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Below are previously submitted questions answered by Clare. They are sorted by date with the most recent first. There are many pages of Q&As so feel free to browse through them or use the search box above to find a specific topic.


Lynn, NY nutrition
Question Hello Clare, My next door neighbor is an 89 year old lady who lives alone. Her family is over 45 minutes away and they only visit once a week. I have been giving this lady dinner every night for the past 4 years. I also lay out her medication each day. S . . .
Answer Hi Lynn,
It sounds as if you are a guardian angel to your neighbor. Bringing her over meals you have prepared is very kind. I'm sure you are trying your best ot offer a well balance meal with protein, vegetables and fruits . Ask the family if they mi . . .
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Jess, UT Long Term Care of a Mother
Question My mother-in-law is young (55) and has lived with MS for the last 30 years. She has been confined to a wheelchair for the last 16 years. To make a long story short, she is currently in rehab at a Nursing Facility but long term arrangements will need to be . . .
Answer This is a personal decision however many family caregivers find this to be a viable option. It may be good idea to make arrangements to supplement family caregiving with outside help through a homecare agency or private assistance. This serves to give nee . . .
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Christian, GA Caring for Dad with no help from my sister
Question My dad had a stroke about 10 years ago. He has partial left side paralisis. To make a long story short my sister has done little to help. And now she has taken a job in Key West Florida. Is there any smart way to tell her she should do a little more? or a . . .
Answer You are not alone with this problem among siblings caring for older parents. Often it might be easiest to simply delegate specfic jobs for your sister to do long distance if she does move away such as bill paying and record keeping if feel she is responsi . . .
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Raymond, WI Family Problems
Question What Should I do If I am the only 1 caring for my dad and my other Brothers (4) Refuse to help?
Answer Read my article on "Caring for Mom and Dad is a Family Affair" for some tips and ideas. This is a challenge that many families encounter when parents age and have health needs. If at all possible try to get the group together to discuss situation. Identif . . .
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teri, NC employment
Question i was convited of a felony in 2002 now my ex husband is in need full time care his doctor said if it was not for my son and i he would have to be put in a nursing home his doctor told me to check and see if i could get a job as a caregiver for him
Answer Read article that details" Getting Paid to Work as Family caregiver" that is on our site with other articles. http://www.carepathways.com/cto7.cfm . . .
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