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9 Free Things to do in Knoxville for Caregivers and Seniors

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Feb 5, 2018 9:20:52 AM

 

You want to go out and do something fun with your senior.  Maybe you have more time on your hands after reading our blog about Top Seven Time Saving Tips for Caregivers.  But finding the right activity for your senior can be difficult when it seems like everything is geared for a younger more active audience or it costs money.  Don’t be discouraged though because we have put together a list of Knoxville’s best attractions for caregivers and seniors.  The best part is they are all free! 

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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

May is National Aging Life Care Month...Choices is Here to Support You

Posted by Brook Dickerson on May 2, 2016 3:23:09 PM

A few weeks ago I got to ride with my teammate Jeremy as we delivered meals for the Knox County Mobile Meals Program. This is exciting for me because Jeremy is a fun guy. For a considerable amount of our journey, however, I did not get to talk to him. He kept making phone calls. I was disappointed with my teammate’s preoccupation (I’m selfish), but I started paying attention to what was happening on those calls. One of our seniors was confused about a doctor’s instructions. Was he supposed to quit taking his blood thinners before a procedure?

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Tags: aging, General, Advocacy, care management, Choices in Senior Care, communication, Geriatric Care Manager, medical, support for seniors

Home Safety Series - Preventing Falls (Part II)

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jul 22, 2015 4:29:53 PM

In part two of our Home Safety Series, we’ll focus on making your home safer by focusing on the bedroom, bathroom and other living areas. Our goal with this series is to help seniors reduce the risk of falling in their home environment. By taking a proactive approach to making these simple changes, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling.

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Home Safety Series - Preventing Falls

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jul 10, 2015 2:57:19 PM

In this article, we'll examine a number of changes you can make to the main living area of your home that will help reduce the risk of falling.  Injuries sustained from falls continue to impact the overall health and quality of life for many seniors.  By taking a proactive approach to making these simple changes, you can help to prevent the increased risk of a fall.

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The Savvy Caregiver - Tips

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jul 6, 2015 6:14:03 PM

Picture this: You have unexpectedly found yourself to be a caregiver, without previous training or conscious thought about how this role may change your daily life. Many caregivers experience a sense of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, as they navigate numerous new challenges.  However, caregiving can be a fulfilling experience, a time of increased self-discovery, a time of relationship and warmth.

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10 Ways to Love Your Brain and  Help Reduce Alzheimers/ Dementia

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Jun 28, 2015 9:58:32 PM

The following article, titled New research summary:  Lifestyle changes help reduce risk of cognitive decline, was published by the Alzheimer's Association on June 1st, 2015.

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Caregiver Tips - Alzheimer's and Dementia

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jun 19, 2015 3:55:22 PM

At Choices in Senior Care, my job as a nurse involves constant interaction with many different clients, families and professionals. I want to share a few tips that I think may be helpful to keep in mind when you’re caring for a loved one that’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Dementia is a terminally progressive illness, and the role you play as a caregiver can go on for a while. This role can be difficult and challenging at times, but please know that help is available to you. Here are a few tips

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Dementia Series - Vascular

Posted by Jeremy Painter on May 24, 2015 8:06:09 AM

Vascular Dementia, which is considered the 2nd most common cause of dementia, may occur with stroke or other conditions that damage blood vessels and reduce circulation, depriving the brain of vital oxygen and nutrients. This can result in generalized problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes. Symptoms may appear suddenly following strokes, or may begin as mild changes and gradually worsen with more minor strokes or other conditions affecting small blood vessels.

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There is help for "family" caregivers

Posted by Jeremy Painter on May 9, 2015 8:31:10 AM

While thinking about home care, we mustn’t overlook the most common type of home care in America today, the care of the senior adult by their family.  Family who cares for and oversees the care of their loved one can really make a difference in their quality of care and their quality of life.  Sometimes, the family just needs the right support to make this type of arrangement manageable.
How do you make family caregiving work?  There are several strategies that you should employ.  First, make sure that you are caring for yourself.  You can not care well for others if you are not healthy yourself.  Make sure that you are eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly.  Explore ways to reduce your stress.  Consider joining a caregiver support group and hiring support.  Many caregivers are women between 35-55 who are in the “sandwich generation”, often caring for both their children and parents, while trying to maintain a career.  It is impossible to do it all alone, so actively look for ways to give yourself support.
Secondly, don’t be afraid to call on other folks for help.  If you or your loved one has a church support group, ask them if they could donate a few hours to helping you.  Perhaps they could sit with your senior for a few hours so that you can get out of the house.  Some churches can offer transportation to appointments or meals for the family weekly to alleviate some stress.
Having a companion during the hours that the family caregiver is at work is a much used strategy.  As geriatric care managers, we recommend working with a reputable non-medical home care company who will do background checks for you.  If you choose to go the private route, be sure to interview and check references.  You should do this even if you know the person from church, or if a friend has recommended them.  An interview and reference check is helpful in preventing problems.  You can also pay to have a background check done with a company specializing in this.  If you hire a private caregiver, you are also responsible for social security taxes and any payroll taxes required by your state.  You should also check with your homeowners insurance to make sure you are covered should this person be injured in your home.
If you do hire a companion, make sure you use that person to full potential.  She can run errands, transport your loved one to activities, medical tests, and in some situations to the doctor.  She can do laundry, light housekeeping, and prepare meals for you.  Have that person do as much as possible to take tasks off of your shoulders.  Some families choose to use adult day services to alleviate stress for the caregiver.  Adult day services can provide structured activities, therapies, and meals during regular daytime hours at a reasonable cost.  The advantages of adult day services are that you don’t have to trust a private caregiver in your senior’s home, it is typically less expensive than private companion care, and the activities are therapeutic for the senior. Seniors often build lasting friendships in these centers.
Thirdly, don’t forget the value of technology in assisting the family caregiver.  Technology today allows seniors to live in their homes longer.  Examples of this technology can include:
1) Emergency alert systems that notify someone if the senior falls
2) Medication dispensers that remind the senior to take their medications and will alert the caregiver if she doesn’t take her meds
3) Motion Detectors that allow a caregiver to know where the senior is and whether or not they have had normal movement that day
•4) Video cameras that allow you to see your senior
Lastly, if you are stressed and overwhelmed, remember that there are senior care professionals to help you look at options and offer suggestions.  You can find a qualified geriatric care manager by clicking here.  You don't have to do it all on your own.  We look forward to bringing your more valuable information in the weeks to come!

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