NationalAcademies.org reports that 17.7 million people in the United States serve as a family caregiver for someone aged 65 or older who has a significant impairment. Family caregivers are anyone who provide assistance and support to an individual who may have a physical or mental disability or to aging seniors. This can include relatives, friends, or neighbors. While society often considers and assesses the affects that America’s rapidly aging population will have on society, those who feel the affects most are actually the ones caring for their aging family members and loved ones.
The holidays are one of the most exciting times of the year. Celebrations are planned, traditions are practiced, and families are often reunited with each other at this joyous time. While these times are typically positive, having an elderly loved one can cause a sense of concern as you prepare for holiday festivities. Fortunately, some tips from others in your situation can help you have the best holiday season yet and everyone, including your senior loved one, will be filled with cheer.
Sleep Awareness Month: How to Improve Senior Sleep Patterns
Sleep deprivation and other sleep issues can impact senior health significantly. Learn how to improve sleep patterns for seniors.
As seniors age, one thing that often falls by the wayside is cleanliness and organization in their home or living space. There are a few factors, which cause this: physical limitations, sentiment (seniors not wanting to let go), mental blocks, and more. Keeping a neat and tidy space typically just is not a priority for most seniors and even for their caregivers. They are bogged down with the day-to-day tasks of keeping their loved one healthy and cleaning takes a backseat. A cluttered space can be an issue that eventually may start to overwhelm a senior loved one and even cause them stress or increase their risk for injury by falling. A fall for a senior is detrimental and can totally debilitate them. It is for these reasons and keeping your loved one’s home a safe, peaceful environment that routine organization and cleaning is imperative. Fall is a perfect time to head over to your loved one’s place, clear your schedule for a few hours, and get to work. So, just how do you go about doing this? These tips will help.
In 2017, a study released by the University of Pennsylvania found that introducing a caregiver into a patient’s treatment plan at the time of discharge has significant benefits. This study, which was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is the first research to put quantifiable data behind the impact of utilizing caregivers for patients upon their discharge from the hospital. The study aimed to discover what kind of impact and benefits would come from using caregivers on both health care costs and resource utilization.
Studies have shown that following a patient’s discharge from the hospital, a rehab facility, or other healthcare entity, the incidence for falls to occur increases exponentially. This is particularly prevalent among patients who are functionally dependent on assistive devices and/or assistance when they make the return to their home.
There are a few major risk factors related to falls following discharge. These factors include decline in mobility, use of assistive devices, cognitive impairment or confusion, and unaddressed environmental issues within in the home. Such environmental issues could include safety bars, shower chairs, and more.
October traditionally marks the beginning of Fall: crisp air, bonfires, leaves changing, and the world changing to a shade of orange. You may also notice another color taking over each October-Pink. This color is representative of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place every October. This month symbolizes a time in which there is an extra emphasis on raising awareness for breast cancer. Throughout the month, those from all walks of life can be united in the awareness-raising efforts for breast cancer.