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TRUST: Its Important Role in Senior Care

Family caregivers are usually well aware of why they are the preferred providers of their senior loved ones’ long-term care. They are trusted, familiar and in the best cases, proven to have the genuine love and concern caregiving requires. Because of the nature of these relationships, it can be hard for seniors and families to open this close circle of trust to additional help. But when caregiver burnout or financial constraints limit the amount of long-term care a family can provide, sometimes the only option left is to trust someone else with the task. Good senior care requires a patient-centered…

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The Dangers of Unrecorded Care

If an elderly loved one is receiving care from a family member or hired caregiver, how do you know their needs are consistently being met? Can you be sure they are safe? Do you know they are being well taken care of? When care is recorded, the answers to these questions are ensured. Hopefully, for the caregivers helping seniors in your families, documenting their care is a habit. Documented care means detailed written and oral communication between caregivers, health professionals, agencies, insurance agents and families about the treatment of a senior citizen receiving long-term care. Under the supervision of caregivers,…

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Preventing Elder Abuse

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An estimated 5 million seniors are victims of elder abuse each year. According to The National Center on Elder Abuse, one in every 10 people over 60 who lives at home suffers some form of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Elder abuse is generally defined as any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to a senior. All 50 states have passed various elder abuse prevention laws, and while definitions vary from state to state, elder abuse is broadly defined by the following categories: Physical Abuse: results in injury, pain or impairment (e.g. assault, battery, restraint) Sexual Abuse: non-consensual…

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