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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

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

Older adults and reasons for falls

Posted by Sarah P on Aug 23, 2017 6:50:51 PM

You get an unexpected call from a family member and brace yourself for difficult news.  You are told, “Mom is OK, but fell at home and is in the ER.  I think she is going to need surgery and may have a long road to recovery.”  As you think about this call you wonder, why has Mom been falling more lately?

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Tags: aging, caregiving, education, exercise, care management, coaching, health, medical, resources, Safety, seniors, Support

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

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

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

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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