ElderCarelink Blog

The nursing home transition: what to expect

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
June 17th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Some caregivers don’t talk much about the transition period between an elder living at home and eventual placement in a nursing home. The silence among some in the caregiving community may speak volumes about the challenges so many of us caregivers may encounter in transitioning our elders to nursing homes.

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Nursing home communication: late night phone calls

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
June 13th, 2011 at 8:14 am

The call came at 2:30 AM when I was soundly sleeping. So deep was my sleep that I did not make it to the telephone before the last ring. The Caller ID displayed the nursing home’s number. When a nursing home calls in the wee hours, what news might a family caregiver expect? Some caregivers already know what we assume in the middle of the night when the telephone rings for any reason.

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Creating a meaningful nursing home visit

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
May 23rd, 2011 at 10:44 am

Visiting a loved one in a nursing home can mean a lot. How often have you heard a friend or family member express concern about going alone? When older adults have problems with hearing, vision, speech or memory, there may even be more of a reluctance to visit. The Ideas Institute created an informative booklet–”IDEAS for A Better Visit”–to help people have a more enjoyable visit with a friend or family member who is living in a long-term care facility.

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Caregivers and elders: major transitions in long-term care

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
May 6th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Some days, visiting my mother in a nursing home proves to be more than I care to handle, emotionally speaking. At such times, I notice that there’s no pep in my step en route to the nursing home. It’s as if my body is going through motions to keep me moving forward to where I’ve chosen to go. I’ve gone from being a full-time, round-the-clock caregiver to being a caregiver in transition. Then again, so is my 86-year old mother experiencing a major life transition.

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Meaningful visits should include some laughter and smiles

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
March 9th, 2011 at 5:18 am

Humor has many positive effects on the body. The benefits of humor are numerous and relieve some of the effects of a stressful situation. Bringing a smile to the face of a loved one can sometimes be the best possible medicine for both of you.

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