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How to Handle the Death of a Resident

By Heather Brown
September 16, 2016

Administrators and caregivers in assisted living facilities will lose a resident to death at some point. Whether expected or not, death is difficult to manage. Depending on the type of resident you care for, death might occur frequently. It is important to provide help to other residents as well as your staff in these difficult ...

6 Ways to Help Residents Be Open to New Things

By Heather Brown
September 09, 2016

Individuals move into assisted living facilities to gain assistance with daily living activities while maintaining a quality of life they can be proud of. Moving and relocating is stressful for many residents. Some residents will embrace their new home and try new things – meal options, communicating with others or new activities. Others will shy ...

6 Steps to Fire Safety Training in Your Adult Residential Care Facility

By Heather Brown
September 02, 2016

Fires are unpredictable and occur in the blink of an eye. Common fire starters include faulty wiring, wildfires, and human error. When they happen – they bring destruction, stress, chaos, and sometimes injury and death. According to FEMA, older adults are 2.5 times more likely to die as a result of a fire than other ...

Prepare for Hurricanes

By Heather Brown
July 22, 2016

June 1st marked the first day of hurricane season. If you are an adult residential care home or facility located in a hurricane zone, it is important that you prepare for hurricanes now. Hurricanes bring high winds, a great amount of rainfall, and wreak havoc on the communities they hit. Areas prone to high hurricane ...

Long Term Care: What is Changing?

By Heather Brown
September 04, 2015

Changes are coming concerning long term care in this country. The large population of Baby-Boomers born between 1946 and 1963 are beginning to anticipate later-life care. Many have witnessed their own parent’s face financial devastation as they needed long-term care, but failed to plan accordingly.  Witnessing their parents’ forfeit their assets, becoming dependent on Medicaid, has shined a ...

At What Age Should You be Looking at Insurance?

By Heather Brown
August 05, 2015

As part of a healthy financial plan, insurance is a sound investment at every stage of life. But knowing what insurance to have at what stage is an important factor to consider. It’s also important to remember that everyone’s life situation is different, as are their needs, and the kind of insurance protection that’s needed at ...

The Progression of Dementia and Personality Changes

By Heather Brown
July 17, 2015

The Progression of Dementia and Personality Changes Dementia is a condition that most of us fear, the state of progressive loss of function and abilities. The commonest form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans, the vast majority of whom are over age 65. By 2025 there will be more ...

Alzheimer’s in the Elderly and The Effect it Takes on The Family

By Heather Brown
July 08, 2015

In American health, Alzheimer’s is a very debilitating disease that causes devastating changes in the brain. These abnormal changes can cause memory loss and behavioral changes. As the patient’s disease progresses they will lose a sense of who they are and the life they have lived. This can be very hard to accept and deal with. ...

How to Keep Your Residents Healthy and Safe on a Hot Summer Day

By Heather Brown
June 19, 2015

With the summer heat soon arriving with extra warming temperatures it is wise to keep a close eye on the elderly in your residential facility since high temperatures can cause potential health risks. If you are in need of some heat busting tips to keep your residents health and safety at the forefront on hot summery days ...

How To Prevent Bedsores In Your Assisted Living Facility

By Heather Brown
May 21, 2015

Bedsores (also called pressure ulcers) are very common in elderly people that are immobilized or bedridden in assisted living care. They are caused by unrelieved pressure on an area of the body, usually the back, buttocks, or hips and they can cause infections, sepsis, loss of muscle, and in some serious cases, death. Fortunately, bedsores ...

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