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 Tuesday February 8, 2011 - Issue #524

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

A Day For Those Who Love

Monday marks the annual celebration of St. Valentine’s Day, a day designed to honor those we truly love. On this day, we let our loved ones know how much we care about them. Traditionally, this is done with candles, chocolates, flowers, champagne and mushy cards. And maybe a little much deserved alone time. But this year, after the champagne runs out and the candles burn down, let’s keep the love flowing by taking some extra time to mull over the safety and well-being of the others we love (maybe not in such a mushy way).

The most important way we can show concern for our senior loved ones who are living in the community is to enable them to stay in their own homes. To do that, we must start to pay attention to the possible slip and fall danger zones; especially, the bathroom. One third of all falls that occur at home happen in the bathroom. And falls are a leading cause of long-term care placement...continued  

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Gary Barg



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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. The older parent may forget what the doctor has told them, or choose not to “burden” their child with problematic information...continued

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Caring For A Stroke Survivor
With Sleep Apnea

By Deirdre Stewart, RN, PhD

Sleep apnea is common in stroke survivors. Recent studies suggest that as many as 65% of stroke sufferers experience some degree of sleep apnea. According to a leading researcher and physician in the field of sleep-disordered breathing, Mark E. Dyken, MD, University of Iowa, this high rate of sleep apnea in stroke survivors “requires aggressive assessment.” Because data suggest that rehabilitation outcomes may be worse in stroke sufferers who have sleep apnea, it is of particular importance to identify it...continued

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Home Care Safety for the Caregiver

Improving support and safety throughout the home:

    Have smoke detectors installed near kitchen and bedrooms
    Have safety rails in showers and tubs
    Install handrails up stairs and in bathrooms
    Use non-slip flooring in kitchens and bathrooms
    Remove any loose rugs
    Move furniture around to create less confusion...continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

A Day For Those Who Love

Feature Article

Long Distance Caregiver - Challenges and Solutions
Guest Column

Caring For A Stroke Survivor With Sleep Apnea


Home Care Safety for the Caregiver



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