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 Tuesday October 19, 2010 - Issue #508

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Celebrating the Centennial

Today, I head up the road to Port St. Lucie, Florida, as I have done for the past four years, to get ready to spend the day with the caregivers who will join us at the Treasure Coast Fearless Caregiver Conference. There is nothing so unusual about that. In two weeks, I wing up to New Haven, Connecticut, for the 8th annual event we will be holding in that community. Next year, it is on to cities such as Minneapolis, Nashville, Miami and others all across the nation, as well as our upcoming cruise.

What makes tomorrow’s event notable is that it will be the 100th event we have held since the very first one in Fort Lauderdale way back in 1998, when we simply wanted to bring a group of caregivers together to share with one another.  On that day, the late actor Robert Urich was the keynote speaker, having recently shared his own cancer diagnosis and remission on national television. One thing that was evident (and true at every event since) is that as caregivers, we love to share with one another. Another is that the advice we share is always as effective and appropriate as we could ever find from degreed professionals and many times, much more so...continued

Take care

Gary Barg




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Feature Article

When a Loved One Needs a Skilled Nursing Facility

Tips for a successful stay for the patient, visitor and caregiver
by Trish Hughes Kreis

My brother recently needed to stay in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) for two months. My brother. Not my mother.  Not my father. Not my Great Aunt Josie (not that I actually have a Great Aunt Josie). My 43-year-old-brother. Robert is disabled due to uncontrolled epilepsy. That’s not exactly why he needed to stay in a skilled nursing facility, however. The short version is Robert kept getting serious staph infections after an epilepsy-related surgery and was going to require a six week course of intravenous antibiotics. This is where the skilled nursing facility came in...continued Cancer Channel


Guest Column

Her Bodyguard

By Daphne Simpkins 

He stood behind his new bride at the dinner party, wearing the poker-faced expression of a caregiver who feigns invisibility until the patient in his care requires assistance.  His too-thin wife sat in the only wingback.  Her legs splayed comfortably in an uninhibited posture that contrasted with the modest Southern-girl bonnet she wore to hide her bald head...continued

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The Legal Issues Behind Caregiving

Establishing a precedent when it comes to the care of a loved one is essential, especially with the legal aspects of finances and health care. Here are some points to consider when taking control over the legal responsibilities for your relative in need of care.

Tips to Remember when Dealing with Legal Issues:...continued

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Hello and thanks for your time.

To make a long story short, my father passed away 4/1/2010, leaving my sister as the sole caregiver over our two intellectually disabled brothers. She had to leave her home, friends and job in Texas and move into our father’s home in Louisiana to take care of them. It is a 24/7 job. They are completely unable to be left alone or to fend for themselves. They have been tested and, although they are over the age of 40, they have the aptitude of a 6 year old and as much understanding. They have a disability check coming in which is closely monitored by the state.  My sister has no money of her own.
Is there a way she can get some kind of government income for herself as a caregiver? I read about a program called "IHSS", but it seems to only be in California. I had a friend in Virginia who was paralyzed and her mother was paid to care for her, but I don’t know any details. I would appreciate any information you could give me that would help my sister.
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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Celebrating the Centennial

Feature Article

When a Loved One Needs a Skilled Nursing Facility
Guest Column

Her Bodyguard

The Legal Issues Behind Caregiving



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