Caring for an aging in place loved one with Alzheimer’s brings daily challenges like aggressive behaviors, wandering and hallucinations. Even simple tasks like bathing, dressing and eating can be increasingly difficult to manage. Here’s how to provide them with the ongoing care that’s needed.
What All Family Caregivers Need to Know to Properly Care for Seniors During the Coronavirus Outbreak
The coronavirus, or “COVID-19”, pandemic has caused most Americans to rethink their priorities. For those families who are also caring for aging in place relatives, the coronavirus outbreak has created unique challenges when it comes to getting their loved ones the daily living assistance they need.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, millions of Americans are now sheltering in place, and it looks like it could remain that way for a while. And although social distancing practices are helping to slow the spread of coronavirus, doing so can be especially hard on elderly individuals who are used to being active and socially engaged.
Under normal circumstances, independent seniors are encouraged to get out and stay socially active as much as possible. But due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most communities have now released social distancing guidelines, and some have even banned nonessential travel and social gatherings altogether. These social restrictions are hard on everyone, especially elderly persons who live alone.
Numerous studies have found that the more active a senior is, the more likely they are to enjoy a higher quality of life and more independent lifestyle. One reliable way for care companions to provide emotional support is by participating with their senior in some new hobbies, starting with these 5.
If you’re currently caring for an elderly loved one who could use some cheering up, here are some of the reasons why laughter may be the “medicine” they need to ensure a higher quality of life.
Although caring for an aging in place elderly loved one is highly rewarding, trying to balance caregiving with a household and job can be emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting. As a result, many informal caregivers eventually go through periods of anxiety, depression, fatigue and stress, and some even experience a clinical condition known as “caregiver burnout”.
Millions of aging in place seniors fall every year, resulting in hip fractures, broken arms and head injuries. Unfortunately, many never fully recover from their fall-related injuries, and some end up losing their freedom and independence all together. If you’re currently taking care of an aging in place family member, see why helping them devise a good fall prevention strategy is so important.
Numerous studies have found that seniors who are more active tend to be happier, healthier and even live longer lives. But primarily due to the aging process itself, many elderly people have health conditions that limit their mobility and keep them from participating in activities like they should. For seniors who live alone, that resulting inactivity can eventually threaten their freedom and independence.
One-in-three American adults currently serve as informal caregivers, and most take care of an aging in place elderly loved one. Although caring for an aging senior is a labor of love, the physical and emotional demands involved can oftentimes be overwhelming. If you currently find yourself in this situation, here are some easy ways to get the assistance you need.