It’s time to have that difficult conversation with your older parents

It’s time to have that difficult conversation with your older parents

| Written by Laurie Taylor | I moved away from my parents' home before I turned 18 years old. Whenever I would go back to visit, my mom would tell me "All our important papers are in that file cabinet." I would nod but I never walked over to that file cabinet and opened the drawer to see what she thought was important. That file cabinet represented an event that I did not want to face; that my mom would no longer be able to handle her affairs. I also never asked her any questions, such as "Where are your bank accounts? Do you have any investment accounts? Life insurance? A safety deposit box? Are your estate documents current? What are your wishes for your funeral?" It felt awkward, like I was excitedly anticipating her impending demise. However, death is inevitable and denying its existence will not stop it from occurring. Sometimes, before death occurs, there may be a period of incapacitation....
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It’s Hurricane Season in Florida

Do you have a relative, friend or a spouse living in an Adult Living Facility in Florida? If that’s the case, it is important to stay in touch with them especially if its an active hurricane season. Keep in mind that the facilities must have a contingency plan for emergencies, such as hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, etc. This is a great time to connect with your friends. If you know of someone that may need assistance, we are here to help you and them out: FindingAssistedLiving.com's Senior Placement Advisors can help you through Florida...
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Help avoid fraud by monitoring your Medicare account

Help avoid fraud by monitoring your Medicare account

Medicare and Social Security benefits are the two most important programs that affect the health and wellbeing of older Americans. Both of these programs are overwhelmingly popular with the public. In 2015, a poll commissioned by the Kaiser Family Health Foundation found that 87% of all Americans viewed Social Security favorably while 77% had a positive view of Medicare. They are the two most popular government programs in America. The same poll found that many Americans do not think that these programs are sustainable. One of the reasons is the fraud and abuse that is sometimes, perhaps often, found in both programs. Medicare spending in 2016 amounts to a total of $672.6 billion. Medicare will provide health insurance to 57 million Americans who are 65 or older, disabled, or have end-stage renal disease. Fraud in the Medicare program steals benefits and services that should rightly go to these deserving recipients. You should care greatly about this if you are a taxpayer or...
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The Finding Assisted Living August Newsletter is Available

The Finding Assisted Living August Newsletter is Available

The Finding Assisted Living newsletter for August 2016is now available. You can find it on the sidebar or click here. Be sure to subscribe to have it delivered directly to your inbox....
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Password Security

Do you have passwords that can be easily hacked by someone who knows a little about you? If you use a sports team name like ‘Yankees’ or a hobby-related term such as ‘surfermike’, anyone who looks through your Facebook profile might have a clue that would make you vulnerable. Do you use the same password for many or all of your accounts? If so, a hacker who hacks your Facebook account can also access your bank and credit card information. Everybody is concerned about having their identity stolen, but few people do anything about it. With only a few, relatively simple changes, you can greatly strengthen your computer security and protect critical information. According to a Norton study, 73% of American internet users have fallen victim to some sort of cybercrime. Today we seem to have a password for everything, and a good password is the first line of defense in preventing some hacker from getting your personal information. We use...
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Adult Care Home and Assisted Living Facility Fraud and Abuse

Most operators of assisted living facilities and ‘Adult Care Homes’ are honest professionals who work hard providing high quality care for their residents. They often face difficulties in finding qualified help, dealing with the bureaucracies of government and private insurance companies and observing the many laws and official guidelines that necessarily regulate this industry. Unfortunately, adult care and assisted living facilities are not immune to occasional cases of neglect, incompetence, or outright fraud. Finding Assisted Living and FindingAssistedLiving.com exist to look out for the interests of seniors, their families and loved ones. This sometimes includes making you aware of the “bad apples” in this business.  Incompetence, neglect, unacceptable standards and even criminal fraud are sometimes found in the adult care industry. When they are, FAL will do our best to bring it to your attention. When making any decision about senior life transitions, you need to know about the bad providers as well as those who are good and outstanding. Take the...
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The Challenges of Living Independently After Retiring

Everyone wants to remain as independent as possible after retiring. The ability to live independently depends on a number of factors, and there is a great range of abilities to meet these challenges. Some people seem to age well for years, even decades after retiring while others encounter difficulties quickly. The passage of time cannot be halted, but this does not automatically mean that independent living must be sacrificed. Each person or couple has their own unique circumstances to consider, but some challenges are common to many, if not all, retirees. Let’s think about the most common obstacles to independent living. Physical limitations The biggest thing that many retired people fear is losing the ability to perform the common, everyday tasks essential to an independent lifestyle. Climbing stairs, routine housework or maintenance, cooking, bathing, toileting or simply dressing oneself may become so difficult that remaining in your home is not reasonable. If possible, the best way to deal with physical health problems is...
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Is A 55+ Community Right for You?

Is A 55+ Community Right for You?

The popularity of 55+ communities has grown dramatically over the past few years along with America’s senior population. If you are considering a move to one of the many forms of 55+ communities available, you should investigate carefully. This is a major senior lifestyle decision and must be made carefully. Perhaps the first thing you should consider is whether you really want to leave your current home. There may be persuasive reasons for wanting to stay home instead of relocating to any of the many senior living choices available. You may be ‘grandfathered’ into a favorable real estate tax rate, your family, friends and support system may be nearby and you might be very satisfied with the in-home care or home care assistance you now receive. Or, you might simply choose the home instead option because it is a familiar place, the place you have always called home. On the other hand, the opportunity to move may seem very attractive. The house in...
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Army and Navy come together to launch FindingAssistedLiving.com

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - June 25, 2016 – Army and Navy come together to celebrate 4th of July and launch FindingAssistedLiving.com Only in America can you celebrate the 4th of July and have the Army and the Navy come together to launch www.FindingAssistedLiving.com. Kevin S. Dulany served 20 years in the United States Navy as an Intelligence Specialist. After retiring and graduating from college he met Julian G. Cantillo who served in the US Army for 5 years as an Army Medic and then became a Licensed Practical Nurse. The arch rivals, Army & Navy have come together on Independence Day to launch www.FindingAssistedLiving.com. FAL is going to become your guide to finding the best assisted living and Senior Life Transition options for you or for your loved ones. FindingAssistedLiving.com is more than just a website or single organization. It is a network, a team of professionals, facilities, services and businesses, who share a common purpose. Finding Assisted Living and FindingAssistedLiving.com exist...
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