I was speaking with a friend who had recently lost her mother. She was quite distraught over the fact that the facility where she lived as well as the EMT’s who attended to her during an emergency did not honor her mother’s DNRO (Do Not Resuscitate Order) that was part of her medical record. She […]
Most people have no clue about advance directives and what they are for. It is rare for anyone to be asked for a copy when they are sitting in a hospital room with a severely ill loved one. Usually, you are just asked your relationship to the patient and, if the answer is spouse, sibling, […]
Many families become overwhelmed, both physically and emotionally, with the care of a loved one diagnosed with a serious illness. Unfortunately, they do not know nor have they been told about palliative care. Palliative care is a personal, thoughtful and humane approach to care for patients who have been diagnosed with mid-to end-stage dementia or […]
One of the first questions we are asked when we receive a call for in-home caregiving services is “How much does it cost?” Many people are unaware that health insurance does not cover custodial in-home caregiving services except in very limited situations. That is why long-term care insurance can be an indispensable part of retirement […]
Recently, my husband had surgery and, as he was being prepared for discharge, we were inundated with information about post-surgical care options. I was amazed, bewildered and overwhelmed by the number of “care professionals” that visited his room and called to schedule a myriad of services. Just navigating through the options, people, services, as well […]
The stresses of elderly care can be managed by getting support and help, taking care of your personal health, and keeping the patient’s care organized. Experienced caregivers referred by Visiting Angels offer home care for your loved one, taking some of the burden off of the family responsibility.
In a perfect world, you would be able to take care of your aging parent in your home or theirs, relying only on family to help you. But the reality is that caring for an aging or ill parent is a full-time job that can take a toll on the caregiver; add to that the demands of raising a family, working, and other responsibilities, and chances are you’ll need a little assistance along the way.
As the number of seniors in the U.S. continues to grow—indeed, the first “Baby Boomers” turned 65 in 2011—so does the market for non-medical senior homecare. Chances are, you will at some point be looking for a caregiver for an elderly family member. Visiting Angels is one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical senior homecare.
When you think of your aging loved ones, what do you worry about most? Is it a heart attack or stroke cutting short their life, or perhaps cancer? While these illnesses are very real worries for everyone as they age, it may surprise you to discover that falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and 75 percent of these falls occur in the older adult population.
How would you react if you were sitting in the back seat, one of your parents were driving, and they became slightly confused when it came time to take an exit? Or if they brushed a curb while driving down the road?