nursing home

Read medical chart of elderly relative to avert mistakes

This is the thirty-sixth in a series of articles intended to demystify retirement living options.

The last several articles in this series described some of the sorts of problems that can arise in even well-run assisted living or skilled nursing facilities. How can you tell if your friend or relative is subject to errors or oversights in care? A good first step is to read their medical chart. To do that, you need legal authorization.

Ensuring that personal quirks don't prevent your loved one from getting the right care in assisted living or skilled nursing

This is the thirty-fifth in a series of articles intended to demystify retirement living options.

You may assume that your loved one is getting all the expected care in assisted living or nursing/skilled nursing. But sometimes, quirky problems disrupt the established routines in the facility, and care can suffer as a result.

Make sure that care your elderly relative needs isn't omitted in assisted living or a nursing facility

This is the thirty-fourth in a series of articles intended to demystify retirement living options.

The previous article discussed how duplicate prescriptions might arise, overdosing your loved one who lives in assisted living or nursing/skilled nursing. This article discusses the opposite problem: how needed care may be omitted.

What about free-standing assisted living and nursing/skilled nursing facilities?

This is the 20th in a series of articles discussing senior living alternatives.

Previous articles profiled retirement communities offering a wide range of options from independent living to assisted living and long-term care.

For people unable to live independently, another choice is a stand-alone facility that offers either assisted living or skilled nursing/nursing care. Costs vary, but appear to fall in a range similar to those of the retirement communities.

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