Article- Always do a little reference-digging before you sign a contract with a home health service, switch to a new company, or hire a home health aide from the "gray market" of independent providers.
Article- The need to provide care for another person arises for many reasons. Often, the person who needs care does not realize it and family members must step in to help make decisions. One of those decisions involves who the caregiver will be and where care will be provided. The choices can be difficult unless you know what to consider...
Article- Your loved one has spent a lifetime around sink and stove -- who knew they were prime accident makers? Accidental burns afflict many older adults because of fragile skin, carelessness, and old habits that die hard.
Article- Opening your home and your heart to a new person who will be your loved one's aide and, in many ways, a companion, can stir some concern -- and questions. Here, 10 traits to look for from real examples of in-home caregivers.
Article- How quickly every corner of a caregiver's home seems to fill up with medication bottles, assistive devices, insurance paperwork, and all the other stuff associated with home care! These ideas will help you clamp down on clutter -- and restore a bit of calm to your life:
Article- Set up automatic payments for regular bills from your parents' checking account or your own.
Register on your bank's website as an online user, then specify which bills you want to automate. If you're worried about overdrafting, you can choose to be e-mailed for approval before each payment is sent out...
Article- Before you hire someone, try to get a clear idea of what you would want him or her to do and the number of hours of work involved. It will cause problems if you do not express your expectations and agree on a plan. Also be sure to provide a good picture of the person who needs care--not only the physical...
Article- The ideal home for the care of elderly or disabled persons is on one level (ground floor). Having more than one floor is all right as long as there is an elevator or other approved lift device. The ideal care home is laid out so that the caregiver and the person in care can see each other from other rooms...
Article- Is your house feeling more like a hospital than a home? Maybe it's the medical equipment everywhere. Pill containers covering counters and tabletops. Medical notes and directions all over the refrigerator, where kids' drawings and pretty postcards used to be front and center...
Article- Having a chronic disease can turn even easygoing personalities into Eeyores who are chronically negative and glum. When a loved one's dark clouds rain on your ability to get things done (or to simply make it through the day cheerfully yourself), try these strategies:
Article- Sure, you've been driving with your loved one for what seems like forever. But his or her changing needs may mean that a few adjustments are in order that will make outings, short or long, more enjoyable for all.
Article- To keep older adults safe at home, you've probably heard that it's smart to throw out the throw rugs to prevent accidental trips and falls. Here's how to keep your home looking warm without them.
Article- Snapped lately? All family caregivers lose their cool sometimes. Living with an elder is that stressful. Sometimes the target winds up being the hapless coffee shop clerk, and sometimes it's the person you love best in the world. If outbursts are happening increasingly often, consider them a warning sign to find better ways to channel caregiver anger...
Article- Keeping older adults clean when they can no longer manage personal hygiene completely on their own is no fun for you -- or them. Your goal should be to preserve privacy and dignity, while also helping your loved one stay clean.
Article- Let's face it. Sometimes the home where eldercare takes place can get a bit . . . smelly. Everything from incontinence accidents, medication side effects, closed windows, poor hygiene, and a penchant for mothballs can conspire to make your house lose its once-cheerful, cozy, clean odors...
Article- A variety of reasonably priced programs and services can help older adults become more active and engaged. Making a good match for your family member depends largely on his condition and needs.
Article- The sheer effort involved in getting your loved one to the doctor's office can be pretty considerable -- and time-consuming. More and more medical practices are employing an option that can help eliminate some unnecessary visits, and it's worth checking into if you haven't used it yet.
Article- Many older adults of varying health difficulties, not just the critically ill, discover that they enjoy a hospital bed for use at home -- at least once they get past the idea of a "hospital" bed and actually try it out.
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