How do you spot Elder Abuse in Assisted Care?

Elderly abuse in assisted living facilities is an unfortunate reality, but there are some things you can do to help prevent this sort of thing from happening to your loved one. Do your research: check on the reviews, tour the facility, and talk to the residents/families. Check with the State Department of nursing for filed complaints. Next is easier said than done, which is to visit loved ones regularly. Let your loved ones know it is ok to tell you what is going on in their lives. Last, be aware. Look for signs of abuse both physically and emotionally as well as financially. It never hurts to take a quick sweep of the room and make sure all the loved one’s belongings are accounted for.

Key Takeaways:

  • Be sure to keep an eye out for sudden weight loss or isolation and withdrawing as these are signs of abuse.
  • Dehydration and malnutrition are two tell-tale signs of elder abuse when it comes to physical symptoms.
  • It is important that you immediately report any suspicions of abuse so that you can save the family members of others as well.

“If you’re aging family member is placed in an assisted living or nursing home, the first step to take to prevent abuse is to be proactive by checking on your loved one regularly.”

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Dementia: the Joy of Living an Improvisational Life

Around the world, medical professionals and patients have turned to the performing arts as a new form of treatment for dementia. The act of improvisation can help a dementia patient feel connected to the world while providing unbridled happiness. Similarly, caregivers can find great comfort and limit strong feelings of frustration when caring for dementia patients by using improvisation skills to better understand their loved one’s needs. Improvisational can help not only how caregivers see patients but how patients see themselves.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sometimes it is beneficial to learn ways to communicate with infants as oftentimes this is the level of cognitive development that patients are at.
  • There are many ways to interpret babbling instead of just presuming that the patient is upset or in pain.
  • Encourage your family member to communicate, imitate and play while you are visiting them.

“Across the globe, practitioners, caregivers and patients are embracing play, performance and the arts.”

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Alzheimer’s Safety – Is Your House Alzheimer’s-Proofed?

There are some practical and useful steps that you, as a care-giver, may want to implement should you find yourself caring for an aging loved-one with Alzheimer’s. For example, a medic-alert bracelet is a good idea for Alzheimer’s safety, letting anyone know that this person has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. By doing so, your loved one is also registered with local low enforcement to better ensure they get safely home.

Around the home, specifically, there are Alzheimer’s safety concerns too. Make sure lighting is adequate. Prevent falls by moving unneeded area rugs, and stowing electrical cords. Covering outlets is a good idea. You may want to install motion detectors. Also, invest in some good locks and discourage unwanted visitors with a no solicitors sign.

Key Takeaways:

  • If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, install motion detectors in the house, probably the ones with video capabilities as an extra pair of eyes.
  • People with Alzheimer’s disease can be victims of telephone exploitation, so have other family members pick up the phone.
  • Hazardous materials should be out of the reach of someone with Alzheimer’s disease as well as password locking electronics and internet access.

“The MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return program is available for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who may wander off, in which case the registered bracelet will have personalized information like emergency contacts and health history.”

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What Being A Caregiver Has Taught Me About My Own Aging

Nothing gives us insight into our own futures, or galvanizes each of us to consider preparing for the only rainy day we will all get, that is our own old age, should we live that long, like caring for an aging loved one.

While caring for a beloved and aging person is a blessing, one fraught with many mixed emotions, it does bring clarity to what each of us should consider important must-dos before we get to the point of being to frail to do them.

If it’s important to us to stay in our own homes as long as possible, and for most of it is priority one, it’s a good idea to start making the modifications needed now. Getting old is expensive. It’s not too early to seek counsel and start preparing fiscally now. Know now who you want to be near, as you age. If you wish to be near your kids and grandkids and currently are not, think about that now. One good thing, in this age of technological advancements many new ways of assisting seniors are already available, or on the horizon. Make it your business to stay abreast of these options.

Key Takeaways:

  • Care-giving can have its challenging moments but it is an experience that will bring many moments of joy, sadness, frustration and wisdom.
  • Creating an action plan for aging provides one with success when the time comes.
  • If you desire to stay in your own home when you age, adapt your home to suit your aging needs.

“Learning from experience and improving your personal aging experience are worthy goals for family caregivers.”

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Managing Seniors’ Medication – Family Caregiver Quick Tip

Caring for a senior? If so, then ensuring that their medication is taken on time and in the appropriate doses is one of the most essential steps that you can take. And, with the myriad of pills out there, all with their own associated regimens, it can be a daunting tasks. In order to avoid issues, listen carefully to the prescribers and pharmacists, keep a current medication list, and utilize daily pill boxes to pre-allocation medications in advance.

Key Takeaways:

  • Helping to care for seniors? If so, managing their medication can be one of the most important aspects of this role.
  • Since seniors take so many different kinds of medication, it’s imperative that you use a proper system to keep track.
  • Speak with doctors and pharmacists when prescriptions are issued, and use organizers to keep everything in its place.

“Having to take many pills each day, sometimes several times a day, can make it very difficult to do it correctly. When seniors don’t get it right, the outcome can be deadly.”

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Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Seniors

As we age, our bodies need a little more focus than they used to in order to keep moving and functioning. As such, seniors need to be particularly focused on eating diets that nourish and rejuvenate their bodies. One such diet which can have exceptional benefits is an anti-inflammatory diet. This incorporates mostly whole, natural foods, cutting out processed items, sugar, and starches. The result in a clean, healthy set of inputs that reduce stress on the body.

Key Takeaways:

  • As we age, our bodies need extra care to keep functioning at the highest level possible.
  • Much of this has to do with the diet, which drives all that we do and fuels our activities.
  • An anti-inflammation diet, low in processed foods and high in nutrients, can help keep seniors on top of their game long into their lives.

“An anti-inflammatory diet is all about incorporating foods that have been proven to reduce inflammation while eliminating those that are known to cause it.”

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Adaptive Clothing to Make Seniors’ — and Family Caregivers’ — Lives Easier

When getting into the later senior years, some of the things that were previously easy to do become far more difficult as people have some trouble in adjusting to some of the nuances that come with age. One thing that has been seen as helpful for physical activities for senior citizens is that of having adaptive clothing that will give them more support and help while they tackle the different aspects of their daily lives.

Key Takeaways:

  • Caring for seniors can be tough, both on the senior and those who care for them.
  • However, there are some products available which can lessen the burden and make things a bit easier for all involved.
  • One of these is adaptive clothing, which makes access and handling much easier for the caregiver.

“Keeping senior loved ones fed, healthy, clean, and in good spirits can take a lot of time and effort for family caregivers.”

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Managing Your Parent’s Care From a Distance

As Boomers age and Gen Y and Millennials grow up, many of us are faced with caring for elderly parents. But, with modern careers and aspirations, things aren’t like the old days, where people live in the same towns as their parents. However, there are some ways that we can lessen the distance, including simple daily check-ins, employing in-home care, and regular visits. Plus, we can naturally leverage technology: consider signing the folks up for a grocery or meal-delivery service.

Key Takeaways:

  • As more and more Baby Boomers age, many members of Generations X and Y, as well as Millennials, are finding a need to care for parents from a distance.
  • The main key in doing this is communication: set regular check-ins with parents, both virtual and in person.
  • Then, bring in some assistance: in-home help can go a long way in supporting parents, and meal or grocery delivery can alleviate a major hassle in their lives.

“Living far from your folks adds to the challenges of caring for them, especially if you don’t have a big family to help out, but it can be done.”

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Challenges in Getting Loans after Retirement (And How to Fix Them)

Getting a loan can be difficult for many people, no matter their stage of life. But during retirement, with the absences of a steady income stream, that challenge can grow to be much larger as lenders grow wary of retirees’ financial positions. However, there are some workarounds. First, shop different lenders – some are more willing than others. Next, consider your streams of income – and be sure to take them into account. Then, once you find a good lender, stick with them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Getting a loan can be tough for just about anyone – but it’s even harder for retirees.
  • However, there are a few things that retirees can do to return the odds to their favor.
  • For one, consider all income sources when applying. Then, shop lenders. And, once you find a good one, stick with them.

“Having a good credit score doesn’t also give you much advantage in retirement because lenders put more emphasis on your income.”

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Cataracts and Clear Vision for Longer Life

It may come as a surprise to learn that almost all senior citizens will eventually develop cataracts. According to the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center, approximately 9 out of 10 people develop a minimum of one cataract by age 65. On the bright side, new advances have made treating and/or removing cataracts safer and simpler than ever. If your cataracts are in their early stages, it’s best to wear eye protection in the sun and eyeglasses, when necessary. Drops to dissolve cataracts are in the early stages of development. If you feel your vision is impaired or you have problems with night driving, consult with your doctor about cataract removal.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cloudy layers of broken down proteins in the eye lens, which over time can severely impede vision, are called cataracts.
  • While it may be generations away from perfecting, it should be possible to eventually dissolve cataracts with a medicinal eye drop,
  • A generation ago, protocol was that cataracts were allowed to get very large and ripen before removal.

“The most common reason cataracts happen is the combination of time and UV exposure from the sun.”

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