Early onset dementia is a diagnosis that changes everything, but it doesn’t have to be a path walked alone. At Thoughtful Health Care, we are here to make planning for the progression of dementia more logical. We can help take the mystery out of the future, so that you and your family can be confident that quality, in-home care is available for you.Continue reading
A myth about in-home memory care is that it is unaffordable to many families in Kansas City, Overland Park and Leawood. Before deciding that affording in-home memory care is impossible for your family, consider the Thoughtful Health Care model.Continue reading
It gets hot in Kansas City and Overland Park in the summer, there is no denying that. But it’s still important for seniors with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia to get out of the house and see the world.
Dementia is a progressive disease. When Alzheimer’s or Parkinson ’s disease move into advanced stages, even dialing a phone can become a challenge.
This is why our skilled caregivers at Thoughtful Healthcare help their clients use technology to help assist them every day. Some of these innovations are for the comfort and peace of mind of a person who has dementia, but some technologies are used to keep people safe. Continue reading
Case Study: Sara’s Father
“No matter what happens to me, I don’t want to go into a nursing home,” Sara’s* father told her.
She remembered visiting her Aunt Rose in a nursing home, where her aunt had lost her bearings entirely, since dementia had wiped her mind clean of memories. Sara’s father must have recalled this image as well: a once capable, active, intelligent woman who had turned into a terrified elderly lady in a wheelchair, parked in the nursing home hallway.
A rug that’s easily tripped over. The food that has been left unattended in the refrigerator. The car that has become a source of worry. A slippery shower floor. These scenarios might not indicate a life-threatening issue to an average adult. But for the adult who has memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s, or even a little trouble getting around, any one of these annoyances can trigger a visit to the hospital, or worse. Continue reading
In the livestream video “Why Early Detection of Dementia is Important” Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City hosted experts Michelle Niedens, Licensed Social Worker, and the director of My Alliance for Cognitive Health, a community-based program focused on early detection, provider partnerships, and education and Eric Vidoni, PT, PhD, Director of the Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core for the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
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.