ElderCarelink Blog

Small steps in recovering from a cardiac event

by Dorian Martin
August 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am

Hearts have been on my mind lately for two reasons. First of all, Dad (who is almost 88 years old) developed cardiac and pulmonary issues in mid-June that forced him to be hospitalized for a week and remain in a skilled nursing rehabilitation center for another five weeks. He’s home now with home health care staff coming in to check his vital signs and provide physical therapy several times a week.

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Health crises can force caregivers to take a stand

by Dorian Martin
July 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am

As they age, elders may not bounce back as quickly as they used to after a physical setback. Along with health challenges come some big decisions. And sometimes it’s important for caregivers to stand up to elders in order to make a choice that encourages healing and a return to independence.

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Preparing for disasters: strategies for caregivers and elders

by Dorian Martin
May 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am

I live about three hours from the U.S. Gulf Coast, which means I occasionally am right in the line of hurricanes. I’ve weathered several, and have been fortunate to avoid any damage. But now with Dad living with me, I’m becoming much more vigilant about preparedness in case of violent weather.

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Remodeling a bathroom for elders: Think safety and function

by Dorian Martin
March 6th, 2013 at 10:10 am

We just had a bathroom remodeled.

Why should I be telling you about this in a caregiver blog? It’s because a large part of the reason that we opted to do the remodel was to make it easier for Dad to bathe. He has chronic pain in his back and difficulty with his balance. And as he’s aged, he’s increasingly struggled with stepping over the side of the bath tub.

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Winners of Share Why You Care Contest

by ECL Staff
February 19th, 2013 at 12:00 am

Thanks to all those who participated in our contest by submitting stories or reading and voting for stories. We asked you to tell us about your caregiving experience, both the good and the bad, and we thank you all for your honest and touching submissions. And, now, here are our Share Why You Care Contest winners.

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