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5 Ways to Improve the Quality of Life for Seniors

By Guest Blogger, Diana S,

5 Ways to Improve the Quality of Life for Seniors

 

With the passing of years, many seniors’ quality of life declines. They socialize less, their health often deteriorates and they lose their positivity and optimism. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. By taking care of their physical and mental health, as well as seeing to their other needs, their life quality can be significantly improved, and here are some ways how.

Remind them they’re loved, useful and needed

In big, urban areas such as Sydney, moving to a different part of the city could easily mean that you can’t make it to visit your parents or other elderly relatives as often as you’d like. This can make them feel neglected and forgotten. Don’t allow this to happen. Even if you can’t be with them in person every day, you can still find ten minutes to call them and ask how they are or tell them about your day. This way, they’ll know you’re thinking of them and love them. Also, if they live in your household, always give them tasks to do so that they feel useful, rather than feeling like a burden. Ask them to fold the clean laundry or to make the shopping list. They can also help by taking care of your kids once in a while, or simply walking to the newsagent’s to get the newspaper.

Deal with their depression

Several million people over the age of 65 suffer from depression. It can be triggered by certain stressful life events like losing their spouse or retiring, but also by losing their sense of purpose or being unable to take care of themselves. You don’t have to wait to notice the symptoms of depression. Instead, after these life-changing events, suggest that your elders visit a therapist or a psychologist preventively. However, if you do notice symptoms of depression, react straight away and get them treated.

Get them to socialize

Company and communication can have a vital effect on seniors’ health, so encourage them to spend as much time as they can with family, friends and neighbors they like. Hint that they could use social networks to get in touch with some of their old friends from university, school or their hometown. They can even organize tea parties, movie- or game nights. They should also try expanding their circle of friends through volunteering or going to various community events. Another option for them is to move to a retirement home, such as the award-winning Mark Moran Little Bay. Choosing this type of home for your seniors will provide them with around-the-clock medical care, while also tending to all their other needs, including socialization. They have shared spaces which are perfect for community engagement, which is exactly what everybody needs – being surrounded by people of similar age and interests.

Encourage them to exercise

Regular exercise might add years to a person’s life, and if they remain fit, those years may actually be healthy and pleasant. Physical exercise can increase their vitality, improve their strength and even promote their mental health. It can make them more optimistic and boost their self-esteem. Make sure that your seniors don’t just sit at home, but have them on their feet, walking as much as they can. Something in the line of 10,000 steps a day would be ideal, but if they can’t do that much, anything is better than nothing. It would be even more beneficial if they joined an exercise group, so that they can be surrounded by other people while working on improving their overall health. If they have painful joints, see if there are any exercise groups for seniors at your local swimming pool. Finally, physical activity will help them sleep better, which is crucial in order to keep a sharp mind and have their energy renewed.

Make sure their meals are healthy and meaningful

The food your seniors eat should be rich in nutrients, and not high in calories. Since metabolism slows down with age and the body needs less energy, make sure they eat salmon and other types of fish, as well as leafy greens, which will provide them with nutrients without causing them to gain unnecessary weight. Their meals should be healthy and balanced, but if you notice that they’ve lost their appetite, maybe you could try seasoning the food differently or making the food look nice on the plate. Also, try turning their meals into social events, by eating together as often as possible or by inviting their friends or other family members for dinner whenever you can.

Most elders simply want some of your time, patience and a kind word here and there. So, always be kind, gentle and helpful, and do your best to make their lives worth living.

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Care At Home – Or In A Home: The Big Question With Aging Parents

Care At Home – Or In A Home: The Big Question With Aging Parents

Nobody can predict the future. And while I could hazard a guess that most of you reading this post would love to allow their parents to age gracefully in their own home – or even yours – you just can’t tell what might happen. Illnesses, repetitive injuries, and complicated psychological issues could all play their part. And even if you do make the decision that you will definitely be your parent’s caregiver, who’s to say you will be in a position to do it when the time comes?

There are a lot of considerations to think about – and to be honest, it is almost impossible to make a decision now, without knowing what the future holds. But the sooner we all start thinking about things, the more prepared we will be to make that important decision. With this in mind, here are a few things you should be thinking about right now, so you are ready to deal with them in the years to come.

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Emotional cost

Yes, sending your parents to a residential home is going to be expensive. But you might be surprised to learn that there are enormous costs involved when they need care in their home, too. Millions of people all over the country care for ageing and ill parents and relatives and an increasing number are providing hands-on care. It’s a lot of work. Unless you can afford to pay medical staff and support workers, you can expect it to be a full-time job, and it will be incredibly draining, stressful, and can take you away from bringing up your own family.

Financial cost

Money has to be taken into account. As much as we would all love to say it makes no difference, the cost of caring for a parent at home is significant. You may need to give up your job, pay for medical services, and maybe even shell out for adaptations to your parent’s home – or yours. In short, whether you choose a care home or look after your folks yourself, there is a chance it will have a profound effect on your finances.

Approaching the end

There will come a time when your folks will be close to the end. And if they are suffering from something like end-stage cancer palliative care is of vital importance. Your loved one will be undergoing a lot of pain, and be experiencing the impact of a massive array of symptoms. They will need doctors to treat them, nurses to care for them, and also people who can provide them with the psychological support they require. While many people prefer to see out their days at home, there are some scenarios where getting help from a professional setting will be better for everyone.

The guilt

Unless money is no object, at some point you are going to have to make a choice – and live with it. Either way, you are going to feel guilty. On the one hand, if you decide on residential care, you might have to go against the wishes of your parents. But on the other, keeping them at home may prevent them from receiving the care they need to live out their days comfortably, or the support they need in the event of an emergency. Whichever direction you end up choosing, you have to remember that you will still be a big part of the care team, but you will also have to accept reality.

It’s a tough call, for sure. But hopefully, these factors will help you feel a little better about making a decision when the time comes. Hopefully, that won’t be for many years…

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Elderly Care: How To Do Right By Your Family Member

Elderly Care: How To Do Right By Your Family Member

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Elderly care is definitely a bit of a sensitive topic among some people. It’s hard to think about the options you have when it comes to a family member that struggles. You want to make sure that they are taken care of and in good hands, but you don’t always know what it going to be the best solution to make that happen. So, what you need to do is talk to your parent or family member and try to understand what it is that they’re struggling with. You can then consider the options that may work best for them, their needs and their current situation. Below are a couple of things that you may find will work for your family.

Provide Them With Care

Your first option is to look into the kinds of care options that your elderly family member can have at home. If they are finding it harder to cook all of their own meals, clean, or even bathe and you’re not able to be there for them every day, you may find that a companion care option is exactly what they need. Having a professional to care for them and take care of their needs could be all they need to feel more comfortable at home.

Take Them Out

Sometimes, it’s not that your family member is struggling to take care of themselves, but that they’re struggling with something like loneliness. When that’s the case, you may want to think about trying to take them out a little bit more. You may find that taking them to lunch or to visit some of their favorite places, or even on vacation with you when you go is all it needs to perk up an elderly parent.

Ease The Pressure

Or, you may find that the problem is that they’re under too much pressure to get things done. If you have a very independent elderly family member, they may have a lot of pride in looking after themselves and find it hard to admit that they need help. But, you’re going to need to recognize this and do what you can to ease the pressure. Be sure to take them extra meals round when you think it might save them from cooking, walk their dog, and even buy their groceries for them now and again to save them the trip.

Find A Retirement Community

If you get to the point where you feel like your elderly parent is struggling in their own home, you may want to talk to them about retirement community options. Now, this may not be something they are okay with at first. But if the get extra help and are surrounded by others, it could be all they need to feel a lot better about their situation.

Ask Them To Move In

And finally, you may also have the option to ask them to move in with you. This isn’t always something that is feasible for everyone, but if you have space in your home and you wan to be able to care for your elderly family member, then it could be the perfect solution for both them and for your whole family.

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How to Know When Your Elderly Parent Needs Help

Anxiety Can Be Killer – But you Needn’t Let It Rule Your Life

Unfortunately our parents getting older is an inevitable part of life. Sometimes the aging process is gradual and sometimes our parents can change very quickly and it is down to us to figure out what they need and how we can approach any declining mental or physical health problems.

It is not always easy to know when extra help is necessary and sometimes the little warning signs can go unnoticed. So here are our tips on how to recognise that things need to change, how to do everything that you can to make sure your elderly loved one has everything that they need and how to plan for the future.

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The Warning Signs

There are many warning signs that we need to look out for to make sure that our elderly parents are ok and coping on their own. First of all if you visit them and notice that their normally spick and span home has become untidy and unhygienic then this is a warning sign that the day to days tasks in the home may have become too much for them to cope with.

The same applies to their appearance. If you have noticed that your parent has stopped putting so much effort into their appearance and look uncharacteristically disheveled or unclean then this is also a big warning sign.

Changes in their physical well being needs to be looked out for as any joint problems or physical illnesses will prevent them from being able to go about their daily life. Changes in your parent’s mood can indicate a problem as can any unexplained bruising or cuts on their body. Whether you see that your parent is suffering from mood swings, forgetfulness or depressive behaviour this could be a sign that you need to reach out for help.

You are Struggling

If you find that you are really struggling to take care of your elderly parent alone, or with the help of your family, that is a solid sign that you are going to need some extra help. If you feel that the time has come for you to look into assisted living then go online and find out what options and residences are available in your area. Find help at www.McKnightPlace.com/assisted-living or a similar assisted living facility in your local community, or in the area that your parent lives, to start discussing the options out there. It can be a difficult decision to make, so you will need to make sure that you are reaching out to people in the care community to better understand the options available to you and your family.

Perhaps you still feel that your parent is still able to live in their home, or at home with you, but the day to day caring of that parent is proving too much to handle on your own. In which case you may want to consider hiring a full-time or part-time caregiver that will be able to spend time with your parent caring for them and keeping them company. Find out more information at www.AgeAction.com Don’t feel that you have to do it all on your own if you are feeling like the strain is too much, remember there are many options available for you to receive help.

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They Looked After You. Now, You Look After Them

They Looked After You. Now, You Look After Them

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Nobody likes the idea of their parents rotting away into elderly life without any help or support. Of course, you love these people. And, they mean a great deal to you. But, this doesn’t make it any harder to drop the ball and let the elderly members of your family feel forgotten. As the busyness of life takes over; most people forget about these responsibilities. And, this leaves a lot of older people in a bad situation. It doesn’t have to be this way. Instead, you just need to put the effort in. To help you out, this post will be going through three areas that need to be considered for your elderly relatives.

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Although the elderly my struggle physically, a lot of them don’t have any issues in the mental department. This means that they will still desire the same sort of entertainment they’ve had throughout their life. Having this area of life neglected can be very difficult for someone. Having nothing to do will make you bored. And, being bored for too long can result in stress and depression. Thankfully, solving this issue is nice and easy; you just have to go out and do things with your loved ones. The activities you choose will have to be based on the physicality of everyone in the group. So, you might not want to take someone older to a waterpark, because they may struggle to swim. But, going to a zoo would give them the chance to see things that are exciting; while also being relaxed.

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Next, you need to start thinking about where they live. Some houses won’t be very appropriate for elderly people. For example, a house with stairs won’t be any good for someone that has had two hip replacements. But, a bungalow would do the trick. You’ll probably have to do a large portion of the work; if you decide to move your relatives. From finding the new home to helping them move, you’ll have to cover it all. It could be worth it, though. Living in a well-designed home can make it much easier for an older person to remain independent. Along with this, you could also make their living situation safer with a move.

Finally, but probably the most important thing here, is care. It’s unwise to try and complete the care work that your relatives need yourself. The idea of having a stranger do it might seem bad. But, both you and your relative won’t like the idea of your final years spent together in this way. Thankfully, there are loads of elderly care companies out there. Depending on the company that you choose, you may have the option for your relative to move to a special house. Of course, some won’t like this idea. But, these businesses recognise this; offering services that come to you.

Hopefully, this will give you the help and inspiration you need to start making a difference in the life of an older relative. When people are in their golden years, it’s important to make sure that you give them the support they need.

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