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  • New Online Caregiving Resource for Family and Professional Caregivers

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      Caregivers benefit from practical and useful information. How often does a search for caregiving information on the internet result in landing on a website that presents information by definition but offers little practical application or direction?  Caregiving is an unexpected role.  Family caregivers are often overwhelmed and frustrated …

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  • Medicare Doesn’t Pay

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    Family caregivers are often shocked to learn that Medicare does not pay for the type of care most beneficial to family members who need care and support to remain at home.  Medicare A and B pay for hospitalizations, rehabilitation in nursing homes, medical care and …

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  • Ethics: The Thin Line Between Professionalism and Friendship

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    The headline of an article, this week in the Denver Post, read “Star’s doctors were also his friends”.  AEG, the company being sued by Michael Jackson’s mother, contends that it was Michael’s choice to establish personal relationships with his physicians that eventually led to his …

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  • Caregiving: The Vanishing Act

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    A local Denver area nursing home was recently cited for a number of issues including staffing and regulatory issues, allegations of sexual assault and wrongful death.  Records at the nursing home revealed high staff turnover and low quality ratings.  A recent expose of a large assisted living community indicated similar concerns …

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  • Caregiving: What Assisted Living & Care Communities Don’t Tell Families

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    Assisted living communities and nursing homes provide care for a large number of older adults, short or long term.  What guarantees exist that the care provided will be ethical, dignified, respectful and of a quality to ensure good care?  Most assisted living communities operate under ”minimum standard of care” …

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  • Too Busy To Care

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    How many of us find ourselves too busy to really care?  I recently helped a client identify a care community for a loved one who experienced a long list of health complications.  This was a rather long journey of identifying communities, having assessments completed and …

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  • Protecting Your Virtual Life

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    My niece recently posted questionable information on the internet that appeared on my Facebook page because we were friends; after reading the content I immediately and secretly “un-friended” her.  I didn’t want the information in her post to appear on my page with readers assuming I approved …

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  • Long Term Care Neglects Morning Resident Care

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    If you have a loved one who is a resident of a long term care community does it seem that morning care including getting out of bed, appropriate hygiene, tooth brushing, toileting and dressing is hit or miss?  If this is your experience you may …

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  • Caregiver Stress and Burden: Becoming Your Own Worst Nightmare

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    Caregivers are happy, energetic, helpful people ready to jump in to lend a helping hand.  Caregivers are individuals who find it impossible to say no and who refuse to manage their schedules but instead allow schedules, requests and demands to manage them.  It’s this inability …

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  • Caregiver Isolation

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    Caregivers deserve kindness, support and empathy.  That’s often the opposite of a caregivers daily experience.  The general public isn’t drawn to sad, unexpected or unpleasant events in life.  Sad events happen only to other people:  a diagnosis of cancer, the death of a parent or loved one, an injury from …

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