Board and Care Homes – What Are They?Written by Alex Jensen
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With most board and care homes, a resident will interact with just three or four caregivers each week. This allows caregivers and residents to form a close bond, which many seniors prefer. Homes range in care giving levels, from simply providing a personal presence for seniors to dealing with severe medical conditions. If fact, some specialize in very specific areas of healthcare and their related needs, such as non-ambulatory residents, stroke or paralysis residents, diabetes care, oxygen needs, catheters, colostomy’s, and cognitive and memory impairments such as dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's disease. Some medical conditions such as a feeding tubes or tracheotomies cannot be handled by board and care homes.
Generally, Board and Care homes are managed and owned by an individual or family who are closely involved in day-to-day activities of home. Board and care homes are a refreshing alternative to more business like approach of an assisted living or skilled nursing facility.
Alex Jensen is with Careplacement.com - a free placement service for Southern California. Care Placement's staff can review your care requirements to determine whether skilled nursing care, assisted living facilities or board and care homes are a viable option for seniors.
When Your Children Come From Different PlanetsWritten by Kenneth A. Sprang and Carol Sprang, MA, RNC, LCPC
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Second, inevitably, one child will have characteristics that push our buttons more than another—reminding ourselves of our experience growing up or maybe of one parent or other. For example, during our travels my sister mentioned that she is constantly nagging our niece about keeping her face clean. “Why?” I asked. My sister thought a moment, and then as tears flowed she said “Because I had a face patchy with acne as a kid.” A quiet but profound discovery of link between her own past and her interaction with her daughter. So, how do we deal with our children’s differences? First, recognize that they are each unique individuals, and part of their life journey as children, particularly as adolescents, will be to discover and claim their individuality. Celebrate their differences. Find ways to affirm each of them for unique talents and strengths. And never, never compare them with one another—at least not aloud. Second, when you find certain behaviors or actions driving you crazy, or find yourself in constant conflict, pause for a moment and ask why you are making a particular rule, or enforcing particular behavior. Is it for child’s good, or does your motivation really lie in ancient hurts of your own? You may or may not still choose to continue rule or behavior, but you will know why. And if, as in my sister’s case, it comes out of an earnest desire to spare your child some hurt you experienced, tell child. Share your honest feelings, so that he or she will hear your “nagging” as an act of love, and not as another note of parental control against which child may want to rebel. In short, affirm them often for uniqueness, for their individuality. Love them for who they are not simply for what they do. Share feelings with them. And listen, really listen to their thoughts and feelings. The rewards will be priceless.
Kenneth Sprang, MA, JD, and Carol Sprang, MA, RNC, LCPC direct Bethesda-Chevy Chase Counseling & Consulting in Bethesda, offering Imago Relationship Therapy, relationship and executive coaching, individual and couples coaching and counseling, and business consulting services. (301)907-3377, ext. 93. firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.bcccounseling.com