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Nurse finds this poem

  When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home, the nurses found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every ... Read more

Long Term Care

   As people age there is an increasing likelihood that they will need help with their activities of daily living(ADL’s) in fact over 70% of Americans over the age of 65 require help with ... Read more

Depression and the elderly

Depression is not normal at any age and is not a normal part of the aging process. Depression is not just a feeling of being down. Everyone feels this was from time to time – depression is ... Read more

How Non-Medical Home Care can cut Hospital Readmissions

  On Oct 1st, Medicare will begin cutting payments to hospitals where too many patients are readmitted within 30 days of being discharged.  The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) ... Read more

Deciding on Home Care

Your loved ones staying in their own homes: By far the great majority of people would like to remain in their own homes rather moving to a facility.  The problem is that they cant live on their ... Read more

Staying Active – Staying Healthy

  Staying physically active is critical to staying healthy.  Physical activity is beneficial to the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and endocrine system and is associated with lower ... Read more

Home Care – Its more than you may think

When people mention home care, it is unlikely they realize how broad that statement really is.  When people refer to Home Care they are talking about care provided in the home.  Home Care can ... Read more

Questions to ask before taking service

When contacting an agency make sure to address the following questions before taking service About the Cost: What is the hourly fee and is there a differential based on. for example, night ... Read more

Caregiver Study funded by the NIH

  According to a study funded by the National Institute of Agency called “Hiring and screening Practices of Agencies Supplying Paid Caregivers to Older Adults” by Lee A. Lindquist, MD, MPH, ... Read more

Hot Weather Health Emergencies

Hot Weather Health Emergencies Elderly people, infants and children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress. Even short periods of high temperatures can cause ... Read more

Steps to help avoid financial abuse and theft

Usually family members look at getting help in the home after some sort of medical crisis. Mom has fallen, dad is hospitalized, there is loss of cognition etc.  The family is overwhelmed with so ... Read more

Cost of Senior Care

The three options for seniors and their families to consider are: home care agencies, nursing homes, and assisted living communities.  Nursing homes have the most intensive levels of care and ... Read more

Cutting down prescription costs

Firstly make sure to know why you are taking a particular drug. Is there an alternative to taking the drug –  such as a change in lifestyle? If cost is an issue let the doctor know.  There ... Read more

Setting up controls for our future care

As we age it is important to be very specific about our wishes for our future care. If one gets seriously ill and cannot make decisions for oneself, it is very important to have a structure in ... Read more

Getting agreement on care

Getting to agree on the best steps to take regarding care for a loved one. The majority of our clients are really the adult children of the client.  In some of our cases, our client is actually ... Read more

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