There are various health issues that may lead your elderly loved one to wake up at nighttime. If you are a caregiver of your loved one during the night, it would be helpful to know more about how to handle these issues. Figuring out how to handle these issues will make nighttime caregiving easier.
Has your elderly loved one been awake often using the bathroom? There could be many reasons why they need to use the bathroom more than usual. A ...
Lots of people find that routines are a helpful way to ensure that they get to everything they want to do. But for someone with dementia, routines could be incredibly grounding and help with feelings of security. Your senior might be needing a routine, especially if she’s exhibiting more challenging behaviors than she has in the past.
Start with a General Plan for the Day
Map out how your senior’s day runs now and how you ideally would like it to go. Routines ...
The Holidays always seem to bring us joy and as we reflect upon the appreciation we hold for our wonderful clients, staff and community partners. We truly feel blessed to work with each of you. Thank you for making us the successful company we are today. May 2020 bring you and your families the healthiest of minds, bodies and spirits throughout the upcoming year.
Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays,
Your Friends at Extended Family Care
If you or a loved one are ...
If you have a senior parent or loved one living at home, there’s a good chance that they take some sort of regular medication or supplements. As a family caregiver, you have a lot on your plate caring for an aging senior, and keeping track of their medications can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t have any type of medical background or training. But it’s not impossible.
Making sure they they take the correct medications, in the proper doses and at the ...
When you first find out that your child has special needs, you might feel a little bit lost. This is perfectly normal, but there are still some things you need to do in order to become better informed.
The simplest way to start arming yourself with information is to just start asking questions. Don't worry about whether you're asking silly questions or not. When you need to understand a situation or you need information, there's no such thing as a silly ...
Some family caregivers have the benefit of falling back on siblings to help care for aging parents. When you're an only child, that's not possible. You don't have a brother or sister to vent to, brainstorm with, or rely on for breaks. How do you handle family caregiving as an only child?
Find a Way to Build a Support System
Make sure you have a support system. Whether it's friends, your own children, or your cousins, make sure you have a support system ...
If your senior is experiencing shortness of breath more often, is coughing a lot, or seems to be getting sick more often, you might have started to wonder if she has COPD. COPD is a chronic and progressive lung disease that can take a tremendous toll on her body and on her ability to continue to live her life the way that she wants.
Smoking is incredibly common amongst people who have COPD, but it’s not a guarantee that your elderly ...
If you and your senior are changing her living situation to one in which she lives with you, there are some emotional and mental changes that come along with that physical shift. You might not even notice them until they show up unless you know what to watch for.
Adjustments Need to Be Made
Everyone who lives in the home is going to need to make some adjustments. Some people are going to be more adept at this than others are. Everyone in ...
Carrie was widowed at 68. Her husband had just retired the previous year. They had been diligent in working and saving for retirement. She had admonished him to retire earlier, especially given the fact they were financially set, but much of his meaning and purpose in life was rooted in his profession. It was difficult for him to let it go. When he finally did let it go, it was only a few months before that massive heart attack overwhelmed him ...
When a parent needs care, moving often makes sense. Whether you're moving in with your mom or dad or you're moving a parent in with you, it's easier to provide care. While it's an easier path, is it always the right one?
Does the Home Have Space?
If you live in a two-bedroom home and you have children still at home, be realistic about where your mom would sleep. If you don't have the room, you'll be crowded and privacy would become an ...