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Shriver report and March on Alzheimer's

Maria Shriver's new report on Alzheimer's and women highlight the emotional and financial toll that caregiving takes. Maria is being highlighted this week on many ABC programs. There will be a March on Alzheimer's in Long Beach, CA this week - sponsored by Shriver's Women's conferrence and the Alzheimer's Association.


Hiring Caregivers

Remember to fully check out caregivers before hiring them to work in your home. has a great article about this, and write us if you have questions.  Check out the agency, if they are licensed, bonded, insured and background checked.  Make a list of expectations, so everyone is on the same page.  Best not to have caregivers live-in over 4-5 days in a row or else they tend to "move in" and can take over an older person's home. Split the week between two caregivers on 24 hour...


Appreciating Home health aides

I am continually impressed with the level of caring and compassion of so many hired home health / companion caregivers.  They do work most people don’t want to do, and they don’t get paid very much for doing it.  I admire them.  I understand the importance of getting the very best match in a caregiver for my clients and am so appreciative when the caregiver treats my client as they would their own family.  It is because of good home health aids / caregivers that I can be at peace...


Government paying for assisted living

I wonder if the government will ever become aware that it is less expensive to pay to help people on Medicaid to stay in their own homes, or in an assisted living, rather than putting them in a nursing home.  It seems like, for most people, it would increase their quality of life and save the government money.


What about when I get older

I was wondering today, when I get older and need assistance, will I be willing to pay for it?  Will I stop driving if I, or others, feel I’m unsafe?  Will I want to install grab bars and a raised toilet seat in my bathroom?  When I work with older people who are at this stage, the adult children usually realize it is time to do these things, but the older person themselves deny they need assistance, and they definitely do not want to pay for it!   I wonder what the older person said they...

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