Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Carol Bradley Bursack's Posts

Veteran Caregiver for Multiple Elders Tells It Like It Is

It’s been nearly a decade since I began sharing my personal caregiving stories with the public, first via the book “Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories” and later through a newspaper column, on my own blog and then contributing to major websites such as Healthcentral.com.

When I first... Read moreChevron

Breaking the Sacred Promise: It’s Time for a Nursing Home

It’s something many of us have done. Our parents are in their middle years and have come home from visiting someone in a nursing home. The hospital-like structure of the older nursing home was disturbing to them. While relating their experience to you they say that they’d hate to end up in a place like that. You jump in and say with... Read moreChevron

Terminally Ill? Where We Live Can Affect Aggressiveness of Treatment

Most of us would like to believe that medical people have our best interests at heart. We, or the people who have been appointed by us to represent us during a healthcare crisis, should be part of the... Read moreChevron

Will Your Advanced Health Directive Help You In An Emergency?

You’ve had an advanced health directive, often called a living will, drawn up along with your other legal documents. This vital document tells medical people how you should be treated if you can’t speak for yourself. It also names a health proxy to speak for you. This advanced directive is also included in a Power Of Attorney for... Read moreChevron

CMS Increases Goal to Reduce Use of Antipsychotics in Long-term Care

It’s long been a goal of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to reduce the use of antipsychotics in nursing homes. Historically, these antipsychotics have often been used as chemical restraints to control “behaviors” in... Read moreChevron