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Nursing Home "Bad" Alert: The Nursing Homes & Rehab Centers You Probably Want to AvoidNursing Home "Bad" Alert: The Nursing Homes & Rehab Centers You Probably Want to Avoid
If you're searching for a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, before you head out you should download this list of "Special Focus Facilities," which will help you avoid those nursing homes with a troubled history of very poor quality as revealed by regular quality inspections by State survey agencies . . . keep reading

Senior Home Safety AssessmentSenior Home Safety Assessment
Home accidents are some of the most common reasons why seniors make trips to the hospital or need to move to an alternative living facility like assisted living or a nursing home. One of the first steps to good long-term eldercare planning is a thorough safety assessment of the older person's home. . . . keep reading

Warning Signs - What to Look ForWarning Signs - What to Look For
Because we love them, we don't want to embarrass our seniors or put them on the spot, yet we have real concerns about their safety and ability to cope. We're looking for clues to how things are going. Having a checklist of "What To Look For" gives us a tool to start with and helps us focus. . . . keep reading

The Family Funeral GuideThe Family Funeral Guide
When a loved one dies, grieving family members face the need to make dozens of decisions about funeral arrangements. Unless the family or the deceased have made advance funeral arrangements, these decisions will have to be made very quickly and while under great stress. What kind of funeral would the deceased want? What funeral provider should you use? What would your traditions suggest that you do, versus what you are legally required to do? And, as cold as it may sound, how much is it all going to cost? . . . keep reading

Your Senior's Net WorthYour Senior's Net Worth
Unless your parent is single (or divorced or widowed) and has few or no assets, you will have to know his or her financial situation before you can make long term care plans. Except for those with very low income and almost no assets, in the United States long term care is primarily a private pay affair. How do you know what your parent can afford? You calculate their net worth, and look at where the money is. . . . keep reading


FEATURED ARTICLES
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Relatively common among the elderly, urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infection in the body, causing a great deal of misery. Why do they occur, how are they usually treated, and what can we do to help prevent them? . . . keep reading

Home Caregiver TrainingHome Caregiver Training
Although 78% of the people questioned in a recent survey believed that their caregivers had received a recognized level of training, in fact there is no such thing. Caregivers who call themselves "aides" may or may not have received any formal training. . . . keep reading

Home Care: An OverviewHome Care: An Overview
Just to add a little more confusion to the whole elder care arena, Home Care doesn't always equal Home Care. There's "Home Care," and then there's "Home Health Care." What a difference one little word can make when you're trying to set up care at home for a senior. . . . keep reading

Senior Bathroom Safety Under $10Senior Bathroom Safety Under $10
More slips, falls and other accidents happen in the bathroom than in any other room of the house. It's no different for seniors. Unfortunately, seniors don't have the sturdy bones, quick healing capabilities or the general resiliency of younger people. An accident in the bathroom can have serious consequences. While you can't ever totally guarantee against senior bathroom accidents, there are quite a few things you can do for free or under $10 to make the bathroom safer for a senior (and everyone else, too). . . . keep reading

When Getting The Mail Is Dangerous - Or Downright ImpossibleWhen Getting The Mail Is Dangerous - Or Downright Impossible
Through rain, shine, snow, sleet, gloom of night...despite the popularity of complaints about the USPS your mail is almost always delivered exactly where it's supposed to be every day but Sunday. Yet that still leaves some of us with a problem because we don't want our frail elders trying to walk out to a mailbox on the street or down the road in the rain, sleet, gloom, etc. For some, a trip to the mailbox might as well be a jaunt up Mount Everest. . . . keep reading

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) Relatively common among the elderly, urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infection in the body, causing a great deal of misery. Why do they occur, how are they usually treated, and what can we do to help prevent them? . . . keep reading
Home Caregiver Training
Home Caregiver Training Although 78% of the people questioned in a recent survey believed that their caregivers had received a recognized level of training, in fact there is no such thing. Caregivers who call themselves "aides" may or may not have received any formal training. . . . keep reading

Home Care: An Overview
Home Care: An Overview Just to add a little more confusion to the whole elder care arena, Home Care doesn't always equal Home Care. There's "Home Care," and then there's "Home Health Care." What a difference one little word can make when you're trying to set up care at home for a senior. . . . keep reading

Senior Bathroom Safety Under $10
Senior Bathroom Safety Under $10 More slips, falls and other accidents happen in the bathroom than in any other room of the house. It's no different for seniors. Unfortunately, seniors don't have the sturdy bones, quick healing capabilities or the general resiliency of younger people. An accident in the bathroom can have serious consequences. While you can't ever totally guarantee against senior bathroom accidents, there are quite a few things you can do for free or under $10 to make the bathroom safer for a senior (and everyone else, too). . . . keep reading

When Getting The Mail Is Dangerous - Or Downright Impossible
When Getting The Mail Is Dangerous - Or Downright Impossible Through rain, shine, snow, sleet, gloom of night...despite the popularity of complaints about the USPS your mail is almost always delivered exactly where it's supposed to be every day but Sunday. Yet that still leaves some of us with a problem because we don't want our frail elders trying to walk out to a mailbox on the street or down the road in the rain, sleet, gloom, etc. For some, a trip to the mailbox might as well be a jaunt up Mount Everest. . . . keep reading

Informal Senior Activities
Informal Senior Activities Most activity suggestion lists are targeted toward adults with dementia who live in group care. Pass the ball, name that tune, and sing-alongs do work to some degree in these environments. Talk to many of the residents, however, and you'll hear from the more alert that these activities are demeaning, degrading and juvenile. Many would give their eye teeth for something mentally challenging and novel to do. . . . keep reading


Like Oil & Water, Juice & Pills Don't Mix Well
Like Oil & Water, Juice & Pills Don't Mix Well Grapefruit is the best known, but there are many, many fruits that can interact badly with some medications. Not every person will have a poor result, and not every medication will be affected by every fruit juice. The problem is knowing which one will . . . and which one won't . . . in your elder's particular situation. Here's what we know about medications and fruit juices at present . . . keep reading

How the Nursing Home Admission Process Works
How the Nursing Home Admission Process Works When our loved one is at home and it becomes obvious that professional care in a nursing home is the best long term option, we don't have the advantage of a hospital social worker or discharge planner to set things in motion. There are many available articles and checklists about how to choose a nursing home, including right here on on this site. There is very little information available about the actual process of having a loved one assessed and admitted to a nursing home after the selection has been made. . . . keep reading

Holiday Tension Diffuser
Holiday Tension Diffuser When family members gather for a holiday celebration it's an ideal time to gather some of the more obscure and fascinating information about our elders that never appears on a family tree. Getting an oral history started is also a great way to cool down conversations that may be getting heated and to give a senior some positive attention that doesn't focus on health, disabilities and doctor visits. . . . keep reading

Air Travel With The Elderly
Air Travel With The Elderly There are several little things you can do to make traveling with an elderly person easier, especially during crowded holiday travel periods. These don't require notes from a doctor or any additional documentation at all, but you might want to set things in motion before you leave for the airport . . . keep reading

Holiday Rules
Holiday Rules This is the season when the food police come out with their wagging fingers and annual tips on how to get through the holidays without gaining 10 pounds. Magazines are full of holiday eating do's and don'ts. 'Eliminate second helpings, high-calorie sauces and cookies made with butter,' they say. Fill up on vegetable sticks. Good grief. Is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas a carrot stick? A carrot was something you left for Rudolph. . . . keep reading

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