Recent Posts by The Livi Team

Comparing the Cost of Automatic Pill Dispensers and Skilled Nursing

Nearly 90 percent of seniors over the age of 65 hope to age in place, spending the next 10 years or longer in their homes. Most seniors envision restful, meaningful retirements filled with good health, new activities, and visits from family and friends. Too often, medical conditions turn this vision into something far less idyllic. Missed medications, endless prescriptions, too many trips to the doctor, and accidental medication overdoses pose serious dangers to seniors’ health and well-being.

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5 Tools That Are Reducing Caregiver Burnout

Family caregiving can be difficult, stressful, and time-consuming. However, despite the frustrations and fatigue, many family members find themselves in some type of caregiving role as their loved ones age. The Family Caregiver Alliance reports that an estimated 34.2 million Americans have provided some type of caregiving assistance to adults over the age of 50 in the past year. These informal caregivers, typically family members or friends, enter into their caregiving role with loving intentions ... and without the knowledge of the reality of caregiver burnout.

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4 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Aging in Place

As your loved one grows older, you add a few items to your regular to-do list. Perhaps you have to accompany your loved one to certain doctor appointments, or maybe now you take care of buying their groceries. Along with tasks, you may also begin adding some worries that keep you up at night. Among the biggest concerns for most children of aging adults? Healthcare costs and keeping Mom at home without compromising her safety.

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6 Considerations for Easing Into A Family Caregiver Role

More than 43 million Americans care for a loved one, with most providing care for at least 20 hours a week. Becoming a caregiver often means a fundamental shift in your relationship. It may require significant schedule changes, less time with your kids, and a willingness to become an expert in aging and various ailments. Most caregivers steadily transition into this role over a period of months or years. This transition can help you slowly adapt to your role while assessing what works and what doesn’t.

Here are some strategies that can help you ease into this role with grace and skill, without compromising your own quality of life.

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This Month in Family Caregiver News

About 43.5 million adults are unpaid family caregivers. Although the average time spent on caregiving is 24 hours per week—the equivalent of a part-time job—for about a quarter of caregivers, caregiving is a full-time job that demands 40 or more hours per week. Family caregiving can be both rewarding and challenging, and people who support and love caregivers must make space for both emotions. Researchers are increasingly interested in caregivers' contributions to society and the effect caregiving has on their health. Here’s some recent caregiving news you might have missed.

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Tips and Advice for Family Caregivers

Family caregivers face an uphill battle. Loved ones may praise them for their selfless devotion, but offer little in the way of support. Some caregivers face criticism from other family members who themselves are unwilling to help. Many experience stress, anxiety, depression, and financial losses because of their work caring for a loved one. Despite all of this, eighty-five percent of family caregivers find it to be a rewarding experience.

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6 Innovations That Are Transforming Senior Living Communities

What does your stereotypical senior living community look like? Do you imagine quiet, feeble elders sitting in rocking chairs, taking long naps, and occasionally playing cards? Senior living isn’t what it used to be. Seniors lead longer and more adventurous lives than ever before. And while there's nothing wrong with rocking chairs, today’s seniors are more likely to be found finding new love, forming new hobbies, picking up degrees, and even going skydiving. Senior living communities are evolving to meet the changing needs of their residents. Technological innovations play a major role in this evolution. The right technology helps seniors remain independent longer, even when they have complex medical needs.

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How to Talk Your Parents About Medication Management

Seniors living at home independently or with a partner are fortunate to have resources and specially tailored supports readily available to keep them at home for as long as possible. Thanks to friendly neighbors and nearby family members, seniors living at home can benefit from phone call check-ins and drop-by visits. However, what happens when you begin to notice medication concerns during your time in your loved one’s apartment? It can be difficult to begin the conversation about your worries surrounding medication management, but bringing the subject up could potentially save a life.

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Are Automatic Pill Dispensers Right for You or Your Loved One?

Have you ever wondered if there is an easier way to manage the medications you or your loved one are currently taking? After all, between keeping the medication schedule straight and simply remembering to take them, managing your medications can feel like a serious chore. Unfortunately, if you make a mistake with prescription or over-the-counter medications, the consequences can be serious or even deadly.

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5 Common Objections to Automatic Pill Dispensers & How to Overcome Them

Change can be hard. It can also greatly improve lives. Consider how email has made it easy to stay in touch across time and distance, without a lot of expense. Or how streaming services have put your favorite television shows and movies at your fingertips. Every revolutionary change requires some adjustment. You might have to master new skills or change your attitude toward technology. But a willingness to try new things can open new opportunities for a better life. Many seniors and some caregivers are reluctant to give automatic pill dispensers a try. Yet within a few days, almost everyone who invests in these machines is a convert.

Here are the most common objections caregivers hear from seniors—and how you can overcome them to ensure the senior you love gets the best possible care.

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