Posts tagged "long-term care"

Village for Those with Dementia Shines with Dignity

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Perhaps it takes a village to care for a person with dementia too. Imagine a place where people with dementia could live with freedom yet safety; independence yet supervision; consistency amid inevitable change. Sound too good to be true? That’s because it only exists in... Read more »

“Drug ‘em Up” is No Way to Approach Dementia Care

Ever heard of “chemical restraints”? That’s the fancy term for the “drug ‘em up” culture that still exists in too many nursing homes today. It refers to nursing homes’ use of dangerous antipsychotic drugs as a way to control difficult behaviors displayed by people with dementia. What, you say? We still do that? Yep, we... Read more »

Community Care Programs in Illinois are Safe – For Now

I would guess that a slew of caregivers who read this blog know all too well the value of community-based care. If you’re not sure what that is, think of the home health care and adult day care services that have allowed your family member to live at home instead of move into a nursing... Read more »
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When It Comes to Long-Term Care Planning, We’re in Denial

As my husband and I readied ourselves for a 3-mile run this morning, we talked about summer goals. Replace the fence. Get that humongous dog we’ve been talking about for two years. Look into long-term care insurance. Did that last goal surprise you? It sounds really boring and tedious compared to the other two, doesn’t... Read more »

Chicago Psychiatrist Allegedly Prescribed Dangerous Drug to Thousands of Nursing Home Residents – Just for Kick(back)s

What? A case of fraud, kickbacks, and unethical behavior in Chicago? I’m shocked! Not really. But I am really disgusted. And pissed. I’m pissed because the victims in this alleged crime are Chicago’s very own nursing home residents – one of the most vulnerable populations in our community. You may have seen in the news... Read more »

Playgrounds for Elders: A Great Idea with a Horrible Name

Several years ago, I visited my great aunt who had recently moved into a nursing home. I was accompanied by my father and uncle, neither of which was very, um, enthusiastic about the potential indignities of long-term care. As we wound our way through the old hallways, we found we could walk through the dining... Read more »
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“Ruth & Erica” Doesn’t Hold Back About the Perils of Caregiving

I’m not really a YouTube junkie, so I was skeptical when I heard about a slick new caregiving series airing online. Yet “Ruth & Erica” has gotten my attention, and I plan to watch it in its entirety. Why? Because it’s painfully real. The show – created by Amy Lippman for the woman-centered WIGS channel... Read more »

How Much Will Elder Care Cost? A Useful Tool for Caregivers

If you are a fan of “all-things-numbers,” this post is for you. If you tingle at the sight of a spreadsheet, you may want to view this in a private room. You see, the MetLife 2011 Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs has been released, and it is chock-full of data about the cost of... Read more »

What My Grandma Taught Me about Dementia

My grandma would have turned 110 years old today. As a child, I remember her declaring her goal to live to 100, and we all were certain that this would happen. You see, Grandma was blessed with the determination of her German ancestry – a determination you did not question. But it was not meant... Read more »
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NPR Captures Complex Issues of Caregiving in “Family Matters”

I’ve said before in this blog that caregivers are the real experts regarding caregiving – not me. Caregivers are the only ones who can describe what anthropologists call the “lived experience” of caring for a family member or similar loved one, and they’re the only ones who can really paint for us the many complex... Read more »