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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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Physical Therapy is a Boon to Seniors

Would you believe in a nondrug treatment that works for arthritis, cancer pain, Parkinson’s, and incontinence and improves your strength and endurance? There is one treatment that does it all–physical therapy! WebMd Feature When a person gets injured or has a prolonged illness, doctors often recommend physical therapy. In the case of older people, though, sometimes this is seen as just something to “try.” This could not be further from the truth. Physical therapy is “A-quality” therapy for many conditions affecting older people, from Alzheimer’s to urinary incontinence. In fact, one researcher did a study in which you had to be 100 years of age to even participate! According to Jennifer M. Bottomley, PhD, MS, PT, president of the geriatrics section of the American Physical […]
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When is it time to ask for help when caring for a loved one?

One of the hardest decisions family caregivers make is deciding to ask for help—first there are the guilt feelings, then the “who do I call or ask” and then the final step of taking action to get help. Caregiver burnout can be caused by a myriad of reasons that can diminish your ability to provide good care for your loved one. How do you know if you are on the path to caregiver burnout and what can you do about it? Warning Signs of Burnout: Lack of sleep and time for yourself • Caring for another loved one can lead to constant worry and sleepless nights. The struggle between being a good parent, a spouse or caregiver can lead to thoughts of “What happens if […]
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How to provide long distance care for a loved one with dementia

Overland Park, KS – When you live many miles away from your loved one with dementia, the separation complicates  caregiving. Concerns about the person’s safety, nutrition and health can be overwhelming at times.Here are some strategies to manage long-distance caregiving. Identify needed help If the person with Alzheimer’s disease lives alone, he or she may have difficulty managing daily tasks.  Identify what kind of help he or she may need to remain independent in the home for as long as possible. When you visit you loved one, observe the following: Is there food in the refrigerator? Is it spoiled? Is the person eating regular meals? What is the condition of the inside and the outside of the home? Has it changed? Are the bills paid? […]
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Protect your health this winter by getting a flu shot

Leawood, KS – The flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. If you’re at risk of complications from the flu, make sure you have your annual flu shot. Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat. Because the flu is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it.  Anyone can get the flu, but it can be more serious for certain people, such as people aged 65 or over or people who have a serious medical condition If you are in one of these groups, you’re more vulnerable to the effects of seasonal flu […]
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Helping your elderly loved-ones make difficult life transitions

Leawood, Kansas –  Watching your parents go from family leaders to those who need your help isn’t easy. Yet you need to realize how fortunate you are to have the privilege to do so. Life expectancy is on the rise in the U.S., so we need to prepare for what that means for our parents. The following tips should make things easier when it comes time for your parent or parents to make these difficult life transitions: 1. Handing over the car keys. While the elderly often know deep in their hearts when they aren’t up to the task of driving safely, they often resist admitting it. Take them (and yourself) out of the equation and get a doctor’s evaluation. If it turns out to […]
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Survival Tips for the “Sandwich Generation”

Overland Park, Kansas – Everyday in the U.S., people call in sick to work – not to care for themselves or their children, but to care for their aging parents. Baby Boomers are suddenly finding themselves with three jobs: employee, parent, and caregiver. People caring for both their growing children and their elderly parents are members of a demographic phenomenon called “The Sandwich Generation”, and it’s becoming a hot topic as Boomers approach their retirement years. Just how many of us are experiencing this situation within the nation’s workforce? Research shows that nearly 25% of U.S. households are now involved in caring for a senior family member, spending an average of 20 hours a week in caregiving services. Nearly 65% of those individuals providing the caregiving are […]
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Baby boomers’ aging parents help drive demand for geriatric care managers

Leawood, Kansas – It’s the phone call every adult child dreads.  An elderly parent has been rushed to the emergency room and someone needs to be at the hospital to help make medical decisions. Except the adult child or children live miles away and it could be hours or days before a family member can be at Mom or Dad’s bedside. The solution to this crisis?  Call a geriatric care manager to be there until a family member can arrive. According to the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, a geriatric care manager is a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for older adults.  A relatively new profession that traces its roots back to the mid-1980s, the national association […]
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Caregiver Stress: Causes, Warning Signs and How to Get Your Life Back

Leawood, KS – Caring for an aging loved can be difficult for the caregiver. Both emotional and physical strain can add up, causing a decline in overall health. This is especially true when caring for those that suffer from long term or permanent conditions. Avoid burnout by understanding the causes and recognizing the warning signs of caregiver stress. Causes The demands on a caregiver’s time can be constant. This makes it difficult to achieve any sort of balance between work and home-life. Bathing, feeding, dressing, cooking, and administering medications leave little opportunity to focus on having a life outside of the care giving relationship. Physical burdens create additional stress. Lifting, running errands, and shopping require energy that takes up valuable time and can leave one […]
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Families at War: Why Am I The Only One Helping My Aging Parent?

Imagine this. Your aging parent took a fall. You get the long distance phone call. Mom is in the hospital. Suddenly, you and your siblings have to talk together, as Mom will need help when she returns home after rehabilitation. Who will watch over her care at home? Who will decide how to pay for her care? Who’s in charge, anyway? These scenarios are all too common and growing more so. Whether our aging parent has planned ahead or not, the adult children have a new responsibility thrust on us. Sometimes, siblings are scattered across the country. Sometimes, even if they live in the same area, they don’t get along. It’s an uncomfortable feeling trying to make decisions with siblings we don’t trust, and maybe […]
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