Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s disease

Watch Out for Well-Attired Caregivers

21 Jul

Sadly, elder abuse is far more common than most of us realize. It’s certainly not an unfamiliar concept to me. Both my mother and my late uncle were victimized by paid caregivers.

A few years ago,  my brother and I were given three hours notice that my mother was to be released from hospital but would require around-the-clock care for several months. We didn’t have a clue how to hire a care giver. All we knew was my mother really wanted to go home and the hospital wanted its bed back.  Lorna was the only applicant I spoke with and I hired her immediately. She seemed trustworthy and competent. And she was immediately available.

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More on Montessori for Seniors

20 Mar

In my earlier post today about the similarities between people with dementia and very young children, I briefly mentioned Montessori methods as being good for both age groups. The following video shows how one retirement home in Toronto uses Montessori techniques as part of its dementia care programming.

When my son was two, he was given the same clothes pin exercise while attending a Montessori. It helped with his fine motor skills

The L’Chaim Retirement Home is on Sheppard Ave. west of Bathurst St. I’m not familiar with it, but might have to check it out for my mother.

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Progress

15 May

So we showed my mother the nursing home for which after 21 months she had finally come to the top of the waiting list. And she said NO! Eventually she agreed. But her change of heart came only after many harsh words were hurled in all directions and cooler heads were called in for support.  There is no doubt change is especially difficult for the elderly. However, anyone who knows my mother can confirm she has been difficult to deal with long before tangles and plaques started making a home in her brain. The dementia has only added another element of diffculty.

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Sandwiched Men Are Out There, Here’s One of Them

26 Apr

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So much has been written and said about sandwiched women, you would think the sandwich generation is a “women only” club, but that’s simply false. Men are just as likely to be stuck in the middle between aging parents and their own family. I know this because my older brother is one of those men. Due to proximity, he is the one most likely to tend to my mother’s frequent requests for shopping and transportation. Somehow, between escorting my mother to a scheduled 1:15 pm doctor’s appointment that didn’t happen until 3:30 and getting  down to his real  job, he found the time to offer up the following glimpse into his life:

I’m the executor of my late uncle’s estate. It’s not a job, but it is an all-encompassing responsibility. And it keeps me running from the  lawyer to the bank with the odd side trip to the accountant. I’m also one of two POA’s for my 81 year old mother who has Alzheimer’s, is going blind, and lives in a fashionable retirement home when she needs to be in a nursing home to get the proper care and attention she needs.

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Need to Hire a Private Caregiver But Don’t Know Where to Start?

28 Mar

Does your loved one need a private caregiver? Are you at a loss about how to hire a caregiver or what questions to ask of a potential candidate?

If you need to hire a caregiver for someone with dementia ,you can hire through a reputable agency that will screen candidates for you. Or you can get a referral from someone you know well. Regardless, interview the caregiver and make sure he or she is a correct fit for your loved one’s needs and personality.  Also, check references carefully. And get more than one reference. Do not rely on written references. And take the time to run a police check on anyone you are seriously thinking about hiring.

FREE WEBINAR ON HIRING CAREGIVERS

American Society on Aging

The American Society on Aging (ASA) also offers webinars that are extremely helpful for anyone dealing with issues relating to aging. Many of them are free. On Thursday, April 4,  they have afree one-hour webinar devoted specifically to hiring caregivers. The speaker will be Sherwin Sheik, founder of CareLinx. According the the ASA web site, participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Describe the four most important points families need to consider when hiring a private duty caregiver
  • List the four most important topics to cover in the interview and screening process.
  • Identify eight points of compatibility for a caregiver in order to ensure a safe and happy environment

You can learn more about this or other ASA webinars  here and register here.

 

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Open the Windows & Pass the Gefilte Fish

25 Mar

Why is this day different than all other days? Because on this day, I am playing the role of the dutiful daughter.

A Seder table setting

A Seder table setting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I think of Passovers past, I have many wonderful memories of Passover seders spent sitting around the dining room table with much loved family members who aren’t here anymore. I was the youngest child in the family and to this day I can sing the four questions in Hebrew by memory. And I can still belt out a mean Dayenu! Continue reading

Pre-Schoolers and Old People

20 Mar

I have spent the better part of the last five years dealing with the world of dementia and elder care. And when I started down this path, it was with a pre-school-age child in tow. Before my uncle and my mother became ill, I would have thought there could not be any two more disparate groups of individuals than young children and seniors with dementia. I was so wrong. Little kids and people with dementia actually have a lot in common. Neither are burdened by inhibition or complex thought processes. And while both are prone to tantrums and frustration, it can take very little to get a smile out of either.
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