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Ways to respond to “I want to go home”

When a senior with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia asks to go home, it is often a request for comfort and not to physically go home. The best thing to do is meet where they are and focus on the comfort and reassurance. Respond to the emotions behind their request. There are 3 kind and calming ways…

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Activities for Seniors with dementia

When seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia can’t participate in daily activities, they can easily become bored. Boredom can lead to agitation, anxiety, depression, and anger. It can increase their chances of sundowning. There are ways to prevent boredom with activities. This will get them engaged and help reduce their risk for need of medication for…

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Caregiving routines make daily life easier

Routines make daily life simpler and smoother for caregivers which is in fact a top priority when caring for an older adult. Daily routines can reduce uncertainty, arguments, and decision-making, which in turn can reduce the overall stresses of life. 5 ways routines can make life simpler are: Stop the power struggle – people hate…

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5 ways to improve Senior quality of life

Good quality of life is important when it comes to older adults dealing with chronic health conditions and major life changes. Having that feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment is important for overall well-being. Having a positive view of life can help seniors with more energy, less stress, better appetite, and prevent cognitive decline. 5 ways…

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Ricky Star is in the House

Staff and residents of Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center want to thank Ricky Star for coming out the other day and entertaining everyone with your wonderful voice. Everyone had a great time sitting back and listening to the music.

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Fourth of July with the Residents

The residents and staff at Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center had a blast celebrating the Fourth of July. There were poppers, balloons, necklaces, and food to help celebrate Independence Day. Hope all had a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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Tips to help seniors stay cool this summer

With age, seniors can’t adjust their bodies to high temperatures as well as they did when they were younger, so they have to be careful of overheating and heat stroke during the summer. They are also more likely to become dehydrated which will increase their risk. This is a list of ways to stay cool…

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How to use a walker safely and comfortably

Many older adults that use a folding walker need it to move around more safely and independently. Learning how to use a walker correctly takes practice because the movements aren’t always intuitive. Using a walker incorrectly can actually increase the risk of fall or body aches. The first thing any adult needs to do when…