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Tribute to an Excellent Caregiver: Yes They Really Do Exist

18 Jul

Having written about Lorna, one of two caregivers I had to fire for cause, I think it’s only fair I devote time to Lea, the best PSW I hired. In case you’re curious, between my uncle and my mother, there were nine.

Lea was my Uncle Benny’s caregiver during the last years of his life. She was hired after I let four others go when he moved into Cummer Lodge, a long-term care home.  I didn’t think he would need private caregivers in a nursing home, but I was very wrong.  After two weeks of daily calls about frequent falls and aggressive behavior, it was  becoming clear my uncle wasn’t getting as much care as he needed. But by then the people I let go had all found new jobs.

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Crimes Against the Elderly

15 Mar

The other day I awoke to a phone call from a stranger wanting the phone number for my late uncle’s private caregiver. My caller was desperate. Her 86-year-old father’s most recent caregiver had swindled him out of a large sum of money  involving tens of thousands of dollars. And then she left, leaving the man depressed and unwilling to eat or drink until he became so dehydrated he had to be hospitalized. Her story was sad, but what was most shocking to me was this woman had no idea her father’s caregiver was engaging in elder abuse. In fact, she had no idea there even was such a thing as elder abuse.

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Alzheimer’s by the Numbers

10 Mar

This was produced in the U.S. but the enormity of the situation is equally relevant to Canadians.

Alzheimer’s Canada is an excellent first source for information and support for anyone wanting to learn more about dementia.

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