Is Your Senior at Risk of Developing Pneumonia?

Pneumonia can be extremely serious for your elderly family member, especially if her health is compromised in other ways. Here's what you need to know as her caregiver. Pneumonia Is a Lung Infection Pneumonia sounds complicated, but it's just an infection in the lungs. There are a wide range of different bacteria and viruses that can cause pneumonia, so her doctor might want to culture some of her mucus to determine what the right medication is. When someone gets pneumonia, they might cough, ... Read more

October is National Depression and Education Month

October is National Depression and Education Month, where helpful organizations work to spread the word about the devastating mental health condition known as depression. While elderly adults are a high risk for depression, family caregivers of aging relatives may also develop depression at a higher rate than other adult their age. The demands of caregiving can take a toll on even the most helpful and patient person, leading to chronic stress and depression. Working with an elderly family member has its rewards, ... Read more

What Does Aging in Place Mean?

Aging in place. It's a term you hear when planning homecare services. It's something many senior citizens insist they want. What does it really mean? The CDC defines aging in place this way. It's being able to remain in your family home regardless of your retirement income, your abilities, or your age. You're supposed to be able to remain in your home safely, comfortably, and independently. It means your parents should be able to remain in the family home without fear or ... Read more

Five Ways to Help Your Senior Stay Healthy as the Weather Changes

Weather changes are wonderful, but they can also bring with them conditions that can affect your elder's immune system. That happens mainly because those changes wear your senior down. Here's what you can do to help her avoid that problem. Check out What She's Eating and Drinking Proper nutrition is crucial for keeping your senior's immune system as strong as possible. This means that she needs to be eating healthy foods and she needs to be eating them regularly. She also needs to ... Read more

What Do You Do When You Don’t Think Caregivers Are in the Budget?

Your mom needs home care. She struggles to keep the floors swept and mopped. She can't carry laundry down to the basement since her fall. She forgets to take her medications. Her doctor said her vision is worsening and driving when it's dark is not advisable. It's clear home care aides are needed, but your mom already lives from paycheck to paycheck. You have no idea where to find the money that's needed for home care services. Here are some suggestions. Look at Cost-Cutting ... Read more