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How Can I Be A Caregiver For A Husband I Do Not Love Anymore
Listen to your gut: My parents are older. My children are 3-23 yrs old. My patients are 9-99! knowledge comes with time, but love and guts will get you through anything. You may not always be right, but at the time you are faced with decisions, you will do the best you can. No regrets, lots of luck and face it, we are not perfect. So let's do for others what we feel they would do for us when love is in the heart... ...Read more
It depends: If you are asking for alzheimer's disease and its related dementia, there is a online training program - www.Care2learn.Com. Of course there are other web sites that you can learn. If you go to alzheimer's disease support group, just ask for workshop or training near your area. You can practice by joining volunteer at a local nursing home or at a local hospital with specailized geriatric unit. ...Read more
Before hiring a caregiver, does it matter if your loved one requires occasional or continuous care?
Depends: As long as you and loved ones feel comfortable and sense of security. Geriatrician or geriatric case manager will help to assist your decision on the amount of hours needed for loved one. ...Read more
NO: If the individual can designate a proxy, then a guardianship is not necessary. If the next of kin is to become the poa(power of attorney) and wants to make the health care decisions, then it is not necessary to have a legal guardianship process. However, if the person can no longer designate a proxy or health care decision maker, a guardianship maybe necessary if the person is not next of kin(. ...Read more
Contact: Please contact to a local or county senior service. It has a list of agencies that provide care for the elderly. Once you pick an agency, find the right matchmaker for the companion. Please note that if you found it on newspaper ads, make sure that this person has fully bonded insurance and provides references from previous care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep at same time: Try to sleep when he is sleeping. Make sure he does not sleep during the day time, orherwise he wont sleep at night. He must sleep only at night. First attempt natural remedies to sleep ( valeriana, melatonin, tilo tea, sleepy time tea etc. ) or over the counter old antihistamines -if not present narrow angle glaucoma or bladder obstruction- before considering pills to sleep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Elder safety: If you are asking about fall prevention, then it is not technology that helps. Try balance training exercises, maintain optimal eyesight & hearing, avoid drugs that cause dizziness or low blood pressure, ensure a safe home environment, treat problems that interrupt sleep and force you to get up at odd hours and so on & on.....! ...Read more
Husband has been diagnosed with stage four cirrhosis caused by heart failure. As his caregiver what can I do to prolong his health? Diet? Prognosis
Get second opinion: Heart failure seldom causes advanced cirrhosis without a previous stormy course. Perhaps there has been confusion or a miscommunication. The prognosis depends on the cause of his heart failure & liver disease the combination of cirrhosis and heart failure makes me think of missed hemochromatosis -- if that's the diagnosis, he may be curable. ...Read more
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