Preparing Your Parent’s Home for a Weather Emergency

When it comes to preparing for a severe weather emergency, it is not just your senior themselves that needs to be prepared. Readiness also involves their environment, and that means preparing their home for the weather emergency. If your aging parent will be weathering the storm in their own home, or if they will be transitioning into your home, and even if you think evacuation is eminent, taking the time to prepare their home prior to a weather emergency can protect ... Read more

What’s Changing About Medicare in 2019?

As a family caregiver, one of the things you may do for your aging relative is managing their medical bills. That means dealing with Medicare, a program you might not have had much experience with prior to becoming a caregiver. Medicare has been around for 53 years, but that doesn’t mean it’s “same old same old” from one year to the next. In fact, there are several changes coming to Medicare in 2019 that family caregivers should know about. Below are some ... Read more

Can Concussions Cause Complications?

Most concussions are a very mild, and heal quickly and completely. In fact, many people experience concussions without even realizing it they have suffered such an injury. Other concussions, however, can be very serious, and result in complications that can linger for months or years. As a family caregiver, it is important to understand the impact a concussion can have on your parent for the rest of their life, and be prepared to ensure they receive the care and support needed ... Read more

5 Ways to Manage Diabetes During Illness

Managing diabetes can be complicated even when your aging relative is otherwise well. But, when they are ill, the disease is even tougher to keep under control. Illness places stress on the body and causes it to release certain hormones to fight the illness. Unfortunately, the hormones can make blood sugar levels go up and they can make insulin less effective. That can make it more difficult for the older adult to keep their blood sugar levels steady and within their ... Read more

Could Mold Be Damaging Your Senior’s Health?

Part of your role as a family caregiver is making sure your aging parent has a healthy, clean environment to live in. Unfortunately, there are many potential hazards that may exist in your senior's home which can put their health and well-being at risk. One of these is mold. September is Mold Awareness Month. This is the perfect opportunity for you to determine if your aging parent may be suffering from health consequences as a result of exposure to mold, and to ... Read more

Four Ways to Deal with Sudden Stress as a Caregiver

As a caregiver, you may find that stress can balloon up out of the blue very quickly. If you've got some techniques that help, you can stay calm, cool, and collected. These techniques are some easy ones to start with and you can build on them as you need to do so. Repeat a Positive Mantra Mantras are short, simple statements that are positive and easy to remember. During times of extreme stress, mantras can help you focus on that positivity. You might ... Read more

Deaths from Falls on the Rise

An alarming report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that deaths from falls among older adults is up 31 percent since 2007. While you might at first think the increase is due to the fact that the senior population is getting larger, the CDC says they adjusted the rate to account for the increased population. The exact reason for the increase in deaths from falls is not clear, but scientists suspect it may have something to do with ... Read more

What is Delirium?

Janet’s father, Henry, was in the hospital for a serious infection. One day while Janet was visiting, Henry began to speak incoherently. He was extremely confused and agitated. Janet had never seen him that way before. Panicking, she called the nurse into the room. Later, after Henry was examined by the doctor, Janet was told that her father was experiencing delirium, a problem not uncommon in older adults. About Delirium The Mayo Clinic defines delirium as “a serious disturbance in mental abilities that ... Read more

My Elderly Loved One Needs to Get Out More

Is your elderly loved one dependent on you, family members and elder care providers for their daily care? If their physical abilities have diminished enough that they cannot complete basic self-care tasks, they need a support group that works together for their basic needs. However, once the basics like hygiene, food and housework are covered, what about their mental and emotional needs? It’s too easy for seniors with physical challenges to sit around all day at home, becoming more isolated each week. ... Read more

WHO PAYS FOR LONG TERM CARE SERVICES?

We never expect to need long term care services. However, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “someone turning 65 has almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long term care services”. In addition, the cost of long term care is extremely expensive. According to the NYS Department of Finance, “nursing home costs are approximately $142,350 per year in the Long Island area”. So who will pay for this service? Most people assume Medicare will cover the ... Read more
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