Hearts have been on my mind lately for two reasons. First of all, Dad (who is almost 88 years old) developed cardiac and pulmonary issues in mid-June that forced him to be hospitalized for a week and remain in a skilled nursing rehabilitation center for another five weeks. He’s home now with home health care staff coming in to check his vital signs and provide physical therapy several times a week.
August 14th, 2013 at 10:00 am
Have you had a loved one who became really weak while hospitalized? If so, you may worry about the elder being discharged to come directly home, even if you have assistance for home health care. I was in this predicament in June.
August 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am
Recently I’ve been reminded that it’s a small community of health care providers who work with elders, and little things that caregivers do can make a big difference in ways that we never would have guessed. Let me give you an example that emerged recently, where caregiving efforts had unexpected results.
July 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am
Like many elders, my father’s daily routine has become much looser since he retired. Take several naps a day? Dad would say he earned it. Limiting how often he takes a bath? Dad may say he’s not going anywhere or seeing anyone and adds that he does take a sponge bath. Leaving food out of the refrigerator after making lunch and then deciding to take a nap? He would say he just forgot. Leaving a mess of newspapers, magazines and bills lying around his office space work area and floor? “I’ll get to it soon,” he promises.
July 24th, 2013 at 10:00 am
Lately, the question of quality of life vs. quantity of life for elders has been on my mind.
That question initially arose because of the ongoing coverage of Nelson Mandela’s health concerns. There have been conflicting reports about his status. Mandela, who has been hospitalized for a while, was described as being in a permanent vegetative state in a court filing while other reports indicated that he was responsive, but placed on life support to assist with breathing. (USA Today reported that as of his 95th birthday, Mandela is steadily improving.) A South African newspaper suggested that the country’s former president doesn’t have a living will, which could be problematic when end-of-life decisions need to be made since his family seems to not be a united group.