Month: February 2010

Pet Therapy for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care at Home

Pet Therapy for Seniors: Puppy Love for Caregivers and Patients For loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia, studies show that pet therapy offers emotional, cognitive and social benefits. Pet therapy is a proven, practical and alternative way to relieve depression, calm anxieties, and contribute to an enhanced fullness of life. Many with Alzheimer’s, especially those who lived life as animal lovers, feel a sense of calmness and peace when petting an animal. Dogs are the most commonly used animals for this type of work, but some outlets do feature cats and rabbits. Professionals say the breed isn't as...

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Elderly Depression: Signs, Symptoms, and Getting Help

Depression is experienced by more than six million Americans over the age of 65. Quite often, disabilities and various illnesses can occur at the same time as the depression, and the depression itself may go untreated in all but 10% of all people. At that age, people will feel their world drastically changing as friends, siblings and spouses die, and their support systems appear to crumble around them. They no longer feel as productive as before, and any sense of joy in their lives, seem like a distant memory. The proper care of the elderly suffering from depression is delayed in many cases because family members, and even the elderly's doctor may not be aware that the slowing down the elderly is experiencing, may not be due to natural aging, but in fact to their suffering from depression. Depression is not normally an aspect of growing old, as many elderly people are able to enjoy their advancing years, even while managing the challenges of aging. The Elderly and Depression The loneliness, depression and sadness that the elderly feel, are often brought about by loss of someone close, or by the chronic changes of aging that include the loss of mobility and personal freedom, the need to depend more on others for daily personal necessities, the stiffness and pain in the joints and the need to take medication. These changes...

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Professional Advice for Elderly Home Care Remodeling & New Construction

Project Type If you are planning to  build an addition, you may want to consider finishing out your existing garage and building a new garage. The cost of building a new garage is far less (in some cases 1/2 as much) than adding additional new living space. For a basement in-law suite you will need a walk out basement and a window that meets your local codes. Concrete foundation walls can be cut to exact opening sizes allowing you to add a door or window if your natural grade permits. Garage in-law suites will require windows in the bedroom in accordance with your local building codes. When remodeling a basement, installing a sub floor system such as DRIcore helps to keep the flooring warm and dry as well as adding a healthier living environment for you loved one. Safety Monitoring Even when your not in the room with your loved one, you can still check in to make sure their OK and that their receiving proper treatment from others such as healthcare providers. When planning a construction project don't forget to consider any other wiring needs you might have in the future, such as Cable TV, Internet connection, etc... The cost of wiring is far less during construction as compared to post construction. Wheelchair Accessibility In addition to adding more space and freedom of movement to your in-law suite this option also enables you to have piece of...

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Adult Day Care; How to Find the Best Adult Day Care Center for You

The senior years can often be filled with many challenges such as sickness, loneliness and reduced mobility and these sometimes cause frustration and stress for both the seniors and the caregivers. Adult day care is a welcome break and a win/win situation for both the elderly family member and the primary caregiver. It provides your family with a safe, caring and friendly environment to get the needed medical and social attention. In addition, it provides caregivers with a breathing space to do other things and reduces the likelihood of burnout from the 24/7 care, while at the same time knowing that their loved ones are getting good care. What is an Adult Day Care Center? Adult day care involves specialized programs that are designed to enhance the social, mental and physical care as well as health needs of seniors. At the senior center, the elderly are supervised and provided with assistance and companionship. The centers generally operate Mondays to Fridays during work hours, with some providing half-day services on Saturdays as well as some evening care. Most adult day care centers are non-profit facilities with a few publicly funded and for profit. There are two main types of adult day care and the focus is usually on: Social activities along with recreation, meals and limited services for health issues. Serious health care services along with meals, social and therapeutic...

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Guide to Dementia Care and Alzheimer’s Care at Home Part 2

In Part 1 of this post we discussed Many aspects of Dementia and Alzheimer's care at home including; Contemplating Dementia Home Care, Senior Safety for Dementia patients, How to create a comfortable environment for the special needs of someone suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease, and other important information for successful dementia and Alzheimer's care at home Dementia Care and Communication When caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia, always speak gently, using short sentences comprised of simple words. Avoid yelling or becoming exasperated, even when repeated requests or conversations are necessary. Eliminate distractions, when possible. Remain positive and talk with, rather that at, the person. Avoid interrupting but provide help with forgotten words, when necessary. Dementia Care Routines For optimal success and comfort on a daily basis, routines are an important component of Alzheimer’s or dementia care. Although the details may not be remembered, the sameness of established routines is comforting. Based on individual preferences and needs, develop routines for dressing, bathing, meals, exercise, activities, outings and bedtime. In addition, have a plan for providing physical care that requires assistance with lifting or an increased level of physical strength. Plan to have a younger relative close at hand during these times, if possible. Daily dressing should be made as simple as possible. Avoid buttons, zippers or laces and opt for elastic waistbands and Velcro closures instead. Allow clothing to be...

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