As elderly people become less capable of performing basic daily activities on their own, perhaps due to their advanced age or medical conditions, they require additional help to continue enjoying their quality of life. In many cases, all you need to do is contact a home care agency to find a professional caregiver who can provide the necessary care. But depending on the situation, clinical or hospital care may be more suitable. So, how do you determine which option is best for a loved one? Home Care With home care, you seek the services of a home care agency to try and recreate an environment similar to that of a nursing facility, but at home. Depending on the needs of your loved one, you can hire a companion to assist with basic activities. A companion who’s skilled in the provision of health care is usually more expensive to hire. Most…> Read More
The ability to enjoy deep, restorative sleep usually diminishes with age. Frequent bathroom trips and periods of wakefulness, combined with the anxiety of moving into a care facility, can increase the risk of insomnia, as well as conditions associated with poor sleep patterns such as memory loss and heart disease. Improving sleep for seniors can help to extend life and health span. Considering that most sleep problems are associated with stress, poor sleep environment, lack of exercise and social involvement, and medications, making a few adjustments to your lifestyle and sleep environment can allow you to enjoy better quality sleep. Below are some changes to consider. Install low-wattage bulbs in your bedroom, and avoid the TV, computer, backlit devices (tablets and smartphones) and other sources of bright artificial light at least one hour before going to bed. This will help to boost your melatonin levels—the hormone responsible for making you…> Read More
Many people who are ageing or have been diagnosed with a long-term health problem can continue to enjoy quality life at home with the assistance of caregivers. However, it is not always possible to “age at home,” and some may need to seek senior care in a supportive environment, such as a retirement home or care facility. There are many long and short term care options providing different styles of living and assistance, depending on the needs of your elderly loved one. Here are the most common options, to help you find the ideal solution for your aging parents or loved ones: Nursing Homes Nursing homes or centres are essentially long-term care facilities for elderly people who are completely dependent on caregivers. Licensed nurses are available 24/7 to provide a high level of medical care and professional assistance. Some nursing homes provide short-term rehabilitative accommodation for seniors recovering from surgery,…> Read More
Most people know the importance of planning for the future. They pay their mortgage, save for their children’s college education, and invest in a retirement plan. However, many families are hesitant when it comes to planning for elder care, mostly because the thought of such changes is just too depressing. A recent Metlife study revealed that caregivers report an average loss of about $550,000 USD in wage wealth due to the unanticipated implications of their caregiving responsibilities. Considering the huge impact that caring for elderly parents can have on family finances, it is important that you have a financial plan. Here is a checklist to help you create a plan for paying for elder care. Find out if your parents have established a durable power of attorney. This is the person who will be trusted to make financial decisions on behalf of your parents in the event that they are…> Read More
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