Do you have an ageing or ill loved one who requires long-term care? If you’re not sure what your options are, we can help. Here are the five options for long-term senior care for you to consider. Home Care Being in a familiar environment can enhance the quality of life for your loved one, which is why it’s the option that most people prefer. Not only will they get individualized attention, but this can also preserve their dignity and make them feel more at ease and safe. Having the comforts of their own home can help support their healing process…> Read More
Have you spent time with a senior loved one recently? If not, now’s the time to get in touch and reconnect. There are plenty of reasons to spend time with those older than you — you’ll hear stories that’ll make you laugh, you’ll pick up a new dance move or two, and you might even get to eat the best baked treats you’ve ever had. But that’s not all — here are five joys seniors bring to those around them. Humour Beyond those hilarious yet slightly inappropriate jokes your grandpa likes to tell at Christmas, many elderly people also…> 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
The perception of palliative care is a very misunderstood area of medicine by most people. Typically, people think of palliative care as a place only for those who are terminally ill. However, it is this very misconception that often causes people to refuse to include palliative care in their treatment plan. In fact, palliative care, a more recent addition to the medical world, provides comfort, relieves suffering through pain management and improves quality of life in a wide variety of people of all ages, including those with serious and chronic diseases. Palliative care also seeks to support caregivers as well. Ideally, palliative care should be added early on into one’s treatment plan for it to offer the most benefits. In fact, studies have shown that it is associated with an increased risk of survival. It would be beneficial if palliative care was part of the treatment plan for every illness…> Read More
Most seniors have a preference for living in their own homes. However, this presents its own set of dangers for seniors that you should be aware of. Falls and Other Injuries The combination of declining eyesight, safety hazards and medications that may disrupt balance can lead to an increased risk of falls and other injuries. This can lead to broken hips and other serious injuries. Broken hips are especially linked to a number of other health complications. Decreased Safety: Prone to House Fires Elderly people are at an increased risk of having house fires and other potentially fatal accidents due to memory problems, which makes it more likely that they will forget to turn off the stove and other appliances. Poor Mental Health: Increased Risk of Depression Studies have shown a number of factors that contribute to poor mental health and particularly depression in those living alone. One factor is…> Read More
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