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Nursing Home "Bad" Alert: The Nursing Homes & Rehab Centers You Probably Want to Avoid|
If you're searching for a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, before you head out you should download this list of "Special Focus Facilities," which will help you avoid those nursing homes with a troubled history of very poor quality as revealed by regular quality inspections by State survey agencies . . . keep reading
Senior Home Safety Assessment
Home accidents are some of the most common reasons why seniors make trips to the hospital or need to move to an alternative living facility like assisted living or a nursing home. One of the first steps to good long-term eldercare planning is a thorough safety assessment of the older person's home. . . . keep reading
Warning Signs - What to Look For
Because we love them, we don't want to embarrass our seniors or put them on the spot, yet we have real concerns about their safety and ability to cope. We're looking for clues to how things are going. Having a checklist of "What To Look For" gives us a tool to start with and helps us focus. . . . keep reading
The Family Funeral Guide
When a loved one dies, grieving family members face the need to make dozens of decisions about funeral arrangements. Unless the family or the deceased have made advance funeral arrangements, these decisions will have to be made very quickly and while under great stress. What kind of funeral would the deceased want? What funeral provider should you use? What would your traditions suggest that you do, versus what you are legally required to do? And, as cold as it may sound, how much is it all going to cost? . . . keep reading
Your Senior's Net Worth
Unless your parent is single (or divorced or widowed) and has few or no assets, you will have to know his or her financial situation before you can make long term care plans. Except for those with very low income and almost no assets, in the United States long term care is primarily a private pay affair. How do you know what your parent can afford? You calculate their net worth, and look at where the money is. . . . keep reading
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)|
Relatively common among the elderly, urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infection in the body, causing a great deal of misery. Why do they occur, how are they usually treated, and what can we do to help prevent them? . . . keep reading
Home Caregiver Training
Although 78% of the people questioned in a recent survey believed that their caregivers had received a recognized level of training, in fact there is no such thing. Caregivers who call themselves "aides" may or may not have received any formal training. . . . keep reading
Home Care: An Overview
Just to add a little more confusion to the whole elder care arena, Home Care doesn't always equal Home Care. There's "Home Care," and then there's "Home Health Care." What a difference one little word can make when you're trying to set up care at home for a senior. . . . keep reading
Senior Bathroom Safety Under $10
More slips, falls and other accidents happen in the bathroom than in any other room of the house. It's no different for seniors. Unfortunately, seniors don't have the sturdy bones, quick healing capabilities or the general resiliency of younger people. An accident in the bathroom can have serious consequences. While you can't ever totally guarantee against senior bathroom accidents, there are quite a few things you can do for free or under $10 to make the bathroom safer for a senior (and everyone else, too). . . . keep reading
When Getting The Mail Is Dangerous - Or Downright Impossible
Through rain, shine, snow, sleet, gloom of night...despite the popularity of complaints about the USPS your mail is almost always delivered exactly where it's supposed to be every day but Sunday. Yet that still leaves some of us with a problem because we don't want our frail elders trying to walk out to a mailbox on the street or down the road in the rain, sleet, gloom, etc. For some, a trip to the mailbox might as well be a jaunt up Mount Everest. . . . keep reading