Do you teach gerontological nursing courses? We have just the textbook for you! Gerontological Nursing: Competencies for Care, Third Edition by Kristen L. Mauk is a comprehensive and student-accessible text that offers a holistic and inter-disciplinary approach to caring for the elderly.
This week, guest blogger Cathy Jo Cress, author of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition and Care Managers: Working with the Aging Family asks,
This week, guest blogger, Bob O’Toole, President, Informed Eldercare Decisions, LLC, writes that,
Older adults looking for answers on how to make the most of their biggest financial asset—their home—now have a new educational tool at their disposal: www.HomeEquityAdvisor.org.
This user-friendly website is designed to help older middle-and low-income homeowners make sound decisions when using their home equity to achieve a wide-range of financial goals. It also helps when considering an immediate financial challenge or when planning ahead for the future.
HomeEquityAdvisor.org offers resources for people who want to:
- Use their home equity to take out loans
- Sell their home
- Avoid selling their home and preserve home equity
- Find respected and unbiased information on the topic
This week, guest blogger, Robert O’Toole, President, Informed Eldercare Decisions, LLC, writes that,
"There is growing awareness that as elderly Americans are living well into their 80’s and 90’s an increasing number of adult children caring for elderly parents. The combination of longer life expectancies, severe budget problems in both state and federal governments, and the growing strain on government-sponsored social programs such as Medicaid means there is less public funding for elder care.
There is growing evidence that state governments will be placing a greater burden on children to care for their parents. This change is not only foreseeable, but already gaining momentum. A study by the National Alliance for Caregiving looked at the percentage of men and women providing care for an aging parent between 1994 and 2008:
Percentage of men and women providing care for an aging parent:
- 1994 Men 3% Women 9%
- 2008 Men 17% Women 28%
This week, guest blogger Cathy Jo Cress, author of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition and Care Managers: Working with the Aging Family writes that,
Hurricane Beryl hit the east coast in May. More are expected on the Gulf and Atlantic coast this year, including Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, and Joyce. Has your agency prepared? Recent disasters like hurricane Katrina in New Orleans have made it painfully clear that the elderly and disabled are at risk in an emergency.
Of course, the rest of the country has its share of disasters. For example, like me, you may be in a region where earthquakes can hit at any time. The mammoth tornadoes across the southern Mississippi valley last year show that disasters come in many forms. Hurricanes, terrorist attacks, and earthquakes may grab the headlines, but blizzards and floods can also obstruct the safe functioning of a professional geriatric care management agency.
Each disaster creates circumstances with specific and perhaps unique dangers and problems that require special attention. However, some general precautions will help you prepare for one of these events.
Guest blogger Cathy Jo Cress, author of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition and Care Managers: Working with the Aging Family writes that,
"NPR’s Morning Edition is doing a series called Family Matters. A new segment titled "Time to Move Grandma" featured Linda Fordrini Johnson, the former president of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers (GCM). The GCM expert commented on using a GCM to help make the wrenching decision to move or not move an older family member from their home.
Fordrini Johnson referred to a checklist families can use when considering whether to move elderly parents. In the chapter, "Integrating Late Life Location- The Role of the GCM," in the 3rd edition of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Cathie Ramie and I offer an in depth checklist.
Guest blogger, Robert O'Toole, President, Informed Eldercare Decisions, LLC, writes that,
Some Nursing Homes and Home Care Agencies Are Being Asked to Pay Kickbacks to Web Sites Offering Referrals
When the owner of a small assisted living facility in Florida asked for advice from the Executive Director of another facility about attracting more residents he told her told her he found new residents "the old-fashioned way": He paid for them.
“You do realize that’s illegal,” she responded?
According to an article in the Miami Herald, the Executive Director's response was that he had no choice. He was forced, he said, to pay for admissions; otherwise he wouldn’t fill his beds.
In honor of National Geriatric Care Manager Month, we wanted to share this guest blog post,
The Top Ten Reasons Why You Can Afford A Geriatric Care Manager
by Phyllis Brostoff
10. We can do in 2 hours what it would take you 2 weeks to do.
9. We know how to get around that "I'm saving for a rainy day" syndrome, when your folks are drowning in their problems.
8. We're much cheaper than the cost of plane fare if you have to fly into town when your parents say "everything is fine" but you know it isn't.
7. We can give you the scoop on which nursing home is really right for your parents.
6. We can make your parents hear what you have said over and over again, but they refuse to listen to them, you are still a child.
5. We can tell your annoying siblings to shut up, but graciously.
The following blog post is from Cathy Cress, author of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management:
November is National Caregiver’s Month. This is an opportunity for Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) to celebrate and call attention to the plight of family caregivers. In the third edition of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, I have added a chapter, “Assessing and supporting the Family Caregiver” (Ch.9). This new chapter highlights GCM’s important role in building this desperately needed platform for drowning family caregivers. Why are they drowning?
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