#ElderCareChat 2/19/14 Recap: Supporting Family Caregivers and Carees at End of Life

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 60 participants — again, we were happy to welcome several new tweeps to the conversation — took an unflinching look at an issue many would prefer to sweep under the rug, talk about privately, or discuss only when ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 6/6/12 Recap: Complex Caregiving Conversations

Caring for an elder you love -- be it a grandparent, parent, friend, spouse, or sibling -- inevitably prompts the need for complex conversations you’d probably rather avoid...

Do you want extraordinary measures to be taken?
You need help ...

 
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Bringing Hospice to Assisted Living

At the end of life, there is comfort and peace for families -- and the individual nearing death -- in hospice care. Though there are more stand-alone hospice care facilities than were previously available, many agencies and providers go directly ...

 
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Even in Senior Living, Advance Care Planning Is Vital

Though 71% of Americans have thought about their end of life preferences, only 29% actually created living wills, according to data from NHDD.org (National Healthcare Decisions Day). Advance care planning is extremely important, even if the senior in your life has ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 8/24/11 Recap: Caregiving’s Difficult Decisions

Caregiving isn’t for wimps. The experience is rife with difficult decisions, which is what we talked about in the latest installment of #ElderCareChat.

Kicking off the discussion was a dialogue about what makes decisions of any kind (caregiving-related or ...

 
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Elder Care Planning Resource Guide

“At least 70 percent of people over age 65 will require some long-term care services at some point in their lives.” – LongTermCare.gov

Those plan-ahead types may drive you crazy – or, you may consider yourselves one of those efficient elite. No matter ...

 
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The Power of Music Therapy in Senior Care

Pet therapy is widely known as extremely beneficial to and therapeutic for residents in assisted living and other senior care settings.

But the power of music cannot be underestimated either. Music therapy is a growing field, particularly in terms of ...

 
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End-of-Life Issues: Starting the Conversation

Back in November, 60 Minutes tackled a controversial and timely topic: "The Cost of Dying," and the topic has stuck with me. That's because end-of-life issues are taking a more prominent place in discussions about health care.

As per the report, Medicare paid $50 billion for doctor and hospital bills during the last two months of patient's lives - an amount that surpasses the budgets for the Department of Homeland Security and ...

 
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The D-Word: Discussing Death

Very few people like to think or talk about death or dying, or what could happen at the end of life if there is a disease process involved. But in-the-spotlight cases like Terri Schiavo have brought the issue of living wills and advanced directives to the public, and forced us to take a closer look... whether we like it or not.

While some may still choose to avoid the issue, ...

 
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Hospice Care in Nursing Homes

Hospice is a philosphy of care rather than a place (though there can be hospice residences) and that care can be provided in a variety of settings.

One place that isn't commonly thought of for hospice care is in a nursing home.

Nursing homes usually have the image of skilled nursing care or rehabilitation rather than actively supporting the dying process. Though some people argue that it's a duplication of ...

 
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