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The Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey: What You Need to Know

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Aug 19, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The Genworth Cost of Care Survey has been the national standard for projecting elderly long-term care costs since its first release in 2004. It’s a vital tool for projecting future care expenses, and this is the biggest surprise it holds this year: eight out of 10 people underestimate the costs of senior care, and almost one-third will be stunned to find that home health care costs 10 times what they expected!

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Topics: assisted living for seniors, finding a retirement community

10 Questions to Ask When Evaluating the Safety of an Assisted Living Facility

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Aug 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM

When choosing an assisted living facility for your aging loved one, you want to be sure about the safety of the establishment above all else. As you hear stories about accidents and injuries, you may not trust your own judgment or the recommendations of others. Here are 10 questions you should ask when comparing facilities to help you make a good decision.

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Topics: assisted living for seniors, finding a retirement community

How to Handle the Feelings That Come When Your Parents Age

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Aug 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

As your parents age, the parent-child relationship changes, and if you’re a primary caregiver to elderly parents, you know the changes are typically subtle. The strong person who protected and nurtured you now needs a hand with the simplest of chores, and your spare time revolves around doctor appointments and daily care. It’s no secret that caregivers often neglect themselves while trying to provide the care their parents require, and the neglect isn’t just physical. Sooner or later, you’ll realize that your parents won’t live forever, and it’s important that you understand the tough emotions involved with loss so you can identify the feelings and learn to cope with them.

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Topics: assisted living for seniors, finding a retirement community

How Can I Check on My Loved One Once They Enter an Assisted Living Facility?

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Jul 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM

As your parents age, you may worry about their safety and mental alertness. If you don’t live near them, it can be difficult to check in. Even when you’re close by, you may search for an excuse to drop by without them getting upset about your motives. This issue continues to be a concern even when your loved one has moved into assisted living because you want to be sure they are being cared for properly. Here are a few ideas on how you can do just that.

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Topics: Active Aging Adults, retirement community in Federal Way, assisted living facility

A Caregiver's Toolkit to Help You Find the Right Federal Way Retirement Community

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Jul 22, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Being the primary caregiver for an aging parent can be challenging because the extent of care is constantly changing. What starts out as helping with minor things like rides to the doctor and housekeeping chores begins to snowball – and before you know it, you can be facing one crisis after another. If this snowball is quickly turning into an avalanche and you’re becoming overwhelmed with the task of caring for your parent, make yourself a “toolkit” and explore all the areas senior care can involve. Here are five aspects of elder care you might not have considered, plus caregiver resources for more information.

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Topics: senior living, Caregiver resources, retirement community West Seattle

Dealing with Tough Emotions as Your Parent Ages

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Jul 15, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Emotions run high as a parent ages and is no longer able to do everything independently. These tough feelings are prevalent for both the elderly parent and the adult child. Learning how to deal with these emotions can make your parent’s life more enjoyable in spite of the circumstances.

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Topics: Senior Living Advice, assisted living center

What Are the Rules for Visiting my Parent in Assisted Living?

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Jul 8, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Choosing a new home can be stressful, and when you’re helping your parent choose an assisted living facility, there are a lot more details to consider than who the neighbors are. One point that shouldn’t be overlooked is visiting rules, because limitations in this area can directly affect the quality of your relationship with your aging parent. An assisted living facility isn’t a nursing home, so don’t consider letting your parent move to a place where you yourself might not be welcomed. Here are questions you can ask when interviewing staff at a possible new home:

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Topics: assisted living for seniors, finding a retirement community

What Should My Role Be When My Parent Goes Into Assisted Living?

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Jun 29, 2016 11:30:00 AM

As your parent ages, roles are often reversed. You become the caretaker and the parent becomes more like the child. You direct them in tasks and activities, remind them of appointments, and you may even provide a similar level of care as your parent provided you when you were young.

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Topics: Federal Way Retirement Community Events, assisted living in West Seattle

4 Questions to Ask When Assessing Levels of Care for an Aging Parent

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Jun 22, 2016 11:30:00 AM

As your parent ages, you may realize that they need more care than you can provide or that they may not be able to stay at home alone. Because different housing options exist in retirement communities such as Village Green, you’ll want to determine which one is right for your loved one. Here are four questions that should help you make the best decision regarding where your parent should move.

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Topics: Senior Living Facilities Amenties, Caregiver resources, retirement center

How to Identify and Reduce Stress: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Jun 15, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Moving to a new residence is stressful, even if it’s a happy and expected move. If your parent is stressed over a future move to an assisted living community, here are some conversation topics you can talk about to relieve their angst!

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Topics: independent senior living, assisted living community, Federal Way Retirement

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