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Care Management - The New Employee Benefit

Posted by Jen W on Sep 26, 2018 11:34:06 AM

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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

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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You're a Caregiver...Now What?

Posted by Jen W on Aug 10, 2017 2:25:32 PM

“So now I am a caregiver. This is a role I hadn’t expected in this season”. We hear this often from family members caring for loved ones living with dementia. They feel unprepared, alone and lack confidence for this new role. Old strategies and approaches no longer seem to work. Caregiving can take its toll on families making them more susceptible to health problems, feelings of isolation, and financial stress. To help address this need, Choices in Senior Care has been offering the Savvy Caregiver Training Workshop: a 6-week, 12-hour Workshop series geared toward the family dementia caregiver. This free Workshop helps family caregivers increase knowledge and improve skills. Often, we see a shift in “outlook” as participants experience some “ah-ha” moments while interacting in class with each other and through studying the Workshop materials. The strategies discussed during the Workshop are designed to reduce the effects of caregiving stress and to enable attendees to develop a sense of control or mastery: to become a Savvy Caregiver!

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Tags: aging, Aging Driver, Alzheimer's disease, education, care management, cognitive benefits, communication, Dementia

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

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

Are you a family caregiver for a loved one living with dementia?

Posted by Jen W on Sep 12, 2016 2:47:09 PM

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, caregiving, education, General, cognitive benefits, communication, Dementia, independence, Safety, seniors, Support

Don’t Just Age…Successfully Age!

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Aug 24, 2016 10:52:45 AM

Americans are living longer. In fact, the number of people in the 90+ age group has more than tripled over the last three decades according to the US Census Bureau This may be good news to many, but how are we aging? Are we only aging chronologically?  I don’t know about you, but I want to do more than merely live longer.  I want to age successfully in both body and mind.

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Tags: aging, aging in place, General, communication, fun activities, health, independence, seniors, socialization

Meaningful Connections

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Aug 9, 2016 3:08:25 PM

When a person is diagnosed with dementia it can feel like a death. The person you once had a relationship with, based on shared memories and experiences, seems to be slipping away as their ability to make new memories slowly disappears. How do you still engage, when the means by which you once connected seems to be fading? A person with a dementia diagnosis may be losing skills and abilities.  However, just as you continue to have a desire to connect, your loved one’s need for meaningful connection also remains.  They may no longer be able to initiate these connections and the means of connection may need to be different. A shift in your thinking may be required. Studies have shown that keeping someone with dementia active and engaged promotes a sense of self-worth, and can even keep that person independent longer. The search for new ways of connecting now begins.

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Tags: connections, communication, Dementia, eldercare, how to help, memory loss, seniors, Support, support for aging parents

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