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Making the Transition to Long Term Care a Successful Choice

Have you made the decision to transition your loved one to long-term care? This can change your role as a caregiver and return your relationship with your loved one to one that is more personal and familial. How can you make this a decision that both incorporates your loved one’s preferences and supports their personal values? This webinar will discuss important topics for this transition, including the assessment process, how to communicate with long-term care facilities and care planning.

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By Lauri Scharf | 09/01/2021

Together We Walk: A Dementia Journey

Each individual’s journey with dementia is unique. This webinar led by the Hospice of the Western Reserve will provide information on the types of dementia and their effects on the brain, and introduce participants to just some of the experiences of people living with dementia. Through this interactive presentation, you will develop a deeper understanding of how these individuals navigate the world, and how hospice can support them and their family and friend caregivers. Our goal is to be able to better care for our loved ones and neighbors by walking a mile in their shoes. Lastly, you will learn from Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging about an evidence-based care-coaching program, BRI Care Consultation™, that is available for free in Cuyahoga, Athens and Washington Counties to support individuals with, or at risk of, dementia, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their caregivers.

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By Sally Tomko | 08/30/2021

Understanding and Managing Dementia-Related Behavior Changes

A loved one with dementia will experience many changes as the disease progresses. Though dementia is most commonly associated with memory loss, the changes dementia causes to the brain impact more than just memory—personality and behavior can be affected as well. We may feel that a loved one with dementia isn’t “acting like themselves” or that their actions might be “uncharacteristic.” Sometimes this can manifest in small ways, like being less alert than usual, or being more talkative around strangers. Other times, they may say or do something much more difficult to handle, like having an outburst of anger in public or making a sexually inappropriate comment. 

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By Julie Hayes | 08/16/2021

Home Health CAHPS FAQs: Understanding the CAHPS Rating

In 2016, CMS added the Star Rating System to the information presented on the Home Health Compare website. This visual element is designed to make it easier for consumers to compare providers, but the methodology behind the Star Ratings can be a little difficult to understand. To help clarify, we’ve developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions to provide answers to some of our most common inquiries. 

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By Alyssa Ciancibello | 08/16/2021

I Can’t Be the Caregiver Anymore: How to Transition from Your Role

Becoming a caregiver to an older loved one is a big commitment, and like other commitments in life—wedding vows between spouses, the responsibilities of parenting—it can often feel binding. Many of those who become caregivers do so with the intentions of staying in this role until their loved one passes away. However, this is not always possible or realistic.

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By Julie Hayes | 08/16/2021