Senior Housing Blog: "The Race"

Assisted Living vs Nursing Home - What Are the Pros & Cons

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 30, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Making the decision to move into a senior housing community can be challenging and confusing. Finding the best facility for your living situation can be downright overwhelming. The first step in making your decision less overwhelming is to narrow down your options to the two main types of facilities: assisted living vs. nursing home (aka skilled nursing facility).

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Topics: assisted living, skilled nursing

How Affordable Are Assisted Living Costs Compared to Home Care?

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 29, 2014 10:00:00 AM

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Topics: finances, financial options, financial planning

What Do Assisted Living Communities Offer that Senior Home Care Services Can't?

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 26, 2014 10:00:00 AM


As the adult child of an aging parent, you know how important it is to keep tabs on mom or dad so you know whether the time has come for more intensive daily care and supervision. For example, have you seen changes in dad's ability to get around his home safely? Has he fallen recently? Is mom's normally-impeccable dress habits and hygiene starting to slip? Are you or other caregivers becoming exhausted and burned out by the stress of watching over mom and dad? If you answer 'yes', then it may be time to investigate senior care options.

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Topics: assisted living

6 Senior Care Options for Your Loved One & How to Choose the Right One

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 25, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Once you and your loved ones decide that mom or dad needs a higher level of daily assistance than can be provided by family caregivers, then the next step is to look at various senior care options. Which best suits mom or dad depends on a variety of factors. So, if you're considering outside senior care, then one of the most important factors to first consider is whether mom or dad needs help with the activities of daily living (ADLs). These are defined as basic self-care tasks that we learn early in life. ADLs include:

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Topics: Senior Housing Decisions, senior care

How to Talk to Your Parent About Joining an Assisted Living Community

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 23, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Making the decision to move from the family home to an assisted living community is a difficult and emotional event for your parent. This is a significant transition point, and there is likely to be sadness over leaving the home. But it's a decision that many families successfully make, especially those who prepare for this day. Here are a few tips from senior care experts, who often provide guidance to families on how to talk to mom and/or dad about joining an assisted living community.

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Topics: caregiving, assisted living decisions

How Assisted Living Costs Compare to Other Senior Care Options

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

An important facet of making a good senior living care choice is understanding what each different senior care option costs because misconceptions can exist about the expense of senior care. Let's review the main types of senior care options and their associated costs. These numbers come from the 2014 Genworth "Cost of Care" Research, which analyzed data from over 25,000 providers. It's important to note that care costs vary depending upon geographic location.

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Topics: financial options, financial planning

Take a Tour of River Oaks Place of Loudon, Tennessee

Posted by Chris Sides

Sep 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM



River Oaks Place of Loudon, Tennessee is located on a six acre wooded hilltop with wide, open views of the countryside and nearby Tennessee River and is only a few blocks down from banking, cafes, the Loudon County Courthouse and historic district, and the new riverfront Loudon County Senior Center. This community also features, the Retreat, a state-of-the-art dementia care program designed to provide your loved one with exceptional memory care.

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Topics: Tennessee, assisted living, dementia care, activities, senior care

What to Expect Your First Week After Joining an Assisted Living Community

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 12, 2014 7:00:00 AM

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Topics: assisted living community

8 Brain Foods to Feed a Loved One with Dementia

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 9, 2014 10:00:00 AM

We all need to follow a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet. This is certainly true for a loved one with dementia. Poor nutrition can exacerbate some of the behavioral symptoms associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as lead to weight loss caused by a poor appetite and/or poor nutrition.

Studies show that the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s can be reduced in early stages by following a comprehensive optimized nutrition plan. There are a wide variety of good “brain foods” that have been found to aid cognitive functioning and help to ward off brain decline. For your loved one with dementia, consider adding these foods to optimize brain health and function:

1. Dark-skinned fruits

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Topics: dementia care, seniors with dementia

Budgeting for Senior Living: What Costs to Expect

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 2, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Assisted living is so often completely essential in our senior years, but many of us are caught off guard by the need and taken by surprise. It's understandable that many seniors and their families are concerned by the high costs of moving into a senior living facility. Although assisted and senior living can be very expensive, a little bit of legwork and consultation with the right people will help you understand and deal with the costs.

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Topics: financial options, financial planning

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Call for Participation in National Study of LongTerm Care Providers

The National Center for Health Statistics is still conducting the 2014 National Study of LongTerm Care Providers (NSLTCP), which includes a sample of residential care communities in the United...Read more

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Study: U.S. Unprepared to Meet Housing Needs of Aging Population

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