DEMENTIA BEHAVIORS – WHAT IS THE FIRST QUESTION TO ASK

To know if this is really a dementia behavior, ask the question, "What if this person was 20 instead of 80 years old?" This is a question I frequently ask caregivers when they report a elder with dementia as having "behaviors." Because if this … [Continue reading]

OBAMACARE AFFECTS DOCTORS

Obamacare has affected doctors in many ways. An article in the Tuesday 3rd 2017, issue of the New York Times addressed the doctors part in Obamacare. While doctors have always tried to understand the challenges and struggles of their patients. With … [Continue reading]

EARLY STAGE DEMENTIA – SYMPTOMS OF EARLY CONFUSION

Harry has currently un-diagnosed early stage dementia. How can he be so happy and content, seemingly unfazed by his confusion. All due to his wife Ann's attention. Harry's wife of over 45 years was at his side while he greeted friends outside of … [Continue reading]

WHY DOES AN ELDERLY PERSON NEED A NURSING HOME/REHAB FACILITY?

Why do people need to go to nursing home or rehab facility? they need nursing help with bathing, eating, dressing, or walking they have just come out of the hospital and are not ready to go home they are unsafe and can no longer take care … [Continue reading]

DEMENTIA – BAD BEHAVIOR AND HOLIDAYS

Children act out in the days leading up to holidays and parents shake their heads and say " he has had too much sugar." That may very well be true, yet children are certainly impacted by the hustle and bustle of holidays. And just as children are … [Continue reading]

HOLIDAYS A GOOD TIME TO HAVE THAT FAMILY TALK ABOUT GRANDPA’S DEMENTIA

Grandpa still lives alone in the family home and his daughters keep in constant communication with him by phone. Getting ready for the family holiday get together, required several phone calls to Grandpa to remind him of where and when they were … [Continue reading]

SHOPPING FOR A NURSING HOME – WHAT DOES PERSON-CENTERED CARE LOOK LIKE?

PART III Having regular access to the out of doors has been found to be necessary for happy and healthy living. A protected outdoor space, garden or patio where residents can come and go independently. Outdoor garden spaces are provided in … [Continue reading]

SHOPPING FOR A NURSING HOME – WHAT DOES PERSON CENTERED CARE LOOK LIKE?

PART II What to look for when searching for a person-centered center:(continued) Private rooms - the best choice for person centered living Privacy enhanced rooms - where a resident can access their space without going through the … [Continue reading]

SHOPPING FOR A NURSING HOME – WHAT DOES PERSON CENTERED CARE LOOK LIKE?

PART I Hopefully if you have been touring nursing communities, the term person centered care is familiar. Healthcare workers are becoming comfortable with this terminology, yet many would not be able to say just what this looks like. Person … [Continue reading]

GREAT GIFT FOR THE ELDERLY WITH DEMENTIA CAN REDUCE ANXIETY

It certainly can be challenging finding a gift for the spouse, parent or grandparent with dementia. Yet you think about all the gifts you have received from this person and you want to find something really special. Something nice, well made, fun and … [Continue reading]