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Hearing Loss and Communication

Hearing loss not only leads to social isolation and loneliness, but it can also raise a person’s risk of falls, depression, and even dementia. Many families know the sadness of seeing a loved one who was once vibrant, engaged, and maybe even the life of the party withdraw because it’s just too hard for them to hear. If you have…

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Dementia and Music: A Language of Compassion

“Music heals the wounds that medicine cannot touch.” – Debasish Mridha Walking into the nursing home, my husband and I go mostly unnoticed. Feet shuffle by us without pause and faces are frozen in their expression. We feel like we’ve encountered an invisible wall standing between us and the facility’s residents. Even our smiles and small talk can’t seem to…

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Aging Parents in Crisis: What Can Be Done from Afar

A call came recently while I was out of the country on vacation. I barely got cell reception, so my phone’s ringing caught me by surprise… It was my mom in Pennsylvania. She tells me that she has some difficult news, that my father’s been admitted to the hospital with serious delusions and she’s concerned for their future. I hold…

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COVID-19 Tested/Client Approved Ensuring your safety in a time of crisis

Care Connections At Home, a Sarasota-based private duty skilled nursing agency recently cared for an elderly client residing in a local rehab center while she recovered from surgery. The facility was known to have residents who had tested positive for COVID-19. Our client did not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, runny nose, etc). There were seven caregivers who cared…

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Let Our Family Take Care of Your Family

We’re excited to greet you with a new blog entry for the first time in a while. This time, we’d like to focus on what we consider our core mission: letting our family take care of your family. We’re all family here at Care Connections At Home, which is why we’re perfectly situated to help your loved ones receive all…

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Three Things Caregivers Wish You Knew

With each year that passes the fear of getting older can creep upon us. Completing regular everyday tasks may start to feel impossible as time goes on. The role of a caregiver is to help you feel like yourself again. While it may be challenging to accept that you need extra help, caregivers can be the perfect support system. Here are…

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What Does a Home Health Aide Assist With?

If you’re considering hiring a home health aide (HHA) to assist a disabled relative, it’s important to know what their roles are. Here, we’ll discuss their specific functions to give you a better idea of what they do to improve the life of the patient. Principal Duties of a Home Health Aide This is not an exhaustive list but should show you…

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UTI and the Elderly

My Mother Is Suddenly Exhibiting Confusion. Does She Have Dementia? Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are the most common bacterial infection in olderadults, affecting women more often than men. UTIs can typically be treated effectively with antibiotics once diagnosed. Unfortunately, not allUTIs are treated quickly, and some aren’t even identified, particularly in seniors. Typical UTIsymptoms like burning and frequent urination often do…

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