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Eric Dewhirst Eric Dewhirst
February 9, 2018 ● Assisted Living 6 min read

Assisted living – 101 Questions you should be asking

Having gone through the process of finding the right place for my Father, I have compiled a list of questions that we asked as well some questions upon reflection that we should have asked. Here are some useful questions you should be asking before you make any decision about what senior living residence you or your loved one will move into.

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Eric Dewhirst Eric Dewhirst
February 9, 2018 ● Assisted Living 5 min read

7 things Assisted Living Residences won’t tell you – but we will

NOTE: My Father was in a facility that suited his needs and the staff were wonderful. The purpose of this article is to give you a perspective that helps you stay rational with your decision making process. You are more than likely in a vulnerable and stressed out state and sometimes it helps if someone sits you down and give it to you straight. Nobody told me and my family about this side of the … [ Continue Reading ]




Eric Dewhirst Eric Dewhirst
February 9, 2018 ● Assisted Living 3 min read

5 Assisted Living Search Mistakes to Avoid

When it comes time to find the most suitable assisted living community for you or a loved one it is important that you don’t do some these common mistakes. We understand, we have been there, you want to get it right the first time and for many this is the first time they have ever done this. On top of it all, it is a very emotional time and in many respects you are in … [ Continue Reading ]




Eric Dewhirst Eric Dewhirst
February 9, 2018 ● Assisted Living 1 min read

16 Must ask questions when Visiting or Calling an Assisted Living Residence

When you are calling to find out about an Assisted Living Residence you should consider the following sixteen questions as MUST ASK questions. I also suggest that you review the list of questions I have compiled in our 101 Questions You should Ask checklist.

  • What is your staff-to-resident ratio?
  • What kind of experience and training does your staff possess?
  • How many staffers are on duty overnight?
  • Can staff administer medications?
  • Do you have
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Eric Dewhirst Eric Dewhirst
February 9, 2018 ● Home Care 3 min read

Staying at home means staying safe!

Here is a handy checklist of things to review in your home to make sure you are safe and can stay there for as long as possible.

Home Interior Yes No
Stairs inside home are safe    
End of stairs is clearly marked (top and bottom)    
Handrails on both sides of stairs    
Hallways and doorways wide and obstruction free    
Fire extinguisher available    
Smoke detectors present  
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Eric Dewhirst Eric Dewhirst
February 9, 2018 ● Memory Care 2 min read

List of questions to ask when evaluating a Memory Care community

When you are considering a memory care community for a parent or loved one, you should try to make sure that the care that’s provided is closely aligned with your parent’s needs.

You should find the answers to these questions before you make a final decision about memory care:

Understanding your loved one’s needs

  • What is your loved one’s level of mobility? Does she walk independently or require walker or wheelchair?
  • Does your loved one
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Eric Dewhirst Eric Dewhirst
February 9, 2018 ● Memory Care 2 min read

10 Helpful Tips for Communicating with a Person Living with Dementia

After interviewing some personal care workers as well as some friends that have dealt directly with this issue with their own paretns, I have come up with ten straightforward things you can do to make your visit with your loved one go more smoothly for you and them.

  1. You know what makes your loved one feel safe, secure, and happy? Your smile does;
  2. Always remember that when you get tense and uptight it
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