The Most Important Step in Choosing Assisted Living

Lori-Ann and her father

Lori-Ann and her father

As many of you know, my proud father and I struggled through the process of making decisions about assisted living options for him.  I learned a lot from this experience.

If the time comes that your loved one needs to enter assisted living, there are many considerations to be made. You may be thinking about location, dietary needs, activities, and packing up their house.

Remember, though, to also think about your loved one. The person who is moving into assisted living will probably be dealing with a lot of emotions. They may be worried. They may be grieving the loss of their mobility or their independence.  My dad loved his little condo and was heartbroken to know he could not live there by himself any longer.

It’s important to talk to to your loved one throughout the process. You may want to include your siblings in the conversation, but then you need to go talk to you loved one. Let your loved one know what the doctors have recommended. Let him or her know that you need to make a decision.

If possible, bring your loved one with you to the assisted living facilities when you tour them. Let them be involved in deciding which place suits their needs and budget.

This may be a tough transition for them. The more you can involve them in the process, the more in control they might feel. Lastly, always remember, there is no perfect living arrangement as someone ages.  Just knowing this will allow you to weigh and balance all the options.

I’d love to hear about your family’s experience with assisted living.  Please leave a comment on Facebook or Instagram.

Want to know more about preparing for assisted living? Check out my book Easy Healthcare: Choosing an Assisted Living Facility.

Reserve Your Spot to Learn How to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

webinar-2015-11-imgCan you believe it is November already? The holiday season is upon us, and as you start planning for Thanksgiving, then Christmas, there are certain healthcare topics that may be top of mind.

You may be wondering how to avoid illness around the holidays. Perhaps you’re figuring out how to include your loved ones who are in assisted living in your family holiday celebrations. Meanwhile you may also be planning your health needs for next year and trying to figure out what an FSA is and how it is different from an HSA.

I’ve got you covered. These are just some of the topics we are going to discuss in my next webinar 7 Strategies to Keep Your Family Healthy this Holiday. Join me on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 2 p.m. Eastern to learn all sorts of ways to have a healthy and happy holiday season.

Register here

Helpful Health Care Links: March 6, 2015

Beautiful Female Doctor Smiling And Showing A Blank Smart PhoneOur helpful health care links focus on two hot topics in health care this week– Uber causing a rise in Chicago startup companies and what the cost of obesity really is for our senior population. Both are worth your time. And, as always, if you ever come across a healthcare story that you think merits more attention, please send it our way!

‘Uber for Nurses’: Chicago Startup Sends Healthcare to Your Home

The popularity of Uber is striking a rise in startup companies looking to provide on-demand services to a variety of fields. One such startup is Chicago-based Go2Nurse, an app that provides people in need with a healthcare professional on-demand.

The Extra Cost Of Extra Weight For Older Adults

Obese people are far more likely to become disabled as they age, and researchers say this burgeoning demographic will strain hospitals and nursing homes.

We hope we have helped you SPIN YOUR HEALTHCARE YOUR WAY!

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How do you make the right decision about moving yourself or a loved one into an Assisted Living Facility without being overwhelmed? How do you even begin talking about it? HealthSpin’s “Easy Healthcare: Choosing an Assisted Living Facility” ebook guide gives you all of the practical advice you need to make the right choice.

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