Senior Safety

Summer Activities for Seniors & Caregivers

Summer Activities for Seniors & Caregivers Enjoying the warm summer temperatures doesn't have to be a distant memory for elders and caregivers. Finding an interesting activity that is suitable for a senior’s abilities may take some creativity and planning, but it is well worth switching up the routine and getting out of the house. The Benefits of Getting Outside A main advantage of heading outdoors, even for a short period of time, is being able to soak up some sunlight. Sun exposure generates vitamin D, which is necessary for a healthy brain, bones and muscles. Getting out also enables elders to socialize with new people, and be stimulated by new experiences and environments. Ideas for Outdoor Activities When selecting activities to do with your loved one, focus on hobbies and interests that they used to enjoy. What is something they always wanted to try? Don’t be afraid to ask what they miss doing or what they’d like to revisit. Have a couple of suggestions prepared to choose from and head outside to enjoy the day together.…

Seniors Are at Risk When it Comes to Driving

Seniors Are at Risk When it Comes to Driving Every time an incident occurs on the roads that involves a senior, the question arises again whether or not people of a certain age should have to pass their driving test again, or have special restrictions for operating a vehicle. Chances are, if you have a senior loved one, this has been a topic of conversation, or you have at least thought about his or her safety behind the wheel. If you have concerns about a senior in your life driving, consider a few things, and speak with them about driving. If the family agrees driving is still an option, take advantage of a few safety tips, which are listed below. Risk Factors While everyone ages differently, and accidents on the road can be caused by anyone, some seniors suffer from health issues that make them more likely to be involved in accidents. A variety of risk factors cause crash rates to be higher among seniors. Sometimes, the accidents are caused by careless mistakes. Distractions can lead to running red lights and stop signs. People…

Protecting Seniors From Falls

Protecting Seniors From Falls One of  the major causes of injuries for seniors is falling. While accidents happen, a number of falls could be avoided by taking a few extra precautions and planning ahead. Falls that may not be serious for someone who is young or middle aged could be serious for a senior. As we age, bones become brittle and even the slightest fall could cause serious injury. Recent statistics have shown that ¼ of seniors over the age of 75 that experience a fall will not survive past 1 year. In order to avoid the inconvenience and pain of falling, take measures to avoid the danger. Sometimes, avoiding a fall can be as simple as relying on the assistance of a helper. Amy’s Helping Hands provides qualified helpers to help seniors in navigating their lives without accidents. Fitness Helps One of the best way to lessen your risk for falling is by staying in shape. Getting up and about keeps your body nimble and your coordination sharp. Instead of dealing with stiff joints and sore muscles, you will stay…

Excessive Clutter In A Senior's Home Can Be An Accident Waiting To Happen

Excessive Clutter In A Senior's Home Can Be An Accident Waiting To Happen Caregivers can help you or your loved one deal with the hazard of over-accumulation. After a lifetime of living in one location, things can accumulate, leaving the family home packed tight with items from the lives of many people. Seniors may find themselves overwhelmed with all the memories and souvenirs in their homes. This is especially true when the time comes for them to move. Perhaps they have chosen to move to an assisted living facility or they are moving in with another family member. Maybe they have not reached this point yet, but they want to make their personal surroundings more inviting. If they are now living in an “empty nest,” it may be time for them to let go of some things from the past and enjoy their homes as all their own. If you are a senior and you need assistance sorting through a lifetime of household goods, you can call on the services of a companion aide, or caregiver, like those from Windsor Ontario’s Amy’s Helping Hands, to help you with this kind of…

Household Clutter and Poor Hygiene Could Be Signs that Your Loved One is Suffering from Depression

Household Clutter and Poor Hygiene Could Be Signs that Your Loved One is Suffering from Depression Relying on a caregiver can greatly increase a senior’s quality of life and safety when they have trouble caring for themselves Learn more about getting good care from a bonded, insured professional. Email us at care@amyshelpinghands.ca or call 519-915-4370. Children of seniors may have a difficult time determining if their parent needs additional help. Their parents may be reluctant to share their daily struggles with their children because they are embarrassed or feel they may be a burden. In other cases, seniors may not even realize they are struggling. If you are concerned that your senior parents may be having issues, but you know they are not ready to move into a care facility, consider hiring an in-home caregiver. North Bay Seniors can call on the services of Sequoia Senior Solutions for help with day-to-day life in their home. If you are a child of senior parents and you suspect they could use some additional help, consider the following signs: 10. The next time you are visiting…

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