happy family visitingDear Kara,

My mom and dad recently moved to assisted living. With family celebrations and holidays coming up, I want my grandchildren—their great-grandchildren—to spend time with them. However, like all kids, they can sometimes be noisy and rambunctious.

I don’t want the children upsetting other people there. What should I do?

Sincerely,

Mary
Hilliard, Ohio

man relaxing on a benchDear Sarah,

My father has always been an outdoorsman—hunting, fishing, gardening. However, since our mother passed on, he’s become more and more frail. Recently, when my sister stopped to drop off some food, she found him trying to hoe the garden. When she asked why he was limping, he told her he’d fallen earlier that day.

This isn’t the first time he’s fallen and hurt himself. We’ve decided Dad needs a safer place to stay, but we don’t want him stuck inside a nursing home away from nature. Are there other options?

Sincerely,

Theresa
Hilliard, Ohio

macintosh medicare skilled nursing and rehab

Dear Polly:

My husband will be facing a fairly complex surgery later this month. His surgeon wants us to tour skilled nursing and rehab centers in central Ohio before the surgery.

We are a bit confused about his Medicare benefit. A relative told us Medicare only pays for 20 days in a rehab center, but my husband’s doctor told us he will likely need to stay for several months.

Will we have to pay the entire expense for all of the days he is there beyond day 20? I’m just not sure we can afford that!

Grace

senior man outsideDear Janice,

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 more agreeable to the move? Should we move all his things and just take him there?

Signed,

Gary

two senior women eatingYour senior parents need help.

You know it. They probably know it although they may not want to admit it.

mac life in an assisted living communityDear 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

hepatitis cThe aging of Baby Boomers is bringing great changes to this nation. Along with rising worries about safety nets and health care comes a concern about Hepatitis C. Boomers are 5 times more likely to have Hepatitis C than the rest of the U.S. population. 1 out of every 30 Boomers has Hepatitis C.

pill organizerMedication 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.

mac assisted living 1What 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 assisted living: It’s a relatively new development.