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Is It Less Expensive to Stay in Your House? 

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Many older adults say that one of the reasons they want to stay in their own home is because it is less expensive. Although this is true in many cases, it is important to know that the actual cost-savings may not be as big as you think. The reason? Because the vast majority of those who choose to stay in their home rely on assistance from unpaid family caregivers.

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Do Your Loved Ones TRULY Understand Your End-of-Life Wishes?

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Our recent blog post on the importance and value of compassionate hospice care got a lot of attention. In it, I talk about how hospice caregivers can help people have a good life, all the way to the end, making life’s final stages as meaningful as possible, free of suffering, and helping the person maintain as much dignity as possible. So, the topic of hospice and end-of-life care has been fresh in my mind, and it’s probably why the results of a recent study especially caught my eye…

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CCRC vs. Rental Retirement Community: What Are the Differences?

Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

By: Clare Connection

According to Pew Research Center, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers turned 65 today, and about that same number will reach retirement age every day for the next decade. That’s a lot of retirees! And that’s one of the reasons the retirement living industry is booming in our country with more and more senior living communities opening their doors each year.

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Caregiver Assistance: Addressing Caregiver Stress

Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Caring for an aging family member is a labor of love. But study after study also shows the emotional, physical, and even financial stress that the caregiver incurs as a result.

Research conducted by MetLife Mature Market Institute* revealed that approximately 10 million adult children over the age of 50 (that's roughly a quarter of all Baby Boomers!) have taken on the role of caregiver for their aging parents, helping with a variety of tasks–everything from running errands and cooking to bathing and using the toilet. It's a lot to take on, especially for caregivers who may also be juggling a career and their own children, which is likely why caregivers over age 50 who work and provide care to a parent are more likely to have fair or poor health as compared to peers who do not provide elder care. 

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Fit for Move-In?: The CCRC Health Evaluation Requirement

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

By: Clare Connection

If you are considering a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also called a life plan community), you may be aware that there are certain health requirements that you may have to meet in order to enter the community under a continuing care contract. Health assessments are mainly used by CCRCs offering a lifecare (Type A) residency contract, and to a lesser degree, a modified (Type B) contracts. They are not, and likely should not, be used by CCRCs offering a fee-for-service (Type C) contract.  

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Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Modified Fee-for-Service Contracts Explained

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

By: Clare Connection

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC, or “Life Plan Community”) can be a wonderful solution for older adults who are independent and active today, but who seek the peace of mind that comes with living in a community where assisted living or health care services will be provided when needed. A CCRC is the only type of retirement community that contractually provides access to services spanning the full continuum of care—beginning with independent living and progressing to assisted living and around-the-clock skilled nursing care.

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When to Get On the Wait List at a Retirement Community

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

By: Clare Connection

If you or a loved one is considering their senior living options, you likely have begun doing research on the retirement communities. Or perhaps you have a loved one in need of long-term care or memory care and staying in the home will not be safe for much longer. With all of the differing communities and facilities available (especially in larger cities), it can be a lot to take in so the decision process can take some time. This varies from one person to another because some senior living decisions are needs-based and move much quicker, while others are more preference-based and can take months or even years. Once you home in on a few specific places that meet your criteria, you may want to consider getting your name on their waiting lists. Many facilities, particularly assisted living or nursing care facilities, are likely that they have one.

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Differences Between For-Profit and Not-For Profit CCRCs

Posted: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

By: Clare Connection

“What is the difference between a not-for-profit community and a for-profit community?” This is a popular question among prospective residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), also referred to as Life Plan Communities.

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I’m Not Ready Yet

Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Although the vast majority of people who live in Continuing Care Retirement Communities report that they are happy with their decision, there are many who delay a move indefinitely because they feel they are not ready yet.

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8 Questions to Consider Before You Decide to Age in Place

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Today’s senior living communities offer more services and amenities than ever, with perks that range from the convenient (like on-site healthcare facilities, transportation, and home maintenance) to the luxurious (like on-site 5-star dining options and indoor pools). Yet despite the seeming allure of many senior living facilities, survey after survey reveals that today’s senior still has a strong desire to stay in their own home for as long as possible, referred to as “aging in place.”

If you are one who feels that you want to stay in your own home, it’s important that you do the appropriate planning. Here are a few important questions that you need to consider to ensure health, happiness, and safety in your home.

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