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How to Reduce Anxiety for those with Dementia

It’s often easy to accidentally put someone who is suffering from dementia into a state of anxiety. Dementia can be caused by a number of things including neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, blood flow-related (vascular) disorders such as multi-infarct disease, inherited disorders such as Huntington’s disease, and infections such as HIV. Whatever the cause, […]


How can a long-term care ombudsman help?

If you, or a loved one, is a resident of, or is considering, assisted living, or a nursing home, a long-term care (LTC) ombudsman may be able to help. LTC ombudsman help resolve residents’ complaints, provide information and assistance, advocate for residents’ rights and quality of care, and advocates for system and legislative changes. The […]


“I don’t want to be put into a nursing home.”

For many people nursing homes have a bad reputation. For many nursing homes, that reputation is deserved. So when confronted with the need to find a nursing home for someone you love, you may justifiably be a little anxious over the search. In the age of the Internet and having information at your fingertips, it’s […]


What is POLST?

POLST stands for Physician’s Order for Life Sustaining Treatment. A POLST Paradigm form is a brightly colored, medical order form, used to write orders indicating life-sustaining treatment wishes for seriously ill patients. It addresses two needs. It turns treatment wishes of an individual (something you might find on an advanced directive) into actionable medical orders […]


Veterans Pension Can Help With Assisted Living or Nursing Home Care

If you, or someone you know, served in the military during just about any American conflict going back as far as the Indian wars (1817-1898), up through the Gulf War, the VA Pension could help with “aid and attendance”, which may include assisted living, or nursing home care. As of December 1, 2008 the pension […]


Social Workers to the Rescue

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans aged 65 and older will double to over 70 million by 2030. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) reports that this dramatic increase in older Americans will also increase the demand for age related services, programs, and policies. Registered social workers can help with […]


Need Help Navigating Medicare? SHIP is Not Far From Home

We publish SHF because we’ve spent a lot of time researching on our parents’ behalf and thought people shouldn’t have to wander in the wilderness like we did. Yes, we got some help along the way, and when we did, it was a great stress reducer. That’s why when we find a resource like SHIP […]


Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Site: A Place to Start

An article in the Washington Post about the launch of Medicare’s updated Nursing Home Compare Site yesterday really highlighted the challenges that people face when trying to find a facility. Not only is it a potentially emotional process from the perspective of making a decision on care for a person who is close to you, […]