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Tips for Planning Senior Outings

One of the toughest things for seniors to deal with after years of being active, out and about, is staying home all of the time. Keep in mind that at one time, your loved one was in constant motion in the same way that you as a family caregiver are today. They had to take care of a myriad of issues around home and around town. Being cooped up inside all of the time can be depressing and frustrating. It's not easy to be confined to just one space all of the time! To combat this, a great thing to do is to plan outings for loved ones. Getting out into the wider world can offer emotional, mental, and physical benefits for your loved one. This...

Cleaning Tips for Caregivers

  Keeping house is no small thing! Often the biggest issue is simple the issue of too little time. Another big roadblock is a lack of energy - you're exhausted before you even begin! Balancing your home and family with the needs of your loved one often means getting behind and feeling overwhelmed. Finding a solid routine and sticking with it is the key to preventing your feeling overwhelmed, and the added bonus is that a neat space is a proven way to improve everyone's mood! It might require a bit of experimentation in order to get the routine that best suits your family and your needs. Keep at it until you find the schedule that works for you, and once you find it you'll be very happy...

Nutrition How To’s for Seniors

Nutrition for seniors isn't always easy to figure out, but with these how to tips, you'll be able to give your loved one more of what they need. Improve Hydration Not getting enough fluid into the body puts seniors at serious risk of dehydration, which can cause all kinds of issues from confusion to constipation to changes in blood pressure. The list goes on and on. According to doctors, seniors over the age of 65 need the following: 2 liters (nine 8oz glasses) per day This might be different for those who have heart or kidney problems, and it's so important to ask your loved one's doctor what they need. And don't forget that all liquids, including soup, popsicles, coffee, tea, milk, etc. count towards this goal. To get to...

How Home Care Helps Prevent the Most Common Hospitalizations

Some of the most common reasons for hospitalizations can so easily be prevented with the aid of an experienced home care provider. In fact, preventative measures are one of the best reasons to get onboard with homecare! Here are five areas in which home care can help to prevent hospitalization: Accidents There are so many common accidents around the home that are preventable. Things like slips and falls are of course what the thing of first, but also other accidents like traffic accidents or exhaustion are very preventable with more attention and a set of helping hands. In home caregivers from Nuevacare are trained in fall prevention, and they're also able to provide transportation services. And of course they're always there to help out with duties that...

Anger and Seniors – Strategies to Help You Deal

Everyone has good days and bad days. It's something that happens to all of us. That's true for seniors as well. Mood swings can come for them from many of the same things that they come from for us. Poor heath, stress, pain, and dissatisfaction with life are all contributing factors. In addition there's wrestling with the loss of dignity, or perceived loss of dignity that can be part of aging. If you're a family caregiver, particularly one who is part of the sandwich generations, these things can make it easy to start to think that your loved one's mood swings and emotional struggles are your fault, and then to become overwhelmed. cause can require a considerable amount of patience and empathy, there’s much more you can...

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Caregiver Burnout and You

  Caring for a loved one who needs your support is something that everyone who does it struggles with to some extent. It's a challenging job to do that stretches you between the family obligations that you have taken on with partners, children and grandchildren, against the needs of an aging loved one who has often been your caregiver in the past. Here are some essential strategies to make your life as a caregiver work, warding of burnout before it comes on and also combating it once it becomes a reality. 1. SELF CARE - Take care of yourself. This is something that many have heard over and over again, but that's because it's absolutely true. You must pay attention to your thoughts and emotions, and learn to...

You Need a Break – How Caregivers Can Get One

Taking care of an aging loved one who needs your help is a big deal. There's a balancing act to be had, keeping the responsiblity that you have to maintain in all areas of your life while also getting everything done to maintain their lives. You need to take some time for yourself if you're going to be able to keep up with taking care of them. Reaching out for help is often the biggest challenge, but here are some ways for caregivers to get some help when they need it. Elder companions Basic respite care can come from elder companions - peers who can come in and do things like light housekeeping, shopping, errands and other simple activities. The big thing that they provide for your loved...

5 Tips to Ease the Transition from Facility to Home Care

The transition from a hospital or rehabilitation facility to home is a hugely challenging one. What most people see is nothing but the relief that comes from being at home, but the reality is that recovery is still actively going on when a patient returns home after an event. Here are 5 keys to making the transition from a hospital or rehabilitation facility easier: 1. Communication The effective sharing of information between doctors, nurses and other health care providers, as well as with the family is the key to making it work. These days there are so many people involved in the care of each patient, that it seems almost impossible to get everyone on the same page. However you can make sure that communication flows more effectively...

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Could Stress Be Causing Illness in Your Loved One?

Though it can often seem like the retirement years should be ones of leisure and free from responsibility, the stress of life can still take a serious toll on the health of seniors. Yes, jobs and work are in the past, but there are still a wide variety of things that push individuals to their limits. A whole life of working, raising children, navigating relationships, retiring can seem like reaching the top of a mountain, the idea is that the struggle is finally over. The reality is that it's not.  There are still a wide variety of stresses on life. The top 5 stresses on life that are the most common links to illness are: Divorce Marital separation Institutionalization (leaving the home for another environment) Death of...

10 Tips to for Health and Longevity

When you're a family caregiver, your health and longevity matter. You've got someone who's counting on you for support and care. These ten tips for health and longevity work on everyone - you and your elderly loved ones. Try implementing just a few at a time, and you'll feel better as well as living longer. 1 - Drink coffee This will come as welcome news to many people - coffee is good for you! Coffee is full of antioxidants, and a modicum of caffeine is actually shown to help the body regulate its rhythms. Drink caffeinated coffee only before noon to keep your sleep cycle on point, and remember that even decaf has some caffeine in it. 2 - Skip liquid calories Avoid juices, sodas and protein drinks. Your...