May 21, 2018

Quality of Life – The North Star of Caregiving

I have three children.  I love them all dearly and kind of want to be their friend. It is really nice when they like me but I am not worried about being liked by them.  My job is to be their parent. I have to say no to them when […]
May 14, 2018

The Four Phases of Medicaid Eligibility

Talking about Medicaid with elder care professionals can be very confusing.  They talk about things like looks backs and spend down when all you are worried about is making sure you loved one’s care is paid for when they run out of money. Medicaid is so confusing that it’s hard […]
May 7, 2018

Care Management – An Overview

When someone is diagnosed with some sort of dementia – or really any time you are unsure of how to care for an aging loved one – you should get an assessment and create a care plan. An assessment is most commonly performed by a social worker, dementia care coordinator […]
May 1, 2018

What Changes After the Dementia Diagnosis?

Yesterday your loved one had issues, you knew that, but they did not officially have Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of dementia. Today, you received a diagnosis from the doctor indicating that they do, in fact, have Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of dementia. The dementia diagnosis has […]
April 24, 2018

Who Makes the Dementia Diagnosis?

The need to advocate begins the moment you realize something isn’t right with your loved one. The moment you make the decision that you have to see the doctor the caregiving process begins and life can become complicated. The first question is what type of doctor should you see to […]
April 17, 2018

Lifeguards Who Can’t Swim – What Happens When Your Loved One’s Care Needs Are Difficult?

You count on the lifeguard to keep you safe when you go swimming. But what happens when you start to drown? What if the lifeguard can’t swim? He can keep you safe in shallow water but won’t do you any good in deep water. What if he can’t do CPR […]