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The internet is the favored method of checking backgrounds, except for the fact that many home-care workers come from foreign countries. There is a simple method. however, of checking them out. Have them apply for a so-called "certific...
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Over the years I have employed, at various times, for my own relatives and others, over 150 health care aides. It never occurred to me to ask if they were carrying anything for self-defense. One day a colt .38 tumbled out of the poc...
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Routine blood sticks are the most troubling part in the life of diabetic using injectable insulin. I posted this in the caregiver section because younger diabetics have the routine down fairly well. If your mom or dad develop diabete...
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Cancer Therapy: Can It Hurt Your Heart? Thursday Aug 01, 2013, 12:00PM - 01:00PM (EST) For one day only, doctors from the Cleveland Clinic Cardio-Oncology Center will participate in a live, online health chat to answer your persona...
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One overlooked problem with an elderly relative or friend is "what happens to packages delivered while they may be in a hospital for several weeks?" In the United States we have Federal Express, UPS and the Post Office as primary carrier...
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If you employ a health care aide or are caring for an elderly person (or child) and they have pain, use a magic marker to put a circle or x on the area of discomfort. Pain often is transient and disappears by the time they get to a physi...
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I visit several nursing homes and the people I visit enjoy me bringing them "clipped out" news articles on their favorite subjects. The problem is diminishing eyesight. So I now take the article, place it on my copy machine, select "e...
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My husband has epilepsy and depression and degenerative disk disease and PTSD and vertigo and sleep apnea. I'm exhausted as you can see. I don't work because I have to take care of him. Just us no kids. Tons of paperwork as everything is...
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If you have an elderly relative you look in on, I have a few suggestions regarding th kitchen. (1) An ordinary hacksaw with a metal cutting blade (not a wood cutting blade) can be used to safely replace knives. You can cut onions, sl...
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Please join us in welcoming Delusion as your new Community Leader! We look forward to working with Delusion and your entire community as it continues to grow! Best, Cheryl MH Community Mgr
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Hi, I live with my elderly parents (Mum 94 and Dad 86). It was my choice to move in with them. I have been in their home since Oct 2011. I make meals, and do housework. Mum has a personal support worker that comes 2 x a day. I ju...
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Why don't hospice feed they pas. through they vains in stead of letting them starve to death like they did my mama.
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Swallowing difficulties are common in the elderly. Especially stroke patients. There are various degrees of difficulty. Problems with swallowing pills is common. If swallowing is normal except for the inability to swallow pills first try...
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My dad who is 81 recently was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He went through 2 months of chemo/radiation and had surgery to remove the mass and had a colostomy. It has been 7 weeks since the surgery. He has started having trouble w...
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This week a problem came up with a 911 ambulance. In many cities there are both municipal ambulances and what are called "proprietary" ambulances, owned by individual hospitals. In general their mission is to bring all patients with good...
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So one of my husbands best friends was I'm a horrific motorcycle accident August 3rd. he broke both his legs has all kinds of issues has to have 24 hour supervision. here's the problem my husband is off at school right now I have two sma...
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my elderly grandmother has lung cancer and she has a 37.4 fever is that good or bad.
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A big issue with the elderly is to keep them "involved in the ongoing process". Craigslist routinely advertises for participants in so-called "focus groups" in the "etc." area. Some are age-restricted (under sixty) but before election ti...
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My 92 yr old father was started on Aricept the end of May, and was increased up to 10 mg aprox Jul 1st. In between that time he was taken to the ER for stomach pain, they think (?) it was kidney stones. many other problems with the kidne...
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Patients should not be taken out without a resilient wheelchair cushion. They don't come with the wheelchair and often are not ordered. A folded blanket is insufficient. Little bumps on the sidewalk transmit their energy to the spinal co...
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