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Senior Care Management Insights - August 2013

August 2013

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Last Chance for Caregiver Cruise Contest Nominations and Votes

The 2013 Caregiver Cruise Give Away Contest ends on August 24. This is your last chance to nominate and vote for a deserving caregiver. The winner will receive a stress-free vacation and 40 hours of in-home care services for their loved one.

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7 Tips to Make Personal Care Less Awkward for Family Caregivers
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Is there anything more heart-wrenching than an adult child watching her mom decline to a point where she needs to help with toileting? Or more awkward than a son having to coax his dad into a shower and help him wash? These personal care tasks can be hard for a senior's family member to take on, but here are seven suggestions you can recommend to help make those tasks less awkward for both senior and family.

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Resources for You:

Understanding the Emotional Aspects of Caregiving: Webinar Recording
Caregiving can be emotionally draining, and caregivers may not recognize or admit when they feel less than positive about what they do. In this recorded webinar, caregiving expert Dr. Amy D'Aprix offers strategies for caregivers to identify negative emotions and find solutions that work. View Webinar »


Caregiver Support Groups and Other Resources
It's not easy being a caregiver. When you recognize that a family caregiver you know could use support, refer him or her to this list of places to turn for advice, insight, and solutions that can help make the burden just a little bit lighter. Read More »

News from the Care Continuum:

Medication Adherence in America: A National Report Card
With over half of all Americans suffering from at least one chronic disease, medications are a routine and effective course of treatment. But despite medicine's value and ability to improve patient outcomes and lower health care costs, many chronically ill patients do not take their medications as prescribed... Read more and listen to the online briefing recording »


Patients with Type 2 Diabetes or Hypertension Must Be Evaluated for Sleep Apnea
Overwhelming clinical evidence has shown that patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes and hypertension are at much higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous condition characterized by episodes of complete or partial airway obstruction during sleep. Research also has shown that treating sleep apnea can help in the management of both disorders... Read More »

The Patient's Voice

The Patient's Voice:
Caregiver Q & A with David Troxel, Alzheimer's Expert

My Dad hums all the time recently. It's very annoying to us all. How do we get him to stop? Why is he doing it?

David Troxel's Answer:
It's not always the big things; it's the little things that can "push you over the edge!"

Your dad's behavior could have a number of causes. Alzheimer's disease and the other dementias often impact words and language. This may be a simple form of communication for him or a behavior "covering up" his failing vocabulary. Alzheimer's and dementia patients also sometimes have compulsive behaviors.

Sometimes, it's better to consider what won't work before looking for strategies that have a better chance of success. Snapping, yelling, and losing your temper? Those are things that won't work.

Keep reading for David's advice on strategies for success »

The Heart of a CAREGiver

Caring for seniors is a labor of love that requires a special person with just the right touch. The Home Instead® network is looking for dedicated CAREGiversSM who share its passion for caregiving to provide non-medical in-home care assistance to seniors. Learn more about what it takes to become a CAREGiver at

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