When your loved one has osteoporosis, a fall can be especially devastating for her. With thinner bones that are more prone to breaking, your loved one can find herself especially vulnerable. The best thing you can do for her is to help her avoid falling if at all possible.Make In-home Safety a Priority.At home, there are quite a few specific things you can do to help your loved one avoid falls. Adding and using hand rails, keeping the home lit well, ...Read more
While sciatic nerve pain, known as sciatica, can affect people of all ages, it is especially prevalent in senior populations. The sciatic nerve runs from the back of the legs to the base of the spine, and it can become compressed or pinched, causing radiating pain in these areas. Whether it is caused by a degenerative disc, diabetes, bone spur or simply a result of weakening bones and muscles, sciatica can have a big impact on the quality of life.Family caregivers ...Read more
Some seniors have difficulty feeding themselves because of conditions that make them unable to use their hands or arms or because of cognitive decline. Meal times can be frustrating for both the senior and the person providing senior care. For a family caregiver, it can also be awkward to have to feed your parent who once fed you as a child. If you have some trouble with meal times, employing certain techniques or using adaptive devices to help your parent eat ...Read more
Family meetings can do a lot for you and your elderly loved one, but how you handle those meetings makes a big difference. Try some of these ideas to see how they help.Give Other Family Members a Chance to Volunteer to Help.Sometimes as a caregiver, you know exactly what needs to be done and so you start to believe that other people do, too. Or maybe you've shared your "to do" list a thousand times and yet you've had a tough ...Read more
When your loved one gets to a point at which she's no longer safe behind the wheel of her car, you're going to be the one to handle that as her family caregiver. The problem is that the emotional fallout from that decision can be brutal.
Keep Your Loved One's Feelings about Driving in Mind.
You might think that your loved one doesn't have any feelings about driving, but you might be surprised. There's a grieving process that will happen with this decision ...Read more
One of the main concerns following surgery for many seniors is how they will be able to care for themselves during the healing process. Many wish to remain in the comforts of their own home—homes which may have upstairs bedrooms. Not knowing how mobile they will be following the operation can leave many seniors worried and anxious at a time they should be focusing on health and healing. You can help them stay in a positive mindset by preparing their home ...Read more
Individuals who need home health caregivers deal with multiple medical problems, including some that are chronic. Getting care for all the issues, and understanding how those issues and treatment measures impact each other, is essential to maintaining a good quality of life. But by necessity, most physicians only have time to treat what’s bothering their patients now.As non-medical experts, home health caregivers have to—and should—rely on those physicians to treat their clients. But caregiving agencies can help physicians improve the quality ...Read more
While scleroderma is a rare condition, it is possible your mom has it. The condition occurs when the body produces too much collagen. One of the biggest challenges facing your mom is that the condition affects each person differently. It might just affect her skin, but it could cause tissue damage in vital organs. If your mom has scleroderma, here's what you need to know in order to help her.What is Scleroderma?Scleroderma is a rare autoimmune condition where tissue and skin ...Read more
As you help your loved one manage Alzheimer's disease, you might find help in some things that you never thought would help. One such helper can be your loved one's routines. Setting them up properly can help your loved one understand what each day is demanding of her.Look at Your Existing Routines.Everyone has routines, even if they're simple routines that aren't strictly tied to a timetable. Having a set time to do a specific task doesn’t necessarily mean you have a ...Read more
Dehydration is a very serious problem for the elderly. While most of us can avoid dehydration simply by drinking a glass of water if we feel parched, things may not be so simple for your aging loved one.For starters, the elderly are much more prone to dehydration because as we age, our bodies retain less and less water. Also, many illnesses and medications can cause more frequent urination. This leads the body to lose even more of the hydration it should ...Read more