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nursing home vs assisted living

How do they differ? Nursing home vs Assisted Living

As concern grows for a loved one’s health and safety, many families face the decision of finding an assisted living facility or nursing home perfect for their family member’s needs. The search for a senior living facility can be difficult and it’s important to understand the difference between a nursing home vs assisted living facility. These four differences between an assisted living facility and nursing home will help you determine what’s best for your loved one. Level of medical care Both an assisted living facility and nursing home provide medical care for seniors that are no longer able to live on their own. However, nursing homes typically have residents with more complex medical conditions that require twenty-four hour licensed nursing

elderly scams

Protecting seniors from elderly scams

We’ve seen it on the news and heard stories of it time and time again – scammers pretending to be someone else and taking thousands of dollars from the elderly. Many seniors may not be aware of the possible danger of scammers and can easily get caught in a web of deceit. This 87-year-old woman from Phoenix lost $17,000 when a criminal, who was pretending to be a police captain, convinced her to withdraw money from her bank account and give it to him. It can be difficult for anyone to tell the difference between a scammer and the real deal. A Sedona business owner was recently cheated out of $1,200 by someone pretending to work at a local utility.

National Handwashing Awareness Week

Promoting National Handwashing Awareness Week in your assisted living community

Did you hear the joke about the germ? Never mind. We don’t want to spread it around! Handwashing is no joke at Paradise Living Centers when it comes to preventing the spreading of germs and keeping our staff and residents healthy.  National Handwashing Awareness Week, which is the first week of December, is an important time to reestablish and promote consistent handwashing. We’re taught at a young age that washing our hands regularly is an essential part of avoiding illness. However, these hygiene habits can slip as we get older, especially when issues with memory loss begin to surface.  The consequence can become a danger to our health and to those that are most vulnerable to catching viruses. As we

Family Caregiver

Striking a balance as a family caregiver

More and more adults are finding themselves in the position of being a family caregiver for a parent, spouse or other loved one. According to the AARP’s 2015 Caregiving in the U.S. report, nearly 35 million Americans have provided unpaid care for someone over the age of 50 in the last year. Caregiving is a noble and important part of familial support, but it can also be very challenging. If you find yourself in a new role as a caregiver, it is important to focus on finding a balance between caring for your loved one, and living your life. Here are a few tips to help navigate the demands of serving as a family caregiver and still take care of

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The role of a caregiver explained

When looking for the best assisted living facility for your loved one you want to find the best fit; a place where the caregivers and staff will be devoted to meeting their needs of your senior. The role of a caregiver has many facets including administering medications and helping with daily care and tasks. At Paradise Valley Living Centers our state-certified caregivers also looks after the emotional wellbeing of our residents. Being a caregiver isn’t just a job at our group homes, it’s a vocation. To learn more about what our caregivers do, we sat down with J.J., our senior caregiver at our Paradise Valley group home, to talk about what being a caregiver means to him. J.J. has been

Low Sodium Diet

5 Benefits of a Low Sodium Diet

If you want to live a long, healthy life, you may want to rethink reaching for the salt shaker the next time you sit down for a meal. The average American consumes about five teaspoons of salt daily–which is quadruple the amount the body needs! Many of the foods we eat already contain sodium, and adding more salt can be dangerous for your health. Consuming excessive sodium can lead to health issues including high blood pressure and heart problems. To help reduce the risks it is important to know the sodium levels in the foods you consume and to learn what you can do to adopt a low sodium diet. The cook at Paradise Living Centers takes great care preparing

Prevent Infection

How to Prevent Infection in Your at-risk Elderly Loved One

Preventing infectious disease is one of the most important factors in the overall health and quality of life of your loved one. Respiratory infections, influenza, and pneumonia are a leading cause of death in people over 65. For people with chronic health problems like diabetes, it is even more critical to prevent infection. Diabetics are prone to complications from the flu, including pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections. Infections can also make it more difficult to regulate blood sugar. As we move into flu season, International Infection Prevention Week 2016 (October 16-22) aims to provide education on the continued importance of vaccinations, and general health in preventing infectious disease. Research suggests that vaccines are less effective against infectious diseases

Alzheimer's care

What makes Paradise Living Centers a specialist in Alzheimer’s Care?

Caring for an aging parent or loved one experiencing memory decline or cognitive aging is one thing, but caregiving for an Alzheimer’s suffer is a different matter entirely. Unless you are an expert in Alzheimer’s care, most caregivers or family members are learning about the signs or behaviors of the disease after the fact. An outside point of view from a Certified Dementia Practitioner or medical professional is probably the most valuable input due to their impartiality. It can be difficult to come to terms with, hearing that you loved one is not just experiencing memory decline but is rather in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease is a lot to process. The needs of your loved one become much

caring for aging parents from a distance

Overcoming the difficulty: Caring for aging parents from a distance

Caring for aging parents can take its toll. It is particularly difficult when you are trying to care for your loved ones from a distance. Advances in technology have made the process somewhat more manageable, but being physically present is often the only way to get true peace-of-mind. Unfortunately, it is not always possible due to geography and circumstance. Many families are physically separated from their aging parents, but try to do whatever they can to overcome the difficulty from afar. During the aging process, things can change quickly. The body and in most cases, the mind doesn’t work like it used to. If your parent(s) or loved one is living independently, you may consider making a visit to assess

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