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Authored by CEO, Andria P. Harris, our blog is also a very important way of letting you know how we feel about what we do. For more dialogue on living with Dementia and Alzheimer's, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Telling a child that one of their grandparents is unwell is a difficult task. Their young minds are full of tomorrows and the promise of life. They rarely come across illness, and when they do it is usually a matter of days before the person is up on their feet again.

Grandparents are living longer...

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Meal planning and Preparation

 

What’s Cooking at Home Today?

 

 Steamed green vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower with garlic using unsalted butter.

 

Apart of the preparation and planning for each daily meal is bearing in mind that texture and taste are extremely important.

 

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drifting

 

How can i stop you as you drift?

 

 

 

I accompanied her to pick up a brand new commode, I was curious, so I asked her if it belong to her dad, she said yes.

 

Immediately I felt a feeling as she drifts. I felt a lonely, sad and curious air in her voice, because she n...

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Cinamon Honey Applecauce

Apples are healthy, they are a part of my fruit basket, apples are on my long list of must get at the produce store, also they are very refreshing especially during the hot summer months.

 

I have added the homemade apple sauce to my must haves, because it is a way of u...

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Water-Facts

Life begins in the uterus where, like an island, the fetus is surrounded by waster, literally submerged in water.

As on an island, life thrives, there is breathing, communicating, eating, sleeping and having enough time to keep up with the developmental changes that goes on for all nin...

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Living with Alzheimer’s

 

Living with Alzheimer’s                                                              

Becomes a part of your life as you care and serve

Living with Alzheimer’s gives pain

As it takes happiness

It dis...

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Aging with Dignity

What does it means at 87

 

 

During the hustle and bustle of the admitting process, sometimes or almost every time, the one very important question is forgotten.

‘Would you rather have a male or female CNA?’

Given the fact that the role of the CNA, is to administer...

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which one do I Wear Today?

Dancing hat, caring hat, happy hat, smiling hat, funny hat, or not taking anything personal hat. Let’s see which one I will wear today?

 Uhh! The not taking anything personal hat, yes maybe, or I might just wear them all, because I am absolutely sure that I will n...

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A Care Giver’s Diary

Caregiver’s, what is your Definition of Light Housekeeping?

There has been so much said about the duties of a caregiver. Who is a caregiver? Why do you call on a caregiver? And what are their roles in your home?

In many cases your caregivers are CNAs (Certified Nurses Ass...

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From A Care Giver’s Diary / Old Age, What’s next?

She is 98. She told me that she is still a dancing ballerina, and I believed her, because she was one of the most charming and exciting senior woman I have ever worked with.

She hums the most delightful tunes as she taps her arthritic fingers. ...

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From A Care Giver’s Diary

The Care Giver is also a Best Friend

A very good friend is so much like a brother, a sister, a husband, a wife or a close family member.

It is fair to say that the relationship that develops over the course of time between a client and his or her caregiver is that of a...

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From A Care Giver’s Diary

Preventative Care

Opinionative Definition: Preventative care is identifying and taking the necessary precaution to prevent, stop or slow down an action or occurrence that poses a threat to the quality of life of your loved one or client who is placed in your care.

Prev...

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From A Caregiver’s Diary / Small Things Matter

He is 92 and she is 89 years old

Merlin raised his head and wiggled one bushy grey eyebrow, then made a very slow happy smile.

“No one has ever done that before!” he exclaimed.

His friendly voice trembled as he minced very slowly to sit on the...

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From A Care Giver’s Diary

Sing……

“I can hear and feel this music, Can you feel it too? la la la la la to... to to… tooooo? “It’s a song

“Ho Yes I can” announces Ellie.

It is a day to day occurrence for Ellie, hearing and listening, and waiting to hear the familiar strain of a h...

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From A Caregiver’s Diary

Cherished Moment

Here she comes and here she goes, in and out of lucidity, yet she gives her all!

Helen smiles as her daughter walks in the den where she sits by the old French windows. She smiles then squints, as she is having a difficult time recognizing her daughter,...

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From A Caregiver's Diary

Care, A Constant and Complete Fulfillment

 

Care is the constant and complete fulfillment of the needs of a client and their family member. This constant fulfillment usually carries through every situation, though simple or difficult, needs like assisting a family member...

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From A Caregiver's Diary

Alzheimer's Care / Retraining and Refocusing their changed minds

 

Fear, agitation, mistrust, anger, uncertainty, feeling of abandonment, loneliness and despair are just some of the triggers that usually causes an outburst or a negative behavior in our loved-ones who are...

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A Caregiver's Diary  

The Outdoors , Therapy for Memory Loss

 

During the journey along the path of Dementia, Alzheimer's, I have noticed that most people who are living with the disease would much rather spend more time enjoying the outdoors, than being enclosed indoors.

 

As I entered the ...

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A Care Giver's Diary 

She Forgets...........but He Remembers!

 

I see love, I see fear, I see confusion, shock, gremlins of agony even though he tries to smile............

Melinda, he said, its time for bed

Well, why do I have to do that? Why are you here? Why am I here.......?

Come with me ...

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An Ode to Alzheimer's - An Expression of a CareGiver's Experiences 

 

Everyday its an experiment - I say this because, as the disease progresses, every single day is very different. Her mood swings are the only things that are expected. Some days we will do art, other days we will visit the park...

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A Care Giver's Diary 12/27/13

The Long Road Ahead

 

The journey begins the day you notice the slight changes in your loved ones behavior. Those changes though simple, will ultimately become your guide post as you begin and end this eventful and tiring journey.

How do you make sense of, and unde...

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As she struggles to remember his name
I see fear and anguish,
“I wish I know what I am saying”, she said to me, “I wish I understand”
“Can you tell him?”...
Tell him what? I thought ...
She has only incomplete sentences though complete thoughts, I implore my heart to think and speak for her,...

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Taking a bird's eye view through the eyes of someone who is living with Alzheimer's is usually very fascinating. Sometimes it is very surprising to know the thoughts that are hidden deep in his or her long term memory.

As the gray areas of the short term memory becomes foggy and deteriorates, one s...

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The Quilted Shield is pleaesd to announce the launch of their new website.  Founded by Andria Patricia Harris for the sole purpose of seeking the truth in the very best home care and practice it. Having done patient care for more that fifteen years Andria has seen where there is a bigger need for i...

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Having good quality of life is surely apart of healthy aging.
It is extremely important that every senior person feels that they are enjoying the benefits of good health, at this stage of their lives regular doctor’s visits becomes a routine, and is taken very seriously.

Their quality of lives usual...

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Sarah and I giggled for almost all the evening.
Usually before bedtime, before super and after supper Sarah and I would spend those hours exploring the jungles of South America and Africa through the eyes and camera of some famous photographer who decided to put it all in a book.
Yes the jumbo Book of...

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Could it be just a JOB?
When you are looking for the Care Giver, how can you tell that the underlining desire or passion of he/she is not care, but rather just a paycheck?
I think that the underlining motivation of a fine Caregiver should be the desire to learn more or as much as possible about all as...

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The first questions you might want to ask yourself before choosing a caregiver for your family member is, would I be comfortable having this person caring for me?
What is his/her knowledge of my illness?
How familiar is he/she with my behavior pattern as I experience the different changes in condition...

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It is the next great human experience
It is an experience that only the deceased person knows
It is the next great expectation, the unknown, the only experience that is so feared and revered by living human beings.
It is inevitable
Everybody has to die
Some day we will all get the opportunity to have thi...

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Astonishing, to say the least that many people, especially those who work with senior citizens who are living in the Nursing Homes, Assisted Livings and even some Hospitals, still do not know the importance of Hospice Care, and why it has become a part of the final plans of many seniors who are chro...

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It is very helpful, especially during times of confusion to keep him or her focus. That, as we well know can be very difficult, but may be achieved if the caregiver is used to paying constant unconditional attention to his or her client.
Since many clients, especially during the early onset of Alzhei...

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