Geriatric Nurse

  • The Difference Between Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Doctors

    Physicians are in increasingly short supply, so patients often spend more time with physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) during appointments. How do these health care providers compare to each other?

  • 6 Pieces of Wisdom Nurses Often Share with New Family Caregivers

    More than any other medical professionals, nurses spend the most time providing hands-on care for patients and interacting with family caregivers. Here’s a list of six elder care insights that nurses share with family members who are new to caregiving.

  • 4 Tips for Building Relationships with Nurses

    Use these tips to connect with the nurses caring for your loved one and show your appreciation and respect for their hard work.

  • Who’s Who in Skilled Nursing: Staff Caregivers Should Get To Know

    When moving into a skilled nursing facility the care team can be confusing for seniors and their family members. Learn who on the staff you should get to know and who's responsible for which aspects of senior care.

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  • What’s the Difference Between Skilled Nursing Care and a Nursing Home?

    Confusion often arises surrounding use of the term “skilled nursing.” Understanding the terminology used in the long-term care industry is an important first step in determining viable care options for an aging loved one.

  • Dementia Training Should Be Mandatory

    Each caregiver knows that not all long-term care facilities are created equal. However, seeking placement becomes even more challenging for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. Ensuring the staff is properly trained is key.

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  • Help is Available for Veterans through the VA

    After one stint of my husband refusing to bathe for six weeks, I finally admitted to myself and his VA doctor that I needed some help at home. This is our incredible experience with the VA’s home-based care programs.

  • Family and Professional Caregivers Are More Alike Than Different

    A popular belief is that professional caregivers aren't as emotionally invested in the well-being of their elderly clients and therefore the care they provide is substandard compared to that of family caregivers. But how true is this assumption?

  • 5 Nurse-Approved Relaxation Tips for Family Caregivers

    Professional nurses are skilled at balancing the needs of multiple people at once, without getting overwhelmed. A registered nurse shares her best strategies for minimizing stress and avoiding caregiver burnout.

  • The Legend of the “Cranky Old Man”

    The “Cranky Old Man” is a touching poem about aging that has moved countless caregivers around the world to tears. But where did it really come from?

  • Assisted Living Staff Caregivers Should Get To Know

    When a loved one moves into an assisted living community the flurry of new faces can be confusing for seniors and their family members. Who on the staff should you get to know? Who's responsible for what aspects of a senior's care? If your loved one gets sick in the middle of the night, who should they go to for help?

  • Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Caregivers

    There’s nothing more reassuring than finding a caregiver who goes above and beyond in their role. So, when the holidays roll around, what is the best way to thank these compassionate people for treating our loved ones like family?

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