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The Latest Vision Loss Technologies

Blind person holding white caneAffecting an incredible number of Americans, vision loss is as varied as the individuals who experience it – from simply the need to don a pair of reading glasses to scan through the morning newspaper, to total blindness. And it’s a lot more prevalent in older adults, with one out of every three elders over age 65 experiencing some type of eye disease that affects vision, like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, as well as others. Thankfully, just like so many other challenging conditions, technology continues to explode with choices to improve wellbeing for people experiencing vision problems. Just take a quick look at a few of the vision enhancement tools that are already available: Continue reading “The Latest Vision Loss Technologies” »

The Best Way to Address Senior Money Management

Mature Woman Helping Senior Neighbor With Home FinancesIt’s a sensitive topic to discuss with aging parents, but one which has to be resolved at some point: finances. Many adult children are hesitant to get involved with parents’ financial matters until there’s a desperate need, but starting up the conversation ahead of the need provides ample chance to ensure everything is in order. Continue reading “The Best Way to Address Senior Money Management” »

Hurtful Things You Should Avoid Saying to Your Aging Parents

Shocking news.It is always best to tell the truth, right? But there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, particularly when communicating with aging loved ones. Although we might have the finest of intentions in attempting to help older adults navigate life, we can help prevent hurt feelings in our loved ones by rethinking statements like the following: Continue reading “Hurtful Things You Should Avoid Saying to Your Aging Parents” »

Dividing Caregiving Costs Without Splitting Up the Family

Remember how hard it could be as a child to learn the lesson of sharing with your siblings? Even though the importance of considering others’ feelings, and of being fair, was impressed upon us at an early age, it can still be a challenge to minimize sibling squabbles when it comes to difficult decisions we face in adulthood – such as how to fairly divide care requirements for our aging parents. Continue reading “Dividing Caregiving Costs Without Splitting Up the Family” »

Anosognosia and Dementia

“I do NOT have Alzheimer’s disease! There is nothing wrong with me!”

If you’ve heard a loved one with dementia frustratingly express this or a similar sentiment, you may have assumed the person was simply in denial and unwilling to accept a difficult diagnosis. The truth is, however, that often those with dementia and other conditions are experiencing anosognosia – an unawareness of their impairment. Continue reading “Anosognosia and Dementia” »

Is Giving Up the Car Keys Bad for a Senior’s Health?

It’s one of the more difficult decisions we face in later years, and an extremely sensitive topic for adult children to broach with their elderly parents: giving up the car keys. Driving ourselves, while providing an inherent sense of freedom and independence, can become tremendously dangerous due to a variety of conditions related to growing older. And giving up that freedom for safety’s sake can feel defeating. Continue reading “Is Giving Up the Car Keys Bad for a Senior’s Health?” »

When Receiving Too Much Healthcare Is NOT A Good Thing

We all want the very best health care for our loved ones, but is it possible that sometimes, less is best? According to a recent study published in Plos One by Dr. Martin Makary, professor of surgery and health policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a full 21% of medical care we receive is unnecessary – meaning that millions of patients subjected to various treatments, screenings and scans are receiving little or no benefit. And these unwarranted health services come at a price: as much as $210 billion each year, as reported by the National Academy of Medicine. Continue reading “When Receiving Too Much Healthcare Is NOT A Good Thing” »

Don’t Let Safety Go Down the Chimney: The Holiday Visit Checklist for Aging Parents

Living at a distance makes it hard to visit our aging loved ones as often as we’d like, but during the holidays, families make an extra effort for in-person time together – making it the perfect opportunity to assess a senior’s safety and wellbeing. There are a number of warning flags that aren’t noticed in weekly phone calls, emails, or even through Skype, but which often become apparent when the family gathers together for the holiday season. Continue reading “Don’t Let Safety Go Down the Chimney: The Holiday Visit Checklist for Aging Parents” »

How to Handle the Holidays with Dementia

Viewing the holidays through the lens of Alzheimer’s disease can feel anything but merry and bright. Family members may be overwhelmed with caregiving tasks, and the disruption to routine can cause additional distress for a senior struggling with the effects of dementia.

Yet, with a little creative thinking and adjustment of expectations, the holiday season can bring meaning and fulfillment to families who are factoring in dementia this year. Alliance Home Healthcare & Hospice’s skilled Alzheimer’s care professionals offer the following suggestions: Continue reading “How to Handle the Holidays with Dementia” »

Stay Socially Active & Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Let’s be straightforward: providing care for a senior loved one is in many cases draining, stressful, and isolating. When caregiving needs advance, specifically when a long-term disease like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease is at play, family care providers might feel as if they’re in over their heads, and getting through the standard tasks of the daytime – showering, preparing of food, doing errands – can seem to be a barrier too big to leap. Continue reading “Stay Socially Active & Avoid Caregiver Burnout” »

Home Health & Hospice Care

  • Alliance Home Health Care understands the difficulties associated with in-home care. Our nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, medical social workers, dietitians, and home health aides work closely with a patient’s physician to establish a proper treatment plan.
  • Our hospice care services are designed to help our patients live each day to the fullest extent possible in your home—and to provide comfort and support to their families as well. Patients receive visits as needed, and the hospice team is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for support and care, as needed.
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