Friday, September 14, 2012

Specialized Care for the Elderly

When you consider senior care, you will think of it as a very personal thing. This is natural, and, after you receive the care it is very personal, but when you begin your search it helps to think of it as a tool or a resource.
By thinking of elderly care as a tool, you can start to see how, just like a wrench and a screwdriver are both useful in different ways, in home care, assisted living and Alzheimer's care are also helpful in different ways. Rather than thinking of options as 'good' or 'bad', it is better the thing of them as being more relevant or less relevant to your needs.
Which brings us to the next step. Knowing your own needs. Basically they consist of two different things.
senior couple in assisted living getting great care
Finding the Right Senior Care Can Be Easy.
  1. Your Medical Needs.
  2. Your Personal Senior Care Needs.

Your medical needs can be determined by your doctor and your own considerations of your needs.

The key is to make sure that you are looking at care that will meet your own needs, which generally falls into three main categories for nearly all seniors.

In Home Care : Care in your own home can give you the flexibility to get support while keeping your lifestyle largely unchanged.

Assisted Living : Nursing homes have changed a lot over the past two decades. Now they are more like a senior community with activities and companionship.

Dementia Support : Finding the right care for an Alzheimer's patient is critical. As the disease progresses having professional care providers can make a huge difference in the experience of both the patient as well as their family.

When you search for care, there are a lot of different resources you can use. I highly recommend you take some time and learn more about your care choices and what other people have done as they have worked with similar situations before you. For more information on general assisted living, I have found the articles at http://assistedlivinglife.wordpress.com helpful.



Thursday, August 16, 2012

Memories

We all value our memories. Thoughts about friends, loved ones, and experiences. But we often take them for granted. What would happen if you were losing your memories? What would that do to your personal relationships? How would people remember you if you can't remember them? These questions may sound abstract to most of us, ut for patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), this is a very real worry.
Spending time with family
after an Alzheimer's diagnosis
is important.

Coping with Alzheimer's is no simple matter. Right now there is not cure and most treatments have not yet been proven. But what can you do? I mean, there has to be something, right?

You are right.

While we can't cure the disease, you can work to make sure that the right care and support are provided. You can help to raise awareness so that millions of people with AD and their families know that they are not suffering alone. You can take care of your health, rest, and coordinate possible treatments and a care plan with your doctor. Also, be sure to take advantage of the time at the early stages of the disease and visit with those you care about. Saying 'goodbye' and may not be what you would like to do, but pretending that the disease is not serious and taking the opportunity to spend this valuable time with family and friends is missing an opportunity that many who have passed on quickly might have wished they'd had.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Turning Over a New Leaf With Elderly Care

When people think of elderly care, often negative images come time mind. While you should always be watchful when you consider senior care choices, it is important to be positive. The experience of changing from independent living to receiving care can already be a large change. When considering in home care for the elderly, be sure to view this as a natural shift in life.

As with all changes, there are adjustments to be made, but these are not negative changes, they are necessary and can bring about many positive things such as better care, reduces stress, better health, and even allow the family of the elderly individual to have more time to spend on quality visits rather than focused on care that a professional may be able to better provide.

Being positive about senior care can help the senior or the family to view this change in the proper light, as growth and a part of life.

Here are some tips to help keep senior care positive :
  • Plan regular visits with friends and family. This may be the single most important tip. Having weekly time with those you love can be a big positive.
  • Read books and consider joining a book club. 
  • Gardening and crafts. These are quieter hobbies that many seniors do not do when they are younger, but are often enjoyed during your senior years. 
  • Art and photography. Having free time means that you can take up artistic hobbies you may not have had time for when you were younger. 
Finding the right senior caregivers and activities you enjoy can make receiving
elderly care much more positive.
  • Take classes. Online classes in languages, writing and hundreds of other subjects are available. These can be a great way to learn about something you have always wanted to try. 
One way to stay positive is to stay in familiar surroundings. If you prefer to stay in your own home or with family rather than in assisted living, you can learn more about in home senior care options you can read more at InHomeCareUSA or find local caregivers at www.careinhomes.com.

Friday, June 8, 2012

3 Types of Elderly Care

Are you or a family member aging? Do you need support and advice? Well, there are many great resources out there for any specific issue you or your family might be working with. In this post, I would like to talk about one of the most common issues families of the elderly wrestle with : what type of care are you looking for?

There are three main ways to go about caring for seniors. Below is a list of each type of care with a few of the positives (+) and negatives (-) listed.

1. Family Care
Family care is provided by the family members. Often by visiting the elderly person and, as they age, having them eventually move in for more regular care. 
+ Family gets more time together.
+ Lowest cost.
- The care is only a good choice when the elderly individual's health is relatively good and their needs are manageable.

2. In Home Care
Professional in home caregivers can help families when they would like the senior to stay with them, but more care is required than they know how to handle.
+ Family gets more time together.
+ Benefits of professional care.
+ Affordable cost.
- For full time, intensive care this option may not be able to provide the care needed.


3. Professional Facility Care
+ Easily Accessible Facility.
+ Living among peers.
+ High level of care.
- Much less time with family, though the time spent can be lower stress with care already addressed. 
- Often, the highest cost.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Elderly Caregivers

Where do you plan to start your search for senior care?
It seems like a very simple question, but in reality the care provided by caregivers to the elderly can vary greatly between facilities. In this in am not only talking about quality of care, which can vary, but also the specialty, type and personality of the care.

The specialty and quality of care can be considered based upon your needs and the record of the facility, but type and personality of the care are more individual preferences. By type of senior care, I am referring to in home care or a professional nursing home. Sometimes, your individual needs will require one or the other, but often you can make a choice between these based on preference.

couple looking for senior caregivers
Senior caregivers are easy to find online.
By personality of care, I am trying to give a name to the intangibles of the environment. How do you feel about the staff and the other residents? The building and the spaces themselves? These aspects are all important in your reception of senior care. When you are considering the right care for yourself or an elderly loved one, it is important to be understanding of these details about your senior caregivers.

A simple solution to help you search by these details is to ask people you know. Often, someone with a family member receiving senior care will be able to give you detailed feedback. Also, consider an online search for elderly caregiver choices, to make sure that you have multiple elderly care options to consider.

By having choices, you can be sure that you are more likely to find the right senior caregivers for you or for your aging family members.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Senior Caregivers and the Elderly

One fact that is often overlooked when discussing senior care is that senior caregivers are often younger than the person that they are caring for. While this is obvious, the implications are less so.

For example, the social dynamic is typically an older individual helping a younger person. As we age and need more assistance ourselves and this social standard needs to shift. This can be difficult for an elderly person as they will often see it as both a sign that they are no longer independent and as a reminder that they are aging.

senior caregivers need to be understanding
Sensitivity to this change in situation is needed to understand that it can be difficult for a person with a great deal of life experience to suddenly take feedback from a much younger caregiver.

In order to help with this transition, consider making sure that the elderly person feels that they are in charge of decisions whenever possible. Let them control their own plan and schedule, and above all remember to show them respect. Anyone who has lived through the years it takes to reach a nursing home or senior care situation has earned the right to be treated with dignity in their senior years.







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Monday, January 30, 2012

Senior Caregiver Help

Finding the right senior senior caregivers can be a daunting task. With so many different types of elderly care needs and assistance, I am working to create a blog that will help to share you the best information and news as you search for the right in home caregiver for you or your family.

For starters, make sure you:
- Take time to consider your options.
- Know Your Financial situations and what benefits will cover.
- Discuss the best senior care options with your family.