Ask Joan: Happy holidays and here’s to 2024!

It’s hard to believe it, but we are once again at the end of another year. Since this will be my last Ask Joan of 2023, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the year we’ve spent together. In this column, we’ve talked about everything from caring for a loved one...

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Visiting after vaccination

Joan Hatem-Roy Chief Executive Officer Q: I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and feel a great sense of gratitude and relief. Is it finally OK for me to visit my aunt in her long-term care facility? A: Becoming fully vaccinated is certainly a milestone. Many...

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Finding rehab help outside the hospital

Q: Two months ago, my husband broke his femur when he fell in our home. He had surgery to insert a rod and pins into the bone and was hospitalized for several days. Joan Hatem-Roy Chief Executive Officer Since that time, he has been staying in a rehabilitation...

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Watch out for vaccine scams

Q: My neighbor told me she received an email claiming that she could obtain an exemption and get the COVID vaccination before her age group becomes eligible. Joan Hatem-Roy Chief Executive Officer She is on Medicare but is only 65 years old. She tends to be a...

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Other vaccines elders should consider

Joan Hatem-Roy Chief Executive Officer Q: As I plan to get my vaccination for COVID, several of my friends have been chatting on Zoom about other vaccinations we should be getting. We have seen commercials on television and are a little confused about what is...

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Finding short-term care solutions

Joan Hatem-Roy, Chief Executive Officer Q: My elderly mother has been living with me for several years. This has been a satisfactory arrangement for both of us. I am scheduled for a surgical procedure soon and will be in the hospital for a couple of days. I also...

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