Many people have a similar story: life was going along like normal, until one day their aging parent received a life-changing diagnosis or perhaps, it just came to the point your parent could no longer be self-sufficient on their own. Perhaps, you and your siblings toss around care ideas and options, but inevitably the care ends up falling on one of you. Prior to actually caring for an aging parent, many people think they will be able to do so relatively easily. Eventually, it becomes evident just how difficult managing your own life while caring for another really is.
The comforting feeling of a dog nuzzling up to you or a sweet cat jumping up in your lap is a feeling everyone, regardless at age, can appreciate. While pets are loving and fun to care for, there are actually many benefits for people who have a pet companion. For seniors and elderly people, pet therapy can be even more beneficial. In recent years, many assisted living and senior centers have started incorporating animals and pets in their programming and activities.
As we age, the number and risk for illnesses and diseases rapidly increases and our health becomes a primary concern. One of the most frightening conditions that has an onset later in life is Alzheimer’s or dementia. In fact according to Alz.com, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. With over 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and that number on the rise, the preemptive prevention of the illness is important. There are currently no pharmaceutical drugs or methods that have significant effects to decrease symptoms or progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Fortunately, there are plenty of lifestyle choices and diet methods that we can adopt that can help minimize the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
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We have been lucky to have Chris as part of our Harmony family since March 4, 2015. He came to us with two years caregiving experience and a handful of amazing references singing his praises. Chris has also spent time as a “Big Brother” serving as an exemplary role model for children who did not have a male role model in their home. Anyone who has had the pleasure of having Chris as a caregiver knows he is truly a blessing and will care for your loved ones as though they were his own family.
Caring for your loved ones in Sacramento, CA is no easy feat. As your parents or other family members begin to age, they naturally require more and more attention. Caregiving can present a whole new set of risks and challenges in your relationship dynamic that have never been apparent before. As this becomes increasingly more difficult, it may be time to consider enlisting professional help. Here are some tell tale signs that are good indicators of when it is time to have “the conversation”* with your loved one about their caregiving plan.
Receiving the news of your loved one getting a harsh diagnosis or just caring for an aging parent or loved one is a challenging task day in and day out. There is nothing that can truly prepare you for this journey. At Harmony Home Care, we have encountered numerous health related situations involving senior care and aim to be a resource to you beyond just providing loving, in-home caregiving services. These are our top five book recommendations for caregiving.
It was early June, our wedding was just days away, when the phone rang. It was the hospital informing me my mother was in the hospital, again. This had become so routine over the last few years that it usually didn’t alarm me. But this time they said it was different. They said they had discovered advanced lung cancer that was beyond treatment.
My mom hated exercise! She was so averse to it that she recoiled from activity completely in her later years in the skilled nursing facility. For the last ten years of her life she was completely dependent on a wheel chair to get around. I am convinced now that had she simply stood up more often, gotten out of her bed instead of lying down most of her 24 hours a day, she not only would have lived longer, but would have enjoyed life a lot more.