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  1. FAQ: What's the Difference Between a Personal Aide and a Home Health Aide?

    The main difference between a personal aide and a home health aide is in the level of medical care they provide. Although personal aides typically have home health aide certification (which involves competing a 76-hour, nurse-supervised training program), they provide mostly personal care -- such as...
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  2. What can be done to help my mom's diarrhea?

    Reading your letter, I have numerous thoughts about your mother's problem. You do not really say why you are worried about your mother's diarrhea. So, is she really having true diarrhea, which are watery stools, or are her stools just soft and runny? Is this causing her to have accidents (is she ...
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  3. FAQ: What Do I Do if the Night Aide Keeps Falling Asleep?

    If someone you hired to be a night shift aide keeps falling asleep, that's not a good sign. I'd start watching other aspects of his or her behavior more closely.
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  4. FAQ: What's the Difference Between an Elder Companion and a Personal Aide?

    Although people often use the terms interchangeably, there's a difference between an elder companion and a personal aide in terms of both responsibilities and training.
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  5. FAQ: What's the Best Way to Keep My Loved One From Falling out of Bed?

    Start by trying to figure out why the falling is happening. Is the person rolling out of bed, or getting up and then falling?
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  6. How do I show my elderly father how to use a bedpan?

    First of all, let him know what you're going to do. Just say, "Dad, I'm going to put a bedpan underneath you," and cue him verbally step by step. Assuming he's lying on his back, ask him to try to bend both knees up, if he can, and have him lift his hips off the bed to enable you to move an absorben...
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  7. How can I find someone to cut my father's hair at home?

    If I want to find someone to cut hair in an elder's home, I ask barbers or hair stylists (in the neighborhood)if they are willing to do it. Most charge more than the price of a hair cut to make up for the extra time. Over the years I found several kind hair dressers who like to work on frail, older ...
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  8. How should I prepare for my mother's return home from the hospital?

    This may be the time to make the decision to leave your mother at the nursing home, if they have long term care. Your mother may have adjusted to living there, and the return to your home will require another transition. For people with Alzheimer's, structure is very important; their environment and...
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  9. Are there any agencies that can help give care to my father who requires 24 hour care?

    Yes, there are agencies who will help you set up home care for your frail father. 24 hour care is very expensive, but sometimes you don't need that much help. What you need is someone who will help you set up care. I recommend a professional geriatric care manager to come to your father's home to ...
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  10. How can I help improve the life of my grandmother with dementia?

    Improving the life of a person with dementia is a challenging yet noble task.
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  11. Does Medicaid Cover Long-Term In-Home Care?

    All states provide some kind of long-term care for certain people, including the elderly, who live at home and who would require nursing home care if they didn't receive these services. These programs aren't technically part of Medicaid but are funded by Medicaid through waivers of normal Medicaid r...
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  12. Should I get a personal emergency response system (PERS) for my mom, who has early-stage Alzheimer's?

    A more appropriate system would be an electronic remote activity monitoring system like Simply-Home. This is a monitoring system with a series of wireless sensors connected to a base unit that responds to certain conditions with a preprogrammed alert. For example, it could be set up to call a family...
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  13. How can I find agencies or companies that provide in-home care in my area?

    Finding in-home caregivers is a major concern for so many people caring for elderly loved ones. It does take effort, but is well worth it when you get the care you need.
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  14. How can we convince my father, who has cancer and can not live alone but insists, to move in with us?

    Many of our readers are struggling with this same issue. One of the hardest things in life is to see a loved one ill or unable to care for himself and not be able to provide the care that you would like to give. Sometimes when a situation becomes totally unsafe, a decision can be forced, but that le...
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  15. How do I find in-home care for my father?

    There are several ways you can find in home help for your dad, someone to do housework, chores, or nursing care. First you can try a home health care agency. These are basically job placement services that specialize in providing home help for people who are ill or disabled, including seniors. Agenc...
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  16. When a good in-home caregiver loses enthusiasm, how can I get her back on board?

    You're doing the right thing by asking your parent's in-home caregiver how she feels. Being honest and direct is the best way to encourage a caregiver to be the same way with you.
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  17. How do I get help, such as someone to assist with housework, for a relative undergoing cancer treatment that also lives alone?

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  18. How do I help my mother, who is being physically threatened by my father and refuses help?

    Thanks for sharing your concerns. I'm a big advocate of paying attention to our instincts, and yours are telling you that your parents need help. How lucky they are to have you watching out for them. First of all, if you think your father is physically or emotionally abusing your mother, you sho...
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  19. What social services for widow of veteran are available? Does it include home health care?

    Just because you are not paying for services does not mean that services should not meet industry standards. Following a care plan, being attentive to needs and helping your mother feel safe and secure in her situation are all standards that an agency aide should meet.  Your question states that you...
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  20. I would like to have someone visit my mom twice a week while I am gone for two months in January and February. Who do I talk to about it?

    Hi Pat,
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