Assisted Living Shouldn ’t Mean Losing Independence

Photo credit Nashwin Vaswani Dear Carol: My mom, 78, has some physical disabilities because of severe arthritis. Even so, she’s fully able to manage the two medications that she takes. She can also fix the simple meals that she enjoys and entertain herself with music, TV, and reading. She needs some assistance, but we’re skeptical of assisted living because her friend, also well able to take care of her immediate needs, got burned. This friend liked living in her apartment except that the facility mandated taking over her medications and that she attend a certain number of meals. Their rules made her angry and miserable. I understand that facilities have rules, but this seems inflexible. Mom’s always found being around a lot of people stressful. She needs help with showering as well as cleaning, but she won’t even try assisted living because of her friend’s experience. How do we help her stay safe but not take away her independence? – MS Continue on Inforum to learn more about the problem of finding needed help without losing independence: Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders of Minding Our Elders e-mail Carol                  Related StoriesThanks to Pharmacist Who Alerted This Family To Possible ComplicationsEnd-Of-Life Comfort Drugs Can Be ConfusingVerbal Abuse Stemming from Dementia Tou...
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Hi, I'm finishing up my fellowship in June and I'm in an unfortunate situation where it looks like my father is getting burned out taking care of my mom. It looks like we may need consider putting her in an assisted living facility but I want to still try and be there for her if I can after my training. My question is if I take 6 months to a year of not working (or very minimal part time work), will this affect me from a licensing perspective? I'm the eldest child and unfortunately my... Taking some time off between finishing training and working?
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Discussion of the above theories and a description of the setting and the connection between the two is used propose a potential music therapy model for work with this population at this point during the clients’ lifespan.
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
This study aims to first isolate the incidence of repeat irrigation and debridement at our home institution, then define risk factors for repeat washout for septic arthritis of the knee.MethodsRecords from all patients at a single institution with acute septic knee arthritis who had arthroscopic or open I&D of the knee joint from January 2005 – December 2015 were collected retrospectively. Patients were initially identified on the basis of diagnosis coding in the institution’s medical information system. Following collection/screening based on strict inclusion/exclusion criteria, a cohort of 63 patients was ide...
Source: Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
In this study, 226 of 250 invited patients through special needs schools, the National Down Syndrome Society, and relevant nonprofit organizations were included. In Noor Eye Hospital, the patients underwent a complete eye examination by a general ophthalmologist and suspect cases were reexamined by a sub-specialist. Examinations included ocular alignment, conjunctiva, eyelid, lacrimal system, cornea, iris, and lens assessment.Results: Mean age of participants was 16.05 ± 4.82 years and 53.0% were male. The most common ocular abnormalities were blepharitis (81.9%, 95% CI:78.0 to 85.3), lens opacity (37...
Source: Strabismus - Category: Research Tags: Strabismus Source Type: research
DiscussionResults of the selected studies are only partially comparable or generalizable because of differences in study design. They have a risk for potential biases, although they provide (if analyzed) readily available prognostic factors, easy to apply in clinical practice. Prospective, population-based studies with EEG-defined NS are warranted in order to produce evidence-based guidance for management of preterm newborns with seizures.
Source: Seizure - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionCitral is an effective analgesic in an arthritic pain model by increasing spinal 5-HT signaling and reducing spinal SAPK/JNK phosphorylation and systemic oxidative stress.Graphical abstractNeurochemical mechanisms involved in citral-induced analgesia in arthritis. (A) Complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA)-induced arthritis reduces spinal serotonin metabolism in the lumbar dorsal horn of the spinal cord ipsilateral to the injured joint, as indicated by the reduction in the spinal levels of the main metabolite of serotonin (5-HT), 5-hydroxyindole-3-acetic acid (5-HIAA). Moreover, there is a reduction in glycogen synthas...
Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionOur results demonstrate that the topical formulation containing Copaiba oleoresin presented antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects in mice subjected to a UVB radiation and that the cream-formulation was stable for two months. Thus, use of Copaiba oleoresin is a promising strategy for the treatment of inflammatory pain associated with sunburn.Graphical abstract
Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
This study was performed following the PRISMA guidelines. Pubmed, Web of Science and CENTRAL databases were searched for publications without date or language restrictions. Extracted outcomes included 30-day readmission rate and reasons for readmission. Pooled 30-day readmission rate was estimated from weighted individual study estimates using random-effect models. Pooled estimates for risk factors are reported as odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs).ResultsA total of eight studies were included into qualitative analysis and six (four adults, two children) into quantitative analysis. The overall readmission...
Source: Burns - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 December 2019Source: BurnsAuthor(s): Georgina H. Frew, Isaac Abraham, Denise Lancaster, Paul J.H. Drake, Jackie A. CassellAbstractAn evaluation of the patient experience, from referral to first assessment, at an outpatient emergency burns assessment service in a UK burn unit. All patients attending their first appointment were invited to complete a questionnaire, covering patient expectations following referral, their journey to the hospital and an evaluation of the appointment. Process mapping was used to map the patient journey within the department and identify functional bottleneck...
Source: Burns - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” – A. A. Milne You don’t need to knock yourself out at the gym each day to reap the many health benefits of daily exercise. With simple planning and a determination to engage in a healthier lifestyle, you can add easy stints of exercise to your schedule without breaking too much of a sweat. Best of all, you may realize some of these 10 health benefits of daily exercise. Exercise elevates your mood When you are physically active, it stimulates brain chemicals that make you feel better and lifts your mood. Some experts say that exercise of ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Habits Health-related LifeHelper Self-Help Source Type: blogs
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