Your Care Plan

A good care plan requires that the person receiving care has given you permission to provide care through consent or advance directives—and it requires that you understand the person and their issues and this understanding is reflected in your assessment. A good care plan leads to a good care giving experience, for you and the person receiving your care.


On Becoming a Caregiver

No one plans to become a family caregiver. It happens. Sometimes we become caregivers gradually. Our aging spouse or parent needs help with a few activities, such as grocery shopping, household chores, doctor appointments. As time goes on the need for assistance increases until one day we realize that we are spending many hours a week ‘helping out’. Other times a medical crisis is the precipitating event.







Advance Care Directives: Your Quality of Life May Depend on Them

Let’s talk about what happens if you experience a health crisis, are unable to make decisions for yourself and do not have advance care directives in place.







Caregiving 101: Knowledge and Preparedness Key to Success

All of us can count on the fact that we will need care giving or be called upon to be a caregiver at some point in our lives. Yet most of us don’t want to think about it. As a result, it takes us by surprise when Dad has a stroke, or Mom breaks a hip, a spouse is diagnosed with cancer or when we learn we have multiple sclerosis—and we find ourselves unprepared.







Vertical Families, Overburdened Caregivers.

More than 20 years ago, my mother had a stroke.

As her only surviving child, I became her primary caregiver. That choice was one that continues a long tradition of family members taking care of their own, for as long as they can.







Skilled vs Long-Term Care: Do you know the difference?

When it comes to understanding healthcare people are often confused and misunderstand which services are covered by medical insurance and which are not. This is particularly so when we talk about skilled care and long-term care.







Planning For Long-Term Care

In my last post, I wrote about two people who used up their Medicare benefit for in-patient skilled care but were not able to return to an independent life. One ended up opting to stay in a nursing home. The other went home with home health care services, a family caregiver and additional assistance from a home care worker.







A Start to Understanding Medicare

Medicare is a national program that provides health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older who have worked and paid into the system. Many people think that if they have Medicare along with Supplemental insurance or a Medicare Advantage plan they do not have to worry about coverage for their health care needs as they age.







Not Your Typical Dinner Conversation—But A Great One

As I am aging, I find that conversations seem to be focus on end of life issues more than ever. The mother of a good friend is in a nursing home following rehab from a fall. At this point, no one knows for sure when, or whether, she will be able to return to her home.







Ambulatory Surgery for Seniors: More Common, Higher Readmission Rates

Today, health care providers are looking for ways to cut costs. One way this is being accomplished is by eliminating hospital stays wherever possible.