Loving Back

I had breakfast last week with Pete Todd, founder of Loving Back.  Based in Orange County, California like me, Loving Back was launched to help you care for your aging parents.  Inspired by seeing friends and loved ones overwhelmed by the stress and challenges of providing care, Loving Back is dedicated to connecting you online to other caregivers, rated providers and helpful resources.

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Understanding Residency Agreements, Part 6 – Termination and Other Legal Stuff

The purpose of the Understanding Residency Agreements series is to provide you with a working knowledge of the contract you’ll likely face should you choose assisted living for your loved one. The contract we’ll use as an example is from a major corporate assisted living company.  Many of these contracts can be found by searching Google, but I believe this agreement serves as a good example.

Part 6, the final part of the series, will discuss termination and other relevant legal sections.

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What is Life Enrichment?

Regardless of your age, it is important know that you’re part of a larger picture.  Seniors often live with their family members, and during this time, we observe certain behaviors that lead us to encourage our loved one to seek assisted living.  More often than not, we do this for safety reasons, because our loved one has become a danger to themselves or others.

But in the minds of our loved ones, our move to protect their safety may be perceived as the “end of life the way we know it.” Take driving as an example. Many times, our loved one’s right to drive has been taken away because their vision or hearing has changed.  Cognitively, they are aware that they cannot do or remember the things they used to. Thus, their connection to the community, favorite eateries, and shopping has been weakened.

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Radio Archive of Our Appearance on “Coping With Caregiving”

Many thanks to those of you who listened to our appearance on “Coping with Caregiving” last week.  We had a great discussion with Jacqueline Marcell, author of “Elder Rage“, on topics including transitioning to assisted living, lessons learned from other families, common myths of assisted living and a new project I am working on.

The archive of the show is now available for those of you who missed it.  We are the third segment of four.

We had a great time! Hope you enjoy it.

Where Golden Oldies Get Golden Gifts

The transition to assisted living can be a difficult period for our loved ones. Many residents have lived in their community for a long period of time, and they’ve already developed their cliques and daily habits.  In fact, being the new resident at a community can be compared to that of starting your first day of high school. The surrounding are not familiar and the faces are definitely new.

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Understanding Residency Agreements, Part 5 – Maintenance and Use

The purpose of the Understanding Residency Agreements series is to provide you with a working knowledge of the contract you’ll likely face should you choose assisted living for your loved one. The contract we’ll use as an example is from a major corporate assisted living company.  Many of these contracts can be found by searching Google, but I believe this agreement serves as a good example.

Part 5 of the series will discuss maintenance and use.

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Mexico’s Growing Assisted Living Market Targets U.S. Retirees

I was skimming the news today and found this fascinating article from the Dallas Morning News.   Congratulations to Laurence for such a fantastic piece.

By LAURENCE ILIFF / The Dallas Morning News
liliff@dallasnews.com

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico – Laredo native Alice Edwards and her helicopter pilot husband have an active lifestyle in this picturesque town popular among retired Texans.

But the 60-somethings are also the new owners of a townhouse in Mexico’s first assisted-living development aimed at the U.S. market, Cielito Lindo.

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How to Interview an Activity Director

Having been an activity director for four years, I truly enjoy when families collaborate on a plan to get their loved ones involved in the activities in my community.

When first touring an assisted living community, it is very important to receive a copy of the activities calendar. Most seniors who are transitioning to assisted living have been very active in their communities prior to the transition.

It is very important that they continue to be active and feel a part of their community. Here are some recommendations to make that more likely.

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Introducing Our First Guest Writer…Terri Glimcher

The more time you spend speaking to families, caregivers and staff members at different communities, the more you realize how much a single individual can contribute to your loved one’s happiness.

When I cross paths with these unique people, it only makes sense to bring them to Inside Assisted Living and let them share their secrets.

I’d like to introduce our first guest writer.

Drum roll, please…

Welcome, Terri Glimcher!

Terri is the Activity Director for Summerville at Oak Park Assisted Living, an Emeritus Senior Living property in Clermont, Florida.  For those of you not familiar with Emeritus Senior Living, they are the second largest assisted living provider with over 28,000 residents.

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