Living Arrangements

How to Reduce Anxiety for those with Dementia

It’s often easy to accidentally put someone who is suffering from dementia into a state of anxiety. Dementia can be caused by a number of things including neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, blood flow-related (vascular) disorders such as multi-infarct disease, inherited disorders such as Huntington’s disease, and infections such as HIV. Whatever the cause, […]


How can a long-term care ombudsman help?

If you, or a loved one, is a resident of, or is considering, assisted living, or a nursing home, a long-term care (LTC) ombudsman may be able to help. LTC ombudsman help resolve residents’ complaints, provide information and assistance, advocate for residents’ rights and quality of care, and advocates for system and legislative changes. The […]


“I don’t want to be put into a nursing home.”

For many people nursing homes have a bad reputation. For many nursing homes, that reputation is deserved. So when confronted with the need to find a nursing home for someone you love, you may justifiably be a little anxious over the search. In the age of the Internet and having information at your fingertips, it’s […]


What is POLST?

POLST stands for Physician’s Order for Life Sustaining Treatment. A POLST Paradigm form is a brightly colored, medical order form, used to write orders indicating life-sustaining treatment wishes for seriously ill patients. It addresses two needs. It turns treatment wishes of an individual (something you might find on an advanced directive) into actionable medical orders […]


Veterans Pension Can Help With Assisted Living or Nursing Home Care

If you, or someone you know, served in the military during just about any American conflict going back as far as the Indian wars (1817-1898), up through the Gulf War, the VA Pension could help with “aid and attendance”, which may include assisted living, or nursing home care. As of December 1, 2008 the pension […]


Fall Prevention

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2006), “more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States.”  They further report that “in 2005, 15,800 people 65 and older died from injuries related to unintentional falls; about 1.8 million people 65 and older were treated in emergency […]


Tips on Finding the Long-Term Care That You Need

If you’ve just started looking for long-term care for yourself or a loved one, it can be difficult to know where to start. Everyone’s needs are different and the options in your area may vary widely. When I started my search for a place for my parents, I assumed that there would be very little […]


How Does Your State Support the Aging Population?

The National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA) is a non-profit association representing the nation’s 56 officially designated state and territorial agencies on aging. NASUA’s mission is to, “…advance social, health, and economic policies responsive to the needs of a diverse aging population and to enhance the capacity of its membership to promote the […]


Social Workers to the Rescue

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans aged 65 and older will double to over 70 million by 2030. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) reports that this dramatic increase in older Americans will also increase the demand for age related services, programs, and policies. Registered social workers can help with […]


Surviving the Six Stages of Leaving Your Home

Lately we’ve run across a number of accounts of children of seniors helping their parents make the transitions from fully independent living to some sort of assisted care. Typically, the big decision is whether it’s time to move from a long-time home to some sort of independent arrangement which provides housing and services, but not […]