Taking on the responsibility of caring for a senior relative can feel overwhelming. Even with help from home care assistants and senior services in the community, you are taking on a lot of new duties that require your attention. This is true when it comes to keeping all their medical information organized and accessible. You may know the general information about their medicines and health conditions, but nothing beats having accurate information at your fingertips.
Here is the kind of information that ...
Some aging adults find that they're scared, angry, or confused about how their life is going. They may even be in pain or unable to articulate what is wrong. As a result, they can start to lash out with behavior that can be extremely difficult for someone who loves them to manage. This might include abusive language, physical abuse, and more.
You Can't Take it Personally
The first step in reframing your senior's upsetting behavior is to remember that even if it's ...
You spend a lot of time getting your dad's house organized. Have you stopped to look at the supplies he has in his medicine cabinet? There are six things that every household should have. Check this list and make sure his cabinet has these vital supplies.
#1 – Antibiotic Ointment
A bottle of Neosporin or a generic version is a must for any cabinet. When your dad gets a scratch or cut, he should apply the ointment and follow it with a bandage. ...
So many changes come with an Alzheimer's diagnosis. One that might be more difficult for you and your aging adult to manage can be the communication problems that Alzheimer's can bring. Here are just a few of the ways that your communication might change with your elderly family member.
Trouble Finding Words for Common Items
Once in a while you may even have trouble finding the right word for an object or concept. On its own, this doesn't mean that you or your ...
Every family caregiver needs a different level and type of support. You may even find that your journey as a caregiver requires several different types of support in order to keep you and your aging adult going.
Here are just a few of the types of support you might find helpful.
Caregiving can be really difficult from an emotional standpoint. Depending on your relationship with your aging adult and her current health conditions, this can be exceptionally rough emotionally. Having ...
Chances are you’re familiar with the discomfort of heartburn—that burning feeling you get in your chest. It’s uncomfortable for sure. Heartburn happens when stomach acid gets into the esophagus. This can happen when the sphincter that closes to keep food down in the stomach relaxes or becomes weak.
Heartburn can happen to anyone, including seniors. If your parent occasionally suffers from heartburn, there are many things you can do to help ease the discomfort and prevent heartburn from recurring. Below are some ...
“Let’s help them”, said the President and CEO of Star Multi Care”. Last week after notorious Hurricane Irma bypassed his Southeastern Florida office and took route up the west coast of Florida, Stephen Sternbach thought of the unlucky residents of Florida who were unfortunate enough to feel her wrath.
After a staff meeting he threw out the idea of initiating a collection for the hurricane victims for which he would match any funds raised, dollar for dollar. His staff jumped at the ...
Whether you have been caring for your parent for years or you are just getting started on your caregiver journey with them, one thing that you have likely heard a considerable amount about is fall risk. Elderly adults are at far greater risk of experiencing falls and more vulnerable to suffering serious injuries as a result of these falls than are younger adults, making being aware of this risk and doing what you can to reduce it an important part of ...
“It is something I have always wanted to do, but never have”, stated Abbie Sites, a State Trained Nursing Assistant at Central Star Home Health in Mansfield, Ohio. As a registered volunteer with the American Red Cross, Abbie immediately called to offer help when devastating Hurricane Harvey left thousands of Texans homeless. To her surprise she was told they were presently overwhelmed with volunteers so she took it upon herself to find a local church in Texas that needed her help.
The National Crime Prevention Council believes as many as 8 out of 10 scammers focus their calls on elderly men and women. That's just phone scams. There are scams on the internet and in face-to-face transactions, too.
Many of these scams are heavily publicized in newspapers and on TV. These scams include the IRS scam or email scams where some royal member needs your help. What about the scams that aren't as well known? Here are three that many seniors do not ...