August 28th, 2014 | 1
Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease. I experienced it first hand in the final stages of my grandfather’s life. Sometimes he would be gentle and sweet. Other times he would be cruel to the point of causing great fear to my grandmother. When she passed, he could not remember where she went. In those brief moments of clarity, he would remember that she was no longer alive and would start the grieving process all over again.
By no means is my story rare or my family’s struggle unique. More than 5 million Americans are plagued by this disease and one in three seniors ends up dying with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Anyone who has tried to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s knows that you can only fight for so long before you need to call on outside help.Continue Reading
August 26th, 2014 | 0
Caregivers tend to work long hours in mentally, physically, and emotionally demanding situations. Tending to a loved one who needs full time care undoubtedly takes its toll so respite care isn’t necessarily an option, but a much needed break to rejuvenate and refresh.
Respite care usually means that a senior is placed short term in a facility for some social time or to give their caregiver a break. It benefits both parties and should be an option that is seriously considered for their well-being.Continue Reading
August 22nd, 2014 | 0
As part of our Here to Stay: What Health Care Leaders Say About Patient Engagement report, CFAH interviewed senior administrators from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, PacificSource Health Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan.
In total, over 35 health care stakeholders were interviewed, representing seven key groups: patients, clinicians, employers, health plans, community health programs, governments, and health care consultants and contractors. From the eight questions we asked about patient engagement, six overarching themes emerged:Continue Reading
August 21st, 2014 | 0
We all have lapses in memory and as we age, those times of forgetfulness seem to increase. We lose our car keys more often, maybe forget about important appointments or dates, or in the middle of a task we can’t recall what we were just thinking about.
At first we put the blame on lack of sleep, an increased amount of stress, or dividing our time among too many tasks. How do you know if it’s something more?Continue Reading
August 19th, 2014 | 0
Senior apartments are perfect for those who want a lower maintenance lifestyle. There’s no yard work, housework, repairs to worry about or high mortgage payments. It is perfect for a widow or widower who wants to continue an active social life or move closer family. It also provides a safer environment and peace of mind for those who love to travel.
If you are in the market for finding a senior living apartment, here are some attributes to keep in mind.Continue Reading
August 14th, 2014 | 0
Seniors with Alzheimers disease presents many challenges. Memory loss, difficulty completing familiar tasks, and a delay with basic problem solving skills can cause frustration and anger in many patients. Moreover, Alzheimer’s can cause patients to be a danger to themselves and their loved ones who share the same home with them.
While nursing homes are an option many choose to take in the later stages of this disease in a loved one who requires memory care services, this may not be the right time for your loved one due to finances, your parent may still be quite independent, or you haven’t found the appropriate nursing home yet.Continue Reading
August 12th, 2014 | 0
Many seniors want to stay in their family home for as long as possible (and can you blame them?). Home is a symbol of independence, a treasure trove full of beautiful memories, and provides the comfort and privacy that you just can’t find in a nursing home.
However, just because your loved one wants to live at home doesn’t mean that they can do it on their own. Many times in home care is needed and that in itself can be a difficult journey.
Assuming you hire through a home care agency, here are 10 questions that you should ask before your hire a home caregiver:Continue Reading
August 5th, 2014 | 1
Long-term care defines a broad range of services that meet the needs of older adults with various functional limitations. These services are provided by paid, regulated providers, and include assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, toileting), instrumental activities of daily living (medication management, housework), and health maintenance tasks. Here, we report on various aspects of these long-term care service providers: their funding, their population profile, and the prevalence of morbidity in their facilities.Continue Reading
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