July 29, 2013

What’s Best for Grandma: Keeping Her Health The Priority

Filed under: assisted living,home health care,Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 10:22 am

Courtesy of Brionna Kennedy [brionnakennedy@gmail.com]

You have wonderful memories with your grandmother from childhood, and you are still enjoying a lot of fond moments together. However, you need to work on making her health a priority. What are some steps you can to ensure that this goal is accomplished?

Determining The Specific Needs
As a family, you need to sit down and discuss what the specific needs of your grandmother are. You should also see who is going to be mainly in-charge of her care. While it can be split, one person generally becomes the leader. You need to determine if she needs help with walking, making appointments, taking baths, getting to the grocery store and so forth. When it comes to elderly needs, quite a spectrum exists. Her current medical state and conditions will play huge roles in these types of decisions.What's Best for Grandma- Keeping Her Health The Priority

Finding In-home Care
Many elderly folks want to continuing living in their own homes, and this need is an understandable one. Therefore, you should do your best to maintain Grandma’s current living situation. Home care services can be a wonderful option for and your family. Your grandmother might need someone to come a few times a week to assist her with tasks, or she may be at a point in her life where 24/7 care is necessary. Whatever the case may be, you can find someone to help.

Addressing Medication and Doctors’ Appointments
Chances are, your grandmother has at least some medications she needs to take and doctor appointments she needs to make. If she is suffering from dementia or another similar condition, you must be sure that she is taking the proper dosages of medication. You can go over each day to regulate these substances. As far as doctor appointments are concerned, you, or another family member, should be keeping track of where they are.

Making Her Home Safer
Some grandparents do eventually go to a nursing care facility. However, if she is going to stay at-home, you need to work to make it a safer place for her. For example, installing a wheelchair ramp and guardrails on the stairs can make it easier for a person who has trouble getting around. Look for any problems with the flooring or carpet to ensure that she does not fall. An emergency alert system where she can immediately contact 911 if she is hurt is crucial.

You love your grandmother very much, and part of expressing that love is making sure her health concerns are in order.

Brionna Kennedy-twitterBrionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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