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This Nursing Home Is Not Working Out – How to Move into Another One? Christina Morales

January 13th, 2015 | 1

nursing home is not working outYikes! 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.

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

November 5th, 2014 | 1

Senior CommunityWe 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? Christina Morales

October 30th, 2014 | 0

geriatricianGrowing 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?

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Moving Elders with Love, Care, and Compassion Leslie Vandever

October 7th, 2014 | 0

Moving EldersFact: People live an average of 50 years longer than they did 100 years ago, thanks to advances in medical science and better nutrition. And “within the next five years, for the first time in human history, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In addition, the parents of a majority of adults who are middle-aged and older today are still living. Although some elders are well enough—and strong enough—to live their daily lives without outside assistance, many others are not. They may need daily assistance with caring for themselves, taking medications safely and on schedule, getting nutritious, regular meals, and doing chores around the house. Moving into an assisted living facility may be the best and healthiest alternative for these elders.

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Family Meeting – Getting Everyone on Board for a Parent’s Long Term Care Christina Morales

September 25th, 2014 | 0

family meetingWe 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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