Less is More: Dealing with Loss, Grief, & the Holiday Season

The following blog was written by Rev. Howard L. West III M.Ed., M.Div., Executive Director of Spiritual Life Services of Country Meadows Retirement Communities. The holiday and winter season is a very difficult time of the year for many older adults and their caregivers. Getting through the holidays can be painful and tiring when facing […]

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Elopement Prevention: Assisted Living Preparedness Part 3

It was a chilly, February afternoon in Elizabeth City, North Carolina when Ruby Whedbee, a 90-year-old resident who suffered from dementia, wandered away from the Brookdale Elizabeth City senior living community. While an extensive search was conducted by both the police and community staff, Ruby was not found until the following day. By the time […]

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What is Long Term Care Insurance?

Senior living communities are finding that a greater percentage of their residents currently possess long term care insurance more than their resident populations of 10 to 15 years ago. To effectively train staff and educate residents and their families, it’s vital that administrators are aware of long term care insurance. To answer the question, “What […]

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Fire Safety Training: Assisted Living Emergency Preparedness Part 2

It was still early on March 3, 2017, the dark sky blanketing over the sleeping city of West Baltimore, Maryland. Kozy Kottage, an assisted living facility in the area was housing seven people at the time. That’s when the unexpected happened — a blaze erupted with heavy smoke and fire scorching the first floor. With […]

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Severe Weather Safety: Assisted Living Emergency Preparedness Part 1

As Hurricane Florence, later deemed a tropical depression, passed through the east coast in mid-September 2018, states issued evacuations and warnings, saying that a storm “has never been more dangerous.” More than 1,000 rescues were required and there were 32 deaths due to the flooding and destruction. When it comes to emergencies, assisted living facilities […]

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Medicare Training 101: What Administrators Need To Know

Let’s face it — Medicare is complicated. Between the terms for Medicare eligibility, the multiple Medicare coverage options, and the new changes concerning Medicare insurance cards, understanding all the healthcare options can be difficult. It can be even harder to explain healthcare options to new hires, residents, and resident family members. The good news is […]

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