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Residents’ Rights: How to Become an Advocate for Your Loved One

If your loved one is living in a skilled nursing care center, it’s critical that you understand his or her rights as a resident. Knowing and protecting these rights will help ensure that your loved one receives the person-centered, quality care that best meets his or her needs. Care Conversations spoke with Ruta Kadonoff, Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at the American Health Care Association, to discover how family members can best advocate for their loved ones in a skilled nursing care center.

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4 Criteria to Consider When Choosing an Assisted Living Community

Choosing an assisted living community can be a difficult, overwhelming process. As you and your loved one explore options, it’s critical that you look for a place that emphasizes quality, person-centered care. The more a community focuses on your loved one’s care needs, the more likely he or she is to feel comfortable and to experience improved quality of life. To ensure the highest quality care for your loved one, here are four factors to look for when choosing an assisted living community.

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Your Guide to the White House Conference on Aging

This week marked the sixth White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C. The decennial conference brings together government officials, health care experts, advocates and members of the public to discuss the issues that will affect Americans as they plan for retirement, care for aging loved ones and strive for quality of life in the decades to come. Here's what you and your loved ones need to know about the conversations coming out of Washington this week.

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3 Fall Risk Factors You Should Know

Falling, particularly with aging adults, is a scary reality. In fact, the risk of falling increases with age. At skilled nursing centers across the country, health care teams are working with residents and their families to prevent falls before they even occur. But if your loved one does take a fall, know that an investigation will take place in addition to center staff reporting the fall to the doctor and family. The skilled nursing center’s analysis will look into the circumstances that surrounded the fall in addition to identifying any risks that led to the event, whether they were preventable or not. Here are three common risk factors you should know that could increase your loved one’s chances of falling.

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What Caregivers Need to Know About Heart Disease

Living with heart disease can be a frightening experience, particularly for aging seniors. This debilitating illness forces many to transition from living a normal life to one that is full of medications, lifestyle changes and health uncertainties. To help overcome the hurdles that accompany this disease, it’s not uncommon for aging adults to turn to family members or close friends for support. In fact, 1.6 million people living with heart failure in the U.S. have a caregiver in their home. In honor of February’s American Heart Month, we’ve listed three ways caregivers can successfully prepare for taking on the challenges of heart disease.

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4 Ways You Can Prevent Your Loved One From Falling

Falls are always a concern with our loved ones, particularly as they age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every three adults aged 65 or older falls each year, but less than half discuss the fall with their health care teams. In addition, 20-30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. If you’re worried about your aging loved ones falling, here are four preventative things you can do during visits to their skilled nursing centers.

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4 Tips for Getting Your Loved One Through the Winter

With the holidays ending and the season of winter starting to settle in for most of the country, it’s a good time to make sure your aging parents or loved ones are prepared for the blustery months ahead. Frigid temperatures and snowy weather can make it difficult for our loved ones to keep busy, stay safe, and remain healthy this time of year. Here are some ways you can help keep your loved ones safe and happy during the wintry months ahead.

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4 Online Resources for Caregivers

Taking on the day-to-day tasks of an aging loved one can be a stressful venture. From simple errands like grocery shopping to important responsibilities such as at-home medical care, there are a lot of tough choices and hard-to-answer questions that come up when caring for a loved one.  

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5 Ways to Make the Holidays Special for Your Loved One

The holiday season may look different when an aging relative or loved one transitions to living in a Skilled Nursing Care center. It can be difficult, for example, to include them in special holiday traditions like decorating the house or watching the ball drop at midnight to welcome the New Year. Here are five ways to help your loved one enjoy the holidays and make them feel at home.

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3 Things You Should Know About Care Plan Meetings

After transitioning an aging spouse or relative into a Skilled Nursing Care center, many wonder how they can stay involved and ensure their loved one’s care needs are being met. Visiting regularly and getting to know staff members are two ways to keep an eye on the type of care a relative is receiving. The best way to be informed, however, is being involved in care plan meetings.

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