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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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darlene, MD skilled care facilities
Question I am looking for a skilled care facility for my mother for after her hip replacement. Is there a way to find a ranking for the top facilities in my area - according to this particular need. Thanks
Answer We have a great Nursing Home Inspector tool that ranks the skilled nursing homes in your area of choice. Click here http://www.carepathways.com/nhx.cfm (NOTE skilled care facilities and nursing homes are essentially the same.) . . .
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Raye, MD talking with aging parents
Question I have a dear friend who has cared for her aging mother for close to 15 years in her home. The mother is 88, and continues to put terrible guilt trips on my friend everytime she brings the subject up of relocating to a facilty. I have gone thru the ups an . . .
Answer She is fortunate to have a dear friend that expresses such concern. I wrote a couple of articles along this subject not long ago that may offer some tips. http://www.carepathways.com/cto3.cfm http://www.carepathways.com/cto12.cfm . . .
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Sandra, NJ Bed Sore
Question My mother has a bed sore she is in pain The dr gave medication and I just bought a sheep skin cover for the chair My question is will the bed sore heal is there anthing else I can do. Sandra
Answer Yes, Ask her doctor about actually treating this bedsore as many options available. Also consider using other forms of pressure relief and read this article for some tips. http://www.carepathways.com/cto15.cfmBedSores... Persistent Attention is Key to Hea . . .
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Martha, FL finding a nursing home
Question My 94 year old uncle was widowed within the past year. He has been living alone with help coming in 4 hours a day. He suffers from prostate cancer and has catheter. He recently told me that he wants to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility. . . .
Answer I might start by using our Nursing Home inspector tool to do some preliminary research as can help narrow the search down to a few homes with history of better inspection reports. . . .
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miriam, NJ Long Term Care training
Question Where can I get certification for a course as a Nurse`s Aid. Or As a Long Term care Specialist.I live in North Brunswick, NJ. Thank you, Sincerely
Answer Contact local community colleges or even nursing homes as many offer these courses. . . .
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