Family Caregiving

Caring for a family member who needs assistance with activities of daily living can be a very complex and confusing experience. Decisions can range from financial and long term planning to medical issues or direct care for a loved one. Below we aim to bring you resources for making these decisions.

Adult Day Care

The intent of Adult Day Programs is to encourage the active participation of the senior population in a variety of activities ranging from social to educational pursuits. Whether utilized as a way to fill lonely hours or as a means of sharing knowledge and special life skills, these centers offer a safe, comfortable alternative to what may be inappropriate placement ...

Entering a Nursing Home

Letting Go – Entering a Nursing Home by Marc Ringel M.D. Many years ago, before I knew better, I promised my parents they would never have to live in a nursing home. They are still healthy of body and mind, and could well avoid long term care all together. Since I made that promise, though, I’ve learned a thing or ...

Funeral Planning

Individuals who have not planned for their funeral may leave loved ones to make economical and emotional decisions at a very difficult point in time. To avoid this traumatic event in the lives of your loved ones, individuals may consider pre-need funerals. A pre-need funeral requires an individual to plan in advance the goods and services of the funeral. It ...

Home Repairs

Hiring of independent contractors should be approached with caution by the elderly homeowner Elderly homeowners in need of assistance with household repairs are often considered easy targets by unscrupulous contractors. To avoid the likelihood of being taken advantage of, consider the following: Remodeling or home repair should be solicited by the homeowner. If you are considering having work done because ...

Hospice

Hospice is a special type of end-of-life care, which is specifically targeted for individuals with terminal illnesses. Hospice care focuses on maintaining comfort and quality of life for the individual, without either prolonging or shortening the course of the illness. It can occur in an in-patient or an out-patient facility, or at home, allowing individuals to choose how to receive ...

Widowhood

Expanding Your Horizons – Widowhood and the Next Steps The following is adapted from a speech given by Eileen Doherty, M.S. on August 27, 1998. Becoming a widow is often a difficult and disorienting experience. Coping with the changes in socializing, finances and in general living life can be one of the most difficult times in an older person’s life. ...

Home Care

For individuals who require ongoing care but are able to remain at home, home care agencies can provide additional assistance. They can provide a range of services from limited companionship services to care by a registered nurse. Depending on the services required, home care can include physical, speech or occupational therapy, rehabilitative services, medication administration, wound dressing, meal preparation and/or ...