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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 homes seems 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 homes aren'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. 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 their senior 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 Austin have 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 care and 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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