One of the ways that individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia show anxiety or agitation is in their hands. They will begin to fidget, restlessly pulling at clothes or blankets, wringing their hands, or rubbing their hands together. Fidget blankets are one way to help restore calm.
Many of us know firsthand the value of having an advance care directive to ensure our healthcare wishes at the end of life are met. But as the saying goes, “life happens.” We age, our health changes, and sometimes, the healthcare decisions we once found important change as well. The start of a new year is the perfect time to review and refresh an advance care directive, or begin crafting a new one.
Tennessee residents contemplating hospice care for a family member or another loved one should review a range of options when making their decision. Learn more about Tennessee hospice resources and information below.
Hospice care is available to terminally ill patients who have made the decision to focus on quality of life over curative treatments. The patient and their family receive care and support from a team of end-of-life professionals who focus on providing comfort by managing physical symptoms and addressing emotional and spiritual needs.
Those of us working in end-of-life care have become very well versed in addressing and providing support for the trauma that Veterans have experienced during their time in the service. But how often do we think about the trauma that other patients have experienced in their lives?
When winter’s chill makes getting outside difficult, birdwatching from a window can be the perfect activity for engaging someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. A simple homemade feeder like the craft below is all you need to get started in attracting a wide range of local birds to your yard during the winter when food supplies are scarce.