Fall prevention is high on the list of tasks that family caregivers worry about. Sometimes a fall is a fluke situation, but more often than not there’s something preventable that wasn’t accounted for and that’s what caused your senior to fall. Some of these tasks can help you avoid an injury.
Put Handrails Up
Handrails are one of the easiest fall prevention tools you can put in place for your elderly family member. You can put them anywhere that there’s wall space, too. ...
Talking about the future might be something your senior tries to avoid every time you get ready to bring it up. That can be frustrating for you, but it can also cause you to postpone putting changes in place that can help her to have the best quality of life possible.
Think about Her Current Home
Your senior’s current home situation can give you a lot of ideas about what to talk about. There may be safety changes you can make now or ...
Whether you take care of children, an elderly parent or work for a home care company like Star Multi Care, you probably have come to realize that caregiving can be as stressful as it is rewarding. We want to help you reduce the stress of caregiving and for you to start taking care of you. We have found a FREE program aimed at taking care of caregivers called, Think Caregiver, that will benefit you, your client and your family members.
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One of the very first steps in getting your stress levels under control while you’re a caregiver is to start to recognize what stress looks like for you. Symptoms of stress can be highly individualized and you might not realize just how early you can spot stress in yourself.
Stress Doesn’t Look Exactly the Same for Everybody
One of the problems that caregivers experience is that stress doesn’t look exactly the same for everyone. You might find that stress makes you eat or ...
What and when your elderly family member drinks helps to keep her hydrated and gives her body what it needs. But it might also be a big part of what keeps her from sleeping as well as she would like to sleep.
Caffeine Is a Huge Culprit
Your senior might be getting more caffeine in her diet than either of you realize. Some teas as well as coffee and soft drinks often contain caffeine. After a certain time of day, that can add ...
One of the challenges you may face as a caregiver to an older adult with dementia is getting them to take their medication. They may refuse because they are confused or because they are afraid. They might also feel like they have little control over their lives and refusing to take medicine is one way of regaining some control.
Knowing these 5 tips could help you to overcome the challenge and get your aging relative to take their medicine with less fuss.
You’ve likely heard that measles cases in the United States are on the rise. Measles is mostly thought of as a childhood illness, but it can affect people of any age. Although once nearly eradicated, 764 cases of measles have been reported in the United States this year.
You may think that your elderly parent isn’t at risk for getting the measles because they were vaccinated as a child. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that certain groups ...
Millions of people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the U.S. It's not surprising if you know someone with Alzheimer's. It could be your mom or dad.
When a parent has Alzheimer's, there is a large learning curve. It's not too bad in the early stages, but the disease will progress. As it does, communicating with your parent is a challenge.
Here are some of the reasons why it's hard and how to deal with it.
Aphasia is a language disorder caused by the ...
Some nutrients are essential to how your body functions. As you age, you need antioxidants to help with cell and tissue health. You need protein for muscles and calcium and vitamin D for bone strength. As senior citizens look more at quick and easy meals, vegetables often get ignored.
Vegetables are packed with antioxidants, fiber, and other essential vitamins and minerals. The folic acid in many vegetables helps with red blood cell production. Vitamin A helps keep the eyes and skin healthy. ...
Malnourishment is something that far too many senior citizens deal with at some point. Some of the causes are physical and may be situations that you can help your elderly family member to resolve.
She Feels Full Too Quickly
One of the things you might hear from your aging family member when you try to prompt her to eat is that she’s not hungry or that she’s already full. She does need a certain amount of calories, vitamins, and other nutrients in her ...