Category Archives: Aging Population
January 20th, 2015 | 1
Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight is still the biggest audience he’ll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again — Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama) have all had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president’s agenda slim to none. But tonight Obama will certainly try to use his speech to frame the debates for the next two years and set the table for the 2016 election. I wanted to take this opportunity to recap, review and remind everyone how Obama Health Care Reform affects and affected the senior citizens of this country.Continue Reading
January 13th, 2015 | 1
Yikes! You researched, you packed, you’ve spent time making sure that your loved one is okay, and now you realize that this nursing home is not working out. Maybe it’s too far away for you to visit or you didn’t realize that certain services were an additional charge. Whatever your reasons may be, how do you switch from one nursing home to another?
If it’s a problem with care or service, I would recommend talking to the caregiver or nurse that is in contact most with the patient. In a non-confrontational way you could ask, “Mom doesn’t seem to be happy. Is there anything I can do or should know about to help make her stay here more comfortable?” If there is a care problem, you may question, “I’ve noticed mom’s bandages haven’t been changed today. Is there a reason for that?” You attract more flies with honey, and the staff will be more open to helping if you aren’t accusatory.Continue Reading
January 6th, 2015 | 1
Change is scary and transitioning into a nursing home can be one of the scariest changes. Being on the cusp of the unknown and having worst case scenarios scroll through your mind can make one almost paralyzed to move forward. In the case of moving into a nursing home, there are the added fears of poor care, neglect from family members, and being surrounded by ailing patients. There are several things that you can do to help your loved one have a smooth transition into a nursing home facility.
First of all, remove the myths and unfounded fears that come with the thought of a nursing home. For many, nursing homes are just a short term facility for those who have a medical condition that needs additional medical attention. Also research the history of the facility to find if there are any reports of abuse, neglect, or health violations.Continue Reading
December 30th, 2014 | 1
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:Continue Reading
December 16th, 2014 | 2
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.Continue Reading
December 9th, 2014 | 4
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:Continue Reading
Hospital to Home Transition – How to smoothly navigate successfully and safely back home… Greg Hartwell
November 13th, 2014 | 1
A hospital admission is stressful for everyone – patient and family. And while you are understandably concerning yourself with the care and recovery of your loved one, a hospital discharge planner starts the discharge planning process the moment you are admitted. Indeed, there is barely time to catch one’s breath before they are pushing you out to the door.Continue Reading
November 5th, 2014 | 1
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?
- 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.
October 30th, 2014 | 0
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 to consider.
Here are some answers to help you determine if specialized 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?Continue Reading
October 23rd, 2014 | 0
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.Continue Reading
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