Stairs are a problem for your dad. The bedrooms in his house are all upstairs. You worry about him climbing stairs at night, especially if the only bathroom is on the first level. He doesn’t want to move. An alternative to moving is to bring his bedroom downstairs. If there’s a den or unused living area downstairs, moving a bedroom downstairs is easy to do.
Here are some tips…
-Pick the Room to Convert
If there is already a bathroom on his first level, that makes things easy. If there isn’t, you’ll need to convert a room into his bedroom. Does he have a separate dining room that’s rarely used? Is there a den/office that tends to be the room used for storage? Either of those rooms can turn into a dining room.
-Things You Must Consider… 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
Falling is a problem for your senior not just because it can create an injury right then, but because falls contribute to future health problems for your loved-one. Helping your elderly family member avoid a fall can be as simple as going through this list and tackling each suggestion one at a time.
Talk to Her Doctor First
There are a few reasons that you want to make your first conversation a talk with your senior’s doctor. For starters, there may be medication side effects that you need to know about that could make your elderly family member more susceptible to falling. This conversation is also a good time for you to ask your aging parent’s doctor about her other risk factors related to falling.
Check Both Hearing and Vision
It might seem odd, but your aging family member’s hearing and her vision both impact whether she’s… Continue reading