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Michael, MI Auto Accident
Question My wife was in an auto accident with fractured ribs cracked sternum and broken bones in her hand. The hospital discharged her without making any provisions for a visiting nurse -- what do I do?
Answer Hi Michael,
Contact your wife's physician right away to request a Home health care assessment to determine whether she is eligible for in-home services. She may need skilled nursing visits to monitor healing of fractures and cardio pulmonary status, . . .
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Viola, PA Nursing Home Owner Changes
Question Hi Clare, My mom`s nursing home`s sale was finalized recently. Aides and staff have been shifted, some have left for other opportunities. I see a difference in my mom`s dementia behavior. How can I relay to the current staff what she needs without causing . . .
Answer Hello Viola, Change is difficult for many of those with dementia so it is not surprising that she is experiencing this adjustment to new staff. It might be practical to request a staff meeting with all members of health team to basically get everyone &qu . . .
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renata, CT how to get parent to accept outside caregivers
Question Parent, who needs daily living care, refuses to leave home for assisted/nursing facility and refuses to let a companion/caregiver into her home. Family has been providing 24 daily care, dressing, washing, exercise, transportation, housekeeping, laundry an . . .
Answer First understand that your intentions should not be confused by misguided guilt. Therefore, do not take their rebuttals personally or offensively, but rather focus on a necessary means to an end. One idea might be to seek the help and advice of a trusted . . .
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Alexandra, NY Home Care for person with Parkinson`s
Question My father-in-law has Parkinson`s and it is becoming more and more difficult to leave him home alone. What are the different options available to my mother -in- law that would allow her to keep him at home. They live in Charles City Iowa. He was in the mil . . .
Answer As a veteran your father in law is likely to be eligible for some in home care benefits. Veteran Aid and Attendance benefit provides money to those who need assistance performing everyday tasks. This extra monthly pension is use . . .
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Maureen, GA Assisted living accepted mom, then rejected.
Question My mom & dad (both 91) were living together in a personal care home. I received notice that my mother required a higher level of care than they could provide. I wanted to keep them together. I searched for a new facility. They were visited & evalu . . .
Answer This is a very disturbing mistake on the part of the facility who admitted your mother and father after their own evaluation was done. Residents and their families have advocates to support them when long term care issues arise to help resolve problems.Th . . .
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Wanda, TX Family in need in Oakland California
Question ```````````````````````````````````````````````````My brother in law and his wife live in Oakland California. My husband and I moved their mother here to Texas with us last September to take care of her. She is now in a 24 hour care facility. While she wa . . .
Answer Due to your brother's extreme health complications fueled by the long-distance and difficult communication issues, it might be sensible to hire a care manager. A care manager has a medical or social work background and can oversee his medical needs an . . .
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Scott, OH Site Inspection Desparately Needed!
Question Clare, I have a client in The Wyngate at RiversEdge in Proctorville. She has been there 6 months and the service and conditions are deplorable. She was moved there to be closer to family which she likes. What remedy does she have for no response by staff . . .
Answer Hi Scott, I am very sorry for your client's very poor living accommodations. I expect that you have already attempted to voice these concerns directly to the facility but if not you must do so. Schedule a meeting with the DON (Director of Nursing) ri . . .
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Jim, NY Finding Geriatric Care Manager
Question My 85 year old Mother had a stroke, and is at a Dutchess County, NY, Rehab facility currently and for perhaps another 30 days. It does not appear she will be able to return home as she will probably be too mobility limited. In order to help transition to . . .
Answer Hi Jim, Yes there is a national organization and I think an excellent idea to help with your situation. First let me explain that this group of professional have recently change their name to Aging Life Care Professionals to better reflect the services a . . .
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Dianna, TN Blaming the Caregiver
Question My husband has recently been in the hospital for 29 days total and is now having to file for disability due to increasing difficulties as a result of MS and the hospital stays. It seems as though he is blaming me for this situation and although he is gett . . .
Answer You have been in the throes of caregiving for a very long time and sounds as if you need to be taken care of yourself. Sadly you being the closest to him is the one person he unfairly focuses all his frustrations upon by venting and complaining. I can ima . . .
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Anne, PA Bed sores
Question My husband has a stubborn Bed Sore in the crack under the tailbone area. This makes securing the gauze impossible on one side. Is it OK to leave this area open? Also, what is the best cream or medicine to use on the sore itself? I have read it is necessar . . .
Answer This sacral coccyx are is a very common place for bed sores to develop due to the thin skin covering this bony prominence along with excess pressure sitting causes. The gauzes and creams are not likely to help this pressure sore if it is open and draining . . .
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