Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sentinel Event: The Crisis that Changed Everything

As I noted in my last post, mom’s confusion and hallucinations led to an emergency room visit.  She had a follow-up visit with her doctor the following Monday.  This general physician who had been treating her for decades could now … Continue reading

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Eldercare Support Services; Gained and Tossed. Then the Crisis…

During the 3 months that I was near mom and dad’s winter home, I endeavored to establish a complete support system around them.  Using suggestions from the Area Agency on Aging and from the private Case Manager’s assessment, I obtained … Continue reading

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Using a Private Home Care Agency to Assess Eldercare Needs

I planned to spend 3 months near my parents’ winter mobile home assessing their needs and setting up Elder care support for them.  I took a shotgun approach — moving in several directions at once.  I wrote about calling the … Continue reading

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Finally – Eligible for a Case Manager and Eldercare through the Area Agency on Aging!

When mom and dad went south for the winter, I found myself again working to set up a care network around them.  I had previously found a way to get to get mom a pass for the senior transportation van … Continue reading

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Caregiving from Afar – How Could I Help Without Being There?

I first began creating a professional care team from thousands of miles away through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at work.  When I returned to work after the vacation in which mom was hospitalized, I knew I had to be … Continue reading

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When did you first realize you were a caregiver?

“I was not a caregiver, just a daughter trying her best to help her Mother. Since she could no longer drive, I would take her to the grocery store and doctor. I knew she loved ice cream, so I would … Continue reading

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Using FMLA and EAP to provide Eldercare from a Distance

So far I have written about more recent events.  Today I am going back to when I was working and the difficulty of working thousands of miles from my parents.  One major event occurred while I was en-route to visit … Continue reading

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