Glossary of Terms

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While researching the senior living industry, you’ll come across unfamiliar or confusing terminology. We hope you’ll find this Glossary of Terms helpful. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) – Physical functions that an individual performs each day, including bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, walking or wheeling, and transferring into and out of bed. Advanced Directives – A… Read more »

What Happens After Rehabilitation? Post-Rehab Tips for Seniors

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When an older adult comes to our Rehab-to-Home Center for short term rehabilitation following a hospital stay for an illness, surgery or accident, at Blakeford we make it our duty to provide compassionate and personalized care to return the patient to their previous level of functioning and wellness as quickly as possible. While a lot… Read more »

Five Important Independent Living Skills for Aging in Place

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Ninety percent of seniors prefer to remain in their own homes during their golden years; however, the reality is that successful independent living requires certain skills. If just one of these vital skills is missing, self-care can be a serious problem, leading to safety, comfort and health issues. Like baking, these ingredients─these skills─combine to help… Read more »

A Checklist for Aging in Place

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If you or your loved one is considering aging in place, the best advice is this: Be honest and be prepared. A candid assessment of health (both physical and mental) and unique needs helps you determine if aging in place is truly the right choice. If it is, the next step is to prepare a… Read more »

Four Ways to Get Active After a Fall

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Falls aren’t just painful; they’re scary, too. Then, before we know it, our shaken confidence and fear of falling starts to change our lifestyle. Less gardening, less shopping, less movement. Before we know it, that new “lifestyle of less” snowballs into decline. The reduced amount of activity and mobility leads to muscle weakness and more… Read more »

The Blakeford at Green Hills Difference: Waiting for the Right Place

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There are so many options when it comes to Community Living. After researching your options and making the decision, you discover the community you have chosen has a waiting list. You ask yourself, “Should I get on the waiting list and wait?” What would be the advantage of doing this rather than selecting another community… Read more »

The Benefits of LiveWell By Blakeford and Long-Term Care Insurance

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Do you have a long-term care insurance policy? If you do, your foresight is a decision that can help protect you and your assets from the rising cost of healthcare. However, it’s essential to dust off that policy and understand what it does and does not cover should you ever need it. Typically, long term… Read more »

Ways to Find a Home Remodeler for Aging in Place: Why Working with a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist May Be Helpful

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A decade and a half ago, when our kids were young, we added rooms to our home to create more space for family and friends. In our 40s at the time, and with retirement not yet in sight, my wife (an elder care specialist), suggested we incorporate elements into our design that would make our… Read more »

The SMART Way to Get Healthy

Each year, many of us make a New Year’s resolution to live healthier. And why not? The start of a new year is the perfect time to begin a diet or put that exercise plan to work. We all have high hopes of living up to our resolutions.  However, according to research, half of us… Read more »