Monthly Archives: February 2010

State Cuts Imperil One Of Nation’s Best Nursing Home

The Charles A. Dean nursing home in Greenville, Maine has been managed so well it has been on our Honor Roll List as one of the best nursing homes in the nation for over a year, but that has been overshadowed by financial woes.

The  lateest state and federal reimbursements, proposed state cuts in MaineCare — as Medicaid is called in Maine — and an operating loss are threatening to cripple the …Read more ›

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Tips For Managing Your Sibling Relationships Over Parent Care And Avoiding The Sibling Rumble

Here are some tips from Francine Russo, author of THEY’RE YOUR PARENTS, TOO! (Bantam)
If you are your parent’s primary helper…
Ask yourself what you really want
Help? Appreciation? To be in charge? Lots of caregivers feel lonely and unappreciated. If you want your sibling to check in once a week just to let you vent, say …Read more ›

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Long Distance Caregiving

As our parents age, it becomes harder and harder to feel secure that they are safe and healthy in their home. This becomes even more difficult if we do not live nearby and are unable to “pop in” to make sure they are okay. We are left to rely on their self-report of their situation.

If our parents have memory problems, we wonder if they are accurately reporting what is happening. We may also believe that they are …Read more ›

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New Pain Management Medical Device Launched in US

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North Providence, RI – (January 13, 2010) – Competitive Technologies,
Inc. (NYSE Amex: CTT) announced that its Calmare® Therapy Treatment
medical device has been commercially launched at Rhode Island-based
Calmar Pain Relief, LLC’s first Pain Therapy Center in North
Providence, RI. …Read more ›

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Cohabitation – A New Trend For Seniors?

The Washington Times has a story today.

They found that cohabiting seniors are as content as married seniors when it comes to emotional satisfaction, communication, physical pleasure and time spent together. But they also found four significant differences.

Senior cohabiters are less likely to live with a partner who makes “too many demands” on them: Just 23 percent of cohabiters say they live with a nag, compared to 38 percent of married seniors.

But married seniors …Read more ›

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Unemployment Still High at 9.7% But Plenty Of Jobs For Senior Care

The U.S. Department of Labor reported on Friday morning that the unemployment rate for January, 2010, is 9.7%, with employment in retail and temporary work increasing.

At the same time, the health care and social service industry sector increased from 13.3 % to 17.1 % of the total job market from January a year ago – another indicator that employment opportunities in the healthcare field are indeed growing to keep up with the needs of …Read more ›

Local Resident Hopes To Help Others Understand, Cope With Alzheimer’s

Part two of the story regarding the DSS statewide respite care program. Click here for Part one.

While politicians are making difficult decisions with Connecticut’s budget, it’s worth noting that the statewide respite program is helping, and has helped families, like Danbury resident John Whitcomb.

Whitcomb wears many hats. He’s the Chief Examiner for the City of Danbury. He sits on several boards and is a part of the Governor’s State Contractor Standards Board. But …Read more ›

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DSS Statewide Respite Program Affected By Connecticut Budget Deficit

This is the first of a 2-part story regarding the DSS Statewide Respite Program.

Part 1

Connecticut’s red ink affects everyone, even residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia-related disorders and their caregivers.

These caregivers and their families rely on the Statewide Respite Program. The program, which is under Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, “provides respite care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders, regardless of age, who are not enrolled in the Connecticut Homecare Program for …Read more ›

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