ElderCarelink Blog

Home Health Care: When Additional Help is Needed Part 1

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 11th, 2010 at 2:13 am

One of my clients was struggling to keep her husband at home. They had recently downsized to a condo but one of the problems was that her husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago. He did fairly well in their home of thirty years but became more confused when they moved to the condo.

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Home Health Care: Helping Families Stay Connected

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 8th, 2010 at 2:11 am

One of the challenges is that when an older person has certain limitations they may not be able to participate in their favorite activities. Sometimes there are physical difficulties or problems with endurance and the situation may also be complicated by impairments in hearing, vision, speech or memory. So often I see creative ways that families try to keep a person involved and helping with other ideas for those who are more reluctant and unsure is part of what a home health care team can offer.

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Home Health Care: Supporting Quality of Life with Safety in Mind

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 6th, 2010 at 2:12 am

When a person receives home health care, one of the goals may be to return the person to their previous lifestyle choices although that may not always be possible. With the help of the health care team, it is possible in many cases to provide families and caregivers a variety of suggestions on how to modify some of those activities to encourage participation with safety in mind.

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Home Health Care: When a Person Lives Alone

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 4th, 2010 at 2:12 am

The more information a therapist can have about the patterns, needs and support available to a patient can help to maximize the treatment program at home. So often each health care professional may get only part of the information particularly if the patient has some memory problems, is a private person, or not someone who is very talkative.

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Home Health Care: When a Social Worker is Needed

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 1st, 2010 at 2:11 am

Social workers are a key member of the home health care team. The needs of each family will vary greatly and the social worker’s extensive knowledge of the local community and the appropriate resources make them a frequently used resource.

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