• Assisted Living Center Term Clarified

    There is recent news from the state about senior living facilities.Ā Effective June 7, 2012, House Bill 2056 redefines the legal definition of an assisted living center.Ā After June 7, 2012, adult family homes will no longer be included in the term ā€œassisted living centerā€ and the term ā€œassisted living centerā€ will be used for boarding homes. According to the government affairs director at the Washington Health Care Association, boarding homes are facilities with seven or more congregate senior apartments where residents receive care and services.Ā Those services include housekeeping, meals, snacks, laundry, organized activities, health support and intermittent nursing. Adult family homes are residences licensed to serve up to seven residents, usually in a residential setting, so there is no licensure requirement for such things as two-hour burn doors or indoor sprinkler systems.Ā Services vary within the adult family home. The House Bill is meant to clarify terms for the public at large.Ā So, of the 542 licensed facilities […]

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  • When Assisted Living Equals Enhanced Living

    Assisted living decisions are not only about getting physical needs managed but, perhaps more importantly, about insuring our quality of life continues to meet our personal preferences. When an assisted living facility is being considered, it’s important to get to know the “personality” of each facility on your list of choices. If the potential resident has always been extremely social then it makes sense to choose an assisted living facility that makes it easy for newcomers to integrate into the social structure of the facility. Does the facility have regular formal gatherings? Does the facilty offer group activities that leave room for newcomers? By the same token, if the person moving into an assisted living facility has always been more to themselves, you want to make sure the assisted living facilities being considered do not “push” social interaction beyond what the newcomer will be comfortable with. Does the facility offer quiet areas for alone time? Does the facility offer support […]

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  • Assisted Living In Vancouver WA Positive Response

    Great news for those who may be seeking assisted living in Vancouver WA.Ā We have had a positive response to our new listings of adult family homes on our site.Ā For those persons who are thinking about relocating to an adult family home or other setting in assisted living in Vancouver WA, being able to actually see photographs and read about the residences and facilities makes a difference. Of course, assisted living in Vancouver WA is so vast, with many different levels of care, we canā€™t list them all ā€“ at least not right now, but be assured, we are quite familiar with the senior housing options and services in Vancouver and Clark County. Once we help you determine what your needs are, knowing the vacancies in the area, what services are provided, and other important details makes it easy for us to point you in the right direction.Ā It is our privilege to set up any tours you might […]

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  • Assisted Living May Become An Option For Caregivers Health

    It may be time to consider alternative housing like adult family homes or another type of assisted living in Vancouver WA when your loved one can no longer manage independently in their own home.Ā And, even when there is a caregiver in the home, there may come a time when adult family homes or some other assisted living setting in the Vancouver area is the best choice.Ā Knowing when to start thinking about assisted living like adult family homes in Vancouver WA is our specialty here at A Caring Heart. We have years of experience and expertise in the continuum of care available for adults in the Clark County Washington area and we are proud of the number of satisfied clients we have helped find the right housing option. We know you want the best for your loved one, but we encourage you to also take care of yourself.Ā Caregiving can become stressful, which then can cause interpersonal conflict, affect […]

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  • Assisted Living In Vancouver WA Could Actually Increase Your Independence

    PeopleĀ often associateĀ the move toĀ assisted living in Vancouver WA with giving up independence. Our relationships with seniorsĀ have taught us time and again thatĀ this is absolutely not the case. Choosing the right Vancouver WA assisted living facility means understanding your needs and analyzing the opportunities each assisted living facility may offer. Assisted livingĀ often Ā increases independence because the facility offers transportation as part of their services. For many people giving up their drivers license is equal to losing their independence. When we help families investigate assisted living options we talk with you about these very subtle needs in addition to the more obvious needs that may come up in the future. Many of our clients are very independent, even still driving, Ā but want the security of knowing assistance is nearby if they do need it. Another benefit of joining an assisted living community is the chance to connect with peers. Increasing social interactionĀ helpsĀ to […]

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  • Assisted Living In Vancouver WA – How To Start Your Search

    The nature of support we offer to families looking for assisted living in Vancouver WA has, by it’s nature, made it so that people in our community know they can turn to usĀ for seniorĀ housing and related resources. Assisted living in Vancouver WA is a phrase often used to search for other types of solutions such as Memory Care, Senior Housing and Adult Family Homes. We feel it is important to remind ourĀ visitors thatĀ “assisted living in Vancouver WA” is a phrase that may not actually bring the right resources to the forefront. Often this search is made during a highly emotional time. We would encourage you to start your assisted living search by leveraging a free service like we offer here at A Caring Heart. We can help you process your needs and determine the correct assisted living in Vancouver WA solution base on your unique needs. It is possible that an assisted living facility, in it’s […]

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  • Assisted Living Providers May Want To Consider Chocolate On The Menu!

    A popular website for people involved in assisted living and care giving is called Care 2 Make a Difference (http://care2.com) where you can find some great information. In their “Green Living” section we ran across a great article titled “Chocoate Good for the Heart?”. Researchers from the UK and Colombia say their meta-analysis of seven studies focused on chocolate and a reduction in heart disease shows eating small amounts of chocolate could reduce the risk of heart disease by 37%, and the risk of stroke by 29%. ā€œAlthough overconsumption can have harmful effects, the existing studies generally agree on a potential beneficial association of chocolate consumption with a lower risk of cardiometabolic disorders. Our findings confirm this, and we found that higher levels of chocolate consumption might be associated with a one-third reduction in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

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  • Assisted Living, Adult Family Homes And Memory Care Are Only A Part Of Aging Readiness

    The Clark County Aging Readiness Task Force is going to be at the Clark County Fair at Booth 93 in the Exhibition Hall. In addition to helping families seek the right assisted living, adult family home or memory care location for their loved ones, Kathy has been an active member of this task force. TheĀ Aging Readiness Task ForceĀ was convened to help address how Clark County can meet the needs of an aging population. Kathy will be at the booth Saturday, August 6th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.and would love to have you stop by to say hello and gather information. See you at the FAIR!!!

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  • How Do I Know When It Is Time To Move Into Assisted Living?

    When there is concern that it is no longer safe to stay at home or in your apartment alone. This could be related to health, physical, emotional, or social factors. A few examples of behaviors that might indicate you are at risk include: weight loss falling depression forgetfulness confusion wandering

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