Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Free Information Download on Stroke

Free Information Download on Stroke: How Do I Know It's a Stroke?
Top 5 Signs of a Stroke
Preview of Your Free Download on Stroke

Approximately 795,000 people in the United States have a new or recurrent stroke each year (American Stroke Association [ASA], 2012a).

Here are some signs and symptoms:

SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause (National Stroke Association, 2013)

Risk Factors, Diagnosis, Treatment and Post Stroke Rehabilitation available with FREE download.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Sense of Calm DVD

  "A Sense of Calm" is being used in over 600 care homes and schools, as well as by family carers at home, to help relax adults and children with a range of conditions, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, strokes, autism, Down’s syndrome and other learning difficulties, where the nature of their condition can lead to frustration, agitation, anxiety and sometimes rage.

 DVD is 60 minutes long and features 6 video tracks of specially-created, flowing images, set to specially-composed music, designed to promote relaxation through sensory stimulation. We also include a booklet on how to get the best from your DVD.  A Sense of Calm DVD:

Comfort Care Order (CCO-DNR) program Plus MOLST

EMS Comfort Care Order Do Not Resuscitate Program | doh

Comfort Care - Do Not Resuscitate

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Comfort Care Order-Do Not Resuscitate
(CCO-DNR) program allows patients diagnosed with a specific medical or
terminal condition to express their wishes regarding end of life
resuscitation in the pre or post-hospital setting.

The program requires that a patient’s attending physician certify and sign a Comfort Care Order

(CCO) that states the patient (adult or child) has a specific medical

or terminal condition. The patient, or his or her authorized decision

maker or surrogate, must also consent and sign the CCO (verbal orders

are not valid). The physician then places a Comfort Care bracelet on the


Friday, January 23, 2015

Caregiver Cards Cue Cards & Prompts for Alzheimers & Dementia Caregiver Cards

Caregiver Cards Cue Cards & Prompts for Alzheimers & Dementia Caregiver Cards:


Caregiver Cards provide essential visual picture cues that improve communication, promote independence and reduce anxiety for adults with memory, cognitive, or speech challenges due to dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, deaf or hard of hearing, and other disabilities. An essential aid for helping adults understand and engage in activities at home or in residential care or memory care settings.


This easy-to-use, compact set of 76 cards includes simple, clear illustrations that prompt your loved one to understand and participate more independently in self-care and social activities.

The deck includes 146 picture cues covering 6 subject categories:

tivities of Daily Living


Activities of Daily Living


Command and Prompts

Emotions and Feelings

Events, People and Places

Packaged as a deck of 76 cue cards, double sided, ring bound so it opens
easily to the desired color-coded section. Cards are glossy, heavy card
stock so they can be wiped clean. Blank cards are provided so you can >
add other specific center or activity cues. Binder rings allow for
versatility of Caregiver Cards, allowing you to add or subtract
illustrations that are important for your caregiving needs

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

BayPath Elder Services | Caregiving MetroWest

Caregiving MetroWest is a program of BayPath Elder Services, Inc. information, resources, and support for MetroWest caregivers.
The site offers Information on all aspects of caregiving; "Caregiving is a complex and demanding undertaking. There are many elements involved in the caregiving role, and we’ve assembled some helpful information on a variety of areas of importance to caregivers.}

BayPath Elder Services, Inc
BayPath Elder Services, Inc. administers programs offering  home care and related services enabling people to live independently and comfortably in their homes while promoting their well-being and dignity.
Many BayPath services are free, others are based on one's ability to pay, and some are offered on a fee-for-service basis.
 “This non-profitcorporation is organized to plan, develop and implement the coordination and delivery of services and supportive programs   for persons sixty years of age and over unless otherwise restricted by conditions of grants or contracts, in the City of Marlborough, and the townships of Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Dover, Sherborn, Natick, Framingham, Wayland, Sudbury, Hudson, Northborough , Southboro ugh and Westboro ugh , Massachusetts. The corporation shall endeavor to assist older persons to obtain services including but not limited to information and referral, homemaker and chore assistance, housing services, health maintenance and rehabilitation, nutritional services, legal and advocacy assistance , transportation, emergency assistance, and whatever medical or supportive services may be needed to prolong the life and well - being of older persons in the community and to prevent premature institutionalization.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

50 Best Senior Caregiving Tools Online | Minute Women Inc Home Care | Non-Medical Senior Care – Minute Women Inc

50 Best Senior Caregiving Tools Online | Minute Women Inc Home Care | Non-Medical Senior Care – Minute Women Inc: 50 Best Senior Caregiving Tools Online

50 Best Senior Caregiving Tools Online

It can be very frustrating when trying to find caregiving tools on the internet. You know what you need is out there but can spend hours finding the right tool.

list of the best caregiving tools that we could find on the internet.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

6 Questions To Ask Before Hiring An In-Home Caregiver

What is the cost, and how will the bills be paid? “Be certain to understand the whole payment package,” McVicker advises.

For example, does the agency tack on extra charges for billing, taxes and
worker’s compensation or include them in a single fee for services? Some
agencies will send you a bill that includes the hourly rate for
services plus additional itemized charges for taxes and administrative

Other agencies will simply charge you an hourly amount that
encompasses all costs.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Normal aging vs dementia | Tips for coping with normal age-related memory difficulties

Normal aging vs dementia

Tips for coping with normal age-related memory difficulties:

  • Keep a routine
  • Organize information (keep details in a calendar or day planner)
  • Put items in the same spot (always put your keys in the same place by the door)
  • Repeat information (repeat names when you meet people)
  • Run through the alphabet in your head to help you remember a word
  • Make associations (relate new information to things you already know)
  • Involve your senses (if you are a visual learner, visualize an item)
  • Teach others or tell them stories
  • Get a full night's sleep

Worry if the crystal ball talks back! | LinkedIn

Worry if the crystal ball talks back! | LinkedIn

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Hiring an In-Home Caregiver

Hiring an In-Home Caregiver

For older adults, in-home non-medical care might be the key to independence. However, the quality of care depends on the quality of the caregiver. When looking for in-home care, finding the best service can be a challenge. This article offers suggestions on what to look for when hiring a caregiver.

What is In-Home Care?

In-home caregivers provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) such as meal preparation, dressing, grooming, medication monitoring, transportation and light housekeeping. These services should not be mistaken for home health services, which offer skilled, medical services by licensed professionals such as nurses and therapists. While in-home caregivers may be trained and/ or certified, they focus mostly on activities of daily living and are not required to perform complex health care related tasks. Programs such as Medicare, or Medicaid (Medi-cal) cover Home Health Services, but do not usually cover non-medical services. There are some long-term care insurance policies that cover non-medical in-home care services. Review your policy to determine whether in-home care is covered by your insurance.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hiring Home Care Workers: Why Work through an Agency? By Rona S. Bartelstone,

Hiring Private Duty Home Care Workers: Why Work through an Agency


One of the greatest long-term needs of older adults and those with

chronic illnesses is for in-home, custodial care services. These

workers are often referred to as home health aides, certified nursing

assistants and custodial care workers. These in-home workers make it

possible for people with functional limitations to remain at home in a

comfortable, familiar environment. Home health aides (as we will refer

to this class of workers) provide a wide range of assistance with

activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, grooming,

assisting with ambulation or transferring, toileting, feeding and

providing medication reminders. In addition, home health aides help

with what professionals call, instrumental activities of daily living

(IADLs), such as shopping, meal preparation, making medical

appointments, transportation, laundry and companionship.

While it is true that most people would prefer to remain in their

own homes, there are circumstances in which care in a residential or

nursing facility is more appropriate and more cost-effective. For

example, the individual who needs round the clock care because of

treatments or behavioral issues will find a nursing facility or

residential setting likely to be more affordable.

The biggest proportion of people who utilize home health aide services are those

who need several hours per day of assistance, as opposed to those who need full-time care.

Due to the cost and the increasing shortage of home health

aides, many families seeking to hire in-home staff turn to private

individuals rather than working through an agency. While at first

glance this seems reasonable, it can also cause numerous problems and create unexpected liabilities for the family, who becomes the employer.

Great Big List of Caregiver Blogs | Caregiver's Corner July 14, 2010

Great Big List of Caregiver Blogs    

One of the best ways for a caregiver to find answers, reassurance,
and understanding is to connect with other caregivers. To help with
that, here is a list of blogs run by caregivers. If you know of any
blogs that should be added to this list, let us know!