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Home Care Suites Featured on ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’


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On Tuesday  June 25 at 1:00 pm (est) I am pleased to welcome Henry and Hank Moseley from Home Care Suites  to my show,  Be A Healthy Caregiver’ on Blog Talk Radio. To listen to our show live, simply click here! 

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Home Care Suites offer a unique and affordable solutions when it comes to senior housing. The Home Care Suite or ‘granny flat’ is a custom assembled structure placed on a caretaker’s home property.  Home Care Suites units are built for senior living with a focus on accessibility.  As an option to an expensive retirement home or living alone,  Home Care Suites keep families close and independent, while providing a financial solution for quality senior living!  Through our conversation with Henry and Hank, we will all learn how to ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’

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‘SNIF’ Out Your Senior Housing Options!


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On Tuesday June 11th on ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ on Blog Talk Radio, I had the pleasure of speaking with Senior Housing expert Bruce Rosenblatt. Bruce senior housing solutions logo1is the Founder and CEO of Senior Housing Solutions and has been in the involved in the sales and marketing of senior housing communities for nearly 25 years.   Not only is Bruce knowledgeable and an excellent resource is the field of senior housing, Bruce is compassionate and is a terrific communicator!

To listen to this episode of ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ simply click here!

During our conversation, we spoke at great lengths about the different levels  of Senior Housing that are available to families and their loved ones to choose from.  Just like buying a car, there are many brands with many options. It is important for us to choose wisely and read all contractual obligations in the contract before signing on the dotted line.

Here are some tips to consider when searching for senior housing:

  • Do your research on the proprietor, the property and the neighborhood:
  • Decide where you want to live:
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the difficult questions relating to continuing of care and financial obligations:
  • Be proactive and not reactive:
  • Don’t go solo, engage an objective 3rd person to help in the process.

Moving is often an emotional and traumatic experience for seniors and their families.   Being proactive, while allowing your loved one to have a voice in the process will help create a smooth transition.  Having someone like Bruce Rosenblatt on your team  ensures that when those ‘i’s’ are dotted and those ‘t’s’ are crossed, you can be assured that your loved one is safe and secure!

To listen to this episode of ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ simply click here!

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How can Retirement Communities Improve Life of Aging Family Members?


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Today we welcome Andy from Patient Handling , as a guest blogger to ‘The Purple Jacket’.

Retirement communities are popular these days. Retirees prefer to live within such villages because they are spared from the typical rudiments of living with children and teens. Such places are also quieter, enabling seniors to live a quiet and more peaceful lifestyle.

 Living in retirement communities can  bring significant improvements in the daily lives of aging family members. Here are some ways these villages can be beneficial to seniors.

 Downsizing:

Retirement villages encourage retirees to arrive with as few possessions as possible. This because they will be living in a smaller space, and do not need a lot of things for just one person. While this may seem constricting, it is actually good since the retiree will not have to take care of – or clean – as many things as they would have to were they to live in a full-sized home. This way freedom from required home maintenance is a great perk. There is no sense in living in a big house. Seniors would not have the stamina, strength, and drive to take care of huge mansions.

 Social connections:

Interaction and socialization with other people is important for people. As retirees leave their careers behind, they may suddenly feel detached from the society, where they used to actively participate. Retirement communities help facilitate the need for socialization. Retirees may live in a neighborhood where all residents are retirees. This way, it would be much easier to relate with everyone in the village.

 Recreational activities:

Retirees have more time for recreation. That is why there are many facilities that encourage recreational activities within retirement villages. Retirees can thus enjoy Bingo, and other activities without having to go too far. It can be difficult for older people to travel too far for social events, which is why a retirement community will be the perfect place, since they can socialize with their friends easily. Furthermore, most retirement communities employ well-trained activity directors.

 Assisted living services:

Those who require assistance in conducting daily and basic household activities can take advantage of assisted living services offered to retirees in retirement communities. The villages employ health care professionals, medical security personnel, and other experts to provide health services within the community when needed.

 Easy transportation:

Retirees may find it harder to roam around, drive, or commute when going to places. That is why most retirement communities are designed to facilitate easy transportation. The villages are often ‘walkable’ areas. Transportation services are quickly provided for the convenience of all retirees living in the area.

 Most retirees proclaim their plans not to leave their homes when they retire. But many seniors change their stances and opt to live in retirement communities. It would be nicer to live in a neighborhood where everyone understands and relates with everyone. Before you reach your retirement age, you can already make plans for your retirement years. That should include living in an ideal retirement village.

 Andy has blogged about senior care for over 4 years and is involved in the senior  industry as a patient ceiling hoist distributor for Patient Handling. When he is not blogging, Andy enjoys spending time with his family.  Please be sure to visit Patient Handling website at http://patienthandling.com.au/ceiling-hoists/

Thanks Andy for sharing your insights and information with our readers at ‘The Purple Jacket!’

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Tuesday on ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’: LGBT Housing


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On Tuesday, May 14th at 1:00 pm (est) we welcome Hilary Meyer, Director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and Tom Duffy from Secret Gardens to our ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ show on Blog Talk Radio  You can access the show live by simply clicking here

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While trends in our society are shifting in a positive direction for equality, LGBT Seniors are still struggling with issues relating to affordable housing and how to safely aging in place.  As the Director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, Hilary Meyer has a keen understanding of these issues facing LGBT Seniors.  And Tom Duffy from Secret Gardens, has just opened an LGBT focused independent living center in Wilton Manors, Florida  were LGBT seniors can feel safe in their surroundings.

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Through our conversation today on issues facing LGBT Seniors, Hiliary and Tom will help us all learn how to  ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver!’

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Gen-Silent in Fort Lauderdale


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November – National Care Givers Month


November is National Care Givers Month!

 We all know some one who is a caregiver, whether we find ourselves taking care of a loved one, know someone who takes care of a loved one, or even if we have heard an inspritational story on the news.

 In today’s busy world it can be easy to forget to show our appreciation to those who make a difference in our lives and the lives of others everyday. As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving, let us give thanks to those who choose to spend their days serving others.

“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”
Alan Cohen

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Downsizing


While we know that the tumor has been downsized by the radiation and chemotherapy treatments, we have taken a long look at our personal belongings and have started the process of downsizing in this area too.  So far, the experience has been quite cathartic.

How much ‘stuff’ does one really need to be comfortable in life?  China that has never been used, kitchen gadgets (well, except for the Tumor Extractor!), glasses, roasting pans; yikes where did all this stuff come from?   And better yet… what really is the need?

Funny as it seems, when I was in the seminary those little rooms we lived in seemed so small…now as I look back at that experience, living austerely has its benefits.  Thomas Merton does know what he is talking about!

Cancer is a life changing experience for all who are involved in it.  We have grown closer because of the disease and have I have come to a reality check with my life.   You see, what is important is not how many items you collect, rather what is important is how many lives you touch.   The last few years I have lost touch with my own reality; cancer does have its peculiar benefits.

As the green leaves transition to beautiful autumn colors, we are in a transition mode as well.  What we do for ourselves dies with us.  What we do for others will ever be immortal.  I am honored and proud to be a caregiver, it is one of the most remarkable experiences in life.  I am also grateful for the reality check that our downsizing has provided to us.  May the ‘Little One’s’  health continue to improve; let the downsizing begin!

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Meet Me In St Louie, Louie…


The ‘Little One’ heads to his final radiation treatment this morning. We are both thankful this chapter has come to an end. Yet in retrospect, there has been some bonding with the other patients who are scheduled at or around the same time.

Whether it is a gentle hello, a wave of the hand or just a simple jester, there is a bond with these patients that in undeniable. It has been an honer to be in their presence.

We will be motoring up the road today to St Louis. We are looking forward to the trip as a change of scenery will do the Little One some good!

Meet me in St Louie, St. Louie!

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It’s all about you!


We are on our way to the final chemotherapy treatment; it is a good thing!

All told, ‘The Little One’ has improved quite a bit since my arrival in Florida two weeks ago. I am in no means taking credit for his improvement, yet I do have to wonder “how does anyone who is alone cope with cancer?”

Sure, there are a tremendous amount of resources out there to help; yet that is not the point. In time of a health crisis, that is when family is needed the most!

This makes me wonder about family dynamics, rather what constitutes a family?

I am proud of my family; my four diverse and beautiful sisters, my brother and favorite sister-in-law; all my nieces an nephews who affectionately call me their F.U. (favorite uncle); my little one who is so brave and courageous; our friends who have constantly checked in with us…

Thank you for being s part of our family… Thanks for not leaving us alone!

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The Paper in Hand or the Words From Your Lips?


Medical Directives, Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxies are all important documents to have readily available when you or your loved one is working through the health care system.   These documents are equally important for non traditional families in order to establish communication between health care service providers as well as securing  visiting rights  for their partners and loved ones.

I was recently told of a story of a women who had enlisted her sister as her health care surrogate.  The health care surrogate did not agree with her sisters life style, denied her access to all her friends, instructed the staff to dress her  only in the clothes she had purchased for her only because the surrogate did not approve of her life style.   This cliff note version of this story is one of the saddest stories that I have ever been told in regards to heath care directives.

Imagine spending your life with someone only to be denied access to them because of someone’s bigotry? 

 

In my book, advocacy does not mean control, rather it means to stand up for your loved one in the manner in which they want to be represented

As ‘The Little One’ and Imuddle through the legal jargon in order to get him the best care plan possible,  these documents are critical to have in place.  I bring this topic up today to remind all of us for the need to have ‘all our ducks in a row’ because you just never know when you are going to need your medical directives, health care proxies and living wills.

However, it just makes sense that when a patient is of sound mind and body, a simple verbal permission by the patient should be sufficient to ensure communication between the patient’s advocate and the health care staff.  That is not always the case, which is way having the legal documentation in place is critical at these times.  Dealing with a critical  illness is difficult enough, having to worry ones advanced directives just makes it even worse.

 I am so proud of ‘The Little One’ as he fights to rid this disease from his body.   His determination to see this through is admirable; I am not sure that I would have the same strength and courage that he has demonstrated these past four weeks.     With just seven more treatments to go of radiation and one more treatment of chemotherapy, we are in the home stretch of this first and hopefully last round of cancer treatments.  There is indication that the tumor has shrunk, yet we will not know the results of the treatments until 30 days past the completion of the radiation and chemotherapy.

We will make it through these next 10 days and point to Wednesday October 5th…When ‘The Little One’ returns to our northern home

 

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