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Dealing with the Dangers of Clutter

Dealing with the Dangers of Clutter

 Dealing with the Dangers of ClutterIt’s important to be safe on the road and at work, but safety at home is an equally critical consideration—particularly in light of National Safety Month this past June.

With the help of Chris Seman, president of Caring Transitions, a professional solution for senior relocation, downsizing, estate sale, and online auction services, we explore …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 8/1/12 Recap: Home Modifications for Caregivers

Another great #ElderCareChat conversation took place this week, and again, our discussion hit the Twitter #trending list!

Given our last dialogue on helpful technologies available to caregivers, Wednesday’s chat on helpful home modifications was a perfect follow-up. As always, a gathering of thoughtful people who care about elders and caregivers shared a wealth of wonderful ideas throughout the hour. (A little side note: when I …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 6/6/12 Recap: Complex Caregiving Conversations

Caring for an elder you love — be it a grandparent, parent, friend, spouse, or sibling — inevitably prompts the need for complex conversations you’d probably rather avoid…

  • Do you want extraordinary measures to be taken?
  • You need help around the house.
  • What if the doctor is wrong?
  • I can no longer care for you in my home; we need to consider assisted living.
  • When am I going home?

 

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Tennessee Nursing Home Gives Residents Choice, Control

In 2010, Jefferson County Nursing Home opened the first Green House in Tennessee—a nursing-home model that calls for a less-institutional environment and more personal choice.

“It’s much different,” said Donna Ray, a . “Elders have their choice of when they get up. They don’t have to get pushed out of bed at 7. …”

Snacks are left out on the counter between the kitchen and dining room, and residents are …Read more ›

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How to make a home more environmentally friendly for seniors

If a family member wants to remain at home, there are certain things caregivers should check to make sure the living environment is as comfortable as possible — especially if your loved one has a respiratory condition.

First, check to see if your family member’s home has a carbon monoxide monitor. A fact sheet from the EPA says, “Unintentional CO poisoning is responsible for about 500 deaths and 15,000 trips to the emergency room annually.”

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