John Philip Green
Recent and archived posts by John Philip Green for ElderCare.com

Assisted Living: How Determine the Quality of a Facility

by John Philip Green  •  February 27, 2015
Assisted Living Facilities are designed for those who don’t have medical conditions needing constant care, but do need help with activities of daily living. According to the Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living, the estimated number of people living in an Assisted Living Facility is 1 million, and the average age is 83. Assisted Living Facilities provide a range of assistance, such as helping the residents participate in activities of daily living where help is needed. Most Assisted Li...
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Retirement Homes

by John Philip Green  •  February 27, 2015
Retirement Homes are geared to those in good health, who can manage their medications, and have plenty of leisure time. Most Retirement Homes have a minimum age requirement of 55. Average entry age: 65 Women to men ratio: 3:1 Note Retirement Homes are also often called Retirement Communities or Independent Living Communities. Who oversees Retirement Homes in the US? The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CARF-CCAC) is a F...
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Vitamins and the Elderly

Vitamins and the Elderly

by John Philip Green  •  February 27, 2015
Which vitamins… how many IUs (international units)… or none at all? These are the questions that need to be addressed when you are caring for an elder. Easy decisions--not at all! There are many dissenting opinions as to what a senior needs to be healthy. As well, as people age, there are many more factors that need to be considered. A prominent opinion is that the majority of older adults need only to improve their diet to get needed nutrients. "A lot of money is wasted in providing unnec...
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Personal Care Homes

by John Philip Green  •  February 26, 2015
Personal Care Homes are the alternative to the large assisted living or nursing home facilities. Personal Care Homes offer the same options as the larger facilities but on a much smaller and more personalized scale. Usually with only 4 residents per home, each resident is given one on one care that families appreciate. The resident to staff ratio is often 1 to 1. Residents feel more like they are at home as opposed to being in a large institution. These quieter environments have been prov...
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Live-in Elder Caregiver Program: Wages, Working Conditions

by John Philip Green  •  March 26, 2013
When working for a specific employer, a live-in elder caregiver cannot: work under any conditions other than those set out on the work agreement; care for individuals not designated on the application. The employer must meet and adjust the elder live-in caregiver's wage to ensure it meets or exceeds, the minimum wage set out by the province. The wage tables are outlined below. Alberta Minimum Wage $9.75 per hour Maximum Hours 48 hours/week (or more if th...
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Homeopathy in Elder Care

by John Philip Green  •  January 14, 2013
Homeopathy is a system for treating disease with repeatedly diluted solutions. It was created in 1796 by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann, before the advent of modern medicine. Homeopaths: “Like Cures Like” A homeopath is someone that sells homeopathic remedies. They identify substances that, in healthy people, cause the unwanted symptoms of their patient. They sell their patients diluted water, in the form of pills or bottles, in which the substance is used during its production....
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Home Care Worker

by John Philip Green  •  January 08, 2013
Home Care Workers are caregivers trained to help those with difficulty handling activities of daily living. 90% of Home Care Workers are women, with an average age 42. They are often also considered a companion. Home care workers are also known as Home Health Aids, Personal Care Attendants, Personal Care Aids, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Nursing Assistants, Nursing Aids, or Direct-care workers. Daily Living Conditions Home Care Workers support individuals with conditions such as: ...
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