With the cold weather approaching, it is likely you are concerned about keeping your elderly loved one warm and comfortable. As a family caregiver, you may have heard about the dangers of cold weather for senior adults, and you want to make sure your parent stays safe and healthy throughout the season. This may leave you wondering how cold is too cold, and how to tell if your aging parent is experiencing hypothermia.
When most people think of hypothermia, they think of ...
When elderly relatives accumulate a lot of medical history, it can be difficult for family caregivers to keep everything straight. Because elderly adults are more likely to interact with different doctor and experience health issues, it’s wise to compile all their medical information into one convenient location. That way doctors will have a complete picture of the health history before treating the aging adult.
October is Organize Your Medical Information Month, so it’s an excellent opportunity for family caregivers to tackle this ...
As a parent of special needs children, you might find that some people say things that aren't very nice. They may do this out of ignorance or because they just don't take the time to be kind. Whatever the reason is, how you handle the situation can make a world of difference.
Try to Mentally Step Back from the Comments
It isn't always easy to step away from mean comments, but it can be an important first step. Chances are very good that ...
Many elderly adults struggle with feeling like they are no longer relevant, or that they no longer make a significant impact to the people or world around them. They may worry that they will not be remembered, or that their family will push them aside. This can be extremely distressing for a senior.
As a family caregiver, it is important for you to support your aging parent, and help them to recognize that they are still valuable, and that they will continue ...
If the standards that you're trying to live by as a caregiver are too difficult for you to meet, you're not going to achieve the success that you want to achieve. It's much easier to be a caregiver when you're setting goals and standards that you can actually meet.
Doing it All Alone
Many caregivers feel as if they have to do everything completely on their own. Perhaps this is accurate from the standpoint that you don't have other family members who can ...
Being a parent to a child who has special needs takes caregiving to new levels. You're likely stretched to your limits often and you need to learn how to manage your stress in a healthy way.
Learn to Recognize Increased Stress in Yourself
Everyone has a set of patterns that occur when they're under a great deal of stress. Start tracking how you're feeling in a journal or just in a spiral notebook. You'll start to recognize what it looks like when your ...
Sensory overload can be a tremendous problem if your child or infant has sensory development issues. Some of these issues may not be apparent to you until they're too much for your child to deal with on her own.
Use a Firmer Touch
Ironically, using a lighter touch for a child or infant who has sensory issues can actually make the problem worse. A firmer touch is less problematic and can be more comforting. The reason for this is that a firmer touch ...
Senior citizens need just as much sleep as a younger adult. The need for sleep doesn't decrease. What does happen, however, is that seniors start to have a harder time sleeping. You may find your parents going to bed earlier and rising before dawn. You might find they can't seem to stay asleep for more than a few hours at a time.
Certain medical conditions can impact a senior's ability to sleep through the night. Once a medical issue has been ruled ...
Life skills, like making the bed and brushing teeth, are crucial for all children to learn at some point. Your special needs child may need some extra help with learning these different skills, though. How you go about the process can make a huge difference in how easy this is for your child.
Break Down Tasks Beforehand
Take the time before you try to start this process to break down the task you're teaching your child. No matter what the task is, there's ...
If you've been putting off making any sort of medical information binder or folder for your elderly family member, you might want to reconsider. Having this information available in an emergency can help you to feel calmer and deal with what's going on, but it also makes life easier for the medical personnel helping your senior.
Copies of Medical Records
You might not be able to carry every piece of medical information for your elderly family member, but possibly carrying copies of the ...