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How to Make Your Home More Comfortable for a Loved One with Dementia

The first consideration when moving a loved one with dementia into your home, or even if they’re just coming to visit, is often how to make it safer, for example, how to decrease the risk of falling. Once you’ve overcome that hurdle as best you can, your focus can shift to how to make your …

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How Families and Caregivers Can Prepare for Hospital Discharge

Research has shown that hospital pre-discharge planning that includes the help of families and caregivers can dramatically improve patients’ health, reduce readmissions and decrease healthcare costs. Whether the discharge is to home, a rehab facility, assisted living or a nursing home, patients, family caregivers and healthcare providers all play a significant role in maintaining a …

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Dementia, Foot Surgery & Neuropathy Not a Winning Combination

I suffered for years from painful bunions on both feet. My podiatrist told me that my bones would heal more quickly if I had surgery before age 65. However, because I was working full-time, I risked it and waited to have surgery on my left foot until I retired at 66 and on my right …

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When a Loved One Dies: What to Do Before & After, Part II

In Part I of this blog, I gave a brief review of what took place during the last 6 weeks of my dad’s life and included a list of some things that can be done to make the last stages of a loved one’s life easier for caregivers, family members and the person who is …

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When a Loved One Dies: What to Do Before & After, Part 1

My 97-year-old father died on January 4, 2017. If you regularly follow this blog, you already know quite a bit about his struggles to stay alive the past two years. On most days, he soldiered bravely on, saying his goal was to “make it to 100!” But after Thanksgiving, he began a steady decline, making …

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Why Seniors Don’t Want to Eat & What You Can Do About It

Many seniors are not eating a balanced diet as they age, no matter whether they live on their own, with family or in a senior living facility. Seniors who live alone are at increased risk because there is no one to observe their eating habits. There are many causes for seniors who are under-eating, over-eating or …

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Home Care: the preferred & most affordable long-term care option

One out of two North Dakotans will need long-term care sometime during their lives. North Dakota ranks 7th in the nation in the highest proportion of individuals age 85 and older, with 14.2% of the population made up of individuals 65 and older. If you have a spouse, the overall risk that one of you …

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10 Risks & Tips for Keeping Seniors Healthy and Safe in Winter Weather

Cold and snowy winter weather can cause health and safety concerns for seniors and their caregivers. If you worry about your loved one being alone, homebound or going out in the cold, here are 10 risks family members and home health aides should watch out for, and related tips for prevention. Falls outdoors. Many seniors …

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Caregiving Tips for those Suffering from Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a disease. Like any disease, it needs to be treated.  Alcohol addiction complicates being a caregiver and makes the role much harder and more stressful than caregiving already is. It increases the clients’ needs, comprises their health and complicates medical conditions. Alcoholism can be the cause of a need for care in the …

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The What/Why/Who/Where of Hospice and Palliative Care

As the medical power of attorney for my 97-year-old father, I am often asked if I want to switch him from In-Home Care to Hospice or Palliative Care. I have had to weigh the differences and try to decide what is best for him as he ages and goes through various health crises. Dad currently …

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