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  1. Choosing a Nursing Home - Topic Overview

    When considering moving into a nursing home,also called a resident care facility,you can take steps to make sure you select the place that best meets your needs. Visit several nursing homes with your family. Most nursing homes have an admissions coordinator who is able to answer your questions and show you the facility. Discuss what you like and dislike about each facility. It may be ...

  2. Eldercare Mediation - Topic Overview

    Dorothy was in her late 80s and had been losing her balance a lot. Her son thought it was time for her to move into a nursing home. Her daughter wanted her to go into an assisted-living facility. Dorothy just wanted to stay in her own home. The three of them argued for months about this. In the meantime, Dorothy fell twice. She escaped serious injury, but the falls just made them all argue more. Then a friend told Dorothy about eldercare mediators. Dorothy immediately made an appointment with a local mediator. After a few meetings, the mediator helped Dorothy and her children agree to hire a handyman to make Dorothy's house safe from fall hazards. They also made plans to hire a nurse to check in on Dorothy twice a day. The family will meet again in 3 months to see if they need to change Dorothy's care plan.What is eldercare mediation?Eldercare mediation is the process of working with someone to help families deal with the legal, health, and emotional issues that come with aging.

  3. Funeral Planning - Topic Overview

    Funerals and memorial services allow the grieving family and friends time to reminisce about the life of their loved one. A funeral or memorial service can be a time not only for grieving but also for healing and celebrating life. A funeral or memorial service also helps family and friends face the reality of their loved one's death and helps them begin the process of accepting and adjusting to ..

  4. Writing an Advance Directive - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I receive artificial hydration and nutrition? Should I receive CPR and mechanical ventilation? Should I stop kidney dialysis? Should I stop life - prolonging treatment? ...

  5. Writing an Advance Directive - Basic Types of Advance Directives

    Having an advance directive means that you have written down information that can guide others into making medical decisions and providing care should you become unable to communicate your wishes. A living will and a medical power of attorney to designate a health care agent are the two main types of advance directives.Living willA living will, also called a treatment directive, outlines your ...

  6. Grief: Helping Older Adults With Grief

    Key pointsOlder adults often have many major losses within a short period of time. For example, older adults who lose their spouses may suffer many losses, including financial security, their best friend, and their social contacts.The natural aging process brings many losses, such as loss of beauty and physical strength.Older adults may seem to overreact to a minor loss. What is considered a ...

  7. Care at the End of Life - After Death

    AutopsyAn autopsy is the thorough examination of a body after death to help determine how and why a person died. Autopsies are not performed as frequently as they once were, especially when the death was expected. An autopsy is often not needed to determine the cause of death when a person dies of a disease or condition that had been diagnosed. If a diagnosis and cause of death were unclear, some

  8. Writing an Advance Directive - Why an Advance Directive Is Important

    An advance directive is crucial for having control over your own medical care if you become unable to make decisions or cannot communicate your wishes. It is also a way to share your feelings with your family and help them if they ever need to make decisions about your medical treatment. An advance directive may become important if you are severely injured or develop a serious illness that ...

  9. Care at the End of Life - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I receive artificial hydration and nutrition? Should I receive CPR and mechanical ventilation? Should I stop kidney dialysis? Should I stop life - prolonging treatment? ...

  10. Your Health Care Agent: How to Choose Someone - Topic Overview

    Even if your family is involved in helping you make medical treatment decisions,it is still important to choose one person to be your health care agent. If you want one family member to be able to make medical treatment decisions for you,appoint that person as your agent. Your family's right to make decisions for you may be limited unless you have legally appointed a health care agent. Most ...

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