Tag Archives: Eldercare

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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Does the CCAC Really Work for You?

22 Apr

If you live in Ontario and are responsible for overseeing the personal affairs of an aging relative, chances are you’re already familiar with the CCAC.

The CCAC received $2 billion from the province in 2012 which amounts to slightly less than 4.6 per cent of Ontario’s total health care spending. It is a centralized body created to connect individuals with health care services, some of which are subsidized and some of which are not.  The acronym stands for Community Care Access Centre.  Although CCAC exists to coordinate health-related services for all Ontarians, almost half of its clients are over 65.

If you were to read the CCAC website, you might think it is a wonderful organization staffed by highly qualified individuals who are committed to making the life of every Ontario citizen that much better.  I’m sure there are some excellent professionals employed by CCAC . I am just not convinced there are enough of them, or enough services, to properly meet the needs of an already increasingly aging population. Additionally, I find it alarming that postings for CCAC case managers ask for only one year of work experience.

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Entrepreneurs are Set to Profit from China’s New Eldercare Law

10 Jul

So much for filial piety.

http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/

Sandwiched Men Are Out There, Here’s One of Them

26 Apr

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So much has been written and said about sandwiched women, you would think the sandwich generation is a “women only” club, but that’s simply false. Men are just as likely to be stuck in the middle between aging parents and their own family. I know this because my older brother is one of those men. Due to proximity, he is the one most likely to tend to my mother’s frequent requests for shopping and transportation. Somehow, between escorting my mother to a scheduled 1:15 pm doctor’s appointment that didn’t happen until 3:30 and getting  down to his real  job, he found the time to offer up the following glimpse into his life:

I’m the executor of my late uncle’s estate. It’s not a job, but it is an all-encompassing responsibility. And it keeps me running from the  lawyer to the bank with the odd side trip to the accountant. I’m also one of two POA’s for my 81 year old mother who has Alzheimer’s, is going blind, and lives in a fashionable retirement home when she needs to be in a nursing home to get the proper care and attention she needs.

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Need to Hire a Private Caregiver But Don’t Know Where to Start?

28 Mar

Does your loved one need a private caregiver? Are you at a loss about how to hire a caregiver or what questions to ask of a potential candidate?

If you need to hire a caregiver for someone with dementia ,you can hire through a reputable agency that will screen candidates for you. Or you can get a referral from someone you know well. Regardless, interview the caregiver and make sure he or she is a correct fit for your loved one’s needs and personality.  Also, check references carefully. And get more than one reference. Do not rely on written references. And take the time to run a police check on anyone you are seriously thinking about hiring.

FREE WEBINAR ON HIRING CAREGIVERS

American Society on Aging

The American Society on Aging (ASA) also offers webinars that are extremely helpful for anyone dealing with issues relating to aging. Many of them are free. On Thursday, April 4,  they have afree one-hour webinar devoted specifically to hiring caregivers. The speaker will be Sherwin Sheik, founder of CareLinx. According the the ASA web site, participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Describe the four most important points families need to consider when hiring a private duty caregiver
  • List the four most important topics to cover in the interview and screening process.
  • Identify eight points of compatibility for a caregiver in order to ensure a safe and happy environment

You can learn more about this or other ASA webinars  here and register here.

 

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