Broken Heart Syndrome: Another Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Jul 13, 2020 4:16:02 PM

As if life could not get worse. A recent study suggests more people are suffering with stress cardiomyopathy during this COVID-19 pandemic. Stress cardiomyopathy is also called broken heart syndrome.

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Topics: The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, compassionate touch, Dementia Live

The Art of Caregiving: Going at the Right Pace

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Jul 6, 2020 3:48:55 PM

Caregiving has been defined as the willingness to go at another person’s pace. Just like a pace car in auto racing, there is the person who sets the pace in caring, and the person who follows along. The pace car in racing sets the tempo of the other cars before the race officially begins. The person setting the pace in caregiving can be the care receiver or the caregiver. Ideally, a care receiver with dementia should set the pace, with the caregiver following.

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Topics: The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Dementia Live

Persevering During the Ongoing COVID-19 Triathlon

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Jun 29, 2020 3:26:43 PM

The sustained presence of COVID-19, including the fluctuating easing and reinstating of restrictions, makes it difficult to feel hopeful. As a result, it is critical to identify ways to support our mental and physical wellbeing. It will help us as we work to keep persevering.

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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Hospital Professionals

Creating Feelings of Belonging Through Touch

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Jun 15, 2020 11:28:50 AM

Several months ago, pre-COVID 19, I took a dance class. There were only about 8 or 10 women in the class. For the most part, we did not know each other. Although I have no identifiable dancing skills, I had the feeling of belonging there.

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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, compassionate touch

Easing COVID-19 Restrictions: Going Forward...Moving Ahead?

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Jun 4, 2020 12:31:23 PM

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)  recently released recommendations  for state and local officials to gradually reopen nursing homes. The CMS recommendations guide officials to evaluate the feasibility to ease COVID-19 restrictions. State survey agency and state and local health departments participate in the decision-making process. CMS provides questions to answer to assess next steps.

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Topics: The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver

Compassion Fatigue: Watching for Symptoms, Finding Solutions

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Jun 1, 2020 2:08:12 PM

As summer approaches, there is a gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions in some states. Unfortunately, caregivers at home and in long-term care still continue to face repetitive days of providing care and support.  These individuals are at risk to develop compassion fatigue.

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Topics: The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver

Quarantine in Long-Term Care: Prevention at What Cost?

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Mar 16, 2020 4:26:31 PM

In response to the emergence of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control issued a preparedness checklist and guidance on how long-term care providers should respond. The guidance includes restricting all visitors except for end of life and/or other compassionate care situations. There are also recommendations to restrict volunteers and non-essential personnel (e.g., stylists, chaplains, etc.) from entering a long-term care community. Other suggestions include canceling all group activities and communal dining.

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Topics: The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver

The Trauma of Relocation for People with Dementia

Posted by Julie Boggess on Feb 3, 2020 11:24:51 PM

 

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Topics: The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, dementia, caregivers, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, Faith Community, families, AGE-u-cate Training Insitute

Becoming a Caregiver: Knowing the Tipping Points and Accepting Your Role as a Caregiver

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Jan 20, 2020 12:33:04 PM

Rosalyn Carter once noted that there are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. Her quote is an accurate assessment of how being a caregiver is a part of our lives, in one way or another. There is a tipping point for becoming a caregiver, and each person can have a different experience with caregiving. Caregiving can be long-term or short-term, depending on the care recipient.

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Topics: The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Caregiver, caregivers, caregiving

Validation in Dementia Care: Thank You, Naomi!

Posted by Ann Catlin on Dec 5, 2019 9:00:55 AM
Validation helps caregivers step into the world of a person with dementia, creating understanding and empathy.
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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, Memory Care, Family Caregiver, dementia, Family, caregivers, compassionate touch, Alzheimer's disease, Hospital Professionals, dementia friendly, understanding, touch

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