Home Care Blog in Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge
When the power goes out, it can be difficult to feel so out of control of your own space. Not knowing how long until the power is back on, and not being able to engage in the activities and aspects of routine that you are accustomed to because of the lack of electricity can create problems. When it comes to caring for seniors, there are a few extra considerations that make it especially important to have a plan and preparation in place for the event of a Power Outage so that things are all in order and there isn’t a need to frantically try and sort everything out in the moment. Depending on the cause of the Power Outage, electricity can be out anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Setting up a plan and having things ready to go that can help to keeps things organized and manageable during a Power Outage can help to reduce everyone’s stress levels and make sure everyone is alright and knows what to do.
Caring for the environment and engaging in practices that are helpful for the planet should be a priority for all of us. Living a greener lifestyle and setting things up in a way that allows for a more environmentally conscious life doesn’t have to be complicated. There are so many ways that seniors and their caregivers can do their part just by making little adjustments and intentional choices about their behaviours, habits, use, and awareness.
With ageing come various changes that can impact the way skin looks and feels. As the texture, sensitivity, and vulnerability of the skin changes with age, it becomes increasingly important to engage in self-care practices that can help to promote skin-health and keep things feeling and looking as healthy as possible. Older skin behaves differently than it did in younger years, so seniors may need to make some adjustments to their Skincare routines to better suit their skin in its current state.
With older age comes numerous changes that can impact things like mobility, sensitivity, motor skills, and other things that can alter our ability to dress ourselves, and to feel comfortable in the clothes we are wearing each day. Adaptive Clothing exists specifically to help individuals feel more comfortable in their clothes day-today, and allows for the maintenance of greater independence when it comes to dressing oneself.
Over the past few years, we have written numerous articles that touch on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and the ways in which the lives of both seniors and their caregivers can be affected by the many challenges that accompany these conditions. The following are some of those articles:
Apples are a tasty and enjoyable snack that many people enjoy, but they can be so much more than that. Apples have many nutritional properties that can help to keep seniors healthy, and incorporating them into seniors’ rotation of snacks can yield positive benefits.
Stress is something that everyone deals with, but chronic stress can impact the body in ways that require attention when tending to seniors’ overall wellbeing. Seniors who deal with a lot of stress and don’t have a proper outlet to deal with it often find themselves experiencing various negative symptoms that can impact their experience of their day-to-day lives, such as: muscle tension, depression, anxiety, headaches, and gastrointestinal issues. All of this goes to say that the implications of prolonged stress can meaningfully impact seniors’ health and wellbeing.
Many seniors experience the sensation of Dry Mouth in older age, often as a side-effect of taking medications for common conditions. As a result of the many health conditions and complications that can come as a part of growing older, many seniors find themselves taking multiple different medications. Unfortunately, the more medications, the higher the chance of experiencing Dry Mouth and the problems it can cause. In order to tend to oral health and the overall quality of life issues that can come as a result of dealing with the irritation and problems of Dry Mouth, it is important to have an understanding of the condition and how best to address it.
When caring for a senior loved-one, there are always those moments in which disagreements occur about what is best moving forward in the pursuit of better health. As a caregiver, it can be a real challenge to feel as though the very logical and straightforward information you have been advised by medical professionals or research is being challenged by loved-ones who feel that they either can’t or don’t want to make the necessary changes in their lives. While it is undoubtedly important to listen respectfully to seniors about the choices they want to make about their own lives, there are some situations in which you might want to push a little harder to make them hear you out and make some changes if you think it will truly improve their chances of living a happy and comfortable life.
As is the case with any illness, it can be challenging and stressful to care for a loved-one who is dealing with Shingles. An understanding of the basics of Shingles and how it impacts the body can help caregivers to know what their loved-ones need as they work to feel better.