Stroke is the leading cause of disabilities for those aged 65-and-over, and many seniors are forced to give up at least some of their freedom and independence after experiencing one. If you’re currently serving as a caregiver for an aging in place family member who’s suffered a stroke, providing them with the vital support they need can help keep them safely at home. To make that happen, try these tips from the experts.
One of the biggest risks facing an elderly person with dementia is fire. If you’re taking care of a senior with dementia, fire safety might be near the top of your list when it comes to caregiving concerns. To help ease your mind, follow these fire safety tips from the pros.
Your elderly mother’s car is over 10 years old and needs some costly repairs to keep it running. As a result, you think replacing her vehicle with a safer and more reliable one might be a wise investment. Where should you start?
For many persons aged 65-and-over the bathroom is one of the most dangerous spots in the home. A bathroom’s slick surfaces, sharp corners, trip hazards and tight spaces all provide a recipe for accidental falls and serious injuries. For many family caregivers, making a senior’s bathroom safer is an important way to help ensure their at-home independence.
Many elderly Americans live with a fear of falling, and for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during an average year 2.8 million seniors are injured in falls, resulting in 800,000 hospitalizations and over 27,000 fatalities. Furthermore, the CDC reports that the annual likelihood of an elderly person sustaining a serious fall, at home or elsewhere, is 1 in 3.
Serving as a family caregiver for an aging in place loved one is highly rewarding, but it can also be dangerous at times. Thousands of family caregivers are injured every year while assisting others. Those caregiver injuries oftentimes result in missed work days, costly medical bills, and neglected household responsibilities.
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.
Maintaining healthy body balance is one of the most important tasks for people of any age, but this is especially true for seniors. Often, we ignore balance problems, assuming that it is just a part of growing older. But balance difficulties can cause a wide variety of issues, one of the most dangerous being an increased risk of falling. But thankfully, there are ways to keep yourself or your family member well-balanced and out of an elderly home. Really, all it takes is a little exercise and self-care.
Taking a bath or shower is something most of us do on a daily basis without a second thought. But for an aging senior who’s living at home, bathing can be intimidating due to cognitive impairment, frailty and poor balance. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), roughly 230,000 Americans a year get injured [...]
Home is where the heart is, or so the saying goes. When parents are aging, keeping the heart at home requires planning and often innovation! Today’s seniors fortunately have a variety of options for remaining at home. That may mean moving to a dream location or aging in a beloved home. Regardless of your parents’ [...]