The Secret of Senior Mobility and Independence

In 2014, when I flew out to visit old family friends “Ginny and Lars,” I was sad to see Ginny meeting me at the airport in a scooter. Since her diagnosis with a rare auto-immune disorder, she had become reliant on a scooter when walking moderate distances. During my visit with them, walking was always a concern, and if she didn’t

Seniors Caring for Seniors (And Why It’s a Win-Win)

It could be a surprising scene. An adult child visits his mom to see that the caregiver Mom has been raving about is just five or ten years younger than his mother. Although this can be a surprise for adult children taking care of elderly parents, it’s not a surprise for their parents. In fact, it’s frequently a preference! As th

Taking Care of Elderly Parents: Fall Prevention for Seniors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of three Americans age 65 and older falls each year. Roughly 20 percent of falls cause serious injuries including lacerations, broken bones, and head injuries. Weakened balance, vision, and physical strength affect an elderly person’s ability to stay on his/her

If I Get Dementia

I ran across this list today and thought I’d share it with you. It was written by Rachael Wonderlin, who has her master’s degree in gerontology and works at a dementia care community in North Carolina. It appears on her Dementia By Day blog and was originally published for the Alzheimer’s Reading Room. I thought our readers who ar

Winter Nutrition for Seniors

When the temperature drops, healthy eating can become less of a priority. Keeping a healthy diet in winter can be a challenge, especially if you are an older adult. With age, the body naturally starts to become less efficient in absorbing essential nutrients. Add in wintertime’s decreased activity, and many seniors opt for convenient,

Cold Weather Safety for Seniors

The beauty of winter turns part beast when arctic air, icy conditions, and mounds of snow prove particularly dangerous for older adults. If you are taking care of elderly parents during winter months, we suggest these precautions: Stay warm indoors. A comfortable thermostat setting in winter is 68° to 70° F. Seniors who feel chill

Communication is Critical to Successful Home Care

As a non-medical senior care provider, we occasionally have clients calling to ask, “Why don’t you train people how to make a bed?” The answer is, of course, that there’s no one right way to make a bed because everyone likes theirs made a certain way. Fortunately, caregivers are happy to learn how each client wants things done a

9 Caregiving Beliefs that Damage Families

  “Mom’s in assisted living. Everything is okay.” Assisted living and nursing homes are helpful tools to help ensure that your aging parents are safe and having their needs met. They are not, however, a full solution to all of a senior’s needs. Assisted living facilities, for example, do not ensure that your parent i

Help for Senior Caregivers: Are Your Elderly Parents Over-Insured?

When it comes to aging and taking care of elderly parents, there are topics that are more obvious than others. Is mom and dad’s home handicapped accessible? Are their nutritional needs being met? Are they minimizing their risk for falls? One important topic that is usually not at the top of the list is reevaluating mom and dad’s ins

Why Men Make Great Caregivers

It’s not uncommon to hear from our clients that they want a female caregiver. For a company specializing in non-medical senior care services such as light housekeeping, companionship, safety supervision, and meal preparation, it’s easy to understand. Traditional roles in society have placed women as the homemakers and men as the bre