Category Archives: Assisted Living

5 ideas for assisted living outdoor visits during COVID

After months of being separated from our aging loved ones that reside in retirement communities, visit restrictions are being eased in many states. One or two family members or other loved ones are permitted to schedule outdoor visits with residents. Visitors are asked to follow the usual health safety protocols including temperature checks, symptoms questionnaires, […]

Staying connected with loved ones during COVID-19 through technology

Do you want to talk to your loved-one face to face on a regular basis and feel frustrated that you can’t?  Would you like to be able to participate when the doctor sees your loved one, or talk to the staff when they are in your loved-one’s room?  Luckily, there are now some very simple […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

Are you looking for holiday gift ideas for the seniors in your life? So what are you getting for your Mom this Christmas? What are you getting for your Dad? “They already have everything they need”, you say. “They are actually thinking of moving so that they can down size, I don’t want to add […]

5 fun activities for Assisted Living residents

Assisted Living residents’ days tend to be routine and, sometimes, downright boring. Talking with a client’s daughter this morning, we brainstormed a few great ideas for family members and caregivers to inject some fun and novelty in your loved one’s week. Sending and receiving mail (snail mail using paper, pen and a postage stamp) is […]

Wandering: search and rescue aids

One of a caregiver’s greatest fears is that their loved one will go wandering. After my uncle was diagnosed with dementia, my aunt was determined to care for him in their home. Our family supported her decision. As years went by and the dementia progressed, she worried about him wandering away. Keeping loved ones safe […]

Shower assistance for people living with dementia

Support for activities of daily living (eating, bathing, toileting, dressing, ambulating) looks different for every caregiver-care partner engagement. The partnership is rarely a 50-50 interaction. As human beings we transact differently depending on relationships. Successful provision of care for someone living with dementia is the result of a caregiver leaving his/her “my way or the […]

Adaptive clothing improves life for caregivers and care partners

Caregivers, adaptive clothing for aging loved ones will make your and your care partner’s lives easier. You may think that suggesting an adult bib might embarrass your loved one. Instead, think about a bib as a tool to help keep favorite blouses or shirts stain-free. Buttoning” your own shirt is now possible again for those […]

Memory Care Programs

Memory care programs are usually found in adult day programs and in assisted living facilities and memory care units. Research results about best practices in designing and implementing memory care activities are everywhere. With at least 1 in 4 people facing a diagnosis of dementia the demand for quality programs has never been more pressing. […]

Visiting memory care residents

Visiting Mom or Dad in assisted living or a memory care can be hard. Perhaps you take a treat to share – a favorite dessert or snack food. Maybe you bring a little present. Or maybe you don’t know what to bring, or if a gift is even allowed. You wonder if you will be recognized […]

Why Care Management?

Care management is best understood from a client’s perspective. Melanie Mattingly created Preferred Living Solutions Care Management after navigating a fragmented path of finding, selecting and supervising reliable support for her own aging family members. Melanie knew she wanted to share the knowledge she had gained through her own experience. Her goal, shared by the four […]