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California low grade for long-term services for elderly and disabled California low grade for long-term services for elderly and disabled

According to a story in the Ventura County Star, California has been ranked 15th... 

Dehydration a concern for both caregiver and aging and ill patients Dehydration a concern for both caregiver and aging and ill patients

Dehydration manifests itself similar to many diseases. As people age, they are more... 

Modular cottages for caregiver’s backyard Modular cottages for caregiver’s backyard

I know people always ask me if I will move to my mom’s house if she ever needs... 

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Caregiver postage stamp petition Caregiver postage stamp petition

The Future of Aging Blog has done a great job of highlighting the push by the National... 

Swapping roles with your parents Swapping roles with your parents

I recently had a discussion with a baby boomer (mid 50′s), like me, who was... 

Rite Aid has video on caring for aging parents Rite Aid has video on caring for aging parents

Rite Aid has a video-based education center that puts elder care information and... 

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Potential reduction in Hospice reimbursement Potential reduction in Hospice reimbursement

There is a possibility that Medicare will phase out an annual adjustment to the Hospice wage index in the next 3 years. I know that many of you have been blessed to receive services from Hospice. Read the response of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to the Bush Administration’s proposal to reduce funds to Hospice Centers all... [Read more of this review]

Baby boomers our actions will affect our loved ones Baby boomers our actions will affect our loved ones

My 80 year old father had a heart attack last Saturday. He had angioplasty and then acted as though nothing happened. It was like he had some illness and it got cured. He is overweight, fairly immobile from lack of exercise, overeating, and he does not seem to get it. It is not so much that he does not get that he could have died. What bothers me is... [Read more of this review]

Knowledge of hospice Knowledge of hospice

My neighbor’s father died last week. He never came home from his last trip to the hopital. He went to a home and then was taken back to the hospital to be put on morphine for his last few days. Mike had kept him at home for as long as he could. His father told him to keep him at home until his death. But it was too hard not to call the ambulance... [Read more of this review]

Joys of caregiving Joys of caregiving

I knew I was losing my professor position when my aunt told me that she was diagnosed with cancer again. She had just lost her husband after he did not recover from a surgery a few weeks before she found out. There was no thought about how I was going to get back and forth between CA and WA. My life had revolved around teaching and my dogs. I never... [Read more of this review]

Tax time for caregivers Tax time for caregivers

I was working on my taxes last week. As I was going over all of my expenses, I realized I spent thousands of dollars on gas, food, and necessities while caring for my aunt. It made me think about family members who care for someone for longer than 8 months. I asked my tax person if people can deduct those costs. I know my cousin also spent a good deal... [Read more of this review]

Discussion with neighbor caring for elderly father Discussion with neighbor caring for elderly father

Two days ago the paramedics came and took my neighbor’s father to the hospital. I don’t know exactly how long he has been caring for him in his home. But I know it has been at least for 4 years. I know he has a professional caregiver, Mary, come 5 days a week. She stops and talks to me on her way to the bus stop while I am doing my gardening.... [Read more of this review]

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