The value of having a health care advocate

We could all probably use a health care advocate at some point in our lives. Two years ago, I got a phone call from the mammography center after I’d gone in for my yearly mammogram. The scheduler told me the radiologist wanted me to come back for some additional x-rays. Magnified views so he could take a closer look. A closer look at what, I blurted as my heart began to race and my brain screamed into overdrive.
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Why we need to talk about what we want at the end of life

Have you heard about Norma, the 90-year-old woman who was diagnosed with uterine cancer last year? She got the news the day her husband Leo was admitted to a hospice facility. And two days after he died, Norma, her son Tim and daughter-in-law Ramie listened as her doctor laid out her treatment options. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. According to Ramie, Norma’s response was, “I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road.” And so, she did.
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How to Handle Family Conflicts When Caring for an Elderly Relative

John was blessed with a large family. He would be the first to tell you so. Now that he is elderly — a widower well into his 80s — and has dementia, all of his children are committed to seeing that he gets the best care possible. Even though most live out of state, and the primary responsibility for managing caregiving falls to the ones who live nearby, for the most part, there have been few family conflicts.
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What You Should Know About Long-term Care Insurance and Home Care

By the year 2020, less than ten years from now, an estimated 12 million people over the age of 65 will need long-term care in this country. Most will be cared for at home by family members. Lucy took care of her mother for seven years, a loving responsibility that became more challenging as her mother’s health and abilities declined. She is grateful that more than a decade earlier, her father opted to buy long-term care insurance.
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A Helping Hand When Home Care is No Longer the Best Choice

The decision to hire an agency, such as Advantage Home Care, to help care for your elderly loved one is often not an easy one. In most cases, the client, family members, and care providers quickly settle into a routine that works well for everyone. The time may come, however, when caregiving needs increase or are more complicated, and it becomes clear that living at home is no longer the best or the safest option. When that happens, many families don’t know how or where to even begin the process.
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