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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Assisted Living: A Transforming Transition

If you’ve wondered if assisted living might be the right placement, check out “The By Families For Families Guide to Assisted Living” by my friend Ryan Malone. He uses his experience transitioning his mother to assisted living as to speak to the concerns families often have. It is just one resource I use to help […]

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Moving in the Right Direction

Right sizing. Down sizing. Minimizing. Transition trauma. All are new buzzwords for moving older adults into more supportive living environments as their care needs change. How you plan for and approach these transitions can make all the difference in achieving a smooth and satisfying outcome. Guiding and supporting clients and families through moves from the […]

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