The decision to get a pet for your senior loved one can sometimes be a challenge. They may want and need the companionship, yet not be able to meet the physical demands of the type of pet they'd like to have. There are both pros and cons to getting the senior in your life a pet. Let's take a look at some of each to help you decide.
One of the major stressors many senior caregivers face is meal preparation. Preparing consistently nutritious meals while meeting a variety of other needs for the senior in your care is no easy task. Advance planning is critical to successfully preparing meals that satisfy both creativity and proper nutrition.
If you’re not careful chronic fatigue can transition into full-blown caregiver burnout, and once that happens the health and wellbeing of both you and your care recipient are placed at risk. Fortunately, avoiding the effects of caregiver fatigue and burnout is possible when taking these steps.
Taking care of an elderly loved one can be an emotional roller coaster ride of highs and lows depending upon the day. Negative emotions that family caregivers oftentimes experience include anger, resentment, guilt, anxiety and frustration. As an informal caregiver, staying positive can help you get through those challenging and stressful times when nothing seems to be going right.
Maintaining an independent senior’s quality of life under these unusual circumstances takes additional planning and preparation. If you’re currently caring for an elderly loved one, here are some practical ways to provide them with the nurturing they deserve.
One of the biggest fears for aging in place seniors is tripping and falling in their own home. In fact, one-in-four elderly Americans experience a serious fall every year, with many of those falls resulting in injuries requiring lengthy hospitalizations and nursing home stays. As an informal caregiver here are several ways to help your loved one reduce trip and fall hazards in the home.
Many seniors haven’t been able to get out and exercise like they should during the past few months. If you’re currently looking after an elderly loved one who’s spending more time at home right now here are several low-impact exercises that will help them stay fit.
At some point stress, worry and anxiety can keep a caregiver from providing their loved one with the assistance they need. Thankfully, there are several good ways to manage caregiver anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis, starting with these.
The new language of coronavirus has also created areas of confusion that can lead to negative outcomes. One of these is assuming “social distancing” is synonymous to “social isolating.” Here are ways people can help seniors social distance without social isolating.
COVID-19 has brought cabin fever into the mainstream. Even inhabitants of temperate regions must now contend with home confinement and social isolation. But unlike their northern compatriots, they’re less likely to have existing coping mechanisms. Therein lies the problem. Here are ways everybody can handle anxiety and feelings of negativity during the COVID-19 pandemic.