December 5, 2019

4 Ways Seniors Can Have a Safe and Fun Holiday Event

Filed under: Aging,Senior Safety,Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 5:27 pm

Seniors Can Have a Safe and Fun Holiday Event

By Brooke Chaplan

The holidays are often filled with countless parties and dinner plans that fill us with happiness and cheer. However, many seniors can feel left out at this time of year due to mobility issues or the fact that they live alone. Keep these four ideas in mind to make sure your loved ones enjoy the holidays to the fullest:

Arrange Transportation Ahead of Time

If your elderly loved ones are planning to attend a holiday event this year, it’s important to keep their safety in mind. Start planning for this upcoming event by arranging transportation to and from the event ahead of time. If you aren’t able to provide transportation, consider sending them in a cab, Uber, or Lyft. Similarly, if you have any friends or family members that are attending, ask them to carpool.

Plan for Caregivers to Attend

Seniors that need to have their caregivers with them throughout the day should be accompanied by them to any holiday celebrations. Make sure that any holiday plans fit into the caregiver’s schedule so that your elderly loved ones will be taken care of regardless of whether you are there or not. With the holidays around the corner, it’s best to ask the caretaker well in advance so they can fit it into their schedule.

Throw a Holiday Party Yourself

For many family members, the best and safest holiday event is the one they throw themselves. With the right party plan, you can give your loved ones a holiday experience they won’t forget while making sure the environment is as safe as possible. With all your loved ones close by, your elderly family members will feel the true spirit of this holiday season.

Invite Other Family and Friends

If your senior loved ones want to go to a particular holiday event, consider inviting the entire family. Depending on the location of your holiday event, it may be a good idea to invite other family and friends to the event. For example, if your community is hosting a holiday light show, bringing all your friends and family members to the event is a great way to make sure your elderly loved ones are surrounded with as much love as possible at this time of year.

Make sure the seniors in your life are able to enjoy the holiday season this year. Keep these four ideas in mind to find new ways to engage them this season.

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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December 3, 2019

Visiting Seniors This Holiday Season

Filed under: Mobility,Senior Safety — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 4:12 pm

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Did you know that during the holiday’s many folks take advantage of visiting with their older family members and loved ones?

It’s an ideal time to spend time with them. It’s also a good time to see how they are doing in their daily lives and home life. It’s a good opportunity to make some assessments that might be helpful to ensure their quality of life. That’s what family is for, right?

This holiday season, take some time out of your busy schedule to make certain your older adults and loved ones are doing well. Take time to assess and make sure your loved one is living in a safe home environment.

A few straightforward safety improvements do not take a lot of time or money. These improvements can significantly reduce the risk of common accidents and falls that could alter the quality of life of a senior. Many older adults have a fear of falling and limit their activities out of that fear. This can result in depression, less physical activity, a decrease in social interaction and feelings of helplessness.

Seniors are more prone to a fall due to aging, poor eyesight, and poor hearing. Balance and illness can cause problems and increase their chance of falling. A few tips on creating a safer home environment would include:

  • Make sure rooms are well lit
  • Remove room rugs that would be tripping hazards
  • Make sure rooms are easy to maneuver and clutter-free
  • Bathroom safety is a must!

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Once you have enjoyed time and made any assessments about your elderly loved one’s safety and home life, make notes for your next visit. It’s always good to have a little comparison to make sure that they are getting what they need when they need it.

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October 20, 2019

4 Resources You Should Consider if You are a Disabled Senior

Aging in Place

By Lizzie Weakley

If you have special needs due to being an older person with one or more disabilities, don’t hesitate to consult local social service agencies. Many now offer household assistance to help maintain safety and security at home. Here are a few types of services that may be available to eligible disabled seniors.

Housework Assistance

Many agencies provide a wide range of household assistance services that can keep you safe and comfortable at home. Housework assistance may be able to send someone to your residence to help with daily basic chores like cooking, laundry, and housecleaning. This can help to reduce or eliminate the amount of time or effort you will have to spend maintaining a clean, orderly home. Dusting, vacuuming, and other related tasks may also be covered. Find out what you may be eligible for in terms of getting this work done.

Lawn Care

While friendly neighbors may be able to help occasionally with mowing the lawn or weeding the flower beds, you might be able to get someone to assist on a regular basis. It is important to keep the yard well cared for to prevent pests and wildlife from burrowing near your home and possibly causing property damage. If they get into your home through the foundation or other entryways, that could present another problem to be addressed.

Transport

If you need rides for medical appointments or to do errands like grocery shopping, transportation might be available to accommodate people with disabilities. This may involve private transport with a regular driver or public transportation via bus or taxi. When contacting social service agencies that help older people with disabilities, ask if there is help for getting around town as needed.

Respite Services

Disabled persons often have family members or friends helping out with housework, yardwork, or other needs. However, many of those people have their own responsibilities to handle as well, or something might come up in their lives that will keep them away for a while. Social service agencies that work with disabled clients may be able to offer respite services. This provides a temporary substitute person who is qualified to provide necessary help until your regular caregivers or family members can resume their support.

While it is not easy living with a disability especially when getting older, it is good to know that valuable assistance is available for those in need. Find out about the type of services you may qualify for to make life more comfortable and secure.

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October 2, 2019

Helping Seniors Maintain Their Independence

Filed under: Aging in Place,Independent Living,Senior Safety — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 4:21 am

Maintaining Independence for Seniors

By Brooke Chaplan

For seniors, maintaining a level of independence can sometimes mean that changes need to be made in their home. The good thing is that there are lots of ways that you can go about taking care of yourself or a family member who is aging. Here are just a few of the things that can be done around your home so that seniors don’t have to sacrifice their independent lifestyle.

Consider Clothing Selection

What clothes are available affects independence and a feeling of self-identity. For example, a button-down shirt can be easier to manage than something that has to be put on over one’s head. Selecting clothing that’s easy to put on and remove means that seniors can maintain their independence for a longer period of time. Slip-on shoes are another good option so that people don’t have to bend down to tie the laces.

Install Safety Features

Taking precautions around the house will make it easier for seniors to stay in their own home. For example, installing grab bars in the bathroom will allow the elderly to get ready for the day without assistance. They can also prevent seniors from experiencing a fall and not being able to get back up. Improving the quality of lighting around the house can also work to prevent an accident from occurring. Remove rugs or tape them to the floor to eliminate the chances of slipping.

Use Technology Wisely

There are lots of options when it comes to technology that can help seniors around the house. For example, voice activated assistants can be programed to turn on and off electronic devices or the lights around the house as well as control the locks on your doors. Another good feature to have is an emergency call button. This could be something that your loved one wears or even a motion sensor that you have installed. It could call for help if it didn’t detect movement after a certain period of time, which could be a life-saving tool if someone falls or has a stroke.

Employ Assistance Options

In-home assistance can be a lifesaver when you’re struggling with the day-to-day tasks. For example, housekeeping, lawn maintenance, or grocery shopping services can be utilized so that you have one less thing to worry over. There are also other types of services in which an aide can come to your home and help you with personal hygiene or meal preparation. All of these services are designed to help the elderly stay in their homes for as long as possible.

People don’t have to lose their independence when they become older. Use these ideas to help you think of how you can help an elderly friend or loved one maintain their independence, which will improve their mental health and stability.

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 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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August 19, 2019

4 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe as a Senior

Filed under: Aging in Place,Senior Safety — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 2:28 pm

senior safety at home tipsBy Lizzie Weakley

As we age, a lot of things change. Our hearing and eyesight may not be as sharp, and our mobility could be reduced. Meanwhile, we typically spend more time at home because we’re retired. This combination means that it is more important than ever to be safe at home, and these four tips can help you achieve that.

Keep It Simple

The last thing you probably want is to make your home feel like a fortress, even though you’d like it to be as safe as one. The more things you can add without creating extra effort for yourself, the more effective your safety plan will be.

Choose a home security alarm system that is easy to activate and deactivate. The more codes and buttons you need, the less likely you are to arm it. Get smoke detectors that are hard-wired to reduce battery demands, and think about installing some “smart home” controls to help you improve security when you’re away.

Ramp Up Your Security

With such great technology available today, home security systems can provide you with much better protection. Video systems can capture clear footage of intruders and trespassers. The system can also link to your phone while you’re away.

Think about your lifestyle and what would help your alarm system serve you better, and then add on the features that will benefit you the most.

Increase Security in Unused Spaces

As your kids grow up and move away, some large areas of your home may no longer be used regularly. As a result, these areas may have insufficient security.

If you have bedrooms that are rarely used, make sure not only to lock their windows but also their doors to further complicate a break-in attempt. The basement door that the kids always entered can now be dead bolted, and outdoor lights that once were too bright in the kids’ rooms can now be installed.

Remove Fall Hazards

It seems that we sometimes learn to ignore certain safety hazards that we have worked around for years. Slipping area rugs, dangling power cords, and poorly-lit areas only need to be dangerous one time to cause an injury.

Have someone walk in and around your home, looking for the things that you have gradually tuned out. Let them help you correct hazards. After all, you only have to fix it once to be safer every day.

Home safety is all about getting things in place and allowing them to work while you go about your daily routines. A few simple steps like these will greatly improve your safety as a senior.

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June 27, 2019

5 Steps to Follow After a Slip and Fall Injury

Filed under: Mobility,Senior Safety,Seniors Health — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 1:30 pm

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Courtesy of Anica Oaks

Slip and fall accidents are frighteningly common, and one of those mishaps can result in a major injury that brings your life to a grinding halt. As soon as you are injured on another party’s property, you must take steps to protect your health and finances.

Head to the Emergency Room

Following a slip and fall accident, you should immediately head to a hospital or an emergency medical center to get treated. You will also need to keep an eye out for any delayed symptoms that you might experience in the coming days. That includes unusual headaches, abdominal pain, dizziness, muscle weakness, and chronic fatigue.

Collect Information

It is an unfortunate fact that these cases can become very convoluted, and you are going to need solid evidence if the situation escalates into a lawsuit. In addition to keeping track of your medical treatments, you must also collect the contact information for any witnesses. Many experts suggest that victims should immediately write down exactly what took place as well. Once your adrenaline wears off, you might begin to forget important details.

Notify the Owner of the Property

When it comes time to notify the owner of the property, you need to be very careful about what you say. As a general rule, the only information that you should give them is your name, the date of the accident, and your contact information. Trying to argue or reason with the owner of the property is only going to hurt your case later on.

Contact an Attorney

You deserve to be fairly compensated after a slip and fall accident, and that is why you need to contact a lawyer right away. A slip and fall injury attorney can collect information and build an airtight case on your behalf. One of those professionals might even be able to get you the compensation that you deserve without filing a lawsuit.

Decline to Give Statements

Once you have contacted your attorney, you shouldn’t give statements to anyone else. Claims adjusters and legal representatives will probably start to call you within hours, and those individuals want you to make mistakes. Unless your lawyer is by your side, you should politely decline to give any statements.

In addition to these five steps, you must also follow all of the instructions given to you by your doctors. Those medical experts want to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible, and they are going to come up with a comprehensive recovery plan that helps you avoid long-term health complications.

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May 2, 2019

What are the main differences between manual wheelchairs & electric wheelchairs?

Filed under: Mobility,Senior Safety,Seniors Health — Tags: , , — seniorlivingguide @ 11:43 am

Manual vs Electric Wheelchairs

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Wheelchairs are mobility tools that help people who have difficulty walking or who can no longer walk at all achieve greater independence. The most obvious difference between a manual wheelchair and an electric one is that an electric power wheelchair doesn’t require that you have tremendous upper body strength or someone to push you around in it. That said, the differences between the two types go far beyond this simple comparison.

No one wants to rely on a wheelchair for a temporary or permanent length of time. If you or a love one have reached a point though where you must use a wheelchair, review the information in this comparison guide to help you make an informed decision.

Mobility

A manual wheelchair offers less mobility than an electric one. These wheelchairs aren’t great for all day or long-distance movement. Anyone who has incredible strength and durability eventually tires while either trying to turn the large rear wheels and maneuver the chair and their own body weight or maneuver and push the chair and the weight of the person sitting in it from behind. On the other hand, electric wheelchairs feature a battery, motor and other parts to make them self-propelled and entirely drivable with little effort. The person sitting in the chair simply moves a joy stick. These wheelchairs are a fantastic solution for anyone who doesn’t have enough upper body strength or a caregiver who can push them. Electric power wheelchairs also make it easier for users to travel to locations near a home or office without a car and up and down hills or around curves without fear of losing strength and control.

Comfort

Since electric chairs are often designed for long-term mobility, they also typically feature more padding than manual wheelchairs. If a person has a painful chronic condition, they might prefer an electric wheelchair because it offers a softer and more comfortable, thickly-padded seat. A manual chair usually features thinner seat and back padding so that the chair is easier to collapse and transport. Additionally, electric designs have evenly-distributed wheels that move more smoothly along level surfaces. Some electric-powered wheelchairs even feature all-terrain wheels for uneven surfaces. All electric designs reduce the jarring movements that typically occur when someone tries to force a manual chair to move in a particular direction.

Price

Many people choose manual wheelchairs because they’re less expensive than electric wheelchairs. A powered wheelchair has a lot more parts and an electrical system that can break down at any time from something as simple as a dead battery, faulty wire or circuit board or even a lightning strike. Some models have complex systems that require expensive future software or hardware updates. A manual wheelchair simply has a seat, back, handles, arms, leg rests and wheels. As a result, an individual or their insurance company pays a lot more for an electric chair mobility option upfront and during maintenance and repair scenarios than for a manual one.

Transport

When comparing mobility products, it’s fairly obvious that manual wheelchairs are easier to transport in vehicles than electric wheelchairs. A manual chair is lightweight and typically folds or collapses in a way that makes it fit well in most standard-sized automobile trunks. An electric wheelchair requires either a special van or large headroom vehicle that features a lift or ramp if the user wants to go somewhere on their own or travel with someone else. Some people use an electric wheelchair at home and a manual one when traveling with a caregiver.

Final Thoughts

Battery-powered robotic leg braces and exoskeletons have become the next best potential alternative to wheelchairs for people who suffer from leg paralysis. These mobility products are still in early development and can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Automobile manufacturers have also come up with new vehicle designs that make it possible for wheelchair users to simply roll into their cars and drive away while still seated without depending on lifts, ramps or trunk storage.

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April 25, 2019

3 Reasons Voice-Guided Technology Services Elderly Care

Voice Assistants for Seniors

Courtesy of Kara Masterson

Chances are that you know someone who has entered the elderly phase of life. It can seem difficult to watch older members of society struggle to do tasks that younger people take for granted. Fortunately, voice guided technology can help the elderly to function more effectively in their daily lives. Here are three reasons why voice guided technology is involved in servicing the ongoing care of this segment of the population.

When the Elderly Fall

Often, the elderly can experience a major fall when no one else is around. This can be a dangerous situation for many people who live alone. Fortunately, modern advancements in voice guided technology makes it possible for older members of society to reach out for help in these situations. It turns out that a device like Alexa in the home can be a useful tool for aiding a fallen elderly person who needs to call for help in an emergency. Not only is Alexa capable of being voice commanded to do tasks, but it is a very affordable option that even retired persons can take advantage of in their homes as well.

At Home Medical Monitoring

Another area where voice guided technology is beneficial to the elderly arises with the need to monitor and interact with the health needs of these individuals. This is an important area of advancement, because many elderly people cannot easily drive themselves to doctor’s appointments. However, they may still require regular medical care as in the case where a patient uses a Home Kidney Dialysis Machine to perform peritoneal dialysis. Such devices can guide the patient with step by step verbal instructions to ensure the proper outcome.

Digital Access

Voice guided technology is opening up digital access to the elderly. This can be mostly seen in how this technology is helping this segment of the population stay connected with family, friends and access information online. Due to the fact that so many elderly people are blind or visually impaired, voice guided technology can make it possible for these individuals to use modern phones and even successfully navigate and interact on popular social media-based websites. As a result, this provides an elderly person with the ability to access information and communicate with anyone they desire like everyone else. These kinds of barriers have been eliminated by the use of screen reading software that talks to a user and by voice recognition software that gives an elderly user voice command-based control over an Internet ready device.

Conclusion

Growing old is no longer the isolated situation it used to be. Modern devices are using voice guided technology to allow these individuals to live more fulfilling lives. From meeting at home healthcare needs to providing older individuals with a broad range of entertainment and social avenues with which to occupy their time, voice guided technology has truly redefined what it means to enjoy life after retirement.

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March 4, 2019

Seniors in the City: 4 Ways to Prevent a Slip-and-Fall Injury

Filed under: Senior Safety — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 10:50 am

Seniors Fall Safety

Courtesy of Lizzie Weakley

For seniors, even a minor fall can have lasting consequences on mobility and comfort. Older adults typically have weaker bones, joints, and ligaments, which are more easily broken or strained from slip-and-fall incidents. It’s impossible to completely remove all the risks from daily life in the city, but there are a few effective strategies seniors can use to mitigate common hazards.

Stretch and Exercise Regularly

Senior citizens may not feel quite as energetic as they did in their youth, but even older adults can improve their health and reduce the risk of accidents by staying in shape. It’s a good idea to talk to a doctor and fitness specialist to find a safe routine for your current physical condition. A little bit of aerobic and strength-building exercise can make a lot of daily activities much easier.

Take Your Time and Ask for Help

It’s natural to desire independence and not rely on others for help, but this attitude can come at a high cost. Seniors shouldn’t hesitate to ask for assistance when appropriate, especially when disembarking vehicles, using stairs, or navigating uneven terrain. Rushing is also a sure-fire way to slip and fall, so take your time even if it means being a few minutes late.

Try Shoes with Traction

There are plenty of footwear options specifically designed for the needs of older adults. Getting walking shoes with a solid grip can make all the difference when it comes to preventing needless injury. Seniors also need to ensure their footwear fits properly to avoid complications with foot and ankle health.

Always Check the Ground

A confident, forward-looking stride is a good general practice, but it’s also wise to keep an eye on the ground, as well. Wet or icy surfaces are among the most hazardous for seniors, especially those with diminished balance from age-related issues. It’s usually best to avoid sidewalk and pavement that hasn’t been treated for snow or ice. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if going around treacherous terrain isn’t an option.

Seniors that stay in shape and tread carefully still run a risk of a serious slip-and-fall accident when they travel the city. Even if there’s something they could have done differently, the fault isn’t necessarily theirs. In cases where a property or business owner may be liable for the accident, some seniors turn to a lawsuit settlement funding company to access financial resources they need to press a compensation claim.

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