Family Caregiver Tips

Amy’s Helping Hands Tips: When a Senior Parent Refuses Regular Medical Checkups

Amy’s Helping Hands Tips: When a Senior Parent Refuses Regular Medical Checkups Amy’s Helping Hands understands: many of us delay visiting the doctor's office because it may be awkward and downright distressing when something is wrong and we're looking at the chance of an unwanted diagnosis. However, we also recognize it is sensible to accomplish what is best for our overall health and be to diligent about obtaining essential medical care.  For older adults, a range of other factors come into play as well, oftentimes contributing to the choice to forego that check-up or follow-up appointment, even though it's clearly not in their best interest. Whenever a senior loved one digs in her heels, refusing to see the doctor, it is beneficial to first understand why the resistance is happening, to address those worries, and after that to determine how best to give support. One of the primary reasons seniors shun healthcare appointments and procedures is fear. It might seem better and simpler just to dismiss symptoms and hope they will fix themselves on their…

Purchasing a First Aid Kit

Purchasing a First Aid Kit First Aid Kit for Seniors Living at Home First aid is an important consideration when caring for an elderly person at home. It is important to know that seniors are more vulnerable to accidents and injuries since they often lack strength, flexibility and can have brittle bones.  Also, their sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste may have declined, making them more vulnerable to accidents. It is very important that the elderly take care of their skin as well, because they are more susceptible to skin infections and disease due to natural changes in aging skin. These changes make the skin less elastic, thinner and dryer allowing more injures while also being slow to heal.  What to Put in Your First Aid Kit It is important to keep a well-stocked first aid kit on hand. You can purchase a kit or create one of your own. You can create one using a portable file box that can be found at any office supply store or large discount store. Be sure to keep your first aid kit someplace where it can…

Crime & the Elderly

Crime & the Elderly Older people are often targets for robbery, purse snatching, pick-pocketing, car theft, or a number of scams. During a crime, an older person is more likely to be seriously hurt than someone who is younger. But, even though there are risks, don't let the fear of crime stop you from enjoying life. Be careful and be aware of your surroundings. Here are some “do's and don’ts”  that can help you fight crime and stay safe. Be Safe at Home • Do try to make sure that your locks, doors, and windows are strong and cannot be broken easily. Consider a good alarm system. Make sure they are locked—both when you are in the house and when you're away. • Do make a list of your expensive belongings. You might even take pictures of the most valuable items. Store these papers in a safe place. • Don't open your door before you know who's there. Look through the peephole or a safe window first. Ask any stranger for proof of identity before opening the door. Remember, you…

The Benefits of Social Media for Seniors (and Family Caregivers)

The Benefits of Social Media for Seniors (and Family Caregivers) Seniors are jumping on board Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more as they realize it is fun and provides real benefits. Are your senior loved ones participating?  Here are five ways social media is beneficial for seniors. 1. Social Media Keeps Families Close “I wish I heard more often from my children/grandchildren” is a common refrain of seniors. You’d think that with seemingly everyone carrying their own phone, calls to senior loved ones would be more common than ever. However, those phones are used less for making phone calls than for connecting by other means, particularly social media. More and more seniors are realizing that going where their family members are going, most frequently Facebook, makes it easier to link up and keep up with what is going on in the lives of loved ones. It also makes for more frequent and comfortable conversations between generations than most would experience through calls. 2. Family Photo and Video Sharing With the overwhelming majority of photographs…

Nursing Homes and Long Term Care – tips and questions

Nursing Homes and Long Term Care – tips and questions Don’t just sign up for an official tour. Walk around and see the place for yourself. If you’re on the official tour ask to see other floors, otherwise you may only be shown the cleanest floor with the low maintenance patients. Ask what the resident mix is. Ask who your loved one may have for a roommate. Find out if it is possible that they could be placed with a resident with aggressive behaviour? Hang out in the lobby and see what kind of people surface. A lot of the time the physically fit, younger people will hang out there because they don’t have anywhere else to go. Visit the homes at meal time. This will allow you to see what the staffing ratio is and the resident mix for yourself. Also see what it’s like after meal time. How are the residents returned back to their rooms? Is there enough staff to care for them? If possible, go early in the morning to see if the residents are dressed for breakfast. If not, there likely isn’t enough staff to care for them all. Talk to the…

FREE Online Educational Courses for families caring for seniors

FREE Online Educational Courses for families caring for seniors Amy’s Helping Hands has taken a significant new step to help address some of the biggest concerns families have with caring for their aging parents: education, time and support. Recent statistics indicate that 80% of caregiving duties are provided by family members. This takes the form of sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces and  nephews providing informal care for their aging relatives and loved ones. “Many times caring for seniors comes with increased stress and sacrificing personal time juggling family, work and caregiving responsibilities.“ says Amy Szewczuk, Owner. One resource Amy’s Helping Hands is excited to offer the public is FREE online courses for family caregivers to learn more about caring for their senior loved one and themselves. “This resource is our way of giving back to Windsor and Essex County. We are honoured by the Windsor Chamber New Business of the Year Award along with the hundreds of families that have selected us for senior care services. In speaking…

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