Tinnitus: Ringing in the ears

May 22, 2023 — Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears. But it can also be more of a clicking sound, a humming sound, or buzzing, hissing, or roaring. Ninety percent of people with the condition also have hearing loss. Tinnitus is not a disease. Instead, it is thought to be the brain’s response to a... Read More

Moving to memory care

May 15, 2023 — Once you decide memory care is the wisest path, the next step is choosing a facility and creating a smooth moving day. Many memory care communities have a “move-in coordinator” or other family liaison. Rely on this professional for guidance. Ease the change with these tips: Involve your loved one in the choice of facility.... Read More

Lessons from the seriously ill

May 8, 2023 — A long-time hospice nurse—someone deeply committed to caring for the seriously ill—created this list of the top five deathbed regrets she frequently observed in her patients. She vowed to take these lessons to heart. Do any of these ring true for you? I wish I had lived MY life, not the life others expected of... Read More

The care plan and meeting

May 1, 2023 — If your loved one is admitted to a skilled nursing facility, Medicare requires the staff develop an initial, personalized care plan within the first 48 hours. This describes who should be doing what. Then, within the first 14 days, the staff must assemble a comprehensive assessment, which must include your loved one’s needs and strengths.... Read More

Do you strive for perfection?

April 24, 2023 — It’s important to do the best you can when caring for a loved one. But aiming for perfection can bring on problems. For yourself, in terms of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. And for your relative and other family members, who may feel burdened by living under the stress of constant measurement and judgment. A... Read More

Pillbox 2.0

April 17, 2023 — For many people, a pillbox is just the ticket. But as we age, we may take more medicines. Filling the box requires more concentration. Remembering to take the meds can become more challenging. Many families turn to technology to help an aging loved one. There are two tech strategies: Reminders issued by a phone, and... Read More

Gather important documents

April 10, 2023 — If you are the person most likely to step in if your loved one is unable to get to the bills—a hospitalization, dementia—you need to get oriented. And organized! It’s easy to lose track of paperwork, especially someone else’s. Professionals recommend gathering important documents in a file or binder for safekeeping. Put that in a... Read More

Calling a family meeting

April 3, 2023 — Family meetings won’t cure old hurts or solve every current problem. But if they nurture teamwork, they can provide a solid foundation for the continued well-being of the person in need of care. Creative solutions often emerge at family meetings, and the burdens of caregiving get redistributed in a more balanced fashion. Tips for successful... Read More