Monthly Archives: November 2012

Caregivers: 3 Places to Find Respite Care

If you care for elderly parents or a frail spouse, you just need a break sometimes—perhaps to rejuvenate, rest, work or run errands.

You can get help from friends and family, but at, Dwayne J. Clark, the founder and CEO of Aegis Living, shares three places that provide professional respite care. For example, some assisted living communities offer temporary stays ranging from a weekend to weeks.

Another option is adult day …Read more ›

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Hospices Changing Their Names to Change Perceptions

Yesterday, we talked about how long-term care insurance is in transition. Today, we turn our focus to another service that’s transitioning—image-wise at least.

Many people associate hospice with giving up. But hospice workers contend that it’s really about making the most out of lifeThe Boston Globe reports that there’s a new national push to get that message out more.

To that end, some businesses are reinventing …Read more ›

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Deceased Spouse Can Pass on Benefits With New Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance seems to be in transition. Over the last couple of years, big carriers have pulled out of the business, premiums have gone up and new products have been hitting the market, reports USA Today.

Because some people fear paying for costly long-term care insurance when they may never need it, companies are coming up with new solutions, the article says. Today’s policies include:

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Need Hospice in Assisted Living? Questions to Ask

If someone you love opts for hospice care and lives in an assisted-living community, you might assume all the person’s needs will be met. But they might not be, reports The New Old Age. There are lots of questions you can ask to make sure you know what to expect. For example:

Exactly how much care and what kind of care is the assisted living facility able to provide you or …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 11/21/12 Recap: Future Topic Ideas

As this week’s chat fell on the day before Thanksgiving, we thought it would be a great opportunity to give our participants the floor. Of course, we always have great interactions and discussions in every chat, but instead of following our usual M.O. of tweeting out questions planned in advance, we asked the group what kind of elder care issues they wanted to see …Read more ›

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Anxiety in Dying Veterans May Be PTSD

At the end of life, veterans have special needs. It helps to have someone who understands what they’ve been through. That’s why, in a New Hampshire hospice program, veterans volunteer to help dying veterans, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

One way veterans are different from most other people is their susceptibility to PTSD.

“Nearing death may trigger latent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans,” Clary said. “PTSD can …Read more ›

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Parents Frailer This Thanksgiving? Don’t Panic. Make a Plan.

So you go visit your elderly parents for Thanksgiving. You haven’t seen them in a while. And what you see, you don’t like. They’re frailer than you expected. They’re not taking care of themselves like they used to. What do you do?

“The first thing we tell our clients is don’t panic,” says Byron Cordes, president of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and a geriatric-care manager in …Read more ›

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Caregivers: How to Make the Thanksgiving Craziness Work for You

Happy Thanksgiving week!

Will you be seeing family this year? Thanksgiving with the relatives can be wonderful but also stressful—especially if you’re a family caregiver.

For one thing, caregivers tend to want to stick to normal routines, says the Family Caregiver Alliance. Their suggestion? Good luck with that. You’ve just gotta face it: The holidays are crazy. At their website, they offer advice for when the siblings come over. Tip number one:

Accept the reality …Read more ›

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Sprinklers Save Assisted Living Facility—and Maybe Residents

Residents of one assisted living center in North Carolina have good reason to be thankful this year: They survived a fire. Their story illustrates the importance of sprinkler systems in long-term care facilities.

WSOC-TV in Charlotte reports that a fire broke out at the Alexander Assisted Living Center in Taylorsville. Five employees got the residents out safely. (Twenty-two people live there.) The fire didn’t spread thanks to a sprinkler system, a …Read more ›

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Nurses Call Discharged Patients to Prevent Rehospitalization

If you or your parent goes home from the hospital and you notice some extra follow-up attention, don’t be surprised. Hospitals are testing ways to reduce readmission rates so they can avoid Medicare’s new penalties for high ones. One of the techniques they’re trying is following up after discharge—a lot.

The Boston Globe reports on one patient’s experience:

Days after she was discharged to her Saugus home from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center …Read more ›

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