ElderCarelink Blog

Pet Therapy in Eldercare is Culturally Sensitive

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
December 31st, 2010 at 11:59 am

While some caregivers and nursing home personnel share magical stories about various pet and elder interactions in nursing homes and caring at home circumstances, the success of pet-elder interactions is also culturally influenced. It would be shortsighted for those of us who are unpaid or paid caregivers to assume otherwise. As Dr. Stephen Covey has said, “Seek first to understand.” Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People easily applies to caregiving.

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A Personal Reflection: When a Loved One has Dementia

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
December 31st, 2010 at 3:11 am

Sometimes, when I reflect back on the years when my mom’s hearing and then memory was failing, I still wonder what I might have done differently. We had a long distance relationship but even before any of these concerns were apparent, we had a special connection.

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Are You Ready for the 2011 Health Care Trends?

by Sue Lanza
December 30th, 2010 at 3:12 am

There are a lot of lists at the end of each year: the best, the worst and everything in between. I always like to read the forecasts on the latest health care trends for the following year. Funny, I never do go back to see if their predictions were accurate but I like to think I am on the cutting edge of the fads of the new year.

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Planning Required: Help a Caregiver Out, Will You?

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
December 29th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Successful caregiving requires planning, whether some caregivers are organized, or not. Why, then, are there times where some caregivers, and other consumers, are put through social and business hoops that are time wasters? Many examples come to mind.

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When a Loved One Has Dementia: Sharing Observations for Future Planning

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
December 29th, 2010 at 3:12 am

During the next few weeks, after family and friends have spent time with a loved one with dementia, it is likely that there will be conversations about how things went. Each person may have a different perspective and certain friends or family members may also have specific concerns depending on their level of involvement.

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