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10 Signs Your Loved One is Ready for Assisted Living

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Pete Keers Oct 1, 2020 1:17:04 PM
10 Signs Your Loved One is Ready for Assisted Living

Gathered around the patio table on a beautiful early autumn evening, talk with friends turned to caring for aging parents. Jan, whose mother lives independently several states away, related an all too familiar story.

"In our daily phone call, I asked Mom how she was doing. She told me she'd fallen the night before. She wasn't hurt but spent the entire night on the living room floor because she could not get up by herself. It wasn't until her friend came by for the usual morning coffee visit that she was able to get up."

"Thank goodness she wasn't hurt," I said. "But I thought she had a medical alert bracelet." Jan gave me an exasperated look. "She does! But she forgets she has it even though we talk about using it in that exact type of situation. When I reminded her that she should have used it, she said that she probably wouldn't have used it even if she had remembered. I asked her why, and she said then the EMTs would have to come, and that would be too much fuss."

Countless other adult children have had similar calls about issues with elderly parents. Excepting a catastrophic event, it's tempting to avoid the question of whether an older loved one should still be living on their own. Many older adults resist losing their independence, so their children are reluctant to suggest an assisted living option to avoid conflict or feelings of guilt.

6 Unexpected Expenses to Prepare for in Retirement

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Cantissimo Senior Living Sep 24, 2020 2:12:16 PM
6 Unexpected Expenses to Prepare for in Retirement

Regardless of how much you prepare for retirement, it is impossible to predict which unexpected situation might put additional stress on your bank account. If not properly planned for, these expenses can easily derail a retirement budget. Some of these risks are more common than others. Unfortunately, too many people plan for retirement by only accounting for current pre-retirement expenses. However, Employee Benefit Research conducted a study in which they said that about 40% of retirees agreed that their retirement expenses were higher than expected.

Proper retirement planning is crucial. It helps you to achieve retirement income goals and determine the actions needed to complete those goals. Retirement planning includes identifying all sources of income, possible expenses, and implementing a saving program. Here in this article, we will discuss some of the common, but unexpected expenses, that many encounter after retirement. It is not always possible to dodge all of these unexpected events. Still, with a little planning, you can minimize the consequences of those events.

The 9 Questions to Match You to Your Perfect Senior Living Facility

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Pete Keers Aug 24, 2020 1:34:22 PM
The 9 Questions to Match You to Your Perfect Senior Living Facility

You've been thinking a lot about it for a long time. Maybe years. Is it time for the big leap of faith? Is it time to move out of your house into a senior living arrangement?

This can be one of the most challenging decisions of your life. There are so many options. It's difficult to know where to start. Here are nine questions that may provide some perspective in the face of this difficult choice.

How to Choose? The Ultimate Assisted Living Facility Checklist

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Pete Keers Aug 20, 2020 2:06:07 PM
How to Choose? The Ultimate Assisted Living Facility Checklist

The quest for an appropriate assisted living residence for an aged loved one seems like a daunting task for families. The choices within a community range from large buildings with a hundred or more residents to smaller, home-like residences. Information about senior living choices abounds on the web. Families can easily scan among the options to make a list of residences to check out further.

After some research, initial telephone calls to the locations help to trim the list. These calls answer basic questions about the facility and allow the person in charge of admissions to learn more about the prospective resident. These calls narrow the list down to buildings worthy of onsite tours.

10 Tips to Prepare for Downsizing

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Cantissimo Senior Living Jul 31, 2020 10:01:10 AM
10 Tips to Prepare for Downsizing

Most people understand that there will come a time when they will choose to downsize to cut their costs, simplify their lifestyle, be closer to their children/grandchildren, or address medical needs.

It often becomes a stressful process, both physically and emotionally. Sorting a household of belongings that have a lifetime of memories can be a real challenge. If the need for this process comes earlier than expected due to health or other reasons, the burden of the process becomes even more challenging.

Most adults have more belongings than they need, but giving up on their items can be difficult. However, looking at the other side of downsizing, it can offer a safe, simple, and stress-free environment. Here, we will give some downsizing tips for seniors that can make this process stress free and maximize productivity.

Staying at Home May Be Riskier Than You Think

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Pete Keers Jul 23, 2020 1:57:02 PM
Staying at Home May Be Riskier Than You Think

A fall, not eating right, missing medications. Independent seniors and their families know of the risks lurking around the house, especially if an older adult lives alone. As these and other problems start to occur with higher frequency, moving to an assisted living arrangement becomes more urgent. Yet, in the era of COVID-19, families have been more reluctant to consider this alternative.

5 Ways to Tell if it is Time to Downsize Your Home

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Cantissimo Senior Living Jul 17, 2020 11:06:35 AM
5 Ways to Tell if it is Time to Downsize Your Home

As you move on to the next phase of living and enter retirement, you're likely to make changes in your lifestyle other than working less. This might mean cutting back on your expenses or perhaps even downsizing. But, when do you determine that you need to downsize? The tell-tale signs aren't always obvious. To help clear these up, we've compiled this list of possible reasons that you might want to downsize your home.

     1. Unused rooms

Retired living is different, and you might find yourself under-utilizing many of the rooms or areas in your home. With your children living in their own homes, you need less space. If you observe that you have rooms that are idle and generally unused, then it's time to shift to a place with the appropriate space.