Articles tagged with: Independent Living

Assistive Technology for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Most of us typically think of the younger generation when the talk turns to new technology products. Baby boomers and even their parents, however, are using high tech solutions to stay connected and maintain independence. As we look ahead, there are greater opportunities on the horizon for technology to support older adults. Self-driving cars and caregiver robots may soon become a reality.

Today’s Technology to Help Seniors

If you are a senior searching for solutions to help you maintain your independence at home or an adult child concerned about a parent’s safety, there are a wide variety of options to consider. From … read more

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Seniors & Driving: Finding the Right Car

Posted by: The Bristal

Most people associate driving with independence. Being able to drive independently is how we get from place to place and stay connected with family, friends and our community. But aging creates undeniable physical changes. Some of which may make driving a little more challenging. Reduced range of motion and vision impairments are two common examples.

In many respects, seniors are considered to be among the safest drivers on the road. They tend to wear their seatbelts in greater numbers, rarely drink and drive, and are more likely to obey speed limits. What puts them at greater risk, however, is they … 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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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

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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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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Downsizing & Selling Your House: Tips for Senior Citizens

Posted by: The Bristal

Selling your house can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. Downsizing and organizing the house can come with additional emotional and physical challenges for senior citizens. You’ll have to decide what to do with a lifetime of possessions; what should be donated, discarded, sold, kept or stored? It can be daunting.

Here are a few tips to help you downsize and prepare your house for sale:

Get started: Create a timeline and keep a folder with all your lists, notes and phone numbers. Set realistic expectations and determine if you need to enlist help. You may tire or become easily … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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Activities At Assisted Living: Not Just Bingo

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

Over the last year, it has become obvious to me that my mother needs the support of a senior living community. She is isolated and alone a lot of the time. While it hasn’t been easy to accept, I really believe selling her home and helping her move is the right decision. The problem is my brother. He is opposed to even discussing the idea with her. My brother thinks she will be even more depressed around “old people” who don’t do much more than play Bingo and watch television in the lobby all day. His attitude is … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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Seven Things to Know About Assisted Living

Posted by: The Bristal

Like many issues related to aging, assisted living is a topic most people don’t pay much attention to until they need it. Then finding the answers to all of the questions that typically come up may feel overwhelming. As we head in to the time of year when families are more likely to be visiting older loved ones, we thought we would share a few pointers on what assisted living is and also what it is not.

1. Not all assisted living communities are created equal. Don’t assume if you’ve visited one community that you know assisted living. … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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