LogicMark Guardian Alert Emergency Phone: Review

The LogicMark Guardian Alert Emergency Phone system is not just an emergency phone system for the home, but it is peace of mind that you cannot get anywhere else. The features of the phone system are such that you can use it for any purpose and with any person.

What to Expect

When you purchase the LogicMark system, you will find that you are getting something that looks more like a walkie talkie than a phone. The way the system works makes it easy to use, and that is why it appears to be a radio and not a phone.

The system comes with a base that you plug into the wall. This can sit anywhere in the house because the remote units will work anywhere around the home. You also get radios, or phones, that have lanyards that allow you to hang it around your neck. This keeps you from getting sweaty palms as you carry it around the house. This also keeps children from losing it and allows senior citizens to have it around their neck in case of an emergency.

Special Features

The system also has features that keep it useful throughout the home. The casing of each remote unit is waterproof, so you can take it in the shower with you in case of an emergency. Many times, people slip and fall in the bathtub, and there is no way to get to a phone for help. With the LogicMark system, you are virtually guaranteed help because the units can be taken anywhere and work in any part of the home.

When you purchase the system, you can use the multiple remote units for children and the elderly that live in the home to ensure their safety. The best part of the system is that it is not a phone in the traditional sense. You press a button, and because the system is plugged into the phone line, it automatically dials 911 for you when you have an emergency. Only having to press one button when someone might be very hurt or in pain could mean the difference between getting help and not getting help.


This is the perfect system for the family that wants to make sure that the children and elderly in their family are taken care of when they are not around. The LogicMark system provides security and peace of mind for those who might fall and injure themselves, and it helps the families who worry about them everyday.

Top 25 Assisted Living Facilities in California

best assisted living facilities in CaliforniaCalifornia is the largest U.S. state by population, and offers something for everyone. Southern California is home to Disneyland, Hollywood and the beaches in Malibu boast glitz, glamor and gorgeous seascapes, while the northern part of the Golden State has the hills of San Francisco and the lush vineyards of Napa Valley. Outside California’s major metro areas, you’ll find rugged national parks, incredible skiing and peaceful, ancient northern forests.

Whether you’re looking for a loved one or yourself, choosing a retirement community should not come without much thought and consideration. California is ripe with excellent senior living communities and choosing the right one can be burdensome and overwhelming. We at Assisted Living Today, have put together a great list of the 25 Top Assisted Living Communities in California.

Some of these facilities are stand–alone assisted living centers while others offer a continuum of care as needs escalate. Many of the establishments have dedicated resources to seniors suffering from memory impairment and need specialized care for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In no particular order, here are the “Top 25 Assisted Living Facilities in California.”

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The British Home
647 Manzanita Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-7240

Situated along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, The British Home has been providing compassionate care for seniors for nearly 90 years. Three of the five cottages are designed for independent living, but as needs escalate, residents can be moved to either of the other two cottages which specialize in assisted living. The assisted living cottages provide residents with the privacy they want and the care they need with nursing staff available around the clock.

Lear more about: The British Home

Aegis Living of Laguna Niguel
32170 Niguel Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 340-9152

Touted as a boutique assisted living and memory care center, Aegis Living of Laguna Niguel provides individualized care for each of its residents through careful care mapping. Each resident is fitted with an emergency response pendent and have access to nursing staff around the clock. Cultivating privacy and dignity, residents can choose from a one-bedroom or studio apartment, all designed to accommodate a wheel chair or walker.

Learn more about: Aegis Living of Laguna Niguel

Chateau Poets Corner
540 Patterson Blvd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 287-8750

As a free standing senior-living community dedicated to memory care, Chateau Poets Corner is structured around a unique caregiving philosophy: LIFE—Letting Individuality Freely Exist. Residents are encouraged to participate in the social programs which help are designed to maintain daily living skills. The staff at Chateau Poet’s Corner have specialized training for patients with dementia and work hard to celebrate each and every resident.

Learn more about: Chateau at Poets Corner

Sunny Hills
8717 & 8755 West Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 652-5606

Located just south of Beverly Hills, Sunny Hills Assisted Living & Memory Care offers personalized care to each resident, encouraging independence while ensuring their safety. Residents at Sunny Hill can take part in various wellness, social and recreational programs while receiving needed assistance with activities of daily living. Residents can also take part in a variety of therapy programs including pet therapy,

Learn more about: Sunny Hills

Grandview Palms
4601 Grandview Blvd
Culver City, CA 90066
(888) 390-0588

Just a few years old, Grandview Palms is a premier assisted living community offering spacious suites and beautiful common areas for its residents. Residents can take part in a variety of activities which foster community and good will, while knowing, with confidence that their care needs will be met by trained and compassionate staff. Additionally, the Grandview Palms has a unique agreement with a major university, allowing its residents to take part in the latest research in the prevention and elimination of Alzheimer’s disease.

Learn more about: Grandview Palms

Alma Via of San Rafael
515 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 491-1900

With a dedication and commitment to its residents, Alma Via of San Rafael stands apart from other assisted living communities. Residents can enjoy a variety of activities and amenities while receiving the care they need. With a variety of apartment choices, including specialized memory care suites, residents can enjoy the privacy they deserve. Residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can rest easy knowing their unique needs will be met through the BridgeHaven program which offers a structured environment and mental stimulation.

Learn more about: Alma Via of San Rafael

Fairwinds—Woodward Park
9525 North Fort Washington Road
Fresno, CA 93730
(559) 434-6444

Fairwinds—Woodward Park prides itself on being a retirement living so fun, residents find themselves wondering if they are really on vacation. Chock full of amenities, this independent living facility offers a little something for everyone, including assisted living services. With a variety of apartment styles to choose from, residents feel at home in their spacious living environments while enjoying beautiful common areas and programs designed to foster independence and friendships.

Learn more about: Fairwinds—Wooward Park

Nikkei Senior Gardens
9221 Alreta Avenue
Arleta, CA 91331

For those with Issei heritage, Nikkei Senior Gardens is the perfect place to receive much needed care while maintaining their independence and celebrating their culture and heritage. Residents can choose from a variety of floor plans and can enjoy the beauty of the Japanese Garden. Every resident is offered three meals per day with the choice of Japanese or Western cuisine and can rest easy knowing their care needs can be met around the clock.

Learn more about: Nikkei Senior Gardens

The Californian
1224 Cottonwood Street
Woodland, CA 95695
(530) 666-2433

Consistently winning the Yolo County Best Assisted Living Award, The Californian works to create a well-rounded lifestyle for its residents. The staff is committed to providing individualized care while helping residents maintain their individual choices. A full-time activities director helps keep residents busy with physical, cultural, creative, educational and spiritual activities all designed to foster fun and friendship.

Learn more about: The Californian

The Breakers Long Beach
210 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 432-6700

Providing a beach-front continuum of care, the Breakers Long Beach is set up to provide individualized care as needs escalate. This senior living community offers its residents the choice of several large and elegantly furnished apartments combined with spacious common areas, restaurant-style dining and a calendar full of activities. With weekly social hours and live entertainment residents not only receive the care they need, but can enjoy their retirement years.

Learn more about: The Breakers Long Beach

Belmont Village of Burbank
455 E. Angeleno Ave.
Burbank, CA 91501
(816) 972-2405

Ideally located just minutes from premiere health care facilities, places of worship and great shopping, residents at Bellmont Village of Burbank receive exceptional care while maintaining their independence and dignity. Apartments at Bellmont Village are specially designed to with the care needs of the residents in mind, with lever handles on doors and faucets and raised outlets and lowered light switches. With a daily schedule full of activities, there is always something to do or somewhere to go.

Learn more about: Bellmont Village of Burbank

Cypress Meadows of Antioch
3950 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94509
(925) 706-6225


The award winning Cypress Meadows of Antioch not only provides excellent care for its residents much in part due to its long-term, dedicated and loyal staff. Offering independent, assisted and memory care services, Cypress Meadows can help seniors as they transition through the aging process. Residents can choose from a variety of apartment styles to fit their unique needs and can take part in a myriad of activities or enjoy the quiet of the nearby walking trails.

Learn more about: Cypress Meadows of Antioch

Monte Vista Village
2211 Massachusetts Avenue
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
(619) 465-1331

Located just outside of San Diego, the gardenlike setting of Monte Vista Village creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for its residents. Offering a continuum of care, residents can age in place as their care needs escalate. Those needing assisted living can live confident knowing their care needs will be met but their privacy respected. Residents are encouraged to participate in daily activities and can enjoy restaurant-style dining, weekly housekeeping and linen services and personal laundry services.

Learn more about: Monte Vista Village

Silvergate—San Marcos Retirement Residence
1550 Security Place
San Marcos, CA 92708
(760) 744-4484


With a choice of three very spacious apartments, including a two bathroom suite, residents at Silvergate San Marcos Residences can live comfortably knowing their care needs can be met and their independence and privacy preserved. Staff at Silvergate go above and beyond to make this retirement community feel like home for its independent and assisted living residents by providing personalized and compassionate assistance as needed.

Learn more about: Silvergate—San Marcos Residence

Atria Bayside Landing
3318 Brookside Road
Stockton, CA 95219
(209) 473-1300

Offering independent living with assisted living services,  Atria at Bayside Landing offers varying levels of care designed to promote independence. Located in the quiet Brookside neighborhood, located just outside Stockton, this pet-friendly community offers individualized care plans designed to provide assistance where needed while promoting independence. Residents are encouraged to participate in the Engage Life Program which nurtures the mind, body and spirit through a variety of programs which include cultural excursions, culinary classes, discussion groups and various group events.

Learn more about: Atria Bayside Landing

Vintage Silver Creek
4855 San Felipe Road
San Jose, CA 95135
(408) 649-7567

As an independent and assisted living community, Vintage Silver Creek provides seniors the comfort of knowing their needs can be met as they transition through the aging process. Residents are encouraged to take part in a variety of activities which builds a sense of community by fostering friendly competition and comrraderies. In addition to independent and assisted living services, Vintage Silver Creek also offers premier memory care and short-term respite services.

Learn more about: Vintage Silver Creek

Topanga Park Assisted Living
7945 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Canoga Park, CA 91304W
(818) 716-9900

Working to prevent residents from needing a nursing home, the staff at Topanga Park Assisted Living strive to provide individualized care and assistance with activities of daily living. A premiere assisted living community, Topanga Park offers medication management, memory care services, diabetic care, along with a variety of other services many residents need, while helping them maintain their independence and dignity. Residents can also take part in numerous activities designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit.

Learn more about: Topanga Park Assisted Living

Maravilla Senior Living
5486 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
(805) 308-9585

Looking more like a Spanish retreat, Maravilla Senior Living is retirement living at its finest. With independent, assisted and memory care services, seniors choosing to call Maravilla home can transition through their years without worry if their care needs escalate. In addition to enjoy the beauty of the community, residents can also take part in a myriad of amenities which include a massage room, billiards, an extensive library and on-site banking.

Learn more about: Maravilla Senior Living

Emeritus Villa Del Ray
3255 Villa Lane
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 252-3333

Standing behind the Emeritus Senior Living pledge, Emeritus at Villa Del Ray promises to treat each of their residents as they would their own loved ones. This retirement community uses a proprietary evaluation program called wE Care  for each resident which monitors the personal care services provided to each resident. Residents can take advantage of dining, housekeeping and laundry services to help maximize their independence. Additionally, the facility offers a variety of social activities from casino-themed parties to current event discussion groups.

Learn more about: Emeritus Villa Del Ray

Laguna Grove
624 Laguna Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 318-8670

Providing care for high-needs seniors, the Laguna Grove senior community provides individualized care for those needing assisted living, memory care, behavioral and home health and hospice services. With rooftop gardens and abundant natural lighting, the modern design of the building creates a therapeutic sanctuary for its residents. The Holistic Wellness Center also offers residents the opportunity to take part in therapies from a range of modalities including acupuncture, yoga, music and aroma therapy, balance and strength training and floral essences.

Learn more about: Laguna Grove

Eskaton Village Roseville
1650 Eskaton Loop
Roseville, CA 95747
(916) 789-7831

A multiservice senior living community, Eskaton Village at Roseville provides independent, assisted and memory care services to its residents. Residents receiving assisted living services can enjoy their privacy and maintain their independence while receiving the assistance with activities of daily living, dietary assistance and housekeeping and laundry services. Residents can take advantage of the community center within Eskaton Village, enjoying time in the warm-water spa or building strength in the exercise room.

Learn more about: Eskaton Village Roseville

Sunrise of La Jolla
810 Turquoise Street
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 488-4300

Offering assisted living, memory care and short-term stays, Sunrise of La Jolla has a little something for everyone. Located just blocks from the Pacific Ocean, this senior-living community  looks and feels more like a bed and breakfast than an assisted living facility. Staff is available 24-hours per day to provide assistance with activities of dialing living, daily physical, emotional and spiritual activities and scheduled group trips. Additionally, families and residents are involved in regularly scheduled care planning meanings to ensure they are receiving optimal care.

Learn more about: Sunrise of La Jolla

Oakmont of Escondido Hills
3012 Bear Valley Parkway
South Escondido, CA 9225
(760) 884-8141

Oakmont of Escondido Hills is an independent senior living community offering assisted living services to seniors needing additional care and supervision. This premier neighborhood has a little something for everyone. Resident can choose from several different spacious floor plans and gourmet meals to make the feel pampered and at home. They also can spend their days engaged in a variety of activities whether it’s enjoying the sunshine in the pool or basking in the peace of the library.

Learn more about: Oakmont of Escondido Hills

AvanteGarde Senior Living of Tarzana
5645 Lindley Avenue
Tarzana, CA 91356
(888) 907-3317

With over $2 million in renovations being completed, AvantGarde Senior Living of Tarzana is a preeminent, pet-friendly assisted living community. With attentive staff and personalized care, residents are encouraged to join in activities that suit their interests. For those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory impairment, the Mezzanine Center offers activities and socialization opportunities while maintaining their dignity and independence.

Learn more about: AvantGarde Senior Living

The Watermark at Beverly Hills
220 North Clark Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(888) 349-5891

Just minutes from Rodeo Drive, The Watermark at Beverly Hills provides luxurious accommodations coupled with optimal care. Residents needing assisted care can rest easily  knowing customized care is standard care. The Watermark strives to help residents forget they are living in a retirement community and works to create an atmosphere reminiscent of home or better yet, vacation. Additionally, residents can take advantage of Beverly Hills living through a variety of excursions and events or can further their education through Watermark University.

Learn more about: The Watermark at Beverly Hills


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How to Create Retirement Plan With Assisted Living in Mind

Planning for retirement can be difficult. There are many variables to consider and many things that can change as you age. When planning for retirement it is important to make sure that you plan for a normal standard of living but it is also important to include some extras. Most people do not like to think of themselves becoming ill or unable to take care of themselves at some point in time. Most elderly individuals who live past the age of 65 will need some sort of assistance even if they are not severely ill.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are designed to provide round the clock care to their patients. Most patients are unable to care for themselves and this type of facility can be helpful. Some will be in a nursing home while they recover from an illness or injury while others may need an extended stay for the remainder of their days.

Hopefully you will not need to go to a nursing home, but it is a good idea to make sure and include a budget for these services just in case. If you become physically ill and do not have family members who can care for you at home, then you will very likely need to consider entering a nursing home facility. Depending on the nature of your illness you may also be able to hire a home health aide. It is important to make sure that you include enough money in your retirement plan to cover these types of monthly fees, just in case.

Assisted Living

As you age the mind goes and while there are many elderly people who are physically capable of living on their own, they need someone to look in on them from time to time. An elderly individual can need guidance to make good decisions and assistance in taking on tasks as they age. Assisted living facilities are designed to help these individuals manage the challenges they face in day to day tasks.

Issues such as meal preparation, medication dosing, understanding and completing paperwork, and even some comprehension problems can usually be managed in this type of setting. Assisted living, while reasonably priced, will likely cost you a bit more than what you are planning for living expenses in your retirement plan.

Medicare and Supplies

As part of your retirement planning it is a good idea to find out exactly what your coverage will be through Medicare. What will they pay for? What will not they? Understanding what services will and will not be covered will allow you to figure out where the holes are and how much extra you will need to pay to get the level of care you need. Medicare will pay for nursing home care, in part. They tend to be less likely to pay for assisted living. At home nursing care, can be covered in some circumstances.

Social Security and Pension

Financially Social Security is not enough for most people to live on. Even if you have paid into the system for your entire life you will find that the check you receive every month is not enough for you to sustain your standard of living. Pensions are much more lucrative and can help you make up the difference between Social Security and your current standard of living.

Planning for Retirement

Planning for retirement can be difficult. There are many challenges associated with trying to figure out how long you will live and what your needs may be down the road. It is important that you create a retirement plan that accounts for all possibilities. This means planning to live a long time and also planning for things such as assisted living facilities. There are many resource guides that can help the elderly figure a reasonable retirement plan that accounts for all possibilities. Getting some assistance can help you figure out if your retirement plan will be stable enough for whatever comes your way.

How to Budget For Assisted Living Costs

As we grow old, the need for senior care approaches. While it is possible to stay home with family, relatives or close friends, most seniors and retirees choose to live by themselves either for independence or to avoid burdening their loved ones. However, what most people are not prepared for is the cost of senior care. If you desire to live your retirement years with peace of mind, budgeting for senior living must be taken into consideration as early as possible.

But first, what options do you have for senior care? There are many facilities that take in people with health care needs, from hospice care to visiting nurses to telephone call assurance services. Basically, every facility offers slightly different senior care services to accommodate specific needs and goals of clients and tenants. It is important to familiarize yourself with these senior care facilities in order to determine which option best suits you or your loved one.

Options and Considerations

If you desire a sense of independence and find the idea of being able to mingle with other seniors via shared facilities including dining areas and gardens great, then perhaps the best option for you would be an assisted living facility, also known as a congregated home. An assisted living facility enables its seniors to live independently while still being provided with medical care and monitored regularly. Meals and social activities are also offered by assisted living facilities.

Unfortunately, what is disadvantageous about assisted living is the fact that it can be very expensive, particularly if the senior doesn’t have insurance or coverage for this specific expense. The cost of assisted living varies immensely depending on location and how much care and attention the client needs. Here are some things you should know about assisted living prior using their services.

How Expenses are Structured

Assisted living can be charged either on a monthly or buy-in basis. The latter basically pertains to the tenant either buying an apartment or paying a considerable lump sum. Whichever billing method you choose, you will still incur a monthly charge. Some tenants prefer paying a onetime premium as this results to cheaper monthly expenses.

The average monthly expenses can fluctuate significantly depending on what utilities are provided to the resident. Basic services in an assisted living facility include laundry, meals, personal assistance, recreational activities, etc. Personal assistance may be scheduled or unscheduled. Furthermore, medical staff can be dispersed onsite or on-call round-the-clock everyday. In some cases, the assisted living firm will allow the resident to personalize their service plan to better suit needs and demands. This is commonly known as an A La Carte Package. Other assisted living facilities provide a basic room and board charge. Typically, level of care fees are also included. The level of care is commonly identified by a health care service provider after assessment is accomplished. As the tenant grows older, the level of care increases accordingly.

Preparing a Budget for Assisted Living

First, devise a list of your monthly revenue sources. These includes your SS, retirement premiums, alimony, employment if any, and investments. Sum it all up to know how much you can shell out for the service. You can also include financial support from your family or friends.

Next, assess your properties. Point and sum your household, car, bonds and shares, bank savings and long-term healthcare insurance policy if there is any. These may serve as your alternative income source if your main ones fail to provide.

Third, identify your monthly losses and expenses. It is a fact that seniors have higher expenses than younger individuals since they require more specialized services and products. Include costs of your rent, taxes, loans and mortgages, car premiums, insurance premiums, food, medical bills, etc.

Fourth, calculate regularly disposable revenue by deducting your overall expenses from your overall profit. The sum will be the value that you can shell out for an assisted living. Ideally, you should consult a finance expert and collaborate on the information you’ve come up with. A financial adviser may be able to suggest and advice other income sources, idea of how much your assisted living expenses would add up, possible costs that you were unable to identify, and more budgeting strategies for your assisted living facility.

How To Prepare Grandchildren For a Visit To An Assisted Living Facility

It’s important to have granchildren and great-grandchildren visit their loved ones in an assisted living facility. Although it can be challenging at times, having children around can brighten the days of not only their own relatives, but of everyone at the facility. A visit from grandkids can completely alter the mood of their struggling grandparents or great-grandparents.

How To Prepare

Explain to children what they will be encountering before getting to the facility. Describe to them what the visit will be like to avoid surprises. Let them know that their loved ones are excited to see them, but if their grandparents or great-grandparents may be feeling unwell, make sure they know that too. As long as they arrive with appropriate expectations, the visit will go very smoothly. Let them know how much their loved ones value and adore them, and the children will feel good about their commitment to visiting an assisted living facility.

What to Do During Your Visit

Make sure you engage in some activities that will include both the grandchildren and grandparents or great-grandparents. Creating artworks for display in the facility is a great way to both engage the kids but will also make a lasting memory of the visit. Playing a simple card game or board game and singing songs and nursery rhymes are all wonderful pastimes because everyone can participate and feel included. Bring photographs to share with your elderly relatives, or even a home video of a birthday celebration, school play, or recital that the grandparent or great-grandparent may not have been able to attend. Sharing the grandchildren’s lives with their loved ones will make for a stronger bond between them, and they will both appreciate the love they share.

The Benefits of Visiting

It is beneficial for both grandchild and grandparent to have these regular visits. Such visits are not only a terrific way for an elderly grandparent to boost their mood, feel connected to the world outside the assisted living facility, and maintain a relationship with their family. Grandchildren will have wonderful lifelong memories of their relatives, and will feel loved and appreciated. Seeing a grandparent’s excitement in anticipation of a visit always helps the children know how special they are.

How to Strengthen the Relationship

Perhaps you can also help maintain the relationship between grandparents or great-grandparents and grandchildren by periodically having a visit over video chat systems like Skype. Though the grandparent may not have their own computer at their assisted living facility, see if the residence has a shared computer that they may use. Staff members can often help facilitate such webcam visits. Especially useful for out-of-town relatives, this can brighten the day of an elderly family member without needing to travel long distances for visits.

The Issue of Memory

Send letters and photographs in between visits to maintain correspondence and help the relationship remain constant even if visiting is hard. Talk about elderly relatives often so that very young children hear their names mentioned and can remember details about them. Both the elderly and young children can have a hard time with memory in between visits. Seeing pictures is a helpful way for both grandparents and grandchildren to have warm and lasting memories, and to make sure the relationship is maintained between visits, particularly if visits cannot happen regularly.


Family relationships are a wonderful thing. Even though visiting an assisted living facility may be a challenge, it’s important to value the visits and the underlying relationship between children and their elderly family members. Memories of such visits will stay with all involved relatives for a lifetime.

Subsidized Senior Housing – 5 Tips for Securing Safe, Affordable Subsidized Senior Housing in a Down Economy

Securing safe and affordable subsidized senior housing can feel daunting. Here are five subsidized senior housing tips to help you find the right match:

1. Plan In Advance Of Senior Housing Needs

The most important tip for seniors looking for affordable subsidized senior housing is to plan in advance of your housing needs. Current homeowners who are downsizing to senior housing need to consolidate their current possessions so moving costs are reasonable. Plans should be made up to two years in advance of relocation to safe and affordable subsidized senior housing if possible. Determine the actual size of the new housing that’s needed. Then, scale back on furnishings to compensate any losses of space.

2. Be Prepared To Research Senior Housing Information

In a down economy, it’s necessary to spend adequate amount of time researching information regarding senior housing in order to find the most financially appropriate fit. This might include government-assisted housing programs as well as local or state information databanks where available. This is a very important facet of securing safe and affordable subsidized senior housing. Research will also help avoid possible financial losses. Rather than wade through volumes of paperwork, transfer all information gathered to a spreadsheet for easier comparisons and viewing. Make certain that all information is understood before making final decisions.

3. Assess and Evaluate Location and Housing Expenses

Once information about subsidized senior housing is gathered, the next step is to assess and evaluate each location and any additional expenses. For instance, determine whether utilities are included or this is an additional expense. If it’s an additional expense, check with utility companies for senior discounts that may be available. Location is important for other reasons such as proximity to hospitals, doctors, family and shopping. Another issue is transportation. Some subsidized senior housing offers senior transportation on a regular basis while others do not. Parking facilities for family, visitors and personal vehicles is another issue that may be of concern. For some seniors, even the availability of a central shared laundry room may be important. Other significant factors of importance are safe and secure facilities. Review the location carefully before making a decision.

4. Determine Financial Resources

Fortunately, seniors today can take advantage of assistance to determine their financial resources. This should be done before researching information on housing availability. The reason is that most subsidized senior housing is based upon ability to pay rent or leasing. Thus, having a thorough and complete knowledge of personal financial resources will clear away any questions that may arise. There’s another reason to review financial resources. This is the best way to determine affordability as well as maintaining vigilance over future income and cash outlays for unexpected expenses.

5. Adjusting To Lifestyle Changes

Moving out of one’s home or relocating is always an emotional upheaval at any age. For seniors, it may be especially difficult. It needn’t be if a little bit of forethought is applied to the situation. Securing safe and affordable subsidized senior housing should be viewed as a new life phase. For some seniors, familiar surroundings can be debilitating mentally and physically. Subsidized senior housing has many advantages that are designed for safety and affordability. Some offer meals and laundry services as well as recreational activities.

With subsidized senior housing options available ranging from unfurnished one bedroom apartments to assisted living facilities and nursing homes, there are many factors to consider in making the transition to subsidized senior housing as smooth and beneficial to elderly tenants as possible.

Resources in Your State’s Department of Aging – helpful tips for Caregivers

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law. The OAA created specific objectives designed to maintain the welfare and dignity of the aging population. The OAA also created a grants system that allowed both federal and state agencies to organize, coordinate and deliver community-based resources for senior citizens. Under the OAA, the Department of Health and Human Services created the federal Administration on Aging. The Administration on Aging in the United States provides free links to states’ Department of Aging facilities that are focused on providing assistance to the elderly.

Your state’s Department of Aging likely provides aging resource centers. These centers offer referrals for elder care providers and information about getting access to both state and local benefits for the elderly. These state resource centers will help both seniors and their families to determine if seniors are eligible for long-term care services. For instance, some state programs provide subsidies to assist family members who are taking care of elderly patients in their homes. Some state and local agencies also provide respite services for exhausted family members both in the home and at outside facilities.

One specialized area of information that your state’s Department of Aging may provide is related to disaster preparedness. Both seniors who live alone and those who live with a caregiver need to have plans in case of fire or other natural disasters. Power outages and extreme weather conditions can also affect elderly citizens who do not have the resources to cope with disasters. State information will help families to develop disaster plans and will provide them with recommendations for creating a disaster supply kit.

Some states’ Department of Aging provides assistance with background screening for families looking to hire someone to assist in the care of an elderly relative. Background checks help to prevent abuse of the elderly, who are extremely vulnerable to caregivers and may be unable to defend themselves. When elder abuse situations happen, family members can contact their state’s elder care agency to report abuse and to seek punitive action.

Many people who are caring for the elderly want to know more about health insurance benefits. Many caregivers depend on Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug coverage and long-term care insurance to meet the needs of their elderly patients. Your state’s Department of Aging can provide unbiased information about eligibility for health insurance and the extent of the coverage that state benefits will provide.

In addition to medical concerns, many seniors are still active and may be able to work outside of the home. For these people, the Department of Aging can offer job search boards designed especially for seniors to assist eligible workers with job placement. Working outside of the home can help to alleviate loneliness, provide a social outlet and promote continuing cognitive function for seniors who have the physical ability to work.

Some caregivers want to know about services for the elderly in their area. Senior citizens’ centers provide many recreational opportunities for the elderly including dancing, field trips, game nights and educational services. Even specialty services, like library and legal services, may be obtained through local senior centers or by requesting information from the state government.

Caring for elders, when combined with all of the other responsibilities of life, can be overwhelming. Families and caregivers want to make the best possible decisions to promote both dignity and quality of life for their loved ones. Fortunately, the state and federal government has free resources that will give elders and their caregivers the support that they need. Be sure to check with your state’s Department of Aging to make the best use of the free resources available to you.


What is the Geriatric Depression Scale and What Can You Do if You Suspect your Elder Relative is Depressed?

It is not unusual for older adults who have debilitating health conditions and loss of independence to feel depressed. Depression may also affect older adults because of situations such as limited financial resources, or  grief from loss of their friends or older relatives. This is why, for a patient of any age, it’s important to properly diagnose and treat depression so that he or she can enjoy a higher quality of life and avoid further health risks, or, at the very worst case, suicide.

Common Symptoms of Depression in the Elderly

Families of elderly individuals might notice behavior changes that might signal depression. Older adults who suddenly become withdrawn, show little interest in activities that were once enjoyable, and those who start misusing over-the-counter medicines, prescription medications, and alcohol could be suffering from depression. Expressions of hopelessness could also be signs of depression in older people. Since other health complications are more common as we age, it becomes particularly important to get a proper diagnosis and rule out the possibility of other health conditions causing depression-like symptoms. To do this, healthcare professionals and caretakers can make use of a geriatric depression scale.

What is a Geriatric Depression Scale?

A geriatric depression scale is a tool that can be used to assess depression or the potential for depression in older adults. The scale uses simple questions to measure the level of depression, type of depression, and what could be the underlying causes.

Sample Questions on the Geriatric Depression Scale

Each of the questions on the geriatric depression scale is designed to provide insight into an older adult’s emotional state. Examples of questions on the geriatric depression scale include the following:

  • Are you bored?
  • Do you feel that something bad is about to happen?
  • Do you feel that most people have a better life than you?
  • Are you happy most of the time?
  • Do you feel helpless?
  • Are satisfied with your life?
  • Do you ever feel worthless?
  • Do you enjoy going out, or do you prefer staying at home?

Potential Challenges in Using the Geriatric Depression Scale

It should be noted that assessing older adult can be difficult because other factors enter into the equation. For the person with dementia, recalling information or understanding the questions would be challenging.

Another problem with using the tool is that bias may enter, since some older adults may not be completely forthcoming with their answers. In other words, they might answer the questions based on what they think is acceptable to the person conducting the assessment.

Successful Use of the Geriatric Depression Scale Leading to Treatment

Fortunately there is help for older adults at risk for depression. Families, children of older adults and health care professionals should not assume that sadness, and being secluded are “normal” signs of aging. Healthy older adults enjoy independence and socializing with others. When an older adult exhibits behavior changes that signal depression, a thorough evaluation by a qualified mental health professional or therapist should be accomplished. Evaluations may reveal the reasons an adult feels depressed.

Treatment for depression in older adults may include medication and psychotherapy. In a situation where the older adult has lost a significant other to death, grief counseling may be helpful. In this case, the individual should expect to feel better as time passes and he or she has moved through the grieving process. In other circumstances, therapeutic interventions such as hospitalization, long-term counseling and anti-depressants may be prescribed to alleviate depression. Since depression can lead to substance abuse or misuse, when such is the case, substance abuse counseling or treatment might be prescribed.

Benefits for Veterans – Assisted Living Costs and Expenses for Veterans

According to the most recent census, there are approximately 21.8 million veterans in the United States, 9 million of which are over the age of 65. For elderly veterans, finding the resources to continue to live in their own home, or provide for veterans assisted living can be a challenge. It is important to realize that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers substantial benefits to qualified veterans over the age of 65 and their families. These benefits can help to provide for living expenses, access to health care, hospitalization, and long-term care.

The first step in determining your or a loved one’s eligibility for certain veteran benefits such as veterans assisted living aid is to enroll in the VA health system. Based on certain criteria, including length of military service, age, disability, and financial need, you will be given certain benefits. However, in order to be enroll, you have to have served on active duty and not have been dishonorably discharged. Special priority may be given to those who sustained service related injuries or disabilities.

In terms of health care, generally most coverage will provide for preventative care, diagnostic tests, hospitalization, and prescription medication. Long-term care is also available and includes home care, rehabilitation services, respite care, and hospice. Veterans who were injured or disabled during the course of their service are entitled to disability compensation. Veterans who are disabled, even if it was not during the course of their service, may be eligible for a disability pension.

Under the new Aid and Attendance Benefit, an additional monetary sum can be provided for individuals who need regular assistance in order to perform day to day activities, such as food preparation, bathing, dressing, or taking medications. Any veteran over the age of 65 is eligible for this veterans assisted living benefit, regardless of whether or not they sustained a service related injury, provided the need for regular assistance is demonstrated. This benefit can provide up to $2,000 toward veterans’ assisted living costs per month, and can also be applied toward a veterans’ assisted living facility or nursing home. If you do not qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit, you may still qualify for the Basic Pension if your countable income is below a certain level. There is also the Housebound Pension, which provides for individuals who wish to remain in their own home, or living with a relative and need limited assistance. Spouses are also eligible to receive these pension benefits.

In terms of financial assistance for housing, the Military Homeowner’s Assistance Program works to help military personnel and veterans to pay their mortgage, and thus prevent foreclosure and homelessness. In order to qualify for benefits of this nature, you must demonstrate financial need. This program can also help you to recuperate loss after a sale of a home, and in some cases the government will purchase your home if you need to relocate for medical reasons. Assistance in finding an affordable new home or with paying rent is administered through the Housing and Urban Development Office (HUD). HUD works to find appropriate housing for veterans and authorizes rent assistance for those who demonstrate financial need.

Whether you require assistance with housing, health care, or other living expenses, you should first check for veteran benefits by contacting Veteran Affairs. They can provide resources and details based on your individual situation, in order to give you all necessary benefits that you are entitled to.

Announcing the “Gaming with Granny” Infographic

We’ve just released our latest infographic, titled “Gaming with Granny,” which takes a look at the growing trend of senior gaming. Did you know that senior citizens and Baby Boomers make up 38% of all social game players? And that number is only going to continue to rise in coming years.

The infographic also looks at the very real threat of gaming addiction, and give tips on how to tell if a senior you know may be addicted to online video games.

Here’s a sneak peak at the infographic:

senior gaming is a growing trend

To see the entire infographic, go to: Gaming with Granny Infographic

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