Types of Elder Care in South Florida

a caregiver holding the hand of an elderly person

Aging parents and grandparents are unavoidable, but it doesn’t mean that it makes it any easier. It is often a stressful endeavor, primarily because people are unsure of where to begin. The world of elder care in South Florida is vast, and there are many avenues to choose from. How can you ensure that you’re choosing the right path for your loved one? Are they happy about the decisions you’re making? Is there a

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Superior Elder Services in South Florida: Help for Elderly Parents

Superior elder services are available in South Florida, but you have to know what the key factors are to consider before you begin to search for the best help for your elderly parents. The effects of aging are both physical and psychosocial, and there are some essential factors to think about regarding the welfare of our elderly South Florida relatives, especially when in home care is finally necessary. On a basic level, you need to know

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5 Traits of the Worst Nursing Homes

When vetting a home for a parent, look out for these red flags.

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How to Find Help Outside of a Nursing Home

You can no longer live on your own without the help of a caregiver, but you aren’t yet ready to surrender your independence to a nursing home.

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The Dirty Little Secret of Nursing Homes

This sounds like common sense: If you work in a nursing home, you wash your hands when you start your shift and again before you leave. You wash your hands (or, in some cases, use an alcohol-based antimicrobial) before and after any direct contact with residents. Before you help someone with tooth-brushing, bathing, eating or using the toilet. Before and after handling a catheter or taking a finger-stick blood sample or changing a dressing. Or

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Helping Your Parents Stay Out of the Nursing Home

Aging parents and their children sometimes disagree over the issues of safety versus independent living. Here are steps you can take to make your parents’ home safer.

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Continuing Care Communities: A Big Investment With Catches

Are you (or your aging parent) the kind of person who likes to plan for all contingencies? Then you might want to consider a continuing care retirement community–a development that usually includes independent apartments or town homes for spry seniors; assisted living units for those who need some help; plus a nursing home.

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End-Stage Alzheimer’s Patients Often Hospitalized Unnecessarily

Almost one in every five patients with advanced Alzheimer’s or other form of severe dementia will be shuttled from a nursing home to a hospital during their last few months of life, a new U.S. study shows.

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Push Underway to Cut Drugs for Dementia Patients

Antipsychotics are meant primarily to help control hallucinations, delusions and other abnormal behavior in people suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but they’re also given to hundreds of thousands of elderly nursing home patients in the U.S. to pacify aggressive and paranoid behavior related to dementia.

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South Florida Nursing Homes Squeezed by Medicare Cuts

The nation’s nursing homes are facing a $4 billion drop in annual payments from Medicare. The cuts affect reimbursement fees for what’s known as “post-acute care” for seniors at skilled nursing facilities.

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Alzheimer’s in the Family: A Personal Story

by Advocare

For the millions of Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s, and the millions more that are caregivers to those afflicted, there are infinite stories that affect each and every one of us deeply. Direct caregivers suffer the indignities right along with their loved ones on a daily basis. For family members who live far away, or children who are not always around the patient, the changes that have occurred with their elder and the

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5 Reasons You Need a Long-Term Care Plan

No one wants to think about needing long-term care in the future, but the odds are that 70% of those who are now 65 will need some type of care. Financial planning for such care needs to be discussed and planned for sooner rather than later, particularly if your desire is to receive care at home. The Geriatric Care Managers at Advocare can assist with all facets of elder care relating to home care, nursing

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How to Pick the Right Nursing Home

Coming to terms with having to place an aging loved one in a nursing facility is very difficult. Once the decision is made, the task of choosing a home can be overwhelming. Hire a Geriatric Care Manager to assist you with locating a safe nursing home, and to alleviate any fears you may have regarding the placement of your elderly loved one in such a home. If you are a long distance caregiver, a Geriatric

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Giving Alzheimer’s Patients Their Way

Research suggests that creating positive emotional experiences for Alzheimer’s patients diminishes distress and behavior problems.

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Scaling Down (Almost) Painlessly in South Florida

Moving an aging loved one to a smaller home can be hard on everyone involved.  I found this article on SeniorAdvice.com that has some good suggestions to help you.  Here is an excerpt below, to read the full article Click Here.

Moving to a smaller house or apartment in a retirement community almost always involves a certain degree of trauma, both for the elder who’s moving and for family members. However, by planning ahead you

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Senior Care Giver Services: When It Becomes Too Much in South Florida

I found this article and wanted to pass it along to you.  For more assistance with an aging loved one in the South Florida area visit our website at www.caremanage.com. 

By Gordon Petten Caring for an elderly family member can be overwhelming, especially if that family member is unable to live independently. There are many important decisions that must be made, some of which are revised on a daily basis. Caring for an elderly family

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Searching for Security in South Florida

For years, the primary selling point of continuing-care retirement communities has been security: the knowledge that a person or couple could settle—and remain—in a development, whatever the changes to their health.

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Your Elderly Parent in a South Florida Nursing Home Just Wants to Go Home

“I want to go home.” Nearly any person caring for an elder with dementia has heard this heartbreaking plea, even if the elder is home

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South Florida Elder Care Myths

Myths associated with selecting quality nursing home care suggest quick and easy ways to identify quality care. In fact, relying on these myths can lead to disastrous results. I have identified a few of the most common myths in hopes of helping you avoid some of the problems commonly found in many nursing homes.

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Setting Up Care for an Aging Parent in South Florida

Although there is some debate over the exact age range of the Baby Boom generation, the US Census Bureau identifies most Boomers as those who were born between the years 1956 to 1965. In any case, whether you were born within that time frame or fairly close to it, chances are you are beginning to deal with end-of-life issues regarding your elderly parents. Your many considerations run the gamut from the practical to the spiritual and everything in between. So, where do you begin?

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