rightsizing). Many of us have lived in our homes for decades, which makes it difficult to imagine what our life will look like somewhere else.

rehab caregiverWhen a patient is discharged from a hospital stay, it’s not unusual for them to need inpatient rehab services to continue their recovery. If this is the case for your parent or spouse, you may have questions about what to expect during the rehab process, as well as how family and patient communication will be handled.

senior physical therapy rehabYou’ve been through the hospitalization process and the transition to rehab with your loved one. You’ve helped your parent navigate their recovery journey, and now they’re back on their feet and ready to return home.

So now what?

rehab and physical therapyWhen someone is staying at an inpatient rehab center, it’s natural for their loved ones to want to be kept in the loop and informed of their parent’s or loved one’s progress. Family communication at a physical therapy center is a vital part of the healing process. A good rehab center will make sure it’s easy for you to remain involved.

mac post hospital rehabIf your loved one has been hospitalized for an illness, injury, or surgery, it is likely that your physician will order follow-up care in a short-term rehab center. An important part of a successful recovery is finding a post hospital rehab center with a proven track record for rehabilitating patients and returning them home.

Central Ohio senior enjoys tasty meal in post-surgery rehab.Dear Sharon,

My mother is having her knee replaced, and she will be staying at a Central Ohio rehabilitation facility to recover.

However, she is an extremely picky eater.

I’m concerned she won’t like the food and will be miserable during her stay.

Yours Truly,


caregiver rotten food in refrigeratorDear Tess,

My sister, who lives in the Columbus area, usually helps out Mom and Dad, because my husband and I live out of state. Although we try to visit during holidays, my sister is the one who takes care of my parents on a regular basis.

When we visited at Thanksgiving, I was appalled by my parents’ condition. Both Mom and Dad have lost weight. Mom is really unsteady on her feet, and although she insisted on trying to help prepare the meal, we had to watch to make sure she didn’t fall. Dad refused to wear his dentures, saying they hurt his mouth, and when I tried to persuade him, he smacked my hand away.

senior with medicare billsDear Jessica,

My father was admitted to the hospital twice in one year for the same type of illness. The second bill was a little more than half the amount of the first one, but Medicare paid hardly any of it.

And although his doctor recommended he go to a rehabilitation center after the second hospital stay, his Medicare wouldn’t cover it.

It doesn’t make sense that my father receives the same treatment but is billed differently and Medicare pays differently. What is going on?