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Behavior Challenges

Behavior Challenges

I am the owner of a non medical in-home caregiver agency.  One of our clients is providing quite a challenge due to his anger, agitation, racial slurs towards caregivers, as well as inappropriate sexual comments and gestures.

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Is Hospice a Drain?

Is Hospice a Drain?

Recently, The Washington Post ran a story investigating the increased use of hospice care. Its investigation found that the number of “hospice survivors” has increased greatly in the last few years....

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Hard to Swallow, Part 2

Hard to Swallow, Part 2

Recently, I came across this story from a family that inspired more thoughts about swallowing: An elderly woman suddenly started holding her breath. She gagged whenever she tried to eat, and she...

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When Things Get Hard to Swallow

When Things Get Hard to Swallow

As a geriatrician making house calls throughout the Bay Area, I often must explain to families that toward the end stages of dementia, their loved ones will eventually forget the most basic of...

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Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Just as individuals can fall on financial hard times, businesses and corporations can experience financial setbacks as well. When a business is failing financially, there are several options available.

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Don’t Forget Dental Care!

Don’t Forget Dental Care!

Recently, as I was doing house calls in the San Francisco Bay Area, I visited a patient whose dentures were caked with plaque. Those dentures spoke volumes. Often, a patient with dementia will not...

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When things get plugged up

When things get plugged up

One of the most common problems I encounter doing my rounds of geriatric house calls is that elders’ bowels do not always move regularly. This may not sound very serious, but it is. Constipation may...

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