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

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

Caregiving during the holidays: Acceptance and support

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Nov 18, 2019 3:56:20 PM

As Julie Boggess remarked in her recent blog, informal caregivers and the care they provide for care recipients represents a substantial part of the long-term care support system. Caring for a loved one with dementia is challenging and can be difficult. Both stress and burnout in caregiving are all too common, as Pam Brandon’s blog notes. This is especially true during the holiday season. The extra demands that accompany this time of year make getting the regular things done more challenging, and the expectations for getting everything done can be overwhelming.

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

The Importance of Education for Informal Caregivers

Posted by Julie Boggess on Nov 11, 2019 10:21:21 AM
Members of the First United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights, IL attend an Eldercare Educational Program about Understanding the Continuum of Eldercare.
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Topics: The Faith Community, The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Aging in the Workplace, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, Hospital Professionals, Faith Community

Wisdom from a Friend with Dementia

Posted by Julie Boggess on Nov 4, 2019 12:34:48 PM

 

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

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