When we’re just starting out in life, the phrase “the American dream” conjures up images of things like landing a great job or owning your own home.
Older Americans, meanwhile, have a different dream: staying in that home as they age. Survey after survey has found that a majority of people 55 and over want to live as independently for as they can as long as they can. Continue reading "What Type of Stair Lift is Right for Me?"
We’ve written quite a bit over the years about the benefits of installing a stair lift. But with this blog post, we’re moving outdoors and focusing on a device that performs a lot of the same functions as a stair lift. It’s time to meet the VPL, otherwise known as the vertical platform lift. Continue reading "What Are the Benefits of a Vertical Platform Lift?"
On the surface, they sound like the same word.
Caregiver and caretaker.
And to some people, the terms caregiver vs. caretaker are interchangeable, although you can argue that a caretaker is someone who looks after things – the guy in charge of a building when no one’s there – while a caregiver is someone who looks after people. Continue reading "Caregiver vs. Caretaker: Which is Correct for Elder Care?"
Two words no one wants to hear. They’re also two words most of us don’t want to say.
It’s hard firing someone. But sometimes it’s necessary, especially when the person in question is the caregiver you’ve hired to look after your elderly parent. Continue reading "Is It Time to Fire Your Elderly Parent’s Caregiver?"
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been writing about how to find a caregiver for an elderly parent: how to tell whether it’s time, what to look for in a caregiver, how to conduct a job interview when you’re hiring a caregiver for your parent.
But there’s one thing we haven’t addressed yet, and it’s pretty important: the cost of a caregiver. Continue reading "How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent?"
For most of us, a job interview means answering questions instead of asking them. It’s just the way the world works. There are more workers than bosses.
But now you’re in a situation where you’re the one doing the hiring. The position: a caregiver to look after an elderly family member. Continue reading "Interview Questions to Ask a Caregiver for the Elderly"
In our last blog post, we discussed some ways you could determine whether it was time to hire a caregiver for an elderly parent who has decided to age in place.
This week, we’re going to take the next step: how to hire a caregiver for the elderly. Continue reading "How to Hire a Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent"
Nursing home. Assisted living. Retirement community. Personal care home.
For a lot of people, these sort of terms mean the same thing. They all describe a place where senior citizens go when they can no longer live on their own.
And in Pennsylvania, there was a long time where assisted living and personal care homes were virtually interchangeable. Continue reading "What is a Personal Care Home in Pennsylvania?"
We’ve written numerous times about the concept of aging in place, often noting that most senior citizens want the option of aging in place.
But for many seniors, remaining at home may not be practical. They might need the care and services that only a nursing home or assisted living community can provide. Continue reading "Choosing the Right Senior Living Community"
We’ve been writing a lot lately about seniors aging in place, and one of the points that we keep coming back to is this: Three quarters of all senior citizens expect to live out their remaining years in their homes. Continue reading "How to Get Your Parents to Move in With You"