If you’re caring for a senior parent(s), they may need additional care. It’s also natural to be overwhelmed by the amount of information on how to properly take care of them. You want them to have the best care, but how do you know what’s best? We’ve put together five senior care tips to improve the care you provide and make your lives easier. There will always be more to learn There are entire sections of bookstores filled with literature on senior care. There is also a myriad of options available for senior care, including, but not limited to: independent living, nursing, Alzheimer’s care, assisted living, retirement communities, and in-home care. Senior care doesn’t refer exclusively to assisted-living facilities, although for some it may be the only option. You should also acknowledge that every person has a unique situation, which means there won’t be one concrete solution. Educate yourself If…> Read More
It’s interesting that the birth of life is filled with advanced planning and preparation while, unfortunately, the end of life is consumed with reminding people that you have lived. But while it is natural to be afraid, we do not have to be alone. Increasingly, nurses are training in Palliative Care so that proper preparation for our loved one’s survival can be well assisted. It’s Recommended by the AACN The American Association of Colleges of Nursing released the revised Recommendations, Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for End-of-Life Nursing Care of 2015, which identifies nurses as critical partners of quality End of Life care for patients with serious illnesses and their families from the time of diagnosis, across the illness trajectory. High-quality training equips nurses to aid in the mental and emotional stress for the patient and their family. This training is a combination of spiritual-psychosocial health and physical health to assist…> Read More
As people age, one of the most difficult processes to face is that of the decline in cognitive functions. The early loss of this function is classified as dementia, which can be a frightening factor of aging for the individual experiencing it, and for their families. The effects of dementia happen over time and can be overwhelming to a senior loved one. Both them and their family often become frustrated because of the gradual and progressive lack of communication. Your senior loved one will show signs of confusion, and the inability to understand what is going on around them, and often worst of all, who is around them. The time will eventually come when information on living in a care facility for dementia patients is needed. When it is time to consider dementia care The onset of dementia will usually allow time for the family to discuss a care and…> Read More
Parkinson’s disease is a condition of the nervous system that impacts movement. Its development is gradual and starts with a rarely visible tremor in one hand. This condition is more common in older people, however, younger people can also be diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s. Symptoms of the disease include tremors, decelerated movement, changes in speaking, writing changes, damaged posture and balance, and stiffness. The following are the 8 most common treatments for Parkinson’s disease: Medical prescription Currently, there is no standard treatment for the disease. The treatment of each patient is based on their symptoms. However, there are several medications and therapies that are available to improve the qualities of the patient’s life by reducing the symptoms. Here are some of the treatments used. Carbidopa-levodopa infusion Dopamine agonist Anticholinergic MAO type B inhibitors Pramipexole Tasmar Trihexyphenidyl Laropoda Benztropine mesylate Amantadine Surgical treatment options Depending on the patient’s needs, health,…> Read More
Dementia is an illness found on people who have lost their brain comprehension. For family and loved ones of dementia patients, learning to adjust to their behaviors can be difficult. Daily, simple tasks become hard to maneuver when put through a mental illness like dementia. The earlier stages of dementia include symptoms similar to alzheimer’s such as short-term memory loss that can affect one’s everyday functions. Symptoms also include obstructed communication with others. Dementia patients find it hard to make sense of their thoughts. They lose a sense of who they were before the illness. They act confused and struggle to know why they complete certain tasks or go somewhere. Aging is a big factor in dementia development. On top of the typical advisory care elders may already need in order to tackle their health problems, dementia patients need utmost, specialized care. Though dementia is not a curable mental disorder,…> Read More
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