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Feb. 1, 2023

Researching Hospitals to Get Better Care (Part #2)

This episode is Part Two of my discussion with attorney Dan Frith. The quality of care our aging parents receive can vary by which hospital they use. The one closest to home might not be the safest, or even appropriate …

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Jan. 25, 2023

Things You'll Need When Bringing Dad Home

How do you prepare your home, or a parent’s home, so it’s safe for them to return to after a hospitalization or long-term rehab stay? They might have recovered, but the last thing you want is for another issue or …

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Jan. 18, 2023

Due Diligence on MDs (Part #1)

In this episode, we discuss how to learn if your doctor is the right one for your parents, or you. Sometimes we base our trust on a doctor’s “likeability,” or bedside manner. But someone who seems good doesn’t mean they …

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Jan. 11, 2023

Can You Predict Emergencies?

In this episode, I share some research done on the most challenging days of the week for those who care for an aging parent or spouse. From this, I learned that there really is an official calendar day called Blue …

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Jan. 4, 2023

Disability and Caregiving

What happens when you’re both a caregiver and, at the same, disabled yourself? In this episode my guest Daniel Hodges, JD, who is blind, was a caregiver for his parents and children while needing special care himself from ...

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Dec. 28, 2022

Toxic People Who Hurt You

Caring for those we love is tough enough. When toxic people enter our lives wanting more of our time, attention, energy, and even money, offering nothing in return, they make caregiving even more difficult. In this episode, I...

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Dec. 21, 2022

Caregiver Blues, How to Survive the Holidays

In this episode, I share tips on how caregivers can overcome those holiday blues when you’re alone and away from those you love. The show mentions how to make your days brighter when you start feeling a little dark. Below …

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Dec. 14, 2022

Finding Special Gifts For your Parents

This show is in memory of J ames Degenheardt who was a gift that showed up on my dad's doorstep one New Year's Day. Finding that special, thoughtful gift for an aging parent , or loved one can be tough. …

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Dec. 7, 2022

Help Line: Choking, Breathing, Speaking, Eating and more!

Imagine not being able to eat, swallow or enjoy your favorite foods. Or feeling so tired you could fall headfirst into your soup bowl! Or, even worse, getting your tongue cut, and rebuilt due to cancer, and having to learn …

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Nov. 30, 2022

Electronic Pickpocket, How to Protect Against

In this short episode, we talk about how to protect your parent’s credit cards from getting skimmed while in their wallets. RFID chips are now embedded in almost all our credit cards. For those of us caring for aging parents …

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Nov. 23, 2022

Remember Everything! Caregiver Toolkit

The stress from caregiving can wreak havoc on one’s entire body. Yet our brains and mental abilities often end up suffering the most. While in caregiving mode, some of us end up with overload. We feel like our brains are …

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Nov. 10, 2022

How to research problems before they happen to you

How do you identify a problem doctor or facility before they become a problem for you? We all put more effort, time, and research into buying a car than into selecting medical care for our parents, and ourselves. Why do …

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Nov. 9, 2022

Law, You, and Care Facilities (Part #2): Avoid becoming a victim.

Part two: Holding everyone at the facility(ies), including you, accountable (Part #2) Here, in part two, we dive into more ways to avoid falling into the traps that Long Term Care homes, nursing homes, rehab facilities, in-ho...

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Nov. 7, 2022

We're Moving!

Mondays are tough for everyone, especially those of us who are caregivers. That's why we're moving our show release day to Wednesdays, "hump day." Who doesn't need a little extra dose of energy, motivation, and laughter mid...

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Oct. 31, 2022

Law, You, and Care Facilities (Part #1)

Elder Law and Care Home Mishaps . Who’s on your side to help, are they able, and will they help? You might be surprised by the answers. After listening to these next two episodes (part 1 and part 2), you …

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Oct. 24, 2022

How to Make Better Care Decisions

When caring for your parents, how do you make the right decisions for them when they can’t? Some of us go into paralysis mode, some panic, and others decide based on what choices they feel are best for their folks. …

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Oct. 17, 2022

Get Help With an Ombudsman!

What is a Long-Term Care or Nursing Home Care Resident Ombudsman? Who do they serve? How can they help you, if your mom or dad reside in a facility where they’re NOT getting the proper care needed? Knowing how to …

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Oct. 10, 2022

10 Ways to Help Your POA

Top 10 Ways To Reduce The Burden Of Being Cared For : It can be tough to avoid becoming emotionally involved in and impacted by an aging parent’s needs. But, what about when YOU become that aging parent? Well, there …

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Oct. 3, 2022

More Care With The VA; Some is Free!

Listen in to this important show. If you’re a Veteran or caring for one, the US government has a ton of benefits available to help you . Listen in as my guests from the US Veteran’s Administration share information on …

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Sept. 26, 2022

How to prepare for a hurricane when a caregiver

How do you prepare for a natural disaster emergency if you’re caring for an older person? Natural, weather-related, and other disasters happen -- they're often difficult to avoid. Yet, you can prepare, in advance, so that yo...

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Sept. 25, 2022

Love Letters to a Wife with Dementia

Watching one’s spouse or other loved one suffer from dementia may be one of the toughest things ever . In this episode, we listen to how a social worker and home health aides recommended that their client's husband move out …

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Sept. 19, 2022

Parkinson's 1 in 4 Misdiagnosed!

Did you know that as many as 1 in 4 people who have Parkinson’s Disease are misdiagnosed? Even worse, those with the disease may have seen a doctor three or more times before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Too often it’s …

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Sept. 12, 2022

Tips for Hiring Great Aides and Caregivers

Finding good aides, or a health care agency isn’t easy. In this episode, I disclose some key points to make your caregiving life easier, especially when it comes to hiring aides as well as knowing when and how to let …

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Sept. 5, 2022

Caregiver Loneliness and Fears

Many of us as caregivers often feel isolated and alone. When this happens it may be tough to overcome, even when surrounded by those who care about us and want to help. It’s tough enough to deal with this ourselves. …

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