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Caring for Senior with Cerebral Palsy | The Falls Home

Coping Strategies For Caregivers Assisting Loved Ones With Cerebral Palsy 

Children and adults with cerebral palsy can have varying levels of disabilities and limitations and some people need a lot of care and will not be able to live independently. Caring for loved ones with cerebral palsy can be rewarding, but can be difficult. Caregivers will also need help and if you are a caregiver, you need to understand how to cope when the job gets tough.    Caregivers have a significant part to play in the life of people suffering from cerebral palsy. As cerebral palsy is a condition that affects muscles and mobility, people with moderate to severe disabilities rely much on their primary caregivers to complete daily activities. They will need the help of caregivers to get dressed, eat, bathe and do other daily activities. Some people will need help a few hours a day and some others will need care throughout the day.    Coping As A Cerebral Palsy Caregiver  Caregiving is an important job and caregivers can be vulnerable to stress, burnout, fatigue, and even depression. Taking care of a loved one suffering from cerebral palsy can take a toll on the personal and professional life of the family of the caregiver. When taking care of a loved one with cerebral palsy, you may experience strain and fatigue. However, there are strategies that you can use to ensure that you are happy and healthy while still offering excellent care to your senior loved one. The coping strategies shared by experts in senior living and senior […]

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Tips To Settle Disputes About Senior Care

Aging can have its own physical and mental health issues. In addition, it can also come with crisis, stress, and emotional decisions that can result in disagreements between adult children, parents, siblings, and other family members. If you find yourself in the middle of a debate about senior care options and problems, it can result in stressful family gatherings and may lead to family rifts if not handled properly. The tips shared by experts in senior assisted living can be helpful to calm the storm of senior care disputes between members of a family.   Relax And Inhale Deeply Being scared and overwhelmed in a hospital emergency room with a failing parent may make anyone lash out at a sibling or any other family member. If you find that the situation is escalating, step out and take a deep breath. It will be helpful to remove yourself from the heated atmosphere as it can give you a fresh outlook and perspective. You may re-approach at another time when the situation is not much urgent.   Organize A Sit-Down  Having a family meeting can ensure that every member of the family gets a chance to express their opinions and listen to the opinion of others. You need to ensure that the atmosphere is non-confrontational and for that, you may head to a restaurant. You can also set strict time frames so that every family member leaves the meeting at the agreed-upon time.   Understand The Facts  In situations where members of […]

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Assisting Family Members With Multiple Sclerosis

You can be the primary caregiver for a senior loved one suffering from multiple sclerosis. The job of caregiving can consume much of your energy and can challenge your patience. You need to ensure that the medicines are up to date, do the household chores, make sure that doctor appointments are not missed, and that your senior loved one keeps up with the physical routines. There are many ways to cope and the tips shared by experts in senior care and nursing care can be helpful to you.    Make Certain That The Home Is Safe And Accessible  You need to contemplate the current and as well as the upcoming accessibility needs of your senior loved one. You may also consult with experts on your opinions. To ensure accessibility, you may have to perform home renovations, some of which can be simple and others costly. It is important to ensure the safety of your senior loved one and offer as much independence as possible to the person. Also, make sure to build a setting that helps reduce your stress and strain. Renovate the home to offer easy entry and exit and make the doorways wide enough for a wheelchair or a walker.    Get The Right Equipment  Problems like general discomfort and bedsores can be easily avoided if the wheelchair is properly sized with a good cushion. You may also consider a hospital bed that raises and lowers as it can help make life easy for everyone. Another option is […]

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What Are The Benefits Of Gardening For Seniors?

Retirement does not mean that the only exciting thing in your life is the weekly bingo game. Your golden years can be a great time to start a new hobby. Gardening can be a great option for seniors and can be filled with challenges, surprises, and many changes making it a great choice for elderly adults of all skill levels.   Whether you grow some small outdoor plants, indoor succulents, or keep a small farm in the backyard of your house, gardening can be an enjoyable activity for virtually anyone. Some of the benefits of gardening for elderly adults as shared by staff in senior assisted living and other senior living facilities across the nation are shared below.   Eat What You Grow  If you grow vegetables and fruits in your garden, you can harvest them and feed your family. As per the experts, a well-maintained garden can help you save about six hundred dollars per year on groceries. Even though you are not concerned about the budget, you need to understand that there is no substitute for fresh produce. Gardening can be an effective way to reduce your carbon footprint, and you can easily control what is in your food with gardening. If you are concerned about the presence of fertilizers and pesticides in the food you eat, you can opt for gardening.   Ensure Vitamin D  As per the experts in senior living, 44% of senior men and 26% of senior women are deficient in vitamin D. It […]

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Why Senior Living Can Be A Safer Option Than Aging In Place?

The senior care industry is full of phrases and acronyms that many of us learn only as we begin to age. You may have heard the common phrase “age in place” and might have wondered what it means. Generally, aging in place means getting older in one location, typically, the family home, making use of support services and resources. Even though the concept can sound good, it might not be the best option to remain as healthy as possible. This is because aging in place can lead to issues with socialization, wellness, and accessibility.   In fact, in the middle of this global pandemic, the safest place to be for seniors may be in an assisted living facility or other senior care facilities, instead of isolated homes. Let us see why senior living can be a safer option when compared to aging in place.   Accessibility Problems  Even though many seniors express a desire to remain at their homes as they age, their homes can no longer work for them and can be unsafe if they use a walker or some other devices to help with mobility. For instance, consider the master bedroom. If it is on the second floor of the home, elder adults with reduced levels of endurance can find it challenging to climb up and down the stairs. To solve this, if the master bedroom is moved to the first floor of the house, the elderly adult will miss out on strength-building activity and will end up […]

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Respectful Caregiving For Seniors With Dementia 

When your senior loved one suffers from dementia and spends much time in a state of confusion, it can be difficult for you to remember the person they were before the onset of the disease. However, you always need to remember that the person is an adult and needs to be treated as one. Respecting and honoring the wishes of your senior loved ones and helping them maintain a lifestyle similar to the one that they had before being diagnosed with dementia, can offer them much reassurance and comfort. Shared below are some useful points from experienced staff members of senior care and assisted living facilities on how you can help your senior loved ones with dementia maintain a sense of dignity.   Never Condescend  When you are caring for a senior loved one, it can feel like it is impossible not to take a parental tone, which can come across as disrespectful and can make the senior loved one you are caring for feel like a child. Therefore, you need to watch your tone and make choices of words. Avoid using the following words:   Diaper: Regardless of the form they have, refer to undergarments as underwear.   Potty: Never use the word potty for toileting. Make use of the word your senior loved one used before the onset of dementia to refer to toileting.   Plan Outings  When you care for people with dementia, it can be easy to be isolated from social settings due to fear that social gatherings […]

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Tips to Handle Medical Emergencies as a Caregiver

It is perfectly normal for you to take extra care of your favorite senior, especially when you receive news that they are suffering from a serious medical condition. Helping with meal preparation, feeding them, making their bed, reading to them, etc are done with care. However, with medical conditions come the chances of medical emergencies. Therefore, you need to be clear on every aspect relating to handling medical emergencies. The primary rule that needs to be adhered to in case of medical emergencies is to keep calm. Understand that panicking will prevent you from thinking clearly. Also, it may scare the patient. The tips shared below can help you to be better prepared for future medical emergencies.   Tips To Handle A Medical Emergency As A Caregiver  There are many variables that can go wrong while caregiving and there are no ways to exactly predict all of them. However, the below tips from professional caregivers in senior care and assisted living facilities can help you mitigate missteps.   Have A Checklist Of Necessities  Make sure to have a mobile phone that is fully charged, first aid kits, cash, emergency contact details, and a list of current medications. Besides, keep the phone numbers and names of all the doctors of the person in a visible place. If your senior loved one is suffering from a heart condition, you need to be familiar with using a defibrillator and have one handy. If you are the home caregiver of the person, it will […]

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Understanding The Instrumental Activities Of Daily Living 

Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) are the abilities and skills that are necessary to do some of the daily tasks associated with independent living. These activities may not be essential for the basic functioning of a person. However, they are contemplated as important to evaluate the self-sufficiency of a person together with their quality of life.    An evaluation of the capability of a person to manage the instrumental activities of daily living is used as a factor to understand whether a person can safely continue to live in their house without any outside help. Typically there are eight key focus areas for IADl and includes: ability to use a phone,  running household tasks and shopping management of finances  dressing and laundry housekeeping  meal preparation transportation management of medication    Functioning Of Instrumental Activities Of Daily Living  There are various scales used to measure the ability of a person to do the instrumental activities of daily living. These include the Katz ADL scale, Lawton IADL scale, Older American Resources, And Services ADL/IADL scale, and the Bristol Activities of Daily Living Scale.  Some questionnaires are used by caregivers, family members, and health care professionals to measure the competence of a person with these skills. These are oftentimes used in assessments to find out if seniors can safely live at home independently. Alternatively, these are used to find out the level of services necessary to enable a senior to continue living in their home.  These assessments will allow for objective considerations regarding […]

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A Note On Age-Related Macular Degeneration Observed In Seniors 

Every year the month of February is remembered as Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. As per the statistics, AMD is one of the major causes of vision loss in people over the age of 50. This disease is very common among seniors and can be challenging to diagnose at the early stages. Moreover, the treatment options for the problem tend to be limited. Many seniors in assisted living communities suffer from this problem and it is important to know about the different types, causes, symptoms, and preventive measures to ensure proper treatment for the problem. Categories Of AMD  Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a condition developed due to problems with the segment of the retina that is at the back of the retina – macula. This segment of the retina takes care of central vision. AMD can be categorized into two namely, dry AMD and wet AMD. The most observed variant of AMD is dry AMD. This condition develops as a result of thinning of the macula with age and smaller clusters of protein get accumulated in it. The central vision will be blurry and it will progress slowly. Usually, it does not expand to peripheral vision, making it difficult to notice the problem in the early stages. Wet AMD is less common and a more serious problem. This condition develops as a result of new and abnormal blood vessels that start to grow under the retina scarring the macula. In this type of macular degeneration, vision loss is more severe […]

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Tips To Deal With Alzheimer’s Aggression In Seniors 

Alzheimer’s disease is a very common health condition among seniors and can be very challenging to manage. As per the statistics, the cost of care for Alzheimer’s in the country is higher than that of heart diseases or cancer. With the progress of the disease, many factors like anxiety, stress, and frustration can result in agitation in the person. This agitation can even lead to aggression that is directed at the caregiver and others. Aggression from Alzheimer’s can take the form of verbal or physical lashing out and science has not yet found why some patients become aggressive while others do not. If you are a caregiver in a senior care facility, you can best prepare to deal with Alzheimer’s aggression by understanding the warning signs and learning ways to cope with the situation. Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s Aggression  As the disease progresses, the person can show many new behaviors like a lack of interest in things that they enjoyed, pacing or wandering, imagining things, and misunderstanding sounds and sights. One of the most effective things that you can do is to notice the changes and diffuse the situation by addressing the cause of the change or helping the patient adjust and adapt to the change in the case of changes that are beyond anyone’s control. For instance, if the person has moved from their home to a senior care facility, helping them adapt to the change by placing familiar objects around them might ease agitation and comfort them when […]

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