Category Archives: Long Term Planning

Elderly Help:Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity

In a previous post, I discussed things to consider before providing parent care in your home.  Providing parent care in your home may reduce privacy for you and your parent.  Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity (ECHO) is a solution to increase privacy. ECHO started in Australia.  Under the ECHO concept, a family temporarily adds a small…
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The Basics of Respite Care

Caregivers who use respite care often tell me that although caregiving is one of the most rewarding jobs they've ever had, they couldn't do it without a break now and then. The emotional and physical demands of senior care make it hard to do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Without respite care…
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Home Health Care Technology Baby Boomers Require Action to Age in Place

Home health care technology can assist baby boomers to successfully age in place by promoting independence and offering assistance when it is needed. Boomers have made it perfectly clear they want to remain in their communities and stay in their homes for as long as possible. The results of a survey conducted by The American…
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Elder care and End-of-Life Decisions

The middle of a crisis is the worst time to discuss end-of-life decisions with your parent.  When my mother was dying, I had some peace of mind because I knew what type of elder care my mother wanted. 4 Key elements of a successful discussion about end-of-life issues 1.     Plenty of time to talk (weeks…
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Should You Provide Parent Care in your Home?

When I was a child we called parent care "having grandma live with us".  Aging parents moving in with adult children is not a new trend. At first, parent care for my parents meant getting my grandmother out of the cold and slippery conditions of a Missouri winter. Later, parent care took on much higher…
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Successful Long Distance Eldercare

Since I live over 2,000 miles from my own parents, I often wonder how I will manage eldercare responsibilities if and when they begin to need more help. I know I won't be alone in this predicament. Families are spread farther and farther apart these days and it is less likely that adult children will…
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The Assisted Living Solution For Seniors

As we age, the tasks associated with daily living become more onerous. This has resulted in the creation of a variety of living options for seniors that reduce some of that burden. Assisted living is one such option, one that is becoming very popular these days.  Assisted living is a form of senior accommodation that…
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Parent Care: Remodeling for Changing Needs

Whether your parent stays in his own home or moves in with you, remodeling to support your parent care efforts may be needed.  More and more individuals are saying that they would like to remain in their own homes as they age.  Home modifications that support senior care needs will help your parent remain at…
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Help the Elderly Remain Active and Healthy

7 Special Tips to Help a Senior Live an Active Life If you're reading this, it's probably because you have an elderly parent or other loved one who you're worried about. You want this person to be active and healthy, but he or she just does not seem motivated to do much anymore. WELL, YOU…
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How to Choose an Assisted Living Facility

Is your parent in that in-between state, where independent living is no longer safe but nursing home care isn't necessary? If so, you might want to consider assisted living for your parent. Assisted living is a type of senior living arrangement that combines the best of both worlds. Assisted living encourages independence to the fullest…
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