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Under Pressure: Reducing Seniors’ Risk for Pressure Sores

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Impacting as many as one in every ten seniors, and even more prevalent in those who smoke, in those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, or whose skin is more delicate, pressure sores (also known as bed sores or pressure injuries) are not just incredibly painful – they can swiftly advance to infections that can

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Senior Skin Care Tips from Home & Hearth Caregivers

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As we grow older, our skin turns drier and more delicate. According to Medscape, as many as 75% of the elderly deal with dry, flaky skin, which is not only easily injured (cut, scratched, or bruised), but also commonly includes uncomfortable itchiness. The most common places for dry skin in older adults are the forearms,

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How to Manage This Type of Dementia Confusion: Alternate Reality

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Dementia confusion, a common occurrence in Alzheimer’s, can result in recent memories being forgotten or distorted, while those from the more remote past often stay intact. This may cause prior times to make more sense to an older adult with dementia than the present. A person’s alternate reality could be his or her way of

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Help for These Dementia Signs and Symptoms: Hallucinations, Illusions, and Suspicions

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For individuals providing care for a senior displaying dementia signs and symptoms, careful, compassionate management is a must; but potentially the most overwhelming behaviors include suspicions, hallucinations, and illusions that others are out to cause harm. Incorrect impressions such as these manifest typically in the more advanced stages of progressive dementia due to changes within

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Homesickness in Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Tips to Help

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Like they say, there’s no place like home; but what do you do when a senior with dementia insists on going home – when he/she currently IS home? Regrettably, when caring for an elderly person with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, this is an all too common dilemma. And the confusion and plaintive

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Strategies for Each Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease Care

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Providing care for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease can seem like attempting to solve a continuously changing puzzle. As soon as you determine the solution to one area, you learn that the picture has changed, and you need to rethink your plan. Figuring out the puzzle of Alzheimer’s disease care demands ongoing learning and a

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What’s Next? Planning for Care After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

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Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer caused almost exclusively by prolonged exposure to asbestos. A diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma is usually unexpected, and can be devastating to the patient and his or her family. Responding quickly and definitively to that diagnosis is imperative to attaining the best possible outcome. Unlike more common cancers such

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Take Steps to Transfer Your Senior Loved One Safely and Prevent Back Injury

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It’s a sobering fact: more than 50 percent of all caregivers suffer from injuries during transfers and lifts of senior loved ones. With so many family members providing care for the elderly at home, it’s essential that they educate themselves on proper lifting and transferring techniques. Home & Hearth Caregivers, the top-rated providers of in-home

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Preventing Back Injuries and Harm to Seniors with Proper Lifting Techniques

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Those providing care for an older loved one at home are likely to find themselves in situations each and every day where it’s necessary to lift, move or transfer the senior – and, if not managed appropriately, this can result in a back injury to the caregiver. Injuries happen most often as a result of

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Senior Adaptive Equipment Payment Sources You May Not Know About

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Could your elderly loved one benefit from more stability in the bathtub or shower? Does she or he need a walker or rollator to move around? Then it’s very likely that you’ll eventually be in the market for in-home adaptive equipment. It’s also likely that you’re curious about how to pay for these assistive devices,

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