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The Loving Care Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

Shaneall Ferron

By Manas Ananda

10/26/21

Caring for People with Dementia

       Dementia is a disorder caused by abnormal brain changes. These changes lead to memory loss, attention deficit, and problems with reasoning and communication (CDC,2019). The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. The decline of cognitive abilities associated with this disease interferes with daily life and independent functions. Loving Home Care provides home, hospice, and respite care to the community and would like to recognize Shaneall Ferron for her dedication to improving the lives of our clients with dementia.

       Shaneall has been a nurse for ten years and incorporates the use of puzzles into her care plans to delay the onset of memory decline in people with dementia. The Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society states that “cognitively stimulating leisure activities have been reported to be associated with reduced risk of developing dementia and mild cognitive impairment” (Pillai, 2014). These meaningful activities improve cognitive awareness and stimulate the intellect. Thanks in part to Shaneall’s efforts, Loving Home Care has become one of the most trusted home health care providers in the state of Vermont. She not only provides intelligent care, but her depth of character is immeasurable and she has been an angel to those in need twenty-four hours a day.

      If your loved one is suffering from dementia and you are in need of assistance, contact Loving Home Care at (802) 489-4927 to discuss your wants and needs. Together, we’ll address your needs, answer your questions, and begin putting together your custom care plan, including matching you with the right caregiver or team of caregivers.

References

Pillai et al.. (2014, January 8). Association of Crossword Puzzle Participation with Memory Decline. In National Center for Biotechnology information. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3885259/

What is Dementia?. (2019, April 5). In Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/aging/dementia/index.html 

Fall Prevention

By Manas Ananda

10/12/21

     As we age, our bodies change and we experience new challenges in our daily lives. What once was easy, increasingly becomes difficult and we find ourselves struggling with everyday tasks. Loving Home Care recognizes the challenges that come with aging and is here to support you and your loved ones in this process.

     One common concern for the aging population is falling. According to the CDC, approximately three million falls each year result in a visit to the emergency room. Falling can lead to serious injuries, potentially causing broken bones and a loss of independence (https://www.cdc.gov/falls/index.html).

     To assist you in your journey, we’ve compiled the following list to help you prevent falls:

  • Talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist about your medications. Some medications have side effects that increase the risk of a fall such as dizziness, drowsiness, and fatigue.
  • If you get dizzy or lightheaded when you go from sitting to standing, take your time and get up slowly. The CDC’s Postural Hypotension brochure has information on how to manage these symptoms.
  • Changes in vision, awareness, and balance can also contribute to instability. Have your eyes checked annually and strengthen your muscles through exercise. Activities such as yoga and tai chi improve balance and strengthen your body and mind. Don’t be afraid to use a walking stick or hiking poles for support and ask for help when needed.
  • Make your home safe. Remove clutter and tripping hazards such as loose wires and small rugs. Add grab bars, railings, and non-slip carpet when necessary and consider hiring a contractor to salt your walkway and driveway. To help identify and eliminate additional fall hazards in your home, refer to the Check for Safety brochure.

     Aging gracefully is possible, and many falls are preventable. Contact Loving Home Care for assistance with your daily needs at (802) 489-4927. Help is here, and we are available to improve the quality of your life by providing loving, compassionate care. www.lovinghomecare.net 

Employee Spotlight!

By Manas Ananda

10/01/21

  Samantha Daley

     Loving Home Care is pleased to recognize Samantha for all of her hard work at Cathedral Square's Allen Brook Facility. Samantha specializes in memory care and is trained in the Best Friends approach which incorporates seven basic building blocks that lead to the client feeling safe, secure, and valued. These building blocks include:

  1. Recognizing the basic rights of a person with dementia
  2. Understanding what it's like to have dementia
  3. Knowing and using the person's life story
  4. Knowing what to say when communication is breaking down
  5. Developing strategies for great dementia care
  6. Experiencing meaningful engagement throughout the day
  7. Recasting the relationship and your language from staff to best friend

(Virginia Bell and David Troxel)

     By incorporating this approach, Samantha has earned the trust of our clients and set a positive example for our caregiving staff. Thanks to her dedication, Loving Home Care has become a trusted provider in our community. Her commitment to our values has enforced our mission to provide the loving home care that we would want for ourselves and our loved ones. Thanks Samantha and keep up the great work!