What’s Life Like in an Assisted Living Community?

Ladies playing Cards in Assisted Living

Dear Jennifer, We are getting ready to move my mother into an assisted living community, and she’s very apprehensive. She doesn’t like change anyway, and even though we toured the community, she’s not sure what life will be like once she moves in. Can you give us an idea? Sincerely, Freda What to Expect in… Read more »

Which Is Better—Assisted or Home Living?

Senior mother with Adult child talking to Nurse

Your senior parents need help. You know it. They probably know it, although they may not want to admit it. They may be having problems with: Chronic illness or disease, such as high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol or diabetes Declining physical ability, such as vision, hearing, balance or walking Home safety Home maintenance and… Read more »

How to Plan for the Holidays with a Loved One in Long-Term Care

Senior adult and daughter holding hands by christmas tree

If 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 “bad.” Here are… Read more »

6 New Year’s Resolutions for Central Ohio Caregivers

Happy New Year

As we head toward the start of a new year, weary caregivers may be struggling to find ways to lead healthier lives. The demands of caring for a senior loved one can take a toll on both the physical and emotional health of the caregiver. What can you as a caregiver do to start off… 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 »

8 Assisted Living Activity Ideas to do in Columbus, Ohio

Looking through photos with a senior loved one in assisted living

Initially, visiting a senior loved one in assisted living might seem uncomfortable. What will you do? What should you talk about? Not to fear – with a little planning, you can have a handful of fun activities to suggest. And our list might just inspire you to create your own favorite visiting activity. Read on… Read more »

How do I Know if a Skilled Rehab Center is the Best Option?

Patient recovering in skilled rehab center post surgery

Is it better to recover at home or at a skilled rehab center after an illness, accident, or injury? It all depends on your situation.  If you’re helping a loved one make this decision, read the following story and learn more about your options.  Is Home Care or Short-Term Rehab Better? Joy, whose father had… Read more »

How to Vote When Living at an Assisted Living Community

Voting in an assisted living community

Voting is a fundamental right of all Americans, therefore, federal laws are in place to ensure everyone has the right to vote regardless of where they live. This means there are accommodations in place to help those living — or temporarily recovering — in assisted living or skilled nursing gain the access they need to… Read more »

Ask the Expert: How’s the Food in Rehab?

At a Macintosh rehab center, patients can choose the kinds of foods they want to eat.

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, Cynthia Choose the Food You Like at Rehabilitation Centers Dear… Read more »

Ask the Expert: Dining in Assisted Living

Assisted living residents at pickaway manor dining

Dear 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… Read more »