Group homes offer individualized care

By: Rebekah Sewell

When Olney resident Jimmy Schrider suffered a stroke last year, his wife Barbara, 80, realized he would need extra care to maintain his quality of life. She felt that full-time homecare services would be too costly, and that larger assisted living communities didn’t seem to be the right choice for them, either.A social worker at her husband’s rehabilitation facility suggested... READ MORE

Programs assist with home modification

By: Carol Sorgen

Most of us would like to remain in our own home as we age, but to make that possible, home modifications may be called for.Fortunately, to help you adapt your home to suit your needs as you age in place, loans and grants are available from federal, state and local governments, as well as from the VA, nonprofit and private organizations, and other agencies.Browse the Home Repair and... READ MORE

How to make a small room feel bigger

By: Melissa Rayworth

As the weather gets colder and we come indoors, it’s easy to wish your indoor space had some of the open, airy feeling of the outdoors.It is possible to make a room feel larger than it really is: Choosing the right colors and finishes and arranging furniture properly can create the illusion of space.Here, three experts on designing small living spaces share their strategies for making ... READ MORE

Making the move to independent living

By: Rebekah Sewell

When Mary Gonzales decided to retire from her career as a pediatric nurse and move here from New York last year, she knew she was in for some big changes.Gonzales wanted to spend time with her daughter, who had moved to the D.C. area long ago. “She’s my only child, and my decision was that when I retired, I would move here, especially since I have two grandchildren, age 3 and... READ MORE

Moving my mother into assisted living

By: Jill Joseph

If I could pick one word to describe my mother, it would be “independent.” But as she has aged, chronic orthopedic issues and COPD slowly claimed her ability to move comfortably.We recently made the difficult decision that the best living situation for her is in an assisted living community. This is the story of how she found her new home.While I have always stood by, ready to... READ MORE

Choices abound for independent living

By: Carol Sorgen

How and where we live is a major decision for many of us as we get older and our lifestyle changes. For those who do not require the care offered by assisted living facilities — such as help with bathing, dressing, and keeping track of medications — independent living communities are an attractive option.Independent communities are designed to make their residents’... READ MORE