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My New Years Resolution – Visiting Loved Ones Who Are in a Nursing Home

My New Years Resolution – Visiting Loved Ones Who Are in a Nursing Home

By Christina Morales on December 30th, 2014

As we approach the end of 2014 and prepare to bring in a new year of hope, aspirations, good fortune and most importantly good health! It seems like an age old tradition of formulating our New Year’s resolutions. Well in 2015 I just have one New Years resolution – to visit my loved ones who are in a nursing home more often! A very simple resolution and something I think all of us who know someone in a nursing home can do more of. Nursing homes can be intimidating places: the sites, the sounds, the building full of strangers. I loved my grandmother dearly and wanted to visit her, but entering the nursing home felt uncomfortable. If you have a loved one who is staying in a nursing home for any length of time, here are a few tips to consider and to share with your family members:

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2014 Gift Guide For a Loved One in a Nursing Home

2014 Gift Guide For a Loved One in a Nursing Home

By Dan Trigub on December 16th, 2014

The holiday spirit starts to creep into our consciousness a little bit earlier as each year passes. Radio stations begin to play Christmas tunes on November 1, super store aisles quickly pull ghosts and goblins to replace them with red and green trimmings, and those who never took down the twinkle lights from their eaves last December breathe a sigh of relief that they still won’t have to. And yet while the holidays stalk us months ahead, instead of giving us more time to conquer all of the family traditions and shopping lists, we are busier than ever before. I also feel like all those gift guides that come out around this time of year help find something for our special mom, dad, our tech hungry child or even our pets. Though, what about a loved one in a nursing home? So while we still have just over a week before the actual days of celebration, I’d like to propose that we take a deep breath and brainstorm how we can honor our loved ones who will be spending the holidays in a nursing home. Here is our stab at our OpenPlacement 2014 gift guide for a loved one in a nursing home.

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Tips for Seniors to Avoid Complications with Medications

Tips for Seniors to Avoid Complications with Medications

By Christina Morales on December 9th, 2014

Complications with medications are a major problem for many seniors across the country. A few months ago my 66 year old mother had surgery to remove a bunion. She was in immense pain when I called and had taken additional medication to ease her suffering (from a prescription used for a previous problem). Suffice it to say, she became terribly sick to her stomach and our phone call was cut short. Now this is by no means just a senior problem, but nearly three in 10 people between ages 57 to 85 use at least five prescriptions, which leaves more room for drug interaction, side effects, and misuse. Here are some tips to ensure that you are taking the appropriate precautions while using prescription medications:

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My Loved One Is Not Transitioning Well in Their Senior Community. What Can I Do?

My Loved One Is Not Transitioning Well in Their Senior Community. What Can I Do?

By Christina Morales on November 5th, 2014

We all know that change is rarely easy. Many times it seems that the older we get, the more set in our ways we become and change somehow gets harder. Even after doing hours of research and visiting senior communities, your loved one may still second guess this decision. So what do you do if your loved one is having a hard time settling in to a senior community? 1. **Determine the source** – The most important questions is this: is the problem from within or from outside sources? Is it a problem that your loved one would face in any senior community or is there a real dilemma with the new residence? Is it homesickness? Is it loneliness? Are there enough activities to keep your loved one involved? Is it a friendly community? Are your loved one’s expectations realistic? Knowing where the problem lies is the first step to finding the right solution.

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Do I Need to Switch to a Doctor of Geriatrics?

Do I Need to Switch to a Doctor of Geriatrics?

By Christina Morales on October 30th, 2014

Growing older is no easy task; as the body ages, physical health can become more complicated with eyes that weaken, bones that become more frail, and the fear of [dementia](https://www.openplacement.com/dementia-care) to consider. Here are some answers to help you determine if specialized [geriatric care](https://www.openplacement.com/geriatric-care) and a doctor of geriatrics is for you: **Should I continue to see a family practice physician or should I seek a geriatrician?**

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Planning Ahead – Getting Your Affairs in Order

Planning Ahead – Getting Your Affairs in Order

By Christina Morales on October 23rd, 2014

There’s a certain peace that one feels when things are in order and having your long term care plans in writing is no different. It can be difficult facing the “what ifs” and the time and financial investment it takes can be daunting, but you and your family members can rest assure that your affairs are settled if a time comes when you cannot voice your wishes. Where do you start in this complicated process? First of all, meet with a trusted, certified financial planner or your CPA. He or she can make sure your financial accounts are in order and can advise you on budgeting for future expenses. They can also explain, sell, or direct you to someone who is an expert on long term care insurance.

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Know Your Rights - Government Resources for Seniors

Know Your Rights - Government Resources for Seniors

By Christina Morales on October 14th, 2014

Know Your Rights! Many families are in a Catch 22: you are unable to take care of a family member due to financial or medical reasons and yet you are hesitant to put your loved one in a nursing home because of the bad reputation that so many have. Fear not! When you know the rights of your loved one, you will be able to make the best choices for him or her.

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Improving The Patient Experience in the Hospital

Improving The Patient Experience in the Hospital

By Dan Trigub on October 9th, 2014

In May of 2014 a patient by the name of Mr. Hill was introduced to OpenPlacement during his pre-operative visit.  With the help of OpenPlacement and a world class Hospital Case Management team, Mr. Hill was able to learn about care after hospitalization, inform himself about post-acute providers and eventually transition successfully from hospital bed to a top notch care facility.  We recently sat down with Mr. Hill to discuss his experience.

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Finding the Right Long Term Health Insurance

Finding the Right Long Term Health Insurance

By Christina Morales on October 2nd, 2014

My parents are Baby Boomers and in this past year they have spent more time in the hospital and at doctor’s appointments than either of them had ever planned. From bunion surgery to complications with a routine colonoscopy, my mom and dad have realized how much Medicare doesn’t cover and are grateful that they have a comfortable savings account to tap into if necessary. One major lesson learned is to expect the unexpected. With that said, have you considered long term health insurance?

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Family Meeting - Getting Everyone on Board for a Parent's Long Term Care

Family Meeting - Getting Everyone on Board for a Parent's Long Term Care

By Christina Morales on September 25th, 2014

We all know that we need to plan for the future, but wanting to and actually doing it can be light years apart. It’s hard to face the cold, hard facts of what may happen and to make the tough decisions as to choosing an executor of your estate or investing in long term health insurance. Moreover, verbalizing your choices can cause conflict if your family is already turbulent and many times kids just may not want to face that you are getting older. Nevertheless, consider planning a family meeting so that no one will be in the dark when tough decisions need to be made.

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