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Heart Disease in Women

Posted by Jen W on Feb 22, 2017 10:07:31 AM

Heart Disease in Women

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Tags: aging, care management, health, heart disease

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

Preparing Meals That Can Be Safely Swallowed...

Posted by Jen W on Dec 22, 2016 2:12:55 PM

Holidays often mean spending family gatherings around the dinner table to enjoy favorite foods and traditions.   Meal times are enjoyable social times, but when health issues affect one’s ability to safely swallow or lack of coordination and cognitive challenges make getting food where it belongs a difficult task, these enjoyable times can become embarrassing and stressful.  With a little thoughtful pre-planning and creative adjustment to some old family favorites, joy can return to the dinner table.

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, education, Assisted Living, care management, cognitive benefits, Dementia, dining with dignity, easy meals, health, Holidays, medical, resources, senior safety, seniors, Support

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

Dehydration in Older Adults

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Oct 10, 2016 11:16:56 AM

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Tags: aging, health, Safety

Physical Exercise…Your Way to a Healthy Mind

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Aug 31, 2016 11:49:45 AM

As I stated in my last blog, Americans are living longer and I gave tips on activities that may contribute to helping us age successfully. Today I will talk about the connection between physical exercise and cognitive health.

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Tags: aging, aging in place, exercise, aging successfully, cognitive benefits, health, independence, seniors

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

Choices Steers You in the Right Direction...

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Jul 7, 2016 2:19:59 PM

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Tags: aging, Aging Driver, aging in place, driving, health, independence, Safety

Using A Personal Emergency Response System for Home Safety

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Jun 23, 2016 10:43:25 AM

As Aging Life Care Managers ™, we complete an initial home assessment which guides us in outlining recommendations and Care Plans with our clients.  One of the devices sometimes recommended for safety is a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS).  These devices can be purchased through many companies, including as an add-on service through some home security companies.

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Tags: aging, care management, health, Safety

Fall Prevention Tips for Home Safety

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Jun 13, 2016 2:11:11 PM

Falls are a major home safety risk, and one that makes it difficult for our loved ones to stay independent in their homes. As we age, our bones break more easily and heal more slowly. Our vision may weaken; we may even lose some of our peripheral vision and depth perception. The good news is that we can do a few simple things to help our loved ones stay in their homes, assisting them in their desire to stay independent and healthy. Some safety issues and solutions our Care Managers want to share include:

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Tags: aging, aging in place, aging parents, education, health, Safety, seniors, support for aging parents

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