Senior Home Care Blog - Rochester NY

Elder Care and Role Reversal

No matter how much you think you have planned ahead, the day your aging parent can’t cope on his or her own comes as a shock. You begin to reverse roles: you become the “parent” and your aging parent becomes your “child” as the scope of Mom or Dad’s needs begin to mimic those you had when you were a child. It’s going to change the dynamic of your household. So what level of care will you need to provide?

Why Seniors Need a Living Will

No one wants to talk about end of life issues. Especially if those issues involve a beloved aging senior who isn’t near the end of his life. But no matter how hesitant family members might be to broach the subject, it’s crucial that a living will be discussed and legally documented while your senior is still able to make known his or her wishes for end of life care!

Five Tips to Improve Seniors’ Quality of Life

Life, as are many things, is often not always about quantity so much as it is about quality. Aging seniors often face losses in the quality of their lives well before they face the end of their days. Here are five tips you can use to help improve your aging senior’s quality of life.

Visiting Elderly Parents - Checklist to Track Their Health and Well-Being

At some time, you will find yourself wanting to keep abreast of changes in your elderly parents’ health and well-being. This will require a bit of subtle sleuthing and a lot of observation on your part. You might feel a bit like Sneaky Pete, but it’s for your folks’ good. Here's some tips on what to look for!

Caregiver Employment Opportunities at the AARP Virtual Career Fair

AARP is hosting their next Virtual Career Fair on September 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. This live online event provides those 50+ with the opportunity to recharge their job search and connect with local and national employers – all from the comfort of home.

Seniors at Highest Risk of Hospitilization-Related Delirium

It’s important to know about delirium because in older patients, it’s often misdiagnosed as dementia. If that happens, they won’t get the right treatment and could even be sent to a nursing home. Learn more.

Keeping Aging Parents at Home

Many caregivers run themselves ragged trying to keep loved ones, especially seniors, out of assisted living or nursing facilities. Here are some ways to facilitate keeping your aging parents at home.

How to Deal with Denial About Seniors Needing Help

When family members refuse to face the fact that their aging loved one needs help, they can create anger, stress, and frustration for family caregivers. Here’s some techniques that will help.

Music, Memories & Dementia

How does music make you feel? Think about some of your favorite songs. What are some special times that you associate with certain songs? Music can shape our emotions and provoke our memories because it is embedded deep in our brains.

Dad, Dementia & The Holidays: An Alzheimer’s Guide for Gatherings

The holidays tend to bring on stress naturally, but then add on the pressure of being a caregiver for a person with dementia. “Sixty one percent of family caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s rated the emotional stress of care-giving as high or very high,” says the 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, published by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Recalculating

The truth is that once the brain damage has occurred, it’s permanent. Our brains have about 100 billion neurons with branches that connect at more than 100 trillion points. These neurons help us to retrieve stored memories, and signals our thoughts and feelings. Alzheimer’s disease destroys these neurons.

Scams, Fraud & Identity Theft

Older adults are often a favorite target for con artists. Cons will usually use personal information gathered from research or perhaps a spouse’s obituary. They use persistence and intimidation to deceive their victims. Con artists can appear very trustworthy and you can be taken in very easily. Cons are very smart at what they do. Only a fraction of abuse is reported, often because the victim is too embarrassed to come forward.

Therapeutic Fibbing

Caregivers and family members face hurdles every day when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s\dementia. It is essential for caregivers to meet the patient where they are and enter into their reality.

Emergency Checklist

Health emergencies with our elders can often become complicated by the sheer number of medications, doctors, insurance coverage and degree of chronic or acute illnesses involved. Below is a comprehensive list of information and documents to keep on hand, so you’ll be prepared.

Depression and Seniors

We all face difficult changes as we age- such as illness or death of friends and loved ones, retirement, or medical problems. These life changes can often lead to depression, and left untreated, depression can have a serious impact on your physical health, memory, concentration, and overall enjoyment of life.

Does Mom Need an Emergency Button?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should be considering a personal emergency button for your loved one. People who have an emergency button will remain in their home an average of 6 years longer than those who do not.

What is a Geriatric Care Manager?

A Care Manager can assist you in choosing the best independent, assisted living or nursing home. They can help set up home care services, refer you and your loved one to doctors, lawyers, specialists or rehab centers.

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