Category: Long-Term Care

Transitioning from Assisted Living to Long-Term Care

There’s a lot of talk about how to handle the transition of your loved one from home to assisted living—but what about from assisted living to long-term care? After all, it’s a fairly common transition that many seniors eventually face. As Paula Span writes in an article on assisted living for the New York Times, “however suitable… Read more »

How Long-Term Care Can Help Your Parent with Physical Fitness

Exercise is vital at all ages. However, for seniors, it often comes with unique challenges. Those challenges can stand in the way of seniors maintaining a healthy level of physical activity. But there is help available. Long-term care communities are designed to make it easy for seniors to safely engage in physical activities—here’s how. Fitness… Read more »

The Difference Between Long-Term Care and Memory Care

What’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. Long-Term Care vs Memory Care Long-term care is a service designed for seniors… Read more »

Ask the Expert: Staying Active and Engaged in Long-Term Care

Dear 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… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Assessing Your Parent’s ADL Ability

Is 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,… Read more »

What Are Activities of Daily Living?

Activities 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… Read more »

A Day in the Life at a MacIntosh Long-Term Care Community

Long-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… Read more »

Ask The Expert: How to Help Dad Move to Memory Care

Dear Allie, After trying for years to help my dad stay at home, my wife and I have determined he’s not safe in his home. We’re moving him to memory care at West Park in Columbus. However, he doesn’t want to move from his home. How can we make the move easier on him? How can we make him… Read more »

Advice for Patients: Paying for Skilled Nursing

Your patient requires skilled nursing care, but the family has no resources and is unsure how to pay for it. What can you tell them? Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Care Your patient must meet the following criteria before Medicare will cover their care in a skilled nursing facility: They have Part A Medicare with days left… Read more »

Managing the Cost of Skilled Nursing Care

Dear Averi: My aging mother needs more help than I can provide for her. In my conversations with various continuing care retirement communities, I think that skilled nursing would probably be the best option. What do I need to do? Any advice would be helpful. Sincerely, Dora Dear Dora, You have provided a great service… Read more »