ElderCarelink Blog

Taking on the role of medical advisor

by Devlyn Brooks
July 8th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

One of the tasks I underestimated the difficulty of when my mother moved in was becoming her health care guardian.
That’s not to say that I’ve taken over making decision about her health care; she’s still very capable of that. But I have taken on the role of advising her on medical decisions and helping her navigate the sometimes choppy waters of doctors, hospitals, medications and MediCare. Read more »

Sheehy’s “Passages in Caregiving” Defines Turning Points

by Carol Bursack
June 26th, 2010 at 4:52 am

Gail Sheehy is the author of 15 books, but is best known for her book Passages, which remained on the New York Times Bestseller’s List for over three years. She’s an out-spoken advocate for Boomers, urging them to use each turning point in life to advantage. When Sheehy’s husband became ill, she was personally faced with a turning point of gigantic proportions – one even she hadn’t expected. She became a caregiver. Read more »

On Work, Fishing and Days of Care: Priceless

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
June 16th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Every place I’ve worked, it seems, there has always been at least one courageous colleague who displayed a sign or posted message in his or her office: “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.” Read more »

Are You An Accidental Caregiver?

by Sue Lanza
June 10th, 2010 at 1:00 am

We know there are millions (yes, millions) of people just like you caring for others right this second all over the country.   But did you fall into your caregiving duties by accident? More people than you can imagine are thinking “wait a minute–how did I get myself into this”?  Read on… Read more »

A backyard fall

by Devlyn Brooks
June 9th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

It’s awkward when you have to issue dictates to your mother, but moving forward she has been banned from the backyard unless there is someone by her side.
Sound terrible? Trust me, I’m ashamed myself, but what other options are there?
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