Monthly Archives: July 2012

Universal-Design Vs. Aging-in-Place Remodel: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve thought about remodeling your home to improve accessibility, you may have heard of two remodel options: aging in place and universal design. And if you’ve had trouble telling the difference, you’re not alone.

Even the home-design industry doesn’t agree on the dividing points, reports the National Association of Home Builders. But there are some general differences, says Bill Owens, a remodeler from Ohio who helps people …Read more ›

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Adult Foster Home in Michigan Stays Open Over a Year After Complaints Surface

Adult foster care sounds like a nice idea, doesn’t it? The care takes place inside small facilities—often houses where the caregiving homeowners treat the residents like family. But if you’re considering one, don’t let the seeming idealism lull you into not doing your research.

The Times Herald in Port Huron, MI, reports on one adult foster home that remains open almost a year after a recommendation to revoke its license was filed, the …Read more ›

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Differences Between a Senior Village and a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community

When people talk about aging in place, two popular concepts tend to come up: senior villages and naturally occurring retirement communities. Since members of each remain in their own home, it may be hard to tell them apart at a glance. But the blog The Best Life explains a few of the differences, describing villages and NORCs as two options along a wide spectrum of aging-in-place options:

Villages tend …Read more ›

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Alzheimer’s: 3 Signs It Might Be Time for Hospice

If you care for someone who has advanced Alzheimer’s, the thought of hospice may have crossed your mind. But how do you know when it’s time?

Gregg Warshaw, M.D., director of geriatric medicine at the University of Cincinnati, tells The Huffington Post that there are certain signs you can look for to give you clues. Consider asking the doctor whether it might be time, he says, if your loved one experiences …Read more ›

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Nursing-Home Alternative for Veterans: Medical Foster Homes

Certified nursing assistant Paulia Bastia and her husband care for two veterans in their home. But they’re not related to them. The vets are there thanks to a VA program called medical foster care.

In the program, carefully screened homeowners train to be caregivers for veterans who need 24-hour care. The homeowners are paid $1,800 to $3,000 a month for their services, the blog The New Old Age reports. The post describes …Read more ›

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Some Home-Care Agencies Better at Lying Than Background-Checking?

When you hire an aide from a home-care agency, you might assume the person has gone through a federal background check. But a recent study shows that’s often not the case, reports HealthDay News.

For the study, researchers posed as people looking for aides. They questioned 180 home-care agencies and found that background checks, training and even honesty seemed to be lacking.

Slightly more than half — 56 percent — of the …Read more ›

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Advocacy Group Reveals Deplorable Treatment in Some CA Nursing Homes

State-government inspections have discovered instances of deplorable treatment in some California nursing homes, yet citations are lacking, says the advocacy group California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.

The group published government reports on their website that “highlighted health and safety violations at 14 nursing homes statewide,” according to Southern California Public Radio.

The violations span from January 2010 to March of 2012 and include residents left lying for hours in their own …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 7/18/12 Recap: Technology & Caregiving

This week’s #ElderCareChat was a big one: after a short break (the July 4th holiday fell on our regularly scheduled 1st Wednesday chat), 59 participants were back in full force to talk about technology, and the volume of tweets pushed us to the top of the Twitter trending list, where we stayed for the full hour of conversation!

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Man With Dementia Comes Out of His Shell After Switching Assisted-Living Communities

Laurie Malcolm’s father, who has dementia, used to be outgoing. But after he moved  to an assisted living community, that changed. He stayed in his room, unwilling to participate in activities. “He was calling dozens and dozens of times a day,” Malcolm tells the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. “And we know he was just terribly lonely.”

So she and her sisters transferred him to another assisted living community called Sedgewood Commons. …Read more ›

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Retirement Community Is “Only As Good As Its Administrator.” What to Look For.

When evaluating a retirement community, don’t just consider the caregivers. Look higher up the totem pole—all the way to the top—recommends Andrew Carle, executive-in-residence at George Mason University’s Program in Senior Housing Administration.

He tells, in Alexandria, VA, that the people who run the facility, whether it be for independent living, assisted living or nursing-home care, set the tone.

“A community is only as good as its administrator,” said  Carle. “Have …Read more ›

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