In the past, I’ve written about what to look for when trying to choose the best short-term rehabilitation facility for your loved one. You’ve chosen the facility, and now the ambulance will be arriving in a few minutes to transport your mom and dad from the hospital to the short-term rehab facility. What happens when […]

Your loved one is getting discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation facility, and you’re concerned because he/she hasn’t fully recovered from his/her fall or surgical procedure. What happens now? Short-term home care services are usually provided after a hospital stay, rehabilitation stay, or some type of surgical procedure. A nurse would assess your family member […]

You find yourself in the waiting room at a local hospital. Your loved one’s physician just communicated some devastating news about your loved one’s prognosis. You are the only caregiver and only family member on site to receive the news. How do you communicate the bad news to your mom or dad, who is the […]

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.4 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. TBIs occur during everyday activities, including falls, motor vehicle crashes, assaults, and sports injuries, including concussions, and are often preventable. The CDC also reports that falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury. […]

If you’re a pet owner, you know what it feels like to walk through your front door and see your four-legged friend or two-legged friend waiting for you, whether it’s a cat, dog, or other pet. Your stress seems to melt away. They love you unconditionally, and they don’t care if you haven’t had the […]

You’ve heard a lot about physical therapy. But, what is occupational therapy? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, occupational therapists (OT’s) help people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. For instance, if your loved one is recovering from a fall or hospital stay, an occupational therapist can […]

What is it about September? The summer was hectic, as things always are, but when the school season starts, you’re running in a million different directions. You’re up at the crack of dawn preparing breakfast, getting the kids ready for school, driving them to soccer matches, and trying to balance your own work responsibilities. In […]

Aromatherapy? Reiki? Therapeutic Touch? You’ve probably heard all of these words in relation to a day spa. But these words are now becoming synonymous with end-of-life care as well. Manon Floquet, a practitioner of several alternative therapies, now applies these approaches to her work in hospice care. After having been a member of the long-term […]

Every 72 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. This is the latest fact and figure from the Alzheimer’s Association. Cognitive impairment knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter what socioeconomic background you come from, what neighborhood you live in, or what your cultural, ethnic, or religious background is – the disease is devastating. Alzheimer’s disease […]

There’s a common misconception out there that older adults would not benefit from any type of strength training. You, as the caregiver, should know that this is absolutely false! Again, one of my main goals in writing this column is to empower and educate you, so you know where to turn in order to obtain […]

You find yourself in the hospital trying to get a handle on your elderly loved one’s current condition. They may have fallen or just suffered a stroke. Now, the hospital social worker is telling you that your loved one needs to be discharged to a local nursing facility for short-term rehab. What does this mean? […]

We’ve all heard the saying, “No rest for the weary.” But as caregivers, we deserve some time off from our caregiving responsibilities to take care of ourselves. Joanne Solometo, a local caregiver, reminded me how hard it is to pull away. She was the primary caregiver for her 96 year-old aunt, in addition to working […]

Some dates in history are easily recognized — take July 4, 1776, for example — and their anniversaries are rightly celebrated centuries later. Other dates, however, receive little fanfare. September 3, 2007 will be the 25th anniversary of the Medicare Hospice Benefit being signed into law. During a previous column, I talked about the benefits […]