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6 Tips for Boosting Your Senior Parent's Appetite

Posted by Jim Fuller on May 17, 2017 4:58:00 AM

If you're the primary caregiver of a senior parent you may be worried about their lack of appetite. Generally, we all tend to eat less as we age, however, you should be aware of a few danger signs. Such danger signs include  medication side effects, dehydration, dry mouth, and problems chewing or swallowing. If those aren't an issue here are seven tips you can use to boost your senior's appetite:

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How to Keep Your Mind Sharp as You Age

Posted by Jim Fuller on May 10, 2017 9:31:00 AM

We all do it now and then; forgot what you were about to say, where you placed to car keys, or what you came to the store to buy.

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How to Bring Awareness and Prevention to Osteoporosis

Posted by Jim Fuller on May 3, 2017 8:06:00 AM

Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease that often attacks people as they get older. It’s a condition that results in low bone density, causing a greater chance of fractures when someone falls.

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11 Tips for Touring Assisted Living Communities in West Seattle

Posted by Jim Fuller on Apr 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM

  1. Check out the other residents: talk to some residents and see how happy and content they are. Listen carefully to any concerns or complaints, ask how long they've lived there, and pay attention to their grooming and overall appearance.
  2. Ask about security features: make sure the community is well protected, look for cameras, and see if there's an open door policy or if visitors must check in when they enter the main buildings. Make sure the outside is well lit and cameras are in place and active.
  3. Look for cleanliness: check the baseboards and corners and follow your nose. Make sure the common areas are clean and comfortable and odors aren't masked by heavy scents and sanitizers.
  4. Eat a meal: join the residents in the common dining room and ask for a copy of the menu. Make sure there's a variety of daily choices, the food is well prepared, and the residents enjoy their meals and the companionship of others. Ask to tour the kitchen and look for signs of neglect or low-quality ingredients.
  5. Tour an apartment: bring your tape measure so you can determine whether the area is large enough for the furniture it will hold. Make sure the living quarters are comfortable and easy to maneuver, and private yet easily accessible to staff.
  6. Watch the staff: the employees at an assisted living community are vital to the happiness of the residents. Note whether they treat the seniors with respect, take the time to listen, and interact naturally rather than with a forced demeanor. Ask a couple of residents which is their favorite staff member and why, and who they like the least and why, and pay attention to the answers!
  7. Sit in on an activity: whether it's a gym workout, craft session, or group game, you should sit in on an activity and see how much the residents interact and enjoy their time.
  8. Determine the levels of care: while your parent may be independent and active now you should ask what levels of care are available and how the staff determines a change of level. Ask for a cost estimate for the different levels of care your parent may progress through so you can make future financial decisions as they arise.
  9. Examine the records: look for the health department inspection and ask how many accidents or emergencies have occurred in the past year. Check for any violations of health or safety and make sure they were corrected in a timely manner.
  10. Get a breakdown of services and costs: make sure you know ahead of time what services are and are not included in the basic rent. Housekeeping, laundry, and transportation are examples of items that may be added costs to your parent's basic fees.
  11. Follow your instincts: above all, follow your gut feelings. If an assisted living campus looks, smells, and sounds great but you have a nagging feeling there's something off you're probably right. You don't have to delete it from your list immediately but mark it as requiring a more in-depth look at a later date.

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7 Ways to Plan the Perfect Staycation in West Seattle

Posted by Jim Fuller on Apr 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A vacation to an exotic location or new destination may sound like the perfect getaway, but it isn’t always possible. For some, it may be because of limited funds, while others may be unable to physically handle the stress of traveling. However, staying in West Seattle doesn’t mean you can’t have a relaxing staycation that enables you to recharge and have some fun. Here are a few ideas on how to plan the perfect stay at home.

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