Month: September 2015

How do family caregivers know when hospice care is right for their loved one? Many people don’t understand hospice and immediately reject considering it because they think it means giving up. But hospice care is not giving up. It is about changing focus to a different set of goals – goals that will provide comfort care and quality of life. Continue reading “What Family Caregivers Need to Know about Hospice” »

Those of us who care for clients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias or have family members struggling with this disease know how challenging it can be to comfort them when they are anxious or agitated.

A few years ago Anne Marie Rowe got the idea to have a special quilt made for her father who had Alzheimer’s. She noticed that just as children are soothed by a favorite blanket, her father had special objects or routines that seemed to calm him when he would get distressed. She had some quilters make her a special blanket that included buttons, zippers and pockets with different textures for her father to hold and work with. His response to this blanket was so positive that Anne Marie started  The Fidget Quilt Project to help those suffering from Alzheimer’s and their families. Continue reading “Fidget Quilts for Seniors with Dementia” »

Aspen Senior Care’s monthly in-service for August covered an important topic –  keeping seniors hydrated, which was presented by Dana Mutch, an RN specializing in elderly care. Dehydration among seniors is a serious health problem that is often overlooked until it becomes a medical emergency. Dehydration in the elderly can lead to: Continue reading “Aspen Senior Care Encourages Seniors to stay Hydrated” »