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Deana, CA Caregiving/CNa
Question Does working as a caregiver give you experience toward CNA? I am currently working in retail and have finished my CNA course but I have not taken the State Test for my license yet. I was wondering if I should be working as a caregiver to give me experienc . . .
Answer Hi Deana,
Yes many Home care positions do prefer you to have some care-giving experience and therefore always a good idea. Many agencies hire non- certified aides, companions and homemakers and this is one avenue you could pursue for work currently. . . .
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Sharon, CA Discouraged about costs of in-home care
Question My 88 year old mother is currently in a SNF recovering from a fall. She did not suffer a fracture in the fall but her advanced rheumatoid arthritis has caused her to not progress toward getting back to being able to function as she was before. She is cove . . .
Answer One possible option to research might be whether your state/area has some type of Family Caregiver program where some reimbursement to a family caregiver might be available. This program in some cases will allow for a family caregiver to be paid to care f . . .
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Wendy, MA 24 hour in home care for elderly mother?
Question Hi Clare, I need advice. My mother has been living independently with a few hours of daytime help, but this week it became clear that she is no longer safe. She was admitted to a hospital after repeated falls in a short period, and won`t be released until . . .
Answer I expect that it will be necessary to hire caregivers through a licensed Homecare agency to meet your mother's long term care insurance requirements. With that said it may be possible to hire a live-in caregiver through an agency which can offer you a . . .
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louis, SC Hospice
Question Do you tell a patient that he or she is in hospice?
Answer Most Hospice programs feel it is important to be open, honest, and forthcoming however each situation is different therefore suggest talking it over with your hospice professional. Hospice philosophy adapts the belief in dying as another stage of life tha . . .
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Laurie, NY Mom
Question Hi Clare: I have similar issues as some of the previous questions. My mom is currently in a SNF but due to the fact that she is not progressing her medicare policy is going to end her stay there.in the next 7 days. She has colon cancer, a bowel resection, . . .
Answer Hospice care care be provided in-patient as well as in-home and is reimbursed through your mother's Medicare. However for the most part Hospice care covers skilled care needs for end-stage illness and the long-term care insurance may be able to supple . . .
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Kay, HI Bladder Control - Male
Question I need to find a way to help with overnight bladder control for my husband. I have seen (on-line) external catheters. What criteria should I use to select a style and what other products are needed to go with it. I have not been successful finding the sel . . .
Answer External catheters can be useful to manage incontinence whether day or night time. There is certainly a trial and error with correct ordering of sizes and styles. I advise to order some different sizes and a couple different styles or manufacturers to det . . .
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Amy, KS Yearly Inspections
Question Hello! Can you tell me when the yearly inspections are posted? I see 2013 was posted 6/13 but not 2014. Thank You!
Answer Annual state nursing home inspections are usually performed every 12-15 months however sometimes at little longer intervals. The evaluation results are then posted online which may take additional time before are available. . . .
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Chuck, SC Sister with breast cancer
Question My wife`s sister was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. My wife is her primary care giver and power of attorney. She has began her chemo treatments and will soon begin radiation treatments. My wife needs to quit her job in order to provide her the car . . .
Answer Hello Chuck,
Getting paid to care for a family member is a need that many are experiencing today in order to enable their loved ones to stay at home and age in place rather then relocate to a long term care facility. However the problem is that thei . . .
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Brenda, SC Expectations and/or Complaints
Question Our Mother is in a SC facility and I am trying to find out what level of care we should expect from the staff in a skilled nursing home. While I certainly know that they are unable to care for her the way we would, I do believe that our expectations are n . . .
Answer It is reasonable to expect that your mother be cared for safely and competently. However as you have found often our expectations are sadly not met. Her safety of course is a big priority due to her advanced dementia and all measures to ensure such need t . . .
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Sue, NM Dry and rough skin on husband`s butt
Question My husband is 89 and due to a recent fall cannot get up and walk around much, plus he has to sleep on the recliner due to fracturing two vertebrae in his neck. When he came home from the hospital he had a reddish area inside his cheek area. It isn`t a bed . . .
Answer Hi Sue,

If the skin is intact (not open sore) for the most part on buttocks area then might help by simply applying barrier creams several times a day. Should the area breakdown and become open then might need to consider applying Duoderm hyd . . .
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