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Caregiver Training Blog

How to Use Assistive Devices for Seniors [VIDEO INCLUDED]

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 @ 09:33 AM

Few people would say that the aging process is easy, but there are ways to help make things easier. Many seniors struggle with mobility issues that can interfere with routine daily activities and lead to declines in independence and quality of life. Assistive devices offer a valuable "helping hand" not only for aging seniors, but also for their caregivers. To help in caring for a senior at home, we look at how assistive devices can improve mobility, as well as communication, care and hygiene, and dexterity.

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The Most Common Medication Errors for Seniors, and How to Avoid Them

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Medications

Medication mistakes cause at least one death every day in this country and injure roughly 1.3 million every year, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. People aged 65 and older are especially vulnerable to medical errors, for reasons that are described below.

Caregivers can play a vital role in keeping seniors healthy by familiarizing themselves with the most common medication errors — and taking the following steps to preventing them.

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How to Make a Safe Wheelchair Transfer [VIDEOS INCLUDED]

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Have you ever seen a caregiver effortlessly transfer someone to or from a wheelchair? While it may seem like they just have the magic touch or some sort of superpower, it's more likely that they've simply learned the techniques that make safe wheelchair transfer a routine task.

Anyone can learn these techniques. Just read below and watch the accompanying videos for basic information and pro-tips on how to safely transfer someone to and from a wheelchair. 

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Dementia Assessment Tool: The SLUMS Test

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jul 08, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Caregivers of the elderly often refer to the SLUMS Exam and the GDS in evaluating the health and condition of their patients. The SLUMS Examination is a screening tool for dementia developed by Saint Louis University geriatricians that identifies mild cognitive problems, and the GDS is a 30-item self-report assessment used to identify depression. Both are designed for use with the elderly.

There is no single, definitive test to determine whether an individual is suffering from dementia. Rather, the healthcare team considers all potential causes while conducting a comprehensive assessment of the patient. Doctors often use the SLUMS Examination in order to determine whether further testing might be necessary. Let's take a closer look at this widely used, clinician administered diagnostic tool.

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Peri-care: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

While peri-care can initially be intimidating, it is a very important part of the private caregiver/patient relationship. Let's take a closer look at the importance of perineal care, as well as how to perform this critical duty to ensure the ongoing health of your loved one.

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How to Talk to Someone with Dementia, Alzheimer's, or Memory Loss

By mmLearn.org on Tue, May 28, 2019 @ 12:25 PM

Communicating with a person with memory loss can be difficult, but the right strategies can bridge the gap and foster a more fulfilling relationship between you and your patient or loved one. 

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Should Your Aging Loved One Join a Community Chorus or Consider Music Therapy?

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 @ 10:48 AM

Senior loneliness is an epidemic in society today. In fact, more than 40 percent of seniors regularly experience feelings of separation and disconnection from their family and communities — which can have a detrimental impact on both physical and emotional health. Now comes news, however, of a potential loneliness-busting fix: joining a community choir. Here’s a closer look at the research, along with evidence attesting to the many benefits of music therapy.

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Caregiver Tips for Alleviating Arthritis Pain

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 @ 02:32 PM

Nearly half of people (49.6 percent) of people aged 65 years and older have reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the CDC. As many as 25 percent of adults with the condition, meanwhile, say it causes them “severe pain.” Caring for someone with debilitating pain from one of the 100 forms of arthritis and its related diseases can be challenging. However, there are some things caregivers can do to bring aging loved one's relief. Read on for a roundup of seven tips aimed at helping minimize pain and maximize quality of life for people with arthritis. 

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Four Reasons for Senior Appetite Loss

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Mar 19, 2019 @ 02:13 PM

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition for a number of reasons -- some simple, others more complex. Whatever the reason, malnutrition is a serious issue for older Americans with one out of every four suffering from inadequate food intake.

There's no better time to take a closer look at your aging loved one's eating habits and nutrition than during March's National Nutrition Month. Let's highlight four common causes of appetite loss among older adults, along with techniques for increasing senior appetites.

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A Caregiver's Guide to Pleurisy

By mmLearn.org on Sat, Mar 16, 2019 @ 01:39 PM

Seniors are particularly susceptible to pneumonia due to a number of factors. Unfortunately, they’re also more vulnerable to complications from pneumonia, including pleurisy. If your aging loved one has recently been diagnosed with this painful condition due to pneumonia or another underlying cause, this guide can help you understand the ailment while helping to provide better care.

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