father with Alzheimer`s disease
| ||Q: 86 year old father in long term care nursing home unit. Condition deteriorating and I am wondering about removing non-essential items from the room. He does not seem to enjoy TV anymore, even his old favorites. Could noise add to his agitation? There are . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||A: Dear D.,
Has your father been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? I am not clear here. At any rate, noise certainly contributes to agitation in all of us. It would be beneficial for you to locate the source(s) and eliminate them from your father’s environment a . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
Special Needs Care
| ||Q: I have a relative that has cerebal palsy. He is able to walk and hold a part time job at Goodwill. He also drives a car (which is very important to him). Is there a home where he could live and still be able to drive his car and go to his job?
Thanks so . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||A: Dear K.,
A facility’s main concern in what you suggest is being held liable. A way to get around the resistance in this regard is to be willing to sign a waiver releasing the facility of responsibility related to these activities. Facilities have . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
lack of safety
| ||Q: Are nursing homes responsible if a patient falls and breaks a hip?|
| ||A: Dear P.,
Falls are situational. To hold a facility responsible, negligence would need to be substantiated. A helpful website in this regard is:
Falls are concerns all facilities struggle with for a host of . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||Q: Hello, I am doing a research paper with a topic of euthanasia in terms of how it would give options to a terminally ill/elderly person with financial issues. Could you give me a very rough estimate of how much it costs to live in a assisted living facilit . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||A: Dear K.,
Hello! I just happened to be at my computer when your inquiry came in! You have requested costs for assisted living for your report - are you NOT exploring costs of home care and nursing home care? Each operation deals with terminally ill. I’ll . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||Q: hi there. my question is my mother is trying to find a living facility in broward county, florida for my uncle who needs to be placed in a nursing home(possible rehab.) my mother will be paying for it. she can afford from $1500.00 to $2000.00/mnth. would . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||A: Dear K.,
Hello! Have you researched for nursing homes on Carepathways.com? This is a very good first step.
Also look at Nursing Home Compare at www.medicare.gov
Nursing Home Compare allows you to compare nursing homes in your area by simply clicking . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||Q: I am looking for a caregiver/campanion to assist me with getting bathed dressed, and taking me to work, then staying there and helping me with light clerical work, then fixing my lunch and toileting. I am 27 years old and I work in an office. I am severly . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||A: Dear T.,
Home Health Care Agencies would be a good route for your needs. CarePathways.com makes researching for those agencies in your area pretty convenient. Good luck and thanks for writing in. Karen Rice |
| ||Q: Dear Karen, I need to ask a question, my Mother is in the 3rd stages of Alzheimers, I am finding it very difficult to work, my bills is piling up. I signed a paper that I would be responsible for my Mothers care, meals....meds,,,,bathing,,,housekeeping,,, . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||A: Dear S.,
Thank you for writing. As I continue to reflect on your inquiry, it seems there are several issues here. I’m afraid I need more information to help you with all that concern you.
Is your main question "is it unreasonable for me to ask . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||Q: Karen,
I have recently passed my Long Term Care Administrators test and am wondering what I should be asking for a salary. I have 13 years experience working in Long Term Care as an Administrative Assistant, Quality Assurance Coordinator, Medical Records . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||A: Dear R.,
Congratulations! Before going into salary, I suggest that you consider how much you want to be offered the role of Administrator. You will find that employers pay for Administrator experience not just a current license.
Generally, new Admin . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
Where do we start?
| ||Q: My parents live in Wisconsin. My mom is 80 and is showing some signs of having Alzheimer`s. She has gotten lost 5 miles from home. She has not cooked for about 2.5 years (coincidentally, it was since their move/retirement) and has recently stopped doing t . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||A: Dear G.,
It will be best for you to set up a Geriatric Assessment at a location where these are done in your area. Carepathways.com may be helpful to you in this regard for researching. You can also call your local Alzheimer’s Association for locations . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
Mediation vs. Arbitration
| ||Q: I read and liked your articles about mediation. My sister and I may not ever agree on where my mother (stage 4-5 of 7 in Alzheimer`s) should be placed. Can one seek an artibrator who is knowledgeable about Alzheimer`s? How best to proceed? We need to deci . . . (click subject to read entire post)|
| ||A: Dear R,
I am glad to hear you enjoyed my article and I am delighted to learn that you and your sister are negotiating with good will. Writing in here is proactive.
What you are facing is terribly confusing and difficult for many so, please, do not fee . . . (click subject to read entire post)|