How to submit a comment or a story on the Community Forum.

Community Forum Guidelines

Helpful Homecare Info
Jun 12, 2017

Caregiving Non-stop: Get good advice and help immediately

0 comments

Edited: Jun 12, 2017

 

Over a period of many years I was the primary caregiver for her mother and twin aunts. I had to manage them with dementia/Alzheimer’s and mobility in a combination of assisted living places and in home care.

 

My mother was originally able to stay home, but then was situated in two different skilled nursing facility with one of them unresponsive to her needs. My twin aunts both of whom had suffered broken hips and other bones. Mobility was a problem, but they lived out their days in their lovely assisted living apartment. One needed on site caregiving 8 hours a day toward the end of her life.

 

The best advice I received was from the social workers, not the medical people. Before a loved one cannot make daily living decisions they should clear out all their junk because a family caregiver is going give away or discard or distribute treasured family heirlooms or pictures anyway. Doing it long distance is almost impossible. Fortunately, we had other family members to rely on.

 

Most old family members think you are still a kid, and do not take kindly to your advice, When the member is mentally alert, there seems to be little you can do. If a family member is very forgetful, have them screened for dementia. My father covered for my mother for years. Only when HE died did we learn the extent of her illness

 

Important Advice:

Get your affairs in order NOW no matter how young you are This includes all contact information for friends doctors and professionals that assist you. Give at least two people your Health Care Power of Attorney. Make sure some else can write checks if you are unable. Purchase a burial site or contact a crematory. Visit a reputable funeral director.

 

Sandra,

Connecticut

New Posts
  • Helpful Homecare Info
    Jul 16

    You’re going to hear a lot from us about how technology can help us live independently longer as we age. Parallel to that goal: How can technology help family caregivers worry less, toil less and love more? In their efforts to support healthy aging, IBM and its Cognitive Horizons network of universities has just added a new partner, the Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center at U.C. San Diego. Together, they’ve launched a research initiative to “identify early signs of cognitive impairment and dementia to help delay impairment and extend independent living options for the aging population.” Sounds great: Identify the markers for cognitive decline to address these early. But there’s a missing link (or maybe IBM just forgot to include it?): The family members who play a huge role in helping senior loved ones continue living ‘independently’ in their home of choice. Family input is critical to this and other studies, especially for seniors who are already halfway down the path of mental decline and rely on others to make decisions for them. Without input and data from family caregivers, without their observations and self-taught lessons, IBM and its partners will solve only half of the equation, and “discover” only half of the solution. https://www.ibm.com/blogs/research/2017/09/ai-help-aging-populations/
  • Helpful Homecare Info
    Nov 5, 2018

    The AgingWell Hub, in partnership with the National Alliance for Caregiving, has created an integrated journey map for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The map can be used to identify opportunities to provide support and intervention for caregivers, and in turn, to benefit their care recipients. Multiple players in today’s health care system — a pharmaceutical company, health care provider, health-related technology provider, university, leading national nonprofits and more — came together to share expert knowledge and proprietary research to develop the map from the perspective of consumers. In this case, the consumer is the unpaid family caregiver of an older adult with Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of the caregiver journey map is to capture the 360-degree experience of individuals caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other serious cognitive impairment. Creating a common framework and terminology allows us to: Identify and prioritize areas where caregivers need support Drive alignment and collaboration across various players within the health care and community services ecosystem Inform the development of technology-enabled solutions to benefit caregivers as well as their care recipients
  • Tracey Clayton
    Jun 24, 2018

    We are constantly hearing stories and advice about the importance of exercising to stay fit. And while the good condition of our body is essential for our good health, we must not neglect our mind, for it is the beginning and ending of everything. The brain, just like your biceps and gluteus, is a muscle, and it needs training in order to remain in top form. Physical exercise and a balanced diet contribute to our mental health, but there is the need to go further than that to stay mentally fit. Let’s discuss some more on the necessity of “mental lifting” and ways to do it. What happens if your brain is asleep on the job? The human brain is a fascinating supercomputer “designed” to perform brilliantly. Together with your mind and billions of cells, it can do wonders. However, if you don’t put enough challenges in front of your brain (e.g. complex thinking and analysis), it becomes stuck in a routine forcing it to complete each task with the minimum amount of energy. This makes it harder for the brain to create new neuronal pathways. This makes your brain weaker, and leaves it exposed to various threats. Looking toward the future You may be thinking that things are OK as they are now, why would you need to train your brain to think better and faster? That is a waste of time. No, actually, it is a waste of mind. It is the same as with your body – you train now, and you know you will be healthier when you grow old. If you don’t exercise your brain, it will be vulnerable to mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other memory and focusing problems. Some people think that dementia is a natural and inevitable part of growing old, but that is not so. Other confuse it with Alzheimer’s disease. It is important to know they are not the same and that both can be avoided. The risk always exists, but it can be minimized, by taking good care of your brain on time. The whys of cognitive training Your daily activities at home and at work are not enough to keep your brain sharp, because it is basically a lazy machine that always searches for similar previous experiences. Cognitive training can help with what we explained in previous paragraphs. It is an organized and continuous activity that includes challenging your brain to develop new thoughts. The goal is seeking fresh unknown events that encourage focus and attentiveness rather than relying on your routine form of thinking. This way, you generate brain cell activity and strengthen your brain. The hows of cognitive training But how can you perform cognitive training? It is a common trap thinking that games like crosswords and Sudoku are enough for that. That may be so at the beginning, but once they become a habit too, the brain will adopt routines for them, and take the easy way out every time. The best cognitive training is tailored for your individual needs. Just as a physical fitness training program, it includes setting an achievable goal, monitoring your progress, and providing ongoing motivation. Ideally, you should dedicate about one hour a week (three 20-minute sessions) to your “mental lifting”. Many dementia care programs include cognitive training exercises tailored individually for each patient which can be more effective than training on your own. Ideas for training your brain As we’ve already said, mental training is different for different people. Still, there are some generally accepted ways of challenging your mind: · Read a new book (even better, a book from an author or genre you’ve never read before) · Learn to play a musical instrument · Learn a new language · Visit new places · Visit trivia events · Arrange scavenger hunts · Try exergame training · Play logic games · Meditate · Write down your thoughts and ideas · Communicate with people beyond chitchat · Take up a hobby · Daydream Working out at the gym helps you perform all of your daily activities much more easily, including carrying heavy bags and climbing the stairs. Training your brain will improve its capabilities and improve all those things you use on a daily basis, including short-term memory, hand-eye coordination and visual-spatial orientation. Furthermore, it will contribute to a healthier and happier future.

Sign up for the Caregiver E-Newsletter »

The Aging in Place Essential Toolkit™  addresses the challenges that individuals and families face in caring for a loved one or themselves. It is a one-stop resource of practical advice, services, and support that helps people plan for how they will live a good life as they or a loved one age.

Tips for taking care of yourself or a loved one.

COMPANY

LEARN MORE

OTHER

  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Twitter - Black Circle
  • YouTube - Black Circle
  • LinkedIn - Black Circle
  • Pinterest - Black Circle

Call 774-377-5818

© 2019 iNeedHomecareNow, LLC All Rights Reserved
Aging in Place Essential Toolkit is a registered trademark.