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.
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 Americans now fall into the “sandwich generation,” which is categorized as adults who care for both children and aging parents. And while the term has been around for several years, folks within this group are facing unprecedented challenges in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Bathing and grooming can be a very pleasant part of the day. After a bath or shower visit, seniors feel good, clean and relaxed. Additionally, the cleanliness of a shower visit makes our seniors feel better with more dignity. Unfortunately, due to the multitude of unforgiving and slippery surfaces, bathrooms are very hazardous for seniors. More than one in three seniors over age 65 fall each year, and the National Institute on Aging says 80 percent of these falls are in the bathroom. If you need a little help with bathing yourself or someone else, then consider having a professional caregiver from Adultcare Assistance Homecare come to your home for a shower visit. They can make this job both easier and safer.