Many adult children with aging parents will inevitably find themselves in the position of deciding whether it might be time to look into homecare options. However, this decision is not always a black and white situation and you may find yourself unsure of whether or not the time is now. If you find yourself in this position, here are some signs to look for that will help point you in the right direction during this challenging time. Assess the Health of the The Primary Caregiver. The health of the primary caregiver must be good enough that you do not fear for his or her safety (or the safety of your parents). If your mother cares for your father but is prone to falling, for example, it might be time to look into homecare options. Pay close attention to their mobility. Similarly, if you notice any changes in mood, like symptoms…> Read More
Canadians who are over the age of 65 years old currently represent 16% of Canada’s population. This number is expected to rise to 25% in the year 2036. These numbers reflect the increasing demand on care facilities by the aging population, which is a particular concern for those who are over the age of 45. In fact, a study showed that 61% of people in this demographic fear that there will be a lack of facilities to care for them as they age. Canada’s healthcare system, particularly as it relates to caring for the ill, aging and elderly population, is rapidly changing out of necessity. Part of these changes involve transitioning individuals from the hospital to the home. This means that more people than ever are taking on the unfamiliar role of home caregiver. This can be an overwhelming transition, but can be made less stressful if certain precautions are…> Read More
Dementia and alzheimer’s are often thought of and discussed as one and the same thing when, in fact, they are different. However, although they are different, they are similar in the sense that neither one is considered normal as it relates to the process of aging. Here are the ways in which the two differ. They Are Different Conditions AltogetherDementia is not a disease – it actually refers to group of symptoms, including memory loss and difficulty with reasoning, problem-solving, and language. It is common for people to have multiple conditions that result in dementia. In other words, when someone is diagnosed with dementia, they are actually being diagnosed with a set of symptoms.Early signs of dementia include forgetfulness or failing to remember how to get around a place that was once familiar. As dementia progresses, people will begin to have trouble recognizing faces and will be unable to care…> Read More
Caregiver burnout refers to being physically and mentally exhausted along with the feeling that you are unable to provide the best level of care because of it. While you may have once found your role as a caregiver rewarding, you may now have a negative attitude toward it. Caregiver burnout can occur over the course of a nursing career or when caring for aging parents or a life partner, although it can occur in other contexts as well.> Read More
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