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Ideas & Checklists for New Years Resolutions - for Caregivers and Seniors
December 31, 2013 Posted by Editor
Ideas & Checklists for New Years Resolutions - for Caregivers and Seniors

UPDATED: This article is updated from an article that appeared on HelpingYouCare® on December 31, 2012. Happy New Year! Now is the exhilarating time for a new beginning -- the time to make New Years resolutions for the coming year! Have you tho...

10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator
April 30, 2013 Posted by Editor
10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator, a service of the Administration on Aging, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has issued a list of 10 Warning Signs Your Older Family Member May Need Help in the home. "Any one of the following be...

HHS Agreement Now in Effect: Medicare Will Cover Skilled Maintenance Care Even Without Patient Improvement
February 1, 2013 Posted by Editor
HHS Agreement Now in Effect: Medicare Will Cover Skilled Maintenance Care Even Without Patient Improvement

A U.S. Federal District Court in Vermont on January 24 approved a settlement agreement reached between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and plaintiffs in a pending litigation matter, which may help all Medicare patients with chron...

Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care
November 8, 2012 Posted by Editor
Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

November has been designated as Long-Term Care Awareness Month. As part of this observance, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued a release yesterday, containing useful information on long-term care for seniors and their family caregiv...

HHS Agrees to End Practice of Denying Medicare Coverage for Skilled Care & Related Home Health & Therapy Due to Lack of Patient Improvement
October 24, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Agrees to End Practice of Denying Medicare Coverage for Skilled Care & Related Home Health & Therapy Due to Lack of Patient Improvement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has entered into a proposed settlement of a lawsuit in which HHS agreed to revise portions of the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual to stop the long-standing practice of denying Medicare Skilled Care...

New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act
September 23, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced that $12.5 million in awards funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act will be made to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to help older Americ...

Medicare Announces Redesigned Website to Better Serve Medicare Beneficiaries & Their Families
September 4, 2012 Posted by Editor
Medicare Announces Redesigned Website to Better Serve Medicare Beneficiaries & Their Families

The U.S. centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 21 that it has launched a redesign of its Medicare.gov website, in order to better serve Medicare Beneficiaries and their families. The redesign, CMS said, "mak[es] conten...

New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site
August 29, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site

"Many older adults do not successfully make the transition home well and end up returning to the hospital. In fact, one in five Medicare patients are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after discharge," according to a new Guide on planning for Ho...

In-Home Care Coordination Helps Those with Dementia Stay at Home & Improves Care, Johns Hopkins Study Finds
July 24, 2012 Posted by Editor
In-Home Care Coordination Helps Those with Dementia Stay at Home & Improves Care, Johns Hopkins Study Finds

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that an in-home care coordination program for people with dementia improved their quality of care, quality of life, and ability to remain in home. The study, which was presented July 18 a...

Health Affairs Conference Focused on the Care Span for Elderly & Disabled
June 18, 2012 Posted by Editor
Health Affairs Conference Focused on the Care Span for Elderly & Disabled

At a June 5 conference sponsored by the journal Health Affairs, in Washington D.C., experts in care for the elderly and disabled presented findings on how better coordination of care across the "Care Span" for the elderly and disabled can improve care,...

Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook
May 30, 2012 Posted by Editor
Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook

Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School has published Caregiver's Handbook: A guide to caring for the ill, elderly, disabled ... and yourself, a basic introductory handbook to some of the topics and concerns faced by family caregivers. ...

HHS Announces 3 New Home & Community-Based Care Options under Affordable Care Act
April 27, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Announces 3 New Home & Community-Based Care Options under Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday three new programs made possible under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (the "Affordable Care Act," which some call "Obamacare") to help Medicare and Medicaid benefici...

Medicare Announces Inclusion of Patient Survey Data in Home Health Compare Tool
April 22, 2012 Posted by Editor
Medicare Announces Inclusion of Patient Survey Data in Home Health Compare Tool

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on April 19 that the results of its ongoing survey of patients regarding their experiences with and ratings of Medicare-certified home health agencies, will now be available to consu...

HHS Announces New Administration on Community Living to Help Seniors & Disabled Live At Home
April 17, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Announces New Administration on Community Living to Help Seniors & Disabled Live At Home

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced Monday that it has established a new Administration on Community Living under HHS, which will be dedicated to "enhancing and improving the broad range of supports that individuals with disa...

National Home Care & Hospice March on Washington & Law Symposium, March 25-28, 2012
February 24, 2012 Posted by Editor
National Home Care & Hospice March on Washington & Law Symposium, March 25-28, 2012

website. "Connect with your members of Congress and make them understand your patients’ needs. Tell them how home care can cut costs and right a health care system that’s run off the tracks. A train wreck will occur if we don’t deal with the surg...

Medicare to Provide Expanded Primary Care At Home for Seniors under New Affordable Care Act Initiative
December 21, 2011 Posted by Editor
Medicare to Provide Expanded Primary Care At Home for Seniors under New Affordable Care Act Initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on December 20, a new demonstration program under the Affordable Care Act under which doctors and nurses will provide expanded primary care at home for Seniors on Medicare. The new ini...

How the Administration On Aging Works at the Federal Level
December 14, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Gregory Bator from GracefulAging interviews Kathy Greenlee, the Assistant Secretary of Aging, at the Chicago Aging In America Conference. She explains how America’s aging network works at the Federal level, giving money to States, which in turn give...

Caregiverlist - Search Tool to Find & Compare Nursing Homes & Their Costs
October 17, 2011 Posted by Editor
Caregiverlist - Search Tool to Find & Compare Nursing Homes & Their Costs

Caregiverlist.com offers a Nursing Home search tool combined with a "Star Rating Service" for family caregivers, which allows you to search for nursing homes by State and County, by zip code, or by name, and find a list with a comparison of nursing hom...

American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes
September 19, 2011 Posted by Editor
American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a series of Classes for Family caregivers, which include eight one-hour modules of instruction on topics intended "to help participants gain an understanding of what is involved in caring for a loved one." The cl...

New Trend: Hospital Care At Home? Study Finds Home X-Rays Beneficial for Elderly
August 29, 2011 Posted by Editor
New Trend: Hospital Care At Home? Study Finds Home X-Rays Beneficial for Elderly

At a time of widely reported rising risks from widespread hospital errors and hospital-acquired infections, doctors in Italy have conducted a pilot study that showed that at least some hospital care (routine X-rays) can better be delivered to elderly p...

Medicare Adds New Online Tools to Help Health Care Consumers
August 9, 2011 Posted by Editor
Medicare Adds New Online Tools to Help Health Care Consumers

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced on Friday that they have launched new online tools for patients and caregivers to "empower consumers to make informed choices about their health care," as well as other initiatives to i...

States Slash Home Health Care & Adult Day Care Services for the Neediest; Likely to Increase Costs
July 17, 2011 Posted by Editor
States Slash Home Health Care & Adult Day Care Services for the Neediest; Likely to Increase Costs

Several reports recently have noted that across the nation, U.S. states are slashing Medicaid dollars for home health care services and adult day care services that help keep the elderly and disabled out of nursing homes. State lawmakers cite budget s...

High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place
June 18, 2011 Posted by Editor
High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place

Several pilot programs are being conducted by the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology to test motion sensors, skype-like video monitors, robots and other high-tech equipment, as a means of constantly monitoring the well-being of seniors in their own h...

New Virtual Assisted Living Model: Technology + Paid Staff and Volunteers Enable Seniors to Remain in Their Own Homes
March 29, 2011 Posted by Editor
New Virtual Assisted Living Model: Technology + Paid Staff and Volunteers Enable Seniors to Remain in Their Own Homes

Allen "Chip" Teel, MD, a family physician in Maine, is pioneering a new model for virtual assisted living at home. Use of technology plus a combination of paid staff and volunteers to check on seniors living in their own homes, is providing a new, low...

Wanted: A National Respite System – NYTimes.com
December 31, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

Over 28 million people in the United States provide care for someone age 75 or older.  A 2009 study by the National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP found that 88% of family caregivers never get a break from this full-time job. The National Respite Coa...

Home Care Services
December 30, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

From MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A comprehensive source of information on home health care, and what it includes: Personal care...

Understanding Home Care Agency Options
December 29, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

Here is an excellent introduction to the home care industry and the types of agencies, options and resources available. This 16 page booklet, part of the “Since You Care” series by MetLife in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregivi...

Who Provides Home Care?
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

From the National Association For Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), a primary industry association for the home health care industry. Provides a good introduction to the home health care industry and the types of services and resources available. Incl...

Caring for your Parents Home Care
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

A 10 page pamphlet from the NY State Office for the Aging website, produced in connection with pbs.org/caringforyourparents, and by the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Provides introductory information on t...

Services to Help Seniors Stay at Home: Tips for locating and choosing home care service providers
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

From Helpguide.org. Good basic information on topics such as: What is home care? Types of services available for seniors living at home, and Costs of home care. Also contains links to additional resources, including how to find home health care. ...

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Selecting a Home Health Agency or Private Duty Aide or Attendant:
New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act
September 23, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced that $12.5 million in awards funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act will be made to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to help older Americ...

Medicare Announces Inclusion of Patient Survey Data in Home Health Compare Tool
April 22, 2012 Posted by Editor
Medicare Announces Inclusion of Patient Survey Data in Home Health Compare Tool

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on April 19 that the results of its ongoing survey of patients regarding their experiences with and ratings of Medicare-certified home health agencies, will now be available to consu...

HHS Announces New Administration on Community Living to Help Seniors & Disabled Live At Home
April 17, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Announces New Administration on Community Living to Help Seniors & Disabled Live At Home

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced Monday that it has established a new Administration on Community Living under HHS, which will be dedicated to "enhancing and improving the broad range of supports that individuals with disa...

National Home Care & Hospice March on Washington & Law Symposium, March 25-28, 2012
February 24, 2012 Posted by Editor
National Home Care & Hospice March on Washington & Law Symposium, March 25-28, 2012

website. "Connect with your members of Congress and make them understand your patients’ needs. Tell them how home care can cut costs and right a health care system that’s run off the tracks. A train wreck will occur if we don’t deal with the surg...

Home care services: Questions to ask
December 28, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

If you're considering home care services, here are some questions to ask regarding Qualifications, Quality of care, Costs, Understanding services, and Monitor your home care services From the Mayo Clinic staff

Hiring Home Care Help
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

From National Caregivers Library A checklist for hiring help on your own Tips for interviewing with the prospective home care worker A checklist for once you have hired a home care worker »View Info

Five Tips For Choosing A Non-Medical, Personal Care Provider
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

July 17, 2008, From Franchising.com. Five key, common sense tips for selecting home health care-help. »View Info

Background Checks for Live In Caregivers, by Lincoln Nguyen
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

It is always a good idea to get a background check on individuals you plan to hire to take care of your elderly family member. Services such as Lexis-Nexus and Intelius provide criminal background checks for a minimal fee. Intelius is much more compreh...

How to Obtain a Background Check on an Applicant for a Caregiving Position?
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

If the applicant consents in writing, you can retain an independent company to perform a background check. Several private companies are in the business of providing such background checks. Here is one: »View Info Please let HelpingYouCare.c...

The Joint Commission Selecting a Health Care Provider: Helping You Choose Quality Home Care and Hospice Services
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization which evaluates (by performance based standards) and accredits over 15,000 healthcare organizations in the U.S., including hospi...

Eldercare Locator Fact Sheet: What Is Home Health Care?
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. An introduction to the Home Health Care Industry, what services are provided, when is home health care appropriate, and tips for the caregiver on how to make sure that home health care is qu...

How Do I Select the Right Home Care Provider?
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

Consumer Information from the National Association For Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), a primary industry association for the home health care industry. Provides “a checklist of questions to ask [potential home health care] providers and other in...

Quality Check® search engine provided by the Joint Commission
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

The Joint Commission also provides a Quality Check® service, which is a search engine where you can find the Joint Commission’s evaluation of the healthcare organization you are considering. Accredited facilities are designated by the “Gold S...

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Health Care
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan. Basic information about Home Health Care and the types of Home Health Care providers, including some questions you may want to ask a prospective home health care agency. »View Info

Home care services: Questions to ask
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

From MayoClinic.com Questions to ask about an agency’s qualifications and about the quality of care it provides, such as: Are the caregivers bonded and insured? Questions about costs such as, Is the agency approved or accepted by your HMO or sup...

Medicare – Home Health Compare
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

Provided online by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services at medicare.gov, the official U.S. government site for people with Medicare. This tool provides you with information on how well the home health agencies in your area care for th...

How Do I Hire a Home Care Employee?
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

From the National Family Caregiver Support Program, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Determining the Type of Care You Need: Housekeepers or Chore Workers, A Homemaker, A Home Health Aide, Certified Nurse Assistant, Or Nurses Aide ...

Hiring an Independent Caregiver
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

a 12 page booklet by MetLife in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving. An excellent discussion of how to go about finding and hiring your own independent caregiver to care for your elder at home. Includes issues to consider, checklists,...

A checklist for interviewing caregivers
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

by Marsha Seff, Union Tribune, July 26, 2008, from SignOnSanDiego.com. A checklist of questions to ask health care agencies, and a separate checklist of questions to ask independent caregivers, when interviewing to hire care-help at home. »View ...

Questions You Should Ask Before You Decide on a Private Duty Caregiver
October 17, 2010 Posted by Page Editor

From The National Private Duty Association (NPDA), a trade association for private duty home health agencies and workers. When selecting a home care agency, here are some questions you should ask, research and consider. Also includes links to inform...

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Financing the Cost of Home Health Care:

For information on Financing the Cost of Home Health Care, including information on Medicare, Medicaid, Insurance, VA Benefits, and Financial Planning, go to the Financial Issues page in our AnswsersForCare™ Section.


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Legal & Tax Issues in Retaining Your Own Private Duty Aide or Attendant:
Family Caregivers and Self-Employment Tax - Information from the IRS
February 15, 2011 Posted by Page Editor

Here is a copy of information provided on the IRS.gov website on: Family Caregivers and Self-Employment Tax: "Special rules apply to workers who perform in-home services for elderly or disabled individuals (caregivers). Caregivers are typically empl...

Growing Trend: Paying a Relative to Take Care of Mom
December 29, 2010 Posted by Editor

Read more in WSJ.com about a growing trend for families to compensate adult children or relatives who serve as caregivers to elders.  This trend may be fueled by a recognition of the financial sacrifices that family caregivers often make -- freque...

Independent Contractor vs. Employee, IRS Tax Tip
October 29, 2010 Posted by Editor

Independent Contractor vs. Employee, IRS Tax Tip, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. This page of the IRS website explains the IRS rules for determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors, and provides l...

Employer’s Supplemental Tax Guide – U.S. Internal Revenue Service Publication 15-A (2010)
October 29, 2010 Posted by Editor

Employer’s Supplemental Tax Guide – U.S. Internal Revenue Service Publication 15-A (2010), U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. Discusses (at pages 3 through 10) the rules governing whether a worker must be treated as an ...

Independent Contractor vs. Employee, A Fundamental Legal Challenge When Providing Home Care Services Using Independent Contractors
October 29, 2010 Posted by Editor

Independent Contractor vs. Employee, A Fundamental Legal Challenge When Providing Home Care Services Using Independent Contractors, National Private Duty Association. A 23 page PDF document, advising Home Health Care companies on hiring aides as ind...

IRS Form SS-8: Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding
October 29, 2010 Posted by Editor

IRS Form SS-8: Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding, U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. Optional Form which can be submitted to the IRS by a worker or by a firm or ind...

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Tips for the Family Caregiver: Caring for Your Elderly Loved One at Home:
Free Caregiving Tips & Resources for National Family Caregivers Month from Parkinson Foundation
October 30, 2013 Posted by Editor
Free Caregiving Tips & Resources for National Family Caregivers Month from Parkinson Foundation

As part of National Family Caregivers Month - November, 2013 - the National Parkinson Foundation has announced that it will offer Free Caregiving tips and resources during the entire month of November. On the NPF Facebook page, the Foundation will p...

Tips & Facts to Help You Celebrate a Happy, Meaningful & Safe Fourth of July!
July 3, 2013 Posted by Editor
Tips & Facts to Help You Celebrate a Happy, Meaningful & Safe Fourth of July!

As we all know, Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States.  It is a day on which we celebrate the founding and independence of our nation.  The Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from the Kingdo...

How to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Extreme Heat, CDC Issues New Resources
June 11, 2013 Posted by Editor
How to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Extreme Heat, CDC Issues New Resources

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new website, video and other resources with tips and information on extreme heat and how to prevent heat-related deaths and illness, as temperatures rise this summer. In a rel...

10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator
April 30, 2013 Posted by Editor
10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator, a service of the Administration on Aging, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has issued a list of 10 Warning Signs Your Older Family Member May Need Help in the home. "Any one of the following be...

Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging
March 27, 2013 Posted by Editor
Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has recently issued a tipsheet for Alzheimer's caregivers on Coping with Agitation and Aggression. As the tipsheet points out, agitation and aggressive behavior ar...

Stop the Spread of Viruses and Germs at Home
January 15, 2013 Posted by Senior Editor
Stop the Spread of Viruses and Germs at Home

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article and video are updated from an earlier version that appeared on HelpingYouCare® October 9, 2011. They contain important health and prevention reminders which are particularly relevant as we currently face a widespread flu e...

CDC Advises on Flu Prevention; Reports on Flu Epidemic Sweeping Nation
January 11, 2013 Posted by Editor
CDC Advises on Flu Prevention; Reports on Flu Epidemic Sweeping Nation

According to the latest Seasonal Flu Surveillance (FluView) Report, issued today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "the United States is having an early flu season with most of the country now experiencing high levels of inf...

Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud
November 2, 2012 Posted by Editor
Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urges consumers to be on guard against fraudulent products claiming to treat, prevent, or cure a wide variety of medical conditions. FDA provides information and resources on its website on Health Fraud, i...

Tips on Keeping Food & Water Safe During Emergencies, Circulated by HHS
October 31, 2012 Posted by Editor
Tips on Keeping Food & Water Safe During Emergencies, Circulated by HHS

As Hurricane Sandy was preparing to strike New Jersey and New York on October 29, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) circulated a bulletin on how to prepare for, and keep your food and water safe during, emergencies. The HHS Bu...

Signs That a Headache Could be Dangerous, Featured in Johns Hopkins Health Alert
October 17, 2012 Posted by Editor
Signs That a Headache Could be Dangerous, Featured in Johns Hopkins Health Alert

In a Health Alert published October 17, 2012 by Johns Hopkins, Peter Goadsby, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist who is director of the Headache Center at the University of California at San Francisco, lists some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate a h...

FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online
September 27, 2012 Posted by Editor
FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the following Bulletin on September 25, 2012: Scam Alert: Beware of Bogus FDA Agents "Hundreds of people who have purchased drugs over the Internet or via telephone have unwittingly exposed thems...

New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site
August 29, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site

"Many older adults do not successfully make the transition home well and end up returning to the hospital. In fact, one in five Medicare patients are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after discharge," according to a new Guide on planning for Ho...

Tropical Storm Isaac Puts Spotlight on Hurricane Preparedness
August 25, 2012 Posted by Editor
Tropical Storm Isaac Puts Spotlight on Hurricane Preparedness

As Tropical Storm Isaac approaches Florida, with Hurricane warnings in effect for much of Florida's West coast, government authorities are urging all citizens to prepare, and are focusing attention on government resources available to help you prepare ...

National Safety Month Focuses on Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls among Older Adults
June 4, 2012 Posted by Editor
National Safety Month Focuses on Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls among Older Adults

June has been designated "National Safety Month," an annual observance sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), a non-profit organization, "to increase awareness of the top causes of preventable injuries and deaths and to encourage safe behavior...

Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook
May 30, 2012 Posted by Editor
Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook

Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School has published Caregiver's Handbook: A guide to caring for the ill, elderly, disabled ... and yourself, a basic introductory handbook to some of the topics and concerns faced by family caregivers. ...

Some Caregiving Questions Answered
December 7, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Caregiving expert, Elinor Ginzler, former AARP Senior Vice President for Livable Communities addresses some questions: Who are caregivers in America today? What are the challenges of being a family caregiver? How can families prepare for the ine...

Yearly Checklist for Assessing Elderly Health
December 5, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Geriatric health experts say a good place to start in assessing elderly health is weight.  A weight gain or loss is something to be addressed with a doctor (especially if the reason for the gain or loss is not known). Other elderly health considerati...

Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests
October 20, 2011 Posted by Editor
Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

A new survey published on October 19 found that while almost eight in ten people who reported having a recent blood test claim they understood the results, in fact 48 percent did not know their cholesterol level, and 65 percent did not know their blood...

Harvard Medical School Issues Tips on How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure At Home
October 14, 2011 Posted by Editor
Harvard Medical School Issues Tips on How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure At Home

Harvard Medical School has recently issued a new HealthBeat report, published by Harvard Health Publications, with practical tips on how to measure your blood pressure at home. "Checking blood pressure at home won't cure hypertension, but it will he...

American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes
September 19, 2011 Posted by Editor
American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a series of Classes for Family caregivers, which include eight one-hour modules of instruction on topics intended "to help participants gain an understanding of what is involved in caring for a loved one." The cl...

New Trend: Hospital Care At Home? Study Finds Home X-Rays Beneficial for Elderly
August 29, 2011 Posted by Editor
New Trend: Hospital Care At Home? Study Finds Home X-Rays Beneficial for Elderly

At a time of widely reported rising risks from widespread hospital errors and hospital-acquired infections, doctors in Italy have conducted a pilot study that showed that at least some hospital care (routine X-rays) can better be delivered to elderly p...

New Site Featuring Low- and High-Tech Solutions For Home Health Care
July 24, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Modern Health Talk is a new online community promoting home health care technologies as a way of replacing institutional care (nursing homes & assisted living) with aging in place at home. The community includes: Website (mHealthTalk.com) wi...

High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place
June 18, 2011 Posted by Editor
High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place

Several pilot programs are being conducted by the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology to test motion sensors, skype-like video monitors, robots and other high-tech equipment, as a means of constantly monitoring the well-being of seniors in their own h...

Medicare Launches New Website for Caregivers
May 18, 2011 Posted by Editor
Medicare Launches New Website for Caregivers

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a new section of the Medicare.gov website focused on helping caregivers. The new site, called Medicare Basics -- Eligibility and enrollment; defini...

How To Save On The Cost Of Prescription Drugs
May 7, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Some tips from Medicare.gov on buying generic drugs and entering a discount prescription program. Click 10 ways to reduce your drug costs» See also the ABC Diane Sawuer News Video report on how to cut the cost of medication»

FDA Issues Tips for Caregivers on Medication Management
May 5, 2011 Posted by Editor
FDA Issues Tips for Caregivers on Medication Management

On May 4, 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Ten Tips for Caregivers on How to Prevent Accidental Overdose from Over-The-Counter (OTC) liquid medications, at the same time as the Agency released guidelines to OTC drug companies, ai...

The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies
April 10, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor
The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies

The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies: What to Do For The Most Common Health Problems provides do-it-yourself home remedies for common ailments. Many have recommended this practical book. These home remedies recommended by the Mayo Clinic for som...

New Virtual Assisted Living Model: Technology + Paid Staff and Volunteers Enable Seniors to Remain in Their Own Homes
March 29, 2011 Posted by Editor
New Virtual Assisted Living Model: Technology + Paid Staff and Volunteers Enable Seniors to Remain in Their Own Homes

Allen "Chip" Teel, MD, a family physician in Maine, is pioneering a new model for virtual assisted living at home. Use of technology plus a combination of paid staff and volunteers to check on seniors living in their own homes, is providing a new, low...

Coordinating Care for Caregivers
March 1, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

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Successful Tips With Difficult Aging Parents
January 27, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Don't dare call your mom because you know it will be an hour before you can get off the phone? Is your parent always critical of your help, or just a non-ending complainer? Do you feel you're not up to the job? Here are a few helpful tips from...

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