In the future your elder family member may no longer be able to live where she's living right now. Having a plan now ensures you're not caught flatfooted later.
What Lets You Know it's Time to Put the Plan in Motion
It's vital for you and your elder family member to talk about what the cues are going to be that it's time to put this plan in motion. It might be that her doctor advises that she doesn't live alone any longer. Or it might be that her health changes to the extent that she needs a different level of care. Talk about as many of the possibilities as you can so that you can cover all possible bases.
Who Is Moving and Where
When it's time for the plan to be put in motion, who is moving? If you're going to relocate, you need to have a plan in place for that. If it's your elder family member who is going to move in with you, you also need a plan. Is it time to clear space for her now, or is it better to wait? Another possibility is that you might move to her home in order to keep her from having to deal with upheaval. Take a look at all the options and choose the ones that work the best for your situation.
What the Process Will Be
Once you know who is moving and where, you can start to put the pieces of the process together. There are quite a few logistical considerations to plan for and you'll need as much time as you can get to tackle those. Remember that even if you and your elderly family member believe that this won't happen for quite some time, situations can change very rapidly. It's better to have a plan that you simply need to revamp a bit than it is to start from scratch.
What Happens Until Then
In the meantime, what happens with your elder family member's care? It's possible that you're able to continue as her long-distance caregiver for quite some time. But having elder care providers and other family members on hand to be able to share information with you makes your job much easier. Be sure to let them know what your cues are to put the relocation plan in place so that they can help you spot the signs early.
The thing about making these plans with your elderly family member is that circumstances may change in other ways, too. You may not be able to follow through on these plans the way you want to. That's why you need to revisit this plan periodically to account for anything that has changed.
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Family caregivers are responsible for helping their elderly relatives keep their homes in top shape. From regular maintenance to yearly repairs, ensuring an aging loved one has a safe place to live is part of elderly care. But how many family caregivers think about the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning?
What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon monoxide is produced by combustible things like cars and charcoal grills. When inhaled, it causes numerous health issues. This deadly gas is responsible for thousands of hospital visits and hundreds of deaths each year. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning. The number of carbon monoxide poisoning cases also rise in the winter. That’s because people are more likely to run appliances that create carbon monoxide and less likely to have windows and doors open for ventilation.
Family caregivers should also learn to recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning in the elderly. In small amounts, victims may experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, disorientation and shortness of breath. Higher amounts can lead to permanent brain damage, unconsciousness and death. If an elderly family member seems like they are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, they should be taken to a well ventilated area while they wait for an ambulance to come.
How Can Caregivers Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Before family caregivers learn how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, they must learn where these gas leaks can come from. Basically, anything that combusts can generate carbon monoxide. The most common items in and near an elderly person’s home include water heaters, furnaces, boilers, fireplaces, wood stoves, propane heaters and grills, gasoline backup generators, automobiles and gasoline lawnmowers. Some of these can develop leaks, while others are accidentally left running in the home or garage.
Preventing carbon monoxide leaks from certain appliances, like furnaces and fireplaces, requires annual inspections and cleaning from professionals. The other aspect is never running machines or appliances indoors or in the garage, like grills, generators and more. Family caregivers can ensure their elderly relative will have plenty of warning in case of a leak by installing carbon monoxide detectors. These should be placed on the ceiling or high on the walls of every level of the house, plus one just outside the senior’s bedroom. It will emit a loud sound if unsafe levels of carbon monoxide are detected.
The first step in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning in an elderly loved one is to learn about what it is and where it comes from. Then, family caregivers can take the necessary steps within their elderly care plan to arrange for inspections, detectors and more. The winter season always sees a sharp increase in carbon monoxide poisoning cases, so there’s never a better time for family caregivers to do what it takes to keep their loved one safe.
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Few things are as frustrating as making a genuine offer of help to someone you love and having them turn you down time and again. When your senior consistently turns down your help, you may feel as if you're failing somehow as a caregiver. That's not the case and looking at the situation from a different angle can help.
Assess the Situation
Look at what is happening right now in the situation you're trying to offer assistance to your aging family member. Sometimes stepping back and being objective can help quite a bit. Part of the problem may be that your elderly family member fears that you're trying to take over her entire life. You may need to rethink your approach to offering help.
Look for Other Factors
There may be other factors that contribute to this problem, too. Your senior could honestly believe that she doesn't require any assistance at all. It's also possible that she doesn't want to feel as if she's burdening you or tying you to her on a more permanent level.
Ask Your Senior Why She's So Resistant
After you've tried assessing the situation, you have another option. You can continue guessing, or you can sit down with your aging adult and ask her why she's resisting your help. When you do talk, make sure that you listen carefully to what she's saying and what she's not saying. It's entirely possible that your senior doesn't realize how it affects you to have your offers of help continuously rebuffed.
Ultimately, you need to keep trying. If your senior genuinely needs your assistance, she can try to turn you down, but facts are facts. It's also possible that your elderly family member needs some time to focus on what you've said and to really take in your words. Given some time, she may start to understand that you're not there to restrict her life or her movements. You're there to help her live a fuller and happier life.
It's a delicate balance to be a caregiver to an elderly family member. You'll find the right balance and help your senior understand that you don't have any ulterior motives.
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If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult, heart health is probably something that you think about regularly. This is why terms such as heart failure can sound so frightening. Fortunately, heart failure is not what it may sound like.
Many people hear the term and think that this means that the heart stops or that death is imminent. Instead, this condition refers to the heart muscle weakening to the point at which it is no longer capable of pumping as much blood as the body needs, or removing waste products from the bloodstream effectively.
Understanding this condition and what it is and is not can help you to recognize your parents risk, identify ways to protect them, and enjoy the day get the care and management that they need to guard their heart health and keep them as healthy as possible as they age in place.
Some things that you should know about heart failure include:
If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult, you will need to make a wide variety of decisions for your parents. One of the best can by to start home health care for them. An in-home health care services provider can fill care gaps, be with your parent on a regular basis, and help them to pursue their own care goals as well as supporting you and giving your parent to care that they need.
This care provider can be there for your parent to provide safe and reliable transportation so that your parent can get to where they need and want to go for a more active and fulfilling lifestyle. They can also provide assistance with personal care needs and activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming, dressing, meal preparation and eating, grocery shopping, housekeeping, and other tasks to help you or loved ones live the highest quality of life possible at the age in place.
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Throughout the United States stroke remains the number one cause of lasting, serious disability and damage, and a leading cause of death among both men and women, and people of all ethnicities. Each year nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke, and 140,000 of these die. Nearly 75 percent of these deaths occur in older adults aged 64 years or beyond. As a family caregiver these statistics can be unnerving, but they illustrate the importance of understanding stroke and what you can do to help your parent reduce their risk of suffering a first stroke or a recurrent stroke if they have already suffered such a medical incident.
There is no one way to prevent having a stroke and even those who do everything that they can to stay healthy may encounter one. However, there are some risk factors that your parent can address that can help to reduce their chances of a stroke and boost their health as they age in place.
Some lifestyle risk factors for stroke that your parent might have and can control include:
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be extremely challenging, particularly if you are a member of the sandwich generation caring for both your aging parent and your children, or if you live at a distance from your parent and you are not able to be with them as often as you would like. Fortunately, if you are having difficulty managing your parent's needs and challenges, or simply feel that they would benefit from additional care and support, hiring a caregiver can help.
A caregiver provider can give your parent a personalized approach to care that ensures that their needs, limitations, and challenges are met in a way that is right for them, while also supporting their pursuit of a lifestyle that is active, engaged, and fulfilling. This can ease your stress and give you peace of mind, allowing you to focus your energy and attention in the most effective ways while also managing the other aspects of your life in the bets way possible.
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Call a tow truck and an ambulance: The proposed Illinois adaptation of the Uniform Trust Code is dangerous at any speed.
Imagine driving this: Trusts no longer need to benefit their beneficiaries!
Executive Summary: The proposed adoption of the Uniform Trust Code to Illinois deletes that Code’s provision that “A trust and its terms must be for the benefit of the beneficiaries.” This provision is simply foundational. It should be restored to the proposed act for any or all of the following reasons:
First, providing a benefit to the beneficiary is a basic premise of trusts. Afterall, that’s why they call the person a “beneficiary”! If the beneficiary doesn’t benefit, you no longer have a trust.
Second, in conjunction with manifesting the grantor’s intent, the provision is an indispensable factor for decision-making. In other words, the core telos of trusts is to enhance the beneficiary through the vision of the grantor.
Third, without it, other provisions of the Code become unworkable. Specifically, Section 412 relies on this basic premise to guide modification of the trust because of either impracticality or unanticipated changes in circumstances. Changes to the trust must necessarily heed the benefits for the beneficiary.
Fourth, without this provision, the proposed statute grossly over-defers to old Illinois policy to favor the grantor in dispute with the beneficiary. Better to acknowledge that both are factors. If the stale policy continues, simply add that the wishes of the grantor should be preferred.
Fifth, the proposal is likely to strengthen trustees’ ability to ignore beneficiaries’ interests with impunity. If beneficiaries don’t matter, they will be abused.
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Studies have shown that pets have many health benefits for people of all ages. For seniors, pets can be an important source of companionship, offering unconditional love. They also help keep older adults healthier, helping them to be more physically active, lowering blood pressure, and reducing the risk for heart disease. Pets just make people happy. That’s why many hospitals and long-term care facilities use therapy dogs to comfort and cheer their patients. But, could a realistic electronic pet offer the same kinds of benefits?
Realistic Dogs and Cats – Minus the Work
There have been robotic cats and dogs on the market for years, but they’ve been primarily marketed as toys for children. Now, though, some companies have begun making realistic dogs and cats designed to bring comfort to older adults, specifically those with dementia. The pets have soft, realistic fur so that they are enjoyable to pet. When petted, they blink their eyes, wag their tails, and meow or bark.
Robotic Pets Being Used in Long-Term Care Centers
Many long-term care facilities are using robotic pets to soothe anxiety and agitation in their residents with dementia. Many recognize that there’s no substitute for live cats and dogs, so they still bring therapy animals in when possible. However, when a resident is distressed in the middle of the night, it’s simply not possible to bring in a dog or cat. That’s where a robotic pet can come in handy.
A New York Times article describes the interaction between the patients of one facility with their robotic cats. The facility uses the cats to “warm up” the group space. The residents stroke and talk to the cats as though they are real. Sometimes they acknowledge that the cats are mechanical, but they don’t seem to mind. In one case, an elderly woman was frantically searching for her parents. Instead of giving her a tranquilizer, the staff gave her a robotic cat. The woman immediately calmed down.
It’s not likely that a robotic pet could take care of all your aging family member’s needs for companionship, nor could a live pet. However, it may bring them comfort, especially if they have dementia. They may be worth a try. But, in the end, what all people really need is other people.
If your aging family member is lonely, hiring a homecare provider to check on them once or more per day could make a real difference. A homecare provider can not only be a source of social interaction, they can also help with many daily tasks that get difficult as people age. A homecare provider can help with light housecleaning, prepare meals, and do laundry. They can also remind older adults to take medications. And, if your loved one has a real pet, a senior homecare member can assist with pet care, too!
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The issue of infections and the vulnerability of elderly adults to such infections and their consequences is something that should be a priority for any family caregiver. As a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is in the advanced stage of Alzheimer's disease, however, this can be even more important. Seniors who are at this stage of this disease can be particularly vulnerable to infections and to the serious consequences of these infections, making it essential that you understand not only the risk that they are facing, but also what you can do to protect your parent.
The increased vulnerability to infections can be caused by a variety of factors. Seniors at this stage have less mobility so they do not move around as much, putting their body at greater risk. They are also less likely to be able to follow through with basic care tasks that can protect their body. Fortunately there are things that you can add to your care routine that can ease this risk and protect your parent from infection.
Some ways that you can help reduce the risk of infection in the later stage of Alzheimer's disease include:
Starting home care for your parent can be an exceptional way for you to ensure that your senior is getting everything that they need to maintain their quality of life as they age in place. The highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider are tailored to your parent as an individual. This means that they will specifically address your parent's challenges, needs, and limitations while encouraging them to live a lifestyle that is as active, independent, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place.
These services can include anything from safe and reliable transportation that allows your parent to go where they want and need to when they want and need to rather than waiting for you to assistance in fulfilling activities of daily living to companionship to boost mental and emotional health. As their family caregiver, this can give you peace of mind and reassurance that your senior is in good hands even when you are not able to be with them.
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According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the number one cause of injuries and fatal injuries in older adults in the United States. Falls and the fear of falling can lead to disability and loss of quality of life. Preventing falls is an important part of being a family caregiver for an elder. Below are some tips to help prevent your aging family member from falling.
Talk About Falling
Simply talking to seniors about falling can help. Ask if they worry about falling. If so, find out why they worry and suggest that they talk to their doctor about dizziness, loss of balance, or previous falls. It’s common for older adults to be aware that there is a risk of falling, but to believe that they will not fall, even if they have fallen before.
De-Clutter the Home
Clutter in the home can be a tripping hazard. Get rid of things that are lying around, like stacks of newspapers or magazines. It is especially important to remove anything in walkways that the senior could trip over.
Have Vision Checked
Elders who do not see well are more likely to fall. Talk to the eye doctor about reducing fall risks. Bifocals can make it difficult for people to focus while walking on stairs. Tinted glasses make adjusting to light changes more difficult. If your parent has low vision, see a doctor who specializes in low vision and ask about aids.
Make Frequently Used Items Easy to Reach
Reaching for items that are difficult to get to can result in falls. Store things the senior uses often in places that are easy to get to. Also, purchase grabbers that extend reach without needing to bend over or stand on ladders.
Install Grab Bars
Place grab bars in the bathroom for your parent to hold on to when exiting and entering the bath or shower or when using the toilet. Make sure that all stairwells have handrails.
Choose Proper Footwear
The right shoes can make a difference. Elders should wear shoes that fit well and have good traction. They should avoid shoes that are floppy, slip off the foot, or that have high heels.
If your parent worries about falling or is at greater risk of falling due to health conditions, hiring an elder care provider could keep them safer. An elder care provider can help to keep the house tidy, eliminating clutter. They can also make sure the home is well-lit, changing lightbulbs when they burn out. Having an elder care provider check in on your parent at least once per day also helps ensure that, should they fall, someone will find them in a timely fashion.
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Many elderly people who aren't supposed to drive any longer may not actually stop driving. This can be a terrifying discovery for you as a caregiver when you realize that your unlicensed senior is out driving around.
Determine How and Why it Happened Once She's Safe
It's important for you to figure out why this situation happened and how it was able to occur. Your senior may have a spare set of keys that you didn't know about, for example. She may feel justified in what she's done, but it's vital for her to understand that if she no longer has a driver's license, she's actually putting other people in danger when she's behind the wheel. She also needs to realize that there could be legal consequences for her.
Make Other Transportation Options Difficult to Ignore
One of the biggest ways to make sure that your senior has transportation options available is to ensure that they're impossible to ignore. You can do this by hiring elderly care providers to offer transportation right then or you can set up a system within the family where members sign up for a day or "shift." If the transportation is available immediately, your senior doesn't have an excuse.
Disable the Car or Sell It
For some elderly adults, the temptation of seeing a vehicle right there is just too much. You might need to talk to a mechanic about how to safely disable the car so that it cannot function any longer. If that's still too distracting for your senior, then it might be necessary to sell the car instead. The idea is to help your aging adult to let go of the idea that she needs to drive.
Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles
If you're concerned that your elderly family member might try this again, it's a good idea to contact your local department of motor vehicles and ask them what options you might have. They can let you know the specific laws in your area that apply to your situation.
Hopefully your senior will understand the gravity of the situation and agree not to do this again. If she's still determined to drive, however, you may need to explore what other options are available for you.
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