Authorities say an 83-year-old man has died from head injuries he sustained when an off-duty security guard went on a violent rampage at a Florida assisted living facility, savagely attacking residents with a tire jack.
Anyone who has or may someday have family in a nursing home, take note: A mandatory arbitration agreement is probably not in your loved one's best interest. Though such agreements are becoming increasingly common at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, there's good reason for family members of residents not to sign.
An emotionally moving essay in the Washington Post last week about the loneliness and frustrations of assisted living has sparked an equally emotional outpouring from readers.
Retirement Resorts: Aging retirees of yore may have moved in with family, headed to a Sun Belt retirement community or took up residence in an assisted living facility. Today's retirees? According to the Wall Street Journal, they're living on cruise ships, in spas, at "fully staffed homes in Costa Rica," shared houses with other retirees or in "backyard bungalows" on adult children's property.
When 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 "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?
Yesterday Elinor Ginzler, AARP's Director of Livable Communities, talked to Good Morning America's Robin Roberts about how to discuss assisted living options with your aging parents. The segment was part of a GMA series called "Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk."
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