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Helping Your Older Parents Stay Happy & Healthy

How do we deal with the change in the role from child of, to a “parent” to our parent? I’d like to share with you the following article written by Robert Stall MD, Geriatrician. No matter which of these caregiving situations you may be in, you should understand that you are not alone – millions of Americans are Adult Caregivers. If you are feeling physically or emotionally overwhelmed, this is a very normal reaction and there is help available.

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Home Care & Home Health Care

Most of us think of the traditional “visiting nurse” when we think of home care, but this is actually usually home health care. We kind of get stuck in what I call the medical model mode of thinking. When we think of care, we assume services are designed like most of our medical care services to help us recover from an illness, and usually just short term. This kind of care is paid for by Medicare or health insurance, and comes most often after a stay in the hospital.

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Home Health Care Nursing Overview

According to the National Association for Home Care, there are more than 7 million individuals in the United States in need of home health care nurse services because of acute illness, long term health problems, permanent disability or terminal illness.