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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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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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Lona, FL being paid for taking care of family member
Question Hello, My Mother recently had bi-pass surgery and shortly after has had 4 major falls, and then suffered a stroke. I am unable to work because I will be her full time home health provider, I was reading that it is possible to be paid to do so. I wondered . . .
Answer This is a popular question asked by family caregivers throughout the country. The National Family Caregiver Support Program was enacted 15 years ago to help families care for elderly loved ones at home. It calls for states in conjunction with Area Agencie . . .
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Wendy, NC Bed sore
Question How do you bath a person with a bed sore when it`s not dressed. What do I need to dress the sore properly. Pretty bad sore
Answer A bed bath or shower is acceptable with an undressed bedsore as water spraying on or getting into an open sore is not detrimental. Simple washing with soap and warm water is adequate for bedsores as they do not require sterile procedures like that of surg . . .
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Victoria, NY My mother
Question My mother is presently in the acute rehab section of Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY. She is 78 years old and has several issues, some of which are heart, lungs (COPD), and sleep apnea, (although it has not been "officially diagnosed as o . . .
Answer Hi Victoria,

I am sorry for your mother's extensive health problems but seems she is most fortunate to have your support. It is very unlikely that Medicare will provide any coverage for night time caregivers. CNAs (certified nurse assistant) ar . . .
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Diana, TX Caregiver
Question Hello Clare, my grandma became ill, got surgery, and then was diagnosed with cancer. I take her to her drs appointments as well as her chimotherapy and due to this I had to quit my job. Many relatives have advised me to seek the benefit of being her careg . . .
Answer Hi Diana,
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 their ar . . .
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stephanie, SC nursing for 84 yr old grandmother
Question My grandmother had a stroke in Oct. of 2012. She has been to several homes that were supposed to help her. She lives at home but needs full time care. Paralyzed on right side. How can I go about getting a nurse during the day for her? She has medicaid and . . .
Answer Nurses for in-home care usually provide skilled care such as complex wund care, IVs and such. She most likely needs a CNA (certified nurse assistant) to help her with daily activities. Medicare does not cover these costs but suggest finding a non-medical . . .
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Ann, KY Any options for nursing care
Question My brother in law is 60 years old, hasn`t worked for 7 months and is in the hospital with acites, respiratory problems all due to diabetes. He has no medical coverage, doesn`t own a home and has no savings. He is basically unable to take care of himself. . . .
Answer You may need to consult with social worker at hospital or local county social services dpet to ask for help re-applying for Medicaid right away. He is likely to qualify with very limited income and assets you mentioned i your note. He may then be able to . . .
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