Interviews With Experts

Technology That Makes Working With Agency Home Help Easy

A client of mine was recently put on hospice. Because they were a fall risk and had considerable special needs, the hospice nurse recommended 24/7 care. It is hard to trust the care of a loved parent to strangers at any point, but especially when on hospice. In this case, until that point the client’s adult...
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No Control

It’s Sunday morning and still raining in Raleigh. Several inches of water pool on the surface of our back yard, nothing compared to the towns east of us. Our soggy Sunday paper is full of images of rescues of the elderly in New Bern and Swansboro, Wilmington, James City and Riverbend. And the waters are...
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The Hurricane’s A-Coming

In running around town yesterday, checking on old clients and looking for urgent placements for new ones, here are some notes from the field on how those working in the elder industry are preparing for Hurricane Florence. Yesterday, Windsor Point, a CCRC in Fuqua Varina, took in nine residents temporarily from a community in...
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You Call This Yoga

Many people have an inaccurate impression of what yoga is. Howie Shareff, founder of You Call This Yoga, wants to correct that by bringing free yoga classes to many who might never have access to it. Shareff knows on a personal level the physical and mental benefits yoga can provide for anyone. To read the whole...
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Pursuing Guardianship

One in six women and one in ten men living past the age of 55 will develop some form of dementia and potentially need to designate a guardian who will act in their best interests when they no longer can themselves. Lawyer Leslee Sharp, who is also one of four public guardians appointed by the...
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Hospice in Assisted Living?

Many don't know that there is the option to bring hospice care into assisted living as their loved one nears the end. In the families I've worked with who have done this is, I've seen more peace with the process, which is a true gift for all involved. To read the whole article, visit: https://www.wral.com/hospice-in-assisted-living-/17726243/...
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Play

I had been out most of the afternoon visiting family care homes and was writing up my findings for a client when I noticed the time. 6:30. The report was due in the morning. My neighborhood women’s group was due to start in fifteen minutes at Marie’s. It had been a long day. I was struggling...
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Working with Aging Adults with Significant Vision and Hearing Loss

“Hello, John, it’s Liisa here,” I say gently, but loudly, my mouth closest to John’s left ear. His eyes are open. I place my hand gently on his shoulder and say, “Is there anything I can help you with?” John, like several of my oldest clients, is almost entirely blind, as well as hearing impaired. I...
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A Cartography of Waiting

How does one live in the now while also awaiting the results of significant health tests? Everyone finds a way because there is no choice. Over the last three weeks, since an unanticipated hospital stay (what hospital stay is anticipated?), I have been stuck in this mode of waiting—waiting for my body to be cleared of...
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Avoid These Common Setbacks When Moving in Assisted Living

It is stressful enough to get mom or dad to agree to move to Assisted Living, much less to complete all the required paperwork. Keep in mind, a smooth move-in day can make the transition very easy or even harder. Here are some tips on how to prepare given by veteran Care Coordinator Norelle Kranking,...
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Caregiver Support Groups

Caregiving can be a very isolating experience and while family and friends may be supportive and well-meaning, they can’t fully understand the impact of caregiving on one’s life. Recently, several of my clients have asked for support due to severe burnout. I reached out to Laurie Ray, MSW, CMSW, C-ASWCM, an Advanced Professional Aging Life...
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