Guest Post: Ways in Providing Elder Care for Couples

This guest post is written by Maya Pugh, Content Writer. 

Taking care of one elderly is easier than taking care of an aging couple. Responsibilities differ – in fact the responsibilities double because taking care of two elderly would require the caregiver to focus on both. It is easier to focus on one patient and be able to give quality care rather than two people.

To make things easier not just for the caregiver or family member that is providing care, but also for the elderly couple, here are tips that are helpful in caring for the elderly couple especially for home care:

  • Removing rugs or anything on the floor that would cause the elderly to slip or fall. Avoid any objects that would cause the aging people to fall when they walk.
  • Secure the handrails of the stairs. It is better to have a one-level home or facility that doesn’t require for them to go up and down the stairs. If not, provide them with a motorized chair that they can use to carry them up and down the stairs. Their frail bodies do not have enough energy to go up and down the stairs.
  • If in the bathroom, install non-slip strips to keep them from slipping in the bathroom especially if the bathroom floors get wet. Make sure to install hand rails as well around the bathroom walls where they can use for support.
  • Install ramps for easier access and adding secure hand rails for homes or facilities with stairs.
  • If they are left alone, make sure they have pre-cooked meals so all they have to do is reheat when they’re hungry.
  • Install a phone with large buttons for them to see and be easily accessible especially for those in wheelchairs. Make sure there is already a pre-programmed emergency numbers just in case.

However, if an elderly is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, never leave them alone. This is where a 24/7 home care assistance is needed. Other health conditions needing assistance will always require constant watch from either a family member or from a caregiver.

You can always ask the support from your family members or friends, your church, a social worker or therapist or from a local hospital. You don’t have to take all the responsibilities for yourself especially if both your elderly parents need help. This is a big responsibility and for a family member having limited knowledge, it is advisable to seek professional help.

Leave a comment

Filed under Aging in Place

Guest Post: How to Make a Cookie-Cutter House Scream “You”

Guest Post submitted by Paisley Hansen who writes on behalf of rusticahardware.com which has been featured on HGTV and a few other large networks. 

After years of accumulating things, downsizing can seem daunting. Where do I put everything? What do I keep and how do I make this house a home? Personalizing your house is usually a matter of hanging your favorite art on the walls, populating the house with plants and adding colorful rugs and pillows. Trendy homes utilize surprising paint schemes, distressed furnishings and old stuff arranged into amazing forms. Not everyone can afford that, though, so they make up their own version of the cool pictures they see online. You can customize a cookie-cutter house with just a few dollars, some paint, hardware and imagination.

Kitchen/Dining Room

It’s easy enough to distress existing cabinetry. Simply paint them in two or three shades of the color or stain you like. Gently ding them with something heavy, but not enough to dent them. Then softly sand the dings until the shades of paint or stain come through. This can be done with your china cabinet and sideboard in the dining room, too.

Home Design

What would the kitchen look like with no overhead cabinets? Have you wanted more space but didn’t know how to get it? Take the cabinets off the walls. Paint the walls if necessary. Instead of shelves, attach the fireplace mantels that are trending now. Different lengths and widths will give the kitchen a customized look, and they will give you extra room to store dishes or whatever you need stored.

Do you have French doors between the kitchen and dining room? Feel like a change-up? Remove the French doors and attach barndoor hardware above the door frame. The barn door itself can either slide or open out. Paint the door any color you wish, or let the natural wood shine through. These can be hung in any room you wish, or even as an entry door that will have the neighbors getting one of their own.

Living Room

Who doesn’t love ceiling beams? Mitered beams can be hung in the usual shape, or you could make them look like sunbeams spreading from a central point. From that central point could be hung a chandelier made from a wagon wheel perhaps. These would be a stunning reflection of your hardwood floors.

Home Design 2

Perhaps beams don’t do it for you. A mural like you would find in the Sistine Chapel could showcase your individuality perfectly. If you don’t want to go to all that trouble, find items at yard sales and resale shops. Silver plates, wrought iron railings, old wooden sleds or old doors could be made into a focal point in the room. A little paint and some old hemp rope would give these and other items new life.

Bedrooms

Every kid wants his/her room to be his/her own. For the sporting child, the room could be painted to resemble a baseball diamond. Get some mesh to make a backstop, where his stuffed animals, ball implements and a uniform jersey could be hung. The nature’s child might like a room painted like a field of wheat, a forest or a barnyard. If you can obtain the side of the barn with the door, place it at an angle on two walls. Behind the door could be her stuffed animals in her own space. The fishing nut could use a canoe. Atop the canoe, you could build a desk with built-in bookshelves. You could make it into a bed, if it’s wide enough.

The master bedroom is a place for relaxation and peaceful sleep. If you can’t afford a floor-to-ceiling fish tank, paint it onto the wall. Close out the world with a bit of material and a curtain rod. Attach the curtain rod to the ceiling above the bed. Wind sheers as well as another material from the rod so they drape over the bed. Paint the ceiling with midnight starry skies.

Individualizing your home makes it not only stand out in the crowd, but it’s comforting and a source of pride. Photo images via Paisley Hansen/google images search

Leave a comment

Filed under Aging in Place

Guest Post: Plumbing Maintenance Tips Caretakers of Seniors Ought to Know

This guest post is compliments of Keith Delute of http://www.drdrip.com.au. The views expressed do not necessarily match my own:

Repairs in different parts of the plumbing system is too much for the monthly budget of an elderly person. However, preventative maintenance done by a caretaker can help remove such costs. Here are a few plumbing maintenance tips that those taking care of the elderly can do to prevent leaks and clogs, which can endanger the lives of the elderly.

1. Avoid pouring cooking oil down the drains. Cooking oil, once poured down drains, eventually cools and hardens, causing them to get clogged. Instead of pouring grease down the drains, place them in empty milk cartons, tape them shut, and then dispose of them in the regular garbage bins after a night inside the fridge.

2. Use drain screens. Use drain screens made of metal or plastic to prevent hair strands, food particles, and other small items from passing through the drains. Once many small items are caught by the screens, make sure to lift them out and toss the contents in the trash.

3. Each month, sprinkle 60 ml baking soda into the tub and sink drains. Instead of relying on the toxic and expensive drain clog removers, sprinkle ¼ cup or 60 millilitres of baking soda, and then pour boiling water so all the powder goes down the drain.

Pour one cup of white vinegar afterwards. Allow the mixture to stand overnight to dissolve the build up of bacteria and scum in the pipes beneath the drains. Then pour hot water on the drains after the said time.

4. Ensure that tap washers last longer. In order to make sure that tap washers will last longer, avoid tightening the handle too much when stopping the flow of water.

5. Have washing machine hose screens installed. These help in making washing machines last longer and work better. Install these on the hoses to prevent any sediment from clogging the valves and pumps of your washing machine. Be sure of checking the hose screens each year and replacing them if they are full of debris or sediment.

6. Clear all tap aerators. As time passes, calcium builds up in aerators, eventually obstructing water flow. To solve this, all you have to do is to take out the aerators and clean them at least once a week.

These are the simple things that those taking care of the elderly can do to prevent clogs and leaks from happening. In the event of a plumbing issue, qualified and licensed plumbers should be contacted immediately to keep it from worsening. You can check out http://www.drdrip.com.au/ for plumbing services you can trust.

Leave a comment

Filed under Aging in Place

Attitudes Senior Care Guest Blog Post – Simple Recipes for Seniors:

As you get older, a well-balanced diet and frequent bouts of exercise become paramount in maintaining your overall health levels. Studies have continuously shown that, the older you get, the more you have to pay attention to what you consume, as well as trying to eat as healthily as possible. For those who are over 60 years old, your mobility will naturally become somewhat limited over time, which means it unfortunately becomes more difficult to enjoy cooking in the kitchen or trying new and refreshing culinary creations.

 At certain times, cooking a meal will feel like a tiresome chore to be avoided, so it is crucial that you have some easy-to-prepare recipes close-at-hand. However, it is vital to keep preparing meals that are both delicious and nutritious. Below you will find four simple, three-step meal recipes that are perfect for seniors, either as breakfast, lunch, or mid-afternoon snacks.

Rotisserie Chicken Soup

Ingredients:

1 pre-cooked store-bought rotisserie chicken (strip off the meat and cut into small strips)

2 14-ounce cans low-salt chicken broth

2 peeled and sliced carrots

1 diced onion

1 red bell pepper

Chopped fresh herbs, such as sage, rosemary or thyme

Salt and black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

1. Place chicken meat into a large pot with the chicken broth, fresh herbs (sage, rosemary or thyme), carrots and onion.

2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low heat. Leave uncovered and simmer for 2 hours.

3. Add red bell peppers and slow simmer on the same low heat for 90 minutes. Add salt and black pepper to taste before serving.

 Roast Turkey Soup

Ingredients:

1 pound of pre-cooked turkey meat

2 14-ounce cans low-salt chicken broth

2 peeled and sliced carrots

1 diced onion

1 raw sweet potato

1 diced parsnip

1 minced garlic clove

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, basil or parsley

Salt and black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

1. Sauté carrots, onion, sweet potato, parsnip and garlic in olive oil for approximately 15 minutes over a medium heat in a large pot.

2. Add chicken broth, bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes on a medium heat. Make sure the pot is covered during this time.

3. Stir in cooked turkey meat, Italian seasoning,fresh herbs (thyme, basil or parsley), and salt and black pepper to taste. Leave for 15 minutes on a low heat before serving.

Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

2 ounces Farfalle bow-tie pasta (uncooked)

1 diced cucumber

1 diced green bell pepper

3 chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Low-fat Italian salad dressing

Garlic and herb croutons

Salt, black pepper and grated parmesan cheese (to taste)

Directions:

1. Cook pasta until it has an al dente texture, drain water and place pasta in a large bowl. Sprinkle salt and black pepper to taste.

2. Add cucumber, green bell pepper and tomatoes to the pasta, and then add croutons. Liberally cover with Italian salad dressing.

3. Transfer to smaller bowls and then sprinkle Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese. Cover bowls and refrigerate for an hour.

 Chocolate & Banana Milkshake

Ingredients:

2 cups skimmed milk

1 scoop chocolate ice cream

1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

1 tablespoon Nutella

1 sliced banana

1 tablespoon peanut butter (if desired)

Directions:

1. Thinly slice banana and place in blender.

2. Add skimmed milk, chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup to blender. When ready, blend away!

3. Add a tablespoon of Nutella and, if desired, also add a tablespoon of peanut butter if you want to make the shake thicker. Blend again before serving in a tall glass.

 

AttitudesSeniorCare.com specializes in affordable senior housing, nursing home care and hospice health care services, and proudly offers all the usual comforts of home, such as healthy meals served daily. We have three beautiful residential care homes to choose from, located in Del Mar, Solana Beach and Mt. Soledad/La Jolla. Please visit us online at Attitudes Senior Care if you want to take a free tour of our facilities, or if you would like more information on what we can do for you.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Aging in Place

Guest Post: Apartment Homemaking 101- Making Your Apartment or Downsized Home Feel Bigger

Guest post written by Paisley Hansen

Home sweet home. When we enter our homes, we should feel as if it is welcoming us, not suffocating or overwhelming us. Can you relate? These oh so lovely emotions can particularly apply with apartment living or a smaller home. When I moved into my first apartment, I remember wondering, “how am I actually going to live in here? It’s too small!” But it doesn’t have to be this way! Personally, I believe that apartments should be fun, cool, and homey. There are many cost-effective, simple, and fun ways to make your apartment seem more spacious while, at the same time, reflecting you and your home.



Less is More


After downsizing, you realize how much stuff you have. One way to make your apartment look bigger and more home-like is simply to cut back on your stuff. We truly live in a society of “more is better,” but is it really? Look around. Does that pile of stuff in the corner make you happy? I bet not. Get yourself three boxes. Label one “toss,” another “give away,” and the last “re-use.” Now, get busy and go through your things. Do you really need that waffle iron? Let it go. Now ask yourself, “would someone benefit from this?” If so, put it in your “give away” box. If not, toss it in your “toss” box. Continue to do this with any item you truly know you don’t need. For those items that you have doubts about, consider them for your “re-use” box! Can you use the item in a different way in your home? Decoratively? Functionally? Maybe that old coffee table you hate can be painted a funky color and turned into a piece that you truly love. Have fun with it!



Prioritize


Most interior designers would agree that you should pick one or two items that you want to design a room around. A favorite picture, couch, or other piece that really reflects you or inspires how the room is going to make you feel. Then, accessorize that piece! Think texture, color, fabric, and the big picture. Remember, less is more. The clutter will make you feel exactly that: cluttered. Pick your favorite pieces and group them together to show them off. A perfect example would be your favorite family photos that are the focal point of your end table.



Ambience


Creating the feeling of home definitely includes the ambience of a room. Throw open your windows! If you are fortunate enough to have a porch or balcony, take advantage of that barn door hardware and let the fresh air and sunshine in. Window treatments and screens are a worthwhile investment that will pay off because of the privacy, warmth, and functionality it adds to a space.



Functionality


One of my favorite ways to add some interest to your apartment or house is to rethink the purpose of a room. With limited space, sometimes we need to think multi-functional when it comes to what a room is traditionally used for. An extra bedroom can easily be transformed into an office/spare room with the creative use of functional furniture and wall space. Our walls are an organizing and space-saving asset that even the smallest apartment can afford. Search your nearest garage sales, antique stores, or Goodwill for inexpensive shelves that you can hang to get your things up off the floor and table surfaces. This saves space. Simple baskets and other fun containers can be found at garage sales and the like to help your space look sleek, clean, and organized.





So there you have it! I hope you are inspired to tackle your very own apartment and turn it into the home of your dreams. As Dorothy would say, “there’s no place like home,” and we should all feel as if we are returning to our own personal oasis when we walk in the door. Happy homemaking!

2 Comments

Filed under Aging in Place, guest post, Interior Design, Interior Design and Decorating

Guest Post: Advanced Health styles – Safe Exercises for Senior Citizens:

For those who are entering the twilight years of their lives, many tend to lapse into a sedentary lifestyle sitting in front of the TV or sitting in a favorite chair and reading a book or doing a crossword. However, for those who are keen to retain a healthier standard of living, there are many effective exercises you can carry out that will keep your body in great shape. Exercise helps to keep bones strong, prevents high blood pressure and diabetes, and keeps you feeling both limber and mobile. However, due to the fragility of the human body as everyone gets older, you must always be cautious.

Older adults and senior citizens are more at risk of falling and injuring themselves than younger people, and they may potentially break a hip if they inadvertently fall foul of a trip hazard. Falls are a serious problem for anyone who suffers from thinning bones, so exercise on a regular basis helps to improve strength and balance. A little strenuous activity also helps you to sleep better and keeps your mind active.

There are a handful of get fit exercises that a person of any age can do to keep themselves in good shape, although you must always remember to warm up before beginning any type of workout and cool down after each workout. Try to do a form of exercise for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week, and the aim is to raise your temperature, get your heart thumping and really get your muscles working. Bear in mind that moderate amounts of exercise are better for your health than strenuous workouts that might cause injury. The best idea is to choose activities you enjoy since you will be more prone to carrying them out repeatedly in the fullness of time.

Endurance activities can assist in increasing your heart rate and are also very good for your breathing and your body’s muscles. Warmed-up muscles are more flexible, so gentle aerobic exercises will help to increase your strength and overall levels of energy. Moderate swimming relieves stress on your bones and joints as well as strengthening and stretching your arms, legs and back muscles.

Jogging and walking at a brisk pace are other highly effective endurance exercise alternatives. In fact, one of the most popular forms of exercise for older people is walking, be it inside their home or around their backyard or the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, water aerobics is a cardiovascular exercise that delivers an effective swimming pool-based, full-body workout, and the accompanying water resistance will help to strengthen your muscles when you move, as well as building stamina with very little impact.

As the name suggests, flexibility exercises focus on how lithe and supple your body is, and, particularly due to old age, the human body can become stiff and inflexible as the years pass. Although people of all ages can benefit from stretching exercises such as yoga and tai chi, yoga is typically a little difficult for senior citizens and should only be attempted if they are able to move freely between positions and have no trouble getting up and down from the floor. Tai chi is very popular amongst the older members of society due to the way it helps to control breathing, and low-impact stretching exercises can help to hamper the possibility of muscular deterioration. Arm and leg stretches are also especially effective exercises for senior citizens who are chair-bound or bed-bound.

Many strength training exercises are too intense for the elderly to perform without aid, so it is important to carry out light, easygoing activities instead of overexerting yourself and risking the possibility for injury. Using a series of light free weights can help you to retain muscle strength, while resistance bands are a cheap and easily transportable option to decide on if you would like to do exercises like bicep curls.

Finally, make sure that you take things at a leisurely pace and never push yourself to the point of severe fatigue. After all, you should never keep doing arduous and overly-exhausting exercises when it gets painful or you start to feel uncomfortable.

Advanced Healthstyles is proud to supply health and wellness products that can help seniors embrace the concept of active aging in their own lives. Whether you are in need of equipment for your home or commercial business, we are a dedicated supplier of exercise and training equipment if you want to keep in shape in your old age. Please visit our website at AdvancedHealthstyles.com or call us at 855-326-6765 today to find out what we can do for you.

Leave a comment

Filed under Aging in Place