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Archive for March 2012

Six Questions To Help You Determine Whether Your Elderly Loved One Needs Help

When I began working in the home care industry more than eight years ago, I assumed that the holidays would be relatively quiet with respect to new clients. I could not have been more mistaken and was certainly surprised by the increase in new...

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Reflections on Aging

When we are children we are so excited each year for another birthday. We are always telling people how old we are.

We even embrace those half years.  Who has not heard a child proudly announce while smiling broadly, “I am 4 and ½...

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Making Difficult Decisions With our Parents Instead of For Them – Part III

 (Please refer to Blog dated 2/14/2012 for reference to Part II)

Realities of Being the Caregiver:

If a family member has been absent most of their adult lives- chances are they won’t run back to...

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Keeping Mom and Dad Safe at Home

Generally, elderly parents want to remain in their own home. However, remaining in the home becomes a concern when children see their parents slowing down, perhaps even having trouble with handling stairs and doing general daily...

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Helping Aides Cope with the Loss of Their Clients

A client at the end of her life and placed on hospice requested that her beloved caregiver, Anna, sit by her side throughout the night.

The hospice nurse had directed the caregiver in ways to keep Mrs. Smith comfortable. As time passed...

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Family Caregivers Need Care Too

Today, family caregivers support our entire health care system by providing more than 80 percent of all the long term care services in the U.S., valued at an incredible $450 billion a year.

The toll of caregiving can be heavy. Many...

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Frequently Asked Questions From Caregivers About Heart Attack/Stroke Survivors

How long will my loved one be this helpless?

Be prepared that your loved one may not be able to do all that he or she could before the heart attack or stroke. Recovery from a heart attack or stroke takes time and patience....

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Paying It Forward

It was one of those occasions when coincidences weave into something quite extraordinary.

That morning, one of Freedom’s caregivers, Margaret, shared her mother’s story with me. Due to a doctor’s mistake, she told me her mother was...

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