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How Involved Should I Be In Helping My Parents Decide if Assisted Living is the Best Option?

Posted by Eskaton on Mar 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Family involvement and support can have a big impact on the aging experience of your parents. The research is clear that deep, meaningful relationships can have a positive impact on quality and longevity of life. But, when it comes to emotionally charged topics the line between being involved and meddling can sometimes seem blurred. One of the most emotionally charged topics for aging adults is the decision of whether or not to move into assisted living. It is emotionally charged because change can be scary and so can facing the future. Adult children are often desperate to help their parents with this big decision but struggle to know how involved to become in the process. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to this dilemma but there are a few questions that can help you get an idea of how involved you should be.

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Topics: Information & Assistance, Assisted Living

Can My Parents with Different Needs Go to a Senior Living Community Together?

Posted by Eskaton on Mar 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

When one spouse starts to decline mentally or physically it is typically the other spouse who provides care at the beginning. Examples of this include situations where one spouse is in the early stages of dementia or is starting to have difficulty moving around. When the needs are manageable this setup can work. But, real problems can arise when the healthy spouse puts him or herself at risk by caring for the other. For example, your father could potentially hurt himself if he tried to pick up your mother as her mobility decreases. Some families choose to place one parent in senior living while the other continues to live at home. This scenario is often the best choice for both the ailing spouse and the one who is well. But, there are times when both spouses want to remain together despite differing needs. If you find your parents in this situation then you may wonder if it is even possible to keep them together at a senior living community. Fortunately, there are communities that offer this as an option in certain situations. In order to find out if this will work for your parents, you should consider the needs of both your ailing parent and your healthy parent.

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Topics: Information & Assistance, Assisted Living

What Resources are Available to Help My Parents Transition into Assisted Living?

Posted by Eskaton on Mar 12, 2019 8:30:00 AM

 

Adult children are often concerned about how well their parents will transition into assisted living once they make the move. This is an understandable concern because it can be a big change. Moving to a new place can make seniors feel like they are leaving so much behind. But, it does not have to be a negative or painful experience. Many seniors thrive in the assisted living environment by building relationships and getting involved in activities. You can also be a resource for your parents as they transition into assisted living. Your involvement and the opportunities for activities and relationships within the community are the best resources your parents have for a smooth transition.

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Topics: Information & Assistance, Assisted Living

Tips for Helping Your Spouse Live Well  With Dementia

Posted by Eskaton on Mar 7, 2019 12:33:28 PM

Living with dementia is difficult, and being a caretaker has its own challenges. Unlike many other health conditions, dementia comes on gradually and the signs can often be easy to miss. Dementia symptoms may include agitation, sleeplessness, delusions and extreme personality changes. At Eskaton, a 50 year old nonprofit, we understand what you are going through and we strive to make the process a little easier for you and your loved ones. To be better suited to care for a loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, here are a few tips. 

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Topics: Living with Dementia

Will My Aging Parents Receive Proper Care in an Assisted Living Community?

Posted by Eskaton on Mar 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

 

If you are like most children of aging parents, you have high expectations for the assisted living community you and your parents choose. You want your parents to be comfortable, make connections with others, and generally enjoy a high quality of life. These are all wonderful and realistic things to expect from a high-quality assisted living community.

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Topics: Information & Assistance, Assisted Living

Mathematician Discovers Poetry Later in Life

Posted by Eskaton on Mar 5, 2019 4:10:00 PM

Steve Jamison, a resident at Eskaton Village Carmichael, has great enthusiasm for writing. He recently joined the new poetry group at the Village and wrote this poem to celebrate the community he loves.

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Topics: Residents + Staffs, Eskaton Village Carmichael

Top 3 Questions to Ask About the Level of Care at Any Assisted Living Community You are Considering

Posted by Eskaton on Mar 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

 

Searching for an assisted living community for your parent can feel like an overwhelming task. How do you know which place is the best choice? If you have never gone through this experience before then how can you figure out what to look for amongst all the options?

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Topics: Information & Assistance, Assisted Living

Exercises Designed to Reduce Risk of Falling

Posted by Eskaton on Mar 4, 2019 10:21:00 AM

Start today improving your balance and reducing your fall risk. Here are 10 easy moves for a healthy stance. Watch video here.

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Topics: Information & Assistance, Wellness Tips

How Much Help Will My Parents Receive in an Assisted Living Community?

Posted by Eskaton on Feb 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The needs of your aging parents are unique and will continue to change over time. As you explore the option of assisted living for your parents it is essential that you make sure their current and future needs will be met. They can receive a wide range of help in an assisted living community. If your parents are still relatively independent, they can get intermittent or regular help in assisted living. When their needs intensify then they can receive the frequent or constant help they require. Keep reading for a detailed description of each level of help.

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Topics: Information & Assistance, Assisted Living

Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Mind Alert and Your Brain Well

Posted by Eskaton on Feb 22, 2019 12:44:30 PM

Maintaining brain health as you age will help with clarity, memory and your ability to reason and make decisions. Brain fitness is achievable through a combination of diet and exercise, including mental exercise. When you add brain fitness into your overall fitness routine, you’ll notice an increase in your ability to be engaged and full of energy. Brain fitness includes a multitude of activities from physical exercise, video games, puzzles and new experiences. When you think about brain fitness consider:

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Topics: Wellness Tips