Whether it’s your official job or you are just helping out, being a caregiver is rewarding. You sleep better at night knowing that you’re one of the few people making a difference in this world. More importantly, you are helping someone that cannot help themelves.
If you're reading this, you're probably feeling very stressed out. Mom or dad aren't doing well and it's obvious that you need to step in. Perhaps they’ve fallen lately, or maybe they’re not eating or drinking properly, maybe forgetting their medications; whatever the reason that is causing you pain, it's more than you can handle.
For many, aging brings the loss of balance and one’s overall strength. The decline in function can then cause a lot of difficulty in sitting upon and getting up from the toilet or bedside commode. Due to this difficulty there now comes a risk for falls and other injuries. Luckily thru the use of adaptive equipment there are many options to help support the affected individuals so they can use the bathroom safely. At Harmony Home Care, when we do a home safety assessment, we look for the following are 6 great pieces of equipment to use to ensure a safe bathroom.
Sarah’s mom was getting really cranky lately. She would go back and forth from being argumentative to being depressed, fatigued, and anxious. She would lash out at Sarah one minute, and in the next minute breakdown crying and asking for help. “I just don’t know what’s wrong with me, I can’t handle things anymore, I just can’t think straight.”
Her caregiver had taken mom had been to the doctor a few weeks before and been checked out for a UTI, but the test came back negative. But another test done after all other obvious symptoms were ruled out confirmed that all these symptoms were indeed caused by a Urinary Tract Infection.
Jackie's mom calls her at least twice a day now. Sometimes it's just to stay in touch, other times she's in tears because she just feels so awful and confused, but more times than not she calls to try to guilt Jackie into coming over. The caregivers she's hired are always awful people that can't be trusted; the house and the daily routine are more than she can handle; that terrible president we have is going to lead us straight to Armageddon; and it always ends the same: "when can you come over and help me again dear?"
Topics: Living with Aging Parents
It’s easy to feel rundown and fatigued when trying to take care of an elderly loved one. For Melanie, supporting her aging mother wasn’t something she had planned on, but after she had suffered from astroke, she knew she had to step up. After all, no other family members were going to step up, and she didn’t want her mother to be without the proper level of support when she was
Do you wonder how to begin a conversation with your aging parent regarding a sensitive topic? Whether it's needing to speak about giving up driving, moving, or bringing help in, you can improve the odds of coming up with a solution by knowing which words to avoid, and which ones to use.
[vc_row fullwidth="false" attached="false" padding="0" visibility="" animation=""][vc_column border_color="" visibility="" width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"]Making the decision to help an aged adult invite someone into their home to help them is a difficult one, both physically and emotionally. What matters most is you want your loved one to be well and safe. You may ask yourself, how can you feel confident whether the circumstance suggests that your loved one shouldn't be living alone any longer?
It might seem as though a trip to the zoo or even the aquarium for your elderly father is too much. After all, many people feel these trips may not be practical for adults who receive some type of senior care. June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, but don’t dismiss any such potential trip to one of these destinations out of hand. There are many reasons why this could be a great senior care activity and provide mental and physical health benefits for your elderly father.
These types of outings can help your father get exercise which is essential, regardless of his age. Most doctors recommend that seniors get at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day. This can be in the form of calisthenics, yoga, going for a brisk walk, and many other things. Going to the zoo will usually require people to walk around, different distances in some situations. That could be an opportunity for your father to get the physical exercise he needs, but to do so in a fun and exciting way.