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  • Simple Steps To Keeping Seniors Healthy

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    Being elderly doesn’t have to mean weaker bones, risk for heart disease or a decrease in energy. Doing small things, such as eating foods low in fat and cholesterol, exercising, having a good sleep schedule and staying social, can help maintain a healthy heart. By following these basic tips below, you or your loved one can feel revitalized and full of energy.

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  • Alzheimer’s Versus Dementia: What Are They?

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    Alzheimer’s

    According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory thinking and behavior.”

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  • Paying for Assisted Living Facilities: Spend Downs

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    Spend Downs at Assisted Living Facilities in the Denver

    When professionals in the senior living industry discuss ways an individual can pay for care and housing, you may here terms such as private pay, spend down, and straight medicaid. It can be confusing! In the Denver Metro area there are many assisted living facilities that only accept private pay funds for care and housing. They are not licensed to receive Medicaid funds from the state of Colorado.

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  • Senior Housing in Denver: Choosing the Appropriate Care

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    Making the Transition

    Most families only want to move their loved one once. Therefore, looking for Senior Housing in Denver can be stressful because there are so many choices. Choosing the appropriate care and social setting for the long term can be a challenge. Many times families do end up moving a family member at least twice. Does that mean they made the “wrong” choice the first time? Well, it depends. Your loved one may have needed the chance to live in a community that allowed them more independence when they were transitioning from their home. Three years may have gone by and now your loved one has begun to show significant signs of dementia and a smaller setting is more appropriate. Bottom line is you may never know, but you gave them a chance to live more independently. Each senior has different medical and social needs. They are a person, not just a patient, and a lot of factors need to be taken into consideration. In addition, spending a lot of money on senior care and housing in Denver does not always mean better care.

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  • “Alive Inside”: Everyone in Senior Care Services Should See This Film

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    I’m Pam Silverberg, Senior Care Advisor and owner of Stacys Helping Hand; and, I just saw “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory” with a few women from my local CSA (Certified Seior Advisor) leadership group. It is a documentary where filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett travels around the country and captures the stories of people who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.

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  • How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Denver?

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    The cost for Assisted Living facilities in Denver ranges from $2,000 to $7,000/month. The price varies depending on the size, level of care provided, number of activities, and ascetics. And, if that doesn’t make your head spin, assisted living communities can provide a spectrum of low care to high care, based on their business and social models. A few years ago, the base cost for a typical assisted living facility to care for a resident in Denver was about $100 per day. This is why you don’t tend to see many communities at the $2,000/month rate.

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  • Do You Need a Denver Assisted Living Expert?

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    When you use a local Interim Care Manager who specializes in assisted living facilities, like Stacys Helping Hand, Inc you receive the expertise needed to find your loved one the best fit and give you peace of mind. Assisted Living Experts will save you days of research, touring and potentially still not asking the right questions so you can find the best fit.

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  • How to Avoid Common Pitfalls When Researching Assisted Living Facility in Denver

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    Researching care facilities online isn’t as easy as you might expect. Each Assisted Living Facility decides what level of care they will offer. They are all different and offer a wide range of services that differ from facility to facility. Assistance ranges from very little to a very high level of assistance. Also, it’s confusing, because prices vary considerably and how they charge can be different which makes it difficult to compare by price. If you choose to go it alone with a free online resource, avoid these common pitfalls assembled by our team.

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  • Are Denver Assisted Living Placement Services A Good Resource?

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    The answer is yes. Are you in the process of deciding which Assisted Living Facility in the Denver area would be the best for your loved one? In your search, you will come across many assisted living referral or placement agencies that offer services. There are two types of referral agencies. Below, are some basics you should know first before choosing.

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  • 6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Assisted Living Referral/Placement Service

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    Are you considering using the services of a Denver Assisted Living Referral or Placement service like Stacys Helping Hand, Inc? We’ve previously reviewed the benefits in detail in our blog post Are Denver Assisted Living Placement Services A Good Resource?, but below we share questions to ask and specifics to look for to be prepared. For example, an important question to ask a referral service about recommended facility options is whether or not they know the facility’s reputation (i.e. through a resident advocate, other 3rd parties, clients that have moved there). Unfortunately, some agents may not have the expertise to assess your loved one’s current social and physical care needs, look ahead to their future care needs, and what that will mean financially in care costs. Below are answers we provide all of our clients; and, questions you should make sure you ask any referral agency you choose.

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  • Are Denver Discharge Planners A Good Resource for Assisted Living Facilities?

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    Free Case Managers/Discharge Planners at Hospitals and Rehabilitation facilities can be a good resource for you and your elderly loved one if your loved one needs to transition to a care facility. Unfortunately, they are often stretched for time and rarely tour Assisted Living or other care facilities. They simply don’t have the time. Case managers often have 25 to 50 cases. Simply, your Case Manager may not have the time to give your family the attention you need to find your loved one the best fit.

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  • The Challenges of Only Using a Discharge Planner to Decide Senior Living

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    Since Discharge Planners are not in the care facilities, they’ve relied on us, on more than one occasion when a senior needs a nursing home or memory care facility. With our experience with local facilities, we know that a specific, small assisted living facility can offer the high level of care your senior needs, would be a better fit, and is much less expensive.

    Sifting through all of the details is tough. Below is a list of our top benefits and concerns of solely working with a Case Manager and/or Discharge Planner. For complete details, read our story. Are Denver Discharge Planners A Good Resource for Assisted Living Facilities?

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  • 8 – Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Denver Colorado

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    Figuring out how to pay for assisted living can be terrible, but it’s also unavoidable. A little preparation can go a long way. If you aren’t prepared to pay out of pocket, then you should probably reach out to our team of local experts who can help you explore in more detail the ways you can pay for Assisted Living.

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  • Help With VA Assisted Living Benefits

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    There are three tiers of VA benefits for older wartime veterans and their dependents. Basic Pension can be considered the first tier, Housebound the second tier, and Aid and Attendance (A&A) the third tier. At Stacys Helping Hand, Inc we’ve learned that many people don’t know about Aid and Attendance and if they do, they’ve probably avoided trying since so many people are denied. Often, veterans who need help often don’t have the expertise necessary for conveying their needs in order to receive the A&A benefits. There is an art to receiving the benefits, and many more details that can result in a denial. One problem many veterans encounter is that they are supposed to apply for A&A before Medicaid.

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  • How Does Colorado Medicaid Pay for Assisted Living?

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    Does Medicaid pay for Assisted Living? Medicaid is funded in part by the federal government and in part by the states. If you are confused about Medicaid, you aren’t alone. The Federal and State government are continuously changing rules surrounding healthcare, making it difficult for many people to know if they are using the correct information and making the right choices. Below, we’ve gathered some of the main benefits and drawbacks as well as some links to our vetted resources. Or, feel free to give our team at Stacys Helping Hand, Inc a call at the number above if you would like a Denver assisted living expert to help provide some clarity.

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  • Client Testimonial by Jo Deane Hinton

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    Stacys Helping Hand, Inc client Jo Deane Hinton, shares his video testimonial with us after working with owner Pam Silverberg, CSA and Joe Bradshaw, RN. We are very thankful to him for his kinds words.

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  • What is Assisted Living and Why it is Important?

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    People often think of what an assisted living facility is in the literal sense, living with just a little assistance. Many families wait to call us for our help for assisted living in Denver CO until they think that their loved one needs a nursing home because they can’t dress themselves or they need assistance with bathing or medication. But, you might be surprised by how many quality of life services assisted living facilities actually provide that could alter WHEN your family starts their search.

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  • 4 Reasons Geriatric Care Managers Team with Stacys Helping Hand, Inc

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    First of all, the team at Stacys Helping Hand, Inc appreciates and wants to thank Geriatric Care Managers for what they do. We’ve found that this profession is a calling for them because they care. Previously, they may have even been a nurse or case manager at a hospital. As they honed their skills and preferences, they realized many seniors need more hands-on guidance. We have a lot in common. Most Geriatric Care Managers have been placing clients for years on their own. Because of this, they hesitate to call us to help assess their client’s needs and determine which is the best care and housing option. But, it is time intensive and sometimes, a family just needs more one-on-one assistance. Here are four reasons, we hope to work in tandem with more case managers:

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  • 3 Reasons You Get So Angry with Your Loved One’s Mental Health Issues

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    Caring for a senior who has mental health issues can be one of the hardest challenges someone faces in their life. A family caregiver might be able to face the daily challenges with grace, but sometimes, transferring a loved one into Senior living, Assisted Living or a Nursing Home is necessary. Making the decision to transfer can be exceptionally difficult because caregivers often feel like they “should” be able to care for their elderly mom or dad.

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  • Why Is My Elderly Loved One Paranoid? – Stacys Helping Hand

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    Your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia might become suspicious of the people around them. Changes can be stressful for anyone, but they are especially difficult for a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia can increase feelings of fear and fatigue from trying to make sense out of an increasingly confusing world. The good news is that if you are dealing with paranoid behaviors, there are things you can do to minimize the outburst and reduce their chances of recurring. Below, our team at Stacys Helping Hand, Inc shares steps you can take and tips to help your loved one.

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