Self-Care For The Caregiver

Many people find deep meaning in caring for an elderly family member, but it can be a demanding role to fill. The reality is that most caregivers, especially women, have a fullsenior woman with her home caregiver slate of other responsibilities to juggle alongside caregiving.

The challenge can get even harder with all the extra demands of the holiday season—as shopping, decorating, cooking, entertaining, church and social events—are added into an already stressful schedule.

As we near the end of the year, it is a good time to recognize the important work that family caregivers provide. If you’re a caregiver, it’s also a time to recognize how important it is to take care of yourself, too.

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Are You At Risk From The Equifax Breach?

Senior Couple In Home Office Looking At Laptop

Earlier this year, Equifax announced that the personal information of as many as 145 million Americans had been stolen in a massive security breach.

In addition to names, Social Security numbers, and addresses, the hackers also took birth dates and driver’s license numbers. That means they have the ability to cross-reference the data and specifically target people by age group.

If your information was stolen, you’re at risk for identity theft—and worse. Criminals could steal your tax refund, create a fake Medicaid account, or redirect your Social Security check to a new address. They might even be able to access your bank accounts and clean out your savings. So what can you do about it?

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Choosing Between Assisted Living and Independent Living

Choosing Between Assisted and Independent Living Communities In Oregon | Hearthstone At BeavertonAs your parents and grandparents continue to age, considerations around housing options become more important. For some families, unique circumstances such as poor health and mobility can put limitations on their choices, preventing their senior loved ones from living alone or remaining in their house.

Other families may wish to maintain their independence but aren’t able to because of insufficient funds or an underdeveloped retirement plan. Senior living communities like Hearthstone serve as cost-effective housing solutions that promote personal freedom, while also providing resources that keep your loved ones safe.

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When It’s Time To Consider Assisted Living For Your Senior Loved Ones

when it's time to move your senior loved one to an assisted living home | Hearthstone Senior LivingThe choice to help an aging loved one move out of their home and into an assisted living community is a multifaceted one, comprised of emotional and practical elements.

Above all, you want the person to be well and safe.

How can you be certain that your loved one should no longer live alone?

Although every situation is unique, looking at the following 4 signs will provide valuable information to help make this important decision.

1. Big-picture signs it might be time for assisted living

Keep these red flags in mind. Certain situations make it more apparent that it’s wise to start considering alternative living arrangements.

Look for:

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Telltale Signs that an Elderly Loved One Needs Help

helpful-handsThe need for elder care may come as a result of an illness, injury, hospitalization, or simply the gradual process of aging. It’s not always easy to notice (or accept) that your loved one needs help. There are many warning signs to look for but here are a few of the big ones.

  1. Mobility Problems. Is your loved one walking from room to room grabbing onto furniture for balance? Do they have difficulty getting out of a chair due to muscle weakness or arthritis? Have they experienced a fall recently? Although the use of canes and walkers can help with balance, the lack of mobility sometimes due to the fear of falling can impact someone’s overall health.
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Hearthstone Focuses on Family

HOB-Grounds_0009_HOB_walt-and-helenMost people don’t associate long-term care facilities with “family,” but Beaverton has a retirement living community where family is everything. Founders Walter and Helen Friesen, and their adult children are committed to serving families.  Following the success of Hearthstone of Beaverton (a smaller, boutique-style adult assisted living community), the Friesens built Hearthstone at Murrayhill — a larger retirement community (located in Beaverton at the corner of Scholls Ferry Road and Davies) offering independent living, assisted living and memory care.   

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