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May is Aging Life Care Month!

Posted by Jen W on May 24, 2017 4:12:49 PM

What is Aging Life Care?

Aging Life Care™, also known as geriatric care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through:

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, caregiving, education, General, parkinson's, care management, cognitive benefits, health, meaningful connections, medical, resources, seniors

Unfixable Problems

Posted by Jen W on Mar 8, 2017 3:12:22 PM
"I'm sorry", the doctor says, "there's nothing more we can do". 
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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, caregiving, education, General, Assisted Living, care management, cognitive benefits, communication, friendship, grief, health

Respecting Others: What Does It Mean?

Posted by Jen W on Feb 1, 2017 2:10:59 PM

One of our Core Values at Choices in Senior Care is “Respect Others: we treat others as we want to be treated”. This seems like a good Core Value to think about as we start the New Year!
I “googled” this phrase and found a list of quotes at www.goodreads.com about respecting others. One of those quotes from NASA Astronaut Ron Garan is as follows: “Collaboration begins with mutual understanding and respect.”
At Choices in Senior Care, we understand the importance of collaborative work with our clients, based upon a relationship of mutual understanding and respect. By living our Core Values which includes Respect Others, we empower individuals and families to enhance their well-being.
An example of this is the way we begin work with a new Care Management client. We complete a comprehensive assessment and thorough home safety checklist to make recommendations to address the individual’s expressed immediate and long-term needs. We listen to their challenges and discuss concerns. We also bring additional areas of possible concern to the table, which the family may not yet be aware, and offer solutions for the individual and family to consider. We also assist to develop an individualized plan of care that will enable the person to function at their maximum potential, as well as assist with implementation of their chosen care plan. Thus, we list options based upon our professional assessment so that an individual and their family can make good informed decisions.
When you or your loved one is challenged by “the aging process” and feels in need of professional assistance, contact Choices in Senior Care at 865-978-6168 to request a free 30-minute Care Management consultation. We will be happy to discuss how we may collaborate with you this year. See for yourself how we live our Core Values to Care Passionately, Take Ownership, Serve with Integrity, Challenge the Norm, Strive for More, Embrace Teamwork, and of course…Respect Others.

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, caregiving, education, General, care management, cognitive benefits, communication, Dementia, health

How Can Care Management Benefit You Or Your Loved One?

Posted by Jen W on Jan 6, 2017 12:11:37 PM

How Can Care Management Benefit You Or Your Loved One? 

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, caregiving, education, care management, cognitive benefits, communication, Dementia, independence, meaningful connections, medical, Palliative care, seniors, socialization, Support

Embracing Teamwork by Collaboration

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Dec 6, 2016 11:41:48 AM

Part of our responsibility as Aging Life Care™ Professionals is to collaborate together, knowing that we are stronger together.  This is one of our core values at Choices in Senior Care and we commit ourselves to doing this routinely.  With the Holiday season upon us, our experience has shown that this is a time filled with many wonderful memories for our clients and their families.  This is also a time when many of our clients and families are seeing each other for the first time after a good period of time.

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Tags: aging, caregiving, Holidays, how to help, meaningful connections, socialization, Support, support for aging parents

Thinking “outside the box” when it comes to gift giving for seniors!

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Nov 29, 2016 2:29:44 PM

Are you plagued with questions about what to get the parent or grandparent who has everything? How about some "outside the box" ideas to make holiday gift giving a little less stressful and more special:

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Tags: aging, aging in place, caregiving, Holidays, how to help, meaningful connections, seniors, support for seniors

We Care Passionately for Our Clients!

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Nov 18, 2016 8:45:24 AM

Choices in Senior Care cares passionately about meeting our clients’ medical, physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. We meet their medical and physical needs through comprehensive Care Management: coordinating medical care; attending doctor’s appointments, medical procedures and emergency room visits; providing 24/7 on-call and medication oversight; transitions to/from skilled care and home; and by providing a variety of local resources. We also provide non-medical caregiver services to our clients including: personal care, light homemaking services, medication reminders, companionship and some transportation. But, we offer so much more!

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Tags: aging in place, caregiving, care management, health, independence, seniors, socialization, Support

We Strive for More...

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Nov 10, 2016 4:47:02 PM

What does it mean to strive for more?... For Choices in Senior Care it starts with staying in tune with the Communities we serve, identifying needs and gaps, then striving for more by developing programs and resources to meet those needs and fill in those gaps.

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Tags: caregiving, coaching, communication, family caregivers, how to help, resources, seniors, Support

Sharing the Holidays with Persons Living With Dementia

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Oct 26, 2016 11:16:04 AM

Dementia is not a disease, it’s a condition that affects the entire range of thinking abilities.  It is not just a memory or recall problem.  According to The World Health Organization’s criteria for diagnosing dementia, it is “a gradual loss of memory and of the ability to form and organize ideas, severe enough to interfere with activities of daily living, and present for at least six months”.

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Tags: aging, caregiving, Dementia, Holidays, Support, gifts

We strive for more: Developing a Cognitive Stimulation Program

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Oct 19, 2016 8:57:27 AM

In the early years of our company, we saw a need to develop a program for clients living with dementia. In an effort to better serve these clients, we researched available cognitive screenings.  Looking over research related to cognitive stimulation benefits, we realized that finding a screening sensitive to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), often the precursor to dementia, and mild dementia would be helpful.   Having such a screening tool would enable Choices in Senior Care to appropriately recommend cognitive stimulation programming to our clients at a time when it might be most beneficial in possibly slowing conversion to dementia from MCI or slowing the progression of dementia.

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Tags: aging, Aging care, caregiving, cognitive benefits, Dementia, Support

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