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Aging & Caregiving

Need a Vacation From Caregiving? It May Be Time to Make A Senior Living Decision

By: Chelsea Sayegh
June 15th, 2017

When an aging loved one is in need of extra care and support, many families jump to the task themselves. With the absolute best intentions at heart, family members rearrange their work schedules, create space in their homes, and rethink their household budgets so they can give back the kindness and compassion that their relative has shown them. Undoubtedly, this is not only admirable, but it can also be a very important opportunity for further bonding and understanding between the two of you. Often, our aging loved ones are not ready to leave their homes and families, and caregivers do not feel prepared financially or emotionally to press the issue.

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Making the Assisted Living Decision: Don't Put it Off Any Longer!

By: Chelsea Sayegh
June 8th, 2017

When it first becomes apparent that an elderly loved one is no longer able to live on their own, many families try to remain committed to providing the extra assistance and care themselves. Sometimes, this involves moving your loved one into your home, or spending a portion of each day with your aging relative. However, there often comes a time when caregivers realize that they are getting in over their heads. Sometimes this can happen as the result of your loved one’s declining health, added family or career stress on you, or perhaps an incident which has made you realize that your loved one’s current living condition is no longer safe for them.

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How to Afford Senior Living When the Money Runs Out

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 7th, 2017

Running out of money is a real possibility for some who have made senior living communities their home. The money runs out for a number of reasons and common among them are: longevity (the average length of stay in assisted living is 2.5 years but many live there significantly longer) increasing rental costs, increasing costs in senior health care services and a need for more assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) than before. There are others, but these situations just mentioned place an immediate draw on private funds.

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When is the “Right” Time to Move your Loved One into Assisted Living

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 4th, 2017

It might be nearing the “right” time to move a parent into an assisted living community when health and safety needs are putting your loved one at risk in their home. If this is your concern then it’s time to have a talk with your loved one. Often there are telltale signs of something “not right” in the home that you can address quickly before things spiral out of control.

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Caring for Aging Parents: Discussing Change

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 3rd, 2017

Change is inevitable. As your parents age, you often become their strongest support system. But for many adult children, this may be the one challenge you’re not quite ready for! When caring for aging parents, it usually becomes necessary to have a talk with your loved ones regarding matters of change, such as senior living and long-term care options, legal documentation, and financial decisions. Before any adult child can have this talk, it is important to come to terms with the health changes of your loved and evaluate how these changes will affect the rest of the family.

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Fall Prevention - 5 Tips to Help Prevent Falls

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 3rd, 2017

As people get older in their 70s, 80s and beyond, they begin to become more physically frail. One of the concerns along with becoming frail is that they might slip and fall. While a fall to a younger person might only result in a bruise, the consequences of a fall to an elderly parent can be severely detrimental. Whether your parents are in assisted living or still in their family home, here are some ways that you can help them avoid falls

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The Aid & Attendance Benefit: Is Your Aging Loved One Eligible?

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 2nd, 2017

Veterans are willing to lay down their lives for their country, but many aging seniors are unaware of one aspect of the country’s attempt to give back. If your aging loved one is eligible for a VA pension, he or she may also be entitled to the Aid & Attendance Program, which offers monthly benefits to help cover assisted living care costs to veterans and their surviving spouses. About the Aid & Attendance Benefit

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Cathy Brelsford of Wesley Village

By: Chelsea Sayegh
May 18th, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our senior living communities, our staff members are one of the main reasons why our residents feel so at home! Not only do they create a warm family atmosphere, they also understand the challenges faced by families caring for older adults. By fostering caring relationships, staff play an essential role in helping our residents navigate the journey of aging - from the very first visit, to the day they move into our community and every day after that! Read our "Meet the Family" spotlight below to see how Cathy Breslford makes our residents' home such a special place....

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Price of Assisted Living Vs Homecare

By: Chelsea Sayegh
May 9th, 2017

Deciding between home care and assisted living can be a confusing, stressful, and time-consuming process. As a caregiver, you naturally want what is best for your aging relative, but you also know that there are limits to what you can do – both physically, and financially. Many caregivers considering assisted living report that their loved ones are reluctant to leave their home, or to be away from family members. All of these factors are what make this decision so very personal.

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Everything You Need to Know About Hospice Care in CT

By: Elizabeth Bemis
May 6th, 2017

Like many topics related to death and dying, families tend to avoid the topic of hospice care until a physician or social worker brings up the subject. This is unfortunate because studies show that people tend to live longer when they receive hospice care in CT. When you and your family know about the services and benefits of hospice, you will feel more comfortable discussing it with your doctor when the time arises. 

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How to Find the Best Senior Community for My Budget

By: Chelsea Sayegh
May 2nd, 2017

Cost is among the biggest concerns for families providing eldercare for a loved one. Indeed, cost can sometimes be a roadblock standing in the way of you providing the best possible situation for a relative in need. While there may be some families out there that are able to cover assisted-living costs without too much of a financial impact, for others, figuring out what to do next will require some serious number crunching. One of the questions we hear most frequently is "How can I find the best senior living community for my budget?" To help answer this, we have come up with a step-by-step guide to get you started. Follow the recommendations on this page, and you'll begin to have a clearer picture of what assisted-living will actually cost you.

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