Seniors and falling it happens often and often with results that are dire.
Its a New Year and Mother Nature has gifted us a winter punch
There is a lot of discussion around seniors lately, where are they going to live and should they move out of their homes
I have a client who has become a dear friend over the years of providing her mother with companionship and in home support.
Recently my client tripped while out walking and fell, breaking several bones in her body. She is a resilient non complaining person, but she was in pain and it was hard to watch since she was further away than a daily visit could allow. She is also suffering from dementia, the stage at which she is in is not bad but as a result of her fall and complications she will be going to live in her home again.
She has two wonderful daughters who work full time and have busy lives, busy families and the this has taken a great toll on them, the stress levels have gone up, and there is more to do, phone calls to make, people to see, decisions to be made.
They are struggling with the fact that their mother now has to go into care, that she cannot be at home it would be dangerous for not only her but for those around her.
I have been thinking of ways to help them and to support them at this time, and there seems to be so little one can do. I think the most important thing I can say or do, is to be there when the phone rings and they have a question, to listen, to find an answer for them when they ask a question. To be supportive at every turn and bump in the road.
http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/moving-elderly-parents This is a very good post to read if you are struggling with making these decisions. It is about one families journey and how they made the right choices, and yes the right choices are not always the easy choices or the one your mom or dad may agree with.
Elizabeth Shewchuk is a certified aging in place adviser CPCA, and a certified practical dementia expert and lives and works in North Vancouver. She created Daughter For A Day Seniors Care after her own family went through some difficult discussions and issues.
Look for further posts from Elizabeth,she is certainly making a new resolution to post regularly to her blog!
Ask any senior where they would like to continue living and most will respond, in my home.
Seniors want to remain in their own homes. That could be the home they lived in all of their adult lives, it could be a home that they moved into after downsizing or it could be a suite in one of their children’s homes, or an assisted living complex that provides them with a lifestyle that most seniors would love to dream about.
Wherever that is, they call it home and most seniors plan on spending the last of their years, continuing with routines that they have enjoyed for many years.
This is great scenario, providing everything goes according to plan. Seniors who are healthy and fit and stay engaged through outside influences have a great chance of doing that. Sadly when a spouse is lost, or chronic illness creeps in, life changing events occur more quickly than most seniors can adjust too. Continue reading
Caring for elderly parents at home using in home support and in-home care is not a new concept. It has become a fairly regular way to provide companionship and healthcare to aging seniors. In many cases seniors will eventually outgrow the amount of help that a child can provide and when this happens then needs can be fulfilled by a professional healthcare aid or worker.
Adult children are generally quite busy and involved in their own lives and may not have the time to donate to their aging parents to provide them with the quality of care that they may need. Making sacrifices is understandable but when the care of the senior means potentially damaging your career or alienating other members of your family it may be best to get in-home care in order to provide seniors with the in-home support that they require for a good quality of life. Continue reading