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CBD and Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Memory Impairment

The folklore about marijuana has typically been: youthful users won’t recall their experimentation later in life, because cannabis usage impairs memory.

Yet new research reveals that’s not necessarily the case: it depends on what active constituents of the plant someone is using.

CBD — cannabidiol, a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant — has significant therapeutic effects on the brain. And because CBD is not mood altering like its close cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in cannabis responsible for that famous high), someone who uses CBD is not going to feel “stoned”.

In fact, CBD has been shown to improve cognition: welcome news for seniors with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and other forms of dementia.

CBD is currently legal in 47 states, including California, which makes it a viable option for many residents in assisted living and memory care communities.

How Does Marijuana Affect A Person’s Memory?

Smoking marijuana disrupts working memory, also known as short-term memory. Occasional marijuana users will not experience permanent negative effects on their memory.

On the other hand, someone who uses marijuana regularly will have difficulty processing new information, even when they aren’t high, which directly affects comprehension and learning.

There is an upside to this form of memory loss, however: studies have shown that marijuana helps people with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) obliterate traumatic memories.

Does CBD Help with Dementia?

While CBD has been gaining popularity as a potential treatment for memory loss, it is intriguing to note that the U.S. federal government has held a medical patent on the marketing of cannabinoids as both antioxidants and neuroprotective agents since 2003.

The patent states that “cannabinoids are found to have particular application in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and HIV dementia.”

CBD helps improve brain health for people with dementia in three important ways. Cannabidiol:

  •      Reduces inflammation
  •      Reduces oxygen buildup
  •      Acts as a brain stimulant and neuroprotectant.

CBD may also help reduce stress and anxiety in an individual with dementia, and slow brain cell decline.

CBD As a Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting nearly six million Americans today. By 2050, this number is projected to reach 14 million. Someone develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds — yet only 16 percent of seniors receive regular cognitive assessments during routine health check-ups.

CBD holds out great promise against this brain-battering scourge. In a 2006 study, researchers reported that CBD could suppress the formation of amyloid plaque, the abnormal proteins that are one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, “better than any currently approved prescription.”

In 2017, the Salk Institute similarly found that compounds in cannabis, such as CBD, reduce amyloid beta in people with Alzheimer’s disease. This type of plaque is also found in the brains of some people with Parkinson’s disease dementia.

Inflammation, another core cause of Alzheimer’s symptoms, can also often be reduced using CBD oil.

Perhaps the most exciting benefit of CBD is brain cell stimulation. A 2011 Australian study found that CBD promotes the growth and development of brain cells, helping to reduce memory decline and arrest the loss of cognitive capacity overall.

CBD As A Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurological disorder caused by the loss of brain cells that produce dopamine, a molecule critical for proper brain function. The characteristic symptoms of PD include tremors, muscle rigidity, balance issues, depression and anxiety, and the gradual onset of dementia in approximately 50-80 percent of people with PD.

Cannabidiol may represent a healthy, natural alternative to pharmaceutical medications, which can have adverse side effects that are as damaging to someone’s quality of life as the PD symptoms themselves.

In fact, some animal studies suggest CBD might even function as preventive medicine, protecting the brain against developing neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease in the first place.

So far, CBD has demonstrated relief for many of the major Parkinson’s symptoms, including tremors, difficulty sleeping, and cognitive impairment. CBD may also reduce depression and anxiety, and relieve pain.

An additional promising result on the horizon: CBD studies are showing it to be effective in treating the psychosis that comes with PDD (Parkinson’s disease dementia).

Our Commitment to Residents with Memory Impairment

At Glen Park Healthy Living, we’re dedicated to the unique needs of our residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory impairment. Our professional staff includes experts in geriatric care for those with cognitive conditions that require a loving, knowledgeable approach.

We also advocate using cutting edge health protocols that help our residents enjoy the highest quality of life possible.

We look forward to welcoming you and your loved one to Glen Park.

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Assisted Living vs. Memory Care

When it’s time for your loved one to move to a residential community, someone unfamiliar with senior care may think the terms “assisted living” and “memory care” are interchangeable. But they’re actually two distinct, yet related, types of senior living.

The Difference Between Assisted Living and Memory Care

Assisted living is just what the name implies: support to help a senior enjoy the best life possible within a community of older adults. This means assistance with what are known as “activities of daily living”, or ADL. Some of the services an assisted living community typically provides include:

  • Assistance with ADL (bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, etc.)
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Medication reminders
  • Meals
  • Social activities
  • Transportation
  • Health services
  • Wellness programs

The living arrangements in an assisted living facility can vary widely, from individual apartments to private or shared rooms. Most assisted living communities offer partially or fully furnished living spaces, and encourage residents to bring cherished items when they move in, to help make their new environment feel cozy and familiar.

Although assisted living communities were originally developed as an option midway between independent living and nursing home care, the senior living field is rapidly evolving as the aging population continues to spiral upward.

Today, many assisted living communities are able to accommodate people needing higher levels of care, while nursing homes are transforming into facilities for rehabilitation after an extensive hospital stay.

While assisted living aims to help residents continue to live with as much freedom as practical, memory care facilities must take a somewhat different approach, by providing secure, expert care for people in various stages of memory loss. The emphasis shifts from helping a senior remain self-directed, to providing professional care for those with cognitive decline.

In a memory care community, the focus is on:

  • Safety
  • Keeping residents calm, since sensory overstimulation can trigger agitation
  • Specialized nutrition to address changing health needs
  • Activities that help residents remain engaged and support brain health.

Some senior living communities offer a “continuum of care”, enabling residents to transition from assisted living to a memory care wing or separate memory care unit if they begin to exhibit signs of cognitive impairment.

How Do I Know If I Need Memory Care?

At one time or another, all of us experience reaching for a word, or forgetting someone’s name (or where we put the car keys). This is considered normal, age-related memory loss.

However, the warning signs of dementia are more pervasive and severe than temporary memory loss. These include:

  • Problems with language, such as being unable to recall the word “toothbrush” and asking for “that thing for my mouth”
  • Place disorientation, such as being unable to find your own house
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks, like following a recipe you’ve used for years
  • Odd placement of objects, such as putting those car keys in the freezer
  • Poor judgment: for example, wearing an overcoat on a hot summer day.
  • Unwillingness to engage with others: preferring to sleep or watch TV.

If a senior is exhibiting a number of memory loss warning signs, the first step is a complete medical examination. Many conditions can create cognitive confusion in the elderly, including medication interactions, a urinary tract infection, poor diet, or substance abuse.

Bottom line: if a senior is experiencing issues that compromise his or her safety, health, behavior, or social engagement, they may benefit from being in a quality memory care environment with compassionate care providers who can greatly enrich their living situation.

Is Memory Care More Expensive Than Assisted Living?

The question of cost is a bit tricky. Although neither assisted living nor memory care is inexpensive, memory care is generally more cost-effective than aging in place with home health assistance.

The cost of a home health aide, plus home modifications to make the home safe and senior-friendly for someone with dementia, can easily exceed what it would cost to live in a memory care community, where all of these factors, plus home maintenance and housekeeping, are part of the cost.

In terms of comparing memory care costs with those of assisted living, it’s important to understand that dementia is a progressive condition. While life expectancy overall is on the rise and increases the longer someone remains healthy, dementia creates a compressed life expectancy of as much as 50-75 percent. Depending on the type of dementia, someone may live five to twelve years, on average, after diagnosis.

Therefore, it is likely that the cost of living in a memory care facility will work out to be less expensive than assisted living, due to a shortened lifespan.

The Glen Park Difference

At Glen Park Healthy Living, we’ve been providing enhanced assisted living, memory care, and end-of-life care for almost 30 years. As pioneers of palliative care in the Los Angeles area, our unique, full-service approach enables residents in each of our five communities to live their later years in comfort, safety, and enjoyment.

We look forward to welcoming you home to Glen Park Healthy Living.

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How to Find the Perfect Assisted Living Facility

In the 21st century, we’re living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Still, aging catches up to all of us eventually. Even if we don’t have any major health concerns, we may start to need a little assistance preparing meals, taking a shower, or climbing stairs, for example.

Assisted living was created for precisely this purpose: to provide seniors with help for activities of daily living (ADL) such as housekeeping, meals, bathing, and errands. In 1983, Keren Brown Wilson developed the original model, known as “living with assistance,” in Portland, Oregon. It was a huge success, and the assisted living concept took off.

Tillman Pink Jr. held a similar vision. He launched Glen Park just a few years after Wilson’s inaugural community, based on the principles of superior care, excellent service, responsiveness, and unwavering respect for life.

Today, our communities in Glendale, Monrovia, Long Beach, and Valley Village continue to provide innovative assisted living services and amenities designed to improve the quality of life for seniors throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

What Is An Assisted Living Community?

In an assisted living community, residents want and receive some supportive care. Assisted living is also a good choice if a senior needs help to get to appointments.

Some of the services an assisted living community provides typically include:

  •      Assistance with ADL (bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, etc.)
  •      Housekeeping
  •      Laundry
  •      Medication management
  •      Meals
  •      Social activities
  •      Transportation
  •      Health services
  •      Wellness programs

Choosing the Right Assisted Living Community

Selecting the best community for your loved one depends on a number of factors, beginning with geography. For example, does the senior prefer living:

  •     In a city or suburban setting?
  •     In a warm climate, or one with four seasons?
  •     Near a major medical center, or close to shopping and entertainment?
  •     Close to children and grandchildren?

While some of these considerations are not mutually exclusive, it’s important to know what matters most to the senior, and what will best support their well being as they age.

Once you determine the ideal location, aim to visit between three and six assisted living communities. Here’s a brief checklist of what to look for:

General Environment:

  •      Are building and grounds pleasing and well maintained?
  •      Is the ambiance home-like, and suited to the senior’s needs?
  •      Did the staff greet you warmly? Address you by name?
  •      Is the community clean, odor-free, and properly heated/cooled?
  •      Are you able to talk with residents about how they like the community and staff?
  •      Do the residents seem like a good match for your loved one?

Physical Features:

  •      Are doorways, halls, and rooms wheelchair and walker accessible?
  •     Do common areas and rooms have handrails, non-skid floors, and carpets, good lighting, cupboards and shelves within easy reach?
  •     Are smoke detectors and exits clearly marked?
  •     Are different sizes and types of apartments available?
  •     Is a 24-hour emergency response system accessible from the apartment?
  •     Is housekeeping provided for personal living spaces?
  •     Are residents able to bring their own furnishings? What’s provided?
  •     May residents have cars? Is there assigned parking?
  •     Is there an area for resident gardening?

Dining:

  •      How many meals are served each day in a common dining area?
  •      How often do the menus change?
  •      Are snacks available?
  •      Does the residence accommodate special diets?
  •      Are residents allowed to invite guests for meals?

Social and Recreational Activities

  •     Are there organized daily activities and events?
  •     Does the community encourage residents to participate in activities?
  •     Do residents also participate in activities in town?
  •     Do volunteers, including family members, come to the community to help with or to conduct programs?
  •     Is there a community pet?
  •     Are residents’ pets allowed in the community? Who is responsible for their care?

Services & Amenities

  •     Is staff available 24/7 to help with ADL if needed?
  •     Is there a hair salon on the premises?
  •     Does the community provide scheduled transportation for medical appointments, shopping, etc.? Can residents arrange for transportation on short notice?
  •     What are the exercise and wellness programs like?

Staff

  •     Do staff members receive special training in caring for residents with dementia?
  •     Do staff members handle resident requests in a timely way?
  •     Can residents hire private duty companions? What is the procedure for this type of service?
  •     Does the director have an “open door” policy?
  •     Who owns the assisted living community?
  •     Is the residence licensed? Is the license current? (Ask to review the last licensing or certification report.)

6 Tips to Select A Community Your Loved One Will Love

Moving is a major decision at any life stage, even more so in our senior years. To ensure you and your loved one make the best decision for his or her future:

  1.   Don’t rush. Remember when you bought a house? It probably wasn’t the first one you saw. Start well in advance of the move, and visit at least three to six communities over a period of weeks.
  2.  Be thorough. A high price tag doesn’t necessarily equate to quality care. This is why the checklist is so important. Many excellent assisted living facilities are quite affordable, with well- trained, caring staff. Look for signs that the seniors who live there are comfortable, content, and well cared for.
  3.  Get input. Ask other family members to visit with you, or at another time, and exchange impressions. You might also seek the services of a professional such as a geriatric care manager or senior living advisor. When everyone is on the same page, make a decision.
  4.  Select for who the senior is now. An assisted living community that has a swimming pool when your parent hasn’t been in the water in decades is planning for an outdated perception: understandable, but not realistic. Choose a community that matches your loved one’s current needs.
  5.  Plan for the future. By the same token, choose a community where your loved one can “age in place” without having to move again if their needs change. At Glen Park, we’re dedicated to the unique needs of residents with memory impairment. We also partner with Five Star Home Hospice to help those in our care face the end of life.
  6.  Read the fine print. Make sure you understand the fine print in the contract. You may wish to review it with an elder law attorney before you sign.
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Senior Financial Planning: How to Pay for Assisted Living

Living at Glen Park is a wonderful way to enjoy all the comforts of home in your senior years, without the headache of maintaining a house. Our thoughtfully designed apartments, exceptional dining, and lively activities tailored to your loved one’s interests and abilities make Glen Park Healthy Living the ideal choice for affordable assisted living.

Of course, the key to worry-free senior living is smart financial planning, before you need the money. The annual Genworth Cost of Care Survey found the median cost of assisted living in the Los Angeles area was $54,000 in 2018.

Let’s look at the best ways to help make assisted living affordable.

What Do Medicare and Medicaid Cover?

People tend to think of Medicare and Medicaid in a single breath, like peanut butter and jelly. But the two programs, while complementary, address distinct aspects of senior health care and finances. And neither offers blanket coverage for assisted living, despite this misconception.

Medicare will only cover long-term care in certain circumstances:

  •     Qualified medical care in a hospital
  •     Short-term stays in a skilled nursing facility (SNF)
  •     Nursing home care (as long as the resident requires nursing care and not simply “custodial assistance” with daily needs such as bathing, dressing, and eating, which fall under assisted living)
  •     Hospice care
  •     Home health care, including physical and occupational therapy, as medically prescribed.

Although Medicare will not cover the cost of an assisted living residence, it will cover qualified health care costs incurred while a senior is living in an assisted living facility.

There will also usually be out-of-pocket copayments unless the Medicare recipient has additional insurance or another form of financial aid that covers these charges. Therefore, Medicare is a temporary or partial resource, not a long-term subsidized housing solution.

Because federal and state laws affect Medicare’s various plans, it’s essential to know what coverage you have. Medicare.gov explains the different types of coverage and simply provides an easy way for you to check whether your service or test is covered.

What about Medicaid? Medicaid provides health coverage to more than 7.2 million low-income seniors who are also enrolled in Medicare. Services that are covered by both programs are paid first by Medicare, with Medicaid funding the difference, up to each state’s payment ceiling.

However, Medicaid generally does not pay for assisted living, unless the cost is less than that of a nursing home. In these situations, a Medicaid Waiverfunds the needed services.

A California-Specific Program

In California, The Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP) serves seniors who need long-term assistance with personal care and household tasks.

The California Department of Health and Human Services requires participants in this program to contribute to their room and board costs. In 2019, this rate is approximately $1039 – $1059 per month, depending on a senior’s income.

Six Financially Savvy Ways to Afford Assisted Living

  1.   Veteran’s Benefits: Veterans and spouses of veterans may qualify for aid from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Although the VA does not pay the veteran’s housing costs, it may cover some of the services provided by an assisted living facility.

Known as Aid & Attendance (A&A), this benefit is a monthly needs-based payment above and beyond the VA pension that can help cover the costs of long-term care. It is important to note that a veteran or surviving spouse may only receive Aid & Attendance or Housebound benefits, not both at once.

In order to be eligible for A&A benefits, a veteran must meet at least one of these criteria:

  •     Need assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, dressing, eating, or adjusting prosthetic devices;
  •     Be bedridden;
  •     Reside in a nursing home due to mental or physical impairment;
  •     Have severe visual impairment, with a correction of 5/200 or less in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.

Eligibility varies, but the benefits can be significant. Contact the Glendale area Veteran Affairs office to determine whether your loved one qualifies.

  1.   Long-term Care Insurance: Long-term care insurance (LTCI) can be tricky. While it appears to be a natural hedge against a future possibility of becoming ill or disabled, it’s not an all-inclusive solution. Here’s why:
  •     LTCI premiums can be as steep as the cost of care itself.
  •     What is covered varies by policy. For example, a “facility-only” policy covers care in a licensed assisted living facility or SNF, but not in an unlicensed facility or in your own home.
  •     There is usually a waiting period before someone is able to access funds. The shorter the elimination period you select, the more expensive the premiums.

Also, some LTCI insurers may ask for a physician evaluation — of the insurance company’s choice — to see if a senior’s condition qualifies for coverage, which may be determined in part by their ability to perform two or more activities of daily living.

  1.  Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a federal income program administered through the U.S. Social Security Administration. It’s distinct from Social Security, which is based on the number of years worked and amount of tax paid.

SSI is also different from the similar-sounding SSDI (Social Security Disability Income), which is a payroll tax-funded, a federal insurance program designed to assist people who are unable to work due to a disability.

SSI functions independent of your employment history. Even if you have never paid into Social Security, if your income is below a certain threshold and you’re 65 or older, you can receive SSI benefits. You can check a senior’s SSI eligibility.

Seniors may choose to use their SSI benefit to help cover the costs of senior housing. Some assisted living facilities will work out payment arrangements with individuals in need of care. These arrangements typically involve accepting the person’s SSI income as full payment.

  1.  Life insurance. Many life insurance policies have a provision for long-term care benefits, which can be less expensive than a long-term care policy. Additionally, if you or your parent has been paying premiums on a life insurance policy for more than a decade, you may be able to tap the policy’s built-up cash value.

Just be aware that if you borrow or withdraw more than what you’ve already paid in premiums, you’ll owe tax. Talk with your financial advisor before taking this step.

  1.  Housing Choice Voucher Program. More commonly known as Section 8,this low-income option, offered through HUD, enables low-income residents to rent “safe and reasonable” apartments or other accommodations. While the program is not senior-specific (that is, not contingent on age), many assisted living facilities to accept Section 8 payment.
  2.  Sell the House. Finally, if your loved one has sufficient equity in their home, the simplest solution may be to sell the home and use the proceeds to pay for assisted living.

We look forward to welcoming you home to Glen Park Healthy Living!

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How To Talk To Elderly Parents About Assisted Living

When parents sit their kids down to have “the Talk”, it’s usually about physical activity in relationships, to put it euphemistically. But when adult children ask their parents to participate in “the Talk,” it typically has to do with the parents’ increasing need for assistance — something the elderly parent(s) might not be willing to acknowledge.

Even if they do admit they’re not as spry as they once were, your parents may have no intention of leaving their beloved long-time home. If they’ve always been independent, your parents may not be able to readily shift perspective and agree they could use some help.

How Do I Convince My Parents To Move to Assisted Living?

Since arranging for relocation in a crisis is never ideal, it’s wise to start the conversation about a potential move to assisted living early. Especially if your parents are in fairly good health now, broaching the “what if?” topic to get them thinking about their evolving needs is smart. Someone’s situation can change in an instant if they take a fall or have a stroke, for example, either of which can happen out of the blue.

If you meet with head-on resistance, you’ll know ongoing conversations on the subject of assisted living are in order. Here are some talking tips to help you start off on the right foot:

  •      Speak to your own concerns. Instead of saying, “Mom, you can’t manage the stairs anymore, you really have to move” say, “Mom, I’m worried that you might take a tumble and hurt yourself.”
  •      Make it a collaborative conversation. Your brothers, sisters, and other close relatives should all be part of the caregiving community selection process. If you’re located in far-flung locations, a Senior Move Manager can help facilitate the process for your family.
  •      Do your homework. Start researching assisted living communities now. Many of the best communities may have waiting lists, and when your parent is open to the subject, the more informed you are, the smoother the conversation will be.
  •      Be their advocate. If your parent is receptive, ask him or her to “indulge you” by accompanying you on a few visits to nearby assisted living communities, “just to see what they’re like.”
  •      Discuss the costs of assisted living. Do you know your parents’ financial situation? Have they planned for long-term care? Will it be necessary to sell the house in order to afford assisted living? Review How to Pay for Assisted Living for a thorough overview.
  •      Suggest a “try before you buy” visit. Some assisted living communities to allow prospective residents to stay for a week or even a month to get a feel for whether this is the right fit for them, and to develop a comfort level with the assisted living environment before making a commitment.

How Can I Transition My Elderly Loved One to Assisted Living?

As mentioned, if at all possible, have your loved one spend at least a few days, if not longer, living at the assisted living community, so they can become familiar with their prospective new home.

  •     Meet the team. Before you help your parent pack and move, arrange to meet with the assisted living team that will facilitate the move. Ask for details about any issues you or your elderly loved one may have, such as how much of their personal furniture will fit in the new living space.
  •     Make time for goodbyes. Your parent has probably lived in their home and neighborhood for a long time — they may be leaving the house in which you grew up. This can be a difficult experience for any of us, the more so for someone who has endured many other losses. They may experience relocation grief, even when the move is a positive change.

Acknowledge your parent’s sadness about the upheaval, and give them plenty of time to adjust. Allow time for goodbyes to the old neighborhood, friends, their postal person, grocery store, the local park, etc.

  •      Personalize the new living space. Help your parent decorate their new apartment or room, especially if they bring some treasured items that say “home” to them. This will go a long way towards making their space feel welcoming.
  •      Be your parent’s advocate. If your loved one has concerns after an adjustment period, discuss what steps you can take together to resolve the issue. It might simply be a matter of asking a staff member a few questions, which your loved one may be reluctant to do as a new resident.
  •      Stay in touch! Remind your parent that just because they’ve moved to a new residence, nothing between you needs to change: you’re still going to be in regular contact. If you live at a distance, phone, email, and video calls will help keep you close.

How Do Seniors Adjust to Assisted Living?

What is the actual assisted living experience like? One 88-year-old assisted living resident authored an ebook on this topic: Assisted Living: An Insider’s View.

Carol Netzer, a retired psychologist, shares poignant, often hilarious, and scrupulously honest “overheard” commentary from her fellow residents. She has lived in two assisted living communities, and the candid comments she’s overheard include:

  •      “Assisted living never stopped him from taking a summer vacation. Even when he had to use a cane in Japan.”
  •     “I miss my old house sometimes. Otherwise, I don’t mind leaving my past life behind me.”
  •     “I think the food is getting better here since they hired a dining room manager.”
  •      “I made sure there were poker games going in this residence before I signed up.”

How long will it take for your elderly parent to adjust to assisted living? While some highly resilient people adapt in a matter of weeks, the typical adjustment period for seniors is anywhere from three to six months. And while a senior may be reluctant to admit it, for many, the move to a supportive community enriches their lives in ways living at home did not.

One daughter reported, “My mom keeps saying she wishes she could complain, but cannot. Living at home, she did nothing. Now she is playing

Mah Jong and cards, going out to lunch every week, visiting thrift stores. I am so happy she is content.”


Benefits of Long Beach Assisted Living

Long Beach provides an essential location for hospice patients to enjoy the moment. The city mainly integrates family-owned restaurants that cater to the community in an exceptional manner. Family-owned businesses set the tone for the area of a shared space, welcoming new and experienced residents of Long Beach assisted living areas.

The California Effect

Clients that choose Long Beach enjoy the luxury of the beach at reach, care at hand, and support at will — it’s what we call, the California Effect. Blue skies and palm trees deem the utmost location for hospice care. The sea breeze and California sunshine provides ultimate areas to relax and focus on the bigger picture — life. Combining social care with medical care, the health of the patient stands as an integral component for family members to trust hospice programs. Hospice care focuses on the health and quality of life in contrast to the length of it.

But, what exactly is hospice care, and who needs it? Hospice care comforts and assists patients and their loved ones when the patient ceases to benefit from medical treatment. Life expectancy of hospice patients varies in age, therefore hospice programs cater to unique patient-needs at all times. Most hospice programs, especially Glen Park Assisted Living, offers 24/7 care to patients and offers highly secured facilities for the safety of its patients. Highly trained individuals help programs engage hospice audiences for a relaxing experience.

Hospice Services

Hospice services are performed by qualified professionals, including physicians, counselors, aides, therapists, social workers and volunteers, who are authorized and trained for medical care and support services for patient wellness and treatment. Family caregivers and friends benefit from patient use of hospice programs. It allows knowledgeable staff members to take on the task to support at an official medical level.

Many hospice programs incorporate daily activities for the patient to stimulate the mind and body. In accordance with the most modern practices, hospice programs in Southern California (Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Riverside, and Long Beach Assisted Living) notes the emotional, social, and spiritual impact of all patient diseases. In latest practices, professionals integrate yoga, art, and therapeutic talks, freeing patient minds and bodies from stressful conditions.

Medicare, part of the Social Security Administration, provides hospice benefits for those who qualify at age 65 and older. Certain qualifications apply, therefore, we highly recommend checking with the federal Social Security Administration to review your health insurance plan with your primary health provider.

We strongly believe that all residents should have access to beneficial hospice care. Social care is a concept that assembles trained staff to help ease the situation of patients and family members at a highly professional environment mimicking home standards.