Category Archives: Caregivers
March 5th, 2015 | 0
We’ve all seen news stories that tell the horrible things that can happen to the elderly when an unkind or greedy caregiver is hired. It’s enough to make you want to lock the front door and never let your loved one out of your sight. Fortunately, those instances are by far the extreme and not the norm. However, you undoubtedly want to ensure that your loved one gets the best in home care possible.
Here are 10 tips for finding the right caregiver: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
September 25th, 2014 | 0
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.Continue Reading
September 4th, 2014 | 1
“In 2012, 15.4 million family and friends provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias — care valued at $216.4 billion, which is more than eight times the total sales of McDonald’s in 2011. Eighty percent of care provided to seniors with dementia is provided by unpaid caregivers,” reports the Alzheimer’s Association.
Paying someone to help with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s isn’t always an option in the early stages of the disease. Not only are the costs exorbitant, but there is something intimate and personal about caring for matters that involve a breakdown of the mental faculties.
August 26th, 2014 | 0
Caregivers tend to work long hours in mentally, physically, and emotionally demanding situations. Tending to a loved one who needs full time care undoubtedly takes its toll so respite care isn’t necessarily an option, but a much needed break to rejuvenate and refresh.
Respite care usually means that a senior is placed short term in a facility for some social time or to give their caregiver a break. It benefits both parties and should be an option that is seriously considered for their well-being.Continue Reading
August 12th, 2014 | 0
Many seniors want to stay in their family home for as long as possible (and can you blame them?). Home is a symbol of independence, a treasure trove full of beautiful memories, and provides the comfort and privacy that you just can’t find in a nursing home.
However, just because your loved one wants to live at home doesn’t mean that they can do it on their own. Many times in home care is needed and that in itself can be a difficult journey.
Assuming you hire through a home care agency, here are 10 questions that you should ask before your hire a home caregiver:Continue Reading
July 24th, 2014 | 0
Medical bills can quickly add up, so it is important to know what financial breaks are available to you as a senior or as a caregiver to a senior. Are you making the most of the tax credits that you qualify for?
As a senior, there are a variety of medical expenses that can be claimed on your tax return for either tax deductions or credits: dental work, transportation to various doctors’ appointments, health insurance premiums, and long-term care costs should all be reported to your tax preparer.Continue Reading
July 23rd, 2014 | 0
The FBI, AARP and many senior-focused healthcare organizations have warned that seniors and people suffering from dementia are prime scam targets. Scam artists look for people who may feel isolated and crave interaction. Elderly victims are often polite and trusting of strangers. Dementia impacts the cognitive abilities necessary to discern a stranger’s true motivations, making one vulnerable to being manipulated. A 2009 study by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion every year due to financial abuse and scams.Continue Reading
July 17th, 2014 | 0
In home care for a senior is something many of us will have to contemplate either for ourselves a friend or a loved one. We have all seen news stories that tell the horrible things that can happen to the elderly when an unkind or greedy caregiver is hired. It’s enough to make you want to lock the front door and never let your loved one out of your sight. Fortunately, those instances are by far the extreme and not the norm. However, you undoubtedly want to ensure that your loved one gets the best in home care possible. Here are 10 tips for finding the right in home caregiver.Continue Reading
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