Your Caregiver’s Bill of Rights

In any situation where care is provided for a person’s physical or emotional needs, the caregiver may often feel overwhelmed and need help as well.

Tips for Taking Care of Prescriptions for Elderly

Are you helping to take care of an elderly person? Many older people must take several different prescription and nonprescription drugs every day. Because these drugs often are taken during different times of the day, it can become easy for an elderly person (or even a stressed younger person) to become confused about which medication to take at what time.

Baxter’s Death Brings Attention to Therapy Dogs

Baxter, the therapy dog, provided comfort to patients, and continues – after death – to provide inspiration.

Caregiving, Long Term Care Policy Proposal Discussions on Capitol Hill

“It’s more dangerous to be a home health aide than it is to be a coal miner.” Howard Gleckman, senior research associate at the Urban Institute, said that as he described the state of home health care in the U.S. at Genworth Financial’s Fourth Annual Long Term Care Symposium on Monday, September 14, in Washington, D.C.

Wishes Aren’t Just for Kids…

One day my father, in a fit of pique, stated, “Kids never ask their parents about their dreams.” I was floored…but, he was somewhat correct. On the other hand, parents often don’t share their dreams with their children, and sharing is what makes for closer connections. Now, however, I can meet my father head on if he ever ends up in an eldercare community or in hospice care – I can introduce him to Second Wind Dreams.

Government Web Sites on Aging

Are you afraid of getting older? Are you unsure about what opportunities might be available to your or your loved ones who also are aging? While many people seem to be distrustful of the government, the U.S. government has produced some insightful Web sites that deal with aging. These sites are listed below, along with information about what they offer to the aging discussion nationwide:

25 Top Hospice, Death Care and Eldercare Blogs

Are you seeking expert advice on how to work with an elderly parent? Do you want to find information about your own aging? Many experts, including lawyers, hospice nurses and nursing home advocates, have taken to the Web to offer their advice and knowledge through the following up-to-date blogs. Their information may be what you need to answer your questions about aging, deathcare and eldercare.

The Best Place for Hospice Training

Do you care about people, especially those individuals who are terminally ill? This type of care requires a special affinity for understanding and some psychological training. While many social workers and psychologists may be called to caring for hospice patients, others may not have the college degree that seems necessary for this job. You may be surprised to learn that many hospice workers are volunteers who may not have a college degree, and the only requirement is registration for local classes or training.

In-Home Care vs. Nursing Home

If you’re planning your retirement, you might note that not every older American ends up in a nursing home or a retirement residence. Many elders continue to live at home with the assistance of in-home care. This type of elder retirement meets the needs of the retiree and – often – the needs of that retiree’s family. This type of care helps to maintain independence and can helpfully delay the need to enter an assisted-living facility.

New Reports: Caregivers, Doctors and Patients on Dying

Nearly two-thirds of Americans [PDF] believe the law should empower terminally-ill, competent patients to choose how they will end their lives. Yet, the AMA’s (American Medical Association) outspoken opposition to aid in dying has been cited by the Supreme Court and influences lower courts, state medical societies, and most important, legislatures.

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