There is a nationwide nursing shortage affecting states around the country, including Texas. Over 3,000 assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the state are experienc-ing a shortage of nurses, according to the Texas Health Care Association (THCA). Fifty-five of those facilities are in East Texas. Although this isn’t a new problem, it is getting worse and experts are wanting lawmakers to find ways to help solve the problem. [Read more…]
An ever-increasing aging population and their desire to age in place have created a high market for Assisted Living Facilities. The demand may not be too much of a surprise as many Assisted Living Facilities offer the necessary care and support that family caregivers are no longer able to provide, and coordinate services that many older adults rely on such as medication adherence, transportation, and health care coordination. [Read more…]
Living in an assisted living community, seniors often find themselves with ample downtime and oftentimes, there is not much to do. Keeping seniors active has known to decrease depression, loneliness, and promote exercise and socialization. Therefore, in recent years, activity directors at assisted living communities have begun looking for new and innovative ways to keep seniors busy and active.
Here are some ways that assisted living communities are going beyond just bingo in order to keep residents entertained in their daily lives:
- Yoga and Other Wellness Activities [Read more…]
My parents have never been ones to discuss money with my siblings and me. Until recent years, we’ve been fine with that philosophy. But both of them have experienced some pretty serious health issues in the last few years and we know they will likely need to move to an assisted living community in the Dallas area soon. [Read more…]
If the older adult you love is struggling to maintain their independence, you might be struggling right along with them. While they might recognize that some type of help is needed, adult children aren’t usually very familiar with the ins and outs of senior care in Dallas. And being able to identify the warning signs that indicate a move is necessary isn’t always easy either.
From expired foods in the frig to unopened bills on the counter, here are a few red flags that can signal it is time to consider a move to a Dallas assisted living community. [Read more…]