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What are the ongoing needs of your loved ones after they have moved into a senior living community? How can you best assist them when you are no longer the primary caregiver? What can you do to maintain excellent communication and get the best results from visits to the community?

Before an Aging-in-Place Remodel, Make Sure the House Can Support It

If your home doesn’t fit your needs as you age, instead of moving, you might be able to remodel. Widen doorways, add grab bars, address stair concerns. But before deciding on a big remodel like this, make sure your house can take the work, recommends an article at the Washington, D.C., news site WashingtonInformer.com:

… remodeling experts recommend assessing, first, whether a home is suitable for remodeling. In many instances, poorly …Read more ›

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The Wheelchair-Accessible “Wet Room” Bathroom

When you have to use a wheelchair, bathing can be challenging. Many people find solutions in curbless showers and walk-in tubs. But there’s also the option to basically turn your entire bathroom into a shower, explains an article at the Virginia news website ConnectionNewspapers.com.

The result is what is known in the industry as a “wet room”—a completely waterproofed space that includes a curbless level-access shower, conveniently located grab-bars, and counter …Read more ›

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The Flooring Change That Makes Cooking Easier for Seniors

Cooking a healthy meal can be hard on the feet, what with all that standing on a hard floor. So for seniors who are aging in place, Beth Hirshfeld, a certified aging in place specialist in Toronto, has two simple tips: Change what you’re standing on—and how long you have to stand.

In an article at The Huffington Post about designing for aging in place, Hirshfeld says:

If a person has always …Read more ›

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Aging-in-Place Solution: High-Tech Medication Reminders

When you take a lot of medications, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Fortunately, technological innovators have come up with solutions for this problem. At eCaring.com, in a blog post about managing medications, a social worker goes over three general options for people who forget to take their meds on time:

… some families find it helpful to set an alarm or purchase a medication dispenser (a …Read more ›

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Experts: When Elderly Parents Move In, They Need a Life Too

If you’re considering having an elderly parent move in with you, there are lots of things to think about: where they’ll get health care, whether your house needs accessibility modifications, how you’ll cover extra expenses. But one thing you might not have thought about yet is will your parent be bored?

In an article at the Fox Business website about multigenerational living, geriatric care manager Suzanne Modigliani advises asking yourself, “What …Read more ›

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How to… Keep a Loved One’s Memories Alive

fathers FBThe heartbreak that follows the death of a loved one is not easily mended, but after the denial, numbness and shock wears off, perhaps the hardest part of grief is figuring out what comes next. How does one simply get back to the so-called grind after an event that causes such a significant life change as a loved one’s death?

One way to do so: honoring …Read more ›

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Siblings Not Natural Caregivers? They Can Still Help.

If you’ve taken over caregiver responsibilities because your siblings just aren’t naturally good at it, that doesn’t mean they can’t learn, suggests fellow caregiver Ruth Johnson in The Times News, a North Carolina newspaper. At least maybe they can give you a little respite.

Responding to a female reader who says her brothers aren’t “very adept” caregivers, Johnson advises:

Since your brothers are available but not involved, it’s …Read more ›

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Do You Feel Guilty Taking Breaks From Caring for Elderly Parents?

Do you feel guilty? That’s what some people have asked a woman who regularly takes her husband, Ron, to an adult day-care center called The Haven. Does she feel like she’s abandoning him? Does she feel selfish?

Absolutely not, she writes at the website for the Craig Daily Press, in Craig, CO. Her husband has a good time and gets both social and mental stimulation, and she gets her respite time.

I can …Read more ›

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Grief and the Holidays: Advice to Make It Through

Hopefully, you’re having a happy Thanksgiving today. The holidays can be such a wonderful time of year. But sometimes, they can also be the saddest.

If you’re grieving this season, here’s some advice from a hospice-care worker: Listen to yourself.

From the South Carolina news site SCNOW.com:

“Don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself not wanting to participate in Christmas, and don’t feel guilty about participating in Christmas,” [Tracy Wright, community relations liaison at Hospice Care …Read more ›

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