The leading cause of injuries, both fatal and non-fatal, in the elderly population is falling. In fact, one in four Americans aged 65 and over fall every year. Sometimes, when someone falls, they can hit their head and get a traumatic brain injury. Additionally, falls can result in broken bones. A combination of a brain injury and a broken bone can cause heterotopic ossification. If your elderly parent has fallen and suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken bone and needs short-term rehabilitation services, it's crucial to understand the phenomenon of heterotopic ossification so you can effectively advocate for them.
10 September 2018
If you have a loved one that is getting up in age, it's ideal to think of ways you can help. You may have some concern about this person living alone, and it could be time to seek an assisted living facility. The good news is there are many reasons for doing this and knowing what these are may be the motivation you need to start looking for the ideal location.
28 June 2018
Thousands of young adults enter into group homes every year because they are too old for parents to care for at home, or because they have become too difficult for the parent to care for. Sadly, many of these young adults have behaviors that are correctable, regardless of their diagnoses. When they enter a group home, the staff members become the targets of these behaviors. The staff often end up in an emergency room because they do not have the tools to prevent or stop the behaviors safely.
17 April 2018
A lot of people do not realize it, but many people who live in assisted living facilities actually have dogs, cats and other pets. For many seniors, having a dog while living in an assisted living facility can actually be a wonderful thing. If you have a dog, then your furry companion will be able to keep you company when things get a little bit lonely. Your pet can also encourage you to get up, go outside and have fun even when you don't really feel like it.
9 November 2017
As people get older, there will eventually come a time when a decision must be made as to whether or not they will stay at home and live independently or move in with a family member, an assisted living facility, a nursing home, or other health care facility. Ultimately, there will be many factors that play into this decision, such as the functional capabilities and overall health of the senior citizen.
24 July 2017
When your elderly parent is diagnosed with dementia, relocating him or her into a health facility that caters to memory care issues is in everyone's best interest. Your parent will receive the best care possible while you won't have to stress about him or her living independently or with you. You'll likely want to visit your loved one regularly, but it's important to know that these visits can occasionally be difficult.
20 May 2017
When you think of home healthcare services, do you picture a nurse helping an elderly person eat, bathe, and get dressed? If so, this picture is quite accurate of the types of services some seniors need, but these are not the only services offered by home healthcare companies. These companies also offer companion care services, and this might be exactly what your senior parent needs. Here are three questions to ask that will help you decide if this is something that could benefit your parent.
13 April 2017
If you have a parent or other elderly relative, being sure that they are cared for is important. This is because as your loved one ages their independence in their daily lives begin to dwindle, especially if they have health problems. This is why it's important to consider when your loved one needs to seek out professional care. There are generally two types of care your loved one can receive, which would be short term or long term.
13 March 2017
The devastating effects of Alzheimer's and dementia are currently irreversible; however, there are medications that may help slow down the effects these diseases can have on the brain. If your parent is suffering from one of these diseases and can no longer live at home alone or with you, now might be a good time to look for a nursing home with a memory care unit. Memory care is designed specifically for treating people with these diseases, and some even have a special area, known as a Snoezelen room, which can be very beneficial for people with dementia or Alzheimer's.
27 September 2016
When your aging parent is in need of assisted living or nursing home care, it can often create feelings of stress. Stress is a common response because you may worry about the financial impact involved with such a profound level of care. Fortunately, Medicaid can provide the coverage your parent needs, which will ease feelings of stress and worry. However, there are some tips and tidbits of information you should know to help your loved one get the coverage they need.
28 July 2016