Articles tagged with: Assisted Living

Ways to Relieve Knee Pain

Posted by: The Bristal

While people may experience knee pain at any age, in older adults it is typically caused by changes in the body due to aging. Those changes can include weakening of the bones, decreased muscle strength, inflammation from arthritis and other conditions.

According to the National Institutes of Health, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis among older people and a frequent cause of debilitating pain. It occurs when the cartilage that protects the knee’s bones breaks down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 2 people may develop knee osteoarthritis by the age … read more

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National Assisted Living Week® 2016 Promotes the Use of Technology

Posted by: The Bristal

National Assisted Living Week®, which will be held from September 11th – September 17th this year, will provide an opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff members, volunteers and others to recognize the important role of assisted living as it relates to senior citizens and people with disabilities. Established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, this annual celebration encourages assisted living communities to offer activities and programs for residents and to educate the general public about long-term care.

NCAL has announced that this year’s theme is “Keep Connected.” Its purpose is to raise awareness of the advantages of … read more

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Questions to Ask When Choosing an Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Memory Care Facility

Posted by: The Bristal

If it is determined that a loved one’s signs of memory loss indicate dementia, you have some important decisions to make. One of these decisions could very well involve the selection of a memory care facility.

People turn to these specialized communities when they wish to prepare for their loved one’s future or when they are no longer able to care for their loved one themselves. The range of options varies, and doing research on each can be bewildering. How do you evaluate the quality of a memory care facility and ensure that it is the right fit for your … read more

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How to Pay for Assisted Living

Posted by: The Bristal

Just as with real estate, assisted living prices vary by location. You can do a simple search online and find charts that have the average price per state. For our purposes, an estimate by Metlife Insurance Co. places the national average at around 3,550 per month for the year of 2012.

There are a few ways people usually pay for assisted living: private funds, long-term care insurance, veterans benefits, or Medicaid. Private funds can be drawn from personal investment portfolios or saving accounts, i.e. 401K, pensions, or Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Also, when moving into assisted living communities, … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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Assessment for Admission to Assisted Living: What to Expect

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

My husband suffered a stroke a few months ago and is currently in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. He is reaching the end of his therapy and will soon be discharged. I have reluctantly accepted that he will not be able to come home. His physician has advised me to find an assisted living community for him. Can you tell me what kind of assessment is required for admission to The Bristal? Also, is there a waiting list for new residents?    -Alicia in Huntington Station, NY

Dear Alicia,

I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s health. We work … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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Living with Macular Degeneration: Is Assisted Living an Option?

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

My 84 year old father lives alone in Woodcliff, New Jersey. He has a large, older home with a lot of stairs. A few years ago he was diagnosed with macular degeneration. Since that time he has been slowly losing his vision. I have just begun to explore senior housing options for him. I would like to have him be able to make the move and get settled in while he still has some of his vision remaining. My question for you is this: how can assisted living support someone with a vision impairment and would it be … read more

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Independent Living at The Bristal

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

My 85 year old father is very independent. He still drives himself to appointments and to run errands. However, since my mother died he is lonely. I am also concerned that maintaining his home on his own is getting to be too much for him. I wondered if there are other independent residents like my dad living at The Bristal? I think he would enjoy the companionship of having people with similar interests and hobbies close by. – Veronica in Armonk, New York

Dear Veronica,

Companionship and freedom from the responsibilities of maintaining a home are two of the main reasons … read more

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Assisted Living Residence, Enriched Housing, Adult Home: What’s the Difference?

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

My siblings and I have been visiting assisted living communities in Westchester County, New York for our 82 year old mother. One thing that we’ve noticed is how some communities refer to themselves as enriched housing and others as an assisted living residence. We are a little confused by this terminology. Is there a difference? If so, what is it? -David in Westchester

Dear David,

Good question! Here is a quick overview of these types of senior living.

Adult Home: The Department of Health’s definition of an adult home is defined as an adult care facility established and operated … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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Assisted Living for Married Couples: Is It the Right Fit?

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

My wife and I are considering moving to an assisted living community. The majority of our friends who have made this move before us are single people. As a married couple, what should we expect in assisted living? -Dan in Westbury, NY

Dear Dan,

Jack & Shirley Millstein of North Hills

Thanks for asking this question. While single residents outnumber couples, we are seeing more and more couples living in our assisted living communities. Many make the move so they can receive help with activities of daily living, while others make it to have freedom from the worries of home … read more

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Your Guide to Choosing an Assisted Living Community

Posted by: The Bristal

When someone makes the decision that it is time to move to an assisted living community, people often struggle to figure out where to begin the search. It can be an intimidating process. We’ve assembled this guide to choosing an assisted living community to help you get started.

7 Steps to Choosing an Assisted Living Community

These steps will make it easier for you to organize your search for an assisted living community and to ultimately make an informed decision.

1. Ask friends, family and colleagues. Word of mouth recommendations are a great place to start. Asking for advice from people you … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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Veterans Medical Benefits

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen, 

Are you aware of the VA Aid & Attendance?

My husband and I are beginning to research assisted living communities on Long Island for his father. His dad is a veteran who currently receives his health care and prescriptions from the local VA. In trying to determine what his budget for assisted living might be we wondered if these types of communities have relationships with the Department of Veterans Affairs? We would ideally like him to be able to continue seeing his VA physicians and having his medications covered through his VA benefit. Is that possible if he … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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Helping Aging Parents: Coping with the Emotions

Posted by: The Bristal

When an aging parent reaches the point where they can no longer be independent, families often find themselves in the front seat on an emotional roller coaster. Guilt, resentment, stress, fear and doubt are just a few of the emotions that adult children must find a way to work through. While most of us agree that long term care and assisted living is something we should plan for before we need it, the majority of families don’t. Then a senior loved one experiences a sudden illness or accident and adult children find themselves trying to cope with the medical … read more

Posted in: Caregiving & Family, Senior Care
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Making the Move to Assisted Living: When to Sell Your Elderly Loved One’s House

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

After more than a little persuading, my 94 year old father agreed to move to an assisted living community near his home in Sayville, New York. Our next step is to try to figure out the timeline for him making this move. He has a very large home to sell. We aren’t sure if we should sell it before he moves or after. Can you offer any advice on making this move to assisted living?

Monica

Dear Monica,

It is usually easiest on the older adult if you can help your father move first and then sell the home. It will … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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How do I Evaluate an Assisted Living Facility?

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

My brother and I are searching for an assisted living community for our parents to move to this summer. We are in the process of scheduling visits. My question is this: how do we really get a true picture of what these communities are like beyond the promotional literature? How do I evaluate an assisted living facility?

Denise in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey

Dear Denise,

You are already on the right track! A personal visit is one of the best ways to gain insight about an assisted living community. You can talk with residents, staff and other families during your visits and … read more

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Transition to Assisted Living: 5 Ways to Make it Easier

Posted by: The Bristal

Moving is difficult at any age. It can be a mentally and physically exhausting time. For older adults, however, making a move can be even more challenging because of what they may be giving up. Many seniors have lived in their homes for many decades. They have memories of raising a family there, and a home full of treasured belongings they may not be willing to leave behind.

So what can families do to help an aging loved one make a smooth transition to assisted living?

1. Bring their personal treasures from home. Plan to bring whatever makes home feel like … read more

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