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I’ve Saved For My Son’s College But I Didn’t Consider My Parent’s Assisted Living!

Nursing Home Comparison Infographic

Somewhere along the way, someone should have warned me about planning for my aging parent’s future.  I started out in my 20’s saving for my first house.  Then as my kids were born I started saving for their college education.  I thought the next thing I was supposed to be planning for was my retirement, right?  WRONG!  No one ever told me about the exorbitant cost of helping my parents pay for in-home care, assisted living or, even worse, a nursing home.  And, unfortunately, they never considered getting long term care insurance.

When Your Aging Parents Can No Longer Live Alone…And What to Do About It

Farmington PALS

For adult children, the reality that their parent’s health is declining and they can no longer live alone is not always easy to face.  Sometimes it’s a gradual reality and other times it’s a specific event such as a fall in their home or a driving accident.   Independent living, also referred to as aging in place, is not only what seniors would prefer but studies have shown that the emotional and psychological benefits are tremendous.  Unfortunately this isn’t always an option. 

Surprise! You're A Caregiver now!

Being a caregiver

Life is difficult at times and can throw unexpected challenges which one cannot escape. One such trial that can present itself rather suddenly is becoming a caregiver to an elder or a disabled family member! A new caregiver has a lot to learn before handling such an important responsibility. She has to understand what kind of care the elder or disabled person needs, has to know what happens to the patient if the caregiver herself is run down or ill and also about the care quality to be offered to the patient.

The Evolution of Aging In Place

For elderly individuals in the United States and around the world, "Aging in Place" is a dream that is increasingly becoming a reality. For years, though, such a practice was not practical or feasible, largely due to a lack of infrastructure and services that prevented aging individuals to stay in their preferred living conditions as they get older. Over the last couple of decades, a greater emphasis on "Aging in Place" has been made by government agencies and other businesses and organizations to make it possible for older generations to live their lives as they prefer.

And in most cases, that means continuing to live in the residence in which they hit retirement. According to a report by the AARP, 78 percent of individuals between 50 and 64 years of age state that they would like to stay in their current residence as they get older. This means delaying -- or avoiding entirely -- the necessity for them to live with their children, in assisted living centers, or in nursing homes for the elderly. The greatest challenges facing these persons is the inevitable long-term care needs that develop with age. Fortunately, a new era of care products and services is addressing those needs in the privacy of a person's own home, improving comfort and quality of life without conceding health or safety.

The first major programs enabling older individuals to remain in their homes and communities sprouted up in the 1970s. One model, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, provided assisted care to senior citizens as an alternative to nursing home care. This program enabled seniors to live in their homes for years longer than they previously would have been allowed. Some of these programs are still functional today, although their availability is limited to certain locations and regions.

In the late 1980s, initiatives were launched that sought to create solutions to the housing and care needs of senior citizens. Citing the need for quality of living standards for aging persons with medical problems, some of these programs led to assisted living communities that allowed residents to live almost entirely independent in quality housing while having their various health care needs provided for. Although this required senior citizens to relocate from their home into a new residence and community, it delivered a much better quality of living than many alternatives would have offered, and it allowed these persons to continue to live almost entirely independently.

Providing for the elderly and facilitating "Aging in Place" gained prominence in the late 1990s, when the AARP and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Aging identified the health care and livability needs of the elderly as important issues needing addressing. This triggered a mainstream movement spawning numerous strategies for making "Aging in Place" more accessible on a national level.

One such strategy, which continues to be employed with overwhelming success, is the installation of home modifications to make a person's current home more accommodating to the changes brought by aging. One of the greatest challenges of a typical residence is that common features become greater safety hazards. Stairs are a tripping and falling hazard, slips in showers can lead to serious and/or fatal injuries, and floor hazards can also lead to injury. Additionally, many of these homes lack the features required to serve the health needs of seniors as new problems arise.

Some simple modifications, such as ramps, railings and non-slip floor surfaces can greatly reduce these hazards. But there are still other concerns to wrestle with that require more extreme changes. Companies like Practical Assisted Living Solutions, LLC have created groundbreaking products that provide some of these essential modifications to a home. The PALS module, for example, is a modular addition that can be installed onto a person's home. This module contains a bathroom and living space that accommodates the needs of handicapped individuals, letting them go about their daily routine in safety and comfort. Such a modification brings two of the most important features in to any home, making it possible for partially disabled senior citizens to enjoy the comfort of their own home without sacrificing their health.

Products like the PALS module can be packaged with other installations, modifications or assisted care services to keep senior citizens in their home for as long as possible. With any luck, users of these products will never have to face the day when they are pulled from their home and forced to live out their lives in a nursing home.


How Youth's benefit from interacting with Seniors


Humans are social creatures, and this need does not diminish with age. Much like their youthful counterparts, loneliness and depression have been shown to increase in seniors who find themselves alone. Today, there are many success stories of troubled teens that have put their lives back on track with the help and influence of an older adult.

Nursing Home Closures and What it means for Aging In Place?

Nursing Home Closures

As the baby boomer generation begins to push the long term care industry to develop new ways for long term care there is a lingering question that I think should be addressed:

Infographic on Risks and Costs of Senior Falls

Risks and costs of senior falls

When thinking about aging-in-place there are many issues that you need to consider and falling is a major issue that 1 in 3 adults over 65 will experience. Below is an infographic about the Risks and Costs of Senior Falls. A Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) can design and implement solutions that minimize the risk of falling for seniors.

10 Reasons Why Building Modular Makes Sense

Starting a Modular build

10 Reasons Why Building Modular Makes Sense

  1. Modular Buildings are built under a controlled environment.
  2. The skilled workers assembling the home each perform specific tasks in the construction and since each skilled worker is only performing one or two specific tasks that skilled worker becomes an expert on that part of the construction process
  3. Unlike stick building all the materials used in the modular building process do not face nature’s wrath which decreases the possibilities of defects and imperfections in the walls and ceilings.
  4. The process of building in a factory allows the structure to be "open" while being built. Workers are able to access the inside of the walls and ceilings, between the wall board and framing members, to glue and seal the wall board from the rear, before the outer sheathing and insulation are attached.
  5. Modular construction resists natural forces better because of precision cuts, which are fit and fastened in the factory. The construction technology calls for glue-nailed sheathing and decking plus additional framing members which makes modular buildings more likely to endure nature’s onslaughts.
  6. Modular homes assure the buyer that all electrical, plumbing, mechanical and structures are built to a HUD national code, which exceeds any local standards.
  7. Modular buildings are built stronger because they are moved by truck to their final location and then hoisted by crane into place. No normal stick building would be able to be transported over the road and hoisted by a crane.
  8. Modular buildings can be built with surprising speed. A full home can be constructed within a week in a factory.        
  9. There are no concerns of weather conditions, unreliable subcontractors, later material delivery, and human error.
  10. Once the modular building is delivered to the site it can be erected within a day and ready for occupancy within a few weeks.

Modular buildings can come in all shapes and sizes and advances in design and engineering technology makes building a custom modular building easier than ever. Building modularly decreases the time needed to be on site.

5 Simple Ways to Prevent Falling In Your Home

Fall Prevention, Falling on rug, Rugs causes falls

5 Simple Ways to Prevent Falling In Your Home

All of us want to stay in our own homes for as long as possible but remaining vertical and mobile in your home may be a challenge.  Falling down is a serious issue for seniors and one in which their family and/or caregivers should address earlier rather than later.  With statistics like 1 in 3 of those over the age of 65 will fall each year we all need to consciously think of the ways we can adapt our home to lower the risk of falling.

PALS Introduces Eric Francis: Director of Marketing and Social Media


After graduating Central Connecticut State University in December 2010 with a degree in business management with a concentration in entrepreneurship it became evident that I was going to be very picky in choosing a job.  I wanted to be a part of a team that developed something that could change the world and could also help fulfill one of my basic needs when it comes to business, feeling that I was helping people with my work.  I never imagined that I would be working in the long term care industry but from the day I learned about PALS and their products for elderly and disabled individuals I knew that it was a company that could fulfill my desire to helping people while at the same time making a decent living. 

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