Category: Assisted Living

Medication Management in Assisted Living

Medication management is a critical service offered in most assisted living communities. After all, 77.5% of residents in assisted living need help with medications, according to one recent study. That same study noted that, on average, residents took 13 medications, 3 of them on a daily basis. Ensuring Your Loved One Receives the Proper Medication… Read more »

What Is Assisted Living?

What is assisted living? What kind of care will my family member receive in assisted living? Is assisted living the best option for my senior loved one? These are three of the most commonly asked questions by people who are searching for the best living environments for loved ones. No wonder most people don’t understand… Read more »

Showing Your Love to a Senior in Assisted Living

Dear Sheila: My mother moved to an assisted living community right after Christmas. Now that she is unpacked and settled in I am trying to figure out how we can make her feel as if she is still connected to family and friends. I know she is worried that everyone will forget about her! Do… Read more »

Holiday Warning Signs that a Senior Needs Assisted Living

Dear Cassie, I’ll be heading back to Columbus, Ohio, to visit my mom for the first time since last spring. When I was home then, I was a little concerned that she was struggling to keep up living alone in her home. I’ve asked her about it many times in the months since, but she… Read more »

Ask the Expert: Tips for Moving Parents Into Assisted Living

Dear Jaclyn: 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… Read more »

How to Decorate an Assisted Living Apartment

Is 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. ____________________________________________________________________ Answers to the most common questions seniors have about moving to… Read more »

Ask the Expert: Delaying Assisted Living

Dear Sarah, Our entire family knows my mother needs to move to assisted living. She forgets to take her medications, and she gets vertigo very easily. When I’ve asked her about bruises, she has no idea where she gets them. And even though she gets Meals on Wheels, I don’t think she’s eating right. _______________________________________________________ Does your parent… Read more »

Should My Parent Choose AL or Skilled Nursing?

Dear Jane, Since my father’s recent passing, my mother is no longer able to live alone. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about a year ago. Although she takes medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol, she’s otherwise in good health. This winter, she did catch the flu that was going around Central Ohio and had to be admitted… Read more »

Must-Haves When Downsizing to Assisted Living

When 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. However, there are a… Read more »