Celebrate the Holidays with Aging Parents

Always Best Care Senior Services Plymouth Meeting PAGoing Home for the Holidays to Celebrate with Aging Parents

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s traditionally a time for travel, celebration, and family. It can be exciting for seniors to spend time with family members they may not have the opportunity to see very often. Going home for the holidays is also an opportunity to check in on your aging parent and ensure that they’re doing well and have the support they need.

Here are a few ways to make the most of your trip back home:

Keep your loved one involved. Whether your aging parent has some mobility issues or is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it is still nice to feel a part of things. Modify your planned activities so that they can partake as well, whether you’re cooking, baking, decorating, or going on an outing.

Create healthy meals. Take into consideration any special dietary considerations, such as low sodium, low sugar or soft foods. Plan a meal that is full of flavor, provides balanced nutrition, and doesn’t exclude your senior from enjoying the same delicious offerings as other guests. Pack up healthy leftovers in freezer containers for them to enjoy after the family goes back home.

Carry out family traditions or start new ones. Is there one aspect of the holidays that your loved one has always enjoyed such as going around the table giving thanks or making a special dessert? Keep the tradition going to give them a continued sense of routine and stability. Or, if the holidays are more difficult after a family member’s passing, start a new tradition to honor them and initiate a positive distraction.

Observe your senior at home. Evaluate how well they are able to navigate around their home and care for themselves. Are they showing signs of depression or forgetfulness? Are they having trouble keeping up with housekeeping or mail? You may start considering in-home care so that they can continue age in-place safely and comfortably.  Caregivers provide various opportunities to meet your loved one’s needs, whether it’s a few hours a week or a couple of hours a day.

Be in the present. Most importantly, relish the time you are able to spend together. Put aside work and other distractions and focus on spending quality time with your aging parent. Reminisce about the past, watch a favorite movie together, share delicious treats, and appreciate how much they mean to you. Make it a point to coordinate regular phone calls or visits to keep in touch and see how they are doing, especially if you don’t live nearby.

Celebrate all that the holidays have to offer and time spent with family and friends. If you are concerned about your loved one’s well-being and their ability to meet all of their needs living alone, contact Always Best Care Senior Services to find out how we can help. Call (267) 217-7059 to learn more about the benefits of in-home care and how to customize services aligning with your loved one’s individual needs. Give yourself peace of mind this holiday season by knowing they have the support they need when you’re unable to be there.

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Creating The Perfect Space For Aging In Place

Today’s elderly population is blazing a new trail for seniors in many ways. Aging individuals in our world are living longer, leading more active lives and are participating more in society than any previous generation in their later years. As a result, they are shunning typical lifestyle choices and patterns of the past in favor of new ways to live. For many seniors, this means living and aging at home where they are comfortable and secure. This desire has created a huge demand on family members and other loved ones as they consider their options.

These days, family members aren’t worried about putting Mom or Dad in a nursing home; they are more concerned with how to make sure Mom or Dad’s current house is fit for aging in place safely and comfortably.

If you’re concerned about a family member who insists on aging in place, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure conditions at home are ideal and appropriate for healthy aging.

Here are some helpful tips:

1. Make Necessary Changes

The cost to retrofit a home can be scary, but think about this: the cost to make structural modifications to a typical one-story home is about $10,000. However, when you consider the costs associated with occupancy of a nursing home or other facility, which can rise to tens of thousands of dollars a year, the costs of modifications are worth it. At this point, doing what is necessary to make the home safe and secure  will make you feel confident that you made the right choice.

2. Don’t Forget the Small Things

Consider normal, day-to-day activities like opening doors or removing items from kitchen shelves. Are these tasks presenting unnecessary challenges to your loved one? Small changes such as  installing better doorknobs or rearranging items on shelving to a lower level can make a huge difference. It’s also a good idea to evaluate the home’s lighting both inside and out.  New fixtures may be the best solution, but you might be able to make significant improvements simply by installing new bulbs.

3. Take Advantage of Technology

Today’s world benefits from automation in a number of ways, and your senior loved one’s home can take advantage of the same benefits. Programmable “smart” thermostats, self-monitoring alarms and timer-enabled lights can help you ensure that the home is always comfortable, plus it can take responsibilities off of an aging individual’s plate. You can also use technology to communicate with your loved one and ensure that the home is safe and sound, even when you’re thousands of miles away.

More Advice for Aging in Place

Are you caring for a loved one who insists on aging in place? Always Best Care can help you. Call us at (267) 217-7059 for your free consultation.

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Seniors Choose to Live at Home

The sheer number of senior citizens choosing to live at home versus opting for a retirement community is increasing.  Along with the increase, home care and transportation services are in higher demand. Many questions arise as these homeowners age.  Who will help with the housework?  How will we keep our loved one safe?  What about snow removal, landscaping and labor-intensive work around the house?  There is much to think about when a senior parent is living at home.  A comprehensive article recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal, all about ‘aging in place’.
stock imageIn order to grasp a handle on our senior loved-ones, let’s have a discussion about what type of care they currently need.
Contact:  David Baim, dbaim@abc-seniors.com (267) 217-7059

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