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What Are the Costs of In-Home Memory Care in Kansas City and Overland Park?

Though some families in Kansas City and Overland Park may write off the possibility of in-home dedicated memory care for a loved one with dementia, we at Kansas City Home Care are here to tell you, affording dedicated in-home memory care is possible. Financial viability is the topic of a care video hosted by Tim Tholen, Founder and CEO of Kansas City Home Care and its affiliates in Johnson County and Kansas City. In this video, Mr. Tholen considers the financial tipping point, which is the situation that arises when the need for care outweighs the ability to care. When it comes down to nuts and bolts, Tholen says, devoted in-home memory care provided by Kansas City Home Care costs an average of $20 per […]
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Early Onset Dementia Planning in Kansas City and Leawood

Though checking brain health is not a priority for many physicians, we at Kansas City Home Care would like to argue that it should be. Up to 640,000 Americans were recognized as having early-onset dementia in 2018. Those statistics do not capture the real numbers of people who have early-onset dementia, since many living with the disease go undiagnosed. Most people who are diagnosed with early-onset dementia are still working and functioning in the world. Early onset dementia refers to people under the age of 65, who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Baby boomers will see higher numbers of those diagnosed with dementia, simply because they are the largest group of humans to age on this planet, ever. How Do I […]
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Technology Tips for Dementia Care

Top Technology Tips for Dementia Care As dementia progresses, it becomes more and more difficult for loved ones to remember everyday responsibilities such as turning off appliances, or taking medication on time. Telling time can be a challenge, as can using electronics like cell phones and television remotes. Some people with dementia even begin to wander or get lost if they’re not monitored. No wonder family members worry about their loved ones who have been diagnosed with dementia. Many of our skilled caregivers at Kansas City Home Care have had positive experiences using helpful technologies to keep their clients going with the flow. Here are our top 7 technologies to help people with dementia Medication management is an issue for people who have memory loss. […]
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An Alternative to Nursing Homes

An Alternative to Nursing Homes Nursing homes can be a saving grace, or they can be the cause of worry and concern. Neglect, accidental death, mismanagement, substandard care—these issues reflect the worst of what nursing homes have to offer. An entire segment of the legal profession is focused on prosecuting wrongful deaths in nursing homes. In short, many families would feel more comfortable keeping their loved one at home. If only it were possible… Safe and Comfortable at Home Alternatives to nursing homes are available to families in Leawood, Overland Park and Kansas City. When considering the true costs of care, many families are surprised to find that it’s financially viable to keep their loved one in his or her home, even as the care […]
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Medication Management in Overland Park, KS

Medication Management in Overland Park, KS Looming large among issues facing seniors with memory loss is medication management. The opioid epidemic has affected the elderly community in a serious way. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has reported that between 2010 and 2015, elderly emergency room visits relating to opioid over-use have jumped 74%. Kansas City Home Care has solutions for families in Overland Park, Johnson County and Kansas City whose loved ones are struggling to take the right amount of medications at the right time. Care When You Need It Edward (whose name has been changed) is an example of an active 78-year-old diagnosed with memory loss related to Parkinson’s Disease. Edward enjoys playing golf with his wife, eating fine food, swimming with […]
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Help Is Here: Home Care for Memory Loss

Help Is Here: Home Care for Memory Loss While there is no recipe for knowing exactly when the time is right to add in-home care to help a loved one, some indicators can serve as strong signals. Memory loss caused by dementia and Alzheimer’s can have an unpredictable progression. Planning for eventualities will insure that putting elder care into place is more fluid.  When the Burden of Care Becomes Too Great Nobody said it would be easy to care for a loved one with dementia. In fact, it’s often said among families who have a senior at home with memory loss that it’s hard– and it just gets harder as the disease progresses. Caregivers experience more stress than other family members, and may be struggling […]
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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. Watch the “Connecting with a Loved One Who Has Dementia” video below. 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. […]
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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. Watch the “Planning an Outing” video below. 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 […]
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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. Watch the “Anticipating the Progression of Dementia” video below. 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 […]
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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. Watch the “Mom’s Been Diagnosed With Dementia” video below. Loved ones […]
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