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Unnecessary blood draw and venipuncture remains a significant problem (less so than in previous years) in the super-elderly and very frail with a poor and limited supply of usable veins. If you are a caregiver, or have an elderly relativ...
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I just purchased several bicycle bells for three of my little friends to attach to their walkers and wheelchairs. It requires a Phillips screwdriver to do this. Each of them are very frail and have severe speech difficulties due to a str...
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Recently my uncle passed on. My grandmother (who is his sister, she is in her 90's) has minor dementia and I was informed if not told about this will loss her memory of it. I was also told she becomes emotionally distressed if reminde...
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Bathroom safety rails can be extremely dangerous when improperly installed. If you call your neighborhood "super" in the building or handyman the chances are they will be improperly installed. The tiled walls next to the tub vary in c...
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According to a new study from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, seniors work hard to keep their marriages alive and well, even after one spouse falls ill and goes into a long-term care facility. Community-dwelling spouses we...
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An alternative to a nursing home can be a CIL facility. Many people have never heard of them. They are independent non-profits sometimes, but not always affiliated with nursing homes. Some units are in apartment buildings, but others are...
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Large print communications are very helpful with near-blind elderly. I have a friend who is legally blind in a nursing home. I write her regularly with 30 point type on 11 X 14 paper from my laser-printer. I set the type font to BOLD...
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If you are responsible for caring for a loved one or have aides that assist in doing so, at the end of the month there will invariably be dozens of tiny receipts. To keep track of these I use an inexpensive marble school notebook. On eac...
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An aide or caregiver soon becomes almost a member of the family. You literally entrust the life of your loved ones with them. But the fact is virtually all of the agencies perform virtually no vetting. I have worked with four differen...
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Bleach is a common chemical that can cause death in a confined room. This almost happened with my little one when one of the aides knocked over a half-gallon container in the room. She had been mixing it with water in a bucket to clean t...
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Fire safety is extremely important. And providing that safety is more difficult than it may seem. The primary problem with elderly patients is mild dementia, lack of situational awareness, lack of judgement, the desire to "control", a...
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First of all, know the location of every hospital in the surrounding area. Know which ones are teaching hospitals, which ones are certified Trauma centers, and which one (if any) specializes in strokes. If the person you are caregiver fo...
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Copper (as well as silver) has prophyalactic anti-bacterial properties. Interestingly, copper and it's allows will curtail the highly contagious Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus, also known as MRSA. Changing building codes to ma...
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It is necessary to provide microwave instructions to health care aides, especially when they are taking care of the enfeebled, stroke-disabled or super elderly. I learned this from hard experience. Besides the instructions not to place m...
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A nice little gift for your favorite elderly senior is a silver spoon. Silver is bactricidal. That is to say, bacteria cannot replicate on silver. That is one of the reasons "silverware" was so valued. Many seniors, especially the stroke...
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Very elderly patients, especially those who are stroke disabled, have difficulty in getting food on their spoon. They get frustrated trying to get a heaping of food on the spoon. An ordinary dish does not provide a vertical surface with...
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My Mom (67) just had throat surgery Friday to remove a cancerous tumor. The surgeon removed a tonsil and a large portion of the back of her tongue. The surgery went smooth, but the recovery has not. She developed major congestion Sunday....
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The very elderly and stroke-disabled often have difficulty in using a ball-point pen or pencil. On one of my visits to a nursing home last week to help out a friend I brought her packages of "sharpies" in many colors, and a bristol-board...
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Help! 11 yr. old girl is upset her mother is traveling along w/her sister & their mother w/very sick terminal child to Disneyworld for X-Mas. This is sick child's only vacation/wish in yrs. It's all about her last "trip/wish/vacation." S...
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A common problem with caring for the elderly is a torn fingernail. I would think this would be a no-brainer, but a visiting nurse recently showed up at the home of a 100 year old I know, and instead of repairing the fingernail as I sugge...
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