Caring for a loved one with dementia requires vigilance and an eye for detail. With this in mind, Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City welcomed Chief of Prairie Village Police, Tim Schwartzkopf and Dr. James Birch, Jr., Associate Professor of Family Medicine at The University of Kansas School of Medicine as guests to provide expertise about wandering and safety. In the livestream video “Preventing Wandering and Promoting Safety” Tim leads a live discussion with two professionals who have valuable insights about safety for people with dementia.
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When to Have the Conversation
For years, clients have been asking Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City about the issue of driving. How do we know when– and how—to take the keys away? In the “When Driving Becomes too Dangerous” video, Tim helps identify and address some of these issues to help family members take control of a potentially dangerous situation.
Families Are Affected by Dementia
When a diagnosis of dementia is given, family members will react in different ways. There will be those who will take charge, and there will be those family members who can’t seem to cope. In his role as CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City, Tim Tholen has witnessed countless families deal with the changes that dementia incurs. In the “Getting the Family Onboard” video, Tim helps to clarify and address some of these issues in order to help families begin to work harmoniously together.
Dementia is a disease of the mind, which can be unpredictable and difficult for family members to understand. And holidays are a time where expectations are high and family traditions are in full swing. How can you make holidays with a loved one who has dementia a happy time? Continue reading
Are you living with a person who has dementia? Have you noticed more stress in your life, or changes to your health? Living with dementia is stressful– the impact on caregivers is undeniable. In the “Caregiver’s Self-Care Checklist” video, you’ll find helpful tips and ideas from Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City. Continue reading
Family members and friends of a person who has dementia can experience difficulty connecting with their loved one. This is especially true if the visitor hasn’t seen the loved one for a while and is uncomfortable with the effects of dementia.
It’s important to keep a loved one socially engaged. This effort can keep the loved one feeling like he or she is still part of a community. People who have dementia can fall into cycles of isolation and depression. An outing can provide a loved one with something to look forward to, and it spices up the day-to-day routine.
Dementia is a progressive disease, which means that the person diagnosed with dementia may need help sooner rather than later. That’s why it’s crucial to figure out how many assets are available to help pay for caregiving support. Continue reading
What Is a Plan of Care?
A Plan of Care is a document that can save hours of headache and miscommunication. It’s a document that is used by family members and caregivers to assimilate and organize all of the important information relevant to the person with dementia. Once the Plan of Care has been set up, family members and caregivers can update it and edit it as needed.
Living with a person who has been diagnosed with dementia can seem like a rotating wheel of challenges. Dementia progresses at varying rates and can have different manifestations in different individuals.
Don’t let the progression of dementia take you by surprise. Get informed! We at Thoughtful Healthcare have created a video to help manage