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Top Ten caregiver.com Articles of June 2013

Top Ten Articles of June 2013:
 Here are the top ten articles you read in June

Which one was your favorite?

Avoiding Mistakes when Buying a Power Lift Chair Recliner

Emotional First Aid

10 Tips to Protect a Wandering Loved One

Heat Stress in the Elderly

Arthritis Tips

Ten Tips for Ensuring Medication Safety

Nine Ways to Get Someone to Eat

A Caregiver's Bill of Rights

Parkinson's Disease: Tips for Caregivers

Bipolar Disorder: Preventing Manic Episodes

Read them now!

PioneerNetwork : Conference Schedule at a Glance

PioneerNetwork : Conference Schedule at a Glance: Conference Schedule at a Glance

 Pioneer Network was formed in 1997 by a small group of prominent professionals in long-term care to advocate for person-directed care. This group called for a radical change in the culture of aging so that when our grandparents, parents — and ultimately ourselves — go to a nursing home or other community-based setting it is to thrive, not to decline.  This movement, away from institutional provider-driven models to more humane consumer-driven models that embrace flexibility and self-determination, has come to be known as the long-term care culture change movement.  Our partners and audience are primarily engaged in some aspect of long-term care including long-term care CEOs and administrators, consumers and family caregivers, doctors and nurses, direct care providers, and others who care about, and care for, the aging.

Pioneer Network is a center for all stakeholders in the field of aging and long term care whose focus is on providing home and community for elders. We believe that the quality of life and living for America's elders is rooted in a supportive community and cemented by relationships that respect each of us as individuals regardless of age, medical condition or limitations.

  from  Jytte Fogh Lokvig, Ph.D.

Create A Better Day Café Grand Opening... Sunday, June 23rd 1:00pm to 3:00pm | Create A Better Day Café will be held the 4th Sunday of each month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Create A Better Day Café
Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer's or other dementia?  Create A Better Day Café encourages socialization with other caregivers and loved ones where you can just be yourself. This is a wonderful opportunity to get out with your loved one and have an enjoyable afternoon.  It's a time to step out of the daily routine, leave the disease at the door, and enjoy a positive experience in a supportive environment.  The afternoon will consist of conversation, music, arts, games, refreshments, and most importantly, laughter. There is no cost.  It is open to anyone at any stage of the disease process accompanied by friends, family, and loved ones.

Grand Opening...

Sunday, June 23rd 
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Create A Better Day Café will be held the 4th Sunday of each month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
at Pleasantries Adult Day Services 195 Reservoir Street
 Marlborough, MA. 
Call Tammy for more information at 508-335-1968

- Smart911 data etc

What is Smart911? - Smart911: What is Smart911?

Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, being about to provide 9-1-1 with all details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed could be the difference between life and death.
Be Smart About Safety. Sign Up Today.

Give 9-1-1 the information they need to better help you and your family in the event of an emergency.

Disability Indicator Program

Disability Indicator Program: Disability Indicator Program
Disability Indicator Form

The disability indicator program is voluntary for both the community and it's residents. The disability indicator form pdf format of disability_info_and_form.pdf was created by a group of several different organizations representing the mobility, hearing, speech and sight impaired communities.


The information provided on the disability indicator form enables a special code to appear on the 911 call takers screen which alerts the call taker that a person residing at that address may require special assistance during an emergency.

It is a standardized form created to encourage participation from all persons with disabilities. As you are aware, there are an extensive range of disabilities and medical conditions. The disability indicator categories listed on the form may be considered too broad for some; when you consider the extensive range of disabilities. However, information requested on the form must remain sensitive to those who may not wish to provide detailed information.
Always remember information on the disability indicator form is confidential.

The disability indicator form is available through the State 911 Department or it can be downloaded from this website. Originally, the form had to be filled out in triplicate. The new disability indicator procedure form only requires that when a person in your community submits a signed disability indicator form, the 911 Municipal Coordinator signs the form and faxes it to the Verizon Database Center at 1-800-839-6020 for entry into the 911 Verizon database. It is no longer necessary to mail your original. You retain that original copy as part of your permanent records to be used later for the annual verification of your database. Remember these are important confidential documents and should be stored in the same manner as all municipal records.

Annually, Verizon will send the Municipal Coordinator a current listing of those persons in their community who are enrolled in the disability indicator program for updating. Verizon enters the new information into the 911 database. A new Disability Indicator Form should be submitted for the following:

1. a person moves or no longer resides at that address
2. the apartment number changes
3. the telephone number changes
4. to add or delete a disability
Remember to review the lists carefully to maintain accurate records which will ensure the proper response in the event of an emergency.

Your 3M Resident Monitoring (RM) system will no longer operate properly. | Senior Housing Forum

Misplaced Trust: 3M adds insult to injury . . . | Senior Housing Forum: “ in the absence of qualified maintenance and support. Specifically, in the absence of regular database maintenance the system will stop sending alert messages to your employees and to the central monitoring station. This is likely to mean that your staff will not know based on the system when a resident has exited your facility or is in need of assistance.”


“If you choose to continue to operate the 3M Resident Monitoring system or any of its components or software after December 31, 2013, you do so at your own risk, and neither 3M Resident Monitoring Inc., 3M company, nor any of their affiliates shall assume any liability for the outcome.”


20 Common Nursing Home Problems and 
How to Resolve Them
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Partners All | http://www.caregiver.com/

Partners All: Once we have succeeded in finding our physicians, personal support staff, physical therapists and even pharmacists, then it’s time to find the partners we need as we choose the products and equipment that our loved ones require. And frankly, with the Internet, these choices have become exponentially more difficult. I think the way you choose such a partner successfully is similar to how you choose your other care professionals. Certainly, in this case, price is an extremely important element, but there’s a lot more involved. Will they become a trusted resource for information and training? Will they be there when you have questions? Have they created an easy system to navigate? Are they accessible by phone or is it a Web-only wall that you cannot seem to climb over in order to find any human support? And (of course) do they stand by their products?

Heat Stress in the Elderly

 (read orginal three pages)  Heat Stress in the Elderly

Elderly people (that is, people aged 65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people for several reasons:

Elderly people do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature.
They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat.
They are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.