Nursing Homes

by John Philip Green  •  January 08, 2013
Nursing Homes are often called Skilled Nursing Facilities. These offer the highest level of medical care outside of a hospital, with a doctor overseeing each resident’s care, and a medical professional is always on site. Other allied health care professionals such as Occupational or Physical Therapists are part of the team. Certification Nursing homes are regulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Most states also have t...
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Time For Some Help

by John Philip Green  •  January 08, 2013
Given the choice, most seniors would prefer to continue living in their own homes, also known as “aging in place”, remaining independent without intervention from others. This population is the fastest growing group in North America, and also at the highest risk for needing care. Medical science is preventing early sudden deaths, which means elders are living longer with impaired health and greater risk of needing long-term care. Unfortunately, many lose the ability to function on their own a...
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Evaluating Elder Care Options

Evaluating Elder Care Options

by Kathy Green  •  January 08, 2013
Seniors who need care need help which can be costly. Personal support workers are not government regulated, and they interact with a vulnerable segment of the population. Seniors are vulnerable to greater risk – physical, mental or financial abuse, unreported accidents, theft, neglect, etc. Impaired mobility is a major concern, and they need to be kept mentally and physically active if possible. Community service agencies are available to assist, and the options should be investigated before ...
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Elder Care Challenges

Elder Care Challenges

by Kathy Green  •  January 08, 2013
Adult children of seniors with challenges often find it difficult to help their parents make the right choices. Emotional What happens if a caregiver begins to feel stress and finds perhaps that they are unable to continue in their role? This creates a crisis in the family where a decision may have to be made to send the senior to a long-term care facility or nursing home or other residential care facility. It becomes a role reversal as the parent becomes the...
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Senior Safety: Caregiver Sanity

Senior Safety: Caregiver Sanity

by Kathy Green  •  December 19, 2012
In a time when over medication of seniors is rampant and drug inter-reactions are frequent, caregiver management of senior medications is absolutely crucial. Managing numerous prescriptions for seniors can be challenging for caregivers on many levels. Besides the what, when and how, we must question the why, questioning doctors and informing ourselves about the health needs of our senior. Challenges can include making sure the senior is... • Taking the correct medications • Heeding i...
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Exercise Your Brain and Improve Your Memory

Exercise Your Brain and Improve Your Memory

by Kathy Green  •  December 11, 2012
Retirement years are a time to relax and enjoy the rewards of a lifetime of work and challenges, but seniors need to continue to challenge their minds to keep their memories sharp. Research has shown that seniors who were cognitively active were 2.6 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia than those who were not - a very motivating statistic. These suggestions are simple ways to stay mentally active. Enrol in a class or college course Whether you have an interest in ...
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Does your Senior Have Sundowners?

by Kathy Green  •  November 30, 2012
Sundowners is a state where your senior or elder experiences confusion and distress at “sundown” or when daylight fades. It shows itself in different ways depending upon the individual. Some older adults begin to follow their caretaker around the home or facility while others may become obsessed about leaving where they are, making them more likely to wander. In extreme cases, people experiencing Sundowners can become paranoid and begin hiding things. Violence toward a caretaker is also no...
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The Toll of Caregiving

by Kathy Green  •  September 26, 2012
What we would like to do for our seniors and what we are able to do on a long term basis are often two very different realities. What is very important is knowing when to ask for help and to do so without guilt. It is not a sign of weakness! The burden of caring for a loved one can be enormous. Financial sacrifices can include the following: Less leisure time and holidays Less saving for the future Depletion of accumulated savings Decreased spending on clothing, groceries and transpo...
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