General

Memory loss

First Signs Moving in to take care of mom was such an eye opener. Since we didn’t see her on a regular basis, how were we to know? It wasn’t obvious to me at first. But when I engaged in conversation with her, I noticed she kept asking me the same questions over and over …

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Togetherness

Would you rather live alone or with others? When I think about mom, before and after we moved in, there was a change in her. I’m not an expert on loneliness, but I do believe it affected her health greatly. Before, mom was a bit hunched over, didn’t smile much and seemed a bit depressed, …

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In-Home Aftercare

I was clueless and overwhelmed, first with the heart-attack and then with open-heart surgery. My head was spinning. I never felt so useless. Mom spent two weeks at the nursing home to recover before she was finally released to come home. I was impressed with the caseworker at the nursing home as she was on …

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Nursing Homes

Following mom’s open-heart surgery she was sent to a nursing home for recovery. However, the hospital she was at had an excellent cardio rehab, but her Medicare or Medi-Cal didn’t cover it. Why would that be? It only covers her ICU recovery and surgery, but not the rehab. Don’t get me started. I had been …

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Forgiveness

For me, February is a short month and jam-packed with celebration. Valentine’s day gets outshined by the celebration of Chinese New Year and mom’s birthday. There is no better way to celebrate than with lots of good Chinese Food! It was and still is a fond memory for me. February is the month of reconnecting …

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Caring and Preparing

The Goal of Good Care We want to do our best to ensure our elderly parents have the most comfort we can provide as they are approaching the end of their life so that they feel loved, valued and respected. But what are the right choices? Who has the right to make them? How can …

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