Tag Archive | medication

When off-label use goes bad

When off-label use goes bad

Off-label might not be the right option for your loved one with dementia.

Lost in Translation: Recognizing the language barriers and today’s caregivers

Lost in Translation: Recognizing the language barriers and today’s caregivers

Over the past year, I have interacted with at least 20 different individuals who have been involved in the care of my mom in which english was a second language. There were several phone calls where I had a very difficult time understanding the person calling to report on my mom. I also witnessed several […]

Dementia and Pain Medication: A Debilitating Cocktail

Dementia and Pain Medication: A Debilitating Cocktail

Last week, my Mom’s back pain was so bad that she declined to get out of bed. She has complained of back pain on and off for a year, but it was never more than a minor complaint and one that she refused to take any medication to treat when offered. After the basic testing, […]

Have you heard of The CARE Act (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act)?

Have you heard of The CARE Act (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act)?

I attended a caregiving support group at my Mom’s retirement community. One of the members was sharing the horror story about the release of her husband from the hospital. I immediately relived the story of my Dad’s hip surgery and the doctor’s discharge plans. After breaking his hip on the racquetball court, the doctors were […]

The Moments of Clarity with Dementia

The Moments of Clarity with Dementia

My Mom is doing better on the prescribed medications. My siblings and I are all noticing that some days, my Mom is very clear and chatty. I can’t say I perceive this as a memory improvement, but a demeanor improvement. On my last visit, my Mom revisited an ongoing topic — she has asked me […]

The Truth Lies Between What I’m Told and What I See

The Truth Lies Between What I’m Told and What I See

One of the most frustrating factors of being a family care giver to someone with dementia who lives in a community is the amount of information you just don’t have. You want so badly to ask your family member how they are doing and what’s been going on, but they don’t remember. It took me […]

Helping Mom Accept the Help She Doesn’t Want

Helping Mom Accept the Help She Doesn’t Want

The Assisted Living community asked that we provide additional support to help my Mom while they work on finding the right medications for her. She has perceived the assistants at different times as a new resident and even a roommate. We asked them to hang back and give her space. When she leaves the Assisted […]