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Caregiver Training Blog

A Caregiver’s Guide to Managing Hoarding Behavior

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 01:02 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

As seniors spend more time at home or grow sentimental about objects from days gone by, many struggle with a cluttered home. But clutter isn’t just an eyesore. It can quickly turn to hoarding behavior, compulsively saving items with no real value.

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Managing Difficult Sundowning Behavior at the End of the Day

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Dementia

Do your caregiving duties seem extra challenging in the evening? Perhaps the person you care for becomes more active, pacing the room, wandering restlessly, or even yelling in agitation. Or maybe they become anxious and confused. Some seniors display outward resistance to redirection at this time of day.

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Nine Everyday Activities for Seniors with Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jan 21, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

A life without meaningful activities is an unfulfilling life. From daily household chores to hobbies, activities give the day structure while simultaneously defining who we are. For seniors living with dementia, an inability to participate in previously enjoyable, purposeful activities can cause restlessness and depression. But though the physical capabilities of dementia patients will decline, it’s still possible to provide them with meaningful everyday activities.

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Types of Adaptive Clothing for Seniors

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

As people age, the simple task of dressing and undressing can become unduly difficult. The inability to get dressed can even keep people from doing the activities they love.

Adaptive clothing can remove barriers by making dressing easier, prolonging independence and activity.

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Immunizations for Older Adults

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Senior Health

Due to weakened immune systems, older adults may experience difficulties fighting off infections. They also have a heightened risk of contracting the flu, pneumonia, shingles and other diseases. As the risk increases, the need for vaccinations also increases.

Let's take a closer look at why vaccines are crucial to maintaining the best quality of life for seniors, along with tips caregivers can use to make sure aging loved ones are on schedule.

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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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