Schmieding Home Caregiver Training http://uamscaregiving.org Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:05:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://uamscaregiving.org/?v=4.6.1 Caregiving Tip of the Month – Susceptibility to infection http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/caregiving-tip-of-the-month-susceptibility-to-infection/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:34:27 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2460

Caregiver Tip of the Month – Susceptibility to infection

Inflammation is a word that is used to describe a medical condition when the body is reacting to an injury, irritation or foreign substance. Inflammation often occurs when healthy living tissues are invaded by germs. Normal signs and symptoms of inflammation include redness, warmth, swelling and pain, such as what you might see with an infected cut.

As a caregiver, it is important to know that older adults and persons with chronic disease may experience an inflammatory process without the “typical” signs and symptoms. Another word for this you might hear in a health care setting is “atypical,”which means the presentation of the disease or condition may be unusual, uncommon or strange and does not follow what is normally seen or expected.

In older adults, atypical presentation is often seen in cases of urinary tract infection or upper respiratory infections. Where you might expect to hear coughing, experience burning upon urination or detect an increased temperature, all which would normally indicate an infection, sometimes the first and only symptom in an older adult may be increased confusion. Lack of alertness, weakness (lethargy) or the desire to sleep all day are also considered atypical symptoms.

Older adults and people with chronic disease have weakened immune symptoms, which make them more susceptible to infection and disease. It is important for caregivers to realize that even minor changes in alertness or mental sharpness in an older adult can be a sign that something else is going on, and should be promptly reported to the health care provider .

This caregiver tip is provided by the staff of the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program, your source for information and training on caregiving in Arkansas. For more information on preventing common infections in the older adult population, consider attending a caregiver program in your area. Information on classes and dates can be found on our website at www.uamscaregiving.org.

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Reynolds Institute Celebrates Family Caregivers http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/reynolds-institute-celebrates-family-caregivers/ Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:12:32 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2457

Two guest speakers from out of state recently found something at UAMS they wanted to take back with them more than any souvenir: the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program.

“You have no idea how fortunate you are in Arkansas,” said John Schall, CEO of the national Caregiver Action Network. “The fact that there are several centers in the state that do training for real people, not just professionals, is amazing. If there is one thing I could do over the next few years, it would be take the Schmieding program and create 800 of them across the United States.”

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Schmieiding Home Caregiver Training featured on KTHV 11 http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/schmieiding-home-caregiver-training-featured-on-kthv-11/ Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:50:51 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2445

The Family Caregiver class through the Schmieiding Home Caregiver Training Program at UAMS DWR Institute on Aging were promoted on KTHV 11 on November 15. These FREE 6 hour family caregiver classes for Alzheimer’s Dementia and Physical Skills are available throughout the year at the IOA and can people can register by calling 569-6500 or emailing rahoward@uams.edu . You can also register on our website: uamscaregiving.org.

The Family Caregiver classes are valuable to family members who are new or have been caring for a family member for a while. The Dementia Care workshop provides an overview of information on dementia and caregiving for anyone providing unpaid care for an older adult with dementia. There is an overview of types and stages of dementia as well as communication techniques and ways to continue independence and self- esteem for the person with dementia. During this workshop, time is allotted for lecture, hands-on demonstrations, and individual questions.  The >Caregiving Basic Skillsworkshop is designed to increase family members’ knowledge of basic caregiving topics and focuses on the physical aspects of caring for a geriatric family member in the home. These physical care needs are things such as bathing, skin care, and mobility issues. There is also information on home safety, caregiver stress and respite care. You will receive information on where to get medical and adaptive equipment that makes care easier in the home.

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Flu vaccine for older adults http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/flu-vaccine-for-older-adults/ Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:40:10 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2427

Fall is here and that means cooler weather, the holidays, and flu season are around the corner. People over the age of 65 are considered high risk for serious complications from the flu, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections that can quickly lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease, and people who have a weakened immune system due to chemotherapy or other immune-suppressing medications, put seniors at an even greater risk for flu and flu-related complications.

Fortunately, the flu vaccine is widely available and is the number one tool that health care providers can use to help keep their senior patients healthy. However, the best protection against flu requires a multi-faceted approach. The CDC offers some tips below to maximize older adults’ protection against the flu.

  • Strongly encourage patients over the age of 65 to get a flu vaccine. There are two vaccines designed specifically for people 65 and older:
    • The high dose vaccine contains 4 times the amount of antigen as the regular flu shot.
    • The adjuvanted flu vaccine is designed to help create a stronger immune response to vaccination. This vaccine is available for the first time in the United States during the 2016-17 flu season.
  • Encourage your older patient’s family and caregivers to also get vaccinated against the flu. By vaccinating the family and caregivers of your patient, you’re helping develop another layer of protection for your older patient. This is particularly important for patients in long-term care facilities. Unfortunately, long-term care personnel continue to have the lowest flu vaccination rates (69.2% compared to 91.2% in hospitals) among all health care personnel.
  • Encourage older patients and their caregivers to practice good health habits. This means covering coughs, washing hands often, and avoiding those who are sick.
  • Encourage older patients to seek medical advice quickly if they develop flu-like symptoms. This includes fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
  • Advise older patients to get the pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccine. Flu commonly causes pneumonia and pneumonia is one of the most serious flu-related complications in older adults. This vaccine can protect against pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections.

By Kerry Krell, MPH

UAMS

Reference:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/65over.htm.

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National Family Caregivers Month Events http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/national-family-caregivers-month-events/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:45:07 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2389

AR you a Family Caregiver? Family Caregiving touches nearly every person in this country. Whether it is helping care for a young person with a disability, providing support to an ill spouse or helping care for an older adult in the home, thousands of people give selflessly of their time and resources to help improve the quality of life for those we love.

Please JOIN US as we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month and recognize the invaluable contributions you and the thousands of other caregivers in Arkansas make each day.

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UAMS Reynolds Institute on Aging Kicks Off Celebration of National Family Caregiver Month Nov. 9 http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/uams-reynolds-institute-on-aging-kicks-off-celebration-of-national-family-caregiver-month-nov-9/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:53:24 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2383

The Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) invites the public to attend a celebration of National Family Caregiver Month starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 9 at the institute.

“We want to recognize the 452,000 family caregivers who contribute to the care of older adults in Arkansas,” said Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Reynolds Institute. “Together, they provide an estimated $4.7 billion in unpaid care each year, helping their loved ones with bathing and dressing, meal preparation, transportation, finances and even complex medical tasks like wound care and injections.”

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Experience: Take a Walk in their Shoes http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/alzheimers-and-dementia-experience-take-a-walk-in-their-shoes/ Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:14:50 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2331

UAMS offers a new FREE tour entitled Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Take a Walk in Their Shoes.
This experience allows individuals to experience the physical and sensory disorders
that are common in persons with Alzheimer’s disease allowing for greater empathy and
understanding.

This program can be requested for on-location training in nursing homes,
communities of faith groups, or in collaboration with other senior events.

Please CONTACT US at one of our locations near you.

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Join us in Celebration of National Family Caregiver’s Month! http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/join-us-in-celebration-of-national-family-caregivers-month/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:59:18 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2279

Family Caregiving touches nearly every person in this country.  Whether it is helping care for a young person with a disability, providing support to an ill spouse or helping care for an older adult in the home thousands of people give selfishly of their time and resources to help improve the quality of life for those we love.

This November, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program would like to recognize the value of the many contributions family members provide by hosting opportunities for educational and community engagement throughout the state.

So, if you’re a family caregiver and want to reach out and connect with others or maybe you’re in need of information about programs and services in your area, we welcome you to join us in this celebration and hope you will attend one or more of the following programs.  See individual training location web pages for additional details and program registration information.

  • November 3- Alzheimer’s Research Update from the Alzheimer’s Association presented by Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D., Senior Director, Medical and Scientific Operations for the Alzheimer’s Association, 4-6 p.m. UAMS Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education Auditorium, 2422 N. Thompson, Springdale, AR
  • November 3-Lincoln County Caregiver Appreciation Reception in Partnership with the Lincoln County Health Planning Committee, 3:00-5:30 p.m., Star City Civic Center, 201 Liberty Street, Star City, AR
  • November 4-Drew County Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon, In Partnership with Drew Heath, 11:30-1:00 p.m., Monticello Public Library 114 W. Jefferson Ave, Monticello, AR
  • November 7-Family Caregiver Workshop-Dementia, Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave Hot Springs, AR
  • November 9- UAMS National Family Caregiver Recognition Celebration and Proclamation

Guest Speakers John Schall from the Caregiver Action Network and Joel Hopper with Kimberly Clark Corporation’s Caregiver Ally Program, 8:00a.m. -12:30p.m.  Jo Ellen Ford Auditorium, Reynolds Institute on Aging, 629 S. Jack Stephens Blvd. Little Rock, AR pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/join-us-as-we-celebrate-national-family-caregiver-month-tickets-27496022343

  • November 9- Caregiver Appreciation Day, 8a.m-12:00 noon, West Central Center on Aging Office, 512 West 16th Street, Fort Smith, AR
  • November 9-Caregiver Appreciation Day. 9:00-2:00p.m., A day of respite/ spa treatments and caregiver education, UAMS Texarkana Regional Center on Aging, Schmieding Classroom, 4010 Jefferson Ave, Texarkana, TX
  • November 10-Fearless Caregiver Program featuring national speaker and caregiving expert Gary Barg, 8:30-12:30p.m., Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave, Hot Springs, AR
  • November 10-Family Caregiver Workshop – Dementia, 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m. South Central Center on Aging, Schmieding Care House Classroom, 4747 Dusty Lake Dr, Ste 101, Pine Bluff, AR
  • November 12-The Irreplaceable Family Caregiver, Community Education Event, with guest appearance from Gary Barg, 9a.m.-12p.m., UAMS Reynolds Institute on Aging, ground floor, 629 S. Jack Stephens Blvd. Little Rock, AR
  • November 15- South Arkansas Caregiver Celebration, 1:00 – 4:00p.m. Downtown square, El Dorado, AR
  • November 16- Family Caregiver Workshop-Dementia, 10a.m. to 4p.m., UAMS Reynolds Institute on Aging, Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Classroom, 629 S. Jack Stephens Blvd. Little Rock, AR
  • November 16- Caregiver Appreciation Event, 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m. Speakers, Food, Vendors, Prizes and more! UAMS Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education Auditorium, 2422 N. Thompson, Springdale, AR
  • November 17- MORE (Mindfulness, Organize, Respite, Education), Dementia Conference for Family Caregivers 10a.m. – 4:00p.m., Ritter Communications Building, Ritter Community Room, 2400 Ritter Dr, Jonesboro, AR
  • November 17- Open House Event featuring “Alzheimer’s Experience: A Walk in Their Shoes”. UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Center, 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. , 101 McGowan Court, Hot Springs, AR
  • November 17-All I Want for Christmas: A Caregiver’s Wish List In Partnership with True Home Care, 1:00-3:00 p.m. (come and go), UAMS South Central Center on Aging, Schmieding Care House, 4747 Dusty Lake Drive, Ste 101, Pine Bluff, AR
  • November 23- National Caregiver Celebration, 10a.m.-12noon, Butterfield Place- Retirement Village, 8420 Phoenix Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72903
  • November 28 and 29-Family Caregiver Workshop-Basic Skills, 1-4p.m., UAMS Texarkana Regional Center on Aging, Schmieding Classroom, 4010 Jefferson Ave, Texarkana, TX
  • November 29- Dementia Family Caregiver Workshop, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., UAMS South Arkansas Center on Aging, El Dorado, AR

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Caregiving Tip of the Month – Dealing with constipation http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/september-2016-caregiving-tip-of-the-month-dealing-with-constipation/ Tue, 06 Sep 2016 18:08:59 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2253

Constipation can be a common occurrence for an older adult, especially after an illness or hospitalization. Sitting on the commode for long periods of time can worsen the situation by increasing pressure in the lower colon and contribute to the development or inflammation of hemorrhoids. Certain medications also can worsen the situation by slowing down the natural movement of the gastrointestinal (GI) track.

There are some simple things caregivers can do to help their loved ones maintain a regular bathroom routine.

First, it is necessary to understand the importance of drinking enough fluids. Unless a person has been told by a physician to limit fluid intake, he should be drinking 6 to 8 glasses of fluids a day. This includes anything that is liquid at room temperature. While water and other beverages certainly contribute to the overall fluid intake, so do soup, Jell-O or even popsicles.

Second, the person needs enough fiber in their diet. Some older adults avoid eating things like apples and nuts because they are hard to chew. Soft foods, although easier to chew, do not have much fiber. Fiber can be easily be added to the diet in the form of a bran cereal or prune juice. Fruits such as apples can be cut up into small, bite-sized pieces and nuts can be chopped and added on top of other foods like sweet potatoes that are very high in fiber. Organic forms of fiber are always preferable to prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Last, and probably most importantly, is the need for regular activity. As we age, the mobility of our GI track can slow down. Daily walking, even short distances, can aid the intestinal track and help maintain regular bowel elimination.

If you have tried these things and it is still 3-4 days between bowel movements, you should consult your health care provider or ask for a dietary consultation to see if there are other food choices that can be made to improve natural GI mobility.

This caregiver tip is provided by the staff of the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program, your source for information and training on caregiving in Arkansas. For more information on how to manage bowel regularity or implement a toileting plan, attend a caregiver program in your area. Information on classes and free workshops for the community can be found on our website at www.uamscaregiving.org 

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The Birthday Project http://uamscaregiving.org/birthdays/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:00:05 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2071

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program!  What does that mean, exactly?

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