Lauren Keene

Eldercare column: The myth of dementia

Special to The Enterprise The filmmaker shuts the camera off. “I don’t think your father even knows who you are. And I think you’re just pretending to understand what your mother is talking about.” The filmmaker is in our house to make a documentary about my caring for my parents. I’ve agreed to the project […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The first time my dad said ‘I love you’

On Jan. 3, 2009 — my parents’ 51st wedding anniversary — my father came home from the hospital. It was a month since the stroke that had paralyzed him on the right side, and five months since the stroke that had skewed my mother’s speech. I was so busy preparing for his return, including the […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Elder care and relationship changes: Your significant other

Whether you’ll be providing elder care in your parent’s home or inviting your senior to come live with you, tensions may arise between you and your significant other. Because becoming a caregiver is such an enormous life change, the situation requires frank communication with your partner, both before and after you begin caregiving. Your partner […]

Wheelchair transfers: Safety and mobility in senior care

Caregiving requires transferring an elder safely from a wheelchair to a commode, to a bed, to a shower bench, to a car, and then back again. The key to transfers is the pivot. If your elder has equal strength in both legs, both must be used for pivoting. If the elder is weak on one […]

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Helping seniors communicate: Speech and language therapy at home

Many seniors, especially those who have suffered strokes, require speech and language therapy. If your elder’s insurance won’t pay for a speech therapist, and you can’t afford one, you can still give speech therapy to your parent on your own. The first step in speech therapy is to improve the dexterity of the mouth and […]

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Urinary tract infections in seniors: Watch for warning signs

When you’re caring for a senior, you need to watch for symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Your senior may be too confused at times to report symptoms accurately. Though there are cases where a urinary tract infection will not present symptoms, and while any one of the following symptoms in and of itself may […]

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Follow these steps for bathing a senior

Special to The Enterprise If your elder is bed-bound, you will have to give a sponge bath once a day. This is how to do it: Add a squirt of liquid soap to a basin of warm water and stir. Place a towel beneath your senior on the bed. After removing the clothes, keep the […]

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Use special care when dispensing medications

Special to The Enterprise One of the most important responsibilities of the caregiver is the accurate and timely dispensing of medications. I like to make a big chart and post it on the kitchen wall, listing each medication, the time it is given, and the dosage. You can make this chart by hand or print […]

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Families, work out caregiving fairly

Special to the Enterprise The first step in elder care is to decide how the caregiving will be split up within your family. Will the work be shared evenly, or will you become the primary caregiver? If so, will you be moving into your parentÕs home, or will your parent be moving in with you? […]

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