Caregiver tips

What Are Adult Day Centers—Besides The Basis For Political Insults?

Adult day centers seem to have made it into the political debate in Washington, though not in a good way. In his nasty weekend  back-and-forth with President Trump, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) suggested the White House has become an “adult care center” and wondered if the staff had “missed a shift” when Trump launched his Sunday Twitter storm. Yesterday, Rep [...]

By |2018-02-14T12:43:53+00:00October 11th, 2017|Caregiver tips|0 Comments

Easy and Inexpensive Ways for Older Adults to Prevent Falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among people 65 and older. One-third of older adults will fall, many will be hospitalized, and some will die. You’ve probably heard the common story: A frail senior is doing relatively well until she falls. She breaks a hip, everything seems to go downhill, and she dies. But many falls are preventable. [...]

By |2015-09-11T11:22:08+00:00September 11th, 2015|Caregiver tips|0 Comments

Don’t Panic About Ebola: Get a Flu Shot and Wash Your Hands

If you are 65 or older and living in America, your chances of getting Ebola are vanishingly small. You are far more likely to contract—and die from—everyday infectious diseases such as flu, a variety of stomach viruses, or common bacteria such as C. difficile (c. dif.) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). These common infectious diseases are responsible for one-third of [...]

By |2014-10-15T12:10:39+00:00October 15th, 2014|Caregiver tips, Health Care|0 Comments

Preventing Malnutrition Among Older Adults

When we think about the health of frail older adults, severe, high-profile illnesses such as dementia, heart disease, cancer, and debilitating arthritis come to mind. But for many seniors, small things can turn a manageable chronic condition into an acute medical crisis. One is malnutrition.  Spend a little time in a hospital emergency department and you’ll be shocked at how [...]

By |2014-08-20T15:48:24+00:00August 20th, 2014|Caregiver tips, Health Care, Hospitals|1 Comment

What Can Physicians Do To Help Elderly Patients Who Can’t Care For Themselves

Imagine your widowed father is 96 and living alone in a distant city. He’s got severe heart disease and mild dementia but is still competent to make his own choices. And is decision is: He refuses to move to a care facility but will not accept any supports and services that could help him remain safely at home. He won’t let [...]

What New Wage Rules For Home Care Workers Mean For Families

The Obama Administration announced this week that home health aides and other direct care workers are entitled to protections under federal labor laws, including the right to both the minimum wage and overtime pay. The new rules, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) won’t take effect until 2015. But they should be a significant benefit to many direct care [...]

By |2013-09-20T18:11:07+00:00September 20th, 2013|aging in place, Caregiver tips, family caregivers|2 Comments

The Worst Advice for Family Caregivers: Parent Your Aging Parents

In the always-complex, often-painful world of family caregiving, there is no worse advice than this: When your parents need help, you must reverse roles and become their parents. Here is the reality: If you are the adult child of an aging parent, you will always be their child and they will always be your parent. They may need your help [...]

By |2013-09-04T18:14:00+00:00September 4th, 2013|Aging, Caregiver tips, family caregivers|7 Comments

What You Need to Know About Assisted Living Facilities

What do consumers want to know about assisted living facilities? I was recently asked to participate in a project aimed at answering that question. So, I asked some residents of facilities and their families, as well as people who are considering whether to move in. I thought their questions were interesting, so, I’ll share them and try to provide a [...]

By |2013-05-17T14:42:06+00:00May 17th, 2013|Caregiver tips, Senior housing|2 Comments

The CPR Death at Glenwood Gardens: What Really Happened and Five Lessons You Should Learn

By now you know the story—or at least think you do: A nursing home nurse sees an 87-year-old resident in cardiac arrest and calls 9-11. Despite desperate pleas of the call center operator, the nurse refuses to do CPR and the resident dies. Except most of the story isn't true. Lorraine Bayless lived at a Bakersfield (CA) continuing care community called Glenwood [...]

By |2013-03-06T16:02:05+00:00March 6th, 2013|Aging, Caregiver tips, End of life, nursing homes|4 Comments