Care Management Blog

Long-distance caregiving

Long-distance caregiving

January 30, 2023

Distance makes caregiving more challenging, from knowing what’s needed, to getting tasks accomplished. Here are some tips: Stay in touch. This is a win–win. You stay current on issues, and your relative gets the emotional boost. Plan ahead. When visiting, use your time wisely. Do things with your family member that are just plain enjoyable.…

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The yearly "Wellness Visit"

The yearly “Wellness Visit”

January 23, 2023

Catching things early is big with Medicare. Every year, all Medicare enrollees are eligible for a free “Wellness Visit” with their primary care doctor. This is NOT an annual physical, so don’t use that term when making the appointment. Beyond basic vitals—height, weight, blood pressure, and pulse—there is no physical examination. If a physical exam…

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Are you the primary caregiver?

Are you the primary caregiver?

January 16, 2023

In most families, there is one person who takes on the lion’s share of caring for an aging loved one. Perhaps it’s the oldest daughter. Or the emotionally closest child. Or maybe it’s the geographically closest relative. And when there are no siblings, it’s usually the only child. Being primary can be quite a job.…

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Dry eye syndrome

Dry eye syndrome

January 9, 2023

Our eyes show us the world. If something goes wrong with them, it can affect our total well-being. Dry eye syndrome makes eyes feel gritty, burning, itchy, and sensitive—discomforts that are hard to ignore! It typically manifests with age and affects as many as 30% of older adults. What to do if your loved one…

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Cold weather safety tips for indoors

Cold weather safety tips for indoors

January 2, 2023

The dangers of cold weather are obvious outdoors. But there are dangers indoors, too, most often because the house thermostat is set too low. People can die from being too cold. Older adults are especially at risk. Signs of low body temperature (hypothermia). Shivering is the body’s first response to cold. Later symptoms include stiff…

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Healing torn relations

Healing torn relations

December 26, 2022

Take any roomful of people and likely two-thirds of them have relatives who aren’t talking to each other. Families are messy. Hurts abound. Some people wait until a serious diagnosis to reconcile. They often regret the years of separation they can never retrieve. Others try forgiveness earlier in the process. There’s no right or wrong.…

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Dementia and small children

December 19, 2022

The grandparent–grandchild relationship can be precious, like no other. But even young children notice if Grandma or Grandpa isn’t acting the way they used to, or the same way others do. And they will have questions. “Why does he keep calling me by Dad’s name?” “She just asked that question five minutes ago!” Respond to…

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Is your home safe for older guests?

December 12, 2022

If you expect older visitors this season, check your home for hazards. Older adults often have impaired balance and vision. This makes them prone to falling, especially in new surroundings. And fragile skin and bones can mean double trouble if someone does take a spill. Here are some tips: Home entryEarly darkness and wet walkways…

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Not taking meds as directed?

December 5, 2022

Taking the right medicines at the right time is extremely important to health management. But 75%­­–96% of older adults admit that they frequently make mistakes with their medication. Is your loved one among them? There are many reasons why a person might not take their medicines as directed. “Forgetting” is one of the most common.…

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