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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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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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Choosing a Kansas City Home Health Agency

If you’re growing older and have decided you could use some extra help at home, or if you’re caring someone who needs some additional assistance, it may be time to start looking for a Kansas City home health agency. But where should you start? Here are some things to consider: What type of services do need? Do you need an agency that provides Alzheimer’s or dementia care? Help with bathing, grooming, dressing, or toileting? Companion services? Around-the-clock care? Respite for your caregiver? End of life care? If you know what you need, you can easily eliminate any home care agencies that don’t provide those services. Are the agency’s employees bonded, insured and pre-screened? If not, you might be safer moving on to another agency. Does the […]
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Senior Respite Care in Kansas City

Taking care of an elderly loved one can be a rewarding yet taxing experience. When you need a temporary break, Kansas City Home Care provides respite care to families across the metro. Our certified Kansas City caregivers are available 24 hours a day, serving seniors in the comfort of their own homes. While the primary family caregiver gets some much-needed relief and rest, our reliable caregivers provide: Personal care services, such as bathing, dressing and exercising Light housekeeping and laundry Meal preparation Errand running and transportation to appointments Entertainment, including crafts, games, reading and more Whether you need an afternoon off or a week-long vacation, Kansas City Home Care provides respite care by the hour (with a four-hour minimum). Contact us today and we’ll make sure your […]
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24-Hour Senior Home Care in Kansas City

When an aging loved one requires around-the-clock care, it’s often more responsibility than a typical family can handle. If you’re worried about leaving an aging parent or family member home alone for fear of injury, medication mixup, lonelienss or health failure, Kansas City Home Care is an ideal solution. Our highly trained caregivers are available to help elderly individuals in their homes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From morning hygiene to nighttime medication reminders, our private-duty staff will cater to the senior’s needs throughout the day, including: Waking, bathing and grooming Transportation to appointments and family events Daily housekeeping Medication monitoring Running errands We will be readily available while also giving him or her plenty of room to live independently at home. Twenty-four-hour care can eliminate […]
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Can hiring non-agency caregivers put Alzheimer’s patients at risk?

The story below is about Mary (name has been changed) who was told by a neighbor she needed someone to help her at home. Mary had some diminished capacity and hired the “friend” that the neighbor suggested.  Unfortunately, the circumstances’ surrounding this case are not unusual and demonstrates the necessity of hiring a home care company that provides care management, bonded, insured and supervised caregivers. Mary’s primary care physician became concerned for her well-being after an appointment in July of 2012.  Mary’s privately-hired caregiver exhibited controlling behavior over Mary during the appointment.  The physician expressed his concerns to Mary’s Trust Administrator, and after a brief investigation the Administrator realized that the caregiver was financially and emotionally taking advantage of Mary.  Acting quickly the Administrator contacted […]
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