meal prep before planned surgeryMeal prepping is one of the best things you can do to prepare for a planned surgery like a knee replacement or cardiovascular surgery. It’s an easy way to make the transition home from the hospital or post-hospital rehab center a little smoother.

If you or a loved one will be having surgery soon, here are some meal prep tips to help improve the recovery process.

staying active in communityDear 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 doesn’t offer what she needs.

I’m worried that when Mom makes the move to long-term care, she won’t enjoy herself. It’s harder for her to walk on her own and she’s been having some memory issues. I don’t want her to be stuck in her room all day because of that.

chopped vegetables for a post rehab recipeYou’ve had surgery, you’ve successfully completed post-hospital rehab and now you’re heading home.

What are you planning on making for dinner?

Returning home means returning to your normal routine. If you’ll be cooking for yourself, or if you have someone cooking for you after rehab, give these easy and healthy recipes a try. We’ve also thrown in some healthy eating tips and menu planning resources. Dig in!

Senior women enjoying petting her dog as a resident in a senior living community. When you’re touring an assisted living community (which we really do recommend), you’ll want to be sure to ask the right questions while you’re there.

But what are the right questions?

Often, whether we’re looking for ourselves or our loved one, we don’t know what questions to ask because we’ve never done this before. So, if you’re not sure what to ask, here’s a list of questions to ask when choosing an assisted living community—both of the community and yourself.

mac activities of daily living adlIs 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, not their doctor.

post hospital rehabDear Kelly,

About a week ago, my 74-year-old mom had a stroke. None of us were prepared for something like this, and now we’re scrambling to take care of her as best we can.

The stroke wasn’t a severe one and she’s doing well, but she is having some speech issues and difficulty balancing. Her doctor said she’ll need rehabilitation after her hospital stay and recommended that she complete physical, occupational and speech therapy.

cost of in home careIs your parent having some trouble living independently at home? Are you starting to consider assisted living as an option?

If so, you’re probably like most adult children in Ohio who are in the same boat—you want to find the right care for your parent, but you want to know much each option is going to cost before you make any final decisions.

activities of daily livingActivities 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 about activities of daily living, without the confusing medical jargon.

physical therapy outdoor rehabDear Jeremy:

My husband had knee surgery earlier this month and has completed most of his rehab program that his doctor suggested. However, outside of rehab he’s been sitting a lot more than he ever has in his life. I know that can’t be good for him.