Dementia is a progressive disease. When Alzheimer’s or Parkinson ’s disease move into advanced stages, even dialing a phone can become a challenge.

This is why our skilled caregivers at Thoughtful Healthcare help their clients use technology to help assist them every day. Some of these innovations are for the comfort and peace of mind of a person who has dementia, but some technologies are used to keep people safe. Continue reading

Case Study: Sara’s Father

“No matter what happens to me, I don’t want to go into a nursing home,” Sara’s* father told her.

She remembered visiting her Aunt Rose in a nursing home, where her aunt had lost her bearings entirely, since dementia had wiped her mind clean of memories. Sara’s father must have recalled this image as well: a once capable, active, intelligent woman who had turned into a terrified elderly lady in a wheelchair, parked in the nursing home hallway.

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A rug that’s easily tripped over. The food that has been left unattended in the refrigerator. The car that has become a source of worry. A slippery shower floor. These scenarios might not indicate a life-threatening issue to an average adult. But for the adult who has memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s, or even a little trouble getting around, any one of these annoyances can trigger a visit to the hospital, or worse. Continue reading