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Lean In to Caregivers: Elder Care Tips & Tools

When caring for the elderly in places like assisted living facilities there are some techniques available to make the job more enjoyable for caregiver as well as resident. Taking the time to listen and understand how the resident feels about their independence as well as the care they expect can help. When finding an ideal place for a loved one that is elderly it can be wise to visit a chosen facility at different times of the day. As with all places of work there are different things happening on different shifts and familiarizing oneself to each may be beneficial. Several other tips and tools can be found within the blog written here.

Key Takeaways:

  • The best way to get a realistic idea of the quality of care being provided to your loved one is to change up your visit times so you get to experience the facility at different times of day
  • Stylize your approach so that the senior citizen remains as independent and empowered as his or her situation allows
  • Reach out to Elder Care Resource planning and/or the Area Agency on Aging locale closest to you in order to take advantage of professional assistance

“Few people want to be a burden on anyone—particularly family and friends—and they’ll go to great lengths to avoid accepting or asking for help (even if they know they need it).”

Read more: http://michelleseitzer.com/eldercareandwritingblog/2017/3/23/lean-in-to-caregivers-elder-care-tips-tools

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Considering Independent Living? Consider the Benefits.

Loved ones who care for seniors or seniors themselves may be searching for options when it comes to senior living facilities. While the first option many people go to is either a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is important to explore the benefits of independent living. Independent living allows individuals to have the independence that they still desire, while still having access to care resources that they may need as time goes on.

Key Takeaways:

  • In independent living environments, basic maintenance and upkeep concerns are tended to by others, so senior citizens do not have to shoulder the burden of tasks like raking leaves or making repairs
  • The active social connections and engagement facilitated by independent living setups is not only beneficial to emotional and mental well being, but will lead to greater health physically too
  • Most independent living environments come with ample perks and amenities included as part of the overall package, which give the communities a vacation-like feel

“Today’s senior living communities can vary from quaint and home-like to large and luxurious, but they all have the same goal in mind: to provide a social, healthy place for active seniors to live.”

Read more: http://michelleseitzer.com/eldercareandwritingblog/2017/9/14/benefits-of-an-independent-living-community

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Top Tech Tips for Caregivers: 3 Ways To Incorporate Technology In Your Care Plan

Caregivers for the elderly can make excellent use of new forms of technology in order to enhance the quality of life of the seniors in their care. New technological innovations in the world of communication can be harnessed quite well for the use of senior citizens who run an especially high risk of suffering from social isolation that can translate into deteriorating health overall. Additionally, recent studies have shown that video games offer a number of benefits to the elderly as it keeps their brains stimulated. Many video game platforms now also offer ways to engage the body in physical activity as well. Finally, technology has also made keeping track of medication easier than ever before.

Key Takeaways:

  • Scientific studies have found that the amount of social connection that an elderly person experiences profoundly impacts his or her overall health
  • Video games offer unique health benefits to players, and these benefits can be especially powerful among the elderly as the games engage their eye, brain, and other muscles in exercise
  • There are a variety of highly reputable apps available that senior citizens can download and use to help keep track of their medications on their own

“Being able to share thoughts or comments on platforms like Facebook or Twitter is a growing trend within the senior community—and one that should be encouraged!”

Read more: http://michelleseitzer.com/eldercareandwritingblog/2017/6/5/top-tech-tips-for-caregivers-3-ways-to-incorporate-technology-in-your-care-plan

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What to Keep Store and Discard When Helping Downsize a Parent’s Home

You want to allow yourself ample time when it comes to decluttering your parent’s home. Try to start downsizing within six months to a year before the actual move in order to give yourself a decent amount of time. Get rid of things like unnecessary paperwork that takes up space, and clothes that haven’t been worn in a long time. Family heirlooms and things your loved ones may have liked to collect are a good idea to store in reliable spaces.

Key Takeaways:

  • Always store important paperwork, and when packing it away, label it with something that says “open first” so that others know it contains important material.
  • A good way to make the process less overwhelming is by sticking to moving just your loved one and their essentials at first, going back to the rest a bit later.
  • Make the time meaningful by asking your loved ones about the possessions and the stories behind them in order to make the situation as fun and comfortable as possible.

“If it’s possible, start decluttering six months or even a year before the move. Shred old canceled checks and other unnecessary paperwork. Donate clothes not being worn. Pare down kitchen items, especially if your parent is moving into a residence that serves meals.”

Read more: https://www.senioradvisor.com/blog/2017/09/what-to-keep-store-discard-when-helping-downsize-parents-home/

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Busting Senior-Care Myths: Assisted Living Costs Too Much

When a family is in the process of picking out an assisted living facility for their elderly loved ones, they run the risk of encountering many of the popular myths that always seem to circulate by word of mouth or otherwise. Above all else, the number one myth is the idea that assisted living is too costly an option to consider for people who have grown too old or frail to care for themselves on their own. The cost of assisted living facilities will vary from one place to the next, but the median cost is under $4,000. Also, contrary to popular belief, costs are not skyrocketing. In reality, paying for assisted living could actually end up saving a family money in the long run.

Key Takeaways:

  • Assisted living costs vary from place to place, with Alaska costing the highest amounts and Texas costing the lowest overall.
  • While assisted living may seem costly for some, it is important to note that hiring someone for full-time in-home care is a lot more expensive.
  • Insurance policies, including state ones like Medicaid, will often pay the full costs of moving a loved one into an assisted living facility.

“At the top of our myth list is the common notion that assisted living costs too much to be practical for people who can no longer live alone safely.”

Read more: https://www.senioradvisor.com/blog/2019/02/busting-senior-care-myths-assisted-living-costs-too-much/

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Shedding New Light On Hospice Care: No Need To Wait For The ‘Brink Of Death’

Hospice care is oftentimes the most important step when it comes to people knowing that their loved ones are being properly cared for with compassionate and quality care in the last stages of their lives. It is important for people to realize that hospice is not to be looked to as a last resort for those facing an untimely death, but it is more of a place for individuals to go in order to seek out ways to improve their quality of life in their last days.

Key Takeaways:

  • The main goal is specifically to ensure that the patient’s last few days, months, or years on earth are as fulfilling as possible.
  • Many people have the misconception that hospice is just a place to die, when many patients are actually sent home because their lifespan widens.
  • Self-referrals are absolutely allowed, whether it be inpatient or outpatient. You have the ability to seek out your own provider or facility.

“In fact, hospice care in Mesa, AZ often makes a considerable difference for those with months to live.”

Read more: http://khn.org/news/shedding-new-light-on-hospice-care-no-need-to-wait-for-the-brink-of-death/

Contact us today at 480-498-2324 to learn more about hospice care Mesa, AZ and the surrounding areas rely on for senior loved ones.

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How Tech Supports a New Concept of Seniors’ Wellness

Technology is making senior citizens of the United States healthier, with wearable fitness technology making it easier to keep track of the exercise seniors get on a daily basis. A lot of seniors can’t exercise like younger people do. Active aging is the concept of seniors taking action to do more around the house so they can function better on a daily basis, using what’s called a “24-hour activity cycle.” Wearable fitness tech is used to track how effective programs that use active aging, and these programs increase life expectancy by about 3 years on average.

Key Takeaways:

  • A Fitbit tracker can be a training tool for a younger person, but it can have age appropriate benefits for seniors as well.
  • A Director of mobility at Stanford U., Center of Longevity, has been studying the impact of physical movement on health, using trackers, like Fitbit.
  • Seniors can achieve wellness goals through small daily activities, chores, walks, that happen in a 24 hour period.

“Data from wearable fitness devices can show the improvement in physical health of the resident.”

Read more: https://seniorhousingnews.com/2017/09/05/tech-supports-new-concept-seniors-wellness/

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Getting to Know Nursing Homes: Some Facts & Myths

Many of us find ourselves in situations where our loved ones have to be put into nursing homes in order to receive round-the-clock care that we are not presently capable of giving them. While many people feed into myths such as nursing homes being equivalent as hospitals, they are actually comfortable living facilities where residents are surrounded by well-trained staff at all hours of the day in order to meet their needs in any way possible.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is important that once you find a reputable nursing home, you make frequent visits and keep in touch regularly with the staff.
  • Many people assume that all nursing homes are involved in some level of mistreatment of patients, but that is not true for every nursing home.
  • It is important to take a tour around the facility and ask as many questions as you can think of in order to familiarize yourself.

“A nursing home is not a hospital, as it often mistaken for, but does have medically trained staff available 24 hours a day.”

Read more: http://www.insideeldercare.com/assisted-living/getting-to-know-nursing-homes-some-facts-myths/

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Three Ways Senior Living Can Customize The Dining Experience

Senior Housing has for some become quite bland. In an effort to attract new Seniors the living conditions are evolving. With so many baby boomers getting close to this age range it is becoming more and more evident that styles must change. Offering new seating arrangements or even a wine program. Wine can be offered at discounted rates and be exclusive to the Housing that is providing it. It is these changes that may make Senior Housing more appealing for many.

Key Takeaways:

  • Senior housing must cater to the more sophisticated palates of baby boomers if they want to attract this demographic.
  • Some senior housing facilities have gone as far as to commission private wine labels and design destination restaurants.
  • The key is to offer options, be it in cuisine, wine, seating or even movable demonstration kitchens.

“As the senior housing population changes and providers make way for the resident of the future, many operators are focusing on amenities to attract this new resident.”

Read more: https://seniorhousingnews.com/2017/08/16/three-ways-senior-living-can-customize-dining-experience/

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Degenerative Arthritis Pain Has Met Its Match!

It is a group none of us want to join, even so, as many as 10 million Americans have become members: sharing a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. Resulting from the wearing away of cartilage over time, osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis, frequently impacts bigger joints, such as the knees, and can be debilitating to a senior’s quality of life. With three primary recommended treatment solutions – over-the-counter drugs to help reduce inflammation such as ibuprofen, prescription painkillers such as tramadol, or physical therapy – many people with osteoarthritis have resigned themselves to a life of limping, suffering, modified exercise levels, and not surprisingly, chronic pain.

And despite the fact that knee replacement surgery may be beneficial for some people, not all arthritis sufferers are suitable; or, the potential risks associated with such an invasive treatment are too great, especially for aging adults. Now, however, an impressive new treatment has entered the arena, and offers great relief from chronic pain and without the potential risks or unwanted side effects of the other options. Referred to as cooled radio frequency ablation (“Coolief”), the procedure works by “…changing the wiring of the knee…taking away the pain signal and interrupting it,” according to Dr. Amin Sandeep, a pain specialist at Rush University Medical Center. The impressive reduction in soreness, swelling and stiffness also makes it possible for many patients to reduce their need for prescription medications and to return to – or get started on – a more active lifestyle, resulting in better overall health and wellbeing.

Comparable to injections of cortisone, long-lasting but temporary respite from aches and pains is typically achieved for a period of around six to twelve months. Necessitating only local anesthetic, the treatment is performed on an outpatient basis within as few as 40 minutes. Potential risks and recovery time are minimal, however it’s important to note that the process does not alter, slow down, or stop the progress of degenerative arthritis. But for many, quality of life is greatly enhanced as pain is diminished significantly.

Are you or an elderly loved one dealing with the effects of degenerative arthritis? A little support will go a considerable way towards improving well being for seniors with chronic health concerns such as osteoarthritis and various other conditions of aging, whether through assisting with housekeeping and doing the laundry, taking care of buying groceries and preparing meals, ensuring prescribed medicines are taken exactly as prescribed, or simply just providing friendly companionship to cheer up the day. Contact the San Diego senior care experts at Endeavor Home Care to learn more ways that we can assist!