How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

Many seniors receive therapy at home for various physical, occupational, speech or cognitive issues.  Are they ever “done”?  How much is “enough”? The answer to this question clearly varies from person-to-person, but the simplest answer comes from the recipient.  If...
A Surprising Key to Successful Aging: A Dog

A Surprising Key to Successful Aging: A Dog

When you consider the challenges of growing older, a variety of unhappy situations can come to mind.  Loneliness as we have less exposure to family and friends is one.  Less activity may lead to feeling less self-worth.  A life of responsibility becoming one of...
Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores) Represent Real Risk for Seniors

Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores) Represent Real Risk for Seniors

Pressure ulcers, more commonly called “bed sores”, represent a preventable and treatable issue for seniors, but caregivers must be vigilant to monitor for the potential of this malady.  Further, these wounds can happen in places other than beds.  They can...
Questions to ask before your parent leaves the hospital

Questions to ask before your parent leaves the hospital

The discharge procedure at a hospital is an established process.  Sometimes, however, the process is so routinized that patients and their families assume that they have been told everything they need to know.  On the hospital side, they may assume that patients and...
Your ‘Need-to-Know’ Book

Your ‘Need-to-Know’ Book

In a previous column we talked about the challenges of being a long-distance caregiver. The subject matter dealt with knowing as much as possible when the caregiver is not local. One key component that should be added to the list of things a long-distance caregiver...
Long Distance Caregiving

Long Distance Caregiving

Caregiving in-person can be physically exhausting.  Caregiving long distance can be mentally tortuous. When you are responsible for a loved one (or feel you should be) and you cannot see first-hand what the situation is, it can be very stressful. You may call and your...