June 29, 2018
By: Darleen Mahoney
The level of health care and personal care provided varies greatly between a skilled nursing facility and an assisted living facility. An assisted living facility (ALF) is a long term living environment where the resident’s care is customized based on health and personal needs. A skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a temporary facility based on hospitalization or a significant decline in health.
Skilled nursing facilities include room and board, any necessary physical and/or occupational therapy, social services, medication, speech, audiology, and all care is provided by registered professional nurses. The level of care that they provide may include rehabilitation, tube feedings, intravenous, and rapidly declining health services.
Skilled nursing facilities are also required to meet federal criteria for Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement for nursing care. Skilled care is covered by Medicare for typically up to 100 days after a hospitalization. Once you use 100 days, your current benefit period must end before you renew your SNF benefits. Custodial care may be needed for an extended period. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services provides detail on what is covered under each of their plans.
Before choosing a Skilled Nursing Facility, consider the following:
- Make sure you have a recent medical evaluation with a recommendation for a Skilled Nursing Facility vs. another housing option
- If 24/7 medical care is required, a skilled nursing facility is best. If custodial needs are required, consider an Assisted Living Facility.
- Because a Skilled Nursing Facility is temporary, consider the medical needs of the patient and make sure that there may not be an alternate plan. If a family can fill in the gaps in care with adult day care programs, home health care, or respite care there may be alternatives to consider.
If you feel that you or a family member needs a Skilled Nursing/Rehabilitation facility, please visit www.SeniorLivingGuide.com, click on “Skilled Nursing/Rehabilitation”, and your state or area of interest. You will be able to choose from multiple options and review in detail what each one offers and if it meets your needs. Do your research and make the best possible decision for you and your family.
January 15, 2018
By: Darleen Mahoney
Depression is a common problem in older adults. It may be difficult to distinguish the difference between a senior who is just feeling “sad” and one who is experiencing geriatric depression. Geriatric depression is a mental or emotional disorder affecting older adults. These seniors that are would fall under “high risk” might be those that have experienced strokes, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, cancer, dementia, and chronic pain. There are specific signs that would tend to be lend more to geriatric depression over moments of sadness. It is important to be aware of these signs because there are also steps to take to help our Seniors, depression is not a normal stage to getting older. Their “golden year” should be just that…golden!
Some signs and symptoms to look for would include: decreased energy levels, more physical problems, such as arthritis and headaches. Other signs that need to be addressed quite seriously would be loss of self-worth, slowed speech, increasing alcohol intake or drugs, thoughts of suicide.
Because depression is not normal and addressing them with our elderly can be tricky, pay attention to signs other than verbal.
“Older adults often say, ‘I am not sad,” or ‘I am not lonely,’ because they do not want to be a burden on the family,”
“Instead, they show signs of distress by wringing their hands excessively, getting agitated or irritable, or having difficulty sitting still.” according to Dr. Strem (www.health.com/health).
Be vigilant of these types of communication signs as well as the physical signs to be more proactive in care and getting the help needed.
The good news is there is help! There are medications as well as lifestyle changes!
Medications Include: www.healthline.com/health/depression/elderly#treatment5
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
Lifestyle Changes Include: www.healthline.com/health/depression/elderly#treatment5
- Increased physical activity
- Finding a new hobby or interest
- Having regular visits with family and friends
- Getting enough sleep daily
- Eating a well-balanced diet
If you think that you or your loved one is suffering from geriatric depression, encourage treatment and offer your support. If they are living in a Retirement community, Assisted Living facility, or any type of senior housing environment where you might have access to reach out for help, then please do so.
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January 6, 2015
St. Mark’s Living in Austin MN contacted us last November about our Free Advertising campaign after it ended and guess what? – We’re ramping up again and kept their request on file and they get the very first FREE ad of 2015!
We’ve built them a FREE Featured listing on SeniorLivingGuide.com complete with direct contact info, web links and a link to their Facebook page, we’re blogging about them and soon we’ll add tweets and Facebook updates promoting their community – all in the name of building our brand, making new contacts and increasing awareness about a great senior community in Minnesota.
St. Mark’s Living, is a senior living and healthcare campus that provides a full continuum of living and care options for older adults in Austin, Minn. We offer rehabilitation services, independent living, assisted living, memory care and long-term skilled nursing care. We love, care, and are proud to serve the Austin area and the surrounding communities in South Central Minnesota and Northern Iowa since 1963.
In addition to our housing and care options, we offer services to support of resident’s and customer’s wishes to remain as independent as possible. Respite care and hospice services are available on-site. And, we welcome all veterans seeking independent or assisted living, memory care or skilled care. We can assist in arranging for coverage through the Veteran’s Administration and/or Medicare.
Check out the full listing here and be on the lookout for the official announcement or our limited time Free Advertising promotion coming soon!
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December 5, 2014
Welcome to our newest addition to the Central Virginia market – Tyler’s Retreat, a Saber Healthcare community.
Tyler’s Retreat at Iron Bridge is conveniently located in Chester, Virginia, making visits by family and friends an easy trip. The community of Chester is very supportive and involved with our facility. Caring, qualified staff are ready to serve your healthcare service needs!
We are a relatively new, state-of-the-art home and opened for admissions in January 2010. Tyler’s Retreat offers quality healthcare with a resident-focused team approach. We are committed to providing services designed to meet the needs of our residents and strive to positively impact the community we serve.
We welcome you for a visit to tour our facility, meet our staff, and see for yourself exactly what makes Tyler’s Retreat so special.
Check out their full ad here.
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May 20, 2014
While most people visit SeniorLivingGuide.com in their search for senior housing and services information, many times we can help both our visitors and specialty businesses by building and placing a banner in the search results. Banners appear in every search in a given market and are a great way to brand a company, or in this case, build awareness to a service a visitor may need but was not aware was available or hadn’t thought to seek it out.
Welcome to Hazelden in Naples, Florida. Come to us for residential or outpatient addiction treatment and continuing care — and discover lifestyle changes that support lasting recovery. Using evidence-based treatment practices and a Twelve Step approach, our expert clinicians focus on the whole person by addressing the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of addiction. Our built-in recovery community will surround you in hope and healing to help you step forward in lifelong recovery from addiction.
You can view the full ad for Hazelden by clicking here. We hope this free ad and banner puts them in contact with those who need their services.
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April 29, 2014
Here we GROW again! Jacaranda Manor in St. Petersburg has a FREE listing on SeniorLivingGuide.com, look the nations fastest growing senior housing and services resource!
Jacaranda Manor is a 291-bed full service skilled nursing facility conveniently located in St. Petersburg, stuff FL. We specialize in mental health with staff that are experienced and skilled in psychiatric care. At Jacaranda Manor, ambulance we provide a variety of services including 24-hour nursing care, personalized rehabilitative programs and hospice care that enable us to meet the emotional, psychological and medical needs of our residents.
Through our model of care – Graceful Living – it is our goal that you or your loved one will receive quality, compassionate care by well trained professionals who serve you from their hearts. Our goal is to provide unique experiences from dining to activities and therapies that support a positive outlook to life.
To see the full listing click here, to get YOUR free listing or upgrade to an existing ad, click here.
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April 28, 2014
Lots of free ads coming today as more and more senior communities and services learn about this can’t miss opportunity to gain traffic through the nations fastest growing senior housing and services resource!
Orlando Lutheran Towers is for the young at heart. Our non-profit continuing care community offers worry free living at a very affordable price. Residents enjoy full service amenities that include restaurant style dining and an abundance of activities. Within walking distance are major churches, shopping, restaurants and the downtown library.
Orlando Lutheran Towers is like a little village tucked into a metropolitan setting. We have a county store, a full service bank, a beauty /barber shop, and a church on the 18th floor.
Check out the full listing here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/db/facilities.tpl?sku=20050713114550
And be sure to take advantage of this offer for your community or service by visiting http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/freeadvertising.tpl before it’s gone!
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July 11, 2013
PEI Seniors Homes was founded in 2006 with the acquisition of The Garden Home located on the North River Road in Charlottetown. Since then, recipe MacMillan Lodge, viagra sale Whisperwood Villa and Lady Slipper Villa have allowed PEI Seniors Homes to become the largest private provider of Nursing and Retirement Care in PEI. Please click on the links below to find out more about our individual properties!
Lady Slipper Villa
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July 1, 2013
Serving Person County for over 35 years, advice Roxboro Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center has grown with the region and continues to meet its ever changing healthcare needs. Today, there we provide a variety of services which meet the medical, troche social, and personal needs of all our residents.
At Roxboro Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center we offer a number of living, healthcare, and rehabilitation options in an environment designed to enhance your quality of life. Together, we will develop a personalized healthcare plan to fit your individual needs. You will meet new friends, enjoy activities, and receive professional healthcare and rehabilitation services from our staff.
View the full listing here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20130701101628
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June 11, 2013
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Spectrum Retirement Communities, pills LLC headquartered in Denver, cialis sale Colorado, is a leading developer, owner and operator of Retirement, Assisted Living and Memory Care communities across the United States. Our team of seasoned professionals has decades of combined expertise in all aspects of the senior housing experience. We are proud to promote an environment where staff members take pride and responsibility for every aspect of their community and the service they provide to their residents.
Spectrum offers seniors a unique opportunity to enjoy affordable luxury living in highly desirable locations with easy access to shopping, medical facilities and local residential neighborhoods. It is the mission of Spectrum Retirement Communities to empower seniors to continue along on their paths to personal growth, health and wellness. With this in mind, our communities offer state-of-the-art amenities, gracious hospitality, a wide range of specialized services, and innovative programs that will continue to support their needs-and ultimately, exceed their expectations.
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