Inside Indiana Business has an article of note on employers and employees working together on elder care issues. Written by Theresa Bayt, MD, Vice President of Services - Quality and Chief Medicial Officer, My Health Care Manager, it is titled "Caregivers For Adults Require Care Too." The article begins:
Most nursing homes in the part of the United States where I live are very good. Some are better than others. Staffing problems can mean less than optimum care for any of them, at a given time. Still, I believe most are trying their best to deliver good care.
We had a nice turn-out for the chat and book signing yesterday at Barnes and Noble in Fargo. It’s always fun to talk with caregivers and share stories. As always, I learned as much from them as they did from me. I advised and encouraged. We all shared.
I’ve been thinking of our family’s past Thanksgivings. For a number of years, the grandparents on both sides were relatively healthy, and we’d have them over for Thanksgiving. They could climb the steps – sometimes with help – but they managed.
In the Novemeber 19, 2006 U.S. News &World Report posting you'll find an article by Deborah Kotz on the improvement in cooperation by employers when it comes to elder care.
Titled "Need Help? Ask Your Employer," Kotz tells of welcome news - that more employers are helping their employees with the daunting task of working full-time and caring for an elder's needs. The article begins:
As caregivers or seniors, we often end up doing a lot of paperwork. It’s confusing at best. Medicare is one of those areas. Now with Medicare D, it’s even more confusing.
USA TODAY published an Associated Press article title "Seniors and disabled can take another look at their drug coverage" that some of you may want to look at. It is now time to review Medicare D signups and see if the medications for your loved one (and/or you) are still covered or if a different plan is better. It's still confusing - but, yes it's time to take another look. You can read the USA TODAY article for more information.
Kathleen Fackelmann, of USA TODAY writes that "Family caregivers of Alzheimer's patients who received intensive counseling reduced their stress levels and delayed the need for nursing home care for their loved ones, a study reports today."
This only makes sense. When a caregiver learns more about the disease, and truly understands how to manage their loved one's illness, as well how to deal with their own stress, it's bound to help.Check out this excellent article.
Within four day’s time, Barbara A. Bernard’s mother was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and her father suffered a massive stroke.
I've been reading Bob Tell's excellent blog about his mother's dementia. Bob is an only child caregiver - so he has the best and worst of it when it comes to siblings. I enjoyed Bob's book and I enjoy his blog. One blog, titled "Why is Mom Doing This To Me?" really hit home. Check out Bob's blog and my comments at Dementia Diary.