January 2011 Archives

Respite Care: Out-of-Home and In Home Care Options

posted by Ryan Whittington on January 31, 2011

Respite care can be defined as a short or long term break from caregiving responsibilities for caregivers or family members.  Caregivers and family members regularly deal with situations including caring for children or adults with disabilities, or chronic or terminal illnesses.

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Care for the Elderly: Stay Safe When Heating your Home

posted by Ryan Whittington on January 20, 2011

More home fires happen during the winter months than any other time of the year, mainly due to home heating devices. People age 65 and older are three times more likely to die or be injured in a home fire as those younger.

As the temperature drops, we all need to be reminded about home heating best practices.  More specifically, senior citizens are at a higher risk due to situations such as decreased mobility and reduced circulation.  Use this list as a guide to assist an elderly person determine a homes level of safety.

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Affording Home Care and Long Term Care

posted by Ryan Whittington on January 12, 2011

With everyone finding ways to stretch their funds, I went to my mom, Kit Whittington RN, BSN, owner of Seniors Home Care and posed the question:

"How can a family maximize their home care dollar?"

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Care for the Elderly: Congestive Heart Failure

posted by Ryan Whittington on January 10, 2011

"All I Heard Was Congestive Heart Failure. What Does That Mean? Is She Going To Die? "

"He Is Trying to Explain It – But It is Like The Doctor Is Speaking Another Language…"

As a nurse who primarily cares for the elderly, these are common reactions I hear. 

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