Your elderly father still lives alone in the house you grew up in. Dad’s health hasn’t been the greatest lately, so you’ve been trying to help him out when you have time. After considering your options, you’ve decided that it might be best to hire dad a professional home caregiver.
Knowing how to tell the difference between home care and home health care will no doubt matter when important decisions weigh in the balance. What follows is some information that can help guide your decision-making process.
Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders When it becomes obvious to us that a loved one can’t get through a day without assistance, the logical next step is to begin looking into resources that can provide the added support they need. One of the first things a long-term care insurance company, home care company, adult day care center or assisted living facility will ask about is the person’s ability to perform ADLs. But what exactly are ADLs? Every field has its jargon, and the long-term care industry is no exception. In the business of providing care, the phrase “activities of daily living” [...]
The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, full of celebration with family. But for caregivers and the millions of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia, the holidays can be nothing short of overwhelming. The holiday season brings additional financial strain, a disruption in routine and many more unforeseen commitments that can contribute to caregiver stress. Read how one daughter sees through the holiday stress and finds peace with her father’s dementia through the holidays. Finding Triumph in Tragedy: Christmas with Alzheimer’s Colleen Carrol Campbell is an author, broadcast journalist and a former presidential speechwriter. [...]
Creative Caregivers would like to share this valuable information with you as provided by A Place for Mom. It provides fantastic tips for the holiday season when dealing with your older relatives who may have difficulty with the activity and stress of the season. Over the holidays, we’re likely to see our aging parents and relatives and learn more about their daily habits. If they are beginning to get lonely or are having trouble living independently, the holidays can quickly become a difficult and stressful time. However, if we approach this time with a positive and proactive attitude, we can make our [...]
Everyone needs a little help from time to time and while many seniors lean on the friends and family members for support, there may be some instances in which it’s necessary to seek additional assistance or long-term care. Any senior finding themselves in need of a little extra help in their daily life might benefit from the services of a family caregiver, but they are not always available for long-term care. In this case, a private duty home senior caregiver is the next best thing. These professionals may be the perfect answer for those who need assistance in non-medical aspects of [...]
Admitting the need for help and accepting assistance is not easy for people as they age. The responsibility often falls on family members to recognize the signs that an aging loved one might need support with completing the activities of daily living. How do you know if it is time for in-home care? Look for the red flags listed below. Changes in Physical Function and Mental Status Difficulty keeping track of time Sleeping for most of the day Poor diet or weight loss Loss of interest in hobbies and activities Changes in mood or extreme mood swings Difficulty getting up from a [...]
Though seniors are becoming more technology savvy all the time, many are still skeptical about the latest devices. But when someone wants to age in place instead of leaving their home, technology can be a lifesaver. No matter whether you're the child of an aging parent or the caregiver, you can help determine if these technological gadgets could help keep a senior safe, and identify the best options for them. Ask a primary care physician for suggestions on the areas where they think your aging loved one may need help now and in the future. "I love new technology, but only if it brings [...]
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia. About dementia Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms [...]
"The stairs are getting so hard to climb. "Since my wife died, I just open a can of soup for dinner. "I've lived here 40 years. No other place will seem like home. These are common issues for older people. You may share the often-heard wish—"I want to stay in my own home!" The good news is that with the right help you might be able to do just that. Staying in your own home as you get older is called "aging in place." This article contains suggestions to help you find the help you need to continue to live independently. [...]