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Senior Care Management Insights - August 2012

August, 2012
3 Ways to Help Make Alzheimer's Less of a Burden on Families
You've noticed the fear in their eyes, the sadness in their voice, and the exhaustion in their half-hearted smile. The burden of Alzheimer's weighs heavily on your patients and their family members. You can help ease that burden. Here's how.  

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Additional Articles:
  • Addressing Sleep Challenges
    Healthcare providers must ask patients about sleep, sleep routines and patterns, the quality of their sleep, and the impact sleep has in daily functioning and quality of life. - New Website Launched to Help Professionals Reduce Senior's Risk of Readmission is a new online resource of post-discharge and transitional care information for senior care professionals as they help seniors prepare for a transition back home after a hospital or facility stay.

At, you'll find information about:

  • Reducing Readmissions - Readmission statistics, the factors that impact those statistics, and information about how transitional care services can fill the gaps in the care continuum.
  • Government Insurance Coverage - Information explaining what government insurance does and doesn't cover in both the U.S. and Canada, and suggestions for dealing with coverage limitations.
  • Returning Home Program Care Services - Overview of Home Instead's "Returning Home" program and details about the associated care services.
  • Discharge Care Scenarios - A selection of case studies that highlight the benefits of transitional care services.
  • Tools & Resources - Information and links to tools and resources on for health care professionals.

Visit today to help ensure your senior patients will have a successful recovery at home.

Home Instead Service Highlight:

Research has shown that seniors who stay socially active reap a number of benefits including improved physical, mental and emotional health. Companionship services provided by Home Instead CAREGiversSM make it possible for seniors to experience that all-important social interaction on a regular basis.

CAREGivers encourage engagement and interaction by providing conversation and opportunities to reminisce, facilitating outings and other social activities, and assisting the senior with entertaining visitors. The Home Instead® network also recognizes the importance of developing a strong relationship between CAREGiver and client. Staff coordinators pay special attention to matching the personalities and interests of both CAREGiver and client to achieve maximum compatibility.

Practitioner's Tip  

Be the Unbiased 'Voice of Reason'
When it comes to making care decisions, elderly patients and their adult children or other family caregivers don't always agree on the best course of action. As a senior care professional, if you find yourself caught in the middle of a family conflict, present your advice as an unbiased voice of reason.

No one wants to be the "bad guy" who makes a difficult decision like 'Mom can no longer live on her own anymore." Handle such hot button topics delicately by offering the facts and information, along with possible solutions, that can guide families toward reaching a consensus and help them make decisions that are in your senior patient's best interest. For more tips on helping families avoid conflict, visit


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Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services — assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping — which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, CAREGivers are trained in the network's groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum also is available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead offices. At Home Instead, it's relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

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