All Posts in Category: Senior Care

A woman uses tips for supporting senior independence while having a loving interaction with her senior mother.

Tips for Supporting Senior Independence With Thoughtful Care

What if your mom, who’s always had a green thumb, decides she wants to redesign the family garden? Though she might move a little slower than she used to, her enthusiasm for gardening hasn’t waned. This can be a great opportunity for you to step in—not to take charge, but to support her vision, perhaps by providing tools that make gardening easier for her to manage. Supporting senior independence and helping your parents pursue their interests is so important. Here’s how you can work together with your parents to help them continue to live life on their terms:

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A radio, flashlight, and batteries sit on a table. These are important things to have during summer power outages.

Summer Power Outages: A Safety Guide for Older Adults

Summertime is a prime time for power outages. For most of us, it’s a minor inconvenience; however for older loved ones, it may cause an actual safety concern. The simplest way to manage unplanned summer power outages is through advance preparing to guarantee older loved ones are equipped and prepared to ride out the storm, giving you the peace of mind you need.

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Creative Ways to Support a Loved One With Dementia

Supporting a loved one with dementia is unlike all other responsibilities you’ll undertake. It requires you to dig deep down into your reserves of patience, flexibility, and perhaps most importantly, creativity. You should be prepared to pivot at a moment’s notice from one strategy to another to foster a fulfilling and enriching life for the person you love, all while managing the more challenging facets of the illness.

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Building Stronger Family Bonds Through Better Communication

Looking after a loved one in the home can strain family dynamics. Siblings may argue about care decisions, adult children may feel stressed, and aging parents may resist help. Effective communication is important to bridge the gap between differing opinions, ease the burden of caregiving responsibilities, and make certain everyone feels heard and valued.

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A woman holds a folder and cup of coffee as she heads to work, successfully balancing her career with care for aging parents.

Elevate Your Career Without Compromising Care for Aging Parents

Though we might dread the alarm going off on Monday mornings, having a job outside the home is extremely important for millions of people. It’s an important part of who we are, signifying the time and effort we’ve invested over the years and accomplishments we’ve achieved. So what happens when your parents are starting to show signs of needing assistance to continue living safely in the home? Will you have to decide between keeping the job you love and providing care for aging parents whom you love even more?

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A doctor delivering a new diagnosis of dementia gestures at a clipboard as she explains her findings.

Transforming How We Address a New Diagnosis of Dementia

Receiving a new diagnosis of dementia is not easy. It kicks off a difficult rollercoaster of emotions that are heightened if the diagnosis is given starkly, without empathy or compassion. There are steps physicians can (and should) take when delivering a dementia diagnosis to ease the initial impact, empowering and equipping the individual and family with knowledge and support.

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A man reasons with his aging father, knowing what to do when parents refuse help at home.

How to Find Common Ground When Parents Refuse Help at Home

It’s a complicated situation many family caregivers run into: your aging parents, who once looked after you, now resist the aid they so urgently need. There is a delicate balance between respecting their freedom and ensuring their well-being and safety. If you find yourself in this position, you are not alone! We know the range of feelings that go along with acknowledging the need for help, and have a few tips to help when parents refuse help at home.

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An older man who used to be afraid of falling now smiles confidently as he leans on his cane.

Afraid of Falling? Gain Confidence With These Tips!

As we grow older, it’s natural to become more apprehensive about the risk of falling. For many people, however, being afraid of falling can be paralyzing, leading to a decrease in physical activity, social engagement, and overall quality of life. It’s important to address this fear head-on and empower older adults to live confidently and fearlessly. Here are some valuable strategies to help those you love overcome the fear of falling:

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A woman implements techniques for better time management for family caregivers, smiling as she writes in her planner.

10 Ways to Improve Time Management for Family Caregivers

How much extra time do you have on your hands? If you are like many family caregivers, carving out enough time to meet each day’s basic requirements may be hard enough. The thought of having regular intervals of downtime might seem unattainable.

Caregiving is certainly a time-intensive commitment. But what if there were steps you could take to manage your time more effectively, allowing each day to run more smoothly and even providing you with time for yourself? It’s not quite as far-fetched as it might seem! These suggestions to improve time management for family caregivers are an excellent place to begin.

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An older man with insomnia lies in bed, staring off into the distance as he tries to establish healthy sleep patterns.

How to Establish Healthy Sleep Patterns for Older Adults

We have all been there: counting sheep, slowing down our breathing, listening to white noise, all in an attempt to force our brains to shut down to allow us the sleep we desperately need. As we grow older, it can be even more challenging to get enough sleep. Older adults can experience alterations in their sleep architecture, including more frequent awakenings, lighter sleep, and a shift towards earlier bedtimes. However, maintaining healthy sleep patterns is very important for cognitive function, physical vitality, and emotional health.

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A young woman engages in an activity for someone with dementia, rolling out biscuit dough.

The Activity for Someone With Dementia You’ll Want to Try Today

There is something so special about the kitchen. It’s the first stop kids make when they arrive home from school, in search of a snack and the opportunity to share about their day. It is the spot family members gather to prepare holiday meals together. It’s also a place to warm up a cup of milk and find some quiet, reflective solace when sleep is elusive. And, it provides the perfect setting for a wonderful activity for someone with dementia.

For a person with dementia, the kitchen can bring to mind precious memories. Cooking engages all of our senses, making it an ideal activity to unlock the doors of reminiscence. The rhythmic chopping of vegetables, the sizzle of ingredients in a pan, and the tantalizing fragrance of a well-seasoned dish can stir great memories, sparking joy and connection.

If you want to add culinary techniques to your dementia care toolbox, these tips can help.

  • Keep it simple. Use uncomplicated recipes with familiar ingredients to promote a sense of accomplishment. If the person has a box of recipes or favorite cookbook, this is a fantastic place to begin. Take out several recipe options that would be easy to prepare, and then talk through which ones may spark interest. Or, you can search online for simple recipes based on the person’s particular tastes.
  • Make it personal. Consider the capabilities and preferences of the individual. Activities like kneading dough, rolling out cookies, or tossing a salad can be confidence-boosting, empowering, and reinforce a feeling of purpose while triggering memories.
  • Stay social. The objective should be to make the activity a time of togetherness, transforming the kitchen into a warm space where stories are exchanged, laughter is shared, and bonds are strengthened.
  • Organize in advance. An organized approach, with ingredients lined up and ready and step-by-step instructions provided, will help ensure a more seamless and enjoyable experience.

The end goal should never be to create a Pinterest-worthy culinary production. Rather, focus on all the senses being used and tap into any memories that may come to the surface.

Perhaps, for instance, you are making an apple pie. You can discuss how smooth the crust feels while you roll it out and the powdery flour that puffs into the air as you sprinkle it over the dough. Point out the sound of the apples being chopped, the delicious cinnamon butter aroma while the pie bakes. And naturally, enjoy a bit of the finished product together, encouraging any stories along the way that the individual wishes to share.

At Home Health Companions, our knowledgeable dementia caregivers are readily available to incorporate culinary experiences into an older adult’s care plan. Contact us at (214) 295-8213 to learn more about our dementia care services in Dallas, Denton, Ellis, and the surrounding areas.

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