July 30, 1987 |
For many of the families of the 220,000 Pennsylvanians who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, respite care services can provide the support needed to sustain a patient at home and to delay for as long as possible the more costly alternative of institutionalization. Yet, until this year, respite care has not been given the degree of legislative support that it deserves as an efficient, cost-effective strategy for long-term care in Pennsylvania. Respite care may be defined as any service that provides the care giver of a functionally impaired person with relief from routine care-giving responsibilities.
June 1, 1986 |
If it's time for a week in Waikiki or business in Birmingham, what can you do for the aging parent or grandparent who lives at home with you and requires constant, attentive, loving vigilance? The elderly relative whose vision and memory are less clear than they once were, who might be trusted to cook meals but not necessarily to remember to turn off the stove? Until recently, special programs for dependent individuals were rare. Now, as the aging population increases and the demand for hospital beds decreases, at least two Philadelphia area hospitals have created special units to provide safe "respite" care.
June 23, 1986
I firmly believe that justice will have been served on William Ecenbarger for his shortsightedness reflected in the June 8 Inquirer Magazine article "Do the elderly have it too good" only when he eventually becomes frail and dependent on either respite care, homeworker service, home-delivered meals, domiciliary care, adult day care or other social services offered by underfunded community agencies that are operated by dedicated and underpaid staff...
May 25, 1989 |
The county's Office of Aging last week froze admissions to four programs that serve the elderly and their families, saying it doesn't have enough money to maintain services even at their current levels. The affected programs are day care for the elderly, personal care, attendant care and respite care. The personal- and attendant-care programs offer help in daily activities such as bathing and dressing. Day care and respite care provide relief for family members who care for elderly relatives, said Margaret Woodlief, director of the Office of Aging.
March 1, 1987 |
The Camden County Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering two courses this month for people responsible for the care of elderly people at home. "As Parents Grow Older" and "Informal Caregiver Training Program" were developed by Norma Weisman, director of health-care services for the Camden County Chapter. The courses are taught by a registered nurse and a social worker, according to Sue Rosoff, respite-care coordinator for the chapter. The courses are open to county residents and nonresidents.
April 28, 2012 |
New Jersey is being asked to pay back $61 million in federal Medicaid reimbursements because the state has not documented whether some services claimed for disabled people were provided, U.S. government auditors said. The overbilling happened from 2005 to 2007 in a program that provides home care for mentally and physically disabled people, auditors at the Health and Human Services Department's Office of Inspector General said in a report today. The state billed the federal government $1.4 billion for the program during the period.
January 27, 1992 |
Every adult whose folks are old, and every child whose parents will be, faces The Decision. It's never easy. Harriet Scheckter knows. She remembers precisely how the parent became the child, how she became the mother to her mother, how it felt like the beginning of goodbye. The emotional baggage of a lifetime colored The Decision. Guilt. Obligation. Need. Responsibility. It was 1986. Her mother, Harriet Wexlin, was 89 and Scheckter, an only child, was 67. In 67 years, they had never lived apart.
November 5, 1986 |
For Diane and Wayne Crawley, the word respite means that sometimes they get to go out together. For their daughter Dawn, the word respite has come to mean a new friend. And for the South Jersey office of the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey, which serves families in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties, the "respite" - actually the new respite care service it offers - has been declared a success by those who use it. The program, started last month by the Camden-based foundation, provides up to 40 hours of free care each month for severely disabled, multi-handicapped children who are subject to uncontrolled seizures.
October 5, 1989 |
As a newly trained health-care aide, Laura Gimenez thought she was prepared to handle just about anything. Then one day, more than a year ago, she took an Alzheimer's patient for a short walk. The patient, an elderly Italian woman who spoke no English, started to undress half a block away from her house. The woman had shimmied out of her underwear and started to take off her skirt before Gimenez could stop her and get her back to the house. "I was able only to hold her dress and make her walk," Gimenez said last week as she recounted how startled she had been by the incident.
August 11, 1999
Are you interested in obtaining home-based care for an elderly or disabled loved one, but unable to afford it? Hope you don't live in Pennsylvania. According to one expert, the state ranks dead last in America in shifting the emphasis from nursing homes to home- and community-based care. In other states, including New Jersey, officials are doing more to keep low- and moderate-income elderly and disabled in such settings. Gov. Whitman, for instance, has earmarked $60 million in new money this year for such services.