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Advocacy: what is it and who needs it?

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Aug 30, 2018 4:20:00 PM

Are 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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Why Cracker Barrel is the Best

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Mar 13, 2018 7:22:51 AM

When you think of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, you might think of long drives, your grandmother, or biscuits. Cracker Barrel is off almost all exits in the south. Going on a long trip? Chances are you have seen multiple signs for Cracker Barrel.

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Top 10 Best TV Shows to Binge Watch When You Need to Pass the Time

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Mar 7, 2018 9:11:39 AM

As many of you know, Netflix and chill is becoming more and more popular every day. Personally, my favorite pastime is to binge watch a 7 season/24 Ep. show in one sitting. Now this takes time, commitment, stretching, grocery shopping prior to my binge, and shower breaks (recommended).

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Teamwork Provides Your Loved One with a Safety Net at Home

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Jun 1, 2016 10:29:39 AM

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Tags: aging, Aging care, aging in place, General, care management, Care Manager, medical, Safety, Support

Why 24/7 Care Management?

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Apr 15, 2016 1:07:57 PM

It’s 3 AM on an early Saturday morning and the phone rings.  Our 24/7 On-Call Care Manager takes the call.  A family member has phoned in from out-of-town to report that their loved one, and our client, is being taken to the local Medical Center Emergency Room by ambulance following a 911 call.  Our Care Manager reassures the client’s family member that we will be there to advocate for, provide pertinent requested information about, lend a listening ear to, and stay with their loved one to assist as long as needed.  The Care Manager promptly leaves for the Medical Center and arrives at the ER before the ambulance gets in.  Our senior is very relieved to see a familiar face upon arrival to the ER, a professional who will know how to help navigate the medical system.  Our Care Manager then contacts the out-of-town family member to provide an update and communicates what is happening at the ER.

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Tags: aging, General, Care Manager, health, medical, seniors

Questions to ask BEFORE Hiring a Caregiver

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Sep 4, 2015 11:44:26 AM

I want to start by saying I'm writing this not only as an Aging Life Care Professional™, but also as a daughter of someone that has in home care. Once help is needed in the home the situation is usually pretty stressful. Your loved one may be against the thought of "hired help", or even in denial of the fact that they need it. Hiring a caregiver for your loved one can be scary. The questions go on and on: Can you trust them? Do they have enough experience? Should I use a company or hire them privately?

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Dementia Series - Lewy Body Dementia

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jun 5, 2015 11:27:54 AM

Lewy Body Dementia

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Helping someone transition home following a rehabilitation stay

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Apr 24, 2015 6:09:00 PM

At Choices in Senior Care, we have assisted numerous families involved with transitioning a loved one back home following a nursing home stay.  Most of these cases have involved folks who have had life altering health changes. How do you make the transition from nursing home or other rehab back into your home setting?

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Senior Living options in Knoxville, TN

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Apr 17, 2015 3:17:39 PM

pexels-photo-667221.jpegOne of the biggest questions we’re asked is what are the different types of senior living options available today. If you’ve done research you’re most likely familiar with Assisted Living facilities as well as Long Term Care facilities (also known as skilled nursing facilities). Are you familiar with Continuous Care communities, or Independent Living communities? What are the differences between each? Listed below are brief descriptions of each, including some helpful tips and information we hope you’ll find useful.

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