Dear Sheila: Sharp Mind in an Old Body

Sheila McKannay


23 February, 2018

Dear Sheila, My mother is 94 and looks 20 years younger. Her mind is sharp, and her memory is better than mine. But her hearing is poor, even with hearing aids, and macular degeneration has all but taken her sight. A fall, 2 years ago, compromised her ability to...

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The Unique Challenges of Dementia Care

Susan Friedrich


19 February, 2018

Dementia is often talked about as if it’s a specific illness or disease, but it’s not. According to the Mayo Clinic, “….dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.” According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “When Alzheimer’s disrupts memory, language,...

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Caregiver Profile: Esther McMillon

Elizabeth Ohollaren


19 February, 2018

Esther McMillon came to Family Resource Home Care in 2012 already an experienced caregiver. Her first experience was with her grandmother in Kenya who she cared for each day after school. After graduating high school, Esther did clerical work for the Ministry of Finance but office work was not...

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Dear Sheila: When a Devoted Spouse Dies

Sheila McKannay


25 January, 2018

Dear Sheila, My parents live in a retirement community. My dad has terminal cancer and is under hospice care and I’m worried about how my mom will manage once he passes. They were never very social and had no hobbies or activities. They were devoted to each other and...

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Caregiver Profile: Stanley Wanjohi

Elizabeth Ohollaren


22 January, 2018

In 2012 Stanley Wanjohi emigrated to the U.S. from Kenya, where he had worked as an accountant, and settled in Washington State where he had friends. Like so many immigrants, Stanley did not have the luxury of going back to college and training to become an accountant here. He...

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Staff Profile: Lashawnda Ragsdale

Elizabeth Ohollaren


18 December, 2017

Lashawnda Ragsdale joined Family Resource Home Care one year ago as the new 24-Hour Care Supervisor. But she isn’t new to home care having worked in the field for 15 years starting as a caregiver. She was employed for a number of years by Addus Home Care and most...

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Dear Sheila: Thinking Ahead

Sheila McKannay


15 December, 2017

Dear Sheila, A recent case of the flu turned into pneumonia and my mother had to be hospitalized. She went in with a treatable illness but once there things actually got worse. She was agitated and hallucinating, and even tried to pull the IV lines out of her arm....

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Combating the Holiday Blues

Susan Friedrich


15 December, 2017

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!  This is indeed the time of year when we are expected to be happy. Holiday music is everywhere, and shop windows are decorated with everything wintery and jolly. In the article, How to Reduce Loneliness in Elders around the Holidays, the website, AgingCare.com writes, “There...

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Identifying Your Caregiving Community

David Lawrence


27 November, 2017

Last month I wrote about my wife’s 94-year-old Aunt Jeanne who lives in Houston and was forced to flee Hurricane Harvey in August as water flooded the streets and poured into her home. Aunt Jeanne had family nearby. Her grandson called the neighbors and found a house across the...

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