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Amal, MN I want to start my own business for homecare agenc
Question Hello Clare My name is Amal, and I have been having a high interest on working with senior but I really don`t know where to start to persude my dream? please do help.... A e-mail would be great.
Answer Might start by signing up for a CNA program in your area such as at community college or local nursing homes often offer such. . . .
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Autumn, AL care for a disables alcoholic
Question Clare, I am writing you today in deperate search of an answer to our situation. My dad is 56 years old and is a non-functional alcoholic. He had totally replaced all nutrition with alcohol and can no longer get up by himself, walk by himself, go to the b . . .
Answer Try contacting your local social service/health dpet and ask if have any home care assitance programs that might be able to help. I’m sorry you have such a huge responsibility with your dads situation. . . .
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Tom, OK Disabled, confused and need help with information
Question Clare I`m 57 yr old male on SS disability due to physical and mental disabilities! I retired as a mental health professional so I do know a lot about Dementia and Alzheimer`s in which the mother I care for is exhibiting moderate to severe symptoms! Her ow . . .
Answer Try contacting your local health / social services dept to see if have any home care programs to assist as many counties do offer affordable caregivers. Also check to see if there are any adult daycare programs that could give you much needed relief for l . . .
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Mary, MN Open wound notification, fall notification
Question Hi Clare- I have a question about family notification. My mom is mid-stage Alzheimer`s, with vascular dementia. She remembers nothing more than 2 minutes ago. She currently lives in the memory care side of an assisted living facility. She is completely un . . .
Answer Start by making an appt with DON - Director of Nursing at this home to discuss your well-founded concerns. Expecting timely notification of incidents is not unreasonable however of bigger concern may be that these incidents are occurring. Accidents such a . . .
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Barbara, CT looking for a good facility
Question Hello. I am looking for a good care facility for my 73 year onld God father who is in declining health due to Alzheimer`s disease. He has been at him home with a home careworker, but has grown increasingly withdrawn, likes to sleep and is getting a bit "f . . .
Answer You might also check in to adult day care programs and keeping him at home if any avail in your area, Refer to this link http://www.carepathways.com/ADCx.cfm I would contact your state long-term care ombudsman for referral in your area for assisted livin . . .
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sandy, NJ long term care
Question My father is in a rehab/assisted living/longterm care/facility right now doing rehab. My sisters and I don`t believe he will be able to go back to the assisted living facility he has been at for the past 2 1/2 yrs. He is 88. We have him on the waiting lis . . .
Answer I suggest contacting your local Long-term care ombudsman as should be able to refer to some facilities that may be better suited to his needs. New Jersey William Isele State LTC Ombudsman Office of Ombudsman for Institutional Elderly P.O. Box 807 Tre . . .
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Dewey, CA Personal care, long term,
Question Hi, Clare I am 77 years old. I have had COPD since it was discovered in 1984. I probably had it before that. I quit drinking in 1979 and smoking in 1984. (I must just LOOK stupid); people ask me WHEN I quit smoking. Answer, when they said you got COPD. I . . .
Answer Check in to someassited living homes in your area as may find one that suits you and some are subsidized so may be able to get some finacial assitance if this is needed. I think you would find others with similar problems such as resp difficulties and an . . .
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Elaine, MD Nursing home vs assisied living
Question My mom is currently in a nursing home. She is borderline on needing skilled medical care according to the nursing home staff. She has congestive heart failure and renal failure. Is assisted living a good environment for her since the medical care doesn`t . . .
Answer Have her evaluated by an assisted living home in your area as expect will send out a nurse or can take her to them. It might be best to explore homes that offer assisted living as well as nursing home in your mother’s situation as her needs might ch . . .
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JOANN, NY MOM`S BEHAVIOR PROBLEM
Question MY MOM IS NOW LIVING AN AN ASSISTED LIVING CARE CENTER IN LONG ISLAND. MY THIRTY YEAR OLD BROTHER PAST AWAY THIRTEEN YEARS AGO. HE SUFFERED WITH MUSCULAR DYSTROPY AND MY MOM TOOK CARE OF HIM ALL OF HIS LIFE. SINCE HIS PASSING SHE HAS BEEN IN AND OUT OF PY . . .
Answer I’m sorry but don’t have the answers that you need. As for the guilt trip that is something I’m sure you realize that you have to come to grips with as it is obvious you are very kind and caring. I’m not sure based on what you are . . .
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Colleen, OR not wanting a bath
Question My mother is 81 years old and is in the last stages of alzhimers. She was the cleanest person I ever knew. We cannot get her to sit in the tub on a chair or in the tub itself. She will stand but will not let you spray her with water. She will hit you and . . .
Answer This is tough and a very common problem in Alzheimer’s patints due to a real fear that they develop of water. Refer to these links for some good tips that might help. http://www.alzheimers.org/careguide.htm#bathing and http://ombudsman.state.ny.us/ . . .
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