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Thursday  November 5, 2009 - Issue #457

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Moment

There comes a moment in the development of any important skill set where we first feel the confidence of our newly acquired abilities.  For pilots, it may be the first solo flight; the highwire acrobat most likely crosses that threshold once the safety net is taken away; and I imagine that surgeons feel it with the very first cut into a living patient.

Today, at the Creston, Iowa, Fearless Caregiver conference hosted by the Area XIV Agency on Aging, I learned of such a moment for a newly minted Fearless Caregiver.  A gentleman in the first row raised his hand during the question and answer period to ask the expert panel about how best to work with the health care system. His wife is living with Parkinson’s disease and they were at the event together as carepartners.  She has had Parkinson’s for many years and he has learned to become her informal care manager whenever she is in the hospital.  He said that he never hesitates to ask the healthcare professionals (including doctors) if they washed their hands before they start to treat his wife. Some stop immediately and wash or rewash before they start treatment.

How many of us would feel easy about asking that question of our doctors as they walk into the examination room?   A true Fearless Caregiver moment if I ever heard one. 

Go ahead and try it the next time you take your loved one for an appointment. Let us know what happens.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article


Long Distance Caregiver - Challenges and Solutions

By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

Families who struggle to care for a parent across the miles have a unique disadvantage. They cannot be there to know what is really happening. It is often difficult and frustrating to reach doctors or social service agencies and to be able to coordinate the needed care.....Continued

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Guest Column
Looking Into Assisted Living
Long Distance
By: J Lang Wood 

It was sometime late in 2003 that I realized something had to be done with Mom. She had reached the end of her ability to manage her affairs independently, and the reports I got from family and friends in Illinois began to fill me with alarm. And as I lived far away in Florida and knew that Mom had no desire at all to move from the Chicago area where she had lived all her life, I knew I had to manage to somehow find her a suitable situation long-distance. . ...Continued

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Tips to Prevent Senior Scams
By: Alen Riggs  

There is a ring at the front door and you answer.  A kind-hearted gentleman informs you that he has just fixed your neighbor’s roof and he has a lot of material left over.  He tells you that your roof is in bad shape and there is a bad storm brewing. He says that your house could get damaged and cost you thousands if you don’t act now.  In fact, he will give you a special rate if you pay up front in cash.  ...Continued


How do I find a caregiver to help me with my husband who has had a stroke? I have one now who is excellent in keeping my husband happy and clean but after 7 months I find my husband has not improved at all in using his left arm and leg. I was so busy paying bills, making appts, figuring out insurance, cleaning, cooking, driving to therapy appts. I left the therapy to the caregiver. After the neurologist last Friday said we had passed the six month window of opportunity for my husband to regain the use of his left arm, I realize the caregiver had not been doing any of the therapies that had been taught us.
He is paid $130 for a 24/7 day, plus all meals, a separate room with kitchenette and his own bathroom with shower and toilet.  I feel this comes to around $190 a day. I pay at the present time $3900 to the caregiver out of pocket. Am I unreasonable in my expectations?
The one agency I worked with the first month charged me $6000 a month. I could not keep this up.
How do I find a person who is honest,and capable of helping my husband?  We live in the Los Angeles area.

Thank you so much.


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The Moment
Long Distance Caregiver
Guest Column
Looking Into Assisted Living Long Distance


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