Choosing a Nursing Home

If you are thinking about a nursing home for yourself or for a loved one, you might realize that this choice is both difficult and painful.

Symptom Relief for Terminal Illness

Remember to rely on a trained hospice worker, a trusted nurse or a doctor for specific directions for your ‘patient’ before you take extreme measures.

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.

Your Patient Responsibilities

In a previous post, we talked about patient rights. But, what are your responsibilities as a patient?

Your Patient Rights

Have you had a surgery recently in a hospital or a clinic? Did you receive a paper that stated your rights as a patient before your surgery? Patient rights vary from state to state, so you may or may not receive information about your rights (or responsibilities) as a patient. For instance, if you live in Tennessee, you may receive notice that a facility will not honor DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) orders, but that they may honor a healthcare power of attorney.

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.

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.

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.