While we would love to visualize enjoying a Norman Rockwell-worthy holiday gathering, with all of our family members spending quality time together and Grandma’s traditional holiday feast, the reality for many families instead involves something unforeseen: an emergency room visit. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that emergency room visits for older adults jump as much as 10 – 20% during the holidays. Continue Reading →
Seniors living with COPD have needed to stay especially watchful since the COVID-19 pandemic began. They are not only more likely at greater risk for contracting the virus, but also at higher risk for developing more serious complications because of COPD. A recently available research study published by the European Respiratory Journal reported that COPD patients were more prone to be admitted to the ICU, require ventilator care, and succumb to the virus than those without the disease. Continue Reading →
Family members providing COPD care for an older adult know that outdoor air pollution can exacerbate symptoms. But, did you realize that reduced air quality inside the home can also aggravate COPD symptoms? Cleansing the air in the senior’s home can help people with COPD – and everybody else in the home – breathe better. Continue Reading →
“Hold on – let me help.”
“Don’t over-exert yourself!”
“You just sit down and rest; I’ll take care of that.”
How often have we said things such as these to seniors without thinking? We want to do anything possible to assist our older loved ones, to ensure their safety and to look after them in the same way they took care of us when we were children. However, there’s a hidden hazard in trying to do too much for older adults and denying them the opportunity to do as much as possible on their own – the danger of damaging senior self-esteem and sense of meaning and purpose in life.
Take, for instance, a senior gentleman who spent his entire life taking care of his family, and now has entered into the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Given that he has always self-identified as a provider, becoming dependent on another person to provide for him can be quite challenging and even feel demeaning. It’s critical to help him preserve the sense of being needed by others, and there are a number of ways to achieve this. Try these guidelines from New Horizons In-Home Care to help promote self-worth and independence in seniors:
- Obtain guidance. Being provided with the opportunity to share knowledge and wisdom is a great boost to a senior’s self-esteem, and there is certainly a lot we can learn from older adults. Think of small ways throughout the day to ask the older person’s advice on how to make a perfect pan of lump-free gravy, how to fix the draft coming in underneath the windowsill, how to soothe a cranky baby, etc.
- Find hands-on assistance. As in-home caregivers, it is our responsibility to support seniors with assorted needs, but we also recognize the value of allowing seniors their own tasks and responsibilities. It doesn’t need to be a monumental project in order to maintain the feeling of being needed. Be aware of the senior’s cognitive and physical limitations, and request his/her help accordingly. For instance, a senior who is in a wheelchair can sit at the table and help with meal preparation tasks, polish silverware, or sort hardware in a toolbox.
- Verbally demonstrate your respect. While you may assume the senior knows how you feel, it’s a wonderful feeling to be told how much we mean to one another. Take time to point out specific ways the older individual has assisted you in some manner and how much you appreciate that help, from learning to drive a car, to parenting techniques, to the ability to draw or paint or carve wood. Be truthful in your compliments, and speak them frequently, from your heart.
A qualified in-home caregiver, such as those at New Horizons In-Home Care, is adept in sustaining the delicate balance between supplying care for older individuals and boosting their sense of purpose and meaning. Contact us to learn more about our senior care in Eugene and the surrounding areas, or to schedule a free in-home consultation for your senior loved one.
Are your senior parents in need of help at home? While providing that help, are you also trying to facilitate looking after children and family at home? If so, you are part of the sandwich generation – a demographic of people, commonly in their thirties or forties, who have found themselves responsible for raising their own children and caring for their aging parents. The to-do lists of today’s sandwich generation are loaded. Countless family caregivers not only work full-time, but are at the same time shuttling their children to and from activities and taking care of the needs of the household on top of their caregiving obligations. There are solutions to aid caregivers, however, and the initial step is becoming knowledgeable on how to make life more manageable. Continue Reading →
Do you think your aging loved one could benefit from more safeguards in the shower or bathtub? Does he or she require a walker or rollator to move around? If that’s the case, it’s very likely that you’ll soon be looking to buy the in-home assistive devices that so many families depend on to keep seniors safe. It’s also likely that you’re wondering how to cover the expense for these assistive items, and if any of them may be covered under Medicare or insurance.
All through aging, assistive home care devices can make day-to-day life around the house less complicated and less hazardous. There’s a broad selection of assistive equipment solutions for home care available today that can boost senior safety and help seniors remain much more comfortable at home. At New Horizons In-Home Care, our experts in home care in Albany and the surrounding areas would like to provide you with some insider advice for picking out and utilizing some of the most widely used pieces of home care equipment. Continue Reading →
Of all the outcomes of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, perhaps one of the most concerning is the individual’s tendency for wandering, together with the potential dangers which may arise in the event the senior becomes disoriented or lost. Wandering may occur when the older adult is: Continue Reading →