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Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Jan 20, 2018 2:39:00 PM

The internet is the new frontier in marketing.  Companies have learned how to use the system to effectively and efficiently market to their desired consumer group.  Some companies have also learned how to abuse this system.  Many companies have resorted to paying a “referral fee” to people or websites that will promote their products many times without directly acknowledging that they are being paid to do so.  This unethical practice is largely unknown

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Tips For The Emergency Room

Posted by Jen W on Jan 17, 2018 2:37:00 PM

Tips for the Emergency Room

No one wants to visit the Emergency Room, but it happens all the time! An ER visit is always unexpected and it makes us anxious. Because we are worrying, we may not think as clearly as usual. Taking a few minutes to prepare in advance will help you receive a better continuity of care at your next ER visit. Here are some helpful tips.

 

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Tags: aging, caregiving, education, care management, health, medical, Support, Erlanger Hospital System, senior care chattanooga, hospital, Kindred Hospital

Advocacy: What is it and who needs it?

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Jan 10, 2018 11:32:00 AM

pexels-photo-210585.jpegAre you an advocate? Do you help someone voice their needs and concerns? Do you provide needed information, or help make sense of information given to someone? Have you ever answered the question, “What would I want if I were in the other person’s shoes?” If so, chances are good that you have been an advocate. It’s both easier and harder than it sounds. If you are with your mom in the hospital, she might not want to pursue aggressive treatment for her latest exacerbation of her congestive heart failure (which now includes pneumonia), even though you believe she should. Can you effectively advocate for her in this case? You can, but it might be challenging. An advocate must adopt the views and preferences of the one advocated for, and make sure those views and preferences are heeded.

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Tags: advocate, Senior care Knoxville, Dementia, stress in seniors, elderly, senior living options, senior care chattanooga

15 Warning Signs to Consider When Visiting Your Loved Ones

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Dec 30, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Adult children visiting parents from out-of-state are sometimes surprised by the situation they find once home. Adult sons and daughters often suggest that conversations by phone did not suggest the degree of decline noted upon arrival on Mom’s or Dad’s doorstep.

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Tips for the Healthy Caregiver

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Dec 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Eating healthy is a constant battle for adults in the USA. We are constantly inundated with opportunities to eat some delicious food that will hurt our health. Caregivers fight this war on two fronts. They must resist the temptation of unhealthy food and they have to convince their loved one to eat healthy. All while dealing with the stresses of being the primary caregiver. While not eating healthy is an option, in the long run both you and your loved one will suffer the health effects of a poor diet.

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12 Reasons to Consider a Move to Assisted Living

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Dec 16, 2017 10:54:00 AM

Families often ask if it’s time to think about a transition for a loved one to an assisted living facility. There are no hard and fast rules and each family situation is obviously different. As Care Managers, we complete an assessment with a client at home to help outline options to address this question.

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How to Prevent Falls in the Home: 8 Steps You Can Take Right Now

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Dec 6, 2017 9:36:57 AM

Some people say that Fall is unpreventable. They are right of course since Summer only lasts 3 months but in this article, we are going to focus on how to prevent falls. Jokes aside, falls are a serious risk to certain people’s health. According to the National Institute on Aging, “Each year, more than 2 million older Americans go to the emergency room because of fall-related injuries. A simple fall can cause a serious fracture of the arm, hand, ankle, or hip.” Fortunately, they are often preventable if you take the right precautions. Here are 8 steps you can take to minimize and reduce you or your loved one’s chances of falling in the home.

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Seven Top Time-Saving Tips for Caregivers

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Dec 3, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Caregivers are always pressed for time.  They are constantly in demand by both their loved ones who they care for, and the pressures and responsibilities of living a normal life.  This list is written for the caregiver who is always looking for ways to save time in their life.

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6 Questions to Ask About Your Seniors Companion Pet

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Dec 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Wondering if it’s a good idea to find a new pet for a parent or grandparent? It’s a question that often comes up around the Holidays. Like the Christmas my brother decided to give my parents a voucher from the local pet shelter for a dog or cat, without asking if they wanted one. We certainly had a lively discussion over dinner that year!

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Tags: Alzheimer's, Senior care Knoxville, Dementia, Senior care, pets, companion pet

Top 8 Gifts for Adults Living with Dementia

Posted by Zach Wegman on Nov 30, 2017 3:14:57 PM

 

If you are anything like me, shopping for the holidays or special occassions is a nerve-wracking and anxiety-producing experience. Finding the perfect gift is completely impossible. Finding an acceptable gift is an almost Herculean task that requires stamina, determination, and luck. Whether it is for Christmas, Birthday, or even just because, buying a present can be stressful. Buying a gift for your loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer's is no different. To help you find an acceptable and maybe even perfect gift, I’ve gathered a list of 8 great ideas:

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