We are in an exciting and important time for assisted living! Millions of baby-boomers are getting ready to retire (if they haven't already), and although many of these people are healthy and in great shape, there are thousands in each state who
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have health issues that make them require assistance in one form or another. This assistance may be simply needing help with day to day tasks such as personal hygiene, or paying bills. Maybe getting around town isn't as easy as it used to be, or help is needed with shopping for groceries.
On the more serious end, there are millions of people that have debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. These people need around-the-clock supervision, medication management, and help with just about every daily activity.
This is where an assisted living facility can help.
Assisted Living comes in many forms and settings, with widely varying degrees of services, amenities and cost, depending on the facility. An assisted living facility may be in a more rural or country setting that is very home-like. On the other hand, an
assisted living facility may look more like an apartment complex, or even a hospital. Definitions can also vary as to what assisted living actually is, and there are different requirements for licensure and different laws governing assisted living facilities from state to state.
Assisted Living Directory lists numerous facilities and, at times, other senior care options, organized by state, and then by city. We recommend that if you are looking into assisted living for yourself, or a friend or loved one, that you take ample time to research each facility thoroughly. Visiting the facility you might be interested in is also of utmost importance, as well as checking health and safety records and possible violations that have occurred with the facility.
Assisted Living Directory does not endorse any particular facility on the site. Although we deem all of the information on this site as reliable, it is in no way guaranteed. Facilities are updated or change frequently. Some facilities may also go out of business. If you find any informational errors on our site, please let us know! Our site is intended to be a starting point for your research.
Assisted Living Directory strives to make quality online advertising for assisted living accessible for assisted living facilities of any size.
Assisted Living is an industry that can be prone to abuse, questionable practices, and misinformation. Please view our top tips and advice for anyone searching for assisted living - based on our 7 years of having an online presence in this industry, so you may have a safe, positive experience.
We wish everyone the best
in health and happiness.
Contributors, Experts, and Voices of Assisted Living Directory
|Some of the many industry experts who contribute regularly to Assisted Living Directory, and those who have shared their expertise with us via articles, interviews and videos.|
David Besnette is the founder, owner and editor for Assisted Living Directory. David has taken his love for producing videos and writing, and researching to seek out experts in the senior care industry, so they may share their expertise about assisted living and long-term care. Many of his interviews and videos can be seen below, and throughout the site.
Regina Woodard - Regina has been a freelance writer for a number of online publications and in topics such as healthcare, technology, computers, and gaming. She is currently the office manager and social media manager/web admin within the senior space. An avid writer and geek of useless television knowledge, Gina shares her freelancing experiences through her blog and fights for futuristic rights as an agent of S.P.A.N.T.E.N.N.A
David Virden - David has over 20 years’ experience as a writer and editor. Senior issues have long been his passion, and in addition to past experience writing about maintaining a healthy outlook throughout every phase of life, he has volunteered his time and skills to such organizations as Senior Services of King County in Seattle.
He is one of the many expert authors who is currently writing on behalf of Emeritus assisted living communities.
Harriet Hodgson, BS, MA is the author of 31 books, including Smart Aging: Taking Charge of Your Physical and Emotional Health, Alzheimer’s, Finding the Words: A Communication Guide for Those Who Care, The Alzheimer’s Caregiver: Dealing with the Realities of Dementia, and Help! I’m Raising My Grandkids: Grandparents Adapting to Life’s Surprises. Please visit Harriet's Author Page for more information about this busy author and grandmother.
Lisa Hirsch - After spending many years in the fashion industry, I recreated myself as a blogger/writer after my mother develped Alzheimer's. My mother inspires me each day with her strength, humor and courage. She has truly become my hero. My writimgs are about the experience of being a caregiver, and our journey together.Since my mom became ill, our relationship has transformed into a touching and inspiring love story between a mother and daughter.
I am truly committed to spreading awareness.
Joelle Besnette has contributed to Assisted Living Directory in many ways, offering her insights and experiences with long-distance caregiving for her mother who fell ill, and needed care and assistance from family, all of whom lived in other parts of the country. Sadly, Joelle's mom has passed away. However, Joelle has been able to share many of her experiences and insights through her contributions to, and ideas for Assisted Living Directory.
Rev. Maria Dancing Heart Hoaglund has authored numerous books about death, dying, and grief. She has served as a bereavement coordinator for a hospice program as well. Maria has contributed her thoughts, wisdom, energy and experience to Assisted Living Directory in many ways. You can view her work, and more about Maria on her Creating Courage Around Death & Dying information page, and our book review The Most Important Day of Your Life: Are You Ready?
Destiny Arrington owns an assisted living home in Detroit. Destiny knew that she wanted to own a Group Home from a very young age. Destiny has offered her expertise and experience for us on a number of topics, including staffing, challenges, obstacles and rewards with owning and operating a senior care home. Read Destiny's insights into these questions and more!
Linda Brendle retired from the business world after 40 years of administration and sales in various industries. She cared for her mother and her father, both of whom suffered from dementia, for 15 years. Her caregiving ranged from an occasional visit to their home to caring for them in her own home and finally to helping her brother to oversee their care when they moved to an assisted living facility.
Could This Be You? Assisted Living Directory is always looking for people who are experienced or knowledgeable with senior care, caregiving or of course - assisted living - to share their stories, guidance and insights.
If you would like to be considered as a contributor for Assisted Living Directory, please let us know by introducing yourself!
Thank you for your interest!
Original Videos by Assisted Living Directory
Looking up facility inspections, citations and violations for assisted living in Daytona Beach
Video by Assisted Living Directory - Produced April 2013
Our Interviews With Assisted Living Facility Owners & Administrators
Interview - Tammy Merson - Senior Care of Goldsboro, Inc.
Our most recent interview in our "5 Questions" series was with Tammy Merson, Owner of Senior Care of Goldsboro, Inc. See the Full Interview
Thank you to Tammy for sharing your expertise and insight with Assisted Living Directory, which is extremely valuable to those families considering assisted living, as well as anyone interested in starting their own assisted living home or senior care facility!
Our Commitment To Quality And Safety
Let Us Know! If you are aware of any facility or service listed on our site that has had safety or quality issues, please let us know by using our contact form. We will investigate and remove any service or facility from our directory that we feel does not uphold the highest standards of quality and safety.
As our site is growing, we appreciate our user feedback to inform us of news or issues happening in the assisted living and senior care industries. This helps us to ensure that our site is accurate and useful.
Assisted Living Original Articles, Videos & Senior News
Newest Articles: April 2013:
» The Last Transition - by Linda Brendle
» Advance Directives - by Harriet Hodgson
Newest Articles: March 2013:
Assisted Living Success Stories & Inspiration:
» An Assisted Living Success Story - A personal story of my Aunt who found happiness in an assisted living facility.
Caregiving Job Tips
» How To Get A Job As A Caregiver, LPN or Nurse - And just as importantly, how NOT to...
» Alzheimer's Disease - Symptoms and educational videos.
» Dementia - Learn about the different types of dementia. It isn't always "Alzheimer's." We discuss Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia.
Equipment & Facility Supplies:
» Walk-In Bathtubs - Can make any bathroom safer, especially in an assisted living environment.
Health & Happiness:
» Communicating With Mom and Dad - More than just a simple "hello' - communicating with mom and dad, especially if they live in an assisted living facility can provide important insights into their health and well-being.
Recommended Reading:» The Most Important Day of Your Life: Are You Ready?
Regulations & Oversight:» Pennsylvania Regulations - are they just 'window dressing?'
Safety & Security Issues:» Identifying Elder Abuse - The signs may not always be obvious.
» Wandering - A big security issue in many facilities
» Stubborn Senior - Unfair To Family Caregivers? - Not asking for help, or not accepting help that is available can be unfair to those caring for you.
» Managing and Minimizing Grief and Loneliness - We recently visited an assisted living/memory care facility and witnessed some of the strategies used by the facility to manage loneliness and grief.
» Is Assisted Living Appropriate For A Senior With Dermatomyositis - A personal, first-hand account.
Tips, Tools & "How To"
Questionnaire - A printable (.pdf) list of important
questions to ask facilities.
Assisted Living Directory Original Videos:
Tips, Tutorials and Interviews:
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