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Effects of Rehospitalization for Aging Adults in Des Moines, IA
Effects of Rehospitalization for Aging Adults in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on October 18, 2019

Most hospitals have programs in place to reduce readmissions. However, many times, readmissions are unavoidable. Seniors, especially those who have severe illnesses or multiple health conditions, are at high risk for hospital readmissions. Here are some ways hospital readmissions may affect your senior loved one. 1. Increased Risk for Infection Seniors with suppressed immune systems as a result of receiving chemotherapy or taking anti-rejection drugs after organ transplants are at…

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Longevity Estimates for Seniors with Idiopathic Parkinson’s in Des Moines, IA
Longevity Estimates for Seniors with Idiopathic Parkinson’s in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on October 11, 2019

Idiopathic Parkinson’s is the most common form of this disease. In fact, about 80 to 85 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have this type. It does respond well to medication, including drugs that increase amounts of neurotransmitters in the brain known as dopamine molecules. This is good news, but you may still have questions about the life expectancy for a senior loved one with idiopathic Parkinson’s. There’s No…

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Is There a Downside to Respite Care in Des Moines, IA
Is There a Downside to Respite Care in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on October 4, 2019

A respite is a temporary break, and this is exactly what in-home respite care provides if you spend most of your time caring for an older loved one. From reducing stress to strengthening relationships, the short-term relief provided by in-home respite care can have many positive benefits. But are there any possible disadvantages? Concerns about Letting a Stranger Care for Your Loved One Yes, your loved one would be inviting…

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Assisting a Loved One with Dementia in Des Moines, IA
Assisting a Loved One with Dementia in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on September 27, 2019

Thousands of people across the country assume the role of caregiver for an elderly loved one. Caring for an older adult living with dementia presents a number of challenges. However, with a few strategies, caregivers can better handle the task. 1. Maintain Dignity Regardless of their degree of cognitive impairment, seniors with dementia deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They shouldn’t be treated as children, belittled, or scolded,…

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Tips for Parkinson's Family Caregivers in Des Moines, IA
Tips for Parkinson's Family Caregivers in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on September 20, 2019

Many seniors with Parkinson’s disease are independent and require no help with the activities of daily living. However, some are moderately or even totally dependent on their caregivers for assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, and eating. Regardless of the level of disability, there are effective ways to help seniors with Parkinson’s live life to the fullest. 1. Ensure Medication Is Taken It’s essential that seniors with Parkinson’s disease take all…

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How to Decrease Rehospitalizations Among Older Adults in Des Moines, IA
How to Decrease Rehospitalizations Among Older Adults in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on September 13, 2019

It’s not unusual for seniors who are discharged from the hospital to return within 30 days. Hospital readmissions can be costly and discouraging for seniors and their families. Among other concerns, when readmitted to the hospital, seniors become more susceptible to hospital-acquired infections. Fortunately, there are strategies healthcare providers and families can implement to reduce the rate of hospital readmissions. Education Just before discharge, busy healthcare providers often review discharge…

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What Makes Families View Respite Care as Essential in Des Moines, IA
What Makes Families View Respite Care as Essential in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on September 6, 2019

Strong families surround their senior loved ones with care and support as they age. While many families share caregiving responsibilities, it’s also common for one person in the group to shoulder the bulk of the care. Respite care is a service that involves having a professional caregiver come to your loved one’s home to help out while you relax or handle other important things. Once you try using respite care,…

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Ways for Encouraging Eating in Older People with Alzheimer’s in Des Moines, IA
Ways for Encouraging Eating in Older People with Alzheimer’s in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on August 30, 2019

A healthy diet is an essential part of your senior loved one’s Alzheimer’s care plan. Your loved one needs proper nutrition to support brain function and slow the progression of the disease. While you may already help your parent prepare meals, getting him or her to eat regularly can be an entirely different challenge. These seven strategies can be effective for getting your loved one to eat throughout the day….

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Activities that Enhance Wellbeing in Older Adults with Parkinson’s in Des Moines, IA
Activities that Enhance Wellbeing in Older Adults with Parkinson’s in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on August 23, 2019

Healthcare providers recommend seniors with Parkinson’s maintain lifestyles that are as active as possible, both to boost quality of life and to slow the progression of the disorder. There are many different activities that can benefit seniors afflicted with the neurological disease. 1. Crafting Crocheting, knitting, drawing, painting, and woodworking are all crafts seniors with Parkinson’s might enjoy. Crafting reduces stress while helping seniors maintain fine motor skills. Creating projects…

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Repeated Causes of Hospital Readmission in a Month After Discharge in Des Moines, IA
Repeated Causes of Hospital Readmission in a Month After Discharge in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on August 16, 2019

Many caregivers work hard to prevent their aging loved ones from being readmitted to the hospital within the first 30 days, but the recovery process doesn’t stop there. Seniors must maintain a healthcare plan even after that time has passed. Here are some of the top reasons for senior hospital readmissions after 30 days and prevention steps your family can take. Poorly Managed Discharge If you don’t understand the discharge…

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