How to Manage Family Strife in Caregiving

Even the closest families don’t get along every day and in every situation. Caregiving can bring out some big emotions in everyone and that gets to be a problem quickly.

 

Family Dynamics Get Complicated While Caregiving

Family dynamics can always be complicated, but they become even more so when caregiving is involved. Everyone wants to have a say in what is going on, even if they don’t always fully understand the impacts of their opinions. To further complicate things, you may be the only one on the scene. That gives you a perspective that others don’t have.

 

How You Communicate Matters

Old relationship issues can affect how you communicate with the other people in your family, especially about complicated situations. So your tone of voice and how you phrase things really matters. It’s important to be as open and honest as you can and to do your best to avoid using intonation and phrasing that is likely to negatively affect the people you’re talking to. If you’re using blame and other tools, those are going to backfire.

 

Let it Go

Whatever issues you’ve experienced in the past with your family members, you have to let them go. Even if you can’t let them go permanently, you do need to do your best to let them go when you’re dealing with issues related to caregiving. You may have to decide how important those issues are when compared to your senior’s current situation.

 

Focus on Your Strengths

Everyone has their strengths. In the case of your other family members, some of them may be able to handle tasks for your senior that are difficult for you or that land outside your personal strengths. When you focus on what you do well and allow others to do the same, they can feel empowered by that and therefore feel less prickly when it comes to talking about the overall big picture.

 

Take Care of Yourself

If you’re not making sure that you’re in a good space emotionally and physically, all of this is going to be so much more difficult. Take time away from caregiving by hiring elderly care providers to be there in your place. They’ll be able to fit in seamlessly and you’ll be able to take the time that you need.

Some family members just want to fight about caregiving issues. For many, it’s a way to cope with the emotions that your senior’s situation brings up for them. You won’t be able to control or manage the reactions of other people, but you can control what you do in response.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Benton City or the surrounding area, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities areas.  Call 509-627-8575

Four Techniques to Help Your Senior with Memory Trouble

 

One of the most irritating issues your senior might be facing could be problems with her memory. Some of these techniques can help her to strengthen her memory while also helping her to make sure that nothing is falling through the cracks.

 

Lists and Notes Work Well

Lists and notes are a great way for you and your senior to communicate with each other through the day. They also stay right where you left them so that your elderly family member can refer to them as often as she needs to throughout the day. It’s a good idea to establish a set area, such as a spot on the kitchen counter, which is reserved for notes and lists. That way you both know where to look for them.

 

Use a Big Calendar

A big wall calendar is an easy way for your elderly family member to orient herself to the date and the day of the week each day. Using a calendar with big squares allows you both to include as many notes as you need to. Determine a way to mark off each day in a way that leaves the information visible so that your senior can see at a glance what the current day is.

 

A Smartphone and Alarms Can Help

Lots of aging adults are reluctant to use smartphones because they seem complicated. But having a smartphone and using the alarms throughout the day can help to remind your elderly family member when she needs to do certain things, such as take specific medications or do something else that she can’t put off. You can set alarms and reminders to recur so that your senior doesn’t have to worry about setting them each day.

 

Journaling Helps Her Retain Information

A small notebook in which your elderly family member jots down notes about her day or about something important can help more than she might think. Taking the time to write down an important instruction helps to move that information from her short-term memory to longer-term memory, plus she has a written record to refer to.

Daily routines help so much with memory issues because your elderly family member just does what comes next in her routine. They relieve a great deal of stress and anxiety. Elder care providers can help you and your senior to work out a routine that works well and that hits all the necessary points for her.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Prosser, WA, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities areas.  Call 509-627-8575

Could a Gluten-free Eating Plan Help Your Senior?

With Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month coming around in November, now might be the time to talk to your aging family member about reducing or even eliminating the gluten in her diet. Most people eat more gluten-containing foods than they realize and there are some possible benefits to going gluten-free even temporarily.

 

Gluten and Inflammation Are Closely Linked

Inflammation is behind a lot of health issues, especially for older adults. Even if your senior doesn’t think that any parts of her body are battling inflammation, she might be surprised. Ailments like arthritis are closely linked to inflammation. Anything that can help to reduce inflammation is something that your senior might want to try out, even if it’s not something that she sticks with long term.

 

Gastrointestinal Issues Might Subside

People with celiac disease may have dramatic and painful reactions to gluten in their diet. Your senior may not have celiac disease, but she may find that by reducing the gluten that she’s eating, she may see a change in how her gastrointestinal tract functions. Along with reducing inflammation in the gut, removing gluten can remove something that has been a minor irritant for your elderly family member. This doesn’t have to be a permanent change, but your elderly family member may find that she has fewer gut issues.

 

Some People with Gluten-free Diets Think Better

Brain fog is annoying and can show up for a variety of reasons. In simplest terms, brain fog is simply having a difficult time thinking clearly or even focusing. Your senior might find that by adhering to a gluten-free diet even temporarily can help to reduce the experiences that she has with fuzzy thinking.

 

Nutritional Content in Meals Might Increase

When you take gluten-containing products out of your senior’s diet, you make way for other nutrients to come to the forefront. She may start eating a different variety of foods that allow her body to rebuild deficiencies that maybe were subtly impacting her health. Talk to your elderly family member’s doctor about what types of foods she should consider eating while she’s going gluten-free.

Making the switch to gluten-free eating can be an intimidating process for anyone, but especially for your aging family member. Hiring senior care providers to take over the complicated parts, like making sure that everything is actually gluten-free, can help her to simply enjoy this new way of eating and what it ca

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Homecare in Grandview, WA, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities areas.  Call 509-627-8575

5 Things That Can Make Seniors Fall

5 Things That Can Make Seniors Fall

According to the National Council on Aging, one in four adults in the United States who are age 65 or older fall each year. And, every 19 minutes an older adult dies because of a fall. Because of the danger of falls and their prevalence, it’s important to understand what contributes to falls since it may help you to prevent a fall in your older family member.

#1: Weakened Muscles

Muscles tend to get weaker as people age. This results in a lack of support for the body and can also affect balance. Weak muscles also make it more difficult to do some daily tasks, which may also lead to a fall. In addition to normal muscle changes that come with age, older adults often do not get enough exercise to help maintain muscle mass.

Home care can help seniors to keep their muscles stronger by encouraging them to be more physically active. Home care providers can involve older adults in physical activities around the house or drive them to exercise classes.

 

#2: Chronic Illness

Many of the chronic illnesses that occur in older adults make falls more likely. Conditions like diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and others can affect strength and balance. People with more than one chronic condition have an even greater risk of falling.

Home care providers can help manage chronic illnesses by reminding seniors to take their medication and driving them to medical appointments.

 

#3: Medications

Many medications have dizziness as a side effect. In addition, the way the body metabolizes medicines changes as people get older, which can make them stay in the body longer or interact with other medications.

Home care can watch for signs of dizziness and allow the senior to sit until it passes. They can also help them to get safely to a place where they can sit or lie down.

 

#4: Problems with Vision and Hearing

Not being able to see or hear well can lead to falls. Poor vision makes it harder for seniors to see what is coming as they walk, such as uneven surfaces. Problems with hearing may make it harder to hear someone or something coming up behind them, causing them to startle.

Home care can help seniors with vision and hearing problems to navigate safely. They can lend a steadying arm and warn the older adult about upcoming obstacles.

 

#5: Environmental Factors

There are many things around the home that can lead to falls, such as unnecessary clutter that may cause the senior to trip. Uneven surfaces, lack of handrails, and slippery floors are also a problem.

Home care providers can help with some environmental factors in the home. They can keep the house tidy so that there is nothing for the senior to trip over. They can also remove throw rugs that slip or can cause tripping.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering finding services for home care in Benton City, WA, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities areas.  Call 509-627-8575

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Nia.nih.gov
Healthinaging.org
Ncoa.org

 

 

 

Is It Too Early to Start Planning Thanksgiving?

Is It Too Early to Start Planning Thanksgiving?

 

Summer memories may still be lingering, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be looking ahead.
As a family caregiver, planning and preparation are critical to making sure you are able to balance all of the responsibilities of your life effectively, particularly when it comes to challenging or busy times such as the holiday season.
Thanksgiving is still more than a month away, but now is the time for you to start thinking about it, and making plans. Starting early allows you to feel more confident in the plans you make, coordinate with members of your family and friends who you plan to celebrate with, and make modifications to traditions and usual plans to accommodate changes in your senior’s health, functioning, dietary restrictions, and more.

Some plans for Thanksgiving you should begin to make now include:

-Determining where you will celebrate the holiday. If your aging parent is usually the person to host the holiday at, it is important to honestly evaluate their needs and challenges, and determine if this is a possibility anymore. Consider whether you would be able to step in to help them with the responsibilities of hosting the holiday so it can still be in their home, or if another location should be selected.

-Coordinating with family members and friends with whom you plan to celebrate to make decisions about who will attend the holiday, if you will travel to the home of another family member, and how you may handle the preparation of the holiday meal if this will need to deviate from the tradition of past years.

-Talking to the doctor about dietary restrictions and other needs that may impact your senior when they are enjoying celebrating the holiday, including eating at the holiday meal. Starting your planning now allows you to research and test recipes that enable your parent to continue to enjoy favorite foods and dishes in ways that are more appropriate for their restrictions and needs

-Making arrangements for care for your aging parent during the holiday season. Respite care can be extremely valuable during such times as it ensures your senior has access to ongoing, consistent care that supports their needs even during the chaos and busyness of the holidays.

 

Including a home care provider in your care approach for the holiday season can be an extremely beneficial way of making the most of this season.
An in-home senior care services provider can ensure your parent has access to consistent care even when they are environment and schedule are changing it due to celebrations, Les availability of from you, and other shifts caused by the change in seasons.

Knowing that your parents have access to this level of customized to care during family gatherings, holiday celebrations, or times when you are away can help you to relax and enjoy these experiences more. Having this care can also put your parent at ease, and allow them to feel as though they are able to participate in the experiences more effectively, and to have the care and assistance they need, when they need it, without having it to always rely on you.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior home care in Pasco or the surrounding area, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities areas.  Call 509-627-8575

Should Your Parent Still Have Elderly Care When They Live With You?

 

Should Your Parent Still Have Elderly Care When They Live With You?

Living with you and the rest of your family can be a very beneficial transition for your aging parent. This can bring them into closer proximity of their family caregiver for greater support, take away the financial burden of managing their own home, and benefit the family by creating a closer bond while also giving you more time and flexibility.

If you are considering having your parent come to live with you, you may think this means you are then completely responsible for all of their needs, and should not consider having any care for them. This is not necessarily the case. Even if your parent lives with you, having elderly care as a part of their routine can be extremely beneficial for everyone involved.

Some of the reasons you should still consider an elderly home care services provider for an elderly adult who is living with you include:

  • Provide consistency of care so even as your personal schedule changes, you can feel confident your senior is still getting everything they need.
  • Give you flexibility in your daily life to manage all aspects of your day rather than only worrying about your parent’s care needs.
  • Ensure you are available for other things, such as attending activities with your children.
  • Provide for ongoing care when you are at work or otherwise out of the home.
  • Allow for more independence and autonomy for your senior who can rely on an elderly home care services provider for transportation to activities, errands, volunteer opportunities, and more so you do not have to always be the one to provide this transportation.
  • Provide for diversification of care and mental stimulation through activities and companionship.
  • Provide respectful and dignified assistance for potentially sensitive tasks such as bathing.
  • Support and physical assistance for participating in activities and outings with the family so you can focus on enjoying the experience and taking care of your children.

 

There’s a common misconception that elderly care is only beneficial for those who are extremely elderly, have extensive challenges, or have no family near them.
This is not the case. Instead, the customized services of an elderly home care services provider can be exceptionally beneficial even for those seniors who have ongoing support from their family, only suffer mild to moderate needs, and have remained largely independent.
These services are fully customizable, which means your parent receives what they need and when they need it. The services are tailored to handling their challenges and needs in the ways that are right for them while promoting a quality of life that they desire and deserve. These services can benefit your parents by saving their energy, saving their time, boosting mobility, offering transportation, and more.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Kennewick, WA, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities areas.  Call 509-627-8575

Tips for Reducing the Risk for High Cholesterol

Tips for Reducing the Risk for High Cholesterol

Recognizing risk factors in your aging parent is one of the best steps you can take as a family caregiver to help them take control of their health, and enjoy a healthier lifestyle as they age in place.
Understanding the individual risks your senior has enables you to take steps to reduce those risks, but also to prepare yourself and your parent for the care that may become necessary if your senior develops health problems. If your senior is at increased risk for high blood cholesterol, they are also at increased risk for a variety of other serious health problems such as heart attack and stroke. Making reducing this risk a focus of your care approach will protect your parent from serious problems throughout their later years.

 

Use these tips to reduce the risk for high blood cholesterol in your aging parent:

Help them to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Obesity is a leading risk factor for high blood cholesterol, as well as for the associated complications. This means having extra weight on their body can pose serious harm. If your aging parent is overweight, talk to their doctor, and create a plan to help them lose the extra pounds safely and healthily. This is particularly important if your senior also has a large waist circumference, which is another risk factor.

Encourage a healthy diet. What your parent eats can make a tremendous difference in their health, and particularly in their blood cholesterol levels. A diet high in animal fats, saturated fats, and trans fats can greatly increase the risk your senior will experience high blood cholesterol. Help them to reduce these fats in their diet, and increase healthy options including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources.

Discourage smoking. Use of tobacco products dramatically increases the risk for a wide variety of health problems, including high blood cholesterol. Smoking damages blood vessels, which makes it harder for the body to properly process cholesterol, and increases the risk for serious complications. If your senior smokes, talk to their doctor to find healthy and safe ways to help them quit. Every day your parent does not smoke is a step toward better health.


If you have been looking for ways to help your parent maintain better health as they age in place, home health solutions may be right for you.
Making an in-home senior care services provider, an element of your regular care approach for your parent can help them to enjoy a higher quality of life while also supporting better health, greater independence, and a more active lifestyle throughout their later years.

For you as their family caregiver, this can ease your stress and help you to feel less overwhelmed, while also giving you the flexibility to focus on the other aspects of your life, and those who rely on you.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering home health solutions in Pasco, WA, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities areas.  Call 509-627-8575

 

Source:

Heart.org

 

How Can a Cat Help Your Older Family Member?

 

How Can a Cat Help Your Older Family Member?

 

What is it about cats that can lull us into watching cute cat videos on the Internet for hours without realizing how much time has passed?
There’s just something about their furry faces and deep, comforting purrs that make them irresistible. If your older relative is one of the many people who is drawn to the cuteness of a cat, there are many good reasons you should consider helping them to adopt one or to keep the cat they already have.

 

Physical and Emotional Benefits of Cats

-One of the benefits of cats is that they are comforting. In a survey conducted in the United Kingdom, respondents indicated that being with cats helps people feel calmer. In fact, 87 percent of the people who responded said that they believed living with a cat improved their general sense of well-being. 76 percent stated that their cats helped them deal with stress better.

-Studies have also shown that having a cat makes older adults more physically active. Although cats are typically less work than dogs, caring for a cat still requires seniors to get up and move around to feed the cat, clean its litter box, and play with it.

-Cats can also reduce feelings of loneliness. Having a cat gives your aging relative someone to talk to and spend time with. Cats can even help seniors to interact with other people. Research indicates that when a pet is around, people talk and smile more. They even get up and move around the room more.

 


Why Cats are “Purr-fect” Pets for Seniors

-Cats make excellent pets for seniors because they are, in general, easy to care for. They don’t need to be taken outside to do their business. Instead, they are quite happy to spend all their time indoors.

-Cats also need less exercise than dogs. Since they don’t need to be walked, even an older adult who is confined to a wheelchair can provide them with the exercise they need. The senior simply needs to be able to hold a laser pointer or fishing pole toy to play with the cat.

-Finally, cats sleep a lot. They are usually pretty happy to spend most of the day curled up in a chair or on a lap. For older adults who are bed-ridden, a cat will contentedly snuggle up on the bed with them and keep them company.

 

Concerned about your aging relative being unable to care for a cat? Home care can help. Home care providers can assist the senior to feed and water the cat each day. Home care providers can also clean the litterbox. And, when it’s time for the cat to go to the vet for a checkup, a home care provider can drive both the older adult and their cat to the vet’s office.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Pasco home care solutions, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities areas. Call 509-627-8575

 

Sources
Medicalnewstoday.com
Americanhumane.org

 

 

Outdoor Safety is Important for Seniors Aging at Home

You’re happy your parents want to age at home. You’ve taken precautions inside. They have grab bars now. There are sturdy rails and non-slip rugs on the wood floors. What about outside? According to the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, 23 percent of falls happen in the yard.

It’s not just the falls that put seniors at risk outside. Fires started by grills or fire pits and attacks by animals and insects are also dangers. Outside safety is just as important as indoor safety.

 

Put Screens Around Spaces Under Decks and Porches

To keep hornets and bees from building homes under a deck or porch, staple pet-proof screening around all open sides of a deck or porch. For a decorative touch, you can nail lattice over the screen. It will keep insects and animals out.

 

Inspect Decking and Patio Tiles

Keep an eye on the patio tiles and decking. If a deck board is rotting or warped, it could pose a safety issue. Pull it out and replace it. If multiple boards are rotting, it might be time to replace the deck. Patio tiles may raise out of place as the foundation settles or is shifted by frozen ground in the winter. If that happens, level tiles that are sunken or raised higher than the rest.

 

Trim Branches and Cut Down Dead Trees

Keep branches on trees and shrubs trimmed and away from the house. You don’t want a branch to break a window on a windy day. Trees against the foundation can cause problems as the roots grow and push against basement walls.

If there are dead trees, they could topple and put your parents’ safety at risk. They also draw carpenter ants, so you want them taken care of before they target and damage wood framing in and around your parents’ house.

 

Create Safe Areas to Garden and Walk

Mobility issues can make it hard to go outside. If your parent has a sloped or an uneven yard, create safe walking areas. A stone walkway or patio with raised garden beds surrounding it will provide opportunities to be outside in the fresh air. Benches along a path or on a patio provide a place to rest.

When your mom and dad spend time outside, you can hire elderly care services to offer a level of supervision. Caregivers can walk with your parents. They can lend an arm for balance. They can make sure your parents put on sunscreen, wear a hat, and avoid heat exhaustion. Call an elderly care agency to learn more.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Pasco Senior Care, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities area.  Call 509-627-8575

 

Sources:
Stopfalls.org

 

How Can You Help Your Parent Cope with Swallowing Problems?

Swallowing problems can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous for your aging parent.
If they are living with Parkinson’s disease, this might be a symptom they deal with as they progress through the disease. Many elderly adults do not immediately relate struggles they are having with PD-associated swallowing problems. If your parent has recently lost weight, is eating a very limited diet, chokes or coughs while eating or drinking, or avoids eating or drinking, they might be dealing with these issues. As their family caregiver, it is important to take steps to help them cope with these problems so they can stay safer and remain healthy as they cope with their disease.

 

Some ways you can help your parent cope with swallowing problems as they live with Parkinson’s disease include:

-Encourage your parent to “train” their swallowing. Their doctor can help them learn exercises that can help to strengthen the muscles used to swallow. One way they can do this is by swallowing hard and focusing on the process

-Take your time when eating. A senior who feels rushed or pressured when they are eating is more likely to have difficulty swallowing, and experience issues such as choking or aspiration. Plan for plenty of time when your parent will be eating or drinking, and encourage them to relax

-Ask about changing their food or beverages. Talk to their doctor about making adjustments to the foods and drinks your parent may consume. Somes textures are easier than others to swallow. Your parent’s doctor might recommend using thickeners to make liquids easier to consume

-Eat thoughtfully. When your parent is eating, encourage them to pay attention to the process. Take bites that are not overwhelming, and chew thoroughly to make swallowing easier

 

How Can Home Care Services Help?

One of the most beneficial aspects of elder care is the fully customizable nature of the services available to your aging parent. An elderly home care services provider is available to your parent on a schedule that is right for them and their needs, ensuring they have access to exactly the care, assistance, and support that they need. This will allow them to manage their challenges and symptoms, while also promoting as much independence, activity, and fulfillment as possible as they age. For a senior living with swallowing problems, these services can include meal preparation, companionship during meals, and eating assistance to keep them safe and help them get the nutrition they need.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring professional caregivers in Yakima, WA, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities area.  Call 509-627-8575.

 

Source:
Parkinson.org/Speech-and-Swallowing-Problems
Parkinson.org/Statistics