Start 2019 By Asking Your Parents These Questions About Home Care Needs

In a 2014 AARP survey, 8 out of 10 seniors admit they want to age in their current home. Of those people, about 7 out of 10 say their home has a bedroom and bathroom on the main level. Only 35 percent admitted they have doorways that are wide enough for wheelchairs. Aging at home may be your parents' goal, but do you understand your parents' wishes for home care? The start of a new year is here. Start 2019 by asking ... Read more

Three Mistakes Families Make When Talking About Home Care With Their Parents

The home care services discussion is not an easy one. It's uncommon for the elderly to be happy about hiring caregivers. Even if it's uncomfortable, it's important. It's often made more difficult by approaching it the wrong way. Here are three mistakes families often make when discussing caregivers. They Promise Caregivers Eliminate the Chance of Ever Having to Move The point of caregivers is to make sure your parents get to stay in their home for as long as possible. You shouldn't guarantee that ... Read more

Holiday Stress? Hire a Home Care Services Provider for Your Aging Loved One

Are you feeling the stress of balancing your own holiday needs and desires with what your aging relative needs? Many family caregivers find themselves overwhelmed and anxious as the holidays approach because they realize they cannot do it all. Because the holidays are busy and stressful and wonderful all at the same time, family caregivers want to participate in everything from work parties and community events to personal traditions. Most of the time, their aging relative’s needs interfere. Hiring a home care ... Read more

Will My Elderly Parent Need Post Surgery Care?

Sometimes an injury or illness can create health problems for elderly adults, and their doctor recommends surgery as a treatment. While there are risks for older people to have surgery, most of the time the health problems, pain or prevention must be fixed. The doctor will consult with the elderly adult and their family caregiver on the best plan for the surgery. The recovery process from surgeries big and small can be lengthy and seniors tend to take longer than younger adults ... Read more

Tips for Respectful, Supportive Care for a Senior with Incontinence

Incontinence impacts a large number of people throughout the United States. It can and does affect people of all ages, though it is more likely in women over the age of 40. Elderly adults may experience incontinence for a variety of reasons, and if your senior has developed these symptoms, it is extremely important for you to make respectful, supportive management of this condition an ongoing part of your care routine. Incontinence can be an embarrassing and disheartening symptom for your senior ... Read more

What Can Clutter Tell You about Your Senior’s Situation?

Clutter is definitely irritating, but it can be a bit of a diagnostic tool for you as a caregiver. By digging a little deeper into the clutter situation, you can determine what might be going on. Clutter Has Physical and Psychological Impacts Clutter itself has a lot of physical effects on your senior's environment. In its simplest impacts, it makes the space she's in physically smaller, which can be a problem in an already small environment. The psychological effects of looking around and ... Read more

4 Reasons to Be Thankful You’re a Caregiver

Let’s be honest for a moment…being a caregiver often feels like a thankless task. It’s frustrating, physically and emotionally exhausting, and it takes a lot of time. Yes, it certainly has its downside. You may have days when you wonder how on earth you ever wound up as a caregiver for an elderly relative and just why you’re still doing it. On those days, you probably need a little extra encouragement. So, here’s the thing, even when it’s tough, there are a ... Read more

Importance of Caring for Your Senior’s Oral Health During National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. This is the perfect time for you to evaluate your elder's oral health, and the steps they take to protect their mouth health, so you can make sure they are as healthy as possible. As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize that taking care of your senior's oral health is not just about keeping their mouth healthy. What happens in your parent's mouth can impact their entire body. Understanding this risk can help ... 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
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