disaster

Advance preparations • If your loved one lives in a residential facility, find out about its disaster and evacuation plans. Ask if you will be responsible for evacuating your loved one. • Whether your loved one lives with you, or you are a long-distance caregiver, make sure evacuation plans include his or her specific needs.…

dementia

Is there a difference between Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease? Dementia is a general term for a group of brain disorders. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 50 to 70 percent of cases. This fact sheet briefly discusses Alzheimer’s and some other dementias. All types of dementia involve mental decline that:…

Is an Assisted Living right for you or your loved one? A consumer checklist of Important Services, Amenities and Accommodations in Assisted Living Communities. Print out this guide and bring it with you as you tour a community. Click here for a printable checklist and questions to ask! What to look for when visiting Assisted…

pay for home care

Ohio has publicly funded in-home programs for those who cannot afford private-pay home care. Included in such funds are senior services levies approved by voters in numerous Ohio counties. These programs are for people who can’t afford to pay for in-home services themselves, but who make too much to meet the low income limits set…

bathing

Bathing is often the most difficult personal care activity that caregivers face. Because it is such an intimate experience, people with dementia may perceive it as unpleasant or threatening. In turn, they may act in disruptive ways, like screaming, resisting or hitting. Such behavior often occurs because the person doesn’t remember what bathing is for…

What to Ask when interviewing a Home Healthcare Agency Agency Interviewed: Date:   What Types of care level do you offer? Medical Home Health Care   Companion Care Non-Medical Home Health Care   Adult Day Care Physical Therapy / Rehab   Hospice   Costs: What are your hourly prices for: Days? Nights? Weekends? Holidays? How…

stages

  Experts have documented common patterns of symptom progression that occur in many individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and developed several methods of “staging” based on these patterns. Progression of symptoms corresponds in a general way to the underlying nerve cell degeneration that takes place in Alzheimer’s disease. Nerve cell damage typically begins with cells involved…

home modifications

Home modifications allow seniors to remain comfortably in their homes enjoying their typical day to day activities despite the lifestyle changes that come with aging. Listed below are home modification ideas from Seniors Guide – Your comprehensive guide to all things senior. Prevent trips and falls by: Removing or securing all carpets and area rugs…

fda approved

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are five prescription drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat its symptoms. Donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine and tacrine are called cholinesterase inhibitors. Memanatine is classified as an uncompetitive low-to-moderate affinity N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist. Both types of drugs help manage symptoms, but…

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