Archive for August 2011:
Aug 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM
In every life comes the unavoidable point of transitioning from this life to whatever is next. Hospice is a care that is designed with a philosophy of relieving the severity of pain and discomfort of a terminally patient. Hospice is not about healing the patient, but is rather about focusing on their well-being as they prepare to die. This includes social, physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of the person’s life. Hospice integrates easily into home care that has already ...
Aug 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM
As soon as the internet was available, my tech head dad ordered it. I still remember sitting there, hearing the dial tone, hisses and dings as the behemoth computer connected to the internet. It was a constant fight between him and Mom since we only had one phone line and he would want to be on the internet for hours at a time. The internet really opened up a whole new world to him and once he started, he never went back.
He really saw the internet as a learning tool and ...
Aug 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM
It may be a difficult choice deciding to elicit the help of an outside organization when it comes to the care of a loved one, but often, it’s for the best. Caregiver burnout is a very real symptom that can happen to family members who have been the sole source of provision for too long. Professional care offers the ability to take care of special needs that family members are not often able to while assisting with some of the routine duties of housework and daily care. Often, ...
Aug 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Having to search for care for your parents can be a confusing and stressful time of life. Not only do you have to come to grips with finding out that they are sick, but now you have the added pressure of needing to do something about it. With all of the options available, it can be an overwhelming situation.
There is good news however. With the rising trend in home care services, more information is available than perhaps ever before. The downside is that wading through this...
Aug 28, 2012 at 5:55 PM
Hiring a live-in home care provider can be one of the biggest reliefs that a family member can have. However, there are specific things that you should consider for the well-being and safety of your loved one before you rush out and find the first caregiver available.
Tips on Caregivers
Look at ads for live-in caregivers. One of the best ways to discover what is out there is to see what other people are looking for. Often advertisements ask for specifics qualities, ...
Aug 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM
When it comes to finding a caregiver, it’s important to look for one who is experienced with senior ailments so that more efficient diagnoses can be made. Your caregiver is the one who would be most likely to notice any health changes, so a medical background can be important for seniors using in-home care. A common ailment that often goes unnoticed these days is called Tinnitus. It can be defined as that “ringing” in your ears when there is no other sound, or the sound of ...
Aug 24, 2012 at 9:58 AM
As the number of seniors partaking in in-home care rises, many often deal with the challenge of continued self-validation. While the truth is that seniors still have much to give to the world, with a plethora of avenues of self-exploration, many are not able to see the potential. A holistic approach to senior care takes into account not only the medical needs of the patient but also the emotional and inner-needs. Art is a fantastic way for seniors to express their emotions, ...
Aug 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM
I grew up with a sister who was 10 years older than I was and I always loved her protection and the skillful way that she taught me about life. I was about 12 when she was married and enjoyed spending time with her and her husband as we all grew older. Even though there was an age difference between us, my sister and I were best friends from the beginning and after her husband passed away, she moved in with me. We lived very happily for many years but eventually I noticed that ...
Aug 22, 2012 at 8:47 AM
Ninety-three year old Edna Roseberry struggled with angina pain for nearly 50 years of her life before finding victory in a place she never expected to find it. Living and farming in Iowa from the 40’s up until she retired in the 80’s, Edna’s life was one of hard work, child rearing, and farm style eating – including home grown meats, milk, vegetables, and whatever else they could produce on their own. However, in the 1960’s she began to suffer from nightly angina pains, which...
Aug 21, 2012 at 1:15 PM
Depression is on the rise in America not only with the young or those in the middle of stressful career and family situations, but amongst America’s seniors as well. As estimated by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), there are over 5 million seniors, age 65 and older, who suffer from the effects of full-blown depression or a lesser form of the affliction. With the increase in necessitated senior care, more people are dealing with the realities of declining health and what ...
Aug 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM
Due to the changes in health care legislation and the economy, many people are confused about their health insurance, and that includes seniors. Everybody wants to know how the new requirements will affect their insurance bills, healthcare costs, and whether or not they will be able to find help paying for their senior care. The department of Health and Human Services is now partnering up with local pharmacies to make sure seniors understand their benefits.
Head to the ...
Aug 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The number of Americans receiving in-home care services has been on the rise for the past several years and is predicted to continue to climb. While the surge has encouraged a new era of innovation and technology, it has also unfortunately seen the rise of elder abuse amongst some of those of our country’s most vulnerable. Elder abuse is defined as any situation that a person can cause physical or emotional abuse to a senior. The current plague is that of financial abuse.
Aug 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Poor vision doesn’t have to mean the end of enjoying the things you’ve always loved. Cultural awareness/sensitivity along with the accompanying technology has made it so that individuals suffering with glaucoma can continue with their lives uninterrupted. With the help of a vision therapist, you can find the right tools to assist you with your daily in-home care. People have different needs and so will have needs for different devices. While not every device below is necessary ...
Aug 15, 2012 at 8:08 AM
One in four in-home care recipients live daily with chronic back pain. With no lasting relief, sufferers are left with very little hope of bringing the pain under control. What if there were other ways to help your body cope with the pain though? According to an article on chronic back pain, Dr. Natalie Morone who works for the University of Pittsburgh in the School of Medicine, has recently released study notes on the value of treating chronic back pain in seniors with the use ...
Aug 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM
If there is something that my father loved more than anything, it was his dog, Skip. Skip had been with Dad ever since my mother had passed away five years ago. It seemed like Dad and Skip became immediate friends and I was really happy, as an only child, that Dad had a pet that he not only adored, but that he was able to care for and that kept him young, vibrant and busy throughout the day. Skip was certainly not a vicious dog, but he kept an eye on Dad just as Dad kept an...
Aug 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM
You know the old saying that carrots are good for the eyes? Well, the old adages have truth to them. A combination of diet and exercise are important to good eye-health. Even for those already suffering from eye disease, a proper diet can arrest degeneration and in some instances improve sight slightly. For recipients of in-home care, always check with your physician before starting a new exercise program or diet, to make sure that everything is conducive with your treatment plan...
Aug 13, 2012 at 8:05 AM
According to the American Health Assistance Foundation, millions of American seniors suffer from vision loss due to macular degeneration. Whereas in the past there was not much to do, we have developed ways in which to allow recipients of senior-care to continue to live their independent lives. Because we are so vision-oriented, we tend to under-utilize our other senses. However, once our vision began to fails us, we can still go back to strengthening our other senses.
Aug 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM
With the cost of senior living facilities rising and medical care benefits in flux, everyone is feeling the financial squeeze- especially fixed income seniors and those with in-home care. It was recently reported that almost 60% of the typical senior’s income is spent on health care and housing. This doesn’t leave much for transportation, food, rent, and all the other expenses that arise. Below are a few tips from the article, 7 Money Saving Tips for Seniors, that can help you to...
Aug 09, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Whether you are a family looking for the right in-home caregiver or a caregiver hoping to provide quality in-home senior care, the future is looking bright for you. There are caregivers waiting for their chance to help families with the in-home care of loved ones.
Six Caregiver Qualities to Look For
There are six qualities every caregiver should have. They need these in order for their patients to receive an excellent life. It is important for families to take note of ...
Aug 08, 2012 at 12:07 PM
For both caregivers and seniors, knowing the best things for the elderly to eat is important knowledge. Not only does it affect current quality of life, but it can play a significant role in increasing life expectancy. According to Help Guide, you’ll want to keep these basic ideas to keep in mind for seniors aging at home:
· Enjoy Fats that are Good for You – There is a common misconception that all fats are bad for you. Being far from the truth, some fats can ...
Aug 07, 2012 at 12:00 AM
When someone is first diagnosed with diabetes it can be a real shock and a splash of cold water to the reality of one’s own frailty. There is now a very real concern to maintain a proper diet, take the correct prescription meds, as well as the daily task of checking blood glucose. However, while this is nothing to shake a stick at, it doesn’t have to destroy your lifestyle. There are several ways that you can adjust your life to begin to cope with the diagnosis of diabetes and ...
Aug 06, 2012 at 11:23 AM
It was never a problem living far from my mother. My husband and I had moved about 2 hours away due to a job transfer but mom was always self sufficient and we never really had much to worry about. She was extremely vibrant and healthy until she was diagnosed. Of course the diagnosis hit us all hard and she went downhill quite quickly. My husband and I took turns making the four hour round trip several times a day and we made sure to call her every two hours to ensure that we ...
Aug 06, 2012 at 8:28 AM
The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) are providing a new program to educate the public regarding losing weight and keeping it off. The CDC has published an article titled, “CDC Teaches that Healthy Weight is a Lifestyle not just a Diet” on its website that focuses on the importance of not-only short-term changes to diet, but promoting a lifestyle of regular activity, balancing calories with what your body actually uses, and healthy eating.
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Aug 02, 2012 at 3:09 PM
With more people receiving home care, seniors have become a larger target for scammers trying to dishonestly make a buck. It’s important that caregivers and seniors both know things to look out for and what to do if a real problem arises.
Rules to Keep Your Senior Safe
Don’t Open the Door – This is the first line of defense, and if practiced, can help you to avoid a large number of potential scammers. Once you open the door, you are giving a person the opportunity to...
Aug 01, 2012 at 8:28 PM
Anyone who has fallen before will tell you that this can be one of the scariest and potentially health concerning accidents that a senior can have. The good news is that with a bit of prevention and some common sense you can keep yourself safe. Here’s a short list of some things to consider.
Use Your Walking Aids Properly - Many people don’t like to use their canes or walkers, but there is a reason for them. They very well could keep you from taking a misstep and falling....
Aug 29, 2011 at 7:16 AM
When looking for an assisted living facility, it is important that both services and staff be to your liking. Remember that, in addition to services, how the staff interacts with residents and how residents interact together are important criteria to consider when choosing an assisted living facility (sometimes called sheltered housing, board and care or residential care).
There are other questions you should ask or think about when choosing an assisted living facility. What ...
Aug 25, 2011 at 7:06 AM
Dementia is a critical thing for caretakers to look out for. It occurs when a person has a loss of mental functions severe enough that it interferes with their daily lives. Knowing the symptoms of dementia and how to treat it is crucial for caretakers, so we’ve put together this guide. More information is included in this article on dementia care.
Changes in personality, mood and behavior are the basic symptoms caretakers should be aware of when treating a patient with ...
Aug 21, 2011 at 6:59 AM
If you’re a nurse aide that’s caregiving for a senior citizen, massage therapy is something that can be extremely beneficial. In the last couple of years, many a nurse aide working to provide the best caregiving as the demand for massage therapy has grown, so here’s a run quick run down of everything you need to know.
Massage therapy is important for caregiving and provides relief for aches, pains, stiffness and other health conditions that come with aging like...
Aug 19, 2011 at 6:55 AM
Planning diets is a critical part of nursing care and senior assisted living, so having a registered dietician on hand to help you is essential. These specialists provide nursing care for senior assisted living caretakers by providing nutritional support and are available to provide any number of dietary needs, such as checking caloric requirements and diabetic meal planning, if required. But that’s only a portion of what this role entails.
Dieticians serve as food ...
Aug 17, 2011 at 6:49 AM
If you want to be a care provider in the health care services industry, now is a great time to jump in. Seniors today are among the fastest growing population groups in the country, and the growth is projected to continue as baby boomers turn 65. The health care services industry has been growing in demand because of this, so being a care provider could be the right option for you.
According to AARP, as people age they are deciding to remain at home. And as ...
Aug 15, 2011 at 6:47 AM
When considering the different methods of caring for aging relatives, a live in care giver definitely must be considered. Elderly home care can be difficult with even the most active of elderly relatives, but for those that are house bound or worse, bedridden, it can be impossible for families to provide within their own home. When providing long-term elderly home care is no longer practical, or in the best interest of the aging individual, many people leap to a nursing home as...
Aug 13, 2011 at 6:42 AM
For many people, the question of how to best care for elderly relatives is a difficult one and providing at home care seems impossible. Nursing homes, unless you can afford the very expensive fees for a nice privately run home, often don’t provide the level of care that many elderly patients require. Nursing homes are crowded and staff members are overworked. As a result patients are overlooked unless they are loud and obnoxious. Making the decision to provide at home care is ...
Aug 11, 2011 at 3:31 AM
The needs of a growing elderly population are expressed clearly in some of the changing policies that CMS is enacting to support the care giver. Providing home elderly healthcare is a huge responsibility and burden on any care giver. It is only recently that government programs have begun to offer care giver support that can effectively help with providing home elderly healthcare. Current CMS programs allow support in the following areas:
Cost of ...
Aug 09, 2011 at 3:29 AM
For many, not even dealing with the death of a loved one comes close to the grief of watching a loved one die by inches while suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia. A dementia patient sometimes has long periods of coherency, and then long periods of senility and insanity. Providing companion care to a dementia patient is difficult enough for professionals, it is infinitely worse for family members. Imagine serving breakfast to a father or mother who has no idea...
Aug 07, 2011 at 3:27 AM
Respite is a break for a caretaker to get away from the responsibilities of providing home care for a senior. It is difficult to watch a senior age and start having difficulty doing the things that they once did with easy and enjoyed. Whether it is the child of a senior, a spouse, or close friend it is a natural feeling to want to help the senior in all possible ways. This may mean staying home with a spouse with advance Alzheimer’s or making multiple trips to a parents home ...
Aug 05, 2011 at 3:25 AM
Power of attorney or POA documents are necessary for the caretakers of seniors to make many decisions to ensure the health and safety of a loved one. If a senior is dependent on their caretaker to make most of the important financial and personal decisions, two documents are vital. These are power of attorney documents.
Legal Power of Attorney
A legal power of attorney or POA provides a caretaker to handle all legal tasks that a senior would normally handle. This ...
Aug 03, 2011 at 3:22 AM
Caretakers responsible for providing at home care for a senior or elderly parent will inevitably face the loss of the senior's close friends. Seniors just like anyone else will have varied reactions to loss and a caretaker is often the main source of emotional support. After the initial grieving period is over the senior may have continued difficultly adjusting to their life with out that person in it.
Elderly family members may have lost many of their friends over the ...
Aug 01, 2011 at 3:19 AM
Family caretakers that provide in home care of an elderly family member have to be familiar with a senior's medical conditions and all the medications they take to help those conditions. Many seniors are capable of managing their medications on their own, but it is still important that other family members who are responsible for their in home care also have a good understanding of what the senior’s medications are for and the proper dosage instructions.