Cost of Care Survey by Met Life

A recent survey of the Cost of Care by Met Life found the following: The national average daily rate for a private room in a nursing home rose 4.4% from $229 in 2010 to $239 in 2011. The national average monthly base rate in an assisted living community rose 5.6% from $3,293 in 2010 to […]

Bill Alexander Speaks on Charitable Giving

Bill Alexander will be speaking at the NC Chapter of the Planned Giving Council on the Topic of Charitable Giving on February 29, 2012. The outline of the discussion is below. If you have any questions regarding Charitable giving, the setting up of a Charitable Trust, or to review something you have in place now, […]

Quick fixes for a safer home

Leave me home!!!   You better not put me in any nursing home! Most people we speak to want to stay home.  Our concern is not just home, but home in a safe “senior friendly” environment. You can make your home safer with a few simple steps; better lighting, trip hazards like worn or torn rugs, […]

Be careful who “cares” for your loved one. PART II

#6. THE CAREGIVER SHOWS UP AT THE HOME BUT DOESN’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON Every new caregiver needs to be introduced to the Client by their manager. The “Caregiver Orientation” is when the caregiver is introduced to the home environment (care plan, danger spots, Client preferences, daily routine, the location of the supplies required to […]

Be careful who “cares” for your loved one.

When asked “would you like to go into a nursing facility or stay at home?” what do you think the vast majority of answers would be?  I think most seniors would say “keep me at home as long as you can!!!!” The baby boomer group is turning 65, on average,  at the rate of 10,000 […]

Peace on earth, good-will to men!

I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!    ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow We would all like to extend to you a warm Christmas greeting Bill Alexander, Tovah McDonald, Rick, Tracy, Deb, Ann, Katherine, Elizabeth and Shelia W. G. Alexander […]

Adult Care Homes 2 to 6 residents. Are they for you?

A family care home cares for two to six unrelated residents in a family like setting.  These homes are often located in residential communities and are staffed by round-the-clock professionals who prepare meals, dispense medication, and provide help with activities of daily living.  (Assisted Living Facilities are licenced for 7 or more and can care for many residents). Because of […]

While visiting family and friends this season, here are a few things to look out for! 1. GIVE A HUG Look for: Obvious weight loss. Anything from depression to cancer to difficulty shopping and cooking can be behind a noticeable loss of weight. Increased frailty. If you can notice something “different” about a person’s strength and stature […]

Cost of Care: Assisted Living Costs- Preparation is the key!

Assisted Living costs nationally range from $28,800,000 to almost $70,000 per year! In a recent survey, the median annual cost of a single occupant unit in an assisted living facility was listed as: North Carolina:  $33,600.00 Georgia:  $28,800.00 South Carolina:  $36,840.00 Virginia:  $44,460.00 Alabama:  $34,765.00 Delaware:  $55,506.00 Florida:  $31,950.00 The most expensive state was Alaska […]

This Holiday Season- Be prepared to talk about Long Term Care Needs

  Counseling experts are already witnessing a 66% growth in calls this year from adult children seeking advice on complex medical, legal and financial issues involving aging parents, according to a report being released Wednesday by the ComPsych Corporation, an international provider of 13,000 employee-assistance programs. Add to that high volume the 18% increase during […]