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Alzheimer’s Care Options: Be Proactive, Plan Ahead

Published: 04/10/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Alzheimer’s

Getting an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis is nothing short of devastating. Harder still is when a decision must be made about care, either because the caregiver can no longer manage things on his/her own, or because the physical ramifications of the disease necessitate hospitalization or specialized care.

You can read all the caregiving books, blogs and articles you want, or attend every last caregiving seminar and workshop offered, but you still might feel lost about what to do or where to turn in your new role as caregiver... especially when the Medicare, Medicaid, and other financial/legal paperwork starts flooding your mailbox.

Caregiving: Financial Issues & Options

Published: 04/11/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

“The average family caregiver for someone 50 years or older spends $5,531 per year on out of pocket caregiving expenses in 2007 which was more than 10% of the median income for a family caregiver that year.”

Warning Signs of Unsafe Driving

Published: 08/17/2011 by Senior Care Society in Challenging Topics

Sometimes unsafe signs can come up gradually, or a recent change in health may hasten problems. Even if the individual warning signs seem minor, together they can add up to a substantial risk. If you are concerned about your own driving or concerned about a friend or loved one, keep an eye out for these warning signs.

Senior Care Acronyms Every Caregiver Should Know

Published: 12/14/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

From “AAA” to “SNF,” the senior care arena is filled with acronyms that can make coordinating senior care feel like completing a New York Times crossword puzzle. To take some of the mystery out of senior care, here are some key acronyms every caregiver should know.

Finding a Nursing Home

Published: 01/22/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Nursing Homes

Making the decision to opt for a nursing home as a means to provide proper care for yourself or a loved one is a very important decision. A decision that should only be made after careful consideration and thoughtful discussion on the choice of selecting a nursing home as the means of providing the physical, emotional and medical care you or your loved one will be needing, but are no longer able to provide in your own home.

Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs

Published: 01/15/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Nursing Homes

Although the majority of nursing homes provide good quality care to their patients, nursing home abuse is shockingly common. Although there are no national figures to report at this time some experts attest that for every case of nursing home abuse that gets reported or detected approximately five more go unreported.

Preparing for a Senior Living Move

Published: 05/03/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Challenging Topics

You’ve done the heavy lifting in terms of decision-making and paperwork, but once you’ve chosen the right senior care community for an aging parent or loved one, the real work begins. The physical heavy-lifting -- and even the emotional transition for both the caregiver and the person moving -- is equally difficult.

What types of nursing home care are there?

Published: 09/18/2011 by Michelle Seitzer in Nursing Homes

If you have ever looked into finding a nursing home for your loved one, you can quickly become overwhelmed with all the options. You may ask yourself "What exactly is a nursing home?" and "What types of nursing home care are there?"

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Published: 02/07/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Alzheimer’s

When you receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease for yourself or a loved one your first best step will be to learn all that you can about the disease. At the Senior Care Society we understand that this is very unsettling news to receive, hence we have provided a series of articles here to help you get a better understanding of Alzheimer’s and how you can be as prepared as possible for managing it.