Category Archives: senior care

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/

Caring for Seniors with Parkinson’s Disease

Caring for seniors with Parkinson’s can be intimidating and often times can cause extreme stress for the caregiver. Below, find some helpful tips to alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms.

 

  1. Exercise is very important in helping a Parkinson’s patient improve flexibility and decrease joint pain. Focus on exercises that do not require excellent balance, such as Aerobic exercises. Also remember to encourage facial exercises such as exaggerated chewing, or making faces in front of a mirror.

 

  1. Healthy Eating is a key ingredient in keeping a Parkinson’s patient feeling their best. High protein diets can help keep the digestive tract working at its prime. Staying hydrated is also an important part of a Parkinson’s diet in which 8-10 glasses of water a day should be consumed.

 

  1. Rest cannot and should not be overlooked. Resting before and after exercises or activities is key to helping a Parkinson’s patient feel their best.

 

  1. Lukewarm water is the best option for bathing, as hot water can cause fatigue.

 

5. Sleep, like for anyone, is an extremely important part of a Parkinson’s patient’s                 daily  routine. Make sure to stay away from stimulants such as caffeine in the                           afternoon, and limit nighttime television time.

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