Adult Acne: Blasting Zits Into Oblivion

My name is Jamie Turner and when I turned 22, I started to form a horrible case of acne. I used every cleanser and lotion I could find and I even asked my physician for a topical steroid cream to clear up the zits on my face. After six months of treatment, my physician completed a blood test that concluded that a hormone imbalance was causing my acne. I started on therapy to control the amount of estrogen my body produced. The therapy along with a good diet and exercise regimen helped to clear up my acne. I am sharing my story, because acne is not just a condition that affects teenagers. It can affect adults at any age, and it can cause a great deal of embarrassment. Don't let your acne go untreated. Read my blog instead and learn about both natural and medical treatments that can help you.

Understanding A Few Differences Between Assisted And Independent Living

Health & Medical Blog

If you are a senior who is looking to move out of your home and into a retirement community, then you will want to choose the best type of retirement living environment for your needs. However, it can be confusing when the communities go by so many different names and have a variety of descriptions. While some are independent living communities, others are called assisted living. Keep reading to learn about some of the differences between assisted and independent living.

The Amenities Offered 

One of the many differences between assisted living and independent living is the services and amenities offered. Independent living is just that, independent, meaning that individuals are expected to care for themselves. The services that are offered to independent seniors are available to provide convenience and leisure activities. For example, transportation services, on-site beauty salons, activity centers, and libraries may be part of the independent living experience.

On the other hand, assisted living facilities are more focused on helping individuals with their activities of daily living. Services may be offered to provide cleaning assistance, medical help, and meal preparation. And, the services are offered based on client need, so you may be able to add or discontinue them based on your health.

Many assisted living facilities also offer different kinds of living spaces depending on the quality of your health. They can range from single apartments to spaces where home health aids and medical equipment are available.

The Cost Of The Residence

Most independent living communities are apartment complexes that are similar to traditional varieties. However, they offer services and activities that are directly geared towards seniors instead of families and younger people. And, the facilities only allow residents over a certain age to submit applications for an apartment. These apartments are typically priced comparatively to other apartments in the area. 

Assisted living facilities are not priced like apartments in your region. They are usually quite a bit more money and they may be several times that of your typical apartment complex. The price reflects the need for support and some amenities. However, it often does not include the actual services provided. They are typically added and are charged to you when they are utilized. 

If you do use an extra service, like a home health one, then your insurance may be charged for this. Some facilities do work with Medicare so you will not need to pay for everything out of pocket. If you have insurance coverage and want to use it for needed services, make sure to ask the facility if they accept your coverage. 


10 January 2019