Category Archives: Long-Term Care
January 24th, 2014 | 0
Given tremendous feedback and response from our recent Infographic series we decided to put out one more this week about long-term caregivers. We have found that a picture is truly worth a thousand words and tells a much needed story – especially when it comes to senior care.
The average volunteered hours for an unpaid caregiver is equivalent to working a 20 hour a week part-time job for five years. These long-term caregivers are dedicating their time to help care for a friend, family member or even an acquaintance.Continue Reading
January 16th, 2014 | 3
As we become older, there is more demand for help in our daily lives. However, with the upcoming baby boomer population, space at senior care homes may become limited. In addition, the cost of senior living options have a substantial increase annually. The cost of senior living varies with the type of residence, apartment size, and types of services needed. The basic rate may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. We have simplified the finances and defined various housing options available below in an infographic of our own.Continue Reading
November 14th, 2013 | 1
As with any assisted living facility, there is potential for problems to arise that can create a less than desirable environment or negatively affect patients. Assisted living risk management is absolutely crucial for any owner/operator in order to create an environment in which potential issues are minimized.
Because of the population of those in assisted living facilities are prone to falling, and being injured as a result, it is crucial to determine ways to diminish the potential for falls. Adopting a falls prevention program, implementing the program and testing it and evaluating the results are all crucial in order to find an effective way to minimize injuries of those likely to fall.Continue Reading
October 31st, 2013 | 0
Six years ago my mother was the primary caregiver for her elder sister. At the time she was eighty-six, and her sister was eighty-eight. Her sister’s health had been slowly declining, with increasing difficulty in her ability to manage not only her activities of daily living – mobility, hygiene, dressing, but also other tasks such as grocery shopping and meal preparation. Their time together up until then had been both pleasant and successful. However, as my aunt’s short term memory began failing, their relationship suffered. My mother could not understand why Lil couldn’t remember what they had just agreed upon, and Lil, when challenged about her failing memory, would become angry and verbally abusive.Continue Reading
October 29th, 2013 | 3
With AARP reporting that 89% of seniors would prefer to stay in their homes as they age, or “age in place” as it is being called, deciding whether to retrofit your home or to move into an assisted living facility can be a difficult choice for many. While staying in a home, retrofitted for an aging adult, can be the top choice for some, it is not always the best choice. A variety of factors can, and should, be taken into account when making this decision.
October 18th, 2013 | 2
Elder abuse has become a tremendous issue in the United States after many exposures of horrific treatment of those in need of great care at a late age. It is important to recognize the signs of elder abuse and how to either prevent or take action against it. It is only through education that individuals can understand how to combat those who are abusing the elderly.
It is first crucial to understand that there are various forms of elder abuse. Often, when thinking of elder abuse, individual’s consider physical abuse. However, there are other means through which seniors can experience abuse including emotionally, sexually, financially or through neglect or health care fraud. It is important to look for all of these when first researching a caregiver or institution, and then on an ongoing basis as care is given.Continue Reading
Sex And Intimacy for the Elderly – Is It Time We Stopped Tip Toeing Around This Subject? Christy Rakoczy
October 14th, 2013 | 2
No matter the age, sex and intimacy are an integral part of one’s happiness, and contribute to the overall quality of any adult’s life. From 18 to 98 (and beyond!), sex and intimacy are part of what make us feel human and contribute to a fulfilled life.
All too often, the issues involved with sex that affect seniors are overlooked. From health issues to emotional issues and beyond, sex amongst seniors can have its obstacles, whether real or imagined. However, it is time that those issues are addressed so that those who call themselves seniors can enjoy this part of their lives as they did in younger years.Continue Reading
September 26th, 2013 | 0
The face of Social Work continues to change as technology expands and grows. As it is accepted more and more in the profession of Social Work, it can help to improve a variety of different aspects of social work.
In the realm of advocacy, letter writing and phone calls are still utilized, but more contemporary means include using websites and blogs, e-mails to law makers, and the employment of social media. As we move into the future, social media campaigns will continue to be a crucial means of advocacy and the use of videos can help to provide images that encourage people to take action.Continue Reading
September 23rd, 2013 | 0
Transitioning an elderly parent to an assisted living facility is often the right move for older adults that need regular medical attention and can no longer care for themselves in the fashion that they used to. However, for many children with elderly parents, the transition can be particularly confusing for a variety of reasons.
While it may take some time for your parent to adjust to assisted living, you need to do everything you can to prepare before moving day. Being prepared will make the transition easier for your parent and you, and it can ease some of the uncertainty that’s very typical when moving an elderly adult into an assisted living facility.Continue Reading
September 19th, 2013 | 1
Recently the Washington Post’s health policy columnist Sarah Kliff waded into the muddy waters of hospital disclosures. Kliff had heard that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had signed legislation requiring the state’s hospitals to publish the rates for the services they’ve negotiated with insurance companies.
That indeed would be a big step and builds on Medicare’s release earlier this year of what hospitals charge the government to treat Medicare beneficiaries. Surprise, surprise! The data show huge differences among hospitals even in the same city, a phenomenon well documented in the academic literature.Continue Reading
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