The winter is in full swing now, with some of the United States being hammered with snow already, and more still on the way. Snow can be a fun and exciting thing, especially for our younger family members. The chance to ride a sled down a huge mountain or create a snowman is an exciting event that can only be done when snow is on the ground. However, as we grow older we see the darker side of winter; shorter days, having to shovel snow, scraping ice off our windshields and dangerous driving are all things that we can all agree aren’t as fun as making snow angels.
The beginning of a New Year is a chance to start many things fresh for ourselves. New Year’s Resolutions allow us to enact some new goals with a fresh start. These resolutions can range from wanting to change our body, to wanting to get a big promotion, to something like wanting to live a happier life. These resolutions are important to allow us constantly growing and evolving. This is especially true as we begin a new decade and we can begin fresh on many new things, like major life goals. There’s never been a better time for getting on track to achieving some major career progress or beginning your steps towards landing a nice new home for you and your family. However all of this requires us to reflect on what we achieved not only in the last year, but also the last decade and the challenges we faced as we achieved those, or perhaps even the resolutions we were not as successful.
The winter holidays are all about creating wonderful memories together with your family. Due to busy work schedules and distance it is the only time of the year where entire families are together and create happy memories together. It is especially important to create happy memories with the eldest members of our family. Unfortunately, if a loved one has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s you may be struggling to cope with how to care for them. Alzheimer’s is a very scary disease for many to confront as the person you loved appears to forget who you even are. It is an extremely stressful situation for family of Alzheimer’s patients to handle.
Christmas season is finally upon us and it is time to celebrate by spending quality time with family and friends; sharing not only gifts and delicious meals together but also creating important memories, especially with our older family members. Family reunions often happen around Christmas time due to busy work schedules and other life events which make Christmas the most important holiday of the year. Sadly like all great things Christmas has to eventually pass and quickly life returns to normalcy during the winter months. Your elderly loved ones, however, may be facing daily struggles during the winter season. It’s easy to help them out with daily tasks when you’ve traveled to visit them, or finally have time off from your job, you can’t always be there for them. The daily tasks, sadly, never stop for our loved ones and they will continue to pile up. Tasks as simple as cleaning the home can be a herculean task for senior citizens, often times very dangerous.
This is the gift-giving season; a time filled with joy and goodwill. This is the time of year when most families get together and spend time with one another. There’s usually laughter and good food to be shared and many look forward to the memories that are sure to be made. This time of year is a great time to think of those who might find getting around to these festivities a bit difficult to do on their own. If you have an elderly loved one who would love to be more active in their community and get out and about more often, this is the time of year to give the gift of help.
During the upcoming holidays you may learn that your elderly loved one is not able to perform the many daily household tasks and chores are falling behind. In home senior care includes light housekeeping, homemaking, vacuuming, and other duties that may become more difficult for your loved one to attend to on a daily basis. In home elderly care from Senior Helpers of Florence makes it possible for your loved one to remain independent in their beloved and cherished home. There is no need to move them to an institutionalized setting such as a nursing home or assisted living facility to receive the same high-quality level of care they can get in their own home.
Nothing says the holidays like driving through a neighborhood of homes shining with brightly colored lights, decked out in garlands and wreaths. Inevitably, one house always goes all-out with inflatables: snowmen, angels, snow globes, stars, and more. It’s December, and as the immortal lyrics of The Christmas Song says, we’re all just kids from 1 to 92. So for seniors, the question to ask is this: How can you make sure decorating for the holidays remains a fun way to transform your home without adding stress?
The holidays are especially important for a senior loved one to receive in home care. Not only does the elderly person feel like less of a burden on their family, but their family can have peace of mind knowing someone is caring for them during the hectic time of the holiday season. Dependable and highly trained caregivers can give you and your family a much needed break from caregiving, peace of mind that someone is there, and give your loved one much deserved indpendence. This holiday season, give your loved one the gift of receiving senior care in the privacy and comforts of their home.
Our nation has celebrated freedom for centuries now, and a lot is owed to our military and its members. Veterans Day is celebrated every year on November 11th. This is a special day to celebrate our nation’s veterans who have sacrificed so much to keep America free. Veterans Day is a wonderful reason to acknowledge your veteran loved one’s service and give them a sense of support and validation.
It is amazing how quickly the year has passed; it’s already November. On the eleventh, we will celebrate our nation’s armed forces on Veteran’s Day. This is the day to pay tribute and honor those who have sacrificed their time with their families and their lives to protect our great country. While it should be a daily practice to thank a veteran, it is especially important on this national holiday. Simply saying “thank you” is a small gesture that surely is appreciated. Post a message on a social networking site to thank our veterans. You never know who may come across that post and just needed to hear those words.
With the major fall holidays beginning at the end of October, it is time to think of some easy fall decoration ideas that you can do at home with your senior loved one. If you live near a farm or local pumpkin patch, take a look around for some beautiful, large gourds that can be easily turned into unique vases for tabletop flowers. A small, swan shaped gourd could be used as a hanging vase by cutting a hole near the neck and hollow out enough space for fall flowers like mums, black-eyed Susans and other favorites.
Halloween is a wonderful time to really let your creativity shine. Planning a Halloween party doesn’t have to be too complicated; just a bit of preparation is sure to make your gathering a hit. First, you must pick a date; decide if you would like to include neighbors, friends and family. Create a theme to focus your party around. It can be as simple as a color scheme like orange and black, or it can be based on a spooky movie. When you have chosen a theme and date that seems to be a good fit; send out an invitation either through the mail or email.
Fall brings football, hayrides and camp fires. Now that cooler weather is here, it is a lot easier to enjoy time outside. Many large cities host concerts and festivals outdoors to soak up the comfortable temperatures. This can be an enjoyable event for a senior loved one. Simply pack up a cooler, load up the camping chairs, and relax. Be sure to bring a blanket or pack a sweatshirt for your loved one as evening temperatures tend to be much cooler than the daytime temps.
Autumn has finally arrived and the weather is starting to feel a bit cooler. You may notice you can leave your windows open during the day but need them shut at night to stay warm. The days are getting shorter as the sun sets earlier every day. We are quickly approaching the shorter days of winter and there are many things that need to be taken care of to prepare your home for fall. If you have an elderly loved one who may need some assistance with getting their home ready for fall, here are some helpful tips to get you started.
When a family is learning to cope with a loved one who is recently diagnosed with a dementia related disease, they may feel weighed down with the many options available for assistance. They may feel that they are unable to give their loved one the type of care they need to function. In some cases, a family may choose to move their loved one to an assisted living facility or nursing home. While nursing homes and assisted living facilities are common options for those who need care for their loved ones struggling with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related disease, it is not often the best choice and too drastic. Change is difficult for most people. For a person newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, change can have traumatic effects. Another downside of institutionalized care is the resident has no control over their lives. In many cases, a person may feel like a number or a task on a long to-do list. Alzheimer’s and dementia in home care by Senior Helpers of Memphis will always treat your loved one like a person. They will always be treated with dignity and respect.
If your loved one requires some assistance with daily household chores so they can focus on family and getting well, Senior Helpers of Florence is the right choice. Affordable in home senior care also includes the everyday tasks that need to be handled by your loved one. A background screened, insured and bonded caregiver will be available to take your loved one grocery shopping, plan meals, and monitor their diet. A dependable caregiver will take care of light housekeeping, laundry, linens, vacuuming and dishes. Your elderly loved one will receive help with arranging and supervise home maintenance. When daily household chores become too much of a burden on your loved one, affordable in home senior care will take care of these tasks. A dependable caregiver will take care of the light housekeeping, vacuuming, dishes and other daily chores that have fallen behind. Meal preparation is also provided and medication reminders when needed. Your family will find peace of mind knowing that your loved one eats nutritious meals and takes their proper medication when needed. Your loved one will appreciate the time they now have to spend visiting with family and friends instead of trying to clean the house. Affordable in home senior care takes care of the tasks that are required to live independently.
There is a larger gap between quality home care services and other senior care facilities. If your elderly loved one is able to stay in their beloved home, in their familiar community, and get the proper care they need, they will feel a higher quality of life. Staying in their own home is the most desirable choice among seniors. Seniors do best with care provided in their home. It is no surprise that most people would choose to stay around in their own surroundings, being with family, friends, and pets. The main goal is to make fewer visits to medical doctor offices, hospitals and nursing homes. It is no surprise that you can receive the best help when you are in your most comfortable place.
Many seniors in the newest generation lead relatively active lives. They attend social functions and events in their community and would prefer to remain as involved in their activities as long as possible. Seniors do best with care provided in their homes with the help of dependable caregivers who will make sure that your loved one arrives and returns from their appointments safely. Transportation is an important part of senior care from Senior Helpers of Memphis. You and your family can trust that your loved one’s safety is a top priority and that they can attend the events they wish and get back home safe and sound. Transportation from reliable caregivers who are thoroughly screened, background checked, insured and bonded from Senior Helpers of Memphis is available to all areas of Memphis, Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville, and Cordova, Tennessee.
As our loved ones age, we may begin to wonder how we can improve and possibly even extend their lives. If your loved one is experiencing difficulty with performing some of their daily tasks without assistance, or if they are struggling with their limited abilities in physical activity, there is no need to worry that they are not getting the stimulation they need. Studies have proven that there is no need to perform vigorous activity to extend or enhance a loved one’s life. Productive activities have been shown to have the same effect on the now elderly, the soon-to-be-elderly, and the emerging baby-boom-elderly health as physical activity such as exercise and may even slow the aging process in seniors.
These days, it is easy to get caught up with technology and the accessibility of information on smartphones and tablets. The ability to watch a show, pull up a news story, and learn something new at the touch of the screen can be exhilarating. It is also the reason why the newest generation is one of the most distracted. Whenever possible, encourage the turn of real pages and the imagination and fun that goes along with it. Plant the seed for a desire to learn, read, and grow through reading.
If your elderly loved one has just completed a hospital stay due to illness or surgery, the last place you want to recover is in unfamiliar surroundings. Professional in-home care makes it possible for an elderly loved one to remain in the comforts of home while recovering. If your elderly loved one is coping with a dementia related disease such as Alzheimer’s, professional in-home care can help them to keep life as routine and predictable as possible. Remaining in the comforts and familiarity of home is most preferred among seniors and elderly adults. A life altering move to a nursing home or assisted living facility can not only be confusing but also lead to feelings of loneliness and sadness. In home care makes it possible for life to remain consistent and allows for participation in the community.
If your veteran loved one has become frailer and requires personal care assistance, or if your loved one simply requires a little help around the house with daily chores, there are many forms of senior care available from Senior Helpers to offer companionship and assistance with tasks.
If you’ve never experienced dehydration, count yourself lucky. To many people, dehydration is something that is mildly uncomfortable and unpleasant, but isn’t a big deal. After all, you just have to drink some water and you’re all better, right? Well, not exactly. With dehydration can come a rush of dizziness, nausea, and panic as your body fights to regulate itself in the heat, and for the elderly, it can be significantly more difficult to reset when overheated and dehydrated.
Soaring temperatures and triple digit heat indices may be keeping you inside more than usual this year, but for aging seniors, dealing with the summer heat requires a little more planning than simply waiting it out indoors. One of the best things you can do to protect your aging parents and other senior loved ones from this summer’s sizzling heat wave is to prepare a personal summer survival kit.