Busting Senior-Care Myths: Assisted Living Costs Too Much

When a family is in the process of picking out an assisted living facility for their elderly loved ones, they run the risk of encountering many of the popular myths that always seem to circulate by word of mouth or otherwise. Above all else, the number one myth is the idea that assisted living is too costly an option to consider for people who have grown too old or frail to care for themselves on their own. The cost of assisted living facilities will vary from one place to the next, but the median cost is under $4,000. Also, contrary to popular belief, costs are not skyrocketing. In reality, paying for assisted living could actually end up saving a family money in the long run.

Key Takeaways:

  • Assisted living costs vary from place to place, with Alaska costing the highest amounts and Texas costing the lowest overall.
  • While assisted living may seem costly for some, it is important to note that hiring someone for full-time in-home care is a lot more expensive.
  • Insurance policies, including state ones like Medicaid, will often pay the full costs of moving a loved one into an assisted living facility.

“At the top of our myth list is the common notion that assisted living costs too much to be practical for people who can no longer live alone safely.”

Read more: https://www.senioradvisor.com/blog/2019/02/busting-senior-care-myths-assisted-living-costs-too-much/

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Shedding New Light On Hospice Care: No Need To Wait For The ‘Brink Of Death’

Hospice care is oftentimes the most important step when it comes to people knowing that their loved ones are being properly cared for with compassionate and quality care in the last stages of their lives. It is important for people to realize that hospice is not to be looked to as a last resort for those facing an untimely death, but it is more of a place for individuals to go in order to seek out ways to improve their quality of life in their last days.

Key Takeaways:

  • The main goal is specifically to ensure that the patient’s last few days, months, or years on earth are as fulfilling as possible.
  • Many people have the misconception that hospice is just a place to die, when many patients are actually sent home because their lifespan widens.
  • Self-referrals are absolutely allowed, whether it be inpatient or outpatient. You have the ability to seek out your own provider or facility.

“In fact, hospice care in Mesa, AZ often makes a considerable difference for those with months to live.”

Read more: http://khn.org/news/shedding-new-light-on-hospice-care-no-need-to-wait-for-the-brink-of-death/

Contact us today at 480-498-2324 to learn more about hospice care Mesa, AZ and the surrounding areas rely on for senior loved ones.

How Tech Supports a New Concept of Seniors’ Wellness

Technology is making senior citizens of the United States healthier, with wearable fitness technology making it easier to keep track of the exercise seniors get on a daily basis. A lot of seniors can’t exercise like younger people do. Active aging is the concept of seniors taking action to do more around the house so they can function better on a daily basis, using what’s called a “24-hour activity cycle.” Wearable fitness tech is used to track how effective programs that use active aging, and these programs increase life expectancy by about 3 years on average.

Key Takeaways:

  • A Fitbit tracker can be a training tool for a younger person, but it can have age appropriate benefits for seniors as well.
  • A Director of mobility at Stanford U., Center of Longevity, has been studying the impact of physical movement on health, using trackers, like Fitbit.
  • Seniors can achieve wellness goals through small daily activities, chores, walks, that happen in a 24 hour period.

“Data from wearable fitness devices can show the improvement in physical health of the resident.”

Read more: https://seniorhousingnews.com/2017/09/05/tech-supports-new-concept-seniors-wellness/

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Getting to Know Nursing Homes: Some Facts & Myths

Many of us find ourselves in situations where our loved ones have to be put into nursing homes in order to receive round-the-clock care that we are not presently capable of giving them. While many people feed into myths such as nursing homes being equivalent as hospitals, they are actually comfortable living facilities where residents are surrounded by well-trained staff at all hours of the day in order to meet their needs in any way possible.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is important that once you find a reputable nursing home, you make frequent visits and keep in touch regularly with the staff.
  • Many people assume that all nursing homes are involved in some level of mistreatment of patients, but that is not true for every nursing home.
  • It is important to take a tour around the facility and ask as many questions as you can think of in order to familiarize yourself.

“A nursing home is not a hospital, as it often mistaken for, but does have medically trained staff available 24 hours a day.”

Read more: http://www.insideeldercare.com/assisted-living/getting-to-know-nursing-homes-some-facts-myths/

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Three Ways Senior Living Can Customize The Dining Experience

Senior Housing has for some become quite bland. In an effort to attract new Seniors the living conditions are evolving. With so many baby boomers getting close to this age range it is becoming more and more evident that styles must change. Offering new seating arrangements or even a wine program. Wine can be offered at discounted rates and be exclusive to the Housing that is providing it. It is these changes that may make Senior Housing more appealing for many.

Key Takeaways:

  • Senior housing must cater to the more sophisticated palates of baby boomers if they want to attract this demographic.
  • Some senior housing facilities have gone as far as to commission private wine labels and design destination restaurants.
  • The key is to offer options, be it in cuisine, wine, seating or even movable demonstration kitchens.

“As the senior housing population changes and providers make way for the resident of the future, many operators are focusing on amenities to attract this new resident.”

Read more: https://seniorhousingnews.com/2017/08/16/three-ways-senior-living-can-customize-dining-experience/