assisted living

Study: Support Services a Good Alternative to Nursing Home

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingYou may feel you have stark choices for frail and elderly family members: Keep them at home without the help and support they need, or help them move to an assisted living facility or a nursing home to get those services. A new report from the Center for Housing Policy (CHP) encourages a third possibility: getting services for them in their home and community. The report, produced by the research arm of the National Housing Conference, says that option is less expensive and allows …

New Government Website Tackles Long-Term Care Infection

Posted on 01/30/2014 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingYou’ve heard it before. You go into the hospital for one thing and come out with another: a whopping infection contracted there. Did you know that you’re also at risk for infection in assisted living and nursing homes? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just launched a website to help put the brakes on infection in long-term care settings. The numbers are big. Every year, the CDC estimates that 1 million to 3 million long-term care residents contract …

‘Life and Death in Assisted Living’ — Investigative Project Premieres

Posted on 07/29/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingIf you have a loved one in assisted living — or see that possibility on the horizon — this week brings some essential TV viewing and reading. “Life and Death in Assisted Living” is an investigative journalism project with several public faces: a powerful television documentary (premiering July 30 on the PBS series Frontline); a four-part, deeply reported web presentation (starting July 29 at ProPublica.org); and an online chat with correspondent A.C. Thompson and two of the documentary’s subjects on …

What Dads Really Need for Father’s Day

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & FamilyMy dad is a man of simple needs, and the same goes for his Father’s Day desires. Last year my mom and I surprised him with a charcoal grill, and, in a pinch, he always appreciates a handmade coupon for nine holes of golf with his favorite (and only) daughter. My parents have recently graduated to empty-nester status and, as they revel over the clutter-free counter tops and the need for only one carton of milk a week, the whole …

News Flash: Multiple Chronic Conditions Are a Common Event

Posted on 04/19/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

Caregiving  Medical researchers are beginning to recognize what anyone who’s cared for an older loved one learns in the first or second doctor’s appointment: older folks often deal with multiple chronic conditions.  This can make medical care very complicated. This news flash has been deduced by scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after analyzing data from the first large-scale survey of residential care facilities — think assisted living centers and board-and-care homes that serve individuals …

Kids in Assisted Living: Everyone Wins

Posted on 04/3/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThere’s a children’s book series that has come out in the last year about a young girl named Carlyn and her visits to her grandmother in assisted living. It debunks the stereotypes about old people and long-term care. Here’s one line from Carlyn Meets Granny Girl’s New Friends: “Wow, this does not look like a place creepy people live, and I do not smell anything weird, either!” Carlyn said. There’s an even more interesting story behind the book. It’s written by …