FAQ: Assisted Living

A February of Firsts: Embracing New Experiences and Challenges

Written by Bob Kleinfelder, Birches Assisted Living resident and senior editor emeritus of The Lions Club’s LION Magazine Challenges! Most …

How I Spend the Holidays in Assisted Living

Written by Charlotte Lillquist, resident blogger for The Birches When I moved to The Birches two years ago in October, I must admit, I hadn…

What are Advance Directives? And Why Do You Need Them No Matter What Your Age?

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Unless you’re ill or of a certain age, you probably haven’t completed advance di…

The Difference Between Assisted Living and a Nursing Home— What You Need to Know

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches What’s the difference between assisted living and a nursing home? That’s a quest…

Ask Charlotte: How Do I Stay Positive When I’ve Lost My Independence?

“I recently moved into assisted living, and I can’t help but feel I gave up all of my independence. I don’t want to continue to feel this w…

Ask Charlotte: What Should I Look for in an Assisted Living Community?

“What should I look for when I tour assisted living communities? There seem to be a lot of new places around my neighborhood.” —Ingrid Dea…

Ask Charlotte: Do I Have to Play Bingo?

“What can you do besides Bingo? That’s all I hear about, and frankly, I don’t like Bingo. Do you like it where you live? Thank you for your…

Harp Lessons Heal Assisted Living Anxiety for Charlotte Lillquist

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches In 2008, 69-year-old Charlotte Lillquist was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, an infl…

Ask Bob: What to Do When Your Kids Want You to Move

“I am perfectly happy at home, and my kids want me to move. I told them I don’t want to talk about it. I am torn.” —Dorothy Dear Dorothy,…

Ask Charlotte: How to Start Your Assisted Living Search

“I am fearful there will come a time soon where I’ll need assisted living, but I don’t know where to start. I’m overwhelmed.” —Marge Dear …