What is PCA?

In caring for those with dementia, we were taught that dementia (according to the Mayo Clinic) is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities. It is not a specific disease, but rather several different diseases encapsulated under the term of dementia. In our agency’s work as dementia specialists, we recently came across a rare and little known form of dementia called Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA). According [...]

By |2021-02-10T11:42:43-05:00February 10th, 2021|blog|

Separation Anxiety for Those Living with Dementia

When someone is diagnosed with dementia, people might assume that life will stop for that individual. However, dementia is a chronic condition that can be managed based on its stage and our own understanding of the disease.  Confusion is likely to increase as dementia progresses. Those living with dementia begin to rely on what is most familiar to them in an effort to feel safe. Confusion can trigger a number of psychological distress [...]

By |2021-02-09T12:28:04-05:00February 8th, 2021|blog|

The Importance of Getting Vaccinated

Director of Nursing, Tamara Scott, answers the top 10 most popular questions about the COVID vaccine below. Q: I know there are several vaccines available, which one should I get? A: The vaccines have all been thoroughly tested and the results are all very similar; they keep 100% of people from getting very ill or hospitalized, which is the goal. They are all considered safe with the same safety protocol across the [...]

By |2021-02-23T13:15:14-05:00January 20th, 2021|blog|

Dementia: Understanding A Progressive Disease

Dementia is often misconceived as a specific disease when, in reality, it is the universal term used for impaired thinking, memory, decision-making, and everyday activities overall. About 50 million individuals around the globe suffer from the effects of dementia-related diseases, and almost 10 million people are diagnosed every year. The most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease (60-70% of all dementia cases), vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies, which [...]

By |2021-01-11T13:03:31-05:00January 11th, 2021|blog|

ClearCare Family Room

Home to Stay Senior Care Solutions recently changed to an electronic record-keeping system. Our new system now allows access to a secure family portal where you can view schedules, caregivers' names, care plans, medications, feedback from caregivers, and invoices (keep in mind, families are NOT able to pay their invoices on-line).  Families can also view any photos that caregivers take during the shift. To help familiarize yourself with these new changes we invite [...]

By |2020-12-16T12:50:13-05:00December 16th, 2020|blog|

Checking in on Your Loved Ones During the Holidays

NJ new COVID restrictions As the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases continues to surge late in the year, it has been recommended that New Jersey residents only spend the holidays with their immediate family or those they already live with.  Unfortunately for many individuals, especially senior adults, the new traveling and social gathering guidelines means seeing family during this holiday season may not be possible. Individuals may also choose not to risk gathering [...]

By |2020-12-16T09:54:30-05:00December 16th, 2020|blog|

Suggestions to Keep Busy During the Shutdown

With the pandemic causing a second wave of lockdowns at the end of 2020, many individuals are struggling to keep busy (unlike most holiday seasons). Having such limited options when it comes to social gatherings or events, most are turning to technology to fill free time, escape boredom, and stay engaged. In this article, we share some of Home to Stay’s staff favorite ways to keep busy during this not-so-normal holiday season.  Podcasts [...]

By |2020-12-16T11:10:11-05:00December 10th, 2020|blog|

November is National Family Caregivers Month

The month of November is recognized as National Family Caregivers Month. During this month, we take the time to celebrate those who have taken on the responsibility of becoming a family caregiver. Whether it is a trained professional working around the clock or just a family member assisting with the little things, the effort put in to take care of and look after your elderly loved ones is undeniable and admirable. By acknowledging [...]

By |2020-11-18T09:37:19-05:00November 18th, 2020|blog|

Terrarium Therapy

In an effort to reconnect and unwind, Home to Stay teamed up with Artis Senior Living of Evesham to host a unique experience – Terrarium Therapy. Terrariums are tiny ecosystems made with small plants, soil, rocks and other foliage that require little maintenance and can last for years. Participants gave extremely positive feedback. Many noted a cathartic experience, taking time out of their busy schedules to relax, unwind, and “bury” the stress.  There [...]

By |2020-11-17T12:16:13-05:00November 17th, 2020|blog|

Halloween and Dementia

It is important to pay extra attention to those living with dementia, especially during the holidays when their normal lifestyle may be disrupted. If changes are noticed, try identifying the items or situations that you feel could be the issue and remove them. Some examples of changes in behavior would include: sleep changes, anxiety, agitation, wandering (as this can be a sign they are looking for a quieter, less busy or scary place), [...]

By |2020-10-26T10:05:18-04:00October 26th, 2020|blog|
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