Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

5 Steps to Weaning Dependent Adult Children off Senior Parents

Many families are facing the phenomenon of trying to ensure their senior parents have the best quality of life during their retirement years, yet dealing with the resistance of a dependent Adult Child living with or off of their parent. This dependency is depleting their parents of assets and income that is necessary for their retirement needs and quality of life. Parents are willing to provide for their children even when they know their children should be able to provide for themselves. They do this out of fear of what might happen to their dependent child or what that adult child might do, if they say “no” or no longer provide for their child’s “needs”. It is a huge roadblock and problem for families to overcome in helping ensure their loved ones can move on and have a better quality of life without the dependency of their children inhibiting them. To help with this process refer to the plan below. Scenario-Adult daughter helping mother with dependent adult son The...

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Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Guide for Senior Living Options

As you are beginning to research Senior Living Options for yourself or a loved one you are probably beginning to notice that there are many choices available. This can make your search very time consuming and unless you are familiar with the various Senior Living Options it could take you weeks or months to make an educated decision that you will be happy with in the long run. In order to assist you in narrowing down the options, please refer to the categories below to gain an understanding of what options might be a good fit. If you prefer to speak with someone rather than read, it might benefit you to call a Senior Living Advisor at Senior One Source to learn more about the options and which communities within various categories are more preferable for your situation. There is also a reference chartat the bottom of this article detailing types of care & costs. Independent Senior Living Communities: Independent Senior Living Communities provide meals, housekeeping, transportation, emergency response...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

What is a Senior Living Advisor?

When you want to invest your money wisely, you call a Financial Advisor. When searching for a home, you call a realtor. When you are not feeling well, you call your Doctor. When you have legal concerns, you call an Attorney. Who do you turn to when you want to ensure you are making the best decision about one of life’s most important transitions pertaining to how and where you or a loved one should spend remaining retirement years? Typically, when something changes with you or a loved ones needs you probably turn to a phone book or internet search. Then upon narrowing down options via those sources you begin to make calls and schedule appointments with those contacts. This can be very time consuming and if you aren’t sure what questions you should ask or what to look for, your conclusion of which is the best option may be one you later regret. When making a decision about long term health care needs during retirement years as you...

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Choosing A Senior Living Community

Following Article available on ALFA.org The choice to move into a senior living community is as individual as the person making the decision. There is no clear-cut, step-by-step template that tells people exactly when it is time to consider a senior living community, whether that be an independent living community, assisted living community or nursing home. However, there are numerous signs that a new living arrangement is needed, such as inability to manage a home’s upkeep, assistance with meals, medication management, loneliness, and other issues. Here, we offer some tips for choosing a quality residence and the important factors in the decision-making process. Choosing a senior living residence for yourself or a loved one is one of the biggest decisions of your life. It involves the sobering realization that living alone in a home full of love and memories may no longer be the best setting at this phase of your life or your loved one’s life. Fortunately, many more assisted living and senior living options are available today...

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Assisted Living Checklist

Community Review Checklist from ALFA.org The best advice is to locate and visit assisted living communities before a crisis. Meeting the staff, residents and often family members is one of the best ways to learn about the community. Every assisted living community is unique, but there are common questions to ask yourself and the community before, during, and after a visit. The checklist that follows will help you ask these questions and make an assessment for yourself and/or a loved one. Environment * As you arrive at the community, do you like its location and outward appearance? * As you enter the lobby and tour the community, is the décor attractive and homelike? * Do you receive a warm greeting from staff welcoming you to the community? * Does the executive director call residents by name and interact warmly with them as you tour the community? * Do residents socialize with each other and appear happy and comfortable? * Are you able to talk with residents about how they...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

5 Things to look for when Researching Senior Living Communities

Researching Senior Living Communities for you or a loved can be time consuming. Having worked in Senior Living Sales for 10 years, at 11 different Senior Living Communities, as well as serving as a Senior Living Advisor for over 4 years, I have gained knowledge on what one should look for when considering which option is best for them. Here are 5 things to assist in your search: Friendliness of staff and residents Do not base your decision off solely of your interaction with the sales person. If other staff introduces themselves to you it is a good indicator that they will be friendly when you live there. Staff and residents interacting with one another is a good indicator that there will be less turn-over, which equates to residents receiving more consistent care and better service. Also, resident’s interacting with each other signals that you will be warmly welcomed. Activities Look at the activity calendar before the tour. See if the activity(s) are being lead and how well attended...

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