ElderCarelink Blog

All Things Considered in Eldercare

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
July 30th, 2010 at 11:55 am

It was my best care decision bar none. Dad had been dead for several years. After Dad died, Mom was gainfully and happily employed for years. Working helped her transition to independence. Back then, I had no reason to be concerned about Mom’s health or well-being. We lived cross-country from each other.

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When Does a Person Need More Assistance?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 29th, 2010 at 2:12 am

It is not always obvious if a person would benefit from additional assistance when it comes to their medical appointments. Sometimes a person may be unable to drive and needs to rely on a ride from a friend or a transportation service. If there are hearing, speech, memory and/or vision problems, the concern becomes whether that person understands, remembers or is able to accurately explain the details that were given.

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Do I Have to Feel Bad When I Get Some “Me Time”?

by Devlyn Brooks
July 28th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Shh-h-h-h! … Do you hear that? Exactly. That is the sound of an empty house, my empty house.

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Serenity in Aging

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
July 28th, 2010 at 10:12 am

Personality-wise, some caregivers and their elders are extroverts or introverts. More commonly, some individuals display a blend of each style. As in any relationship, individual personalities and styles come into play. Caregiving is no different.

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Joint Replacement Registry Should Help Doctors Track Implant Device Success and Failure

by Carol Bursack
July 27th, 2010 at 2:11 am

A paper released in the online and print editions of Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, a journal of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, reports on the success of a total Joint Replacement Registry that Kaiser Permanente had developed. The paper states that, “Total Joint Replacement Registry was developed in a large community-based practice to track implant utilization, monitor revisions and complications, identify patients during recalls and advisories, and provide feedback on clinical practices.”

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