November 4th EldercareABC Blog Carnival


Welcome to the November 4th EldercareABC Blog Carnival!

Autumn + eldercare + caregiving

As we turn the corner toward winter, we are  going to try a few different things in this week's carnival.  First we'd like to present the posts of those who have taken the time to  stop by and join us.  Then below those  we've shared some of what we've seen around the Internet this week.

Without further ado, here are this week's carnival submissions:

Derrick Grant presents Project 2020 Home and Community Based Services Long-Term Care Plan posted at

Steve presents Senior Assistance and Heating Help posted at Caring for the Elderly.

Mary presents Medicare Open Enrollment posted at Cats Love Plastic Bags.

Here are some snippets of interesting news and views that appeared in my feed reader this week:

Could ‘medical homes’ improve health care?

A thousand miles from the health care debate in Washington, Dr. Don Klitgaard and his colleagues are carrying out their own reform in a small Iowa community.

They’ve reorganized their clinic so nurses bird-dog patients whose health problems, if ignored, could send them to the emergency room. And for all their patients, they’ve invested in a computer system that tracks leading indicators of health problems, like blood pressure and blood sugar readings.

Caring for an Ill Parent Even as Your Career Calls

Because of extended life spans, Americans increasingly confront elder-care issues. About one in eight employees is involved in caring for someone over age 65, estimates Andrew Scharlach, a professor of aging at the University of California at Berkeley. By 2020, one in three people will have to provide care for an elderly parent, he predicts.

‘Mom Always Liked You Best’

“Most mothers have very distinct preferences,” Dr. Pillemer said. “There’s one to whom they feel most emotionally close, one with whom they have the most conflict. Parental favoritism is a fundamental part of the family landscape throughout life.”

Pupils visiting elderly could end due to vetting

The age-old tradition of pupils visiting the elderly in care homes is under threat as both parties may need to be checked in case they are potential abusers.

Care for the carers of the old

DR NG Wai Chong visits elderly people at home to attend to them. There was an 80-year-old woman stroke patient with dementia whose son left her to lie on soiled newspapers below the kitchen sink. The son was nearly broke and going through a divorce.

‘He was stressed, did not know where to get help – and assumed that she would die soon anyway,’ said Dr Ng, an assistant director with the Hua Mei Mobile Clinic.

What Every Family Should Know About Respite Care

Respite is pronounced (Res-pit) and it simply means a period of rest.
More often than not we in the healthcare professions tend to over complicate the terms we use to describe our services and procedures. The trick for the rest of us is to discover what these unusual words mean and how they can help us solve our problem. So why not simplify these terms and concepts and relate them to our daily life.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of eldercareabc carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.