ElderCarelink Blog

Watching Your Loved One’s Fluid Intake Vital Task for Caregivers

by Carol Bursack
November 30th, 2010 at 3:12 am

During my mother’s last month’s of life, she continually complained to me that the nursing home staff was always pushing liquids. Mom’s appetite was poor, and had been for quite awhile. The staff at the home was concerned about Mom’s weight loss, but they were less pushy about food than fluids. I tried to tell Mom how important it was that she drink plenty of fluids, but she’d wrinkle her nose and say she didn’t want more. Thus, preventing dehydration was a constant battle when caring for Mom.

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Medication Administration Eldercare Alert

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
November 29th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Prescription medications seem to have a life of their own in eldercare. How could something so simple and straightforwardly administered be so devious and illusive to caregiver police like me? I have a few clues and cues, courtesy of my mother’s sense of humor.

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Understanding My Aging Parents: What About Me?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
November 29th, 2010 at 3:14 am

Spending an extended period of time with loved ones, particularly older family members, can be quite an eye-opener. If some things are different, does it mean we should be looking more closely at the bigger picture? A lot of thoughts may be swirling through our minds or we may choose to put them aside for awhile or perhaps wait until our next visit.

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Was Your Thanksgiving Day a Dress Rehearsal?

by Carol Bursack
November 27th, 2010 at 3:13 am

Thanksgiving is over, and hopefully most of you who are caregivers were able to enjoy helping your elder celebrate to whatever degree they could. Some of you will have had cheery loved ones, while others just “made it through the day.” Often, with elders who are frail or sick, we really don’t know what a day will bring.

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When Elder Falls are Close to Home and Heart for Caregivers

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
November 26th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I’ve read and am intimately familiar with the Centers for Disease Control’s statistics and other information pertaining to elderly falls. Regrettably, I also have an unwanted bird’s eye view of elder falls by virtue of being a caregiver to my octogenarian mother. As I suspect many of my fellow caregivers might say if asked, I’d rather have been bypassed by life for the dubious distinction of having anything to do with such a dreadful and emotionally distressing statistic. Regrettably, I was not so lucky.

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