September 26, 2019

Considering Assisted Living? Here’s 4 Things You Should Know

Filed under: Assisted Living,Senior Housing — seniorlivingguide @ 4:28 am

Assisted Living Facts

By Lizzie Weakley

Assisted living facilities can help seniors and other individuals with physical and mental challenges lead better lives. If you’re considering entering an assisted living facility or enrolling a loved one, there are some key things that you should know in advance. Here are four things that you should know about living in an assisted living facility to determine if it’s the right option.

What’s Included in the Cost

Even though the cost of living in an assisted living facility can seem steep, the money spent for residency can cover many living expenses. In addition to housing, the costs of utilities and meals are usually included in the fee. Trash removal and ground maintenance are other expenses that may be included in the total cost of living in a facility. Total costs will also depend on the level of care that’s required for the individual.

Services Offered

The best living centers offer a variety of additional services to make residents’ lives easier. Basic services often include housekeeping, transportation and laundry. Exercise programs and outdoor activities may also be offered. It might be possible to find an assisted living facility that offers bodywork services like acupuncture and massage therapy. Any reputable assisted living facility should provide medical support and at least some basic care services to residents.

Activity is Encouraged

Assisted living doesn’t have to mean giving up independence. The fitness programs at these facilities, which often include yoga, swimming and even dancing, can help each resident maintain a sense of independence while still allowing them to receive all the needed support. The art classes and religious services that are offered at many assisted living facilities can provide further independence. Transportation can even be provided for trips to shopping malls, restaurants and local attractions.

Private Accommodations are Available

Residents can often choose to move into private apartments in assisted living facilities if they want their privacy. Even though residents can live in their own units, they’ll still have neighbors and support staff nearby in case anything bad happens. Living in a shared unit with another resident can also usually be arranged. Some of these private and shared accommodations at certain facilities even allow pets.

Moving into an assisted living facility can be a big decision. This decision can be made easier if all the pros and cons are weighed before choosing to move into one of these centers.

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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September 25, 2019

Aging Will Happen – You Choose Where: Pros and Cons of Aging in Place

Filed under: Aging in Place,Home Health Care — seniorlivingguide @ 4:30 am

pros and cons of aging in placeBy Meghan Belnap

Aging is not a process that you can stop. You can, however, determine where and how you spend your time as you get older. While many like to stay in the home in which they’ve lived for years, others feel the need to move elsewhere as they get older. Below are just a few of the pros and cons of aging in place.

Pro: Familiarity

One of the biggest reasons why many choose to age in their own homes is because it’s familiar. It’s nice to be around the places and things that you’ve come to know, even if it might be a little harder to get around than it once was. There’s a lot to be said for being in the place that makes you feel the most comfortable, even if doing so might have some drawbacks. Thankfully, even if it isn’t a perfectly designed facility, there are a lot of ways to alter your home to make it easier for aging.

Con: Access to Care

It can be somewhat more difficult to get the care that you need if you choose to stay in your own home. This is particularly true when it come to high-quality medical machinery that you may need. If your needs are beyond what elderly home care assistance can provide, then staying at home may not be for your. However, if your needs are more basic and don’t require a lot of medical equipment, then having someone care for you in your own home can be a lot more comfortable than living in a specialized facility.

Pro: Access to Family

Being close to the people you love matters. Those who choose to stay in their own homes tend to do so because they can be close to friends and family, and doing so also allows them the chance to visit whenever they like. The thought of being somewhere that makes it less likely for people to visit is one that many people prefer to remain in their own homes rather than go away to an external facility.

Con: Emotional Isolation

Living at home does, however, come with its own isolating drawbacks. Care facilities are full of other aging individuals who are going through the same stage of life as you, and many elderly care homes have activities and access to recreational facilities easily available specifically for these people. At home, however, you may be surrounded by a much younger generation with a very different culture and view of life than you. Therefore, if you do decide to age at home, you’ll want to find ways to network with other senior citizens to avoid that sense of emotional isolation.

Choosing to age in place is, at its heart, a personal decision. While there are certainly pros and cons, how they should be weighed is up to the individual. As you get older, it’s important to take some time to think about the kind of lifestyle that you want to live and what kind of environment will give you the best chance to stay happy and healthy.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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September 23, 2019

5 Ways to Help Seniors Live More Comfortably at Home

Filed under: Aging,Seniors Health — seniorlivingguide @ 5:08 am

Comfortable Living for SeniorsBy Anita Ginsburg

With more home health care options currently available for aging seniors, many elders are choosing to live out their golden years at home rather than at an assisted living facility or nursing home. Family members who help to care for an older relative or who check in on seniors who live alone are often the best caregivers for them, as they know the senior’s personality and preferences and will lovingly provide suitable, loving care. Here are five ways to assist aging loved ones in living comfortably in their own home.

Make Frequent Well-Being Checks

If your elderly family member is able to live alone, stop by or call frequently to check on their health and safety. You may want to provide transportation to doctor appointments or other meetings if the senior is unable to drive. Knowing that you will be checking in periodically can be reassuring to an older person living alone.

Assist with Nutritious Meals

Even if your aging loved one can cook, cooking for one person can feel like a chore, so it is a nice gesture to take over a home-cooked meal now and then. Help your relative cook larger batches of food that can be frozen for future meals. You can also have occasional meals delivered or take your relative out to dinner sometimes.

Arrange for Comfortable Bedding

Everyone wants a comfortable bed, but it gets even more important as a person gets older. Quality rest is important for good health. No matter what their needs, you can find a bed that will help your loved one get the rest they need. If they need to stay in bed for long periods of time or if they struggle with back pain, you may consider contacting an adjustable bed supplier. Adjustable beds can relieve back strain and can help your loved one sit up in bed easily without having to fluff pillows or readjust constantly. If you senior has specific needs, you may also look into getting a bed outfitted with hand rails, elevation options, and wheels for mobility.

Organize Social Activities

Staying in touch with other people is important for protecting seniors’ mental health and emotions. Encourage your loved one to join a Bingo group or to take up a hobby, and offer to be the chauffeur to these events. You can also help them organize a social event for them and their friends. Social media may also help aging people to stay in touch with friends and family members they may have lost contact with or who they may no longer be able to travel and visit.

Monitor Health Conditions

Even when things appear to be going smoothly, keep an eye on your loved one’s health and take note of any suspicious new symptoms. Undue fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, extra sleep, and reduced interest in visitors or communication may be signs of a mental health or physical health condition that needs to be medically evaluated. If an older person inexplicably acts differently than usual, it is probably worth getting it checked out by the doctor.

Older people appreciate the opportunity of living in their own homes as long as possible, but that doesn’t mean they need to be alone. Follow tips like these to ensure their comfort and guard their health.

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September 19, 2019

4 Ways to Help Make the Bathroom Safer for the Elderly

Filed under: Senior Safety — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 4:02 am

Seniors Bathroom SafetyBy Brooke Chaplan

For most elderly adults, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous areas in their homes. The combination of water and slippery surfaces such as tile poses a serious risk for falls. Seniors may also find it hard to steady themselves as they lower themselves to sit on a toilet or try to climb into a bathtub. Now that your loved one is getting older, you may need to make these four changes to his or her bathroom to protect him or her from injury.

Install a Comfort-Height Toilet

Older adults tend to struggle with health issues that make it hard to use the bathroom. For instance, seniors with arthritis will find it harder to lower themselves on to a toilet and stand back up. A comfort-height toilet reduces the strain on your loved one’s lower legs so that he or she is less likely to lose his or her balance while changing positions.

Do a Tub-to-Shower Conversion

Bathtubs often have high ledges that are hard for seniors to step over. Trying to step into the bathtub can also cause a senior to slip on a wet surface and fall. Tub-to-shower conversions are an effective way to instantly make your loved one’s personal hygiene routine safer. Roll-in showers eliminate any ledges that could cause your loved one to trip and fall. When you are planning your bathroom remodeling project, be sure to mention if your loved one has mobility issues. Your remodelers will have experience working with a variety of needs and may have other suggestions for improving mobility and safety.

Consider the Ease for Cleaning

As you plan the tub-to-shower conversion, be sure to think about the types of surfacing that you want in this new bathroom feature. Although tile is pretty, it requires grout that can be hard for seniors to keep clean. Consider having the shower installed with a smooth, grout-free surface that your loved one can easily wipe down. This eliminates the need for them to stand on a wet surface for an extended period of time. Of course, as people age, it becomes harder to bend and kneel to clean, so also consider ensuring that someone other than your aging loved one has to clean the floors in the bathroom.

Make Sure to Add Handrails

Your loved one may still lose his or her balance on non-skid surfacing. Seniors may also be apprehensive about showering if they have ever experienced a fall. Handrails give seniors support as they move around the bathroom. Be sure to add handrails near the toilet and in the shower so that your loved one always has a safe place to grab onto if he or she feels unsteady in the bathroom.

Making a few changes to your loved one’s bathroom is well worth the effort. With a safe bathroom set up, you can feel confident encouraging your loved one to live independently in his or her home. Once the bathroom is complete, just ask your loved one to let you know if he or she encounters any new challenges so that you can immediately respond to his or her needs.

 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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September 17, 2019

What Are Your Options When a Loved One Develops Alzheimer’s?

Memory Care OptionsBy Anica Oaks

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in a loved one can be a disruptive event. You may have many concerns and questions about managing the condition at present and what will happen in the future. Fortunately, family members have several options to ensure their loved one receives appropriate care for their special needs.

Adult Day Care Centers

Adult day care center are a new concept that provides daytime caregiving for seniors and those with memory problems in a stimulating, social environment with trained personnel who supervise activities. Individuals can participate in a variety of group activities, which helps to provide mental stimulation and physical exercise.

Respite Care

Individuals who choose to provide full-time care for their loved one with Alzheimer’s may occasionally have other obligations that take them away from care. Respite care is a system that provides experienced, compassionate care for the loved one, while you are out of town or are taking a break from the demands of caregiving.

Assisted Living Care

Assisted living centers are facilities that offer separate living quarters for residents, but also a range of services to make every life more manageable for them. The facilities generally offer group dining rooms, housekeeping services, group activities and field trips to local events. Assisted living centers offer a measure of independence and privacy, but with ongoing supervision and medical support. They provide careful building security; which can be important for individuals who tend to wander.

At-Home Senior Care

Many seniors prefer to stay in their homes, and home health care agencies offer a variety of services to help these individuals receive necessary care in the comfort of their own homes. You can choose the level of senior care your loved needs and add more features, when needed. In-home caregivers can often be the best solution for working family members who still need to provide care for elders and are concerned about the disruption of changing the loved one’s living situation.

Nursing Home Care

Nursing home care provides comprehensive, 24-hour care for individuals who may be in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and need full time care. These facilities also have the ability to manage the medical problems that are involved in those who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.

Each family has their own needs, and the care needs of your loved one may change over time. Careful consideration of your loved one’s current situation, and consultation with the individual’s physician, can help you determine the best option to ensure their safety and health.

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September 12, 2019

Understanding the Different Types of Caregivers

Filed under: Caregivers,Home Health Care,Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 2:46 pm

 

Caregiving for seniorsBy Brooke Chaplan 

There are different types of caregivers who can care for elderly or ill individuals. When you are considering hiring a caregiver for yourself or a loved one, think about the specialty areas of this health care career. Understanding the different types of caregivers will help you to choose the best individual for the job. Here are five types of caregivers who you can hire for yourself or an elderly loved one.

Live-in Caregiver Services

A live-in caregiver can provide services on a 24-hour basis seven days a week. This individual will live at and sleep in the home for long-term care or for temporary care. This variety of caregiver may also perform a variety of household duties that include cleaning tasks, laundry chores or shopping for food. Live-in caregivers are especially helpful for those who need constant assistance or care, but they do cost more due to the large time commitment involved.

Physical Therapy Caregiver Services

After someone has a stroke or an accident, the individual may need physical therapy care services to regain the use of the affected limbs or other body parts. A caregiver with an understanding of mobility issues can assist a client with exercises or other types of therapeutic services. A licensed physical therapist may teach the caregiver how to assist a client in his or her own home.

Occasional Caregiver Services

If you are responsible for caring for an elderly spouse or grandparent, then you may require respite services occasionally. This type of caregiver is only hired when you need a break from your daily responsibilities, and hiring one can give you a chance to do something different, including having fun for a day, or alternatively, something vital, including taking care of your own health needs. A respite caregiver may come and assist in the home, but can also come to an adult day care or health care facility, or just aide the family caregiver in providing assistance.

Routine Daily Caregiver Services

Infirm clients may need assistance with daily care tasks that include showering, brushing teeth or getting dressed. A caregiver may prepare nutritious meals, help a client eat and wash the dirty dishes. This is often part-time care that is only required for a few hours each day, and it may include having different caregivers throughout the week. This type of caregiver is often required for senior citizens who do not want to move to an assisted living environment.

Professional Transportation Caregiver Services

When an ill or injured individual requires frequent trips to hospitals, physician’s offices or other medical facilities, a professional transportation caregiver service is vital. This type of caregiver service may include having special vans that are equipped with wheelchair lifts and ramps. Some families are able to afford their own vehicles, but sometimes a professional service will be necessary.

How Do You Choose a Caregiver?

Choosing a caregiver can seem complicated, but if you talk to a physician and a home health care agency, then you can learn more about the process of hiring one. Make sure to think both about your needs as a caregiver and either your or your loved ones needs as a patient. Caregivers will be able to help you or a loved one have  the assistance and support needed.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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September 5, 2019

How to Find Home Care for Seniors That You Can Trust

Filed under: Aging in Place,Caregivers,Home Health Care — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 4:31 am

Find Home Care for Seniors That You Can Trust

By Lizzie Weakley

When you are responsible for finding home care for a loved one, you will want to find caregivers who you can trust. Fortunately, there are other individuals who have had the same situation, and they offer excellent advice for finding the right type of care for your loved one. Here are five tips that you can use to help you find a great caregiver.

Talk to a Physician

When you have an appointment with the senior’s physician, you can ask about the best way to find a caregiver. A physician can provide information about senior care services for patients with dementia conditions, brain trauma from a stroke or terminal conditions such as cancer. Call each nursing home to learn more about the services, and also, schedule appointments to visit the nursing homes.

Ask Your Friends

Many adults are caring for older relatives, so you can ask your friends about the caregivers that they use. Some cities have senior day care centers where you can take a loved one while you are working. There are also organizations that have volunteers who will assist with senior home care occasionally. Make a list of the different places that are recommended by your friends so that you can contact each place for more information.

In-home Caregivers

You can contact an agency that has a list of trained caregivers available. These individuals have already had criminal background screening, and the office staff at the agency has verified that the caregivers have references. In just a few days, you can have a great caregiver for your loved one who recently had surgery or has dementia. Elderly home care is available each day, or you may need part-time services instead.

Interview Caregivers

It is important to interview the caregivers to find an individual who meets the needs of the senior citizen. Some caregivers excel at caring for individuals with physical problems such as severe arthritis while others are able to cope better with a senior who has Alzheimer’s disease. Finding the right caregiver can make your loved one happier and healthier.

Consult with the Senior Citizen

Your loved one should provide some input into selecting a caregiver. Remember that you probably won’t stay in the home all of the time to observe what is going on, so they should select a caregiver instead. Despite having a dementia condition or physical health issues, it is essential for your loved one to have a good experience with selecting a caregiver.

Maintain Communication

It is a good idea to maintain communication with a caregiver by making telephone calls occasionally, or alternatively, by stopping by your loved one’s home at different times of the day or the night.

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