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The NEXT STEP in Dementia Care

Contact: Barbara Brock, Published Research Author. President, Communication Art, Inc. Office: 419-865-6131 Mobile: 419-265 6131 “The NEXT STEP IN DEMENTIA CARE” Health care professionals should be aware of a standardized, dementia specific, cognitive assessment that can have a dramatic affect on they care for people who are experiencing Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Health care professionals are missing ...more »

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Provide tax credits for caregivers

If a caregiver is providing care, allow them to have a tax credit, for the sheer savings to the tax paying public of not having medicaid bear the costs of giving care. In the past 5 years, as a caregiver, I have saved taxpayers thousands and thousands of dollars by providing care to an elderly family member, versus relying on the government to care for the individual. Give credit where credit is due.

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Support for Caregivers

I have had over 13 calls from Seniors taking care of their parents. Trying to leave them in their home and still live close by. Some have hired caretakers to come during the day and night. But they always have a time, when the Hired person can't come in a take care of Mom or Dad. Then they call me and ask if I know of someone who could come in at last min. and sit with their parent. I propose to set up a Temporary ...more »

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Paying family members

Some Medicaid and other government programs (including the VA) allow for paying people to provide personal assistance and other services to members of their family who need LTSS. In some cases, parents and spouses can be paid. I’d like to understand the impact of paying family members to provide LTSS. This includes impact on the caregiver himself or herself, economically, socially, and in terms of possible reductions ...more »

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Why don't more people take advantage of adult day programs?

Many adult day programs are reasonably priced but struggle will minimal attendance. The good programs provide a wide of activities to meet the needs of participants. How do they attract more participants? If it's fear on the part of potential participants and their families, how to the programs overcome it?

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Create a Database of Family Support Resources

Create an online database of resources, caregivers, where to apply for assistance, organizations that provide assistance, day programs, after school programs and summer camps.

Also, provide funding for people to start more of these programs as they are sadly lacking here in Tennessee!

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Incidence of stress-related health disorders in family caregivers

The level of long-term chronic stress may be causing auto-immune conditions, particularly in older mothers. As far as I know, this has not been studied, but anecdotally, practically every older mother I know who is an active advocate, also has an auto-immune disorder. Until it is identified as a problem, no one will address it with any ideas for remedies.

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Continued Child Support for Adult Children

In the State of California there is a rarely used Family Code that states the "The father and mother have an equal responsibility to maintain, to the extent of their ability, a child of whatever age who is incapacitated from earning a living and without sufficient means." I recently used this law to win continued child support for both of my 18 & 20 year old children with mental illnesses. Research on this law could ...more »

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Attending medical appointments

As caregivers, our family members couldn't always be available to attend medical appointments along with our parents. We all lived out of town or out of state. Our parents had some memory loss, so they couldn't always understand the information from the medical providers, nor relay the information to us after an appointment. We would have appreciated a service where we could hire someone to attend the medical appointments ...more »

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Database of backup caregivers

The most important thing for caregivers, and the family members we/they care for, is an occasional break so we can have social interaction outside the home. To take a break we need backup assistance from time-to-time that we can count on. Independent Living Centers (CILs?) have provided no assistance in this regard. Shouldn't that be one of their core functions? What do CILs do--just advocacy? At any rate, we need ...more »

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Caregiver wellness

Develop hands-on wellness programs for family caregivers (diet, exercise,mental health,primary care) including tangible caregiving supports

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