Allowing for Natural Death: Myth and Reality

CPR refers to Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and is considered a “heroic” measure which is started when a person’s heart stops in a futile attempt to revive it. It was originally developed for the middle-aged and has indeed saved some lives. But, how effective is it for seniors? When a patient is found without a heartbeat (in reality, they have ‘died’), a ‘Code Blue’ is called. Chest compressions are begun and sometimes mouth-to-mouth breathing is also started. A monitor may be attached to see if the heart is ‘shockable’. An IV is started to give drugs, and a tube is placed through the mouth into the windpipe so that a breathing machine can be connected. This attempt to restore life ca


Dementia refers to a group of diseases that cause confusion with memory loss. Types of dementia include Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia (caused by small strokes), Parkinson’s-associated dementia, and many others such as Lewy-Body Dementia. Dementia is progressive and incurable. Progressive means the symptoms get worse over time. Incurable means that the memory loss is permanent. Memory loss makes it difficult to remember names and places, how to do the usual activities of daily living, etc. People with dementia eventually require complete care; over half of all nursing home residents have some type of dementia. There are two general ways to treat dementia. Treat not cure. 1. Try to reverse

Memory Care

The decision to place a loved one in an Alzheimer’s care facility or often known as “Memory Care” can be emotional and heartbreaking. The family faces the task of finding a facility where their loved one will be safe and happy; meanwhile, the patient may be scared and confused by the unfamiliar surroundings. Here are some tips to help you determine if a particular facility is right for your family member. 1. What type of care is needed? There is a wide variety of care facilities available. Some facilities provide a maximum level of independence while others provide full-time nursing care. It is essential to have a good understanding of your loved one’s current level of functioning to determi

Benefits of Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are an amazing way to make sure that your loved ones are being cared for and getting the service they deserve. There are so many benefits of living in a nursing home and we wanted to share just a few. Help with Daily Tasks – For those residents that need help with daily tasks, nursing homes are great for this because they help immensely. These daily tasks include bathing, dressing, eating, drinking, running errands, and much more. With old age, daily tasks can become much more difficult. Many seniors lose their license and need that extra care to get things taken care of. Active Social Environment – Nursing homes have a built-in social network. They become friends with their pe

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