Elder Care

Introduction to Elder Care

One of the biggest decisions a family may have to make is to determine how to provide care for elderly parents or relatives (e.g. elders) when those elders are no longer able to live independently. Families resolve this complex and emotionally charged issue in a variety of ways. Some families find ways to provide elders with sufficient assistance such that they are able to safely remain in their own homes. Other families move their elders in with them so as to personally provide care. Still other families find that placing their elder into a care facility is the best solution for all involved.

Elder Care — In The News
Just Half of Nursing Home Staff Getting Flu Vaccine Feb 3, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Only about one in two U.S. nursing home workers gets an annual flu shot, a new study says. "Low staff vaccination rates put vulnerable populations at risk of contracting influenza," wrote the authors of the study in the February issue... Read More


Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes Nov 21, 2014

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly adults who live in nursing homes may commonly deal with aggressive or inappropriate behavior from fellow residents, a new study suggests. The study of 10 centers in New York state found that, in the space of just one month, nearly 20 percent... Read More


Health Tip: Make Home Safer for Alzheimer's Nov 19, 2014

(HealthDay News) -- People with Alzheimer's disease may wander or forget how to use household appliances such as a stove, making home a more dangerous place. The Alzheimer's Association discusses how to make home safer: Install Dutch doors or folding doors to limit access to areas such as the kitchen... Read More


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Weblog Entries
The Benefits Of Planning Ahead For Caregiving Dec 11, 2015

With just one phone call, Shelly’s life changed dramatically. She was told one evening that her 71-year-old father had suffered a massive stroke. As the oldest daughter, Shelly was the... Read More


Caring For Those With Vision And Hearing Impairments Apr 16, 2015

It’s easy to take our familiar tasks in life for granted. Most people think nothing of answering the phone, taking medication, watching television or preparing a meal. These are simple... Read More


Building A Caregiving Team Part II Feb 20, 2015

In part one, we discussed the need to “share the care” so that one person does not have to shoulder the burden of caring for a loved one. We... Read More