Satisfying an Increasing Critical Need of the Aging Family: Geriatric Care Management

Today more than ever, families find themselves caring for aging loved ones, known today as the aging family. Many of these aging families are overwhelmed with trying to manage the care of an aging loved one along with duties in their own lives, work and family.  In their attempt to manage the care of aging loved ones, stress, anxiety and feeling of being overwhelmed can all lead to “caregiver burnout”, pre-mature placements or re-hospitalizations of

Not Just Grownups Who Have Stayed Awhile

“Kids are not just little adults!” If you work with a pediatrician for any length of time, you’re sure to hear them say something like this. Because childhood is the only time in life that you’re growing and developing, medical care in pediatrics is very different from other areas. Pediatricians are familiar with all of the special wrinkles in medical care for kids, and they have a tremendous “bag of tricks”, as any parent can

Why Choose Hospice?

Why choose hospice?  The word hospice often brings negative emotions like fear and failure and worries about the cost. Many families are not ready to let their family member go or they are angry that they do not have more time.  I experienced these emotions as my mother-in-law, Barbara, was struggling to breathe with her chronic condition of heart failure.  Her son was very adamant that if she got up and walked around with the

Five Benefits of Planning Ahead With The Personal Wishes Organizer

It is important to take care of your affairs and to get your house in order, not just for you, but for the ones you love.  Much like the health care advance directive (also known as a living will) that addresses a medical crisis, the Personal Wishes Organizer addresses one’s death; both provide the needed direction for emotional family members. The Personal Wishes Organizer simplifies the decision-making process during difficult times. Here are five benefits

Caring For Your Parents? 5 Things To Prepare Yourself For.

If your parents forced you to eat healthy foods when you were a kid, kept an eye on  your finances and wanted to know that you were safe, get ready for a “Freaky Friday”switcheroo. As parent and child age, the roles are often reversed. Before your mom or dad reaches “senior citizen” status, you need to be prepared for some changes. A study by Pew Research Center found that “the older people get, the younger

Are you a Veteran Are You a Surviving Spouse

Aid & Attendance was established in 1952 to provide financial assistance to wartime Veterans and or their surviving spouses who lack the funds necessary to pay for the care they require with routine activities of daily living. Those who served our country during the following wars (whether overseas or stateside) are eligible for a special payment to assist them with providing care for themselves, a spouse or surviving spouse:  WWII, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam