Assisted Living

Training Needed for Home Care Is Lacking

Niko J. Kallianiotis for The New York Times Most people don’t possess the nursing skills to care for a sick, elderly relative at home. Elaine James, 76, who has dementia, was assisted by her daughter, Wendy James, 37, at a nursing home in New Rochelle in August. “H” from Chicago, I heard you when you(…)

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Managing the Assisted Living vs. Hospice Dilemma

Ruby Washington/The New York Times Comfort for a patient in a hospice in New York. When hospice services are brought into assisted living facilities for older residents with terminal illnesses, problems can arise, as I wrote last week. Good communication between families, hospice staff, assisted living staff and paid caregivers (if they’re part of the(…)

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Assisted Living vs. Hospice: Who’s in Charge?

Ruby Washington/The New York Times It was an emergency, the older woman told a hospice worker in a phone call in the middle of the night. Her husband wasn’t doing well and someone needed to come and check on him. For more than an hour, the woman waited nervously on the couch in the couple’s(…)

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A Choice of Community Care, in Your Own Home

For 51 years, Catherine Mack has lived in a four-bedroom house in Haddon Township, N.J. Even at age 96, she has no intention of leaving. Joining other older adults at a nearby retirement community doesn’t appeal to her, although the facility is attractive and has a great reputation. “I think in a place like that,(…)

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