Caregiving

Benefits of Keeping Couples Together In Assisted Living

Keeping Senior Couples Together

From the moment your parents met, they were inseparable. They used to tell you stories about all the things they used to do together and the places they used to go. But now, their differing care needs are making it harder for them to continue the lifestyle they’ve always enjoyed together. A move for mom is imminent, and dad is beside himself because he may have to live apart from her for the first time in years. What do you do when a situation like this occurs? Do you simply allow your parents to be separated or do you find a solution that can keep them together?

Maintaining Communication with Memory Care Teams

Having good communication when your loved one is dealing with memory loss is crucial, especially if you are their caregiver. But what happens when you are no longer their caregiver and are entrusting their care to someone else? When a loved one moves to a memory care community, it can be easy to think that you won’t have to worry about anything and that staff members will let you know of any issues they come across, but in order to ensure the best care for your loved one, it’s often a good idea to stay in-the-know and be a partner in their care team.

Visiting Loved Ones With Dementia: Ensuring a Successful Visit

Successfully visiting loved ones with Memory Loss

When your loved one has dementia, family members can become uncomfortable with the idea of visiting or spending time with their loved one. They may not know what to say or do when they are around them, or they may even feel uncomfortable and intimidated. As unsure as you and other family members may be about visiting your loved one, it’s one of the best things that you can do for them during this trying time, as visiting helps to increase physical, emotional and cognitive well-being.

Tips to Help You Coordinate a Caregiving Team

The Use of Therapeutic Fibbing for Loved Ones with Dementia

The Use of Therapeutic Fibbing for Loved Ones with Dementia

As loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia age, they may begin to lose touch with reality. They may believe that things or people are there that are not or that someone they loved is coming over when, in reality, they have passed away long ago. Occurrences such as these can be difficult to go through, and even harder to watch your loved one experience. You may be tempted to bring them back into reality by telling them that there is nothing there or that their loved one is gone, but this will likely agitate them and do more harm than good.

The Use of Therapeutic Fibbing for Loved Ones with Dementia

The Use of Therapeutic Fibbing for Loved Ones with Dementia

As loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia age, they may begin to lose touch with reality. They may believe that things or people are there that are not or that someone they loved is coming over when, in reality, they have passed away long ago. Occurrences such as these can be difficult to go through, and even harder to watch your loved one experience. You may be tempted to bring them back into reality by telling them that there is nothing there or that their loved one is gone, but this will likely agitate them and do more harm than good.

Assisted Living vs. Home Care: Weighing the Options

Assisted Living vs. Home Care: Weighing the Options

As seniors and those we love begin to age, the need for care tends to increase. When this happens, it can cause stress and confusion about where to go from here. In a sea of senior care options, assisted living and home care are the most frequently debated. This is caused by the need to feel comfortable and stick with what we know, but this is not necessarily the best choice to make. When the time comes to choose between assisted living and home care, it is important to consider each option and the pros and cons of each.

Creating Memory Boxes for Seniors

Creating Memory Boxes for Seniors

For those living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it can be hard to distinguish the line between the past and present. Frustration can occur as a result of feeling stuck, isolated and unimportant. These emotions can leave your loved one with low self-esteem and dissatisfaction. Caregivers, however, have the opportunity to reverse these emotions and turn them into feelings of accomplishment, pride and confidence. How is this possible? Try creating a memory box that includes articles of your loved one’s past life.

Maintaining Independence While Aging

Maintaining Independence While Aging

As loved ones begin aging, they may slowly lose the abilities to do things they once did, such as driving, cooking or even living at home. As a caregiver, you want to do everything you can to ensure that they are happy and have everything they need. During this time, you may be unsure of what to do or what not to do to help them, but one of the best things that you can do for your loved one is to help them and encourage them to remain as independent as they are able. This can be done by promoting fitness, social involvement and just plain doing things on their own.

Preventing Loved Ones from Wandering

Preventing Loved Ones from Wandering

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at least six out of ten people with dementia will wander – more than 60% will wander from their homes and potentially get lost. What makes people wander varies as does who is at risk for wandering. It is the common belief that anyone with any sort of memory problem that is able to walk can be at an increased risk.

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