Monthly Archives: June 2011

Older Parental Carefinder

Often times, seniors refuse help for the same reasons that we often deny we ever need it – mainly for pride, shame, but also the fear of being ‘put away’, as well as parting with their home or losing their privacy and self-esteem.  When an you’re an older parental carefinder you must not try to be parental, but instead, just helpful.  This is new territory for you both.

Approach an older parent gently but honestly.  They may be offended that you want to be a carefinder for them, or they may even be relieved.  Simply express your concerns firmly but compassionately.  The following suggestions may help you become the older parental carefinder that you set out to be, without getting blown up by the ever-present minefields that accompany this journey:

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Elderly Parent Carefinder

If you find yourself in the position of becoming an elderly parent carefinder for your mom or dad, then one of the things you need to be aware of is the tendency to be seen as ‘taking over’ and over-stepping your role.  They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and there is nothing more fraught with difficulty than trying to help and elderly parent – – except actually becoming their caregiver.

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Alzheimers Disease Caregiver

You may have heard about the difficulties being an Alzheimers disease caregiver, because of the stress, the never-ending changes, or the fact that it’s difficult for anyone to truly understand what is happening to a person with Alzheimers.  All of these things you’ve likely heard are true, so what can you do for the caregiver, so that they can continue caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s?

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Family Senior Care Finder

Many times the entire family is involved in searching, evaluating and finding senior care for an aging parent or loved one.  The person who becomes the family senior care finder of the right caregiver or the right care provider, is often rewarded after hours of looking, contacting, interviewing or visiting, in order to find the right fit for the entire family, and their senior care need.  So what are the best ways to find senior care?

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Family Senior Care Planners

If you’ve spotted some warning signs, and are concerned more than usual about your parent or both elderly parents being able to function well, still living on their own, then you want to make sure you’re not seeing the signs of some serious problems.  For example, stained or smelly clothing is a warning sign for worsening vision or other sensory loss, disease, depression, or a number of other possibilities.  Another example is weight loss.  Though it’s not unusual for weight loss in later years, it may be a sign for emotional distress, poorly fitting dentures, gum disease, the inability to shop for or prepare meals, an underlying illness, or even medication side effects.

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Nursing Home in Chicago

If you live in Illinois, you can consult with your local support group to find out, but there are also a few simple questions and answer tools available to see if you need a nearby nursing home in Chicago and surrounding area.  Many of the questions that you need to answer, have to do with whether you’re able to fully handle your own Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) or whether you need assistance.  If you need assistance, chances are you will either need assisted living, or a nursing home if you’re in greater need of help with your ADLs.

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Retirement Communities Ohio

Ohio, like many places in the Midwest, is known for great family and friends, but also for nasty weather like snow, rain, and even tornadoes.  So when you’re looking for retirement communities in Ohio, you may want to see if any of the negatives outweigh the positives, as you should count on living with your retirement decision for at least the next 10 years.  Either way, there are some great retirement communities in the Buckeye state!

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Home Care Products

There are many ways to keep a senior in their home these days, as companies and individuals are continuously developing new and innovative home care products.  If you can think of an application or a different use for a similar product, it may have already been created and available for you, so you just may want to do an internet search to find it.  If you can’t find it on the internet, perhaps it’s a business opportunity for you!

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Retirement Communities Arizona

Arizona is one of the prime states people think of when they’re considering moving to one of the many retirement communities.  That’s because of Arizona’s warm weather, relatively flat landscape, and sometimes because of the conservative nature of the state’s policies.  Regardless of whether you’re seeking retirement communities in Arizona of another warm state to move to, make sure you’ve thought of what life will be like living in retirement.

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Ohio Elderly Home Care

You may have heard the term home healthcare, which is a very broad term that covers many health and social services delivered in the home.  For those seeking Ohio elderly home care it can initially be a confusing endeavor, as those who deliver these services come with a wide range of titles, levels of experience, education and training.  Some work for agencies, and others can be hired independently.  To complicate this field even more, different home care helpers with the same title may not perform the same services, whereas helpers with different titles may perform many of the same services!

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