ElderCarelink Blog

Caregivers’ Emotions Run the Gamut

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
July 26th, 2010 at 8:26 am

I once worked with an individual who proudly admitted to workplace confidants that every single night and morning, he prayed that their manager would die. Some thought it funny. I thought the person was more than a little odd. I never trusted his judgment or felt safe in his presence.

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Who Do You Want to Know Your Health Care Information?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 26th, 2010 at 2:20 am

As long as you do not voice an objection, your health care provider may be able to discuss your medical details with a family member or a friend. You are certainly familiar with the forms where you provide those names. There are very specific guidelines under HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) about who health care professionals can release your medical information to. What about situations where there are certain people who you do not want to be informed? You may want to consider having those names also specified on your forms. There have been several situations where this has occurred with some of my friends and clients.

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New Plan to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Before Symptoms Apparent Not Without Drawbacks

by Carol Bursack
July 24th, 2010 at 2:11 am

New diagnostic guidelines were discussed at an international Alzheimer’s meeting in Hawaii recently. These guidelines have much to offer, but also leave us much to consider when it comes to unintended consequences–the problems that come along with so many basically good strides in health care, legislation, and research.

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The Long, Winding Road of Caregiving

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
July 23rd, 2010 at 8:18 am

In the United States alone, we are reportedly more than 65.7 million strong. We support each other in ways that can be as inspiring as our individual caregiving stories. Our days of care are unpredictable. Our care journey remains uncharted territory, if only because no 2 care circumstances are identical. There is no one road-map to successful caregiving.

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What if You need to be in the Care of Another Person?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 23rd, 2010 at 2:11 am

Something to consider is what would be important to us and what would happen if we were not able to state our values, wishes or preferences for our daily routines. Most of us have people in our lives who are more aware of some aspects than others. But would they know the little things that could make a difference?

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