Warning Signs That an Aging Parent Needs Help at Home How do you know if it is time for help at home or an increased level of care? Look for these red flags as common indicators that a senior may need some form of assistance. 1. Difficulty Performing Routine Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). This…
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We aren’t born knowing how to communicate with a person with dementia—but we can learn. Improving your communication skills will help make care giving less stressful and will likely improve the quality of your relationship with your loved one.
Which is why the loss of independence can be a devastating blow to so many seniors. Difficulties with mobility, isolation, loneliness, and chronic medical issues are some of the contributors to a loss of independence in aging adults.
Each day, some 10,000 seniors turn 65 in the United States, and in 2019, people older than 65 years will outnumber those younger than five. The majority of seniors are hoping to age gracefully in the comfort of their own homes.
There are nearly 40 million American adult children who have been pressed into service as primary caregivers for prior generations of parents. This volunteer army is put at great financial risk because family caregivers are generally unpaid, but the economic value of their care is estimated at $470 billion a year — roughly the annual American spending on Medicaid.
As we grow older and our physical abilities change, our living spaces sometimes need modifications to help us function, prevent falls and stay independent so we can “age in place” in our homes.
Through a design approach called Universal Design, or UD, we can make our homes more accessible, operational and safer.
Determining exactly when loved ones need help at home can be challenging but the answer for the most part is right in front of your eyes.
Here are some questions to ask with regards to how your loved ones look, the upkeep of their homes and their driving abilities:
Today, Americans are living longer while staying active and healthy. But adults 65 and older are at risk for falls, which can signal the beginning of the end of that active life – and their independence. Injuries from falls can lead to limited activity, reduced mobility, loss of fitness and a fear of falling, all of which increase risk of additional injury.