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5 Tips for Sun Safety for Your Aging Loved One

Summer is upon you and it’s important to remember a few safety tips when you’re caring for an aging loved one. You want them to get out and enjoy the beauty and wonder that summer has to offer while being safe and protected from the dangers that come with the heat. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re caring for your loved one. Sun Safety Just as you would protect yourself and your children, you may have to remind your senior loved ones of this critical step in [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:24:58+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 5 Tips for Sun Safety for Your Aging Loved One

Assisting Veterans with Free Home Care

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the VetAssist Program to be able to offer free, or low-cost, home care to veterans, or their surviving spouse, who qualify under the Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension benefit. This is an additional benefit that is added to your existing Veterans pension. We can sit down with you and undertake a thorough assessment to determine whether you are eligible for the benefit. If we believe you meet the criteria we can help you submit the application and all the relevant documents [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:28:58+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Assisting Veterans with Free Home Care

Fire Safety and Your Elderly Loved One

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Adults over 65 have a 2.6 times greater risk of dying in a fire than the total population, with those over 85 and over 4.1 times more likely. These are pretty scary statistics worth paying attention to. There are things you can do to help your elderly loved one stay safe. Install and check smoke detectors Ensure there are smoke detectors on every level of the property, especially outside of bedrooms. As well as testing them regularly, ensure that your loved one can hear them. Buy [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:31:58+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fire Safety and Your Elderly Loved One

Winter Health Hazards

Reducing the risk of falling More than 25% of Americans aged 65 and over take a fall. While not all falls lead to injury, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among seniors and are the most common cause of non-fatal hospital admissions.  95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually on curbs, steps, and uneven sidewalks, and falling is the most common cause of traumatic brain injury. In addition to the physical impact, falling can result in the person becoming fearful, impacting on everyday life and making them isolated. [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:35:07+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Winter Health Hazards

The Holiday Season: Loneliness and Isolation

Thanksgiving seems to have flown around this year and on Thursday, many of us were spending time with family and friends. In our excitement, we can often forget that for an elderly friend or relative the holiday season can be an incredibly lonely and isolating time. Rather than happiness and joy, the holiday season can act as a reminder that a once-bustling and vibrant home, is now silent and still. It may be the first year without a spouse or much-loved friend or family member. Loneliness is true of other holidays and [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:36:40+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Holiday Season: Loneliness and Isolation

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Family caregivers are often unsung heroes, not always recognizing that they are a caregiver, rather they are just ‘doing their job’. This year, the theme for National Family Caregivers Month is “Take Care to Give Care”, which ties in with our last article on noticing the signs of burnout (link to article). Caregiving can be anything from mowing the lawn, to carrying out chores, taking your family member back and forth to hospital appointments, cooking meals, bathing and dressing your loved one. Often, family caregivers are managing extra responsibilities alongside running their [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:37:58+00:00 November 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on November is National Family Caregivers Month

Beware of Burnout

Many Caregivers Give Too Much Of Themselves The focus of family caregivers is to take great care of a loved one. However, as time goes on, a caregiver’s energy, productivity and even motivation can wane…though not intentionally. Burnout is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. It is caused by excessive and prolonged stress. Every day is a bad day. The exhaustion leads to the caregiver feeling overwhelmed and unable to meet the relentless demands on them. Without realizing it, they can appear cynical, hopeless, and even resentful. In fact, [...]

By | 2017-05-15T19:12:02+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Beware of Burnout

3 Common Fears of Old Age

There are fears that can creep into a person’s mind during any stage of life. They tend to change a bit as time goes on, but there is something that almost everyone fears in each stage. As you reach those retirement years and beyond, you begin to think through other aspects of aging and how your life may change drastically. Here are five of the most common fears that creep into peoples’ minds in the later stages in life. Being Forgotten Nobody wants to be forgotten. As humans, we are made [...]

By | 2017-05-15T19:13:24+00:00 July 16th, 2015|Elderly Care|Comments Off on 3 Common Fears of Old Age

Tips for Writing a Will

Drawing up a will document is one of the most important things you can do to prepare yourself, your family, and your assets for whatever happens next. Both young adults and older adults alike should write a will to ensure that things are taken care of properly and aren’t left up to the local government. Here are some important aspects of a will that will give you a good idea of where to start. Legal Advisement. Getting some legal advisement is a great place to start when it comes to writing [...]

By | 2017-05-15T19:13:18+00:00 June 26th, 2015|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Tips for Writing a Will

5 Ways to Provide Emotional Care for Your Elderly Loved One

Aging is a tricky business. It can be an emotionally challenging time for seniors as they come to learn that they may not be as able to perform tasks that they once could do so easily. Through the years, each sign of aging is an emotional and mental battle to cope with. Support and encouragement from family and friends is greatly needed while going through these tough transitions. If you start taking over every part of a senior’s life, they can begin to feel like they are a burden or lack [...]

By | 2017-05-15T19:13:12+00:00 May 29th, 2015|Elderly Care|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Provide Emotional Care for Your Elderly Loved One
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