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Dementia Care Planning – Is It Necessary?

By djohnson, 9:00 am on December 12, 2018
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Is dementia care necessary for someone who is showing signs of mild cognitive impairment? Does your family have a history of dementia-like symptoms? Do you think frequent episodes of memory loss indicate a need for dementia care planning? Recognizing the differences between signs of normal aging (memory loss) and dementia or Alzheimer’s can help you make decisions for your future. What Does Normal Aging Mean? Experts in the field of geriatrics indicate that outdated perceptions of exactly what “normal aging” means compared to dementia are being challenged. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) describes milder measurable cognitive changes – for example when the person takes longer to complete the tasks of daily living but is managing without …

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Home Health Care – Help For The Holidays

By djohnson, 8:30 am on December 5, 2018
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Home health care during the holidays can be a stressful time for everybody. It’s no wonder the season can result in caregiver stress and depression. With the vast array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, for caregivers it can be extra challenging when insensitive family members are thrown into the mix. When a caregiver is already juggling so many different tasks, not only can it ruin the holidays, but it can take a toll on the caregiver’s health. We understand, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Caregivers can find effective ways to manage any issues that are likely to come up and help make it an enjoyable time for the …

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Caregiver Burnout – Getting Help

By djohnson, 4:34 pm on November 28, 2018
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Being a caregiver can be stressful and challenging. While at some stage in our lives many of us will assume the role of caregiver for a loved one. Most of us are not aware of all that it involves that can lead to stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. When the stress of caregiving is left unchecked, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind, eventually leading to caregiver burnout. The job of a caregiver can strain even the strongest person, emotionally and physically, and at times seem impossible to manage. When someone gets to this point, it becomes very difficult to accomplish anything, let alone care for another person. That’s why …

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Dementia Care For Kansas City Seniors

By djohnson, 8:30 am on November 21, 2018
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Dementia care for seniors can become difficult during the holidays – tensions run high and all the extra activity can become more than families can withstand without becoming overstressed. Nobody ever said that caring for senior parents with dementia at home was easy. Elderly parents can be stubborn and resist any efforts on their behalf to make life better for them. These are typical characteristics of adults suffering from dementia and are among the most common reasons why adult children seek help from dementia care givers for their elderly parents. It’s very important that you don’t lose your patience and let things escalate to the point of no return. It’s never a good thing to …

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Home Health Care – Providing Valuable Assistance

By djohnson, 1:34 pm on November 14, 2018
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Home health care encompasses a wide range of health and social services in the home. Services may include intermittent skilled nursing care, therapy, and care provided by a home health aide. Home health provides limited medical support covered by insurance. This includes nursing, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, aides and social work. A physician’s order is required for skilled caregiving and certain criteria must be met. What, When and How When someone is homebound, due to illness, injury, or advanced aging, it often becomes necessary to rely on caregivers for assistance. The frequency of receiving care may be in the short-term, once every week or every month. It is not unusual for a person to …

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Dementia Care And Caregiver Support In Overland Park, Kansas

By djohnson, 10:00 am on November 7, 2018

Dementia care becomes more specialized as a person’s condition progresses to such a degree that they become uncommunicative, loss of appetite sets in, vital organs begin to be affected and mobility is severely limited. Understanding Dementia Dementia often progresses slowly and unpredictably, as a person reaches the end of life.  People suffering from dementia can present special challenges for caregivers. Dementia is sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as senility. There is also the misconception that dementia is a normal part of aging. While many aging seniors do suffer from memory loss, it does not mean they have dementia; it is not a specific disease. There are many different causes of memory loss including dementia, which can …

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Home Health Care Plan Option in Kansas City

By djohnson, 8:22 am on October 24, 2018
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Home care and home health care are two distinct types of in-home care that are both provided in a home setting. Home care is referred to as personal care or companion care. This type of home care is considered “unskilled” or “non-clinical.” Home care is provided by aides who are trained to provide assistance to a person in their home. Services provided by home care aides may include: Assist with activities of daily living Meal preparation House cleaning Help dressing, bathing & grooming Transportation Medication reminders Help with paying bills Many aging adults are able to rely on adult children or other family members to provide care for them at home, but not everyone has family …

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Caregivers In Kansas City Use Latest Technology For Dementia Care

By djohnson, 1:33 am on October 17, 2018
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Caregivers in Kansas City are paying attention to the predictions for use of technological advances in dementia care. As discussed in our previous blog, Technology in Dementia Care in Kansas City, the applications available for use on electronic devices can be beneficial to caregivers and patients alike in a variety of ways. To expand on that subject, Home Care Assistance looks into more ways technology might be useful in caregiving.  We know that the prevalence of dementia is increasing in our society, impacting literally millions of people. As with many other innovations that humanity has experienced throughout history, technological advancements continue to be developed to help caregivers manage dementia care. There are literally hundreds of …

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Using Technology In Dementia Care in Kansas City

By djohnson, 4:47 pm on October 10, 2018
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Dementia care is a growing concern for aging seniors who are experiencing memory loss. In this high-tech age of the computer and related devices, it’s no surprise that dementia caregivers would develop ways to use it for the care of their patients. Truly, in this day and age, there’s an application for just about everything, and that includes devices designed to help people with memory issues as well as their caregivers. Some of these devices don’t actually help but many of them do, and can literally be a lifesaver at times. Dementia causes loss of thinking, memory, and reasoning skills, seriously impacting the ability of someone to carry out daily activities. The use of technology …

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Elderly Care and Driving Privileges in Overland Park

By djohnson, 8:30 am on October 3, 2018
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A growing trend in elderly care Overland Park is restricting driving privileges for aging seniors. The number of elderly drivers is large and continues to grow. There are almost 33 million licensed drivers in the United States who are over age 65 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly 5,500 adult drivers age 65 and older die each year in vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), elderly drivers are more likely to become involved in fatal accidents than other age groups. This has more to do with an elderly driver experiencing medical problems than it does with declining driving skills. Diminishing reflexes, changes in eyesight, cognitive and memory loss issues, …

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