ElderCarelink Blog

A gold mine of memories

by Devlyn Brooks
May 26th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

“Dad, I’ll just have some hot dogs,” my youngest said.
It had been another one of those hectic days for all of us. Grandma and I had worked, me getting home a little later than usual. And dinner had become a fend-for-yourself affair, all of course except for my 7-year-old.
But just as I turned toward the kitchen, Carter shouted to me, “Dad … could you have Grandma make ‘em? She makes ‘em better.”
I smiled, shook my head at the crazy little guy and proceded to find Grandma to see if she could make the hotdogs. Read more »

Elders and Caregivers’ Changing Needs Require Flexible Business Practices

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
May 26th, 2010 at 10:01 am

There are some things in caregiving that jolt my spirit. Bureaucratic administrative practices top my list. In an age when everything is only a click away, hand me a paper form and mention “filing the form” with any insurance company, and my eyes instantly glaze over. My eyes also roll back after glazing over. Hard-copy forms and insurance company processes cause me to break out in a cold sweat. They are excess baggage in my carer’s world. Read more »

Creating a Caregiver Wish List

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
May 26th, 2010 at 1:11 am

How often do people ask caregivers if they could help them but rarely get taken up on their offer? It seems like some of the caregivers I have met do not feel comfortable asking for help, do not want to burden already busy people, or feel the need to have to do it all. Whenever possible I try to help them find some little things that people can do that would lighten their load without making a large time commitment. Read more »

Area Agencies on Aging Good Source of Information

by Carol Bursack
May 25th, 2010 at 1:01 am

It’s unfortunate that we can’t all have access to the community help that is offered by the Area Agencies on Aging. I’m somewhat baffled that all states don’t have access, but I happen to live in one that doesn’t – even though I can cross the bridge downtown and be in another state which does. Read more »

What Do Caregivers Want?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
May 24th, 2010 at 5:14 am

What Do Caregivers Want?

So often when I talk with a caregiver, the emphasis is on the person for whom they are caring. In a conversation recently with a woman whose husband had a Parkinson’s disease, we were discussing the current rehab program and what she was doing to prepare their home for his return the following week. This was a woman who had a full-time job and elderly parents out of town who needed her assistance at least once a week. Read more »