ElderCarelink Blog

Cultural Discussions in Eldercare are Important to Caregivers and Agencies

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
December 17th, 2010 at 11:43 am

An eldercare group discussion earlier this week made me really think about the great questions asked. One paid care provider agency representative asked whether a checklist or possible form requesting elders’ cultural preferences might be helpful to nursing homes, eldercare agencies and other healthcare providers, including nursing personnel. Great question!

I could easily envision some elders and/or some of their caregivers welcoming what some might perceive as a positive step toward greater socio-cultural sensitivity in the administration and delivery of healthcare services to elderly individuals. My truthful reply was that I would not complete such a questionnaire for any elder in my care. Neither would I provide any such information if I were the elder in care of any healthcare provider. Reasonably, I was asked why not.

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“I’m Still Here” Important Reading for Family Caregivers and Professionals

by Carol Bursack
December 4th, 2010 at 3:11 am

If compassion could be personified, John Zeisel, Ph.D. could be in the running for the visual image. His book, “I’m Still Here: A New Philosophy of Alzheimer’s Care,” promotes the idea that Alzheimer’s symptoms can often be managed through compassionate, non-pharmacological methods, or in conjunction with pharmacological methods.

After reading about Zeisel’s approach, I requested the book from his publisher to see for myself. I wasn’t disappointed. In “I’m Still Here,” Zeisel teaches approaches that help caregivers understand that the person with Alzheimer’s still has access to many forms of memory functions, and that memories aren’t really lost, they just become harder to access.

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Taking Away the Car Keys From Your Elderly Parent May Not be Enough

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
November 19th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Some elderly drivers pose a direct threat on the road, both to themselves and/or others. Statistically, elderly drivers have more fatal car accidents than any other age group. Some Baby Boomers have the unenviable task of deciding when, whether, and, how to take the car keys away from our aging, increasingly frail parents.

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I’ll Know When it is Time to Stop Driving.

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
November 15th, 2010 at 3:11 am

How often have we heard an older adult say that to a family member? The problem is that many older adults may start limiting their driving, knowing that it is better not to drive on a highway, or take long trips. Then they may stop driving at night or in the winter. The big question is how safe is a person with a memory, vision, cognitive, and/or hearing problem behind the wheel of a car, even within a few miles of home.

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Myths About Health Care Visiting

by Sue Lanza
November 4th, 2010 at 2:14 am

We’ve all had times in our lives when we need to visit a recuperating friend or relative in a health care setting. As we get older, these visits can almost start to feel routine as more of our contemporaries are in and out of hospitals or rehabilitation centers for various treatments. I’ve been a visitor of family or friends in health care facilities many times of course but I really have more experience as an observer of other people’s visiting habits in my years as a long-term care administrator. I’ve seen just about everything when it comes to visiting (I’ll spare you the story that involves a ferret) and there are some not-so-wonderful patterns that I see over and over that I thought I’d share with you.

Myths of Visiting

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