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As they age, most elderly people prefer to remain in their own homes. However, one of the major risks is the lack of enough social contacts. Even if there is caregiver to assist them in their activities of daily living, still there will be a lack of connection to peers, fun and excitement.

 

Loneliness and isolation are so widespread among elderly people. It often begins with the loss of a spouse. Things become worse when it combines with physical issues such as decreased vision and hearing, loss of ability to drive etc. In such situations, elderly people don't have many chances for social engagements as in the days when they were younger.

 

Additionally, as lonely elderly persons are in a vulnerable position, dishonest people may take advantage of them.

 

So, what can you do to protect your elderly parents from all these problems? The best way is to move them into assisted living.

 

Reasons to consider assisted living

 

Of course, for all elderly people, their own home is the most comfortable place. Therefore, most of us won't think about moving them to an assisted facility as long as they are able to live a normal and independent life. Here are the top reasons why people consider assisted living for their elderly loved ones:

 

  • An elderly is living alone in a home and need someone to help them with their activities of daily living such as bathing, getting dressed, toileting, housekeeping etc.
  • Preparing meals becomes hard for the elderly and they are not getting sufficient nutrition. When going to a grocery store and preparing meals become a burden for the elderly and hiring an in-home caregiver is not feasible, people often consider a senior care center such as an assisted living facility.
  • When elderly people develop memory problems and start forgetting necessary things such as taking medication, home becomes an unsafe place for them. Mismanagement of medication could lead to health complications. The best way to avoid this is to move the elderly to a suitable assisted living community.
  • When a spouse dies, the surviving one may feel lonely. Lonely life together with loss of some independence could lead to isolation and depression. To avoid this, you can consider moving the elderly to an assisted living center where your loved one will get plenty of opportunities to socialize and to participate in a variety of interesting activities.
  • People consider assisted living when their elderly loved ones' well-being and safety are at risk. If your senior family member is prone to falls, is leaving dangerous appliances on due to memory issues, or is unable to climb the stairs, home is no longer a safe place for him or her. You must consider moving him or her to a good assisted living facility.
  • When driving to appointments and managing other responsibilities become overwhelming for your elderly parents, you must think about moving them to a reputable assisted living facility.
Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017


You may think about moving your elderly family member to an assisted living facility when you realize that he or she is no longer safe in your home and you don't have the time and availability to address his or her daily needs. You know that assisted living will be best option for your ill-parent. But simply knowing it and persuading your senior family member into moving to an assisted living facility are two different things.

 

Though you only have the best intentions for the well-being of your loved one, for various reasons, many seniors adamantly decline to move to an assisted living facility. Therefore, you must know how to convince an elderly to move to an assisted living center. Here are some tips:

 

Create an open communication channel

 

As you know, you need to communicate with your parents regarding their future plans. But most of us are unable to tell our loved ones regarding the necessity of making a move to an assisted living community until a serious crisis occurs. But by then, it will be too late. Even if you use the situation to ask them to move, your elderly parent may refuse to make a move. Therefore, it is very important to establish an open communication channel as early as possible and to have a discussion with your elderly loved one regarding the idea of moving to an assisted living community.

 

Don't make it your parent's problem

 

Instead of making it your parent's problem, make it your problem. Instead of forcing them to do it, say something like "I am worried about you; it really makes me concerned to see you like this." In this way you can convince them that you are really concerned regarding their well-being. This can make a difference.

 

Offer quite a few choices

 

You can help your elderly parent to positively think about a possible move by providing them with a list of options and features they would like to have in an assisted living center. Visit some communities so that your ill-parent can get an idea about the wide variety of choices. After shortlisting the communities your loved one prefers, schedule visits for meals, attend events, and join in some activities organized by the facilities so that you can choose the best one for your elderly parent. When your loved one is given such a chance to choose from numerous options, the transition will be smoother because they won't feel as if they are being railroaded.

 

Use the opportunity presented by an injury or medical condition

 

Any major change in your senior family member's health status, whether it's a slip and fall injury, a disease, or diagnosis of a new medical condition, presents an opportunity for making a move to an assisted living facility. You can use this opportunity to explain the need of the move. Elderly people are likely to accept the move once they have realized that it is essential for their safety and well-being.

Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017


The society believes stay in an assisted living facility is an inevitable fate that happens when there is nobody else in a family to care for an elderly. They also have many fears about such senior care facility. However, as a matter of fact, many of these concerns are inaccurate.

Here are some common concerns people have about assisted living:

Worry of being bored

Seniors often worry that they have to lead a boring life in a senior care facility in the absence of friends and relatives. But with the amenities and activities offered by assisted living communities, there is actually no time for boring. Now-a-days, assisted living facilities offers almost everything including field trips, outdoor excursions, fitness classes, and many other social activities.

Worry about affordability

You may think how you can afford the assisted living costs. With some help from VA or Social Security benefits, assisted living may not be as expensive as you imagine.

Worry about lack of care

Many seniors worry if they would be cared for properly if they are staying at an assisted living facility. Good assisted living centers have professional staff members who are well-experienced in senior care. In fact, they can provide you more advanced care than you were getting in your home.

Worry about elder abuse and neglect

Elderly abuse and neglect are not uncommon now-a-days. However, good assisted living facilities do strict background checks before appointing employees. Anyone with a criminal history won’t be hired as a staff member. Before sending your loved one to senior care facility, make sure that no elderly abuse cases have been reported about it.

Worry of losing independence

Many people think older adults can’t have an independent life at senior care facilities. However, assisted living facilities help older adults live as independent as possible, while providing all necessary assistance with their activities of daily living (ADL). To make their independent life further happier, assisted living facilities provide their residents sufficient opportunity for social activities. Residents are also provided with transportation to appointments, cultural events and shopping.

Worry of losing control over daily activities

Moving to another residence together with letting go of several long-held habits could hurt older adults. However, good assisted living facilities provide the residence enough privacy and independence while offering them safety and security. Therefore, choosing an assisted living facility is actually an essential and freeing step for older adults as well as their families.

Worry of missing friends and loved ones

When leaving home anyone would be worried of being alone, especially if they have strong relationships that they value so much. Anyway, moving to an assisted living facility does not mean that you are going to lose all those relationships. Good assisted living centers not only value your relationships but also provide you with new opportunities for social contact.

Worry of medication administration

People often worry if they will be administered their medication on time if they move to an assisted living facility. However, good facilities are aware of the medications to be taken by each resident and have a highly organized system to store and administer them.

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Though all moves are hard, the most difficult one of all is the move of an elderly loved one to an assisted living facility. When taking such an important decision, you must ensure that the facility you've chosen is the best one where your loved one will receive high-quality care so that he/she will remain happy and healthy. But, if you don't know the main elements to look for while choosing an assisted living center, it may end up selecting an inappropriate facility for the elderly. Don't worry, we will help you understand the factors that are vitally important when choosing a care facility for seniors.

Give importance to quality rather than distance

Many people think if the assisted living facility is close their home or workplace, it would be easy for them to go and meet their loved one frequently. However, when choosing an assisted living setting, you should give primary importance to quality. If a facility far away from your house is offering better service than the nearby one, you must choose the former one for the wellbeing of your loved one.

Give importance to staff members rather than the building

People often forget the fact that it is staff members that provide care and support, not the facilities. Therefore, staff quality is more important than how the facility looks. Instead of choosing a facility just by its superficial appearance, meet all the staff to form a better view.

Beware of the sales techniques you may fall for

Some senior care centers hire commission-based marketers to get as much residents as possible. Such marketers may promise many things to get the resident in the door. However, once started living in the facility, it may be a different story. The center may not provide all the services they offered. Additionally, the marketers may apply pressure sales tactics by saying "discounted rate is available only until a particular date. Be careful not to be a victim of such marketing strategies.

Give more importance to your loved one's preferences than your own

You may have several preferences while choosing an assisted living community for an elderly. But don't forget that your loved one's tastes may be entirely different from yours. You should give more importance to their views and preferences when selecting an assisted living facility.

Don't be in a hurry

Some families are so confused when it comes to choose an assisted living center for their loved one. On the other hand, many people are in such a hurry to resolve the issue that they select the very first assisted living facility they see. This is one of the biggest mistakes people make when choosing a senior care center because we need at least a few options to make a good choice. You must visit at least three or four assisted living communities before choosing one for your loved one. This will help you understand the available options, how a facility differ from another, what makes each of them unique, and whether the residents are being cared for properly.

Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2017


Moving a loved one into an assisted living facility could be the toughest decision you may ever have to make. Assisted living facilities are for elderly people who are still autonomous and fairly healthy, but need help in certain daily activities. It is a fact that we can't compare the services offered by an assisted living facility with the care and support given by a family member. However, when the family members are not able to help their loved one due to their busy schedules, they have no way other than choosing a good assisted living facility or nursing home. Some studies say more than 70 percent U.S. citizens will need the service of an assisted living facility at some point in the final years of their lives. Though the decision is hard, the move into an assisted living facility may be lifesaving for your loved ones as it can increase their safety and improve their life quality.

Signs indicating it's time to move your loved one(s) to an assisted living facility

To realize that a loved one requires an assisted living facility is an integral part of assisting them in maintaining physical as well as mental health in their final years. When people who don't have the ability to care for themselves live alone, they are at a high risk of accidents, injury, failure to stick to the medication regimen, and malnutrition.

If you feel it's time for your loved one to move to an assisted living arrangement, there are a number of signs to watch out for:

 

Bruising on a regular basis

If you see bruising in an elderly, it is an indication that he/she is falling repeatedly. It means your loved one is unable to get things done independently and there is no one to help him/her out in your absence.

 

Mood variations

Mood changes often indicate that the elderly are not being administered the medication they need on time.

 

Change in eating habits

If you see significant changes in the eating habits of an elderly, it may be indicating that he/she is not at all comfortable with the living environment.

 

Neglecting personal care

If your loved one is neglecting care, it may be indicating they know that they are not receiving the support and personal care they need.

 

Declining cognitive senses

If your loved one shows an overall decline in basic cognitive senses such as memory and attention, it means they need better care and support and it's time to move them to an assisted living home.

If your loved one shows the above signs, it is safe to assume that he/she is not getting the support and care necessary to get through his/her day-to-day tasks and it's time to put him/her in an assisted living facility.

Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017


Assisted living can be a great solution for people who would like to live independently, but still need a little additional help for several things. But you may have many questions while taking a vital step in your or a loved one’s life. Here are some of the most important questions you have to consider if you are in search of a good assisted living facility:

What Is Assisted Living?

An assisted living facility, which is also known as an assisted living residence, is a housing facility that offers basic personal care for the residents and provides them with necessary support and assistance in daily living. Though an assisted living facility does not generally provide round-the-clock support to its residents, it can assist you or your loved one in all basic things.

Assisted living facilities typically provide the following for their residents:

  • An unfurnished apartment or bedroom with attached bathroom, kitchenettes, and balcony.
  • Assistance in everyday living activities including eating, toileting, bathing and dressing
  • Central dining program which includes three meals a day
  • Educational, exercise, and organized recreational activities
  • Medication administration and other health services
  • Laundry services
  • Wellness programs
  • Arrangements for transportation
  • 24-hour security

What Is Ambient Living?

Ambient living is assisted living intended to increase the welfare of residents with the use of technology that doesn't need much user input. For example, ambient living facilities use GPS devices to keep track of dementia patients and fully integrated 'smart homes' with devices for communication, fall prevention, and security. An ambient assisted facility not only addresses important issues including mobility, social interaction, and independence but also enhances the security, life quality, health and autonomy of senior residents. Ambient living can definitely be a great extension to services offered to the residents by an assisted living facility.

What are the major differences between autonomous and assisted living?

People who are looking for an ambient or assisted living facility often ask this question. An independent living facility just provides the residents with a space to live. It is not responsible for the care that the residents may need. But an assisted living facility provides its residents with all the basic personal care and assistance in daily activities including eating, toileting, bathing, and dressing.

What are the major differences between a nursing home and an assisted living facility?

Assisted living facilities are mainly intended for people who want to live independently but would not have to do tasks such as cooking and cleaning. Residents in an assisted living facility should be able to take care of themselves with assistance.

A nursing home is a homelike setting with almost all the advanced medical resources that you find at hospitals. Nursing homes provide round-the-clock nursing care and daily assistance to their residents. People who require constant care need the service of a nursing home. Therefore, you may choose between an assisted living facility and a nursing home for your loved one based on the level of care the resident needs.

Posted on Tuesday, August 08, 2017

It is always a good sign for our beloved senior citizens to feel as energetic as they have ever been in their life but the fact remains that everyone deserves a short break. This being the case, one has to look no further as Respite Care Austin, Barton Hills Assisted Living is the right place to crash in when you are looking to take some time off. The community we have built at Respite Care Austin, Barton Hills Assisted Living is one where everyone is humble and respectful and care about each other. Located in Austin Texas, we are always looking to welcome our guests.

The Bright Side of Respite Care Austin, Barton Hills Assisted Living

Here at Respite Care Austin, Barton Hills Assisted Living, we offer services of such high quality that you are sure to have a good time during your stay with us. We provide a wide range of facilities and activities for the senior citizens to enjoy their respite period and get the most out of it. We provide a secure and peaceful environment to our guests while they are staying in our guesthouses. Our package also includes an attendant that will always be there 24/7 to provide you with services such as bathing, dressing, grooming and your personal hygiene, along with a housekeeping service for you to avail anytime. We care about the way our guests want to make themselves as presentable and good looking as they can be. Therefore, besides the assistant being available 24/7, you're also going to have your very own personal laundry service that is going to get your clothes cleaned up and ready for you to put on whenever you require. And although many seniors do not wish to have their makeover done, we're still packed with a beautician and a barber at your service for you to get a fresh look. Allow our well-trained staff to serve you so you can go out and enjoy the numerous physical, social and recreational activities that Respite Care Austin, Barton Hills Assisted Living has to offer. All this does sound fun but it won't be that much fun if there happens to be an unfortunate mishap. Well, fortunately for you, we have an even brighter side to this story as we have licensed nurses on our staff and emergency systems that are built just so we can provide you with a high-quality lifestyle during your stay at Respite Care Austin, Barton Hills Assisted Living. And who doesn't want to have a good meal during the day? Here at Respite Care Austin, Barton Hills Assisted Living, we're offering not just 1 or 2, but 3 delicious and nutritious meals per day for you to enjoy.

With all that being said, we guarantee that you're not going to regret your stay with us. We promise to deliver what we offer and we always fulfil our promises. So, if you're looking to take a short break and have the time of your life, Respite Care Austin, Barton Hills Assisted Living has its gates opened and is always looking forward to welcoming you.
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017

It is quite a common fact that as people grow with age, the need for supportive assistance starts to grow. South Austin Assisted Living at Barton Hills was established with an objective to achieve. The objective was to bring ease and relaxation to our residents and bring them a lifestyle totally packed with a great amount of support and care to get them through their day to day tasks. We can proudly say that we achieved the objective and can now call ourselves a group of professionals that not only promise to deliver the services we promise but also deliver them in a professional manner that is unparalleled and is going to leave you wanting to extend your stay with us at South Austin Assisted Living at Barton Hills.

The Assistance You Require, We Deliver

To start with, let us let you in on the fact that we have a bunch of highly skilled and trained staff members that are available 24/7 around the clock at the disposal of our beloved residents. Our team, here at South Austin Assisted Living at Barton Hills, strives to deliver their services in high-quality fashion to meet the needs of every individual resident. Our expert housekeeping service comes in daily to visit your room and tidy things up to freshen the environment to bring you ease and comfort of mind and heart. Besides this, weekly linen and laundry services are complementary so that we may get your clothes cleaned up to make you look as sharp as ever when you put them on. Not just this, but our staff is always willing to help out our residents for other day-to-day tasks, which can be the most common ones as bathing, dressing, grooming, incontinence management, and personal hygiene. We also strive to make our community wheelchair friendly. Mobility issues? We've got you covered! Our resident's health is something we never compromise upon and, therefore, all the medications are supervised in order to make sure the medication never goes off track. This isn't even half of what you're going to receive if you decide to stay with us. So let's not wait any further. Allow us the chance to serve you.

Book Your Tour Today, Enjoy Life

If you haven't already, give us a call or, better yet, book your tour with us today. We're sure to provide you an experience that you're going to remember the rest of your lives. Not only do we promise to deliver what we've stated above but the manner in which we guarantee to deliver is going to leave you thrilled. So pack your bags and visit us today at South Austin Assisted Living at Barton Hills, for an experience that is going to be a game changer in your life. You're not going to regret the decision, we assure you.

Posted on Wednesday, July 05, 2017

When it comes to delivering the best in quality, Senior Housing Austin at Barton Hills has no parallel. Allow us the chance to be at your service and you'll realize that you've been missing out on a lot in your life. Not only do we provide assistance to our residents, if they require any, but the great range of services and amenities that Senior Housing Austin at Barton Hills has to offer is truly going to leave an irremovable mark in your life; one that you're going to remember forever. By booking your stay with us at Senior Housing Austin at Barton Hills, prepare yourselves for us to take you on a journey that is packed with lots of fun and excitement.

Why Choose Senior Housing Austin At Barton Hills?

The answer to this question is quite simple. If you're looking for the best, we've got you covered. You don't have to look any further. Located in Austin, Texas, Senior Housing Austin at Barton Hills is more than 25-unit licensed assisted living facility. For the rooms that you're going to stay in, you get either a private or a semi-private room in accordance with your needs and requirements. To get you through your day to day tasks, our highly skilled and trained staff members and licensed nurses are always going to be 24/7 around the clock available and just a few steps away from your door. Food is something we never compromise upon and, therefore, our very own cook prepares 3 nutritious and delicious meals for our residents on a regular basis. And trust us when we say that our food is going to leave you licking your fingers. And to make sure that you never fall sick, our staff is always going to supervising our residents and make sure they are in the best shape they can possibly be in. And we're not the ones that are going to keep you bound in your room. Yes, a lot of physical, social and recreational activities are offered along with the package you're going to purchase for your stay with us here at Senior Housing Austin at Barton Hills so that you may feel as energetic and refreshed as you possibly can. Besides these, an emergency call system, a fire alarm and a sprinkler system are all set up just in case of unfortunate emergencies. And if you're looking to get a fresh look, our beautician and barber are always going to be available for you. All this and much more awaits to be discovered by you upon your arrival.

So, if you haven't had the chance to stay with us before, now is the time to book your stay with us at Senior Housing Austin at Barton Hills. Believe it or not, it's going to be worth every penny you pay for it. And once you see the services and amenities we provide with your own eyes, you're only going to want to extend your stay with us here at Senior Housing Austin at Barton Hills.

Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017
Understanding the Importance of Senior Caregiver Respite

Being a caregiver for a senior is no small undertaking. Caregivers often feel stress since they also live with the person they're caring for, and can't seem to find time for a physical, spiritual or emotional break. You might be surprised the relief a caregiver feels just to have a day off.

Respite care in Austin at places like an adult Day Care, residential facility or assisted living community provides caregivers a range of benefits to know their loved one is being cared for the way they should be.

  • The Aging Senior is supervised in a social environment surrounded by friends and companions.

  • The Loved one will receive assistance with the activities for daily living they might require – things like bathing, dressing, exercising, medication reminders, toileting, meal preparation and more.

  • Help with laundry and diaper services

  • Help and licensed, skilled care for medication administration and other medical services by qualified staff

How Long Can a Caregiver Take Respite?

Respite care in Austin Texas can last anywhere from an overnight stay to a few days, a few weeks, or even a month or more. The respite care services are typically paid for out-of-pocket and are not covered by Medicare or insurance.

The Benefits of Respite Care to a Caregiver

  • Community Involvement - respite care allows caregivers the opportunity to become involved and active in the community and avoid isolation.

  • Personal Enjoyment - respite care gives caregivers freedom to enjoy activities and fun adventures. Really, just time to do whatever they want.

  • Improved Stability - as a caregiver, constant care for your loved one can create instability in other areas of your life - things related to daily responsibilities besides caring for your loved one.

  • Strengthened Family - spending all your time caring for an aging senior can put a toll on your family. Respite care lowers the pressure on the family from potential byproducts of a strained family - things like divorce, neglect and other family struggles.

If you, as the caregiver, want to avoid burnout, you should consider regular respite care at a community like Barton Hills Assisted Living. While you are trying to care for your loved one, you shouldn't suffer from the imbalance of neglecting yourself and others around you. Caregiver burnout can lead to difficulty sleeping, irritability, depression, developing health problems, or exacerbating current health issues.

You should consider a respite care facility in Austin Texas. Choosing respite care at an assisted living facility provides your loved one the opportunity to receive the proper level of care and compassion they may not get from an independent person or other service, and gives you, the caregiver, a much needed break.

Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2017


As the role of parent and children is reversed it becomes hard to take care of the elderly because of declining health. You might want to be the primary caregiver but with the passage of time, things might become hard. Care and love for parents are in nature of humans, however, it might be the time to visit an assisted living community in Austin.

Here are some of the reasons that will make it easy for you to understand why you should consider senior care centers in Austin.

1. Health Care Requirements

With the increasing age, it will become hard to predict the health condition of your loved one. With the passage of time, they might have to deal with some serious health issues that will require constant attention. In case both of you are working individuals it would be hard to stay near your elderly parents all the time.

So Barton Hills Assisted Living can provide them with the care and attention they require. We understand that with increasing age the chance of injury increases because of dementia, restricted movements or incontinence. However, when your parents are in assisted living they would be supervised and treated according to their medical condition.

2. Financial Cost Comparison

One of the biggest reasons that people opt for assisted living community in Austin is that they cannot manage the cost of in-home care.

 

  • The family health insurance might not give the required coverage as the health of your parent's decline
  • With in-home care, there are many medical upgrades that need to be done
  • Senior care centers Austin has the knowledge and equipment required to take care of the elderly people

 

3. Personal Obligations

When you have the obligation of managing your house and work, it becomes hard to be a caregiver. It will cause you mental and physical stress. As well as it would have a negative effect on your relation. It will restrict you from taking part in all healthy and relaxing activities. The condition can worsen if you do not have a good relation with your parents or they are suffering from mood swings. So, in this case, selecting Barton Hills Assisted Living would be a better choice.

So make sure that you make the right decision at the right time so that your parents will not have to suffer because of declining health. It is a reality that the elderly can have declining health and that it may require more attention than you are able to provide. Do not worry because assisted living community in Austin is here to provide your parents with the attention they need.

In senior care centers in Austin, they will not feel alone as they will get a chance to meet many new people and make new relationships. They will be provided with proper medical care at an affordable cost. If you want more information about Barton Hills Assisted Living you can visit our services page.

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017


The cost of assisted living in Texas is a bit lower than the national average. In 2016, assisted living in the US cost an average of $3600 per month. Memory care for residents with Alzheimer's and dementia cost an additional $1150 per month. Austin Texas is a favorite among seniors to spend the latter years of their lives, as it is amazing city, full of both an abundant and weird culture. Cities like Austin and San Antonio average between $4000 - $4600 a month for assisted living care. Adults with aging parents often find it difficult to care for the needs of their senior parents. Paying for assisted living and assisted care in the right Austin TX assisted living facility can help ensure that loved ones will be cared for as they need and deserve.

Most Americans pay for assisted living costs out of pocket. It's most common for average Americans to pay for their fees at an assisted living community with a combination of pensions, savings, social security, and help from friends and family. Some seniors leverage their home's value to pay for their assisted living. Some even take advantage of the benefits of a long-term care insurance policy.

Does Medicare Pay for Assisted Living?

The short answer is no. Medicare doesn't pay for any room and board or personal care or assisted living services in Austin or any other Texas city. However, if a resident incurs medical expenses at an assisted living community, those may be covered by Medicare just like they would be covered if provided in a doctors office hospital or at home.

Does Medicaid Cover Assisted Living Costs?

A resident in any state can use Medicaid to cover long-term nursing home care. In Texas if you meet specific criteria you may qualify for one of two programs that offer payment by Medicaid for residence at an Austin TX assisted-living facility or another senior living community in Texas. You must show that a nursing home is medically necessary for you. For more information about the community-based alternative (CBA) Medicaid or Star Plus Medicaid waiver services, contact your local Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Office.

If your family chooses to pay for assisted living out of their savings, they must realize that they are pulling from diminishing resources. Eligibility for assistance is based on ones current individual resources. The more depleted your financial resources at anytime, the greater the chance of qualifying for available financial assistance. It's important to develop a financial plan to best help forecast the pros and cons of your situation and formulate a plan of action for both the short term and long term.

Posted on Monday, May 01, 2017


At Barton Hills Assisted Living Austin, elderly care is the best answer for seniors who value independence but need a little help with some daily activities. The staff is available 24/7 for assistance with hygiene, dressing, and medication management, or other everyday activities, helping residents of the pressure of everyday chores and giving them more time to select activities to participate in, meal choices and more.

Assisted Living at Barton Hills is a simple comforting and resident focused alternative to a nursing home - it's an extraordinary choice for seniors who need professional nursing care that feels like residential care.

Visit Barton Hills Assisted Living in Austin or try a respite care stay to experience our community.

What makes Barton Hills Different

Barton Hills staff are selected for his or her kind approach to pleasant character and catering well to the needs of our Senior residents with care and compassion. Staff Skills are kept up to date with continuing nurse education.

Individualized Service

We recognize that everyone has their own needs and wants. We meet with every resident and their circle of relatives beforehand - and regularly afterward - to assist and determine a suitable care plan. The Barton Hills creates a care plan for each resident's assisted living care.

The senior's assisted living care plan is monitored day by day and may encompass support with hygiene, grooming, dressing and clothing selection, showering, bathing, help with eating, mobility, and medication management.

Barton Hills Services & Amenities Offer More Value

Barton Hills residents enjoy senior-friendly living spaces designed for comfort and security, with attractive rooms, including showers. The Barton Hills Assisted Living community is pet-friendly; a few citizens even bring their cat or dog.

While needs often vary from resident to resident, Barton Hills assisted living communities commonly provide:

Activities designed for daily physical fitness; creative, social, mastering and religious opportunities;

  • Maintenance free living, including housework and laundry.
  • Staff available 24/7
  • Health visits from nursing staff
  • Three tasty, nutritious meals served daily, offering a range of menu selections intended to exceed senior nutrition standards.
  • Snacks available throughout the day.
  • Medication Management
  • Family spaces


Posted on Saturday, April 01, 2017
When Should You Become the Parent to your Aging Parent?

Tips for Caring for Aging Seniors in Austin, Texas

Many adult children have made the decision to care for their aging parents either part-time or full-time. In cities like Austin, TX, one of the more popular destinations for assisted living and senior retirement communities, thanks to the advancements in medicine and technology, it isn't uncommon to see people live in into their 90s and even 100s. Yet the quality of life doesn't always run at the same pace, leaving many seniors with chronic conditions like memory loss, cognitive impairments and mobility issues that require varying levels assisted personalized care. When an adult child takes on the role of caregiver, they often feel like they are now becoming a parent to their parent, especially when the senior parent requires help doing basic things, like cooking, bathing, dressing and other simple cognitive processes.

Remember, You are Not a Parent to Your Parent.

If you start feeling like you are your parent's parent, your behavior can become very frustrating to them, because you make decisions without consulting their parent's wishes. The truth is, you are not raising your parent. You may be a necessary place a financial, physical and emotional provision, but it's important to keep communication open and always consider your parent's wishes and desires for issues related to them. This doesn't mean, however, that your parent, who may be living with you, is your boss.

Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.

Often an aging parent can feel frustrated from being in a new environment and feel a loss of a sense of control and the comfort of being in a place they are used to controlling. They may begin barking orders and treating you like their child. They may have raised you but that doesn't mean that they're the boss. Setting clear guidelines will help alleviate and prevent relational issues in these types of situations. Your parent, despite having increased impairment, may still see you as a little child and struggle with relinquishing control or decision-making to you. Again, it's important to stress the value of constant communication. Communicate your expectations, desires, frustrations and more. It may be uncomfortable for either of you, but it will have a better result than if you both hold it in.

Is also important to note that someone suffering from dementia may not always remember you or see you even as their child. They may forget important milestones and special memories and moments you both shared. Your parent, in this case, may not be able to fulfill the role that you had hoped they would at this stage of your life. Communicate while they are coherent.

It may be difficult to admit, but your aging parent could be at or approaching the place of needing more advanced care than you can provide them. Assisted living communities in Austin, especially the ones that offer help with memory care, may be a great option for you to consider. Visiting an Austin assisted living facility, like Barton Hills Assisted Living, is a good place to begin your search. Look for one with a great dining plan, homestyle environment, caring staff, and a vibrant social life.



Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017
Health Concerns for Aging Parents in Austin TX

Warning Signs for Long-Distance Caregivers

 

The National Institute on Aging estimates there are 7 million US citizens who fall under the category of a long distance caregiver. It's common to see elderly seniors in Austin TX with adult children providing care for mom and dad while living out of state or even another country. Our mobile and transportive society has created a culture where many families are separated by long distances.

 

Living far away from elderly parent in Austin Texas, however, one that you only see a few times per year, can have its benefits. If you are the far away from the aging senior, you are probably more equipped to pick up on warning signs than other family members who live close by and see the parent on a regular basis. Many of the signs below are common reasons people in Austin TX choose senior living options like assisted living communities.

 

Several Things to Keep an Eye Out for With an Elderly Parent

 

Your Senior Parent Seems Depressed

Is your parent sleeping a lot more or less than usual? Have they experienced a recent death of a close loved one, perhaps a partner? Have they lost interest to participate in things that used to enjoy, or have they come less social?

 

They've Noticeably Lost Weight

Weight loss isn't always a bad thing, but it could be a sign of something serious like heart issues, dementia, cancer, or severe decrease in energy.

 

They are Not Well-kept Anymore, Particularly Their Hygiene

Is it obvious that your parent hasn't showered in several days? This might be indicative that the bathtub or shower is too difficult to manage, and there are too embarrassed to say anything. If your mom or dad always seemed put together in the past, but have now let themselves go, this significant change in their personal hygiene could be more of an indirect cry for help.

 

The House is Messy.

Your parent might have once kept their house neat and tidy but, like their personal hygiene, they've not cared for it as of late. Telltale signs include dishes piled in the sink, piles of dirty laundry, plates and dishes laying around the living room, expired food in the refrigerator and more.

 

They Seem Increasingly Fragile

Do common daily tasks like dressing, cooking, moving around, going to the bathroom and bathing seem more burdensome than usual?

 

If you notice any of these signs, you should speak to your love one before making any rash actions. Chances are, your loved one desires independence more than your assistance. However an appointment with their doctor would be worth scheduling and if they'll let you, attend it with them. If these issues become of increasing concern, you should talk to your doctor about the possibility of assisted living in Austin.

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017


When the health of your parents starts to decline it becomes hard for you to decide whether you will take them to an assisted living community in Austin or provide In-home care. If the seniors are given the choice they would prefer to stay at home as long as possible.

However, when you are unable to supervise your parents you have to make the decision. So here we have compared the in-home care and assisted living for your facility.

What are the expectations from In-Home Care

In-home care can give an extensive variety of medical services relying upon your parent's needs and the terms of your understanding. They can plan everyday activities, for example, cleanliness, dressing, nourishment, and work out. On the other hand, they may help with light housekeeping, supper planning, and clothing. In spite of the fact that guardians do not give therapeutic care, they can remind your senior to take medicines, timetable physical checkups, and help with transportation. Not minimum, guardians offer fraternity essentially by being accessible to run errands, take strolls, and spend time with your parents.

Specifications of senior care centers in Austin

Barton Hills Assisted Living is a community in Austin that safeguards a portion of the autonomy of maturing set up while providing all day and all night care and supervision. Seniors commonly live in their own space and keep up their own timetables, yet they additionally have admittance to an assortment of social exercises and open zones. Day by day, care is commonly restricted to the sorts of essential needs that in-home parental figures address, however, occupants additionally have entry to finish medicinal services, according to their health and care they require.

Cost Comparison

Looking at the cost of in-home care and an assisted living community in Austin can be tough, especially since each family has distinctive needs.

 

  • Keep in mind that maturing set up requires paying a home loan or lease, utilities, support, dinners, and salary of caregiver.
  • Senior care centers in Austin charges incorporate these costs; however, the health condition of your parents and the level of care they require might influence the cost.
  • Many assisted living organizations likewise charge a regulatory expense of up to a few thousand dollars when your parents move in.

 

Before making a decision you have to keep in mind that for the in-home care you would have to arrange the proper medical setup that might cost thousands. On the other hand, assisted living community in Austin has all such requirements.

Make sure that you ask your parents before making a decision about senior care centers in Austin. Living in assisted care is a better choice because you will have continuous reports about the condition of your parents. On the other hand, a caregiver might not provide you with such services. You must conduct a complete search with your parents while selecting assisted living facility. Barton Hills Assisted Living Austin has been providing the best services in this regard.

Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Studies show that almost 3/4 of Americans will require assisted living at some level towards the end of their life. Some assisted-living communities in Austin offer more of a more social model, where assisted care is offered at a lighter level, with a heavy emphasis on activities and amenities. The social model was designed for seniors who are quite independent and fairly healthy but need assistance with daily activities like bathing, dressing, meal planning, medication reminders and more. One of the hardest decisions a person may face in their life is the reality of their need for assisted care. Often, they need the help and support of loved ones and medical providers to help them decide their best senior living option. Austin, Texas is home to quite a number of different senior living communities, all offering varying level of services, lifestyle, amenities, and living environments.

 

Recognizing the Need for Assisted Living

The first step in transitioning an elderly parent into assisted living in Austin Texas is recognizing key signs of aging that require assisted care. If you can identify with any of the signs below, it's best to begin the search for your parent's next step.

 

Your Parents Have Become Increasingly Fragile.

 

If a sudden health scare like slipping and falling causes a moderate to serious injury, assisted living should be first on your mind. Most assisted-livingfacilities monitor residents on a regular basis to ensure those who are at risk for a fall get help immediately and are not isolated. Other signs of fragility include sudden weight loss, difficulty getting in and out of a chair, trouble going up and down stairs, navigating around furniture, and frequent loss of balance.

 

Your Loved One Doesn't Seem to Know Their Way Around As Well Anymore.

 

When your loved one gets disoriented in a familiar location or environment, they get into a fender bender due to an attention lapse, or they've gotten lost on their way home, you should speak to their doctor about onset signs of dementia. Assisted living facilities have a great programs and services for seniors suffering from issues related to memory loss, offered through their memory care programs.

 

Mom or Dad Has Trouble Performing Certain Common Daily Tasks

 

If you notice that your parents have stopped keeping up with the yard, cooking for themselves, letting groceries expire and not shopping for anything new and fresh, or doing simple housekeeping tasks, assisted living could be a perfect solution for them. Assisted living staff can also help with more private activities with personal hygiene such as showering and using the bathroom.

 

Living in an assisted living community in Austin Texas is a great way to provide your loved one with social interaction with friends their own age, as well as meet their greatest needs with assistance with activities for daily living. It's rarely easy to start the conversation with your loved one but they might be in a safer place and environment that can provide them an increased quality of life.

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

Anyone at any age can trip and fall. But to an aging population, falls cause problems that are not easy to recover from. A senior who is otherwise healthy and active can fall and trigger a downward spiral of life altering complications. This doesn't mean that falling is natural for older people, it can be a random falling episode.

 

Here are Fall Risk Factors for the Elderly

 

You Suffer From Any Stage of Dementia

Disorientation and confusion is a huge contributor to falls, especially at night time if a senior wakes up and is confused about the layout of the room. Those with dementia,Alzheimer's and various other neurological disorders suffer from an increased risk of a trip and fall.

 

You are Visually Impaired

Many aging seniors suffer from cataracts, glaucoma, and poor depth perception. All of these can lead to falls. A contributing factor to poor depth perception is wearing multifocal glasses. Additionally, if you have vision issues, pay close attention to moving from dark to light environments as your eyes may adjust more slowly to the changing surroundings.

 

You Aren't Very Active

Seniorswho lead sedentary lifestyle's have weaker leg muscles, slow reflexes and are at greater risk for falls. Don't let your legs atrophy, but strengthen them through things like walking on the treadmill and other exercises. Do, however, speak to your doctor prior to starting a new exercise regime.

 

You Get Dizzy When You Stand Up

Dehydration can be a cause of feeling dizzy from a sudden change in position. However, It is very common for the elderly to suffer from something called postural hypotension. It's important to check the side effects of the medications you are taking and how they interact with each other and how they affect any conditions you suffer from.

 

You Are on a Lot of Medication

Many prescription drugs cause dizziness and unsteadiness. Many seniors take quite a cocktail of medications, but even interactions between two drugs or drug and your body can lead to your unsteady stance.

 

You Suffer From Foot Pain And/OR You Wear Improper Shoes

If your feet go numb or you suffer from pain after standing for a long time this can lead to a greater risk for falling. Avoid wearing high heels, shoes with smooth soles and no treads.

 

Things That Can Lower Your Fall Risk

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Don't walk around in the dark
  • Where safe shoes
  • Stay active
  • Be aware of issues with your vision
  • Stay hydrated
  • Know the side effects and interactions of any prescription medications you're taking

 

 

Posted on Monday, January 09, 2017

The Options for Senior Living in Austin Texas as it Relates to Assisted Care

To some, assisted living seems like a blanket term for a service for seniors. While the types of services available can be quite broad, assisted living is a type of environment where seniors receive personal care for things like housekeeping, transportation, meals and assistance with activities for daily living. These communities also make it a top priority to create a comfortable, socially vibrant and safe environment for their residents. Seniors living in residential care remain mostly independent and live in a private apartment. The assistance they receive could be as basic as meal preparation, transportation to and from places, and medication reminders to more help with more intimate activities like bathing, dressing and diapering.

Common Services that Assisted Living Communities Provide

Where independent living communities are more hands off in their services, and nursing homes offer round the clock acute care, assisted living communities are somewhere in the middle where they provide more personalized care services than independent living but offer a less expensive option for receiving many of the same services offered in a skilled nursing environment. Here are a list of some of the assisted living amenities and personal care services available from many assisted living communities in Austin TX.

  • Transportation
  • Three meals a day (many communities are now offering delicious fresh chef-prepared meals)
  • Laundry services
  • Consistent and regularly planned recreational and social activities varying in type and style
  • Emergency call systems
  • Medication reminders and management
  • We care for residents with cognitive disabilities
  • 24-hour security
  • On-site staff capable of responding to the needs of the residents 24 hours a day
  • Assistance with activities of daily living like dressing, toileting, bathing and eating
  • Convenient access to health services 

The average cost for assisted living in the US in 2016 was just over $3600 a month. Some of the more expensive cities for assisted living in Texas like Odessa, Victoria, San Antonio, and Austin can see an average cost ranging from $4000-$4600 per month.

Another thing to note is the two types of assisted living facilities licensed by the state of Texas

Type A facility is one that provides care for seniors who don't require regular attendance during sleeping hours and one who has his residence capable of following instructions in case of an emergency.

Type B facility is an assisted living facility that houses residence requiring employee assistance in order to evacuate the premises and who are not able to follow directions during an emergency situation. These residents also require regular night time attendance.

Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Let's See What Type of Senior Care is Needed

 

And unprecedented number of the American population is approaching retirement. An increasing number of seniors who are developing difficulty with daily activities are seeking assisted living as their choice for retirement senior living. Just like the number of assisted living facilities in Austin Texas, there's no shortage of concern for the well-being of loved ones who are deciding to make the transition into this type of community. Here are a few things to look for that will help you in making the best assisted living decision for your beloved senior.

 

Look at the Gamut of Available Planned Activities

 

Seniors who live in vibrant social environments typically have a longer life than those who live alone. For the communities you choose to tour, ask to see the activities calendars over the last year and the upcoming year. Examine them and see if they offer things your loved one would enjoy participating in. You certainly don't want them sitting around idly watching life go by. Popular activities include playing cards, community plays, walking trails, and more. Also, pay attention to the common areas. Do they foster a fun environment or social interaction? Are they easy to get to? You'll also want to see how many other seniors are engaging in these activities. This will give you a good indication of the number of personal connections your love one might be able to make easily.

 

Get to Know The Senior Living Staff Members.

 

You can't just assume that every facility has the best trained staff members. Your loved one deserves to be cared for by someone who loves and treats them as family, as you would. Furthermore you want a caring staff who is also aptly experienced in senior care so they can provide your love one the type ofassisted care they need, and done properly. Ask questions like - How long have they been working in the field? What do their background checks look like? and What type of training have the undergone?

 

Can This Community Provide the Level of Assisted Care Your Loved One Needs

 

Depending on the level of care and assistance your loved one might require, the facility you are looking at may or may not be adequate for their needs. One of the most obvious ways to tell the level of care available, is whether or not the community staff has trained caregivers around the clock. The last thing you want to happen is for a resident to require assistance after hours, with no one there to help them.

 

Having these things in mind when looking for the right assisted living facility in Austin Texas, will help you make an informed senior living decision.

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Let's Compare Nursing Homes Versus Assisted Living.

 

In recent years senior living has closed the gap in many differences between assisted living and nursing home care. However, the differences may overlap in someways but you can most often tell the difference between a nursing home and assisted living community by the types of residents they serve. Assisted living facilities are for senior residents who are more independent and in better physical health, whilenursing homes typically cater to residents who require 24 hour round the clock supervision and nursing care. More and more seniors who are physically healthy, are being diagnosed with cognitive ailments, so many assisted living communities have added memory care units to their facilities.

 

Austin Texas Assisted Living

Assisted living was created for seniorswho enjoy doing most things on their own but may require assistance with certain activities that come as a result of the aging process. This could include help with bathing, dressing, meal planning and daily chores. Many seniors, however, enjoy the social interaction with other seniors and the freedom from housekeeping chores, and meal preparation most. In this setting residents typically live in a private or semi-private apartment with easy access to amenities like dining, game rooms, theater rooms, walking trails, exercise areas and more. Medicare and Medicaid don't cover the cost for assisted living however many states including Texas have certain programs that help low income and qualifying residents cover the cost of assisted living.

 

Austin Texas Nursing Homes

Nursing homes offer seniors more advanced supervised care. These facilities are staffed with licensed nurses 24 hours a day. Many have both registered nurses and certified nursing assistants on theirresident care team. The best candidates for a nursing homeinclude those who have serious injuries, those who have severe impaired mobility and those who need an acute level of memory care. You'll find that nursing homes typically cost more than assisted living facilitiesbecause of the type of assistance that is needed. Converse to assisted living funding, if a resident qualifies, their nursing stay costs can be covered by Medicaid. Because of this, nursing homes are regulated by the federal government.

 

It's best to speak to your doctor and medical providers to determine the type and level of assistance your loved one needs.

Posted on Monday, November 07, 2016

Austin, Texas is becoming a favorite place among seniors to retire. Depending on the level of care needed, there are a number of different senior housing solutions available. With so much senior living information everywhere it's easy to get lost. Choosing the right senior living community in Austin Texas begins with understanding the different types of senior care. In part three of understanding different types of senior care options, We have compiled helpful information below on respite care and residential care homes to assist you along your journey. If you'd like to discuss any of this further, we would love to provide you with information you need to help you make a great choice for Austin TX Senior Living.

 

Respite Care in Austin Texas

 

Caregivers looking for a short-term break find a sigh of relief from respite care providers. This temporary break for a caregiver provides them the peace of mind knowing their loved one is in a community that can meet their needs, while the caregiver tends to themselves and necessary business. It is becoming more popular for assisted-living communities in Austin TX, as well as nursing homes to provide a respite care program. During a senior's respite stay, they receive all of the same services permanent residents of the community are provided. Many caregivers use the respite care as a time for the senior to get acquainted with the senior living lifestyle, with the hopes of transitioning into more long-term solution. RESPA programs can be provided for both assisted living and memory care residence. You might hear respite care being called short-term stay or adult daycare. Methods of payment include private funding as well as Medicaid. The cost for the respite care in Austin Texas usually start at around $75 per day. A respite care stay in Austin typically last from a partial day to a couple days or even to a week or more.

 

Residential Care Homes in Austin Texas

 

If you've been doing research on senior care in Austin, chances are you've come across several that look like regular homes. These are known as residential care homes, where residents live together in a private home and receive care from staff who also live there. This is a popular option for seniors who need assistance for activities for daily living but desire more private homestyle community the services and amenities offered in these types of homes very the most out of the different types of senior care. You might hear residential care homes being referred to as group homes, adult family homes or board and care homes. Private funding and Medicaid are common ways of paying for residential care and the cost usually begins around $1500 and can go up depending on the level of care provided. Though these types of living environments, because each facility can be so different from one to the next, may feel more like home than another type of community, it's important to check out the experience of the caregivers and the available level of care and services offered.

Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A multitude of different housing options are available for seniors today, especially in Austin Texas. With so many to choose from and understand, it's easy to get lost in all of the information. When you're looking for the right type of senior care in Austin, Texas, you should first seek to understand the different types of care. We want you to gain an understanding of the different types of senior care options. We have compiled helpful information below on Alzheimer's care and nursing homes to help you in your research. Should you have any questions we would love to provide you with information you need to help you make a great choice for Senior Living.

 

 

Nursing Homes in Austin Texas

 

Often, the line between assisted living communities and nursing homesseems to be a blurry one. However, a good indicator for the need of a nursing home is the amount of around the clock skilled nursing care your loved one might need. When seniors are frail and need a high level of assistance and 24 hour nursing services from licensed nursing staff, a nursing home is probably the right choice. Contrary to popular belief, nursing homesaren't always meant as a forever home for its residents. Many nursing homes in Austin TX, provide short-term stays and rehabilitative care for seniors recovering from an illness, surgery or injury. Residents in a nursing home often share a room and eat in a central dining hall unless they are too fragile to attend and need to be fed in their room. A multitude of activities are also facilitated in nursing homes for seniors to enjoy. Nursing homes offer a more advanced level of care then assisted living communities do, but the prices are also advanced. Austin, Texas nursing home prices can range from $4000-$8000 per month depending on the level of care needed. Residents can pay out of their own pocket, and Medicare and Medicaid are also viable options. If you see the term convalescent center, convalescent care, nursing center, skilled nursing or long-term care, these are all indicative of the nursing home model.

 

Alzheimer's Care in Austin Texas.

 

Alzheimer's and dementia are increasing in the United States every year. There are multiple stages to these diseases and so their care can be provided by assisted living, nursing homes, in-home care, respite care and more. The decision for the type of facility a senior suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia should live in, usually involves one's primary care physician, the family, and even the senior. With any memory impairment it's critical to have around the clock support and consistent, structured activities to support quality-of-life and the residents' safety. Families trying to care for their loved one at home, often find it very difficult and very burdensome considering the
Posted on Monday, October 10, 2016

There are many different housing options available for seniors today, especially in a thriving city like Austin,Texas. With a plethora of selections to sort through and understand, one can easily get confused and feel overwhelmed at the massive amount of information. However, if you're looking for the right type of senior care in Austin, Texas for you or your loved one the wise decision would be to understand the different types of solutions as well as different terminology. In this first part of Understanding Different Types of Senior Care in Austin Texas, we have compiled a list of helpful information below on Assisted Living and Independent Living to help you in your research. Should you have any questions we would love to provide you with information you need to help you make the best decision.

Assisted Living in Austin Texas

Assisted care, or better known as assisted living, has become one of the most popular of the senior care options in America today for aging seniors. Many people used to think that a nursing home was the only option if a senior was no longer able to care for themselves. Assisted living is not a brand new concept, however, many assisted-living communities over the last 10 years have begun increasing the quality of amenities and luxury offerings, particularly dining, as a standard part of a senior resident's daily living. Assisted living is a viable option for seniors who need assistance with activities for daily living (ADLs) but don't quite require the amount of care provided by a nursing home. Help with medication reminders, dressing, bathing, meals, and housekeeping are common and standard for assisted-living communities to offer residents of theirsenior living community. Most communities will offer three delicious meals a day and plan multiple social gatherings and activities for its residents. Residents live in private or semi private apartments and a staff is available 24 hours a day for safety, while most facilities also provide a licensed nursing staff. More and more assisted living facilities in Austinhave made a special section of their community to serve residents who suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia. Prices for assisted living in Austin Texas can range, on average from $2500-$4000+ per month, and memory care can range from$2800-$4500. Of course every assisted living community is different. So you'll need to check with each individual community for their specific pricing and service offering. Most seniors pay for their stay privately, while some assisted living communities also do except Medicaid and other forms of government funding. Other names for assisted living include personal careand assisted care.

Independent Living in Austin Texas

Much like assisted living, independent living communities are also thriving in the US today. They serve seniors who have a few medical issues and are very independent. These residents stay in fully equipped private apartments, with multiple sizes available. Many seniors choose this option for the close proximity to other independent seniors and the vibrant social activity that comes with living in a community like this, where they can connect with others while still maintaining their independence. Some facilities are US government funded through section 22 housing, and most seniors private pay for the cost of living here. Independent living communities are also called retirement communities, retirement villages, 55+ communities, senior apartments and more. Typical prices independent living in Austin Texas can range from $1500-$3500 per month.

 

Posted on Monday, October 03, 2016

Adult Day Care, often known as Respite, or Temporary Care for seniors is designed to meet the health and social needs of those seniors in need of assistance while the primary caregiver is away. Planned activities provide a fun, supportive and cheerful environment for residents. Texas requires one trained staff member for every eight participants, with at least one licensed nurse on site at all times to meet clients' needs. All staff must be trained in common and proper disaster and evacuation procedures for situations like fire and other disasters within the first three months of their employment. Any staff member who self-administers medication, must be counseled at least once every 30 days by a member of the licensed nursing staff to determine the staff member's ability to properly perform the task.

 

Adult Day Care and Respite carediffer slightly in that where adult day care implies participation for only part of a day, respite care is designed to include assisted living service for longer than a portion of the day but on a temporary basis, like weekend, or week, etc. Respite care can become more involved in the administration of its services because the care can last across multiple days or longer. Most good Adult Day Care and Respite Care facilitieswill be equipped to handle individualized care to match a clients individual needs. Both offer a professional care environment, where adults needing assistance with daily activities, those fighting Alzheimer's or dementia, can be supervised in a safe place outside of the home, until the primary caregiver returns. All this is done in a community based group environment. Many assisted living facilities in Austin TX, like Barton Hills Assisted Living, offer these adult day careand respite care services as an extension of the same services they provide other residents on more of a long-term basis.

 

There are several models of Adult Day Care Centers and Respite Care Facilities, and some are a combination of one or more of these types.

 

  1. Medical health Model - offers both social and more advanced health services for seniors
  2. Specialized Model - offers services to individuals who require a specific type of care like dementia or alzheimer's.
  3. Social Model - provides social activities, meals and a few health services.

 

When considering adult day care or respite care in Austin TX for your loved one, find out details about which one of these services they provide and what's included. And certainly contact a staff member at Barton Hills Assisted Living should you have any questions.

 

  1. Social Activities
  2. Personal Care
  3. Physical, social and emotional therapy
  4. Meals, beverages and snacks
  5. Transportation

 

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016

When seniors need help with daily activities, assisted living is usually a great fit. Some seniors enjoy in home care, while others appreciate the all inclusive socially stimulating environment and the ease of no burdensome responsibilities. Known by multiple terms including senior living facilities, adult day care, residential care and more, assisted livingoffers help for each resident's needs while still providing them their own space and level of independence. Bright points for assisted livingcommunities, like Barton Hills Assisted Living in Austin TX, are planned recreation and social events. Because proper nutrition is essential to well being, good facilities will see that all meals are provided and tailored to each person's dietary requirements. Most places will include a common gathering social area, where games are played, activities are held and celebrations are made, along with a private or semi private living spaces.

 

Common Services Provided by assisted living communities include:

  1. Meal planning and preparation
  2. Friendly medication reminders
  3. Housekeeping and laundry service
  4. Transportation to and from local events, appointments, social activities, and shopping
  5. On-staff healthcare services
  6. 24 hour available assistance
  7. Exercise
  8. Planned social activities

 

Good Senior living communities recognize that every senior has different needs for support caused by declining motor skills, memory lapse, and limited mobility or flexibility. Most communities will tailor a plan of assisted care to support and preserve each person's independence and dignity. Some facilities even offer advanced levels of memory care for those seniors dealing with conditions such as Alzheimer's, dementia, and other conditions affecting cognitive functionality.

 

Whether your loved one needs the vibrant social life with the daily activity support of a qualified compassionate senior care staff, to help with basic needs like bathing, dressing, shopping, cooking, hygiene, and mobility, getting access to healthcare, and taking medications, all with the goal of maximizing a senior's independent living, assisted living may be a great option to consider. If you're a resident in Austin TX looking for the right fit for assisted living, and decide to tour quality facilities located in the heart of the city, much like Barton Hills Assisted Living, here some great questions to ask:

  • Is your staff licensed and trained?
  • Does your assisted living facility accept certain insurances?
  • What does your social activity schedule look like?
  • How often do you encourage visitors of friends and family?
  • What does your meal planning look like? Does your food meet my nutritional needs and my tastebuds?
  • What are the basic services included in your monthly fees?
  • What services do you provide that aren't included in the standard monthly plan?
  • How advanced is your level of care?
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2016


You may be noticing a recent trend of unsettling events that have made you start to question your parents' or loved one's ability to properly care for themselves, or at least live by themselves. It's a very difficult thing to face, to see a loved one begin to decline with age. We all want our parents to remain as independent for as long as possible, but at some point, we can no longer ignore obvious signs they need help. You've probably noticed some red flags lately. Backing into someone at the store, skipping doctors visits, forgetting to take medications, or neglecting common self-care (odd bumps and bruises, noticeable weight loss, and more) or care for a pet.

Forgetting To Care for Themselves and Others

Ignoring small issues of self-care can turn into larger issues down the line. But don't get yourself into a panic. A loved one seemingly forgetting to do common necessary tasks, doesn't mean they have dementia. It really could just mean that they are struggling to accomplish their normal routine. Ask your loved one when is the last time they took a shower or laundered their clothes. Some children or more able-bodied relatives opt for the caregiver route, where they become their loved one's primary caregiver. Many love it and are successful but this can take a toll even on the best of us.

Odd and More Frequent Fender Benders

Backing into something on a rare occasion can happen to anyone at any driving age or skill. But if your loved one is making driving decisions that they would have never made even just a few years ago, this can be a sign they some help navigating their independence, for their sake and for those they could and will encounter on the road or in a grocery store parking lot. Are their reflexes slowing? Is their hearing declining and their eyesight fading? Sometimes your loved one may notice their driving mishap and try to hide it from you but they may also not notice. A good indicator would be to pay attention to their vehicle. If they haven't alerted you to anything and you notice scratches or dents that weren't there the last time you saw them, it may be time for a conversation.

Declination of Property

Was your dad always particular about keeping up with the lawn? Did your mom always keep her kitchen neat and tidy? We encourage you to make a list of common things you know your loved one did almost without fail, so you can begin to identify signs their health or age is taking a toll. Your parents may not ever allow themselves to admit they can no longer mow the lawn, take out the trash or clean house. So it's important they have someone there to help them walk through these simple yet difficult changes, so their quality of life doesn't also take a downturn.

Abnormal Memory Lapses

Losing keys may be more a sign of an absent-minded personality than an effect of age. Not being able to think of common words or complete sentences, or becoming increasingly forgetful about simple things are usually signs of a greater need for assistance. Before you brush off your loved one's most recent memory lapse, ask yourself, "How long did they spend looking for their keys, or when is the last time they remembered to feed the pet or let them out to go to the bathroom, or even shop for groceries?”

The first step isn't to try and talk your loved one into moving somewhere else. Chances are, you'll be met with opposition. Remember, they may still see themselves as fully independent. Start the conversation about ways to help them alleviate tasks that have become too burdensome. In these cases, more frequent checkups by you are usually a good idea. Based on your conversation with your elderly loved one, you can determine the level of severity of need for living assistance. Senior communities like Barton Hills Assisted Living in Austin TX, provide an all-inclusive approach to senior living and elderly care, where assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) are provided, and one's independence is preserved for as long as possible.

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016

We've all heard of the recent rise in healthcare costs, and many know they negative affect it has had on multiple sectors of our population, particularly seniors. A recent eye-opening study (ongoing national Health and Retirement Study) by The University of Michigan, studied almost 1,200 people that died between 2010-2012. Of those 85 and older, 20% had no remaining assets, only income sources from places like pensions and Social Security. Those who died younger were no better off, as the study found people who died between 50-64, 30% were without assets. Sudipto Banerjee, a research associate at the Employee Benefit Research Institute, says that families that have someone die at a relatively young age, tend to have lower income and assets. Furthermore, people with lower assets also tend to be in worse health. Banerjee noted that many studies have found a connection between wealth and health with findings that wealthier people tend to live longer than those in poverty. One factor for some may be the expensive costs of Alzheimer's care, as some treatments aren't covered by insurance companies. Though seniors can get coverage through Medicare and private insurance, major illnesses can still be costly and face large out of pocket expenses related to health issues. Families should be concerned with the rising costs of health care, but should also note the vast wealth of resources and assistance available.

Running out of money is legitimately more than just a simple concern for many seniors and their families. Many times managing bills or maintaining large assets on a fixed income can be a contributing factor in draining one's financial resources. Perhaps consider speaking to a financial advisor on your current situation to figure out a plan, before it's too late, to allocate spending and existing resources and income. You may also consider speaking to an insurance agent about better options for Medicare coverage and/or coverage through private insurance. A trustworthy CPA can also provide guidance on key financial matters for seniors and shed some light on potential tax savings and exemptions on your return.

You may also be looking to simplify you or loved one's life. Depending on the level of senior care needed, moving into senior housing or assisted living would be a viable option. Many places like Barton Hills Assisted living offer Austin TX residents an all inclusive cost of living and quality care at a fixed price. This is a great option for those needing assistance with the aging process and who need a stable financial forecast.

Posted on Monday, August 08, 2016
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