Monthly Archives: June 2011

Hospice Fort Worth

There are many wonderful providers of  hospice in Fort Worth and if you’ve ever had any friends who have engaged with hospice, you most often will get a glowing and wonderful evaluation of the service and process.

Hospice services are often used when an aging senior either has a terminal illness, or when their life is just nearing its natural end.  If your dying elder wishes to discontinue tradition treatments and refuse heroic attempts to prolong their life, then you should consider hospice care.  Being in hospice doesn’t mean you’ve given up hope, or the will to live.  Nor does it mean that your elderly person’s death will happen faster.

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Los Angeles Assisted Living

Like many large cities, you have many Los Angeles Assisted Living facilities to choose from.  Assisted living are residential care facilities or rest homes for the aged, and provide some personal care and nursing supervision, medication monitoring, social opportunities, meals and housekeeping.  Assisted living appeals to elderly seniors who can no longer live at home, yet do not need professional nursing care.  Residents are physically and mentally able to handle their daily needs on their own.  Sliding-scale placement is available in most states.  Also, the state department of social services generally licenses the assisted living facility.

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Caregivers For The Elderly

There are many choices today when seeking caregivers for the elderly in need.  And need would be determined if a senior requires assistance with one or more of the Activities of Daily Living.  Commonly known as ADL’s, these are everyday functions and activities that individuals usually do without help. ADL functions include bathing/showering, continence (controlling the urge of going to go the bathroom), dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring (getting in or out of bed or chair).

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Chicago Retirement Living

You may be looking for Chicago retirement living options for yourself and or you and your significant other.  Or, you may be trying to assist a parent or aging friend in evaluating retirement living options in the Chicago metro or outlying areas.  Either way, there are many great options these days to choose from.

With a little bit of work online and physically going to visit some of your area Chicago retirement living options, there are a few questions to ask, around a number of key subject areas:

Quality of Life Questions:

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Elder Care Wisconsin

When you’re considering getting involved in the caregiving tasks to help provide elder care in Wisconsin or other mid-western states, you may eventually be faced with the recognition that your aging loved one will be dying, hopefully without pain and distress, and as far in future as possible.  Nonetheless, you may find yourself involved in the difficult world of making end-of-life decisions.

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Aged Care Services

The range of aged care services for seniors is literally endless, as there are paid for services, volunteer services, community services, religious services, etc.  However, for the purposes of a quick introduction as to what’s available, we’ll take a look at the aged care services often available through low-cost providers or volunteers by contacting these community organizations:

  • Community centers
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Agencies
  • Health care providers
  • Neighborhood groups
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Transportation agencies
  • Seniors’ organizations
  • Agencies on aging
  • Government Agencies
  • Women’s groups
  • Retirement groups
  • Recreation groups
  • Veterans’ organizations
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Living in Retirement

One of the things to consider when you plan on living in retirement for the rest of your life, is what are your means of support financially.  Besides your own savings in the bank or from your IRA or 401K, where else do you plan on getting the money that you’ll need while you’re living out your golden years in retirement?

Social Security retirement benefits are the largest source of retirement income for people over 65.  Every employee contributes to Social Security while they are working.  The contribution is automatically deducted from the worker’s paychecks, and is matched by the employer, deposited into a fund, and managed by the government.  The fund pays retirement benefits and also survivor and disability benefits.  How much you get depends on how much you put in.

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Senior Retirement Living

The notion of Senior Retirement Living is often meant to describe retirement communities occupied by those aged 60 and over.  These senior retirement options are no longer just destinations for those seniors looking to slow down. In fact, many of the current trends suggest the opposite to be true.  More than 77 million baby boomers will reach retirement age in the next 20 years, and people are heading to senior communities with outdoor clubs more typical of the college campus than the traditional senior retirement living community. People over 60 are also choosing to move earlier than ever to senior communities for security, personal safety, transportation, services, and to be closer to peers who share their passion for life.

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At Home Geriatric Care Nurses

Geriatric care is the general name given to those who specialize in providing services for the elderly.  There are Geriatric Care Managers (GCM’s) and there are also At Home Geriatric Care Nurses or Nurse Practitioners who specialize in the care of those who are aged and in need.

A Registered Nurse is usually a staff member of a health facility, though they can be affiliated with an organization and still visit and practices their field in the home of those in need.  An at home Geriatric care nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who is additionally trained to conduct physical exams, counsel and treat elderly patients.  There are additional health care providers, many of whom are covered by insurance:

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