Caregiver Connection
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    How to choose a nursing home

    Posted 07/10/2018 by Fallon Health

    Finding a nursing home for a family member or friend is stressful for all involved.

    Focus on the practical issues at hand to make it a little easier, says Lisa DeWitt, RN, of Fallon’s Summit ElderCare program. Lisa has advice for you on what to look for and how to evaluate a facility.

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    Use these essential documents to formalize caregiving arrangements

    Posted 06/26/2018 by Fallon Health

    No one wants to imagine being mentally or physically unable to make health care and financial decisions independently. And many people assume that, even if it did come to pass, an informal caregiving arrangement would be enough to manage the situation.

    But in most cases you need more than that. Attorney Frederick M. Misilo Jr., an elder law specialist, recommends you use these 4 documents to plan ahead--and make a dramatic difference for you, for your loved one and for the whole family.


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    Too many medications to manage

    Posted 06/12/2018 by Fallon Health

    Even in the best of circumstances, it’s easy to get confused and make errors when taking multiple medications. If someone you care about is finding it difficult to manage medications, check out these suggestions to make it easier.

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  • About our contributors

    Posted 06/08/2018 by Fallon Health

    Meet the experts behind the Caregiver Connection.

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    How to adjust activities for your loved one’s physical or cognitive changes

    Posted 04/24/2018 by Fallon Health

    If someone in your life is having physical or cognitive difficulties, it can be challenging to continue the things you usually do together. But it's not impossible. Here are some modification suggestions from Leanna Moran, M.S.W. 

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    Making a smooth transition to rehab and getting the most out of it

    Posted 03/28/2018 by Fallon Health

    "In an ideal world, most people would choose to recuperate from an accident, hospitalization or illness in the comfort of their own homes," says Lisa DeWitt, RN, LNC. "But the reality is that many will need inpatient rehabilitation care, especially older adults." She recommends practical steps you can take to ease your loved one’s transition into this new environment.

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    Training helps caregivers develop skills for the job of caregiving

    Posted 03/07/2018 by Fallon Health

    "Parent, spouse, relative and friend are terms that explain relationships between people. The word 'caregiver,' however, describes something you do for someone else. That makes it a job," says guest blogger Crystal Polizzotti, of the Healthy Living Center for Excellence. She has ideas for you on how you can get the training you need to do that job well.

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  • Woman and man at a Memory Cafe

    Memory Cafes provide social time without worries about memory problems

    Posted 02/15/2018 by Fallon Health

    At a Memory Café, you have a chance to meet others who understand what you and the person in your life with dementia are going through. It’s a welcoming place for individuals living with dementia, as well as their families, friends and professional caregivers.

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