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

Journaling as a Mode of Self-Care for Caregivers

If you are taking care of elderly parents or others with a chronic illness 24/7 in your own home, you are under stress. The stress can go on for years! Typically, the interventions that help decrease caregiver stress include support groups, respite care, more education on the disease process, and counseling or psychotherapy. I want to t

Summer Travel with Seniors

Summers are often the ideal time for family to travel with elderly parents on vacations, to reunions, or on group outings with family and friends. When taking care of elderly parents, planning ahead will help ensure they stay safe and comfortable when traveling. About a month before traveling, be sure the senior consults with his/he

Are You Ready for Aging Parents?

Are you ready for the journey of having aging parents? As someone working in the senior care industry, I was ready, at least as much as anyone could be. When you are young, you get accustomed to seeing your parents making all the decisions, and you don’t think about the day when they may need you to help them. It truly is the case tha

Exercising the Aging Brain

A regular cognitive workout can improve your concentration, comprehension, and recall in everyday life. The more you challenge your brain, the more brain cells and nerve connection pathways you form. Instead of gray matter simply dying as you age, new cells can be activated to grow at any age. A number of brain exercise routines are

Keeping Track of Your Elderly Parents’ Health from Out of State

There are many factors to consider when caring for a loved one, and of course, having them close to home makes the situation easier. But what do you do when your loved one lives 50 or 500 miles away, or even across the country? Although it seems like it is unmanageable, there are ways to not only keep peace-of-mind, but also to ensure s