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Recognizing the Signs of Heat Distress in Seniors

The summer months are almost here in Brevard County. This means extra time with family and friends enjoying one another and taking advantage of the incredible activities that Melbourne, FL has to offer. While summer is a time that many look forward to all year long, it is also especially important to know how to [...]

By | 2017-05-04T13:14:34-04:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: Senior Living|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Recognizing the Signs of Heat Distress in Seniors

“Snow Birds” That Need Medical Attention

MEDICAL HELP FOR "SNOW BIRDS" Do you migrate to Florida for the winter season? The weather is great, but what happens if you become ill? The fact is that many “snow birds” do not have a Florida physician. When a problem develops with your health, it snowballs into other dilemmas. Other than calling 911 for [...]

Caregivers Need Vacation Too

Even Family Caregivers Need Time Off As swarms of people from other states descend on Florida for fun in the sun, many Floridians are in desperate need of a vacation, themselves. The beauty of palm trees and the ocean are barely noticed by those caring for family members alone, without respite. With little hope of [...]

Feeding Tube Considerations

Life and death decisions are tremendously stressful for families. One such dilemma is choosing or refusing an artificial tube for feeding an individual who develops dysphagia, an inability to swallow, or who refuses anything by mouth. Dysphagia and failure to eat frequently develops in the end stages of Alzheimer’s patients. In the absence of a [...]

By | 2016-07-20T12:16:16-04:00 July 14th, 2016|Categories: Aging Seniors, Home Health Care|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Feeding Tube Considerations

Honor Alzheimer’s disease caregivers by sharing a personal tribute

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. In the United States alone, there are nearly 15 million Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers.  You can join us in honoring them by sharing a personal tribute message!  

By | 2017-03-22T08:34:16-04:00 July 5th, 2016|Categories: Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Dementia, Senior Health Care|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Honor Alzheimer’s disease caregivers by sharing a personal tribute

Analyzing the Relationship Between the Patient, the Family, and the Home Health Caregiver

Analyzing the Relationship Between the Patient, the Family, and the Home Health Caregiver Medication Management "Will you send the same aide all the time?" is one of the most frequent requests made to home health care managers. Patients and families place great priority on consistency, reliability, and familiarity of caregivers. In fact, if [...]

By | 2017-03-22T08:34:26-04:00 June 20th, 2016|Categories: Alzheimer's, Assisted Living, Caregivers, Elderly Senior Care, Family, Health Care, Home Care Assistance, Home Health Care, Senior Health Care|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Analyzing the Relationship Between the Patient, the Family, and the Home Health Caregiver

Adult Child and Aged Parent Living Together Again

   I’m seeing a trend in South Florida towards the return of multiple family generations living together again. This type of living situation was historically common up until about the 1950’s. However, the population trend in Florida was traditionally boosted by retirees relocating here, without their adult children. So it is unusual to see generations [...]

Explaining Alzheimer’s To a Child

Children can be very curious about physical changes and demeanor alterations, especially when they notice this about a family member. Children also ask remarkably frank questions about these changes. "Why can't Grandpa remember my name?" "Why does that lady have to take care of Grandpa?" "What's wrong with Grandpa?" "When will Grandpa get better and [...]

By | 2017-03-22T08:35:38-04:00 March 14th, 2016|Categories: Aging Seniors, Alzheimer's, Dementia, Family, Love, Senior Living|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Explaining Alzheimer’s To a Child

The Relationship Between A Caregiver and Patient

Love, respect, kindness, patience, magnanimity, humor, forgiveness: these are the hallmarks of a wonderful relationship. For many elderly people, the quantity of personal relationships is severely diminished. Their friends passed away and their family lives remotely and seldom visits.  The person he or she spends the most time with is his or her caregiver. Therefore, the [...]

Speed Up Recovery After Surgery

From the desk of Kim Champion:  Speed Up Recovery After Surgery If you are planning to have surgery, now is the time to pre-plan your recovery phase. "After-care” is a very important. While you are with the doctor, you have the added protection of the hospital environment or the doctor’s out-patient facility. The scary part [...]

By | 2017-03-22T08:36:34-04:00 December 30th, 2015|Categories: Aging Seniors, Blog, Caregivers, Health, Health Care, Surgery|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Speed Up Recovery After Surgery