Posts by Lee Larkin

  • Most often when we talk about the benefits of assisted living, it usually goes along these lines: Assisted Living offers a solution for seniors who are isolated or unsafe living […]

    How Assisted Living is Like Moving to College

    By Lee Larkin
    Published August 17, 2016 About Assisted Living
    Most often when we talk about the benefits of assisted living, it usually goes along these lines: Assisted Living offers a solution for seniors who are isolated or unsafe living […]

  • As a professional in the assisted living industry, I am up on the latest news about end of life care. I have seen more articles on this topic during this […]

    The Conversation Project, A Good Way to Kickstart End of Life Discussions

    By Lee Larkin
    Published November 10, 2015 End of Life Care
    As a professional in the assisted living industry, I am up on the latest news about end of life care. I have seen more articles on this topic during this […]

  • While it was announced in 2014 that Robin Williams was suffering from an undiagnosed case of Lewy Body Dementia, a disease causing memory loss and other neurological and physical symptoms, recent interviews with his wife discussing the severity of his symptoms highlights the need for better testing and diagnosis of this condition that afflicts 1.4 million Americans.

    Robin Williams and the agony of Lewy Body Dementia

    By Lee Larkin
    Published November 4, 2015 Alzheimer's & Dementia Care
    While it was announced in 2014 that Robin Williams was suffering from an undiagnosed case of Lewy Body Dementia, a disease causing memory loss and other neurological and physical symptoms, recent interviews with his wife discussing the severity of his symptoms highlights the need for better testing and diagnosis of this condition that afflicts 1.4 million Americans.

  • Some seniors and their families agonize over whether to move out of a beloved home to an assisted living community while others embrace the opportunity to set up a new […]

    A Checklist for Families Considering Assisted Living

    By Lee Larkin
    Published October 13, 2015 About Assisted Living
    Some seniors and their families agonize over whether to move out of a beloved home to an assisted living community while others embrace the opportunity to set up a new […]

  • What I have realized over the last four years as I have shepherded two kids through this process is how much the search for Assisted Living parallels the college search. In the end it really is all about the “right fit”.

    5 Steps to Choosing a College or an Assisted Living Community

    By Lee Larkin
    Published October 7, 2015 About Assisted Living
    What I have realized over the last four years as I have shepherded two kids through this process is how much the search for Assisted Living parallels the college search. In the end it really is all about the “right fit”.

  • Nursing Homes are required to provide intensive, 24-hour skilled nursing and related care, therefore their costs are much higher than residential-style Assisted Living. In Massachusetts those who pay privately for a Nursing Home placement spend on average $10,000 - $12,000+ per month. Once a senior’s private assets run out, a subsidized “medicaid bed” in a Nursing Home would be a lower cost than most Assisted Living communities.

    Compare Nursing Homes & Assisted Living

    By Lee Larkin
    Published September 29, 2015 About Assisted Living
    Nursing Homes are required to provide intensive, 24-hour skilled nursing and related care, therefore their costs are much higher than residential-style Assisted Living. In Massachusetts those who pay privately for a Nursing Home placement spend on average $10,000 - $12,000+ per month. Once a senior’s private assets run out, a subsidized “medicaid bed” in a Nursing Home would be a lower cost than most Assisted Living communities.

  • Comparing Assisted Living to In Home Care

    By Lee Larkin
    Published September 8, 2015 About Assisted Living
    Living in an Assisted Living community, with overnight awake staff and services available 24 hours a day, is much less expensive than comparable 24-hour home health care live-in services. In fact, the average cost of an Assisted Living community in Massachusetts is comparable to what a home health care agency charges, on average, for six hours of daily personal care assistance, shopping, meal preparation and other services by a home health aid.

  • Why do seniors stay healthier and happier in Assisted Living? Recreation, Nutrition, medication assistance and companionship

    Why are Seniors Healthier & Happier in Assisted Living?

    By Lee Larkin
    Published August 11, 2015 Uncategorized
    Why do seniors stay healthier and happier in Assisted Living? Recreation, Nutrition, medication assistance and companionship

  • 7 top things to look for on your assisted living tour: Can you envision yourself or your loved one feeling comfortable living here? Do you have a warm feeling being in the community? Do the people look happy and engaged? Are residents socializing with  other and engaged in programs or activities? Did you sample a meal? Does the community have all the latest safety features? Is the person giving the tour really listening to you? Is there anything about the assisted living community that makes it stand out from the others you visited?

    7 Things to Look For on Your Assisted Living Tour

    By Lee Larkin
    Published July 7, 2015 About Assisted Living
    7 top things to look for on your assisted living tour: Can you envision yourself or your loved one feeling comfortable living here? Do you have a warm feeling being in the community? Do the people look happy and engaged? Are residents socializing with other and engaged in programs or activities? Did you sample a meal? Does the community have all the latest safety features? Is the person giving the tour really listening to you? Is there anything about the assisted living community that makes it stand out from the others you visited?

  • Individuals experiencing the early symptoms of dementia are often referred to by the medical community as having Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). MCI is the stage between forgetfulness associated with normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease, marked by progressive memory loss.

    What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

    By Lee Larkin
    Published May 27, 2015 About Assisted Living
    Individuals experiencing the early symptoms of dementia are often referred to by the medical community as having Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). MCI is the stage between forgetfulness associated with normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease, marked by progressive memory loss.

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