Caring for an elderly family member who’s still aging in place at home is rewarding, but there will be days it’s stressful, and physically and emotionally draining. Your health and wellbeing as a caregiver are just as important as those of the senior you’re taking care of. Remaining positive on bad days is not easy, but doing so will benefit you and your loved one in the following ways.
Seniors are often most vulnerable during winter. The days are cold and short, and it’s harder to get out of the house amid snow, ice and sub-freezing temperatures. That’s why it’s so important to help seniors prepare their homes for winter — and to help them prepare to thrive during these difficult months. If you have an aging loved one in your life, consider these tips to help get your senior's home winter ready.
Disasters strike with little or no warning, including hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, floods and fires. When you’re serving as a caregiver for an aging loved one who’s still living at home, it’s vital to have a preparedness plan in place before a disaster, and not after. To help put your mind at-ease, while ensuring the safety and security of your senior loved one, follow these guidelines.
Difficulty swallowing food or thin liquids, a condition known as dysphagia, is common within the elderly population. If a senior’s swallowing impairment persists, it can cause aspiration pneumonia, dehydration, and malnutrition. The good news is that there are several delicious and nutritious foods that you can try that should help keep your loved one healthier and happier, while living independently at home.
Roughly 50 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, and for those aged 60-plus it’s one in three. When you’re taking care of an elderly parent with diminished hearing who’s living alone, it can be frustrating for you both. And as their hearing loss progresses, even if they won’t admit it, those sensory difficulties can compromise mom or dad’s ability to safely age in place at home.
We live in the Technology Age, and the good news is that are now several new innovations to assist your caregiving efforts. In the hands of caregivers, these high-tech gadgets are helping keep seniors safer, healthier, and more socially interactive so that they can continue aging independently in place. What follows are some of these better caregiver-assisting technologies.