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Louise, AL remote monitors, are they practical?
Question MY mom is 77 years old. She can still ambulate, but she lives alone. She is walking slower and uses a cane when we insist. Will not use it if we don`t DEMANDS she use it. She insist on going back to her house when we keep her overnight. She is a non compl . . .
Answer They can be of help for personal safety reasons and to offer some piece of mind. . . .
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Yvonne, MD Starting Nursing Home Placement Process
Question My sister and I wanted to maintain our mom in her own home setting.Now 94,(until recently a young 90ish woman)though blind,we are unable to get 24 hours care at home. She is receiving 12 hrs/7days. For her safety she will need nursing home care.She only h . . .
Answer I would start researching possible options using our Nursing Home Inspector tool (see home page on our website)which includes ONLY Medicare/Medicaid homes. Use this tool to narrow down your choices specifically in Queens area and then can make a few visit . . .
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Kathryn, NH nursing home bed vacancy search
Question Do you know of any services, besides Facility Match (carepathways.com) that can find an available bed? We have just 30 days to find a nursing home for my 90-year-old father-in-law, who is totally bed-ridden but who does not take any meds and does not requ . . .
Answer Yes, Use Carepathways.com Nursing Home Inspector tool to narrow search down to a few then contact for bed availability. Then once determine vacancy can make a few visits. . . .
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Jeanette, OH Nursing staff
Question My father is 83 and has been in a nursing home since Nov. 2002. He has mild parkinsons, depression with a tendency to bipolar. He has frequent episodes of falling due to dizziness sometimes attributed to hypotension. He requires close supervision when up . . .
Answer It might be time to schedule a meeting with the DON to voice your concerns and get everything out in the open. Another option is to contact your local onbudsman who has the specific role to act on the behalf of nursing home residents which you can look up . . .
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Michele, UT Taking care of an ailing out-of-state relative
Question Clare, My aunt who lives in Baltimore, Maryland is in very ill health--significantly underweight, on oxygen, suffers from extreme abdomenal pain to name a few concerns. She is not eating properly and not able to leave her house. It is necessary to move h . . .
Answer I suggest hiring a Geriatru=ic care Manger who will llok out for your aunt and family best interests. She is a professional who acts on your behalf to explore the best care options. Check this site http://www.caremanager.org/ which is National Care Manage . . .
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gary, WA what sources
Question i have a brother that is diabetic and suffering from mental retardation from contraction of measles as an infant..he is 45, and as time passes its apprent he cant take care of himself.. i needto knowwhat my best options as far as what kind of assisted car . . .
Answer I would start by contacting your state agency in WA and they should be able to direct you. Division of Developmental Disabilities Health & Rehabilitative Services Department of Social & Health Services PO Box 45310 Olympia, WA 98504-5310 Tel: 360·902·844 . . .
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Janet, NY nursing care at home after stay at rehab facility
Question My 86-year old mother, who broke her hip and arm, is being discharged and sent home because she cannot meet rehab goals for her hip since she still cannot bear weight on her slow-healing arm. So... Since she can only walk with the help of an aide, what so . . .
Answer I would arrange for some home health care assistance that might include a nurse, aide and possibly physical therapist. Ask the discharge planner or if not helpful ask her Doctor to order an evaluation by Home Health. Then at least the nurse will come out . . .
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Benjamin, AZ Want to help
Question I was wondering if you could tell me one thing that lacks with regards to long-term care? What isn`t a resource that should be? I really want to help in supplying assisted care facilities with supplies that are needed in your profession.
Answer Humm...I guess there are many. A few that come to mind are laisons between residents of Assisted Living and their families, help with completing complicated medical insurance forms, visitors to lonely residents with no family nearby, help making Dr appts, . . .
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Carl, SC Safty issues for bed ridden mother
Question Clare My mother appears to be headded for a bed ridden future. One of the first things that comes to mind is her safty. She lives in a mobile home and I have a concern about fires, hurricanes and other events that would normally cause a person to quickly . . .
Answer I might contact the local social service dept in her area to make a home safety assessment. Also might check with local Area Agency on Aging. http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/agingsites/sc.html . . .
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K, CA senior advocate career question
Question After a horrible experience with a relative in a California care facility I am interested in becoming a senior advocate or employee of the regulatory agencies that do the checks on the nursing homes in CA. Unfortunately my county, Alameda, has several sen . . .
Answer I would check with the dept who actually manges these inspections to inquire about employment requirements. Licensing and Certification Division California Department of Health Services PO Box 942732, 1800 3rd Street, Suite 210 Sacramento, California 9 . . .
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