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Advocacy Tips:  Moving a Loved One into a Long-term Care Facility

Helping your parent, grandparent, spouse, or other loved one move into long-term care at an assisted living or nursing home can be stressful. Not only are emotions heightened due to the unwanted change, but you may receive confusing and even conflicting information from different sources. You may feel like you are drowning in a river […]

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How Much Does Long-term Care Cost?

Given a choice, most of us would prefer to die peacefully in our sleep at a ripe old age after an active day of cooking dinner for our family, going out with friends, or puttering around in the garden. We prefer to imagine ourselves healthy and independent till the last. The thought of death is […]

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Placing a Parent in Long-term Care

When the time comes for a parent to transition into residential long-term care, things can get complicated very quickly. If a parent has not planned for their own aging process, finding the right facility that accepts their healthcare coverage and is appropriate for their unique needs can be daunting. If a parent has limited income […]

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Assisted Living Advocacy: Understanding Residents’ Rights

Moving out of the private home and into an assisted living facility (ALF) may become necessary as care needs increase.  ALFs afford some level of independence while ensuring that the elder receives needed assistance with daily activities.  A move to an ALF may offer other benefits to the elder, such as increased social opportunities and […]

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LGBT Senior Housing: Finding Safe Spaces

Lately we have done a lot of talking about senior housing options, from the social benefits of facility living to some creative housing alternatives. That’s because housing is one of the primary concerns for aging adults and their loved ones. Many consider moving to a residential facility a last resort, and it can be a […]

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Expanding Senior Housing Options: Building Outside the Box

When it comes to hot button topics related to the aging population, elders’ choices about where they live ranks high on the list.  The idea of traditional facility living makes many older adults uncomfortable; no one likes the idea of losing independence or feeling as though they have been “put away” by their families.  While […]

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Choosing a Residential Facility Which Promotes Social Engagement

As discussed in a previous blog, the benefits of social interaction continue well into old age. A socially-active senior can expect to experience fewer hospital admissions, a reduced cost of social care, an increase in physical health, and an increase in confidence compared to more isolated peers. One of the risk factors for social isolation […]

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Helping an Elder Downsize and Move

When a loved one reaches the stage in aging or illness where it is no longer practical or possible to live alone, a transition to a care facility or to the home of a relative may become necessary.  Moving is a stressful process for anyone, but for an elder, moving away from the family home […]

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Revised Long-term Care Benefits for TennCare 2012

We’ve known for some time that TennCare would be implementing some major changes in the eligibility criteria for nursing home (NH) and home and community based services (HCBS). These are services offered under the CHOICES program. The newly released Nursing Facility Level of Care (LOC) Guide tells us that to date, Tennessee has been far […]

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Know Your Rights

Human beings have an innate drive for self-preservation. As we grow up our sense of security is directly strengthened by how much control we believe we have over what happens to us. Sometimes we exert control by physical strength. Probably more often though control is through what we know. Recently I wrote about the issues […]

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