Author Archives for Clarence Reber

4 Steps to Take Mom’s Meds From Muddled to Methodical

June 23, 2020 1:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Medication management is a hot topic. And it should be. Medication confusion and home medication errors account for additional health expenses, hospital readmissions and even falls at home. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2012) noted that half of the people who go home from the hospital have medication errors and problems within the first month of discharge. According to... View Post


Gifts to Spread the Warmth this Holiday Season

June 23, 2020 1:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Sentiments of cheer and goodwill are certainly heart warmers at this time of year, but how about ways to literally give the gift of warmth? The team at Silver Lining Home Healthcare put on their (warm) thinking caps to come up with gift ideas to help friends and family stay warm; some will even battle the aches and pains that... View Post


Tips and Tools for Medication Management

June 23, 2020 12:55 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Different medications. Different dosages. Different times of day. It’s no wonder medication management can be a challenge for seniors. An effective plan for managing the medications of your loved one begins with 2 considerations–people and tools. Ask the questions (1) Who is the right person to oversee a loved one’s medications? and (2) What tools are available to assist in... View Post


Medical Alert Systems and How to Choose

June 23, 2020 12:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A fall or a medical emergency is a concern in and of itself as we age. Being alone in such a situation is even more worrisome. Fortunately, today’s technology provides a myriad of options to monitor and respond to medical emergencies. Medical alert systems–also referred to as a personal emergency response system (PERS), a medical emergency response system (MERS) or... View Post


Documenting Your Life Story

June 23, 2020 12:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Perhaps you’ll notice the brevity in this month’s post. What I hope you will take away after reading is the heartfelt sentiment from which I write, hoping to encourage you to document your life story or that of a loved one. About 3.5 years ago, my husband and I came across a company called StoryCorps. StoryCorps has expertly crafted their... View Post


The What and Why of Advance Directives

June 23, 2020 12:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Advance Directives People often don’t know about them until the situation is less than ideal. We want to change that. Part of happier aging is planning for your future so everything doesn’t come crashing down without you and your loved ones being prepared. When you think about aging in place and happier aging, it’s important to remember the planning piece... View Post


Mental Competence and When to Step in for Mom and Dad

June 23, 2020 12:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s no doubt about it–helping your loved ones can be difficult. You observe little things at first, such as forgetfulness.You let it go for a while, but soon you find yourself trying to evaluate a host of “little things” that collectively are adding up to the big question, “Is Mom or Dad mentally competent?” We have some answers and also... View Post


What Happens After I Call a Home Care Agency?

June 23, 2020 12:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

While no two health care agencies operate exactly the same, there is a general sequence of steps that new clients can expect after they decide to make that initial call.  We’ve outlined the 5 steps you can expect when calling Silver Lining Home Healthcare. Let’s start with a fictitious, but very common, scenario: Mrs. Greeley is a 76 year-old who... View Post


Caregiver Credentials

June 19, 2020 6:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Know Who’s Caring for Your Loved One Have you ever been to a doctor’s appointment or had a visit to the hospital and noticed how many different medical personnel there can be tending to you? Unless you ask, it can be hard to know exactly what each person’s job title is let alone what credentials they carry. The same can... View Post