Top 10 Things to Consider
when Choosing Senior Living Facilities
For those who are considering retirement communities instead of aging in place, Elizabeth O’Brien, in her NextAvenue article, recommends you do significant research, and beware the 10 things that these communities won’t tell you:
1. They’re hard to tell apart – there are “want-driven” active communities, and then there are the need-based facilities, with independent, assisted, and nursing care step-up programs.
2. There’s no “doctor in the house”.
3. Look beyond the fresh facade- e.g. what’s staff turnover like, what do the halls look like when it’s not “tour day?”,
4. Prepare for price increases and add-on services,
5. Realize that you may not be the ultimate decision-maker about when it’s time to move on – when you’re too frail to stay, they’ll give YOU notice!
6. Be careful not to become responsible for your parent’s bills (unless you’ve decided to take this on),
7. They prefer NOT to take Medicaid,
8. It’s hard to find TRUE quality ratings on these facilities- there’s not a great “Consumer Reports” or “Yelp!” for seniors (perhaps a new business venture?!)
9. Since “every night is “Saturday night”, STD rates are climbing at active senior developments- there’s more to do than just golf and bridge- just make sure to get regular health screenings!
10. Some of the fees may be tax-deductible – if they’re legitimate medical expenses, be sure to claim them on your tax returns.
This is not, of course, a comprehensive list. I think it’s a great article, however.
If you have other revelations to help find the perfect home for your aging parent, please leave your comments here.
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What are the latest technological innovations that help seniors?
What are the best gifts we can give our Senior Parents?
While looking online for gifts for my mom, searching for top technology for seniors, I stumbled across some interesting articles …
Useful Gifts for Seniors
- OXO Kitchen and consumer products company whose products are created with Universal Design in mind – for young and old, righties and lefties, as well as those with disabilities. I always knew I liked these products, but I didn’t realize their design mission.
Technology for Seniors – Best Gifts
HomeCare, the leading magazine or home care professionals, lists the following products in their recent online article (see article in its entirely by selecting this link):
BeClose – sensors in home help you make sure your loved one is moving around easily, and alerts you when they may need help.
Fitbit lets us all see our activity levels, motivating us all to stay active!
The GrandCare System also includes wireless transmitters, but it provides opportunities for socializing, media, and entertainment systems.
GreatCall – This is a personal 911 system like OnStar — it can also be used with the Jitterbug phone (an easy to use phone for seniors, particularly those with vision or hearing problems).
Independa augments traditional caregiving by providing fully integrated, cloud-based solutions including a caregiver web application, a rich set of telephony-based solutions, comprehensive solutions for social engagement and health, environmental and activity monitoring.
MobileHelp, the Anywhere Help Button, is a GPS mobile personal emergency response system.
TabSafe is an online medication helper
Telikin is a large table device, pre-loaded with apps forvideo chat, photo sharing, e-mail and other popular features.
TV Ears helps people with hearing loss hear the television clearly without turning up the volume.
telyHD delivers high-definition (HD) Skype video calls directly to an HDMI-compatible TV.
Technology for Seniors – Another Top 10 List
Money Magazine lists its top 10 Favorite Technology Items for Seniors, but based on my experience, these are, for the most part, too techo-forward for my 81 year old mom:
- Windows7 — mom doesn’t know she has Windows 7 — we install it for her
- Goggles from Google –– really? who’s 80+ year old parent is playing with this?
- Mindflex from Mattel — really really?
- Ion — who cares?
- Roku — great device, but she forgets how to work it
- Silhouette — I don’t understandthe purpose of this one!
- Wii — perhaps if the grandkids brought it and set it up for them…can’t see mom bowling – she’d break a hip!
- Flip — she’d much rather GET videos than create them
- I-Tunes — we load the tunes for her — it’s not much more than a digital player
- Nook E-Reader — We got her the Kindle — Now THIS is my favorite Senior Gift!!!
No one knows better than you what to buy your senior.
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As the daughter of a currently-driving 81 year old, helping mom decide when it’s time to give up driving is on my mind these days.
I was delighted to find this article from Senior News – 50 and Better –
Help your elderly parents retire
from driving when it’s time
The article gives great advice – basically, it provides a list of suggestions for how to evaluate your parent’s skills, how to gently suggesting limitations and alternatives, and how to begin the difficult conversation of easing out of driving.
Most importantly, the article reminds us that we, as the adult children, may have to make the difficult choice to take charge by intervening to prevent our parents from driving when they could endanger themselves and others.
More than anything, starting the conversation WELL BEFORE it’s necessary is the best way to parent your parent!
Of course, making sure your parents live where they don’t need to drive is the best way to keep them safe.
Chicago Seniors – Live in a home
with a Great Walk Score
Senior Living Centers offer meal plans and bus trips for shopping/shows/doctor appointments.
For those who are aging in place, living in a neighborhood/building with a high walk score – meaning necessary amenities are close by – is a must.
Chicago Senior Living Facilities
Here are some senior housing centers in Chicago and their walk scores:
The Admiral On the Lake — Walk Score
Sunrise Living Center – Lincoln Park – Walk Score
The Hallmark — Walk Score
The Clare – Walk Score
The Kenwood – Walk Score
The Breakers — Walk Score
Home care for seniors is becoming more and more popular –
1. aging in place – some seniors wish to stay in their homes and have someone come in to help;
2. independent living – if a seniors in an independent living facility, but needs a bit of a hand, in-home care can postpone moving into the assisted-living residential facility.
If in-home care is sought, it’s critical to find the best possible agency/person to care for our loved ones.
How do we do that?
Retirement Homes offers this article on how to choose a Home Care Agency:
Article – How to Choose a Home Care Agency
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