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I owned a private duty home care agency for twelve years. I expected most of our business to be conducted in private homes. Ironically, about 52% of our care was provided to clients living in assisted living and continuing care retirement communities. It surprised me because often clients moving to senior communities do so for financial reasons; they want to decrease monthly care expenses and know the approximate rate for the long haul. There are scenarios where the facility care is not enough and private duty care is required, meaning an additional and unexpected care expense. The Gallagher’s moved into a continuing care retirement community when they were both in their 70s and still independent. They knew that as their needs increased they could move along to assisted living and even skilled nursing care. Shortly after they moved in Mrs. Gallagher began having tremors, her speech had slowed and was flat, and she had balance issues. Mrs. Gallagher was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and promptly began two medications to assist with her symptoms. Eventually her symptoms increased in severity. There were days when her muscles were so rigid that Mr. Gallagher alone could not assist her. Facility staff was strongly suggesting that Mrs. Gallagher be moved to assisted living but the Gallagher’s had been married for 56 years and did not want to live apart. The solution was to bring in private duty caregivers to assist with all meals, personal care and ambulation. The care remained until her passing six years later. Mr. Gallagher still lives in the independent section of the community. Mrs. Cooper was a little forgetful when she moved into an assisted living […]
Life Lessons: If You Only Knew Then What You Know Now… You’ve heard the phrase “wise beyond their years.” Young people aren’t often considered wise because it takes years of living, making mistakes, and figuring out what works and what doesn’t to gain even a modicum of wisdom. While we’re not advocating living your life in the rear view mirror, Seniors Guide Online asked a group of seniors about some of the wisdom and life lessons they’ve gained over the years that they would’ve benefitted from in their younger days. Here’s what they told us: “I wish I had known that I could have quit my boring desk job and make a living at a job I’m passionate about.” —Shirley, 73 (She’s now operating a very successful in-home dog-sitting business!) “I would eat far less fast food, try to be more patient and tell certain folks in my life that I loved them more often.” —Tom, 66 “Be patient, life will go on at its own pace and you cannot hurry or delay events!” –Claire, 70 “I wish I had known that a passion for what you are doing is the most important thing.” —Don, 55 (He’s in IT but would rather be running a yoga studio.) “I would live more in the moment rather than deferring to the future when I had more time or money.” —Bob, 57 “Never pick up that first cigarette!!!!!” —Pat, 75 (She smoked for 20 years, which wreaked havoc on her lungs.) “I wish I had gotten involved in an exercise routine that became part of my daily life.” —Linda, 69 Tell us what life lessons you know now that […]