As aging loved ones progress through life, their evolving needs prompt a reassessment of the most effective care model for them. Initially, their care journey might involve a home caregiver assisting with morning routines and meals. However, as time unfolds, a few hours of assistance each day may prove insufficient. Challenges may arise in the later hours or even the middle of the night, signaling the need for more comprehensive care. Read more
Returning home for the holidays can be a heartwarming experience, filled with the joy of family gatherings and shared memories. However, for many adult children, it can also be a time of sobering realization – a moment when they observe subtle changes in the health and well-being of their aging parents. These changes may go unnoticed throughout the year, making the holiday season a reality check for the need to address potential aging parent care requirements. Read more
The holiday season is often regarded as a time of joy and togetherness, but for some, the colder months bring more than just festive cheer. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of clinical depression, can cast a shadow over the holidays, especially affecting seniors who may find themselves reminiscing about past celebrations with loved ones who are no longer present. Read more
Taking care of a senior loved one can be a challenging task. As they age, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that they can manage their finances responsibly. Unfortunately, many seniors struggle with managing money. Understanding the signs that a senior loved one can no longer handle their finances is key to ensuring their financial security and well-being. Here are several signs of financial trouble in a senior loved one, as well as some tips on how to help.
Difficulties With Simple Math
One of the first signs that an older adult may no longer be able to handle their finances is difficulty with simple math. If you notice that a loved one is struggling with basic calculations, such as counting change or adding up bills, it may be time to consider other options for managing their finances. If you suspect cognitive issues, a visit to the doctor may also be in order.
Large Cash Withdrawals
Another sign that someone may not be able to manage their own finances is large cash withdrawals from ATMs. While there are some legitimate reasons for withdrawing larger amounts of cash, if you notice frequent and large withdrawals without explanation, this could be an indication of financial mismanagement or fraud. Talk to the person about their spending to get an idea of the big picture.
Unpaid Bills or Frequent Overdrafts
Unpaid bills or frequent overdrafts are red flags when it comes to managing finances in older adults. If you notice that bills aren’t being paid on time or if there are frequent overdrafts on accounts, it could mean that the person is having trouble keeping track of payments due or simply doesn’t have enough money coming in each month to cover expenses. You might try looking for an app that can help them keep track of due dates.
Fix It – Don’t Replace It
Helping a senior loved one maintain their home can be a cost-effective and rewarding endeavor. One example is fixing gadgets around the house instead of replacing them. If their Ring Doorbell is broken and flashing blue, it could be due to a variety of reasons such as booting up, recharging, or a poor Wi-Fi connection. Instead of buying a new one, you can find numerous resources online that provide step-by-step guides on how to troubleshoot and fix these issues. This approach not only saves money but also promotes resourcefulness and reduces waste, contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle
Time to Consider New Living Arrangements
Downsizing can be a financially savvy move for an older adult. Selling their home can free up substantial capital that could be invested or used for daily expenses, reducing financial stress. Additionally, the maintenance and utility costs can be lower, offering further savings. Moreover, thanks to online listings, finding a smaller residence has never been easier. These platforms provide detailed information about various properties, helping seniors find an place that fits their needs. This transition can offer both economic and convenience benefits.
Help Them Get Organized and Keep Detailed Records
It’s important to document detailed records on all transactions and accounts belonging to the senior so you can keep track of any suspicious activity or potential fraud attempts by unscrupulous individuals who may try to take advantage of them financially. Keeping detailed records will ensure that their accounts remain secure. Help the person get their records organized by using digital tools that can make paperwork easy to access.
Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging, but understanding the signs that they might not be able to handle their finances anymore is crucial in protecting them. Knowing what to look for is half the battle, so keep these signs in mind. When you feel a loved one is ready to sell their home, get professional help with a valuation and use a calculator to figure out the total figure you can expect. This will make both processes much easier.
San Diego Home Caregivers can help an older loved one maintain independence in the familiarity of home with professional in-home care services. Connect with us online or give us a call at (619) 487-9000 for more information.
Guest blog post provided by ElderFreedom.net.
Even though many older adults adapt smoothly when a new caregiver comes into the home, and enjoy a higher quality of life, there are some older adults who may still feel threatened. At San Diego Home Caregivers, we’re sensitive to the feelings of each individual we serve, and are experienced in helping to ease worries and restore peace.
A senior who feels the need to convince their family that hiring a home care agency is simply not needed may employ one of these common tactics:
- Arguing. Aggravations at being perceived as incapable of self-care may display as an increase in arguments, even over relatively minor issues. It’s important to recognize the underlying sense that the person needs to prove their ability to remain in control and in charge.
- Distancing from loved ones. The individual may show irritation through becoming standoffish and declining necessary support from family members. For example, an adult child who usually accompanies the person to medical appointments may now be prohibited by the person from going into the exam room.
- Concealing activities. If an agreement has been made for the person to restrict driving, for example, they may continue to drive when no one is around. Another example is refusing to adhere to a diabetic diet, eating unhealthily in private.
- Making dangerous choices. A senior who is encouraged to rest and allow someone else to handle a task that may now be unsafe, such as climbing a ladder to replace a lightbulb, may do just the opposite. In this way, they’re showing that they are still capable of activities such as this, but it could cause a fall and serious injury.
How Can I Help a Loved One Thrive With Home Care Services?
The truth is, no one wants to feel as though they are not able to meet their own day-to-day needs, or that they are in a state of decline. It’s very important to validate the important role the senior continues to play in our lives, and let them know often that they are both valued and needed. Several ways to accomplish this include:
- Enlist the person’s help in meaningful tasks.
- Reminisce about ways the senior has affected your life.
- Ask the senior for advice.
- Spend plenty of time listening to and engaging in conversations with the senior.
A professional caregiver from San Diego Home Caregivers will understand the many emotions older adults experience and the ways in which those emotions may present. All of our caregivers are trained and experienced in helping promote a sense of self-worth and fulfillment in life.
Get in touch with our home care agency at (619) 487-9000 for more tips and resources to pave the way to a smoother journey through aging! We offer a complimentary in-home meeting to answer any questions you have and to develop a care plan to address the particular needs of a senior you love in San Diego, La Mesa, La Jolla, Carlsbad, or other nearby areas. For a full list of the communities we serve in California, please visit our Communities Served page.
When a loved one experiences a stroke or heart attack, you will likely want to focus on a list of actions that can be taken to ensure that the damaged heart heals and the individual’s lifestyle choices that contributed to the heart attack are changed. San Diego Home Caregivers often receives calls from families looking for a list of actionable items – to-do lists for care and heart health. In a scenario fraught with chaos, lists give family caregivers a sense of control. They are the handbook for a caregiver’s new reality, helping them know what they can do to promote healing and keep another heart attack from taking place. Read more
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! However, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who is providing care for an older loved one, the upcoming holidays may seem more like the most overwhelming time of the year. Finding time for yourself may have dropped to the very bottom of your to-do checklist, but the aging care professionals at San Diego Home Caregivers would like to encourage you to rethink and reprioritize caring for yourself! Self-care as a caregiver is important to help you and the person you care for during the holidays and throughout the year.
What Are Some Ways to Practice Self-Care as a Caregiver?
Taking care of yourself permits you to take better care of your loved ones. San Diego Home Caregivers, a leading provider of home care in La Mesa, CA and the surrounding areas, shares five simple recommendations that can help:
- Eat right
When you’re stressed out, you may have the inclination to eat too much. When you’re fatigued, it’s easy to choose whatever is handy; fast food, tea and toast, cheese doodles and a soft drink. You need healthy food to perform well.
- Get regular exercise
Physical exercise is the original “feel good” tonic. It helps you sleep better and wake up rejuvenated and ready to face another arduous day. Regular exercise elevates both your mental and physical wellbeing, keeping your mind alert and body fine-tuned and energetic.
- Get enough sleep
This might be easier said than done, particularly if you’re caring for a person who tends to wander during the evening. Still, most people need to have six to eight hours of sleep each night to maintain good health. Catch up with brief naps if necessary, or call San Diego Home Caregivers for evening caregiver support.
- Take time out for yourself
Regardless of whether you’re caring for a parent, spouse, or other family member or friend, you need time for yourself. You need time to enjoy outside interests, to see other people, and to find a means to take a break from the constant strain of caregiving. It’s easy to let friendships lag when you have important things to do, but friends can support you through some tough times, just by being there. San Diego Home Caregivers’ respite care services can help family caregivers take the break they need during the holidays and all through the year.
- Join a support group
It’s common to feel isolated in your role as a caregiver. That’s why it’s important to talk to others, specifically other caregivers. They will know what you’re up against, they’ll comprehend where you’re coming from, and they may even have some great advice.
Need some time to take care of your holiday to-do list? Contact the dedicated care providers at San Diego Home Caregivers. We can provide the attention and care your loved one needs while providing you with the time you need to accomplish your to-dos and take a little time for yourself. Call us today at (619) 487-9000 to learn more about our home care in La Mesa, CA and the surrounding areas.
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is the term for two lung diseases: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Essentially, for people living with COPD, breathing is severely affected by an airflow obstruction. Common symptoms include an excessively wet cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.
By 2030, the World Bank and World Health Organization estimates that COPD will be the third leading cause of death globally. COPD as an economic problem is a top cause of disability-induced unemployment.
You, as a family caregiver, are on the front line of relieving this burden. Even though there is no cure, COPD can be treated, and your caregiving is crucial to an effective treatment program. San Diego Home Caregivers, a provider of home care services in La Mesa and the surrounding areas, recommends diet, exercise, and environmental maintenance as ways in which you can substantially assist someone who is living with COPD.
A healthy diet provides people with COPD with the energy and extra calories necessary to combat chest infections and to deal with their more labored breathing. Planning and preparing meals and otherwise advising your loved one concerning which foods to include are important ways you can help.
Lethargy often prevents those with COPD from consuming enough calories. Starting the day with a more substantial, more nutrient-dense meal when the individual you love has the most energy to eat can be helpful. Following that with smaller meals during the day will not only help maintain calories, but also prevent the person from feeling too full, which can make it more difficult to breathe.
Although a morning cup of coffee may once have been the normal routine, unfortunately caffeine can react negatively to COPD medications and cause restlessness or nervousness, leading to exacerbated symptoms. Additionally, help the senior stay away from foods high in salt, as water retention caused by salt also makes for tougher breathing.
Regular physical activity is fundamental for effective COPD symptom management. Generally, it enhances endurance and increases blood circulation, making for better use of oxygen. Upper body exercises help with breathing and the ability to perform daily activities. Lower body exercises such as stair climbing and treadmill or track walking have also proven to benefit those with COPD.
Breathing exercises, such as pursed lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing, result in stronger breathing muscles, increased oxygen, and all-around easier breathing. An ideal plan consists of sessions of five to ten minutes, three to four times each day.
Finally, it’s also wise to think about environmental concerns in the senior’s home, especially as they relate to air quality. A good place to start is to keep the individual’s home properly ventilated through exhaust fans, open windows, and filtration systems. However, windows should remain shut during poor air quality days and dusty conditions, such as construction projects. Also, sustaining a balanced humidity level counters dry air from home heating systems and discourages irritating pests that are attracted to more humid conditions.
Avoiding or managing very cold air, fireplace and cigarette smoke, and other air pollutants are ways you can best serve a loved one with COPD, as does reducing the use of personal care products like perfumes, hair sprays, and lotions.
Housekeeping can go a long way towards minimizing irritants in the home. Eliminate and properly store dust-collecting clutter. Weekly bed linen laundering minimizes dust mites, as does keeping rugs and carpets vacuumed and floors clean. At the same time, reducing exposure to harsh household cleaning products and other chemicals, including air fresheners, is essential.
Find more tips on helping a person living with COPD to enjoy the healthiest possible life and how our in-home caregivers can work together with you to ensure quality, seamless care. Contact us any time at (619) 487-9000 to learn more about our home care services in La Mesa and the surrounding areas.
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