mac mom becoming meanDear Kimberly:

My mother has always been so kind and considerate of everyone’s feelings. She was someone that everyone loved being around until the past year or so. She’s become very difficult and, as much as I hate to admit it, sometimes, she is downright mean. There is just no reasoning with her when she is upset.

I’m confused by her behavior and what might be triggering this change. Do you have any suggestions on what we can do?

Friends and family members are noticing the change and starting to avoid her. It breaks my heart to see that happening.

Sincerely,

Alice

mac pain management back surgeryDear Angela:

I am scheduled to have back surgery in a few weeks. One big concern I have is pain management. I’ve had so many friends and family members who’ve had back surgery and have told me how painful it is afterward.

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Is rehab right for you?

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My goal before surgery is to explore natural ways to manage pain and to learn more about pain medications.

Do you have any guidance you can share? I’m hoping to have a smoother recovery than what I’ve witnessed people I know suffer through.

Sincerely,

Steve

senior woman with nurseDear Dawn:

My husband has been in the hospital since he had some fairly major surgery last week. He is due to be discharged home tomorrow. I know it will be a real struggle to convince him to follow his doctor’s orders and take it easy while his wounds heal. Just keeping him still in the hospital has been a real challenge!

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Here are some tips to help your loved one transition home!

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We live in a rural community outside Columbus and I’m concerned that as soon as I head back to work next week, he will be outside working on some of his projects instead of recuperating.

I could use some suggestions on explaining what the consequences of not following his doctor’s orders might be. Do you have any you advice?

Regards,

Vickie

senior man eating food

Dear Gwen:

My dad will be transferring to a skilled nursing and rehab center in Columbus following hip replacement surgery. One thing he is excited about is that he won’t have to eat hospital food any longer!  

He had a few complications that caused him to be in the hospital a little longer than planned, and we know he is anxious for some home cooking.

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Does your father have realistic expectations for rehab? Find out here.

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Dad has always been a picky eater, so institutional food hasn’t been a big hit with him the past ten days he’s been in the hospital. My mom and I thought maybe we could take turns bringing him dinner once he is in rehab.

We wondered if that will be allowed or if there are rules that prohibit it? Can we bring my Dad meals from home?

Kind Regards,

Deanna

nurse pricking seniors fingerIf you’re a person with Type 2 diabetes, you’re probably already aware that you will always experience medical complications. That risk is heightened if you’re older, overweight or in poor health.

mac downsizing must havesDear Jaclyn:

My parents have finally agreed to move to an assisted living community! After many discussions, they understand the benefits of senior living communities and are even starting to get excited about moving.

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Should your parent move to an assisted living community?

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One challenge we are facing now is downsizing their home. They have a large home they’ve lived in for decades. It is packed full of furniture and other items they’ve accumulated over the years.

Do you have any suggestions on what they will need to bring with them and what we should sell or donate to charity? It feels a bit overwhelming to us right now.

Sincerely,

Grace

mac home after rehabDear Kara:

My mom will be moving from a skilled nursing and rehab center to her home this week. While she is excited to be going home after a long stay in the hospital and at the rehab center, I’m a little anxious. Mom is going to continue to receive therapy in an outpatient setting and I want to make sure she keeps making progress.

 

How do you communicate with the staff at rehab? Here are some suggestions!

 

What should I be doing now to prepare her for this transition from one healthcare provider to another and from rehab to home?

Kind regards,

Olivia

mac laughter best medicineDear Dori:
My father recently moved to an assisted living community. After my mom passed away, he was isolated and lonely. He was even beginning to develop new health problems, most notably diabetes.

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How do you help your parent adjust to assisted living?

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While I know these are big life changes to adjust to all at once, I really miss seeing him smile and hearing him laugh. I think if we could lift his spirits and get him laughing again, his mental and physical health would both improve.

Do you have any advice?

Steven

heart on an x-rayDear Dr. Haas,

After a recent heart attack, my husband was told he needs to go to a rehab facility. I’ve never heard of such a thing. Why does he need rehabilitation for his heart?

Sincerely,

Jean