If you are a family caregiver that is looking after a bedridden elderly relative, you know it is much harder than it looks. Whether they are on involuntary bed rest following surgery or an illness, or it is something more permanent like late stage Parkinson’s disease, seniors need a lot of assistance when bedridden. Many family caregivers find it helpful to hire a senior care assistant to come in a few times a week or even every day to provide the ...
Mental health is a huge part of helping your aging adult to stay healthy overall. If she's not feeling well in terms of her mental health, her physical health can start to suffer, too. Here are some starting points for determining how mentally healthy your senior is.
Try Asking Her
You may not always get as truthful of an answer as you'd like with this question, but it's important to ask. Your senior may not want to burden you with how she's feeling, ...
When your aging parent goes to the doctor, they probably have a number of routine tests. The medical staff checks their blood pressure and performs certain blood tests. They probably also check cholesterol levels and triglycerides. You might know what cholesterol is, but triglycerides aren’t often talked about. However, they are an important factor in your parent’s heart health.
What are Triglycerides?
Triglycerides are sometimes called lipids. They are a kind of fat found in the body. They play an important role ...
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. ...
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 ...
If your aging adult is not able to tell you when she's in pain from dental issues, you're left to guess. So learning what signs can indicate dental problems is very important for you as a caregiver.
She's Having Trouble Eating
One of the first signs of dental trouble for your elderly family member may likely be that she stops eating the way that she has. There could be other reasons that she's losing her appetite, but it's a good idea to ...