Tag: Alzheimers Disease

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

Understanding Hospice Eligibility for Terminally Ill Patients with Non-Alzheimer’s Dementia

As experienced caregivers, we know how crucial it is to accurately assess and determine hospice eligibility for our terminally ill patients. Today, let's focus on patients with non-Alzheimer's dementia. While the FAST scale is not applicable in these cases, there are other signs and symptoms we should be observant of to support and prove hospice eligibility. Let's dive in!
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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”

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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 key reasons why physical therapy might not be the optimal choice in such cases.
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