Life’s A Gift! Blood Drive at Grace Hospice,
Where: 2205 Jolly Rd, Okemos.
When: Wednesday, January 3, 2018,
Time: From 10 am to 3:45 pm.
Healthy skin can keep your elderly family member comfortable and ensure that she doesn’t develop bigger problems, such as sores that don’t heal.
Pay Attention to Special Care in the Sun
It’s always best for your senior to spend shorter periods of time in direct sunlight, especially if she’s not wearing sunscreen. Whenever possible, however, encourage your aging adult to wear sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher. Read the label carefully and choose one that says it covers against broad spectrum rays for the best coverage.
Avoid Water That’s Too Hot
Aside from using sun protection, there are plenty of other opportunities to protect your aging family member’s skin. Extremely hot water, whether in the bath or the shower, can feel good, but it’s extremely drying to the skin. If your senior is used to taking hot showers or baths, encourage her to back that temperature down a bit for better skin.
Use Lotions and Creams
Lotions, creams, and ointments help to maintain the moisture in your senior’s skin. As your elderly family member ages, her skin becomes thinner and has less of a fat layer underneath. Her natural oil production may slow down, too, which can lead to drier skin that is more prone to irritation and itching. Lotions and creams help to protect the oils that are already there.
Dry Skin Carefully
When skin is wet or damp, it is a lot more fragile than it is when it’s dry and well-moisturized. After a bath or a shower, how your senior dries her skin can make a huge difference. The rougher that you or your aging family member are with the towel, the more likely you are to scratch her skin or cause other types of irritation.
Examine Skin Regularly
Make it a regular habit to check your senior’s skin for wounds, marks, or signs that there might be something wrong. Even if you’re not sure whether something is a problem or not, bring it up with her doctor just to be on the safe side.
Senior care providers can be invaluable in helping your elderly family member to spot skin troubles. They’ve got plenty of experience in these types of situations and can help your aging adult to pay attention to all of her skin.
Ellen’s best friend in the world has four legs and a tail, and Ellen wouldn’t change a thing. However, when Ellen had a stroke that left her unable to use her right arm, she worried that her beloved dog, MiMi, would have to be rehomed. Ellen wasn’t sure she would be able to do all of the things that MiMi needed from her to stay healthy and happy. Even pouring dog food from the bag into the bowl was nearly impossible for Ellen with the use of only one hand. Her family worried that Ellen would be depressed without MiMi’s companionship and her stroke recovery would suffer.
Because Ellen needed help for other daily activities, her family contacted an agency to hire an elderly care provider to come to Ellen’s home to assist her. They were overjoyed to discover that not only would the elderly care provider help take care of Ellen, they would also help with MiMi.
If your parent has a pet they rely on for friendship, love, and emotional support, growing older doesn’t mean they have to give that up. Elderly care providers can assist with some pet care duties.
Here’s some of what they may be able to do:
Take the Dog Outside: An elderly care provider can let the dog outside or take it out on a leash to do its business. For seniors with balance problems, taking a dog outside can pose a risk of falling if the leash gets tangled or if the ground is uneven.
Clean the Cat Litter: Elderly care providers can scoop or clean the cat litter box to keep fuzzy feline friends happy and the home smelling fresh.
Feed Pets: Seniors with memory loss might forget to feed their pets. An elderly care provider can remind them to feed pets and assist them with the task if needed.
Brushing: Brushing a pet can be soothing for older adults with dementia, but they may not remember how to do the task without some help. An elderly care provider can help them get started with the task or show them how.
Playing with Pets: Pets need playtime to burn off excess energy and remain happy. An elderly care provider can help aging adults to play with toys. If the senior is wheelchair bound, an elderly care provider can bring a ball to toss or a cat toy to dangle.
Your parent shouldn’t have to worry about having to give up a pet due to illness or disability. Knowing that an elderly care provider can help both them and their pets remain safely in their home can ease their fears.
Sylvia Veloz, October’s caregiver of the month has been providing exceptional care for Cypress clients for twelve years. The relationships Sylvia has built with her clients is the most rewarding part of her job. In Sylvia’s free time she cares for her granddaughters. Sylvia would like to share a random fact. That the Hawaiian alphabet has only 13 letters!
Thank you so much, Sylvia, for the outstanding service you provide our clients.
If you are like many family caregivers, you are not just taking care of your elderly loved one. Instead, you are a member of the sandwich generation. That is, sandwiched between caring for your senior parent and your children. A multigenerational approach to caring is about not always splitting up the efforts that you put forth, but rather maximizing your time, energy, and resources by combining care tasks as much as possible.
One fantastic way that you can use a multigenerational care approach is through meal planning. Taking the time each week to plan meals for your aging parent and for the rest of your family can not only save you time and energy but can also improve the diet of everyone in the family and give you the opportunity to spend more quality time together.
Use these tips to make your care efforts simpler by using meal preparation:
• Take everyone’s favorites into consideration so that you, your parent, and your children get to enjoy favorite meals and feel acknowledged. This will take the burden of choosing and planning every meal off of you.
• Ask for suggestions to occasionally change up your routine and make special occasions out of just regular days. Try getting creative with themes like taco night or exploring Asian cuisine.
• Plan meals at least a week in advance, if not more, so that you can grocery shop efficiently.
• Maximize your preparation time by doing preparation for more than one meal at once. For example, chop vegetables for several salads or cook chicken for multiple meals at the same time.
• Consider giving your parent a recipe or specific dish to create for family dinners. They can prepare this dish with their care provider or on their own so they feel they are contributing to meals.
How can elderly care services help?
Being a family caregiver for an aging adult is challenging, but starting home care for your senior can be an exceptional source of help. An in-home care provider can step in to fill care gaps that might exist in your routine with your parent, enabling you to focus energy and attention on other aspects of your life, such as your children, your career, your home, and yourself.
Through a highly personalized set of services, this care provider will help your parent to stay comfortable, safe, and healthy throughout their later years, while also encouraging them to pursue a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and engaged as possible. Whether you are able to be with your parent frequently and only need occasional assistance or help with particular tasks in their needs, or you live at a distance and are not able to be with your loved one frequently, this type of care arrangement can give you tremendous peace of mind that your senior is getting everything that they need at all times.
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808 W. Lake Lansing Rd.
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
Phone: (517) 485-6100
Fax: (517) 485-6300
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