The Takeaway: What Dad Wants in a Nursing Home; Debt Deal: Hip-Hop Style

Senior men may require different activities in assisted living facilities-two men play chessWhen it comes to “home away from home,” men are left behind. In her search for the perfect rehab for her father, Pam Gerhardt found that many assisted living facilities often forget about the other half. It’s hard enough getting your stubborn “still-young-at-heart” dad to agree to go to a home. So when he gets there, he should feel comfortable, right?  Not to be too stereotypical, but the window treatment designed to make the environment more relaxing won’t cut it. And we can almost guarantee the knitting club sign up sheet will remain empty. Providers take note: As more 50+  men move into your facilities, some questions you may want to consider: Why isn’t there a TV devoted to ESPN 24 hours a day? When’s poker night? Why can’t I get a scotch during the ice cream social? Related: Does moving into a nursing home cause depression?

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