Your aging adult might not see the reasons at first for hiring senior care providers. She may argue that she's just fine or that she has help from you or from other family members. It can help her to understand just how senior care can directly offer her some significant benefits. From there, she may find it much more appealing an option.
Your Senior Can Stay at Home
Staying in their own home is a huge goal for most aging adults. If that's ...
The average caregiver tends to have an unbalanced relationship with respite time. It's something that caregivers know that they need, but emotions and logistics often get in the way. If that's been the case for you, these tips might help you to determine a better way to approach getting the time away from caregiving that you need.
Make Technology Work for You
Technology can be far more helpful for you than you might realize when it comes to respite time. An electronic calendar ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
You know that feeling you get when you put on your favorite outfit or have a “good hair day?” It just makes you happier, doesn’t it? You feel good about yourself and it gives your confidence and self-image a boost. Well, older adults have those feelings, too.
Now, imagine that you couldn’t drive yourself to get a hair cut or buy new clothes. Or, what if your clothing choices were limited because your fingers were incapable of manipulating buttons or you couldn’t ...
Maria, aged 76, had never had any children and her husband, Alexander, had passed away a few years ago, leaving Maria to live alone. Though Maria missed Alexander, she had never minded living alone. That is, until she had a stroke that made it difficult for her to do some things on her own. Because Maria had no children, she had no one to come and help her with things like cleaning her house or shopping for groceries.
Do you know an ...
September is Head Lice Prevention Month. There is a common misconception that lice is something that only impacts children, and that adults don't need to worry about infestations. As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, you should know this is not true. While children are more likely to contract lice, adults can and do experience lice infestations as well. This makes it extremely important that you understand these pests and how to protect your parent from them, or manage them ...
When you first get started as a caregiver, there's a lot that you need to know. There's no way possible to know and to understand everything that there is to learn. You'll need to tap into as many different sources as you possibly can.
Your Senior's Doctor
Your elder's doctor can give you the most specialized information possible about your aging adult and her health conditions. This is an excellent place to start out collecting what you need to know. You'll add to ...
We probably don’t need to tell you this, but being a caregiver is a hard job. It can take both a physical and mental toll. There are around 44 million caregivers in the United States and the Family Caregiver Alliance calls them “a population at risk.” Caregivers are at greater risk for depression, stress, and substance abuse. Many caregivers report that their own physical health declined after beginning their caregiving duties.
Family caregivers can avoid the pitfalls that come with caregiving by ...