Tag: Alzheimers Disease

Articles about Alzheimer’s Disease often in the terminal stage including tips for caregivers.

Assessing Patients on the FAST Scale: A Guide for Nurses

Fast Scale
As a nurse who has cared for many terminally ill individuals with Alzheimer's disease over the years, I understand the importance of accurately assessing their functional decline using the Functional Assessment Staging Tool (FAST). The FAST scale provides valuable information about the progression of Alzheimer's disease and helps guide appropriate care planning for patients and their families. In this guide, I will walk you through the process of assessing patients on the FAST scale, starting from stage 1 and discussing when to stop reading the scale for determination. I will also provide three examples of patients at various stages of the FAST scale.
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Understanding Hospice Eligibility for Terminally Ill Patients with Non-Alzheimer’s Dementia

Navigating hospice eligibility for non-Alzheimer's dementia patients demands a personalized approach. Unlike Alzheimer's, there's no definitive scale, necessitating assessments of functional decline, mobility, communication, incontinence, weight loss, overall condition, and comorbidities. Effective documentation, clinical judgment, and compassionate care are crucial for supporting these patients and families.
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Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Guide from Onset to End-of-Life

Alzheimer's Symptoms
This guide is for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease. As an experienced hospice nurse with years of experience, I understand the challenges you may face on this journey. Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive condition affecting memory, cognition, and behavior, and caring for someone with this disease requires compassion, patience, and knowledge. In this article, we will explore what to expect over the course of the disease, changes you might see in your loved one, and how to provide the best care from onset until the end-of-life.
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My name is Peter, yet the patient called me “Jack”

jack a new name
As a hospice registered nurse, I have encountered numerous heartwarming and challenging experiences throughout my career. One of the most memorable encounters was with a dementia patient, Miss Norma Jean Smith, who affectionately called me "Jack." This endearing nickname, born out of her unique perception, became a symbol of the special bond we shared. In the following account, I will share the poignant journey of building trust, providing compassionate care, and embracing the unexpected moments of joy and sorrow in the life of Miss Norma. This story is a testament to the profound impact of person-centered care and the invaluable lessons learned from the patients we are privileged to serve.
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The Dark Side of Physical Therapy for Geriatric Patients with Dementia

As a seasoned hospice nurse, I have witnessed the advantages of physical therapy for patients grappling with diverse medical conditions. Nevertheless, when it concerns geriatric patients with dementia in the terminal stage, physical therapy can, at times, yield adverse effects. In this discussion, we'll explore five reasons physical therapy might not be optimal in such cases.
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