Home Care Q&A: What Does Non-Medical Care Cover?

Home care typically falls into two categories: skilled/medical care and non-medical care. Skilled/medical care services – like IV therapy, wound care, diabetic care, physical therapy or nutritional counseling, to name a few – must be provided by a nurse or ...

 
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The Role of Family Caregivers in Senior Care Transitions

Preparing for home care services, moving into assisted living, transitioning to hospice care: all of these scenarios are major life transitions for the senior at the center of the decision. And if that person is a family member or loved ...

 
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Tips for Choosing an Assisted Living Community

Choosing the assisted living community that’s best for you or a senior loved one in your care can be overwhelming, frustrating, or confusing. Here are a few tips to guide you through the selection process:

Location: If you live in or near a major metropolitan area, there are numerous options. In rural or suburban areas, however, options are limited, but you shouldn’t just settle for the closest assisted ...

 
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The Power of Poetry for the Pain of Caregiving

Poetry can change a person from the inside out. Frances Kakugawa believes this, just as she also believes in the transforming power of poetry writing as an essential release and recharge for persons caring for a loved one with long-term disabilities, particularly Alzheimer's/dementia.

Like many who lead support groups for Alzheimer caregivers, Kakugawa was the primary caregiver for her mother after she was diagnosed. Kakugawa discovered that journaling and ...

 
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November is National Family Caregivers Month

Family caregivers have been named the backbone of the long-term care system - and for good reason. Says the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, more than 50 million people currently provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year. Peter Arno from the Department of Veteran Affairs at NIH (National Institutes of Health) estimates this multitude provides $306 billion in "free" services ...

 
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