Rest is crucial to people as they get older. Proper rest can stave off infection, helps with memory and cognition, and is vital to the feeling of wellbeing. Yet, elderly people trend toward changes in sleep patterns—some of these patterns are a result of medication interactions, and others have to do with the progression of a disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.

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Dementia is a progressive disease, for which there is no cure. Loved ones who are tasked with caring for people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lewy Body or other kind of dementia may experience stress-related illnesses and burn out, which is why the professional caregivers at Kansas City Home Care are here to help. We can arrange for part-time in-home memory care, or full-time, round the clock professional dementia care. Contact us to set up a professional assessment and find out more.

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It takes a village to care for a loved one with dementia. With this in mind, Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City welcomed Chief of Prairie Village Police, Tim Schwartzkopf  ​and Dr. James Birch, Jr.,​ Associate Professor of Family Medicine at The University of Kansas School of Medicine as guests to share their experience about wandering and safety. In the livestream video, “Preventing Wandering and Promoting Safety,” Tim leads a discussion about prevention and care of incidents inside and outside of the home.

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Ask Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City about one of the most important questions he has fielded from clients over the years and he’ll mention the issue of driving. When– and how—should families take the keys away from a person who has been diagnosed with dementia?  In the “When Driving Becomes Too Dangerous” video, Tim helps identify and address some of these issues to help family members take control of a potentially dangerous situation. 

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Plan for Something Different

 Holidays are a time when family traditions are in full swing. However, including a loved one with dementia can mean that some changes might be in order. Because dementia can be unpredictable, being more flexible with holiday traditions might make everyone a little happier, says Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City.

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Now that spring has (almost) arrived in Kansas City, you’re going to want to get outdoors and enjoy some of that beautiful weather! Here are some spring activities for Kansas City seniors. Depending on your level of independent activity, you may need your home care provider to help with some of these.

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