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The True Costs of Care

Did you know that 7 in 10 caregivers report making accommodations at work because of their caregiving obligations at home? This means caregiving duties impact the ability to earn money. Not only is caregiving expensive, but there are costs that are not purely financial. This is why it’s crucial to figure out how many assets are available to help pay for caregiving help when help is required. The “financial tipping point” is the point at which help needs to be considered. The sooner you can begin the planning for caring for a loved one with dementia, the more ready you and your family will be for the progression of the disease. This video, hosted by Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Kansas City’s Thoughtful Healthcare […]
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Planning the Best Visit with a Loved One Who Has Dementia

Many clients have asked us over the years for advice about connecting with a loved one who has dementia. In this video, Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City, talks about how to maintain a relationship with a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia. 1. The Time You Have Is Precious We all know that nothing lasts forever, even the current stage of your loved one’s dementia. When you can to listen to happy stories, or reminisce about times past, you are connecting with a part of the loved one that is still present. Go with it. Strive to soothe, not ruffle feathers. When you see visual or verbal cues of irritability, back off, or […]
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Enjoy an Outing with a Loved One Who Has Dementia

Why Plan Outings? Making an effort to keep a loved one socially engaged can keep him or her feeling upbeat and joyful. Since people who have dementia tend to suffer from isolation and depression, an outing can provide a loved one with something to look forward to, and it livens up the day-to-day routine. In the “Planning an Outing” video, you’ll find helpful tips and ideas for getting your loved one out and about in a safe way. The How’s of Planning an Outing “Proper Planning Prevents Problems.” This phrase makes all of the difference when preparing for an outing with a loved one who has dementia, says Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City. Here is […]
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Creating a Planning Document

When a Kansas City family member receives a diagnosis of dementia, there are a host of new issues that crop up. All kinds of new medications, routines and behaviors can be expected. How can a caregiving team stay updated? Planning, Planning, Planning Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Healthcare and its affiliates in Kansas City reveals one of tricks of the homecare trade: creating a Plan of Care. You can learn how to create this important resource in our “Plan of Care” video. Why Create a Plan of Care? A Plan of Care is a tremendously useful document that can save hours of headache and miscommunication. And when the time comes for professional care, a Plan of Care is immediately useful for in-home caregivers, […]
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Living with Dementia and Preparing for the Future

Family members and loved ones who care for a person who has dementia can feel overwhelmed by the changes that are associated with dementia’s progression. That’s why Tim Tholen, Founder and CEO of Kansas City’s Thoughtful Healthcare and its affiliates, brings his expertise to a video about preparing for the progression of dementia. In this video, we outline steps to take to help manage the moving parts: from creating a routine for your loved one with dementia, to getting the family communicating about the future. Once the diagnosis of dementia has been given and the family begins to learn about the disease, it’s important to understand that dementia progresses at varying– and sometimes unpredictable– rates. Making plans for eventualities is very important for families with […]
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After the Initial Diagnosis of Dementia

After a diagnosis of dementia, it’s natural to want answers to all of the questions that follow the news. It can be overwhelming, and there is a steep learning curve. This is why Thoughtful Healthcare and our affiliates have created a video specifically for new caregivers, to help them understand the steps to take once a diagnosis of dementia has been given. Every family has different needs, and no two cases of dementia are alike. But Tim Tholen, Founder and CEO of Thoughtful Healthcare, lends his the experience, walking viewers through the discovery process, giving answers for questions that families living in Kansas City might not have considered to ask about living with dementia. Loved ones caring for people diagnosed with dementia will want to […]
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6 Ways to Kick the Holiday Blues: Tips for Seniors

Got a case of the holiday blues? Rest assured you’re not the only one who doesn’t feel joyous when the holiday decorations go on display and the festive music begins to play in every Kansas City store and on every radio station. Many seniors feel sad around the holidays. Maybe you’re facing your first holiday season without your spouse. Or your kids and grandkids are unable to visit, and you don’t want to travel alone. Or you don’t have money for travel or gift giving. Whatever your reason for feeling sad when the holidays roll around, there are some ways to kick those holiday blues. Here are some tips: Start a new holiday tradition. Sometimes, people feel depressed around the holidays because new family dynamics […]
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Holiday Travel Safety for Seniors

Older people often hesitate to travel during the holidays, especially if travelling alone. But if children and grandchildren have made new homes outside of Kansas City, the idea of not seeing them at Christmas can sometimes lead to holiday depression. If you’re nervous about holiday travel, taking measures to ensure your safety may alleviate your anxiety. Here are some suggestions: Get your meds in order. Before you travel, update your medication list. You’ll want to take it with you in case of emergency. It’s also a good idea to take the list to your pharmacy, and ask if there are any potential medication or food interactions. Keep your medications in their original bottles, and make sure you have enough of each to last two or […]
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Lose weight before the holidays: 7 Tips for older adults

You may have noticed the holiday decorations are already on display in many Kansas City stores. Although it seems a bit early yet, in all reality, the holidays really aren’t that far away. And I don’t know about you, but that’s the time of year I usually start to pack on the pounds. So every year, I try to lose a little weight before the holidays so I can enjoy a few holiday treats without worrying so much about calories. But the older I get, the harder it is to take off that pre-holiday weight. That’s because when we age, our metabolism slows, and we just don’t burn as many calories. Which doesn’t make weight loss impossible. We just need to work a little harder. […]
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Cancer Screening for Seniors: What Tests to Get and When

Over the years, the rules for cancer screening tests in people who are over the age of 60 have changed as new studies have weighed early detection against screening risks. So every now and then, it’s a good idea to brush up on new updates. Here are the latest cancer screening recommendations for seniors*: Breast cancer screening. There’s a bit of a dispute among experts about whether people ages 55+ should get mammograms every year or every two years. Talk to your Kansas City doctor about any potential breast cancer risk factors you may have; then together, you can determine how often you should get a mammogram. Monthly self breast exams are also a good way to detect breast cancer in its early stages. Make […]
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