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A Day for Both of You – It’s Called Respite

March 10, 2017 — Your spouse has memory difficulties. It may be Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. You just know that you need some time for yourself. You feel “attached at the hip” and are feeling burdened, tired, and angry. There is little he can do on his own. What can you do? Hire someone to come... Read More

How to Choose Help When It’s Time

March 10, 2017 — Driving home after visiting her mother, Lisa knew if her mother was to continuing to live by herself, she would need some help. Fiercely independent all of her life, she’ll say she’s “just fine” but now at 82 she could see a difference. Lisa wants to honor her mother’s wishes to stay at home but... Read More

What are Our Options for Placement?

March 10, 2017 — As important as it is to plan ahead for the need for long-term care, things often don’t happen that way. An older adult falls and breaks a hip or has a stroke, and in an instance, their life is changed forever. Suddenly family members are frantically searching for senior care services available in their area... Read More

What You Know, What You Don’t

February 10, 2017 — Bert made the phone call after copying down the 800 # shown during the commercial. He was worried about his mother since his father’s death and this might be the answer. She was elderly and lived in the family home several miles out of town. Plus…they said “No cost, no obligation.” They could help with... Read More

Advice for Adult Children

February 10, 2017 — My father recently died and my mother now lives alone. She wants to stay in her own home where my parents have lived for many years. My siblings and I don’t live near and we don’t think Mom should be allowed to stay in the family home. We have to make a decision before we... Read More

Looking for Help in all the Right and Wrong Places

February 10, 2017 — Linda got a telephone call late one night from her father. The call worried her because her Dad seldom called and this time, he was calling because her mother was in the hospital once again. Her Dad reminded her forcefully that they weren’t moving. They wanted to continue living at home but Linda knew they... Read More

Would a Family Meeting Help?

January 12, 2017 — As older family members develop serious health issues that challenge their ability to remain independent, families often struggle with how to talk about it. The adult children worry about the parents. The older parents recognize their ill health, want to remain in charge of their lives but may not want to burden their children with... Read More

Avoiding a Crisis: How to Start the Conversation

January 12, 2017 — It is Monday and Mary is at work ready to start her day. As she is settling in, her office line rings and it is Peggy, her mom’s neighbor next door. Peggy is concerned about Mary’s mom because she stopped by for a visit this morning and noticed several issues. Mary’s mom appeared un-showered, mail... Read More

Ask a Care Manager: Do I Have to Stay in a Nursing Home?

December 13, 2016 — I broke my hip several months ago and was sent to a skilled nursing facility (snf) for rehabilitation. I have been receiving physical therapy (P/T) and occupational therapy (O/T) several times a week and am improving. My family says I need to stay here but I want to go home. What should I do? When... Read More

The Importance of Knowing What’s Out There

December 13, 2016 — Susan’s mother was in the hospital and the doctor said she couldn’t go home by herself. Susan knew there had to be community resources to help but she wasn’t sure what they were or how they could help. Sadly enough, she had little time to look for help either. The hospital was saying discharge was... Read More