ElderCarelink Blog

“Villages” provide support for elders to remain at home

by Dorian Martin
November 17th, 2011 at 11:49 am

Many years ago, the familiar catch phrase going around was, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Now there’s a new way to think about this phrase. While in-home care is commonly used to help elders remain in their homes, a new movement is currently afoot to create villages of support for elders who want to remain in their homes.

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Home Health Care: When Additional Help is Needed Part 1

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 11th, 2010 at 2:13 am

One of my clients was struggling to keep her husband at home. They had recently downsized to a condo but one of the problems was that her husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago. He did fairly well in their home of thirty years but became more confused when they moved to the condo.

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Home Health Care: Helping Families Stay Connected

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 8th, 2010 at 2:11 am

One of the challenges is that when an older person has certain limitations they may not be able to participate in their favorite activities. Sometimes there are physical difficulties or problems with endurance and the situation may also be complicated by impairments in hearing, vision, speech or memory. So often I see creative ways that families try to keep a person involved and helping with other ideas for those who are more reluctant and unsure is part of what a home health care team can offer.

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Is Your Home Safe?

by Sue Lanza
October 7th, 2010 at 2:13 am

Ever had one of those “why didn’t I” moments? I had one yesterday that reminded me of the simple things we can all do to keep our homes safe and our bodies free from injury.

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Home Health Care: Supporting Quality of Life with Safety in Mind

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 6th, 2010 at 2:12 am

When a person receives home health care, one of the goals may be to return the person to their previous lifestyle choices although that may not always be possible. With the help of the health care team, it is possible in many cases to provide families and caregivers a variety of suggestions on how to modify some of those activities to encourage participation with safety in mind.

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