Alzheimer’s Patient’s Prayer

Posted November 30, 2007
                       Pray for me I was once like youBe kind and loving to me that’s how I would have treated you       Remember I was once someone’s parent or spouse                 I had a life and a dream for the future           Speak to me; I can hear you even if I don’t                    understand what you are saying  Speak to me of things in my past of which I can still relate      Be considerate of me, my days are ...
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National Survey: Caregivers Find Unexpected Emotional Rewards in Tending for Family Members

Posted November 27, 2007
This report was recently sent to me via email so I thought I would share it with all interested: More than Three-Quarters of Family Caregivers Positive about the Experience New York, NY, November 20, 2007. Nearly 80% of family caregivers are finding the caregiving experience emotionally rewarding, despite initial negative perceptions of caregiving, according to a nationwide survey by Caring Today magazine. Published in conjunction with National Family Caregivers Month this November, the Caring Today survey shows that caregivers have distinctly more positive feelings after caring for a family member than they did as they were about to take on ...
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New dementia support group in Evanston

Posted November 24, 2007
I just got notice of a new twice monthly support group for individuals who are involved in the care of someone with dementia.  Its free, and it meets the first and third Wednesday of every month from 11 am - 12 pm at 1015 W. Howard Street, Evanston   *Learn about dementia and caregiving *Meet others who face similar challenges *Discover ways to relieve caregiver stress and burn-out *Help others and receive support Pre-register and your loved one can attend the adult day services program while YOU attend the support group! Open to the public.  Drop-ins are welcome; pre-registration is ...
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3 Most Important People To Meet on Your Assisted Living Tour

Posted November 20, 2007
You might think that meeting the marketing or admissions person on a tour is all you need when searching for senior housing for your loved one.  Not so.  While the marketing and admissions person is indeed important and is the person that will be able to tell you about availability, cost and show you around, there are three other people I think you should try to meet.  When scheduling a tour at a community ask if its possible to meet some of the following people. 1. Executive Director (ED) - This is the person who should have a sign on ...
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Visiting with seniors who live in assisted living or nursing homes

Posted November 19, 2007
With the holidays coming up I thought it might be a good idea to talk about visiting with loved ones who live in senior communities, assisted living or nursing homes. Many times families will come in and spend the afternoon with their loved one in their rooms.  You should really be visiting with them in the common areas.  When someone comes to your home, you don't invite them into your bedroom to spend time with them do you? No, you would visit in the kitchen or the living room... Every community I work with here in Chicago has common areas, ...
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Free "Talking Books" Delivered by Mail

Posted November 17, 2007
Do you know someone who loves to read, but can't anymore because they have lost their eyesight? The National Library Service (for the Blind and the Physically Handicapped), Library of Congress has a national network of libraries that can send eligible borrowers in the U.S. audio materials via postage-free mail. In addition to books, they also offer magazines and musical scores.  They also provide the playback equipment.  Those that are hard of hearing may also be eligible for an amplifier for the head phones! I have met many seniors that loved to read, but can't enjoy this past time anymore ...
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15 Things Every Caregiver Should Know

Posted November 10, 2007
A free caregiver conference! Friday, November 16, 2007 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Advocate Christ Medical Center Auditorium (Use Imaging Center Entrance) 4440 W. 95th Street, Oak Lawn (Entrance and free parking at 43rd & Kilbourn - follow signs to Imaging Center) Are you overwhelmed from the demands of your parents, relatives and friends?  When combined with the financial and emotional stress of caring for your children and spouse, working full time and planning for your own retirement, this can create a crisis situation for families.  Learning how to balance the competing demands on your time, attention and finances now, ...
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Who pays for assisted living?

Posted November 9, 2007
Someone posed this question on the blog recently.  The exact question was "who pays for assisted living the senior or the child?"  Well... I have seen both.   Typically, with most of the families we work with, the senior pays for their own care with their income and their assets.  But I have also seen children who supplement the cost or pay for all of it.  If they do, they may be eligible for a tax deduction.  You would want to consult your accountant but in the meantime you can check out this article on various tax credits for seniors. What ...
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How much does it cost to live in … assisted living?

Posted November 8, 2007
Lots of people are finding this site because they are doing searches on the cost of assisted living.  You might go to Google and type in "how much does it cost to live in <insert name of community here> in <insert name of town>." I don't know of many senior housing providers that list their pricing on their website.  Some don't list it at all and some resource sites may list price ranges.  But those ranges can be very broad.  The cost is going to depend on the location of the property.  For instance a property in the city of ...
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More information learned about Veterans Benefits

Posted November 6, 2007
This morning I attended a fantastic presentation about the Aid & Attendance Veterans benefit that I have written about a couple of times already on this blog.  It was great to review the information that we already know such as the amounts that veterans are eligible for.  But, I also learned a few other things that I would like to share. First we learned that according to a "mystery shop" performed by the "Army Times" 50% of callers to the VA were told the WRONG information about the benefit.  So- if you have called or are planning are calling there ...
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