Joining the Journey

I attended a great presentation today on how to reduce hospitalization in persons with dementia. There were about 80 participants that asked very good questions. Most in attendance either had a spouse or close friend who were in varies stages of dementia. The one question that struck me was from a gentleman whose wife was…

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Press Release-Best of Home Care Award

Blessings! For Seniors Companion Care Receives “Best of Home Care” Award Goodyear- 2/08/2013 – Blessings! For Seniors Companion Care today announced that it has been recognized with Home Care Pulse’s “Best of Home Care” distinction. Awarded to the top 50% of agencies in client satisfaction scores from Home Care Pulse, Blessings! For Seniors Companion Care…

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Stretch Your Arthritis Pain Away

It may seem counterintuitive that exercise can ease the pain of arthritis, which is most painful when moving, but a whole host of experts are jumping on the exercise bandwagon, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, exercise may be the most effective form of pain control outside of drugs. While…

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Double Jeopardy for Baby Boomers Caring for Their Parents

Nearly 10 million adult children over the age of 50 care for their aging parents. These family caregivers are themselves aging as well as providing care at a time when they also need to be planning and saving for their own retirement. The MetLife Study of Caregiving Costs to Working Caregivers: Double Jeopardy for Baby Boomers…

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8 Steps to Consider If You Are a Family Caregiver. Steps 4 & 5

Step 4. Facilitate conversations. Discussion about health conditions, finances, legal affairs, and end-of-life care are often difficult conversations at best, even among loving family members. But they are critical to understanding the needs and desires of our loved ones as they age, particularly if we become the guardian of those wishes. Timing and place are…

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8 Steps to Consider If You Are a Family Caregiver

 Most people do not consciously choose to become a primary caregiver for a loved one with dementia. As devoted and loving family members or friends, we usually assume this new role without much consideration, preparation, or planning. By creating a strategic plan of care from the outset, however, we can significantly enhance our ability to…

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How to Communicate with People Who Have Dementia Part 5

 Use important nonverbal communications.  Using these tips is key to showing respect and to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with dementia—and may be more important than verbal communication Smile and be at ease. The message being conveyed is one of trust and respect.                   Notice your facial cues. Avoid furrowing your brows, rolling your…

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Comments from February’s Client Survey

Blessings! For Seniors uses Home Care Pulse, a national survey company, to complete a telephone interview with our clients each month. Below are a sampling of their responses. The bold text is what the client is asked to comment on. Compassion of caregivers – They show their compassion in the way they talk to her.…

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