Caregiver of the Month – Mattie Scott

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May 2012

Mattie Scott joined the RAH team the first part of May 2012. Mattie has been a Certified Medical Assistant for 2 years as a result of her desire to “give back the care” after her Mother, Mary Louise Scott was ill for several years. Mattie states “the care that my Mom received during her illness made all the difference in her quality of life and that of the family during such a difficult time”. Before the decision to get ...

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Losing A Loved One: Take Control of the Grieving Process

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The undeniable certainties in our lives are, of course, death and taxes. And the undeniable certainty of death is that in most cases, surviving loved ones are left behind to struggle with profound feelings that aren’t of the everyday variety.

Grief is the natural feeling that results from losing someone close – and it’s a healthy way to cope with the periods of sadness that follow the death of a dear loved one such as a spouse. But grief is also ...

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How Many Medications Are You Currently Taking?

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One of the stereotypical archetypes of the advanced-age set is an older man or woman sitting at a table littered with orange pill containers, confused and worried half to death about utilizing the correct timing and dosage for myriad medications. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this far too many times during my career in geriatric care.

This situation is a prime example of what is often-times referred to as “Polypharmacy.” This is essentially a fancy name for the use of many different drugs, ...

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Early Onset Alzheimer’s and Dementia: An Epidemic?

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When legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit divulged last October that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, a familiar face was matched with a condition that many Americans have come to know all too well. Like countless others, I was saddened by the news. But to hear her speak about the road she is about to endure with such a hyper-positive attitude honestly gave me goose-bumps. She’s a winner. No doubt.

Here are some important stats that you ...

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Is A Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

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Although the term “reverse mortgage” may conjure up some pretty acute anxiety, it’s actually a pretty basic financial concept and, in a good number of cases, can be of great benefit to our country’s seniors. Like anything of significance  (especially in the financial arena), one must consult with a trusted, professional advisor who can assist you in your decision-making process.

When you clear away all of the varnish (i.e., looking beyond the celebrity status of nostalgic T.V. ‘pitchmen’ that appear during ...

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Diabetes Management: No Need for Martyrdom

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This story has always stuck with me: A while back, a diabetic client of mine share with me her “secret” to maintaining a health sugar/insulin level without compromising on the food that she so dearly enjoyed or, as she emphatically put it, “My quality of life.” Her story, or more accurately, her adage, went something like this: “A small sliver tastes the same as eating the whole pie.”

While this should bring a smile to most of our faces, her point ...

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Listening: The Key to Preventing Caregiver Breakdown

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Caring for a loved one who is sick, day-in and day-out, can be challenging to say the least. This is particularly true when you are caring for someone who is in the advanced stages of a disease and who may also be suffering from severe depression as a result of their illness. How does one balance performing not-so-desirable caregiver tasks and listening to a daily commentary of negative criticism with the goals of being happy and helpful? In short, how ...

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Keeping the Promise of Independence

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As the Founder & President of Remain At Home Senior Care, I’m really excited to announce that our doors will officially open for business in just a few short weeks. I can say with great pride that all members of the “RAH” Team have tirelessly poured our hearts and minds into developing a home-care agency that we believe will provide the very best medical and non-medical attention to local seniors in the place they affectionately call home.

Remain At Home Senior ...

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Senior care provider focuses on quality of life

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As a former executive with one of the country’s largest home health-care and hospice companies and a Stage IV cancer survivor, Brian Carrigan has some novel ideas about the delivery of health-care services for senior citizens.

Carrigan is the founder and owner of Athens-based Remain At Home Senior Care LLC, which seeks to help the elderly avoid spending their sunset years residing in institutions like assisted-living facilities and nursing homes, allowing them to remain in their homes.

“When the end of life ...

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