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Four things to consider as you look for senior housing

Wednesday, February 3 2016 1:26 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Whether it’s because of retirement, or an empty nest, or a desire for something new, making the move to a senior living community is an exciting change. As you begin your search for a senior living community to call home, here are four important things to consider: … Read Article

Common myths about nursing homes: Will Medicare pay?

Sunday, August 3 2014 2:39 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
True or False: There is no need to worry about paying for a nursing home (rehab or skilled nursing center) stay. Medicare will fund everything. Answer: False. Medicare only pays for a nursing home stay if the beneficiary has had a three-night stay in a hospital within 30… Read Article

Take these 8 important steps before you become a caregiver

Saturday, July 26 2014 2:29 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
The transition to becoming a caregiver can be gradual or sudden. If you have an aging parent or loved one, you should be prepared for either scenario. Get started with these eight important steps: 1. Talk with your loved one  Preparing to become a caregiver starts wit… Read Article

Take a break: Why respite care is good for you, your loved one

Thursday, July 3 2014 2:24 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Are you helping to care for an elderly family member or friend? Then you’re one of approximately 50 million Americans who are considered senior caregivers. Even a few hours of care per week can make a huge difference and help a senior avoid moving into an assisted livin… Read Article

What is the role of social services in a nursing home?

Sunday, June 22 2014 2:44 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
If I had to define social services staff members in one phrase, I would say, “Jacks of all trades.” Their duties and schedules change from moment to moment in order to best serve the individuals in their care. From a regulatory perspective, social services are d… Read Article

Facing a life change? You’re not alone.

Tuesday, May 6 2014 3:34 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Retirement. An injury you didn’t see coming. An empty nest. A diagnosis that shifts your plans. A desire to explore new things. An illness that progresses beyond what you’re ready for. Whether you find yourself facing a world of new opportunities, or a world une… Read Article

Five things to know before your parents move to assisted living

Tuesday, April 29 2014 3:24 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
You know that living at home may no longer be the best option for your parents, and you want to suggest that they move into an assisted living community. Here are five things you should know to ease the conversation and help them see the benefits. Assisted living residents se… Read Article

You can’t make me go: Talking about home care with your parents

Tuesday, March 18 2014 8:04 PM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Have you decided to stop trying to make them move out? Here are five things to consider when discussing Services@Home with your parents. Your parents may be having problems living on their own. You may have assumed the role of caregiver for an ill or frail parent and find th… Read Article

Suddenly a caregiver: Helping adult children and their aging parents

Thursday, March 13 2014 9:47 PM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Like many of my peers, I’ve become a caregiver by default. I’m the child living closest to my mom, 84-year-old Dorothy Erhart. When she gave up driving more than a year ago, we turned to the Good Samaritan Society for assistance. Mom has always been an active, ind… Read Article

Is it time for ‘The Talk’? Tips for discussing home care

Wednesday, February 19 2014 11:45 PM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Are your parents having problems living on their own? Maybe you’ve become their informal caregiver and find it overwhelming. Or maybe you live too far away to visit regularly and you’re worried about their safety. For more and more seniors and their families, the … Read Article

Make Your Wishes Known

Tuesday, August 6 2013 1:15 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Recently, my grandmother’s health declined. She had a stroke and is showing some signs of dementia. I often wonder to myself how we could have prepared better for this. I wish someone had given us a checklist that said, “Before your grandparent’s health decline… Read Article

Nursing Homes Have Changed

Saturday, April 27 2013 2:28 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
We’ve progressed a long way from some of the old nursing home stereotypes that have been around since before I began working in and with nursing homes almost 30 years ago.After graduating from college, I got a job in social work in a nursing home. Before that, I had never … Read Article

More Services Adapting to Seniors' Changing Needs

Thursday, November 1 2012 12:43 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Phil DeMarais was a loving father, great-grandpa and sports enthusiast. He was an independent man who was able to care for himself and live independently in his own home most of his life. But Phil got to a point where his health was deteriorating, and he needed assistance with d… Read Article

Understanding Assisted Living - Part 1

Tuesday, October 2 2012 4:09 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
With all the services available to seniors, we thought it might be a good idea to take our cameras out and give you a picture, from the inside, of some of the care and services that the Good Samaritan Society offers. In this video, Assisted Living Manager Jill Fries responds to… Read Article

Making the Move Home Smoother

Sunday, August 19 2012 2:00 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
If you or a loved one has stayed in a hospital or rehabilitation center for any length of time, you know that there are many considerations when it’s time to go back home. As hard as we try, some things might fall through the cracks. Lack of preparation or planning can som… Read Article

What Is Hospice?

Saturday, July 7 2012 4:08 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Hospice is a service for terminally ill individuals whose physician anticipates a life expectancy of six months or less. After a physician certifies this expectation, a hospice agency will assess what level of care is appropriate for the individual/client. The four levels of hos… Read Article

Questions You Should Ask Home Care Agencies

Friday, June 8 2012 12:00 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Home care and home healthcare services are making it possible for people to stay in their homes longer than ever before. But before you select an agency to provide care for yourself or a loved one, I recommend asking several key questions about the agency or agencies that you ar… Read Article

Using the Web As a Healthcare Tool

Saturday, April 14 2012 6:52 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Nothing can replace a face-to-face visit with someone who genuinely cares and is trained to help meet your specific care needs and wishes, but research on the Web can help you build confidence and your knowledge before you have that face-to-face visit.It’s the goal of many… Read Article

Questions to Ask About Long-Term Care Insurance

Saturday, April 14 2012 6:51 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Long-term care insurance is coverage that helps pay for care that is not typically paid for by health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Depending on your health insurance and/or eligibility for Medicare or Medicaid, these could include services such as home care, respite care, ho… Read Article

Faith and Senior Care and Services

Friday, March 30 2012 4:40 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
There are countless providers of senior care and services, so what difference, if any, does it make whether a provider is faith-based or not? Here’s a brief look at why being faith-based is important for the Good Samaritan Society. Hopefully this will add to your understa… Read Article