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More Dangerous in or out of Hospital?

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Last year, Forbes published an article that those of us in elder care and home care already understood very well. The article, by Robert J. Szczerba (@RJSzczerba), talks about the fact that coming home from the hospital can be a … Continue reading

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Drop the Cynicism, Deal with Data!

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I know that sometimes my writing can come across as just a bit opinionated and blunt. 🙂 Guilty as charged. However, I try to make sure my writing is based on data, knowledge and research – doing my homework. I … Continue reading

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More Music, More Memory

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A few days ago I posted an article on why Support For Home In-Home Care became certified in the Music & Memory program. We have been rolling it out to a number of our home care clients and continue to be … Continue reading

Why We Do Music & Memory!


I wrote a bit ago about the fact that Support For Home In-Home Care is certified by the Music & Memory organization – and we are delighted by that. The program was designed for use in facilities, and it is rather more complex to implement and administer in multiple home care settings, which is one reason we are among only a few home care agencies to be certified.

However, the benefits of Music & Memory, as part of the skillset of a trained caregiver, is truly amazing.

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We introduced the program in the home of one of our clients recently, and, yesterday, we received the first detailed report from one of her Support For Home caregivers. This client has dementia, which is the “target” population for Music & Memory.

We have had some difficulty getting this client to be more social and accepting of home care, until recently. We have made a few breakthroughs, but we were really hoping Music & Memory would open her up to more reflection and communication. Well, as reported by our Home Care Aide, it worked! 🙂

Here are some of the songs they listed to, and the results:

  • “Love Me Tender” – “She was able to explain to me the details of how she would work for money to buy Elvis’ records. She even told me about the bright design in the record store.”
  • “I’m Gettin’ Smitten” – She explained to me how she would get her girlfriends and practice dancing. They practiced almost twice a week, so that they would be able to dance properly at the neighborhood dance.”
  • “God Bless America” – “As soon as it played she was able to remember the artist and the song’s name. She told me about how she and her friends would save up 10 cents to be able to see her at the theatre. She also explained how she was very popular with adults and young adults. This brought her to remember that you could only ever hear orchestras in church, which was why her music was so popular.”
  • “Can’t Help Lovin'” – “She began to sing the lyrics to the song. She said she remembers hearing it on the radio from 1930 to 1940. She kept listening to it on the radio until they got a TV.”
  • “I’ll Be Seeing You” – “She said she can still hear her mother singing that song. It was one of her favorites, although her father hated it. She laughed when she told me how her mother would sing it and her father would make faces.”

There is more – and there will be much, much more Music & Memory in our client’s life. It is absolutely amazing. The program has all of us in the office creating our own playlists for our own future caregivers to use! 🙂

Best wishes. Bert

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Elders, Doctors and Driving

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I recently read a depressing article on agingcare.com, entitled, “Why Doctors Don’t Like to Discuss Driving with Older Patients“. It is depressing to me and to those of us at Support For Home In-Home Care because we have seen it … Continue reading

Harvey-Pete is Smarter Than I Am


I came across a great piece on the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, entitled “The Best Alzheimer’s Caregiver Tool of Them All, Harvey“. I hope you will check it out. Frankly, the creativity and imagination of caregivers, especially those caring for folks with various forms of dementia, continues to amaze and delight me. In this instance, it is the imagination of Bob DeMarco that makes me shake my head and smile.

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Alzheimer’s Caregiver!

It continues to amaze me how many simple but marvelous tools we have to make the lives of those suffering from dementia significantly better – and make the lives of the caregivers better and easier, as well.

Whether it is a simple, straightforward approach, like Habilitation Therapy, or the marvelous Music and Memory program that we have adopted at Support For Home In-Home Care, or any number of other inventive approaches, we are lucky to have so many bright people focused on the problems of dementia care and able to share their ideas through social media, around the world.

What are the best ideas you have found – techniques, props, whatever – to help you as a dementia caregiver?

Best wishes. Bert

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Nurses and (other) Caregivers


AgingCare.com recently published an article called, “What Nurses Wish Caregivers Knew“. It is the result of some interviews done with hospice and hospital nurses. While there are some nurses we have met, through our own work at Support For Home … Continue reading