Senior Home Care Blog - Pocatello & Eastern Idaho

Thanksgiving Survival Tips for Seniors and Their Caregivers

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for Americans, meant to enjoy loved ones, good food and a relaxed atmosphere. Planning for all this fun and relaxation can sometimes be a bit stressful, especially if you’re a caretaker for the senior loved one in your life. But fear not! Our tips will help you get through Thanksgiving with ease, so you can get back to enjoying what the day is all about—giving thanks for the special loved ones in your life.

Communicating with Dementia Patients

Witnessing a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be a very painful experience. As they progress in the disease, memory problems become more noticeable. Eventually, that impairment causes the loss of self and they may not even recognize their friends and family. Communication with loved ones who have dementia can be tricky at times, but not impossible. Here are some tips on how to communicate with your loved one with dementia:

Protecting Seniors Against Scams

Each year, seniors are among the most targeted age group for scammers to work their dirty tricks. Criminals prey on seniors due to the simple fact that older people are deemed more trusting and willing to give up their financial information. This is a BIG problem. Here are some typical frauds attempted on seniors:

How to Determine When a Pet Has Become Too Much for Seniors

One of the difficult parts of pet ownership is knowing when to let go. If your senior parent has a pet, they are most likely very attached. The emotional bond between seniors and their pets can be a very powerful one, so navigating this subject can be tricky. Here are some signs to look for and helpful solutions to consider:

Benefits of Home Care for Seniors

Home care is the preferred option for most seniors today. There are many benefits that come with seniors remaining in the comfort of their home. If you are trying to determine if it’s the right choice for you, consider the following reasons home care is often the best care:

How to Plan Successfully for Aging-in-Place

There are times when staying at home becomes impractical or even dangerous. If you’re among those who want to age in place or have a loved one that does, consider the following questions:

Helping Seniors Who Refuse Help

What do you do when your senior loved one is refusing help? Unfortunately, this is a common issue for caretakers. All seniors want to stay independent as long as possible, so it can be a delicate balance to strike. Here’s some tips to help you:

Tips for Helping Seniors Downsize

If downsizing is to occur, you must help your senior loved one tackle this task. Instead of dreading it, why not have some fun and learn from them as they tell the story behind special items! Here are some tips to get you started:

Choosing the Right Home Security System for Seniors

When it comes to seniors, especially those who have dementia, not just any alarm system will do! Here are some things to look for when choosing a home security system for the senior in your life.

Benefits of Music Therapy for Seniors

Did you know that bringing in music therapy for seniors who struggle with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease can make a huge difference? Well, it can and does! So, how do you utilize music into your senior loved one’s life? Read on and let’s learn!

How to Create a Memories Book for Seniors

Caregivers for seniors have a beautiful opportunity to help them preserve their family memories so that generations to follow will be able to enjoy their legacy. Preserving memories will not only stimulate their minds, but also gives them a way to express their love and affection. Studies show that memory books combat anxiety and depression and promotes well-being. So how do you help the senior in your life create a memory book? Here are a few tips and helpful hints to get you started!

Benefits of Regular Exercise in Seniors

Medical research has proven without a doubt that exercise is just as important for seniors as it is for anyone else. Staying physically fit has many benefits for seniors! Here are just a few….

5 Tips for Managing Stress While Being a Caregiver

Anyone who has ever been in a caretaking role for senior adults knows that it can be very rewarding, yet very stressful. The stress that comes along with that “round-the-clock” availability can be overwhelming for anyone, regardless of how good you are at managing stress. So, how do you handle it and what do you do?

AARP Virtual Career Fair

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.

Staying Socially Active as You Age

According to experts, staying engaged socially is one of the top ways to feel young. Let’s look a little deeper…

Checklist for Hiring Senior Home Health Care

Before you make the decision to hire in a senior health care agency, there are a few things you should check into. Following is a list of important check points to help you get the best home care possible.

5 Tips for Helping Seniors Accept In-Home Care

Do you have a senior loved one who adamantly refuses the idea of having someone come into the home to provide care? This is a difficult spot to find yourself in, as you no doubt need a break from the ongoing task of caretaking. Here are a few tips that will help you broach the subject with love and compassion.

Managing Hoarding Behavior in Dementia Patients

This can be troubling for loved ones caring for them and dealing with dementia makes it even more difficult. So how do you know when they are just collecting clutter or crossing the line into hoarding?

Understanding Your Odds for Developing Dementia

While genetics and age can greatly affect the risk for developing dementia, they aren’t the only factors involved. You may not be able to do anything about your genetics but there are definitely things you can do to help improve your odds. Learn more:

Proper Diet for Seniors with Diabetes

Eating right is the first and foremost way for seniors diagnosed with diabetes to live longer and healthier lives. In this informative article, learn our tips for the most important foods and tips for shopping to manage diabetes.

5 Ways to Prevent Heat Stroke in Seniors

Heat stroke can be deadly in seniors. As the summer heats up, so does the risk for heat stroke. It is a potentially fatal condition and can happen before they realize they are in the danger zone. As we age, our bodies become less responsive to heat, so it’s important that seniors understand the signs of a heat stroke.

The Benefits of Home Health Care vs Hospital Care

The vast majority of Americans assume that the best way to care for our elderly is to place them in a nursing home or other skilled care facility. But did you know there are many reasons why allowing seniors to recover at home? In this article, we’ll explain the differences between home health care and nursing home care.

Recognizing Depression in the Elderly

Depression among the elderly has many causes. Dementia is also a big cause of depression among our seniors. Each of these causes does have good solutions, so let’s look at them:

Seniors and Medical Alert Devices

One of the most dangerous parts of seniors living alone is the risk for falls. The best way to ensure the safety of your senior loved ones is to make sure they are carrying a medical alert and location device.

In-Home Care Services for Patients with Dementia

Since the needs of a dementia patient varies, the range of in-home services can also vary according to what is needed. Here’s a bit more information about these types of in-home care:

Avoiding Senior Accidents

For the elderly, slips and falls can easily fracture a hip or other bone that is very tough to recover from. So, what can you do to keep your senior parents safe at home? Read on!

How to Become a Caregiver for the Elderly

Being a caregiver for the elderly has so many rewards, along with some challenges. But for the right people, there is no more fulfilling job! If this sounds like an interesting opportunity to you, consider the following benefits:

How to Talk to Your Parents About Senior Care

There are a few signs that can help you determine when it’s time to talk to your loved one about specialized senior care and what that might look like. Many of these signs just happen as they grow older, but often these same signs can lead to injury and other issues if they are ignored. Here are a few signs:

Making Life Easier for Alzheimer’s Patients

One of the most dreaded moments a family can face is receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. There are some things you should do to become more educated and empowered. Here are a few tips:

Financial Help for Caregivers of the Sandwich Generation

Sandwich Generation caregivers may find themselves in very stressful circumstances, as they are often saddled with the burden of their own kids as well as aging parents. Here are some creative tips that you may not know:

Is Palliative Care Right for Your Family?

In a nutshell, palliative care has one aim and that is to make life better for both the patient and the caregiver. This article will help you decide if it’s right for your family.

Things to Consider Before Moving Aging Parents Into Your Home

If you have aging parents and the time has come for them not to live by themselves any longer, you will likely need to decide whether or not to move them in with you. Let’s look at some key points to consider when making this decision…

Lowering Blood Pressure with Healthy Foods

With more than 75 million Americans having been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it has become one of the most common health issues among adults. Here are a few nutritious products that can help you bring that pressure down!

How Seniors Can Improve the Quality of Their Sleep

As we age, we are at greater risk for certain diseases, and seniors are especially vulnerable to high blood pressure, kidney disease, strokes and diabetes. That risk increases if they are not getting proper rest. There are many ways to prepare for rest and these tips are especially beneficial for seniors!

The Benefits of Pets for Alzheimer’s Patients

For most people, the sight of a playful dog brings a big smile to their face. Especially those suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease. Studies show with overwhelming evidence that depression and anxiety are greatly reduced by the presence of pets.

Signs That Your Aging Parents Need Financial Management Help

Unfortunately, it’s a sad reality that aging parents often end up in financial duress. There are many signs that should alert you that something is going on behind the scenes, signaling for intervention. Let’s look at a few….

Understanding the Hidden Costs for Caregivers

It’s vitally important that if you’re planning on becoming a fulltime caregiver to your aging parents, you understand the costs and all that goes into it. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at all these issues.

Helpful Hints for Delivering Bad News to Senior Parents

Delivering bad news is tough, no matter who it is. It’s especially tough when you must deliver it to a family member or senior parents. Our tips can help you know how to talk about negative news with honesty and compassion. Read on for more info….

Letting Go of Guilt and Getting Help With Caregiving

If you can’t remember the last time you got a full night of sleep, had a nice relaxing meal or you have more to-do lists than you can possible manage, this article might just be for you!

5 Tips for Caregivers to Take a Break

If you are a caregiver to an elderly loved one, it’s very important that you learn to take care of yourself as well as your patient. Let’s look at some tips that will help you through not only caring for your loved one, but also for yourself.

Signs Your Elderly Loved One Is Hiding Dementia

It’s important to know the ways that many elderly people might try to hide their symptoms, but it’s even more important that they get the proper help and treatment. Let’s look at some of the following ways they may try to hide dementia:

How Seniors Can Avoid the Hazards of Winter

While we’re all affected by bitter cold, snow and ice, the dangers our seniors are exposed to are very real for those of us who are caregivers, or just concerned family members. But the good news is, with a little planning and preparations, it doesn’t have to be scary time of year.

Why Elderly Ones Need a Daily Routine

Most seniors need structure in their days and begin to feel a bit insecure without it. A daily routine they can count on does wonders in providing a sense of safety against the unknowns. Here are just a few of the ways seniors benefit from a structured daily routine:

Are You Providing Care for an Aging Parent or Loved One?

Caregiving is a hard job that can put a strain on marriages, careers and emotional wellness. Those who care for loved ones must be sure to care for themselves, too. Here are some essential suggestions for caregivers:

How to Find a Home Care Helper for Your Aging Parent

The key to choosing the ideal home care agency is knowing the amount of care needed by your mother or father. Listed below are some pointers for selecting a home care agency for your loved one:

Awareness and Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

Winter is upon us and now is the perfect time to for caregivers of seniors, as well as friends and family, to become familiar with the risks of senior falling. Falling can have serious consequences for seniors so it’s vital to learn more about the risks and the potential impacts on their health.

4 Ways to Help Seniors With Alzheimer’s Enjoy the Holidays More

There’s no doubt about it—the holiday season is the busiest of the year and can throw our normal routines into chaos. For seniors who deal with Alzheimer’s, this change of routine can be quite stressful. Here are a few tips to help seniors with Alzheimer’s find the holidays more enjoyable:

Why It Can Be Dangerous for Seniors to Live Alone

A recent study has revealed that isolation and loneliness can shorten a person’s life, so let’s look at some of the dangers of seniors who are living alone and what we can do about it!

Tips on Communicating with a Loved One with Dementia

The usual ways of communicating won’t work with someone with Dementia. A new understanding of how to communicate must be learned. We know it isn’t easy, so we want to cover some tips that will be helpful in connecting with your elderly loved one.

Here are 10 Tips to Keeping the Aging Mind Sharp

When we age, it isn’t just our bodies that change – our mind undergoes changes as well. In fact, the brain size actually gets smaller – sometimes up to 10% smaller. Here’s 10 ways to slow down this process and fight back. We offer you our 10 best tips in this article.

The Elderly Appetite: Causes of Change or Loss and How to Stimulate It

It’s natural that we experience changes in appetite or loss of appetite. However, these can also be signs of malnutrition or other health problems. Seniors might not need as much food as when they were younger, but they still need the right nutrition to keep them as healthy as possible. Learn more.

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.

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