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Alzheimer's Navigator an Alzheimer's Association service

Alzheimer's Navigator: Map out a plan to approach Alzheimer's

When facing Alzheimer's disease, there are a lot of things to consider. Alzheimer's Navigator helps guide you to answers by creating a personalized action plan and linking you to information, support and local resources.
You can move at your own pace

Create your private profile and complete the Welcome Survey.
Take short surveys pertaining to your needs with:

Planning for the Future
Working with Doctor/Healthcare Professionals
Caregiver Support
Activities of Daily Living
Home Safety
Knowledge of Alzheimer's

Review your action plan to get more information, support and local resources.

How to help if someone you care for has a fall | Stroke4Carers

How to help if someone you care for has a fall | Stroke4Carers: How to help if someone you care for has a fall

Video running time: 07.13 minutes. The film may take time to download depending on your broadband speed.
To enlarge to full screen click on the arrows at the bottom right of the frame.

If you are having problems playing the video, download the clip here [.mp4, 28.6 MB] (Right click this link, and “Save As”).  http://www.stroke4carers.org/wp-content/uploads/GETTING_UP_AFTER_A_FALL.mp4

Carers Chill4us | Support Care and Friendship

Carers Chill4us | Support Care and Friendship: Elderly and disabled people who need care in their own homes have been hit with rises of up to 160 per cent in their bills in just five years, new research shows.

By John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor

7:00AM BST 19 Sep 2013

New care measure 'sets bar too high' for elderly and disabled, say charities Home care fees rise by up to 160pc as rationing takes hold Photo: IAN JONES

The number of areas in which the state support for care is available to anyone other than the most frail has also halved in the same period, it discloses.

A study by Which?, the consumer rights group, exposes the full extent to which councils are rationing care as they attempt to absorb major cuts to their budgets.

Based on information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, it discloses that there are now only 12 local authorities in England and Wales still offering care to people whose needs are officially assessed as “moderate”. Five years ago it was able to identify 26 areas where this was still available

Questions to Ask When Your Aging Parent is Discharged from the Hospital - eCaring Forum

 Questions to Ask When Your Aging Parent is Discharged from the Hospital
Posted on September 9, 2013 by Melody Wilding

If your parent is returning home after discharge, be prepared with this comprehensive list of questions to ask the discharge planner. 
About your loved one’s health condition:
  • Please explain the diagnosis at discharge.
  • What milestones and setbacks can we expect during recovery?
  • What follow-up appointments are needed and with whom? Who is scheduling them?
  • Where will these appointments take place? At home? In the office?
  • Who can I call with questions?
  • What types of health care services have been prescribed? (physical therapy, home health service)
  • How long are these services needed for?
  • Who is paying for them?
About scheduling:
  • What date and time will my loved one be discharged?
  • How do you suggest the transfer to the home be made (car, taxi, ambulance)? Is an escort necessary?
About the home environment:
  • What equipment will we need in the home? (hospital bed, oxygen tank, wheelchair, bedside commode)
  • Can you demonstrate how to use equipment we are unfamiliar with?
  • Who pays for this equipment?
  • How do reorder supplies and who do we call with problems?
About providing care:
  • What type of supervision and level of personal care will my loved one need?
  • Can you or the appropriate person teach me techniques for skills I need to perform such as giving injections or changing dressings?
  • What, if any, special dietary restrictions does my loved one have?
About medications:
  • What medication has been prescribed?
  • What side effects are associated with these medications? (falls, confusion, nausea)

eCaring.com | Better Lives through Better Care | About Us: eCaring was started by family members responsible for coordinating and planning 24 hour home care for their elderly parents.

Responding to the difficulties and challenges of providing such care, they reached out to find the best professional and practical expertise of health care-industry professionals.

In doing so, they created eCaring:
a complete, Web-based system
for recording, monitoring, and managing
health at home

eCaring Payroll Module   http://ecaring.com/payroll-module
For families paying for home health care, and agencies providing it, eCaring provides the best possible report for time worked and wages, up-to-date and easily accessible

 Questions to Ask When Your Aging Parent is Discharged from the Hospital - eCaring Forum:

Choosing a Care Facility: Evaluate the Financial Issues

Choosing a Care Facility: Evaluate the Financial Issues: Choosing a Care Facility: Evaluate the Financial Issues

The final factor you need to address when evaluating a care facility is finances. A stay in a care facility is not inexpensive, and you should make sure that you understand exactly what fees will be charged, and what services your loved one will receive in return.

Any contract between the resident and facility should clearly state the costs, dates of admission, services provided, and discharge and transfer conditions. You should also ask to see a list of fees for any services that aren't included in the basic rate. Finally, be sure to compare the costs of the different facilities that you are considering.

Improve the care of people with in hospitals

New innovative training to improve the care of people with dementia in general hospitals: Pat Graham, Senior Nurse for Older People at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s so important for the care of people with dementia that all staff understand them and how best to meet their needs. The programme can be delivered in a very flexible way which means it can be accessed easily. Our staff have benefited greatly from the training and therefore so have our patients.”

The “Getting to Know Me” training materials can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.gmhiec.org.uk.

The project was funded by Greater Manchester Health, Innovation and Education Cluster (GM-HIEC).

State Medicaid Hospice Services - Hospice Patients Alliance

State Medicaid Hospice Services - Hospice Patients Alliance: Hospice Patients Alliance: Consumer Advocates

Medicaid Reimbursed Hospice Services
Health Care Financing Administration website's public information on state Medicaid hospice services.

 www.hcfa.gov/medicaid/ltc2.htm but HCFA is now Centers for Medicare Services. 

See Hospice Medicaid regulation information at: 
or http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_04/42cfr418_04.html
 Permission was granted to share these articles with others, to print them, or post them on other websites so long as credit is given to the author and Hospice Patients Alliance with a link to this original page.

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