Transitioning a loved one to a different facility can be difficult and present a new set of challenges; so much so that there is a term for it: relocation stress syndrome or transfer trauma. The extent of the symptoms varies by person, but they can include sadness, anger, irritability or anxiousness. Behaviour changes can also occur and can include complaining, combativeness and even screaming. Physiological symptoms include, but are not limited to, confusion, rapid heartbeat, nausea and falling. It is particularly challenging for those who do not have a choice in the matter. It is also particularly taxing on seniors with cognitive impairments as the disruption in routine can be disorienting. However, it may be comforting to know that it is possible to minimize the stress that comes with this transition. Tips For Transitioning From One Facility To Another: Involve Them In The Decision (For Caregivers) For caregivers, it is…> Read More
A daily routine is important for all people, but it is particularly important for seniors who receive home care services. A daily routine means performing daily activities such as eating and sleeping at the same time every day. Here are a few of the reasons why a daily routine is so important for seniors receiving home care — especially for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It Makes The Home Care Transition EasierWhen a senior accepts outside help, it can be difficult in the beginning to get used to having a new person in their life, especially now that the person providing care is taking on responsibilities that the senior used to do in the past. Having a routine set in place with the professional caregiver can help with the transition, allowing the senior to know what to expect and how to feel more comfortable while entering a new stage in…> Read More
A stroke affects a person in a variety of ways — not only physically, but also emotionally. The emotional effects of a stroke can then go on to change a person’s behaviour. Emotional changes occur because the stroke has injured the brain, which controls both emotions and behaviour. This is often very difficult for families, especially familial caretakers, to deal with. If you or your loved one has experienced a stroke, here are some behavioural changes that can occur. It may make you feel better to know that behaviour changes can improve over time. Sadness, Low Mood, Loss Of Interest, Inability To Manage Life Sadness, a low mood, a loss of interest in things that once interested them, as well as an inability to manage their lives are both emotional and behavioural changes that can occur after a stroke. They are all symptoms of depression, which is the most common…> Read More
While surgery can be taxing on both the individual who is undergoing the surgery as well as on their caregivers, it is possible to increase the rate at which you heal after surgery. Here are some tips to speed up your post-surgery recovery. Follow Your Doctor’s Post-Op Instructions (And Don’t Skip Follow-Up Appointments) It is all too common for people not to follow the doctor’s post-op instructions or to do so but ignore parts that they deem unnecessary. To ensure the best recovery possible, it is important to follow all of the doctor’s post-op instructions. This is important even if you or the one you are caring for feels well physically. Not doing so could result in additional issues, from infections to excessive bleeding. Lastly, don’t skip follow-up appointments as your doctor will be able to see things that you will not be able to. Eat An Extra Healthy Diet…> Read More
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