As a family caregiver, you know how important it is to care for your parent’s skin. Their skin protects them, regulates what goes in and out, and regulates their temperature. When thinking about caring for your parent’s skin, however, it is important that you recognize the differing needs of different areas of their body so you can give them the care that they need to keep them safe and healthy. One part of their body that may need particular care is their feet. Many health problems, including diabetes, can leave your parent’s feet at serious risk of injury, irritation, and other complications.
Use these tips to help you care for your parent’s feet to prevent injury and irritation:
• Wash them gently. Make sure that your parent’s feet get washed carefully each day even if they… Continue reading
Balance is an issue that many seniors have difficulty with. Problems with balance can come from pain, stiffness, weakness, and lack of range of motion in the joints and muscles, neurological problems, vision problems, issues with the vestibular system, medications, health problems, and more. No matter what the source of your parent’s balance issues, it is important for you as a family caregiver to not only understand how these balance problems can negatively affect your parent’s safety, function, and quality of life, but to take meaningful steps to help them to cope with these challenges and limitations in a way that will preserve their health, well-being, and lifestyle.
There are many steps that you can take to help your parent deal with balance issues, but one that can be particularly valuable is starting senior care for them.… Continue reading
The issue of malnutrition may be one that you didn’t consider when you made the decision to become a family caregiver for your elderly adult. Many people think of malnutrition as being something that only those in lower socioeconomic classes face, or that is only suffered by those who do not have a family caregiver to take care of them.
This is not the case. Instead, there are many reasons that elderly adults are among the most vulnerable to suffer malnutrition, and as a caregiver it is important that you recognize these potential culprits so that you can take the steps needed to protect your parent and help them avoid the potentially serious consequences that can occur when they do not get adequate nutrition.
Some of the reasons that seniors tend to be more vulnerable to malnutrition include:
• Loss of… Continue reading
Whether you have been a caregiver for your elderly parent for some time or you are just getting started on your care journey with them, one thing that you have likely thought considerably about is Alzheimer’s disease. You have probably reviewed the risk factors, considered what might make your parent particularly vulnerable, and learned the early warning signs to give you confidence that if your parent was suffering this condition you could identify it.
What you might not have thought about is how something such as an injury could influence this condition and your parent’s risk.
The truth is there are many factors that influence Alzheimer’s disease, and one that is not always thought of immediately is the history of traumatic brain injury. TBI is a leading cause of disability and death throughout the United States and… Continue reading
As a family caregiver, it can be overwhelming when learning about the different health complications and challenges that your senior is facing or could be facing. You may have heard a single term used to describe what your parent is dealing with, only to realize that there are several different types or categories of that particular health problem. It is important to know which of these forms is the one that your parent is dealing with so that you can fully understand what they are dealing with and be able to support them in getting the level of care and assistance that they need and deserve.
August is National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month. There are several different forms of SMA, each with its own set of symptoms and challenges, as well as the age of onset… Continue reading
Finding out that your aging parent has cancer can be one of the most difficult times of your life. As their adult child, you are thinking about your loved one, the suffering that they might experience, and the possibility of their life being shortened as a result of the disease. As their family caregiver, you are thinking about the additional care that they will need as they either undergo treatments or live with the condition throughout its course.
In both of your roles, one of the most important things that you will need to do is ensure that you are addressing not just your parent’s physical needs, but also their emotional needs.
Knowing that your aging parent has cancer is extremely difficult for you, but it is important for you to recognize the impact that it makes on your senior as well. Offering them the emotional support… Continue reading