Posts Tagged ‘ hospice ’

SENIORS ADJUST LIFESTYLES

Mar 15th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With physical and mental shifts in life conditions, adjusting lifestyles of everyone involved becomes necessary. When those conditions affect mobility, memory, capacity for doing ordinary tasks household activities become more likely to require adjustment. For some those adjustments require challenge and frustration. For others, it is more a matter of altering the routine of day to day living.

My wife and I, co-editors for SeniorCitizenJournal.com, are living in a new environment. Six months ago, we downsized and moved, bringing my 93 year old mother out of nursing home care (six years) and into our home. We knew our routines and lives would change. We did not anticipate all the specifics; no one can. She was accepted into Hospice within a month of our move and she continues to be cared for by that extraordinary organization. This blog post identifies some of the changes we recognize in our lives over these past six months.



RESPITE FOR SENIOR CARETAKERS

Jan 29th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you are a caretaker, i.e. caring for an elderly member of your family in your own home or theirs, one of the issues to be seriously addressed is planning for periodic respite for the caretaker. Those who take on the responsibility of caretaking cannot, should not, sustain a 24/7 caretaking role without breaks.

If you are fortunate enough to have some assistance during the week for the person who is being cared for, that is a welcome relief. The stress of regular caretaking is compounded by the demands and emotional energy required in caretaking. While caretakers are usually sensitive in their response to the variety of needs which emerge, the need for a day off or some time away is an essential part of a caretaking plan.



SENIORS: PREPARING TO SAY GOOD BYE

Dec 20th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The delivery of an oxygen tank, a walker and a hospital bed usually portends the coming of the end. It is often the sign of a battle well fought, but that energy and stamina are more and more depleted. The heart plays out. The disease takes control. The will to fight fades. The body has endured. And, now to make it day by day, certain aids and assistance are required.

Hospice, whether at home or in a specially equipped care center, is a word of comfort, but also of finality and sadness. It offers the presence of professional skills and sensitivities that have been honed to offer palliative care, necessary and appropriate measures to keep the dying loved one comfortable. It also gives support to family and friends who are going through the experience of imminent loss.



THE 4 CARES: ASSISTED, SKILLED, MEMORY, HOSPICE

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Progressive issues related to care needs prompt comparing the four cares available to seniors as their health issues require. If you are past 70, you likely have already had to consider one or the other or more of the four cares: assisted, skilled nursing, memory, or hospice.

Most of us, with aging parents have had to go through acquainting ourselves with beyond home care services. Eventually signs indicate the need for more attentive care for persons previously able to live alone and get along quite well.

It is the better part of wisdom to have anticipated this likelihood, to have done necessary homework, cooperatively, and to be ready for that visit to the physician when the recommendation is given for identifying the care need of choice.



Guest Editorial: Hospice, I Know Someone Who Went There

Jun 26th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Editor’s Note: SCJ invites Guest Articles and Editorials from time to time.  This is one contributed by Dave Shaw, a cousin of one of the Senior Editor’s.  Dave writes a weekly blog with a spiritual bent and is devoting his time and talents to others in retirement.  Giving back is just one way seniors can [...]



For Senior Women: Talking About Death

May 2nd, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

Dad wants to return to his roots to die.  He’s very adamant about it and extremely clear.  He wants to return to the state in which he was born and spent the first 50 years of his life.  The fact that he can even verbalize this feeling amazes me.  But I can attribute it to [...]