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22 06, 2021

Planning Healthcare and Life Transitions for Seniors

2021-06-22T14:53:57-04:00June 22nd, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers|

Are you concerned about the cost of care? Do you need an advocate when you are in a hospital or nursing home for rehabilitation? Do you understand how or when you can access long-term Medicaid benefits in Florida? Will your long-term care policy coverage be enough?   These are common questions that patients and their families struggle to answer, oftentimes amidst a medical or care crisis. This is why FirstLantic Healthcare put together a specialized team of experts to guide patients and families through the complex maze of health and long-term care, offering help and answers when they are needed most.    Meet Kelly Wilson, FirstLantic’s Director of Senior Solutions, who leads the team. Kelly’s extensive personal and professional experience – paired with her in-depth knowledge of long-term care, [...]

15 06, 2021

Things to Consider When Choosing Between Home Healthcare or Assisted Living

2021-06-15T10:13:15-04:00June 15th, 2021|Categories: Aging, assisted living, Retirement|Tags: , , |

For many seniors, there comes a time when they need a little extra help and have to decide whether to stay in their own home vs. moving into an independent or assisted living community. There are benefits to both so it’s important to determine what you need and then weigh the cost benefits and your personal lifestyle preferences. Here are the main things to consider: Requirements for assistance The first consideration is deciding on the type of services that you need. Do you simply require some help with household chores and/or meals or do you need full-time assistance because of medical needs? Is your home still manageable or has it become too much to handle because of size, layout or accessibility to doctors, stores, family, [...]

8 06, 2021

Ten Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy

2021-06-08T10:58:53-04:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Health, mental health|

Do you veg out in front of the TV too much?  Do you eat a lot of junk food?  Do you focus on the negative?  If so, you might want to change some of your habits, as these have all been linked to brain decline.  That’s right, not only is lack of activity and eating poorly bad for your waistline, but it also can be detrimental for your brain.  As a home healthcare company, FirstLantic is concerned about the well-being of others, and we want to make sure that you know how to take care of yourself both physically and mentally.  June is also Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month so read on for a list of 10 things that you can do to keep your [...]

25 05, 2021

Foster Care for Seniors

2021-05-25T16:36:03-04:00May 25th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers, Loneliness and Isolation, Retirement|

We have all heard about foster care for children or teens, but you may not know that there are similar programs for seniors or adults with disabilities.   These group homes enable a person to live somewhat independently while also receiving the care they require in a smaller and more intimate setting.  FirstLantic explores the topic further and provides advice on choosing the best living option for yourself or a loved one. What is adult foster care?  An adult foster home must be licensed by the local or state Department of Family Services or Office of Housing and Adult Services and supervised by a licensed professional in foster care.   An adult foster care home will likely have a house manager, house parents, counselors, social workers, and [...]

4 05, 2021

Addressing Mental Health Must be a U.S. Priority

2021-05-04T13:55:33-04:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Health, Loneliness and Isolation, mental health|

Several days ago, President Biden reconfirmed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month for 2021.  In his announcement, the President also acknowledged that the “COVID-19 pandemic has not only negatively impacted many people’s mental health but has also created barriers to treatment’.   He explained that mental illness was on the rise even before Covid and that we need to treat this as a public health crisis as over 52 million Americans experienced some form of mental illness in 2019.    Mental illness is not limited to adults either. Over 10% of youth reported severe depression.  And many of the people living on the streets are affected by mental illness as well. This mental health crisis did not happen overnight but began when funding was cut for [...]

13 04, 2021

How to Choose the Right Home Healthcare Provider

2021-04-13T10:52:22-04:00April 13th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers|

One of the most challenging decisions that an aging person’s relative can make is determining if and when to get help with their care and how to choose the right provider.  As hard as it is to decide to get assistance, it can often be the best decision for both of you.  It doesn’t mean that you are abandoning your loved one but rather that you are helping to ensure that they can remain in the comfort of their own home while also staying safe.  However, you must perform your due diligence to make sure that your family member gets the right level of care and that you choose the best provider.   First of all, there are many options regarding the type of help [...]

23 03, 2021

Five Ways Boomers Are Reinventing Retirement

2021-03-23T10:35:44-04:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Aging, Careers, Retire, Retirement|Tags: , , |

Boomers have always done things their way, so why should it be any different in retirement.  Over 71 million baby boomers make them the second largest generational group right behind Millennials, which number at about 72 million.  They are more educated and diverse than previous generations, and they have a considerable amount of aggregate spending power.  Combined with the fact that they live longer and lead more active lives, they set their own rules for retirement.  Those in the business of catering to seniors will need to evolve their strategy and meet this generation's unique expectations.  FirstLantic explores five ways Boomers are remaking what it means to 'retire.' They are working longer.  Many boomers choose to reinvent themselves by working part-time, consulting, or even starting [...]

2 03, 2021

COVID Can’t Stop Love!

2021-03-02T13:40:33-05:00March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Aging, Romance|

While many things in our lives have changed due to COVID-19, some things haven’t including the need for companionship and love.  And while people usually talk of “young love”, there is no age limit on what the heart wants.  In fact, living with the pandemic has actually encouraged more seniors to take the plunge and some assisted living facilities have even seen an increase in marriages among their residents.  And why not?  “Research shows that socially connected older adults remain healthier and live longer.”   Perhaps the pandemic has made us all realize that connections matter more than we even thought, and there is no time to waste if you find that special one. As Daniel Reingold, president and chief executive of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in [...]

23 02, 2021

Elder Guardianship – What is it and Why do you need it?

2021-02-23T11:59:13-05:00February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , |

What exactly is an elder guardian, and why would someone need one?  In our blog this week, FirstLantic.com explores how legal guardians are appointed, their obligations, and their role for their clients. As some people age, they get to a point where they’re no longer mentally or physically capable of taking care of themselves.  When a person is deemed incapable of their care, a guardian may be appointed by a court of law.   Elderly guardianship, also known as elderly conservatorship, gives the guardian the authority to make critical decisions for the person (known as the ward) over whom they've been appointed.   Typically, the person has a chronic mental illness like dementia, a developmental disability, or a traumatic brain injury and can no longer decide about their [...]

29 12, 2020

Pay it Forward All Year Long

2020-12-29T12:03:52-05:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: charity, Loneliness and Isolation, Pets|Tags: , |

Many people give back during the holidays whether they volunteer at a soup kitchen, contribute to their favorite charity, or provide a gift basket to a family in need.   However, after the new year, many of us go back to our regular routine and feel like we’ve already done our part.   And while the holiday season's effort is much appreciated, many people will need help long after the festivities are over.  2021 will be a very different year for millions of people. The pandemic has left much of our service economy in a terrible state, along with the workers that gained their livelihood from restaurants, retail stores, hotels, etc.   There are direct results for every business that closes, and then all the other trickle-down effects. [...]

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