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Paul Santiago recently broke his hip when he fell at his grandson’s 20th Birthday party. He was rushed to a hospital near his Middleburgh, NY home, where he underwent surgery to repair his hip. Before his surgery, he spent 25 hours on a gurney in the emergency room because there were no available beds. After only 5 days in the hospital, Paul’s family was pressured into having their dad discharged to a nursing home in the local area. They were not even allowed to visit the nursing home in question. Under extreme harassment, they allowed the move. The nursing home that Paul was discharged to was substandard and severely understaffed. When Paul arrived, he was very disoriented. He was sundowning. Two days after Paul arrived at the nursing home he had a fall. After returning from a physical therapy session, he was put into bed, but the nurse’s aide failed to lift the guard rail. Paul rang his call bell for 30 minutes to have someone give him his urinal, and then decided to get out of bed. When he did, he fell and broke his other hip. Falls are common in nursing facilities. Of the 1.6 million residents in U.S. nursing facilities, approximately half fall annually. About 1 in 3 of those who fall will fall two or more times in a year. Falls often have serious consequences, especially for frail older residents. Fall-related injuries decrease the resident's quality of life and ability to function. Residents who fall without injury often...

 The mental changes that accompany Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia not only impact a person's ability to recall past events, they can dramatically alter that individual's capacity for communication. Here are ten tips to keep conversations with a cognitively-impaired loved one positive and valuable for everyone involved. Being Reasonable, Rational and Logical Will Just Get You into Trouble. When someone is acting in ways that don’t make sense, we tend to carefully explain the situation, calling on his or her sense of appropriateness to get compliance. However, the person with dementia doesn’t have a “boss” in his brain any longer, so he does not respond to our arguments, no matter how logical. Straightforward, simple sentences about what is going to happen are usually the best. People With Dementia Do Not Need to Be Grounded in Reality. When someone has memory loss, he often forgets important things, e.g., that his mother is deceased. When we remind him of this loss, we remind him about the pain of that loss also. When someone wants to go home, reassuring him that he is at home often leads to an argument. Redirecting and asking someone to tell you about the person he has asked about or about his home is a better way to calm a person with dementia. You Cannot Be a Perfect Caregiver. Just as there is no such thing as a perfect parent, there is no such thing as a perfect caregiver. You have the right to the full range...