A Care Plan for Multiple Needs

I’ve written a lot about care planning in general. A care plan is a good way to organize, and wherever possible, distribute tasks to ease the burden of caregiving. I’ve covered how to set up a care plan and gave an example of a simplified one. But as we know, life is complex, and many […]

A Family Care Plan

In my prior post I talked about the factors to consider when developing a care plan: needs, preferences, personal and community resources. Now we can start to put together the actual care plan keeping those concepts in mind and reminding ourselves that the goal of a good care plan is to promote the highest quality of life possible.

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.

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.

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.

Summer BBQ? Plan Ahead for the Elder Contingent

In our family, we like to have everyone over, once in the summer and once during the winter holidays. And the summertime get-together is especially fun if the weather allows us to be outdoors. Last month, I wrote about some conditions that cause problems for older adults at festivals.

Summer Events: Plan Accordingly

Summertime is here, and with it comes outdoor fairs and festivals. Attending is fun for people of all ages; I love their inter-generational appeal. Recently, I have been attending outdoor events and fairs in my local area to see whether or not they are being planned with an age-friendly eye.

Managing a Hospital Discharge

Handling a hospital discharge is one of the most stressful care tasks. Few of us are prepared for this situation, particularly if the hospitalization was unexpected—as it often is.