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Privacy and assisted bathing

My uncle, who is very private, is reluctant to have a nurse bathe him. How can I make this process easier?

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My aunt refuses to let home care workers in. Help!

I manage the affairs of my aunt, who is 78 and lives alone. She has home care workers visit every day, but she often refuses to answer the door. The agency then calls me at work to see if everything is okay, but I can’t do much as I live out of town. What can I do?

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Assisting Mom’s mobility

Mom is less able to walk around, and now it’s a hassle to bring her to a restaurant outside of her nursing home. However, she’s getting tired of eating at the same place. What can we do?

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Help for my neighbour

Jane, my elderly neighbour, just came home from hospital and she is all alone. Her son only comes once a week. I’m worried about her not eating properly and possibly falling. Is there a service that will check on her?

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Helping my parents

I’m concerned that my parents aren’t doing well with their health. What should I look for when I visit them?

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Safely using the stove

Using the stove is becoming a problem for my sister. Recently, the home care worker found several blackened pots on the stove. What can I do?

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Encouraging Dad to be active

I encourage my dad to stay active, but he’d rather sit at home and watch TV. I just bought him a walker to help him get out, but he won’t use it. How can I encourage him to use it?

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Diabetes and leg tingling

My uncle, who has diabetes, has recently been complaining of tingling in his lower legs. I’ve heard that many people who have diabetes eventually need their legs amputated. Will this happen to him?

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Difference between a cold and a stomach flu?

What’s the difference between a cold and a stomach flu?

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Easing lengthy hospital stays

I’m anticipating a lengthy hospital stay for my husband. Other than doing laundry for him, visiting regularly, and taking gifts, what can I do to make his stay easier?

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