Audio Blog#14: The Journey With My Mother Through Hospice and Assisted Living

This episode continues the journey of dealing with my mother’s dying and the facility indifference.  I will be talking about my insights into being a caregiver.  I know many others have had similar experiences, the loneliness one can feel and how family and friend support make the difference.

A Expert’s View on Honoring One’s Wishes at the End of Life

Today’s guest is Howard Block, elder care patient advocate expert.  He is my go to person for any difficult situations with my elder clients.  He has been practicing in this field for over 20 years and his expertise is inspiring.  One of the issues we have been discussing recently is a person’s wishes at the end of life and how to get facilities and family members to respect those wishes.  Howard has many stories, some heartbreaking, about patients and  families journeys to get medical professionals and administrators to respect those wishes.  We will discuss DNRs and how those wishes can be protected and respected.  Howard tells it like it is with humor and honesty.  This is a not to miss episode. 

Audio Blog #12 The Journey Through Assisted Living and Hospice With Mom

The endless drama continues.  I have learned to never let my guard down and expect the unexpected.  I am going to talk about DNR and specialized Physician signed specific orders on what you want at the end of life.  A DNR may not be enough and even then, nobody may read it.

Do Public Health Regulations Lack Ethical Scrutiny?

Recently, I had a disagreement with the public health medical director in Santa Fe about the application of a public health policy related to gastroenteritis in an assisted living facility.  The interaction occurred because my mother’s facility had placed the residents on isolation for meals and group activities.  This meant that the main social event for…

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Audio Blog#10: My Journey With Mom Through Assisted Living and Hospice

Just as Meghan Trainor says in her song”It’s all about the bass”, I say with assisted living and hospice, “it’s all about the regs”.  I have kept my mother safe by knowing what her rights are and what the regulations are.  This blog will be about how I faired knowing certain regulations.