After a grandparent moves to an assisted living community, visits from the youngest generation are more important than ever. Besides the enjoyment they bring, there is the opportunity to show off the grandkids to new neighbors.
Understanding the different types of senior care can be a little confusing for families. When a loved one needs help, it’s often hard to navigate your way through the maze of options available. Because an assisted living community and a skilled nursing center sound so similar on paper, deciding which one is the best fit requires research.
The holiday season is a hectic time of year. For some families, it includes traveling to a loved one’s home hundreds of miles away. For others, it means hosting festive celebrations. When you are the primary caregiver for a senior loved one, juggling the demands of the season can be complicated. This is especially true if the family elder you are caring for isn’t safe staying alone.
The issue of older driver safety is complicated. While some may think age should be the primary determinant in deciding when to hang up the keys, the reality is more complex. An active eighty-year-old may be much safer behind the wheel of a car than a sixty-five-year-old with medical issues.
Working in conjunction with siblings to care for a parent can be rewarding and challenging. Families often find it provides opportunities to reconnect and reminisce. For some, it’s the first time in years everyone has been together.
When we think of family caregivers, most of us likely picture an older woman caring for a spouse or an adult daughter tending to her parents. While it is true that female caregivers still outnumber men, the gap is smaller than ever before. For the first time, men make up almost fifty percent of family caregivers.
As the leaves change and the mercury falls, it’s increasingly obvious winter is on the way. If you are the caregiver for an aging parent, it’s time to begin preparing their house for the cold, snowy days ahead.
If a senior in your life has recently moved to an assisted living community, they probably feel excited and a little overwhelmed. Both are common soon after the transition. As a loved one, you might be experiencing similar feelings. Going from hands-on caregiving to more of a support role can be an adjustment.