Caregiving

Understanding and coping with challenges of being a caregiver.

Drawbacks of Bed Rest

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Caregiving, Health Care Team and System | 0 comments

Sometimes acute injury or illness leaves a senior bedridden but too much bed rest can have negative health effects. For the older adult, bed rest or chair rest, even for a few days, can cause deconditioning; that is changes in muscle strength and muscle bulk that can result in dependence and  impairment in balance.  Muscle strength is important to perform daily activities.  For example, strength in the quadriceps (thigh muscle) is necessary to rise from a chair, independently. Loss of strength in the muscles of the ankle joint may result in falls. Deconditioning can result in a loss of...

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Hearing Loss? Take Action!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Caregiving, Health Signals | 0 comments

 It is estimated that 33% of those who are aged 65-74 have some hearing loss: 45% of those 75 – 84 years of age, and more than 60% of people over 85. Hearing is important to the quality of everyday living. Taking part in a conversation, receiving directions and information, and enjoying entertainment and recreation are affected when hearing is lost.  Hearing impairment can cause us to become isolated and withdrawn: to feel “stupid” or embarrassed in everyday situations – or to become depressed.  With gradual hearing loss, the person may not be aware of the changes: others might notice...

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Home Care for Canada’s Elderly

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Caregiving, Health Care Team and System | 0 comments

What is Home Care? Home care helps elderly people remain in their own homes, helps reduce hospital admissions, and may allow earlier discharge from hospitals. Home care is appropriate if you need help from registered nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and social workers, or if you need personal care provided by home health aides.   Who provides Home Care? Both public and private sectors offer home and community care services.  Public services are funded and managed by the local health authority. Eligibility depends on a professional’s assessment of your specific needs,...

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Services for Aging Parents at a Distance

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Caregiving, Health Care Team and System, Planning | 0 comments

You and your aging parents are cities or provinces apart. Your dad has early dementia and lives at home with your mom. You’ve agreed as a family that your elderly parents need help at home. Mom agrees – now where do you look?  First, know what type of service you want and the terminology to use when searching.  Adult day care programs are offered in the community to provide social activities and health or medical care.  The individual might attend one to five days a week.  Home care or community care programs are offered to help people remain in their own homes, reduce admission...

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Long Distance Caregiving

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Caregiving | 0 comments

Many families are faced with the unique issues of long distance caregiving. The ordinary challenges of helping and caring for aging parents can multiply when you live thousands of miles away or even overseas. Val moved to Canada from England 16 years ago. She became a daughter whose parents lived “across the pond.”  Having made many trips to Britain, Val shared with us some tips that she has learned over the years. Here are the biggest challenges she experienced: Understanding what is going on – and encouraging family at home to be open and honest about the current...

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Action for Common Aging Concerns

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Caregiving, Health Signals, Planning | 0 comments

In previous newsletters, we showed how you can approach sensitive topics during holiday visits with aging parents. During the visit you may have noticed new areas of concern, or old problems that are calling for action. Now, you may feel anxiety or uncertainty about what to do next. Taking that first step, no matter how small, creates momentum towards positive change. Here are some first steps for common concerns: 1. Health Changes in physical or mental health are usually at the root of all other challenges facing your aging parents.  Many factors combine to keep seniors healthy. Among the...

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