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9 Fun Fall Activities for Seniors In Minnesota (2024 Update)

The autumn season is short but sweet — and jam-packed with fun things to do for all ages. If you’re visiting a loved one in the North Star State during this time, there are a number of things you won’t want to miss out on. Our care communities are proud to serve MN locals, but if you’re new to the area, take the time to look through our best suggestions …

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7 Senior Living Options For 2024

More and more baby boomers are reaching and surpassing retirement age daily. This is creating a greater senior population compared to their parents’ time. Back then, there were very few senior living options, with family members being the primary choice for care. Today, the landscape for senior living options looks much different. This is good news as not everyone ages the same way — and a greater senior population means …

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How to Pay For Assisted Living in 2024

Making the decision to move a loved one or yourself into an assisted living facility can be challenging. This is especially true when you consider the assisted living costs over time, as the current national average for assisted living is more than $4,000 per month. Unfortunately, assisted living isn’t something you can expect to be fully covered by Medicare. Fortunately, paying for assisted living is much easier than you would …

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Assisted Living Food Code & Dietary Programs (Guide)

When moving an aging loved one into an assisted living community, one of the greatest concerns will be ensuring they receive proper nutrition throughout their time there.  However, it’s not difficult to find an assisted living dietary program suitable for your loved one’s needs. This is true even if they’re vegan or have certain medical issues, like high blood pressure or diabetes. Below we’ll decode Minnesota’s assisted-living food code and …

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Minnesota State Regulations For Assisted Living (2024 Update)

In 2021, Minnesota enacted a licensure requirement for all facilities providing assisted living and memory care services. It was the last state in the U.S. to set up these assisted living regulations. It established standards of care surrounding the following concerns: Requirements related to nursing staff training and staff-to-resident ratios in assisted living communities. Baseline rules to ensure that residents are treated with care and respect. Making residents aware of …

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7 Must-Have Items For Nursing Home Residents

Is your loved one planning on moving into a nursing home or assisted living community? While the two are similar, nursing homes usually offer more advanced medical care, while assisted living allows for more independent living. Regardless of the type of care community, the transition can prove difficult. It can be stressful for your loved one to leave their long-term home and move into an unfamiliar place. That’s why we’ve …

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Assisted Living Services: What to Expect From Your Assisted Living Facility

Whether you’re starting the conversation of assisted living with a loved one or you yourself are interested in assisted living services, it’s no secret that making a big change like this can be stressful, overwhelming, and maybe even scary. You need to feel confident that you or your loved one will be safe, respected, and properly cared for. Unfortunately, there are stories each year about neglectful assisted living facilities, so …

7 Common Assisted Living Jobs You Can Apply For (2024 Update)

Families and aging adults across the country have experienced peace of mind through valuable assisted living facilities. Of course, these facilities don’t run themselves as they require a fairly specific type of staff to keep the residents happy, healthy, and safe. If you have certain skills, you may find luck when searching for assisted living jobs. If you aren’t sure if you possess the right skills or experience to work …

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10 Pros and Cons of Assisted Living to Consider

Making the decision for yourself or a loved one to move into an assisted living facility can be difficult. There are a lot of pros and cons of assisted living to consider. It’s essential to make the right choice to ensure a better quality of life at an assisted living facility once you or your aging loved one is settled in.  Below we’ll discuss the 10 significant pros and cons …

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8 Assisted Living Options For Seniors (2024 Update)

A time may come when your aging loved one will need to move to a more supportive environment, such as an assisted living community. These types of communities are often the best way to ensure that your loved one is able to enter this next chapter in their lives with access to quality care and more importantly, the necessary supervision. The question is which types of assisted living communities are …

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