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  • But Wait, There’s More!

    But Wait, There’s More!

    Not to be outdone, The Life Care Centers of America also surveyed their senior communities to find out what they are doing to keep residents active. They said that overall, residents are staying in their rooms a lot more, reading, doing word searches, coloring, and so on. Each community received two iPads to help residents take part in video calls to their loved ones.

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  • Activities in the Time of Pandemic

    Activities in the Time of Pandemic

    Since mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the United States, assisted living and other senior communities have limited or entirely stopped, allowing visitors in their facilities. And with good reason, as COVID-19 can run rampant in congregate care settings.

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  • Are Assisted Living Communities Safe?

    Are Assisted Living Communities Safe?

    It was not long after COVID-19 arrived in the U.S. that many residents in a nursing home in Washington State fell ill. That immediately raised public health concerns for those living in long term care facilities or “congregate care facilities,” as they are also called, and resulted in seniors and families putting the brakes on thinking about, or moving into, senior living communities.

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  • Vocational Rehabilitation for Seniors

    Vocational Rehabilitation for Seniors

    You may not immediately think of vocational rehabilitation as something that would involve seniors. After all, this type of rehabilitation aimed at helping people who have disabilities to secure work, should they wish to.

    The fact is that some seniors benefit from intense medical supervision and supportive care, such as that provided in Congregate Living Health Facilities (CLHFs). CLHF homes help to provide senior

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  • Consumer Health Scare: Beware of Healthcare Provider Scams

    Consumer Health Scare: Beware of Healthcare Provider Scams

    Fraud and scams know no bounds.

    Criminals have no qualms about using healthcare to defraud their victims, causing more than financial harm in the process. The goal of a scammer is always the same: to get people to divulge their personal information. Fraudsters will try and get Social Security numbers, Medicare numbers, and financial information.

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  • A National Volunteer Care Corps for Older Adults

    A National Volunteer Care Corps for Older Adults

    In the category of great ideas, here’s one: create a Peace Corps-like organization to help older adults with caregiving needs. That’s just what the Administration for Community Living (ACL), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is doing.

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  • The Importance of Meaningful Relationships in Long Term Care

    The Importance of Meaningful Relationships in Long Term Care

    For those wondering if a senior living community is right for their loved one or client, a study featured in Social Work Today brings encouraging news. It states that these communities – be it assisted living, skilled nursing or residential care homes – offer a new home and bonds based on affection for many older adults.

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  • 8 Tips for Keeping Seniors Safe Online

    8 Tips for Keeping Seniors Safe Online

    We all want to encourage older folks to stay engaged in the community, to be up-to-date on topics, events, and social conversations – yet at the same time, it’s okay to worry that technology, and scams, in particular, might outpace their ability to resist.

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  • Remaking Emergency Rooms for Older Adults

    Remaking Emergency Rooms for Older Adults

    In another sign of our country’s aging demographic, emergency rooms are being created or renovated to better care for older adults.

    The issue is that the traditional ERs we’ve come to know, or seen on TV, wasn’t designed for frail, older adults. They were designed for people suffering from heart attacks, gunshot wounds, car crashes and the like. For many seniors, going to the ER can be a traumatic, even dangerous

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  • Sleep Apnea in Women: Often Misdiagnosed and Undertreated

    Sleep Apnea in Women: Often Misdiagnosed and Undertreated

    February is American Health Month as recognized by the American Heart Association. It’s a time to educate people about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. The good news is that heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

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