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Preparing Your End-Of-Life Wishes: Things You Didn't Know »

    There are many reasons why people fail to have their end-of-life wishes known. Often, the fear of having a conversation about such a heavy topic or being unsure of how to best communicate their wishes leads people to delay this kind of discussion. No matter the reason, preparing your end-of-life wishes doesn’t have to be a difficult or confusing experience. In order to help clarify the process, let’s take a look at three misconceptions about end-of-life planning. 1.    1. Misconception: ...  

Shedd Aquarium to Host Senior Days in September! »

Five senior days are scheduled throughout the month of September.   The full details from Shedd are below: Seniors will receive a complimentary Shedd Group Pass Plus admission, offering access to all exhibits, including Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, the Abbott Oceanarium, the Amphibians special exhibit and Stingray Touch experience.  Participants will also receive a timed ticket to Shedd's aquatic show, featuring dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions and more! Senior days a...  

I Think My Older Loved One is Being Unethically Treated - What Do I Do? »

  Making the decision to seek outside help when caring for an older loved one is a difficult choice. You know no one will take care of them as well as you can, yet sometimes both you and your older loved one are in need of an extra set of hands. But what happens when you suspect your older loved one’s nursing home or home care provider is treating them unethically? According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, there’s no precise way to determine how many older adults are abused, neglec...  

Three Unique Ways To Keep Persons with Dementia Comfortable And Content »

Caring for persons with dementia isn’t always a simple task. Caregivers must carefully balance the proper environment, activities and emotional needs of the individuals they are caring for to ensure they’re comfortable and content.   While every person with dementia will have a unique set of needs, the following tips will help caregivers provide a more considered, caring and comfortable lifestyle. 1. Be mindful of their comfort zone Putting persons with dementia outside of their comfort z...  

Ethics in Senior Care: 3 Resources »

        Medical care in any capacity comes with a host of ethical conundrums. But with older adults, ethical issues tend to arise more often, due to the frequency of illness and their potential inability to make medical decisions on their own. Additionally, if older adults don’t have the correct paperwork in place, such as an advance directive or a living will, there’s a greater chance that a family member or care provider will have to make difficult decisions on their behalf.  If you ...  

Determine if a Supportive or Assisted Living Home is the Right Fit »

Finding the right supportive or assisted living program for you or your loved one can be an overwhelming experience. With so many housing options to choose from, it’s difficult to know which one will be the best place to call home. In addition to learning about the basic features of each building (such as location, cleanliness, atmosphere, living spaces, food and friendliness of staff), there are some less obvious questions that will be helpful in determining the quality of care and life t...  

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Discharge Planning »

  For your older loved one, going home from the hospital after an injury or illness is likely to be a welcomed move. Recovering at home is typically much more comfortable than an extended hospital stay, but it can be challenging to facilitate a smooth transition. Often, when patients are discharged from the hospital, they’re not ready to resume full activities. Because of this, if their discharge care instructions are not followed carefully, they’re at risk for readmission, something we’r...  

What to Ask Doctors Before Leaving the Hospital »

  After being given the green light to bring your hospital stay to an end, you’ll likely be anxious to get out as quickly as possible (and we can’t blame you!). Unfortunately, leaving the hospital doesn’t mean you’re leaving the reason for your visit behind. Because most people don’t leave the hospital fully recovered, but instead good enough to continue the recovery process outside of the hospital, it’s important that you have a thorough understanding of your condition, how to care for y...  

Preparing your home for an older loved one after a hospital visit »

If your loved one is getting ready to return from a hospital stay, it’s important to prepare your home and yourself to ensure you can provide a safe and comfortable environment. Caring for an older adult in your home will certainly require some lifestyle changes, but it will likely require some modifications to your surroundings as well. Here are a few things you can do to get your home ready: General living areas Use a non-slip backing to securely hold throw rugs and runners in place ...  

The Discharge Planning Checklist for Family Members »

It’s such a relief when a loved one is able to end their hospital stay. With all of the stress that comes along with worrying about the wellbeing of your loved one, it’s easy to forget to properly plan for your family member’s discharge should they be transitioning into a rehabilitation program. With a bit of advanced planning, you can be confident that the transition from hospital to rehabilitation program is smooth and stress-free. Keep the following checklist handy so you don’t miss any s...  

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