The Benefits of Hiring a Geriatric Care Manager

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Family caregivers often overlook the benefits and peace of mind that a geriatric care manager can provide. Caregivers may feel that they know how to care for their loved one in the best way possible. But very few caregivers can manage caring for themselves, their families and elderly loved ones without feeling anxious and overwhelmed at times.

A geriatric care manager is trained and experienced in any of several fields related to long-term care including: nursing, gerontology, social work, psychology, or case management, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care.

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Choosing the Right Nursing Home

Choosing the Right Nursing Home

Choosing the Right Nursing Home

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is difficult enough, but families also need to decide which one is the best choice. There are so many options, so how do you know which one is right?

Nursing homes provide 24-hours patient care, home-like environment, ensure proper nutrition and have skilled nurses. What else needs to be considered in choosing the right place? What steps should you take in selecting one for your loved one?

Make a checklist and get every question answered before selecting which home you believe is best.

1. Do Your Research: The first step in selecting a nursing home is to seek referrals. Talk with your doctor, long-term care professionals, hospital discharge planners, social workers and friends and family. Speaking with them can help you clarify issues and focus on your needs. Makes sure that the patient and members of the family are all involved in the decision-making process. Continue Reading Choosing the Right Nursing Home

Tips for Safe Summer Travel

Are you thinking about traveling this summer?  Senior citizens love to travel over the summer. It is important to keep health and travel safety concerns at the forefront. It can ensure a safe, fun, and problem free trip. Here are some tips to ensure safe travel:

To keep yourself healthy while traveling, follow these tips:

  • Pay attention to the heat and stay hydrated. The easiest way to stay cool and comfortable is to drink 6-8 glasses a day. Don’t wait till you are thirsty…drink throughout the day even if you aren’t thirsty.
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Things to consider before getting long-term care insurance

As the population gets older, it seems that more companies are offering long term care insurance for seniors.  Yet, is it really necessary? There are many assumptions around long term care insurance, specifically that you or a loved one will one day become sick enough to need the kind of care, such as assisted living or nursing home, that long term care insurance provides.

Yet, many experts agree that unless you have substantial assets, long-term care insurance is a must.  After all, Medicare and health insurance do not cover the long term custodial care (i.e. assistance with activities of daily living) that most seniors need after a serious illness. According to an article on Forbes.com, there are things to consider before signing up for long-term care insurance, since not all companies offering long-term care insurance are created equal.

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