Researching Nursing Homes

Many elderly insist that they "never want to go to a nursing home." Although adult children can do their very best to keep parents at home, it's still possible that a skilled nursing facility may be the best alternative for providing the level of care that is needed. This week, I’m offering five recommendations if you need to research skilled nursing facilities.

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Researching Memory Care Facilities

As your family members grow older, their health may deteriorate to a degree that it's no longer safe or practical for them to live at home, even with in-home care. For most people, 24x7 private care is not an affordable alternative. In this post, I'll be discussing memory care facilities and eight things you may want to keep in mind as you explore this care alternative.

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Caregiving Case Studies: Hospice Part II – End-of-Life Care in Acute Settings and at Home

Jennifer Martin, management consultant and healthcare strategist, recently shared her family’s experiences with hospice with me. We’re devoting two posts to hospice to cover the range of experiences more thoroughly. In this second post, we’ll focus on Jennifer’s mother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s experiences with hospice in a skilled nursing setting and at home, respectively.

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Caregiving Case Studies: Hospice Part I – End-of-Life Care in a Hospice Facility

Jennifer Martin, management consultant and healthcare strategist, recently shared her family’s experiences with hospice with me. Even in end of life situations, she found that navigating the hospice landscape may be challenging depending on each patient’s unique situation. In this post, we’ll focus on Jennifer’s Mom’s experience in a hospice facility and provide four takeaways for caregivers, plus a note for well-meaning visitors .

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The Car Conversation: When and How to Broach the Topic With Your Elderly Parent

In the United States, cars and driving are an integral part of our culture of personal independence. So, what happens when your elderly parent shows signs that they might not be safe behind the wheel? The “car conversation” is often a difficult one which stirs up feelings of defensiveness, frustration, and anxiety for all involved. In this post, we’ll offer thoughts on when and how to broach this sensitive topic.

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Palliative Care: Matching Patient Goals and Treatment Options

Palliative care teams in hospitals, nursing homes, and medical centers can help patients clarify their goals around quality of life and then align those to treatment options. Many seniors and their caregivers are unaware that these resources exist. This post explores what palliative care is, its benefits, and recommendations for engaging with palliative care specialists.

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Caregiving Case Studies: When In-Home Care is a Good Fit

One of the challenging aspects of senior caregiving is that every situation is unique. Caregiving Case Study posts give readers insight into how different families have approached eldercare and the lessons they’ve learned. I recently interviewed Mary Anglade, CEO and Founder of sparqGEN Marketing, about her caregiving experiences with her dad.

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Aging-In-Place Villages: Helping Elders Stay at Home Through Community Volunteering

In many communities around the United States, “aging in place villages” are springing up. These membership based organizations help seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible. I recently interviewed Carol Donohue, the Website and Software Chair of Bay to Sound Neighbors. She explained what aging in place villages are, how Bay to Sound Neighbors works, and how people can find villages in their area.

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