Can You Reside with a Loved One in a Long-Term Care Facility when Your Health Situations Are Different?

Q. My parents just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They are one of those happy couples who spend every waking moment together and are still as much in love as the day they met.  My mother has memory issues that are … [Read more...]

Assisted Living Is Failing to Meet the Needs of Seniors in the US

The senior population in the United States has quadrupled since 1900 and is expected to continue growing significantly, with 46 percent of the baby boomer generation now age 65 and up. According to the Administration for Community … [Read more...]

What is the Difference Between a Nursing Home and Assisted Living?

Sheila lives with her son, his wife, and her grandchildren in their home, and has been there for 3 years since her Parkinson’s started getting worse. They enjoy having her with them, but as her needs are becoming greater, they … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What is the Virginia Auxiliary Grant Program

Dear Oakley,I was looking at your key elder law figures page to see if it had been updated for 2022. I see that there is something on there about Virginia Auxiliary Grants? What are they and how do you qualify?Thanks for … [Read more...]

These Non-Traditional Senior Living Facilities Have Almost No Coronavirus Cases

On a recent afternoon, Ruth Deardorff, 97, sat by the orchids and other potted flowers that she had chosen to line the windowsill of her room. After decades of gardening and growing flowers in the yard of her suburban home, she … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Futuristic Post-Pandemic Changes Coming to Senior Living?

Dear Angel,With the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and the danger it poses to residents, some things need to change now and for the future. What changes are being implemented and/or … [Read more...]

What’s the Difference Between Assisted Living and Nursing Home Care, and which is Less Expensive?

Q. We are currently caring for my mother-in-law, Margaret, in our home. We enjoy having her with us, but as her needs keep becoming greater, we find that she may need more support than we can provide.I have read that when a … [Read more...]

Some Uplifting Nursing Home Stories Amid Coronavirus

Dear Hayek,My grandmother is in a nursing home and I am worried about her. I write her letters and talk with her via phone and FaceTime, but I can tell she is still lonely. Are there any uplifting stories you can share about … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Assess if Your Senior Loved One Is Being Well Cared for in Assisted Living

Dear Oakley,My mother has been in assisted living for a few months. I don’t hear much about how she is doing and due to my hectic work schedule, I don’t visit as much as I would like. I am planning on going with the family … [Read more...]

Bait and Switch: When You’re Not Getting the Care You Were Promised in Assisted Living

Q. When my friend, Vicki, was shopping around for assisted living facilities for her mother, one in particular stood out to her. The lovely marketing materials showed beautiful landscaping, rooms that resemble those at a classy … [Read more...]

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