How Can Elder Care Help Your Parent Move Forward After Heart Surgery?

Most people who undergo heart surgery will spend a few days in the hospital recovering. This generally includes at least one night and possibly longer in the Intensive Care Unit followed by time on a regular recovery floor. After this they will return home to begin the first phase of recovery, which can last approximately 8 weeks. At the end of this phase of recovery your parent will be … [Read more...]

New Medicare ID Cards on the Way

Family caregivers, be on the lookout for your aging relative’s new Medicare ID cards to arrive in the mail. The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) recently announced the rollout schedule for new Medicare ID cards. The new cards had been previously announced, but CMS now has a timeline for when seniors can expect to receive theirs. What’s New About the Cards? Right now, … [Read more...]

Help! My Elderly Mother Can’t Do Daily Tasks

Are you worried because your elderly mom or dad is struggling with routine tasks around the home and self-care responsibilities? There are numerous reasons why elderly adults are unable to manage some of the daily tasks of living, such as housekeeping, grooming, and medication maintenance. The challenge of trying to manage these tasks quickly becomes overwhelming for many elderly parents, … [Read more...]

Why is Respiratory Syncytial Virus a Concern in the Elderly?

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the more common respiratory illnesses. Most people have had it by the age of two. As you age, your immune system slows down. This makes it harder for your system to fight the virus. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases claims the virus is fatal in approximately 14,000 senior citizens every year. It also leads to hospitalizations in another … [Read more...]

Making the Most of National Time Management Month

Any time you're feeling rushed and pushed around as a caregiver, it's probably due to time management issues. Since February is National Time Management Month, this is the perfect time for you to get a better handle on where your time is going. Plan Your Schedule Before Anyone Else's. This might sound backwards, especially if you're handling your elderly family member's schedule as well … [Read more...]

Coping with Your Emotions After Learning Your Parent Has Cancer

Hearing that your aging parent has cancer can hit you hard. You are likely to experience a range of emotions over the hours, days, weeks, and even months after this diagnosis. Coping with these emotions properly and working through them in a constructive and beneficial way is extremely important for maintaining your own mental emotional health and well-being, and ensuring that you can continue to … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Activities to Enjoy with Seniors

Celebrating holidays is a great way to mark the passing of time and keep older adults engaged in the world around them. It will be Valentine’s Day soon, so it’s time to start thinking about some ways family caregivers can celebrate the day with their aging relatives. Below are some ideas for activities you can do with the senior in your life. Decorate the House. Putting up decorations … [Read more...]

Discover a Care Model That’s Benefiting Hip Fracture Patients

A report released by Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation found that 21.2 percent of all hip fracture patients over the age of 65 died within a year of their injury. During the Anesthesiology 2017 Meeting, Dr. Qui of Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center demonstrated how the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) care model improves a patient's outcome. What is the PSH Care … [Read more...]

Is It Ever too Early to Think About Your Mom’s Ability to Age at Home?

Your mom is perfectly fine at home alone. She walks her dog. She keeps her home clean. She cooks her meals. She even drives. That's great. The thing is that it can change at any time. One family found out the hard way. Their dad went for a routine check-up and was given a great report from his doctor. His cholesterol levels were right on target, his blood pressure was perfect. His pulse was … [Read more...]

Why Isn’t Your Senior Prioritizing Healthy Eating?

Eating right covers a lot of ground, especially if your elderly family member has specific dietary considerations. But if eating right isn't a priority for her, you might need to do some digging to figure out why. Cooking and Eating Alone Isn't Much Fun. It's an interesting phenomenon that the fewer people you're cooking for, the less interesting the idea is. That can be what happens for … [Read more...]