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    When caregiving becomes complex

    Posted 04/30/2021 by Fallon Health

    If your loved one's health declines, you may find yourself taking responsibility for complicated, difficult tasks that used to fall to medical professionals. "It's not unusual for caregivers to feel overwhelmed," said Linda Pellegrini, a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In her blog post, she explains which tasks are considered complex, how to find resources to help you and why it's imperative to take care of yourself.

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    Interpreting puzzling behavior

    Posted 01/21/2021 by Fallon Health

    People living with dementia perceive their surroundings differently—and their perceptions can result in behavior that caregivers sometimes find hard to interpret.

    “If there’s someone in your life who is living with dementia, looking at their environment through their eyes may give you a better sense of how they feel and why they feel that way,” says Heather Dobbert, a Fallon Health Memory Specialist. “That can make a big difference in your ability to respond to how they’re acting."

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    Ideas for celebrating holidays during a pandemic

    Posted 11/23/2020 by Fallon Health

    How you can you enjoy the holidays when you can't be with your family and friends in person? Check out these suggestions for connecting with your loved ones to celebrate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    A caregiver perspective on recognizing dementia and building a support circle

    Posted 11/06/2018 by Fallon Health

    Seeing signs of dementia in a loved one can bring up emotions ranging from denial and confusion to anger and fear. In this post about her journey as a caregiver, Lisa Marrone describes her initial response to changes in her mother's behavior and how important it is to look for support after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

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  • Managing medication when your loved one moves to a different care setting

    Posted 08/07/2018 by Fallon Health

    Medication management is among the most important tasks for caregivers. Medication errors can easily cause additional health problems, sometimes very serious ones. 

    But there are a few things you can do to stay on top of your loved one’s medication regimen, even during moves between hospital, home and a rehabilitation or nursing facility

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