Senior Living Blog

Will Health Insurance Cover Dementia Care?

When Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia make themselves known in your family, whether in yourself or a loved one, there’s a lot of information to get up to speed on. What are the symptoms? How quickly does it progress? What does dementia care look like? These questions center around dementia itself, learning all … Continue reading “Will Health Insurance Cover Dementia Care?”

Understanding the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease looms ever larger in our minds as loved ones age. But for something so fearsome, many of us don’t have an understanding of the disease, especially how it progresses. While some break it into three phases, generally referred to as “mild/early,” “moderate/middle,” and “severe/late,” most discussion of Alzheimer’s disease focuses on seven different … Continue reading “Understanding the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease”

When Is the Best Time to Transition a Loved One to a Senior Living Community?

As you contemplate helping your loved one to move into a senior living community, the goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible. One question we get frequently here at Lexington Square is “What’s the best time of year to make the move?” The truth is, when you look at the calendar, there … Continue reading “When Is the Best Time to Transition a Loved One to a Senior Living Community?”

7 Tips for Finding a Senior Living Community You Can Trust

Think back to the last time you searched for a new house. You likely had a lot of things on your list of wants and needs. You were looking for someplace comfortable, well-kept, and pleasant. Then there was the community around the house. Did you like the neighborhood? The people who lived there? Were the … Continue reading “7 Tips for Finding a Senior Living Community You Can Trust”

5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Memory Care Facility for a Loved One

Choosing a memory care facility for your loved one can be daunting. The needs of memory care patients grow as time goes on. Your loved one will come to depend more and more on the staff of the facility you choose, and you want to make sure you can depend on them as well. Here … Continue reading “5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Memory Care Facility for a Loved One”

Spring Starts Now: Planning Your Move to a Senior Living Community

There are few constants in life, especially as we age, but there are some things we can count on with certainty. One of those is that moving will take longer than we think it will. Whether you’re packing your child up from school, trying to clear out of the vacation home you’ve been lounging in, … Continue reading “Spring Starts Now: Planning Your Move to a Senior Living Community”

How to Decide When a Loved One Requires Assisted Living

Making the decision to place a loved one in assisted living is difficult. There’s a persistent voice in our head that keeps saying, “Not yet. It’s not time yet. We can wait a little longer.” There’s often another voice—possibly from family, friends, or doctors—that’s saying “It’s time. In fact, it’s long past time.” We’re not … Continue reading “How to Decide When a Loved One Requires Assisted Living”

Tips for a Smooth Transition into an Assisted Living Community

One of the most important aspects of making the transition into an assisted living facility is helping your loved one feel at home in their new surroundings. This is a difficult concept for many people to grasp, including the family and friends of those making the move to assisted living. We’re not used to our … Continue reading “Tips for a Smooth Transition into an Assisted Living Community”

What’s the Difference between Assisted Living & Independent Living?

There comes a time in many adults’ lives when they realize it is time to make the important lifestyle change of moving into a retirement home. While this isn’t for everybody, many older adults and their families ultimately come to realize that there are benefits to living in the sort of communities provided by us … Continue reading “What’s the Difference between Assisted Living & Independent Living?”

Honoring Past Traditions and Beginning New Ones with a Loved One in Assisted Living

If you’re a longtime Chicago native, it can still sting to think of Marshall Field’s. For over a century, the beloved department store was an integral part of life here in Chicago, and the center of many families’ holiday traditions. While movies largely pay homage to winter window displays in Manhattan, those of us in … Continue reading “Honoring Past Traditions and Beginning New Ones with a Loved One in Assisted Living”