February 24, 2012

What Should I Know About Assisted Living?

Filed under: Assisted Living,Senior Housing,Senior Living Guide — seniorlivingguide @ 12:59 pm

Assisted Living

by Kelly Wilson, hospital Publisher – South East Florida Senior Living Guide – www.seniorlivingguide.com

The good news is you can and most likely will find your size and your style…. Making the decision to move into an assisted living community can be a tough choice for any one, order including the family members involved in the process. The resistance to change, healing feelings of guilt and denial all too often lead to a delay in making any decision or move. That is, until something serious happens, that SOMETHING usually affects the health, welfare and safety of our parent, grandparent or spouse. Once this has happened you now add into the mix, stress and a sense of urgency to the decision making process.

If this seems to be the course you’re on, then you are going about this all wrong! Stop and think of the many changes and adaptations we all make throughout the years of our lives……just chalk this up to one more. Putting a positive spin on everything that is good and right about making this move is the key!

Know that here in S. Florida alone there are well over 1400 assisted living options to choose from, like choosing what restaurant to frequent or where to go on your vacation, look into your many choices. Whether you are comfortable in a quiet, residential home setting, usually with 5 or 6 residents or opt for a larger resort setting with restaurant style dining and amenities, there is just the place for you. Being clear and realistic on your budget, physical and social needs and your likes and dislikes is a great starting point. With average cost ranging from $2200 up beyond $4800, finances can play a large part in narrowing down options, and the difficulty covering these costs can create hardships as well. There are some long term care, LTC, policies that provide funding for assisted living costs, review your individual policy terms. (See below for a few basic pointers to lead you in the right direction for possible assistance.) Keep in mind that just like buying real estate, the family car or making any large purchase, you should take some time to research and plan. There are many resources available by way of publications, websites (such as www.SeniorLivingGuide.com) and private placement services that can help you find the assisted living community that fits YOU.

How Can I Pay For Assisted Living?

Generally assisted living costs are an out of pocket expense, however, for those in need and meeting eligibility requirements, assistance may be available. Below is a simple guide to point you first, to the local agencies who can help you navigate through this process of eligibility determination.

1. Your Aging Resource Center, aka the Area Agency on Aging will assist you in determining any eligibility for state or federal government programs or assistance

2. Veterans Aid & Attendance to determine…
eligibility contact your local VAMC directly.
To find location nearest to you go to www.va.gov
If wealth, income or other issues arise or the process becomes complicated you can seek professional services

3. Private Medicaid & VA Planner

4. Elder Law Attorney

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Life Choices – When is quality more important than quantity?

Filed under: Healthcare,Hospice,Senior Living Guide — seniorlivingguide @ 12:37 pm

by Kelly Wilson, tadalafil Publisher – South East Florida Senior Living Guide – www.seniorlivingguide.com
I do not nor have I ever worked for any hospice provider, see but I have had the opportunity and privilege to care for people, 13 to be exact, that had hospice services in the last weeks, months and sometimes even years of their lives. I have since changed professions and now attend various lectures and presentations regarding healthcare services, some of which the primary topic is hospice care. There are a few different providers here in our SE Florida area but the fundamental concept is universal. Also universal is the uncomfortable feeling the word “hospice” seems to create, the lack of public education, awareness and timely intervention by way of open discussion even among our healthcare providers.

Let me share a little something I heard at a recent lecture. Over the last 100 years our medical advances have come quite close to doubling our life expectancy. What was once considered a ripe old age was 46; it is now 80 years old. Nevertheless, with all this medical technology we will ultimately reach an end to our life here on earth as we know it.

We are now able to diagnose and treat many illnesses with modern advances in medicine. Over the years safety improvements of our vehicles and workplace environments have reduced sudden and accidental deaths. Approximately 90% of deaths are predictable, with many enduring lengthy courses of treatment. It is under these circumstances that the question can be asked, when is quality more important than quantity? When is the right time to opt for comfort and care when there is no cure? This is such a frightening thought, the family, the patient and even the treating physicians sometimes feel the need to fight the battle to the bitter end. This battle statistically has been shown to sometimes shorten the length of life and with it the quality.

Critical and terminal illness know no barriers like age, race or religion. That being fact we need to all become aware and educated on options. Those options include the invaluable services of hospice providers that are not only focused toward the patient but extend to the entire family, providing spiritual, emotional and physical support in the home, assisted living, nursing home, hospital or any setting the patient is comfortable in. State of the art care is delivered by some of the most caring and compassionate physicians and nurses as well as social workers, music therapists and massage therapists just to name a few.

Please make it your business to seek out information, attend a presentation or an educational lecture. Share and talk about experiences with family and friends. We have no control over the fact that we will all die, but for some, we can have control over how we and those around us will experience the last leg of the journey. Human nature is to fear what we do not know…if or when you are faced with a difficult decision you can find comfort in the life choice you make.

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