Senior Living Blog

"A common misconception is that if someone moves into an Assisted Living facility they lose their independence. That is not the case. This is their home, they can drive, they can administer their own medication, they can have family visit and stay overnight, they can even have a pet! Assisted Living simply offers them a place to live, meals made for them and that extra set of eyes on their care when needed." - Melissa Green, Executive Director of Journey Senior Living of Valparaiso read more

With the advancement of medical technology, we can live longer and receive continued care from an array of medical providers. However, as medical science and technology accelerate at such a rapid pace, we can be faced with many present and future decisions about the intervention of care we are receiving and what the quality of life will be after receiving such care. read more

Gardening has long been a part of our culture as both an art and a science of plant cultivation. With the hustle and bustle of daily living in the 21st century, gardening offers a way of slowing down, working with your hands, and watching a patch of soil turn into an array of colors of various plants and produce to be enjoyed. Gardening can be a wonderful experience at any age, and for seniors, it can offer various health benefits that may help you decide to pick up some soil and seeds for this growing season! read more

Recent research reports that generalized anxiety disorder (a feeling of excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason) is the most common mental disorder among the elderly, affecting twice as many elderly who suffer from depression. Generalized Anxiety Disorder can seriously affect the senior's quality of life and lead to other complications, most notably obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, other phobias, and depression. read more

Medicaid is the largest government assistance program that is jointly funded by the federal and state governments. The program is called a variety of alternative names that vary by state including Medicaid, Medi-Cal, Medical Assistance, etc. Currently, there are 68 million enrolled in the program and over 4.6 million are low-income seniors that cannot afford to privately pay for services such as long-term care. Each state holds discretion over certain services funded by Medicaid and various eligibility rules apply. Two of the most important eligibility rules include having a need for care and having limited income or assets, or that your financial income is spent mostly on medical care. Qualifying for eligibility through Medicaid is a complex subject, and it is necessary to check your state's regulations and rules for applying. For those that meet eligibility requirements for Medicaid aside from their income and/or assets, some states allow a process called "Spending Down" to be able to fully qualify for financial assistance. Let's look at the process itself and successful ways to meet the requirements without harming you or your loved one's chance of Medicaid eligibility. read more

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