Ask the Expert: How Much Does Post-Surgery Rehab Cost?

Dear Cassie: My father will be having hip replacement surgery later this month. I’m trying to figure out how much a nursing and rehab center will cost and how much of it his Medicare will pay for? He lives in Central Ohio just outside Columbus. Can you help? It all seems so confusing! Renee ___________________________________________________________________… 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: Can My Mom and Dad Stay Together?

Dear Sarah, My mom and dad have been together for more than 40 years. Last year, Mom had a stroke, and now, she has difficulty walking, bathing, dressing and even eating. Dad’s done a terrific job of taking care of her, but we can tell it’s becoming more and more difficult for him. He’s already told… Read more »

My Mom Has Become Mean. What Do I Do?

Dear Kimberly: My mother has always been so kind and considerate of everyone’s feelings. She was someone that everyone loved being around until the past year or so. She’s become very difficult and, as much as I hate to admit it, sometimes, she is downright mean. There is just no reasoning with her when she… 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 »

Making Healthcare Decisions for Your Parent

Dear John: My parents have both had fairly serious health problems the last few months. Until then both of them were active and independent. To be honest, we never really discussed how we would handle legal decisions and what their wishes for the future might be. My brother and I thought, since our parents were… Read more »

The Emotional Side of De-Cluttering

Last week on this blog our Director of Housekeeping, Joe Warner shared tips to help a Columbus area family who is helping a senior loved one de-clutter her home. We focused on how to get started and shared tips for making the process go more smoothly. This week we tackle the emotional side of downsizing. Listening and… Read more »

Do’s and Don’ts When Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease

If a central Ohio senior you love has Alzheimer’s disease, helping to provide care and support for them can present more than a few unique challenges. Because of the physical damage the disease causes to the brain, everything from judgment to speech can be impacted. For adult children and caregivers, figuring out how to manage… Read more »

Rightsizing for Your New Chapter in Life

Dear Stefanie: We are beginning to downsize my mother’s home for a fall move to a Columbus assisted living community. She has lived in her home for over 30 years and has accumulated a lot of “treasures” during that time. My sister and I are a bit overwhelmed trying to figure out where to start.  My mom… Read more »