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To Have and to Hold On: Caregiver’s Memoir of Keeping Husband at Home

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on May 30, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Book of the Month: June 2015

Our June book is a diary-style account of a man with Parkinson’s disease, and the spouse determined to care for him at home for as long as possible.The majority of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but honoring this request can be difficult. Some progressive diseases require extraordinary amounts of hands-on care, which may grow to be more than a patient’s caregivers can provide. This doesn’t stop people from doing all they can to keep their loved one safe at home, and close at hand, for as long as possible. In fact, this conviction is the basis of our book selection for June.

Author Susan Allen Toth was doing less writing and more caregiving for her husband, James, as his Parkinson’s disease progressed and related dementia began to develop. She tried to turn to books for guidance — books on his disease, books on caregiving — but the ones she found seemed to be written after the fact, in wistful hindsight. None of them spoke to her in-the-moment exhaustion and feelings of frustration, guilt, and loathing of tasks as inane as teeth brushing. So she decided to write that book herself, warts and all.

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Topics: Private Duty Care, Hospice, Dementia, Parkinson's Disease, Caregiving, Recommended Reading

With Scrutiny of U.S. Elder Care, an Author’s Call for ‘Dignity’

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Feb 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Book of the Month: March 2015

Our book for March is a thorough assessment of elder care on a policy, provider, and personal level that also makes a vigorous case for change.As the American lifespan continues to extend longer than ever, our oldest demographics — currently at their largest numbers in history — are projected to keep growing exponentially. The consequent expansion of geriatric medical needs is already putting pressures on our current health care system, yet the reality for many seniors and caregivers is of mounting out-of-pocket expenses and specific care needs that may not be met because of availability or cost. In our book of the month for March, activist, labor organizer, and recent MacArthur Fellowship grant recipient Ai-jen Poo conducts a thorough assessment of elder care on a policy, provider, and personal level, and makes a vigorous case for change.

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Topics: Private Duty Care, Home Health Care, Aging In Place, Recommended Reading

Finding In-Home Health Care for Seniors in Michigan and Illinois

Posted by Dreu Adams on Oct 21, 2014 11:18:00 AM

general-blog-HEADER-finding-in-home-health-care-michigan-illinois-1401021If you are considering in-home health care in Michigan or Illinois, there are a number of factors to take into account. From figuring out just the right type of in-home care that your loved one needs to weighing the differences between private duty care and skilled nursing or home health care, here are some things for you to think about:

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Topics: Private Duty Care, Home Health Care

Differences between Home Health Care and Private Duty Care

Posted by Dreu Adams on Jan 17, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Identifying the Home Care Help You Need

home-health-care-vs-private-duty-careThe enormous pressures of caring for your loved one while simultaneously managing the demands of a full-time job are challenges that nearly 42 million Americans face daily.1 If you’re a caregiver, you may eventually find yourself looking to secure additional help; this can be confusing as you try to match available resources with the needs of you and your loved one. Read more to learn the differences between two service options: home health care and private duty care.

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Topics: Private Duty Care, Home Health Care, Financial Health

Research ties nursing home teamwork and communication to the quality of care

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jun 7, 2012 8:25:56 AM

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Topics: Private Duty Care, Residential News