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95 Year-Old with Alzheimer’s to Adult Foster Home

Mrs. M is a 95 year-old woman who was living in an independent living retirement community in Tigard, Oregon. She has Alzheimer’s disease and, other than occasional assistance from an in-home care agency, she was not taking care of her personal hygiene needs on a consistent basis. Because she was living in an independent living community, which does not employ caregiving staff, her medication was not being administered to her, and therefore she was taking it on an irregular basis. She was also becoming reclusive in her apartment and not participating in social activities or even mealtimes in the community dining room... Mrs. M’s family lived close by and would assist her as much as possible, and take her to church on Sundays. However, her adult children are sons, and they felt uncomfortable with helping Mrs. M with her showering needs. As time progressed and it became clear that Mrs. M was having more and more difficulty in caring for herself, and also because of her reclusiveness, they contacted our agency for help in finding placement. Continue reading

Way More Than Your Grandmother’s Nursing Home

more than just a homeRecently I’ve read several articles about senior living and the author talks about the Nursing Home. There’s no mention of independent and assisted living… Continue reading

Guidelines to Avoid the “CRISIS” Move

crisisWe are often asked how you know if it’s time to move. We put together this list of indicators that an individual may be ready… Continue reading

Letting your loved one with Mild Impaired Cognition settle in……

Martha a 90 year young, pleasantly spirited lady with Mild Impaired Cognition, and her son Bob, made the decision to move Martha to adult foster home. Martha was having a few more falls, and the hope was, with a smaller setting in an AFH she would have better over sight. The first morning after her move, I received a frantic call from her son Bob saying mom had to move, she wasn't adapting to the new home, she was anxious and agitated. Continue reading

Finding Assisted Living – I’m Out of Town and My Parents Need to Move

June and Martin lived in a 55+ community in Tigard. Martin had Alzheimer's disease but physically was very healthy. June had some significant health issues but no cognitive disabilities. Between them, though, they were able to leverage their strengths to live independently-- until Martin ended up in the hospital then rehab. June and Martin's son (and Power of Attorney) realized they needed to move to assisted living but he lived out of town and couldn't get away from work to help them find a place for them to go. He called us to help. We listened to his concerns about his parents then met with June to talk about what she wanted. We then arranged to tour several assisted living communities with her. She found one she really liked in nearby Tualatin and decided that's where she wanted to move. She depended on her son to manage their finances so we helped facilitate the discussion between the community and her son to ensure paperwork was completed and deposits were made. Continue reading

Immediate Need for Assistance Hospital Requires Move to Assisted Living Prior to Discharge

Jane was a 93 year old lady who lived independently in her own home in Lake Oswego for 40+ years. She developed pneumonia in January which led to weakness and several falls. Her neighbors worried about her living alone but couldn't convince her she should seek assistance. She was proud of her independence and didn't want strangers in her home and definitely didn't want to move to assisted living. A major fall and trip to the hospital convinced her neighbors something needed to be done. In addition, the hospital wanted to discharge her the next day and wouldn't let her go home. The hospital gave the neighbors our name and phone number so they called us to ask for help finding her assistance... Adult Foster Homes are private residences in which the proprietor is licensed by the state to have a maximum of five seniors live in the home. Each house has a private room and at least a half bath. life storyAdult Foster Homes are very experienced at caring for seniors and have experience with almost everything. They're more like home, residents are treated like family and the ratio of caregivers to residents is really good—residents get a lot of attention. There are over one thousand adult foster homes in the Portland metropolitan area. We help narrow down the options. In addition we look at county and state records to see if there are substantiated complaints about the homes or other red flags that indicate it's not an appropriate place for our clients. Continue reading

Move to Independent Living Community Brings Relief to Family

Fred and Mary lived next door to their son and daughter in law. As they aged their son and daughter in law started doing more and more around the house for them. It started with mowing the lawn and within a few years it had escalated to cleaning, shopping, laundry and bringing three meals a day as they noticed Fred and Mary were not cooking meals for themselves. The few times had tried cooking there were signs that it didn't go well such as burned potholders on the stove, ovens left on all day and half eaten food on dirty plates in the sink...We met with the daughter in law who was exhausted from the stress of being a family caregiver. She didn't know what to do but knew something needed to change and quickly. We talked about what Fred and Mary might need, what they would want in an ideal retirement living situation, where they would want to live and how much they could afford to pay. We decided the best option would be to live in an independent living community that had assisted living too. This would give them a place to move when their care needs became greater. We talked about options in the town in which they lived toured the ones that were of interest. We found the perfect room in a building in Beaverton in which many of their friends also lived. Continue reading

Adult Foster Care Homes That Allow Pets Keeping the Dog for Comfort

Vivian was a 72 year old woman who had battled ovarian cancer for over eleven years. It finally got to the point where the treatment wouldn't help anymore so she went on hospice. Vivian lived alone in an apartment in Tigard with her dog Murphy. She spent all day watching TV in a dark apartment. Her only visitors were the Meals on Wheels delivery volunteers and her hospice team. She was lonely and her hospice team worried about who was going to help her as her disease progressed... After a second visit to one home, lunch with the provider and a chance for her to meet Murphy, Vivian decided to move in. Leaving her apartment and her independence was very hard but knowing she had somebody who would help her and that she would get to keep Murphy with her made it a little more bearable. Vivian's doing well, Murphy's enjoying having a yard to run in after living in an apartment his whole life and the proprietor of the adult foster care home is there to help Vivian when needed. Continue reading

Moving Into an Adult Foster Care Home Allows Wife to Go From Family Caregiver to Spouse Again

Mary's husband John had early onset Alzheimer's. Mary still worked full time so she hired caregivers to come a few hours each day to ensure he had meals and was safe while she was gone. When she got home from work she had to fix dinner, help him shower, clean the mess he made throughout the day, get his medications and meals ready for the next day, do laundry as he often had accidents. Mary heard him get up several times during the night which interrupted her sleep. Realistically she knew he was just going to get worse but she had hope that he would at least stabilize. He wasn't improving, unfortunately he was definitely getting worse. Mary knew she couldn't continue to work full time and worry all day about his safety. She couldn't afford to pay for caregivers to be with him the whole time he was at work yet she couldn't afford not to. Mary was exhausted emotionally and physically. She couldn't do it anymore and turned to Right Fit Senior Living Solutions for help... We met with both of them to determine their ideal situation. She wanted him to live in an adult foster care home in nearby Tualatin so she could visit him on her way home from work in Portland. She liked the idea of an adult foster care home as there would be four other seniors living with a private family who is very experienced with being caregivers and working with people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. He would get a lot of personal attention in a quiet, calm and safe home. She liked that their food is all made from scratch and that they would manage his medications, do his laundry and help him shower. Continue reading
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Right Fit Senior Living Solutions is a member in good standing with the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce, the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, Westside Referral Network, Senior Provider Information Network, Metropolitan Senior Network, and Oregon Senior Referral Agency Association where Liz is the President. We are proud that Right Fit Senior Living Solutions has become a Platinum Certified SAGE Care Provider specializing in helping LGBT seniors.