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Aging Parents and Senior Care in The Carolinas

When do Aging Parents Need Assisted Care?

Aging Parents living on their own, can be a worry for families. Questions you ask yourself ~ Are they still coping? You wonder how you will know when its time for them to have some form of assistance.

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There are three different areas to assess when dealing with aging parents. It is understandable that they love their home, they are used to being there and they want to remain in comfortable and familiar surroundings. That goes for all age groups. We love going away on vacation, but there is nothing nicer than arriving home and sleeping in our own bed. The same goes for aging parents. Let them be independent as long as its safe and they are able to take care of themselves. 

Signs that Aging Parents are Not Coping

Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene is easy to notice. When aging parents don’t want to take care of themselves and they avoid bathing or showering, its not difficult to dig in a little, to find out what the real issue really is. Sometimes a few grab rails around the the house, the restroom, steps outdoors, and long passage ways, will help them feel more secure and allow them to care for themselves a little longer. 

Sometimes the bedroom and bed linen smells of urine because the elderly have “little accidents” in the evening. That too can be addressed with incontinence products. They will not want to lose their dignity, but a gentle conversation could allay their anxiety. It could be a temporary solution to a longer term problem. 

Responsibilities

Aging parents are likely to forget. They may not take as much care of things about their home. That doesn’t mean they have dementia and it also may not really mean they need to leave the comfort of their familiar home. Monitoring the situation is important. When they forget to pay their bills, they have no food in their home or they have unopened mail, that could send alarm bells. If they have a favorite TV program that they watch regularly and they don’t seem to be watching it anymore, it could be that they don’t remember the program, or they lost the story. 

If they have a motor car and they are used to driving, you may find they cannot remember how to get to a family members house anymore. They will offer excuses, however that could be a big tell tale sign that they are going to need assistance and possible a care giver.

Self Medication

Self medication is an important part daily tasks that elderly parents need to be able to manage. If that is compromised, that can be life threatening and that would be a great reason to be considering care.

The Discussion

There is no easy way to discuss assistance with aging parents. They don’t want to give up their lives and let someone else do it for them. The best time to discuss this next step would have been before it was an issue. If you have a clear path set out prior to the event, it can be an easier decision on your part. At the end of the day, you need to know that your aging parents are safe and looked after. That is your primary task. 

At Senior Care Carolinas, we strive to make our elderly folk very comfortable in a residential house in the suburbs. They are taken care of by qualified staff, hand picked for the position. We encourage them to remain as independent as possible with caring hands to assist when needed. 

Our Assisted Living Facilities provide care and services to aging parents with entertainment, exercise routines, outings and lots of laughter and fun. It’s the comfort of home in a family environment, not corridors and nurses stations, clinical bathrooms and cold uninviting spaces. Our residents love living in our homes. They get to bake if they want to, they are escorted out for the occasional meal, get to visit the shops and even walk escorted to the local park and other amenities. They are part of a community and its a great way for them to enjoy their golden years.

Please book a tour and see how your aging parents could thrive in one of our communities

CALL US TODAY , Senior Care Carolinas 704-608-5875

 

 

Safety Tips For Seniors Living At Home

Safety Tips for Seniors – Living Independently

It is important for Seniors Living at Home who wish to remain at home for as long as possible, to take a walk through their homes and see what items need to be attended to, as a safety precaution, after all, its better to be safe than sorry.

Here are a few Safety Tips for Seniors Living at Home.

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DeClutter

Safety Tips for Seniors – Tip #1

Declutter your home. Get rid of cumbersome furniture and items that will be in the way when you need more space. Clear walkways and pathways and be sure that you can get around your home without the possibility of tripping or hurting yourself. If you want to remain at home as long as you can, then it would be a good idea to imagine a walking stick, walking frame or wheel chair being able to navigate your home. You want to keep your independence as long as possible and this could be your opportunity to plan ahead.

Lighting

Safety Tips for Seniors -Tip#2

Make sure all rooms are well lit. Rather have a central room light so that you can see well and avoid lights that are set above the fan as you get a strobe affect and that can be really dangerous

Check the lighting outside so that you don’t trip or fall on pathways or driveway

Make sure you have luminous numbers on your home and letter box, it makes for easy spotting at night. Not only is it better for you to find your own home with ease at night, but also in the case of an emergency, your home is easy to find.

Light up stairwells and door entrances from outside. The door jamb is sometimes raised a little and you don’t want to trip over them. Inside areas should be fine and perhaps highlight any areas with luminous tape or change the surface and have it smoothed over, so there are no chance of tripping and falling.

Hand Rails and Grab Bars

Safety Tips for Seniors – Tip#3

It is important to check the Hand Rails and Grab Bars regularly to make sure they are sturdy and supported. Walk around the house and decide now while you are able bodied to see where you may need more rails. It may be a good idea to think about putting in a wheel chair ramp or at least have a number handy and an estimation on what it will cost to add one at a later stage.

Rugs and Mats

Safety Tips for Seniors -Tip#4

Check out the loose rugs and mats throughout the house and check that they are not on slippery surfaces. Sometimes mats start to curl on the edges and you don’t want those to become a reason for a fall. Carpets on carpets tend to creep a bit and can cause a bulge, be sure you need those as they are a big cause of accidents.

Door Handles and Tap Handles

Safety Tips for Seniors -Tip#5

Your hands may not be as strong as you age and you may find that turning door handles and taps can become difficult to turn. With that in mind, maybe you could consider replacing those handles to a pull down or latch types so that you don’t have that worry.

Emergency Numbers

Safety Tips for Seniors -Tip#6

Have a list of emergency numbers in each room, preferably in an easy to reach place. If you have a fall, you may want to be able to call for help and it would be useless if the numbers where on the top of a cabinet if you are not able to reach them. 

Fire Safety

Safety Tips for Seniors -Tip#7

Know where about your fire extinguishers are and be sure to have them tested regularly. The batteries in your fire alarm need to be changed regularly and if you are not able to do it yourself, have someone come in regularly to check them for you. Add a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home – you can never be too safe! 

Have an electrician in to check your systems to make sure that there is nothing amiss and that your home is still safe and will be for many years to come.

Make sure that the dials on your Stove and other electrical equipment is still legible and possibly even consider adding a color dot or similar to distinguish the off place on the dial and the off stroke should meet. It’s important to check that they are switched off, for your own safety.

These important Safety Tips for Seniors are a bid for you to keep your independence for longer (and you may be completely able bodied right now) its a good idea to think about your aging self now and plan accordingly. 

When you are not able to take care of yourself or perhaps even your loved one anymore, we at Senior Care Carolinas have some wonderful living opportunities in residential homes in the suburbs surrounding Charlotte NC – If you would like to tour our Assisted Living homes and to chat to the residents, we welcome you. Find out more about our Residential Houses Here.