My wife, Clare, has Alzheimer's disease and recently entered the "Reflections" unit for residents with dementia in an assisted living facility. Clare's transition from home to ALF was about as good as I could have hoped for. However, there are four steps that our ALF could have taken to make this transition much easier for both of us.
Younger people are more informed about long-term care financing and are more likely to be saving for their future needs than older Americans, according to a recent national survey.
Taking the time to learn a dementia resident's life story is an essential tool in managing behavior in a memory care unit, an expert said in July.
Adult day services can literally be a lifesaver to family caregivers living with seniors with dementia, according to new research.
I've written a lot about ageism. About how people don't value the contributions of seniors. About how long-term care residents are invisible and forgotten. About kids these days, and why they don't respect their elders. As raving tangents go, I'm generally not bullish on the prospects for societal culture change. But after recently traveling to Washington, D.C., with 10 World War II veterans and their 14 caregivers, I might have to reconsider.
Award-winning journalist and author Joan Lunden has learned a lot from dealing with her 94-year-old mother's housing and care. Also a physician's daughter, she recently passed along to me some excellent tips for long-term care professionals, which I now pass along to you.
Raise your hand if you've ever had a family that just didn't "get it" when dealing with the staff at your nursing home or long-term care facility. OK, everybody put their hand down now. It's time to learn why Marie Marley could be your next best friend.
How can long-term care providers make real improvements in the care delivered to those in need? It's important for providers to put participants and their families front and center, rather than focusing on care settings, providers and programs. That way, providers will have a full picture - not a siloed outlook - of each participant.
In all the tumult over the Time magazine expose of pervasive and obscene healthcare billing excesses, you might have missed the almost as exciting discovery that foot massages at work lower blood pressure and anxiety for dementia caregivers. At least one snippy McKnight's reader irately claims this isn't "real news." He or she definitely needs a lengthy foot rub, and possibly half a Xanax dissolved in a cup of chamomile tea.
Caregivers working with seniors who have dementia benefit from foot massages administered during their shifts, suggests new research.
New research shows that caregivers for non-institutionalized elderly consumers view them as "old" when they can't perform everyday consumption tasks on their own — not because of their age.
Here I am in my 40th year of long-term care. It is often said that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but that is not totally true. You can teach an old dog new tricks; it's just extremely difficult. In the case of this old dog, it took a near-death experience.
Seniors are generally receptive to the idea of caregiving robots, though they prefer assistance from humans for certain tasks, a new survey finds.
Looking for a cure for compassion fatigue? Try reminding your caregivers of the obvious — that their job is all about giving. Trust me, there is some science to this.
Dementia patients who were able to receive in-home treatment delayed nursing home admission, new research says.
Direct care workers, a group that includes nursing assistants, home health aides and personal care aides, are expected to comprise the United States' largest workforce by 2020, according to a new analysis.
Caregivers for low-income seniors and the disabled often live in poverty or near-poverty themselves, according to a new study.
Senior living operators should find more ways to market and discuss long-term care financing with baby boomers, a new survey suggests.
Government subsidies might help more low-wage workers remain in nursing homes, according to a researcher at the University of Illinois.
Almost 10 million adults over the age of 50 are becoming caregivers for their own parents, resulting in a loss of $3 trillion in wages, pension and Social Security benefits for time taken off from work, according to a new study.
Caregiver matching programs, which help elderly and disabled individuals manage their own home healthcare, are a good fit with various provisions of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, according to a new study.
People who develop Alzheimer's disease typically experience up to six years of accelerated mental decline before the disease presents itself, according to new research.
One-third of paid caregivers who work for clients who live in their own homes had difficulty reading and understanding health-related information and instructions. Furthermore, 60% of them made medication errors involving their clients, according to Northwestern University researchers, who say the study is the first of its kind.
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday said $68 million in grant money is available to help seniors, the disabled and their caregivers better understand options for long-term care.
Robot helpers for the elderly could be available in as little as three years, recent reports from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggest.
"If you should survive to 105, look at all you'll derive out of being alive," goes the Frank Sinatra tune. Now, research is backing up that sentiment, as scientists report that people who live longer tend to have a more optimistic view toward life.