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David Holland, CPA, CFP®, hosts PlanStrongerTV™, a financial variety program featuring fascinating guests and a wide array of topics – from the psychology of money to retirement planning to estate planning. Make David Holland your source for interesting information that affects your pocketbook and helps you PlanStronger™ for your financial future.
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David Holland is an author and a financial columnist.
David Holland writes a weekly column on personal finance. You can read his latest column, or peruse the Archives, at www.HollandColumn.com. David has written columns on a wide variety of topics related to retirement planning and managing your personal finances. In the Archives, you will find valuable information (in plain English!) on retirement income planning, investing, life insurance, long-term care, and many more financial topics. These are issues that affect almost everyone.
By David D. Holland
In the previous two columns, we touched on topics like: what to bring to a nursing facility, the importance of listening and observing when you visit your relative, and how to communicate concerns. Today, we will focus on cleanliness, mealtime, staffing and volunteerism.
Next to Godliness. Cleanliness is of the utmost importance! When you enter a nursing home, there should be no unpleasant smells. If you detect an odor in your relative’s room, make a thorough check of his/her skin for any open areas or sores. An infection can cause a foul odor. Take special note of the pressure points on the body, including the heels, elbows and back. (There are special mattresses that can help alleviate the breakdown of skin. You can request that one be ordered.) Keep in mind that infections and viruses can happen in the cleanest of nursing homes. When there is an outbreak in the surrounding community, influenza can be transmitted to the home’s residents. Shingles, yeast infections, and pneumonia are just a few conditions that can also develop. If an outbreak occurs, ask the facility what they are doing to reduce the spread.
David has also written two books in his Confessions of a Financial Planner series: Secrets to a Secure Retirement and How to Get Great Advice & Avoid Financial Scams. The mission of this series is to provide easily accessible information on a wide variety of topics concerning personal finance. Everyone is affected by money issues and, yet, there are few resources available to answer even the most basic of questions in Plain English. It is David's goal to write books that anyone, from any walk of life, can pick up and relate to. He keeps it simple and doesn't use industry jargon to talk over the reader's head.
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