Category Archives: elderly parent

Gift Guide for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients

Coloring Books for Adults
Coloring has been shown to reduce stress and agitation, as well as provide an outlet for self-expression. It improves hand-eye coordination and helps maintain motor function. It also is a great way to have grandchildren and grandparents participate in an activity together!

Music Player
Unlike some MP3 players, new music players are large, friendly easy to use. You can load them with custom songs or listen to pre-loaded classics. People of all ages know the benefits of listening to music, and this makes it easy for those with memory problems to listen to music, skip songs, and change the volume.

Automatic Pill Dispenser
Remembering to take medication can be a huge hassle, especially if the patient is often confused about what day of the week it is. This pill dispenser will only dispense pre-loaded medications at the right time and in the right dosage, every day. It also rotates old doses away, so no more double-dosing!

Buy or Make an Activity Mat
Activity Mats are mats of fabric with pockets, zippers, strings, buttons, bells, beads and other tactile objects that patients can play with instead of fidgeting. They focus attention, stimulate, entertain, and exercise the hand muscles. Many handmade mats can have toys or photographs sewn on.

Family Calendar
Those with Memory Issues will probably have a calendar or two in the house- why not make one a Family Photo Calendar as a visual reminder of loved ones? You can also make customized frames, books, pillows, mugs and so much more with image-publishing services.

Stuffed Animals or Dolls

Dolls have been used as a form of therapy for patients. The dolls help give them a sense of purpose and something to nurture in a world where everyone is taking care of them. They have a calming effect, can be used to facilitate social interaction with others and provide tactile stimulation.

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“Aging in place” means to keep seniors in their own home for as long as possible. Living alone is not an easy task, especially when you are a senior. There’s a lot of hazards that you have never realized and they could be very dangerous. There are many solutions out there for you to choose from. One of the best solutions is to have a professional to inspect the house, so you have nothing to worry.

Yes! There are “Aging in Place” Specialists. They inspect the houses for seniors to make sure their houses are safe for them to live independently. They check every inch of the house to make sure everything is safe. They inspect your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen etc. They would even check your rugs too.
When you have an elderly parent, you need to make sure they live in a safe environment. Hiring an expert to the house to make sure you and your parent/s have nothing to worry about.

Aging-In-Place Home Ideas

Aging-In-Place can be made easier with a few small additions or enhancements to each room in your home. As we age it helps to consider accessibility, which is easier to achieve with a simple layout, free space, grab bars, and good lighting throughout all rooms. Let’s take a look at some specific rooms.

Kitchen:
The kitchen can be made more accessible by changing the height of cabinets and appliances, and ease of access to items inside of cabinets.

If you have a budget for renovation, it may be worth consulting a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist or your local cabinet-maker.

A few smaller installations you can do to help someone age-in-place in their kitchen include:
• a shallow/motorized sink
• Hands-free or lever-handled faucet
• Easy-to-reach water filtering devices
• “D” shaped pulls/handles on cabinets, doors, and drawers
• Pull-Out Shelves to Lower and Upper Cabinets

All appliances should be well-lit, easy to use, and easy to see!

Bathroom:

Plan for the use of canes, wheelchairs, walkers or similar assistive devices by making sure the bathroom has plenty of free space.

Ensure the toilet is at a proper height or purchase a seat extender.

Installing grab bars is an easy and economic way to increase safety in the bathroom. They can be placed on the interior or exterior of the tub or shower, as well as near the toilet to help with sitting and standing. Grab bars are no longer all cold and metal- today many styles and colors are available to match your taste.

Shower seats, anti-slip coating, and adjustable shower heads can make showers much more accessible. walk-in tubs can also be considered.

Bedroom:
Safety handles can be installed on the bed to allow easier access and reduce the potential for falling. Much like grab bars, these handles no longer look so clinical and can complement the decor of the room.

Having a working phone beside the bed may also be important in case there is a need to call for help. this phone should be corded or have a backup battery in case of power outage.

Cleaning out clutter in bedrooms is key! Storing heavy items or items you might use regularly on shelves can lead to accidents or things falling. Closets and Bedrooms should, again, be well-lit to avoid the possiblity of tripping!

Looking for more ideas? Head over to:

https://ageinplace.com/at-home/

https://www.aarp.org/home-garden/housing/info-01-2011/aging_in_your_own_space.html

https://www.houzz.com/aging-in-place http://www.nextavenue.org/8-things-consider-remodeling-age-place/

6 Ways to Help Your Child with School Phobia (Social Anxiety)

Back to school season is here. Children are getting ready to go back to school. Some are excited about it, but some are not so much. For the younger age’s group, some of them tend to have a hard time leaving their parents to school or they are anxious about school for a variety of reasons. School Phobia as know as School Refusal is children who have problems going to school or staying in school.

Here are some tips to help the children who are facing that issue.

  1. Self-help methods could provide relaxation to your child. Be open to new ideas
  2. Communicate with your about their feelings of school or in general
  3. Work with school staff for extra support or direction
  4. Schedule an informal meeting with your child’s teachers.
  5. Help your child to create hobbies and interests (Sports teams, Clubs, etc)
  6. Emphasize the positives about going to school. (Friends, New Materials, etc)

Most importantly, your children need your support to get through those situations. As long as they understand you will be there for them with their physical and mental supports.

https://www.anxietybc.com/parenting/helping-your-child-cope-back-school-anxiety

https://adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/children/school-refusal

A Case of Iritis

It’s a scary situation when one day you can barely open your eye and when you did, all you can feel is pain. Not only was it painful but also your eye looks like it had been lit on fire. This was a scary thing that happened to me. I had no clue what had happened to my eye.  I did what every typical person would do I called my doctor. I went to urgent care and was diagnosed with Irisits. What the heck is Iritis? In simple terms it’s inflammation located at the iris of the eye. When the iris is inflamed, white blood cells (leukocytes) are shed into the anterior chamber of the eye where they can be observed on slit lamp examination floating in the convection currents of the aqueous humor (http://www.iritis.org/index.php). The doctor told me Iritis could develop from an autoimmune disease or spontaneously happen. In my situation it was spontaneous. For the first few weeks of treatment he gave me two eye drops to take Cyclopentolate Hydrochloride Ophthalmic (dilating solution to prevent scaring) and Predinisolone Acetate (steroids to reduce inflammation). It was imperative I take my steroids drop every hour and my dilating drops every 4hrs. Remembering to take these drops was a challenge for me with my busy schedule. I had to find a solution to my non-compliance. I found the e-pill Multi-Alarm TimeCap http://www.epill.com/eyemed.html to be very useful. Not only did it carry my eye drops it reminded me to take and told me when I last used the drops. Who would have thought a tiny little pill bottle would keep me on track with my Iritis medication drops.

S.C.

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What will the cost be for Mom’s or Dad’s automatic medication dispenser?

Helping your parents manage his/her medication can be a challenging task to take on. Taking their medications correctly and on time is crucial to maintaining a healthy life.

The current system you have set-up probably entails you to sit down with them once a week to sort the different pills they take. You probably call them daily to tell them “Mom/Dad take the blue, white, red, pill at this time now…. etc.”

More pills mean more confusion on when and how to take them, especially when they are prescribed medications. The consequences of taking too much or the wrong kind can be deadly.

There are many solutions to helping them take the right meds at the right time. There are pillboxes, timers, watches, and your daily phone call, etc.

What’s the fix for this dilemma?

An e-pill automatic medication dispenser can help your mom/dad manage their medications. It will offer you some sort of comfort that they are taking their medication correctly and on time. Having a dependable system will minimize the risk of your mom or dad taking his/her medication incorrectly, which can cause harm.

e-pill offers four different types of automatic dispensers:

  1. e-pill MD1 MedTime XL (SKU 991019) $289.95
  • Dispenses meds up to 28 times per day.
  • Reminds you with a visual and loud 60 minutes alarm.

http://www.epill.com/medtime.html

  1. e-pill MD2 MedSmart  (SKU 993109) $489.95
  • Dispenses meds up to 6 times per day.
  • Large digital display and programming buttons
  • Loud audio and visual alarm.
  • Early dose button.
  • AC powered docking base.

http://www.epill.com/medsmart.html

  1. e-pill MD2 PLUS MedSmart MONITORED (SKU 994019) $789.95
  • Dispenses meds up to 6 times per day.
  • Loud audio and visual alarm.
  • Early dose button.
  • Remote Event Monitoring. Alerts caregivers if meds have been missed. MedSmart PLUS calls your cell or regular phone, send a text message or email notification if meds have not been taken within 60 minutes of the scheduled alarm time.
  • NO MONTHLY FEES associated with Remote Event Monitoring
  • Dispenses meds up to 4 times per day. Fill weekly.
  • Tamper Proof (for patients who are trying to get to the medication before it is time.)
  • Secure and refillable plastic medication cassette for easy loading.
  • Alarm and text message reminders displayed on LCD.
  • Alarm sounds continuously until the pills are removed.
  • Adjustable audio alarm.

http://www.epill.com/medsmartplus.html

  1. e-pill MD3 Tamperproof CompuMed (SKU 992033) $844.95
  • Dispenses meds up to 4 times per day. Fill weekly.
  • Tamper Proof (for patients who are trying to get to the medication before it is time.)
  • Secure and refillable plastic medication cassette for easy loading.
  • Alarm and text message reminders displayed on LCD.
  • Alarm sounds continuously until the pills are removed.
  • Adjustable audio alarm.

http://www.epill.com/compumed.html

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Helpful Ways To Manage Your Parent’s Medications

They took care of you your whole life, and now it is time that you take care of them.
 
As parents age, we as their children are faced with more responsibilities and tasks to make sure they stay as healthy as possible.
 
One of the tasks we may face is the organization and adherence of their medications. Whether you live close to your parents or far away, these tips can help keep your parents happy and healthy. Read the rest of this entry