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How to Care for Aging Parents

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How to Keep Germs and Disease Out of Your Parent's Home

As your loved one ages, they become more susceptible to disease because their immune system has weakened over time. Because of this, they are more likely to develop dangerous health complications as a result of everyday illnesses. Prevention efforts are vital to ensuring your loved one remains happy and healthy in their home.

Your Parent’s Health

Safety first

Your parent’s health is a top priority.  As they age, there are many steps you can take to ensure that they are protected from disease while still able to remain independent in their home.

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Sanitization

Daily Routine

The first line of defense in keeping your loved one’s home germ- and disease-free is a thorough cleaning schedule. 

  • Break down cleaning tasks that may need to be completed on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. High-touch surfaces like counters, faucets, dishes, and remotes should be wiped-down daily with disinfectant or bleach to keep germs at bay. Chores like vacuuming, dusting, and mopping may be completed every week.
  • Create reminders for your loved one to complete necessary cleaning tasks in your absence.
  • Consider investing in a hands-free faucet and soap dispenser to promote frequent hand washing.
  • Ensure your loved one has access to appropriate personal hygiene supplies and assistive devices necessary to be able to shower and toilet daily. Access to a raised toilet seat, shower handles, or a shower chair may be required for them to be able to wash properly. Additionally, an adjustable showerhead may help your loved one bathe themselves wholly and thoroughly.

Health

Promotion

Your loved one may need more than just a rigorous cleaning schedule to keep their home disease-free. Primary prevention efforts, such as changes to diet, exercise, and medical care, may be necessary to prevent sickness and ensure they can live a happy and healthy life. 

  • Schedule your loved one for appropriate immunizations every year.
  • Help your parent with grocery shopping and meal preparation to create meals that are nutritious and well-balanced.
  • Work with your loved one to develop an exercise plan they’re excited to begin. Consider involving a variety of activities to keep them interested and engaged.
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Health

Promotion

Your loved one may need more than just a rigorous cleaning schedule to keep their home disease-free. Primary prevention efforts, such as changes to diet, exercise, and medical care, may be necessary to prevent sickness and ensure they can live a happy and healthy life. 

  • Schedule your loved one for appropriate immunizations every year.
  • Help your parent with grocery shopping and meal preparation to create meals that are nutritious and well-balanced.
  • Work with your loved one to develop an exercise plan they’re excited to begin. Consider involving a variety of activities to keep them interested and engaged.

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Keeping Germs

at bay

The best way to keep disease out of your loved one’s home is to avoid bringing it in in the first place. Avoid visiting your parent if you are sick to prevent infecting them, no matter how excited you are to visit. Instead, try keeping them connected to others through the following:

  • Send over a healthy friend or family member to spend some quality time.
  • Reach out to your loved one by phone, text message, or video chat. Ensure they have the resources to reach out to you, too. A large button phone may assist with this.
  • Connect them with opportunities to engage with others through online volunteering and workouts.
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Emergency

Preparedness

If disaster strikes, the best way you can help your loved one is by giving them the skills and tools they need to remain independent in their home. Consider making a plan with your loved one on what you will do in the event of an emergency and ensure they know of all appropriate community contacts and resources. Ask yourself the following:

  • Do they have a supply of clean drinking water?
  • Is there enough food in the house to last 3-6 days? Do they have the tools they need to prepare this food, such as an electric can opener or a bottle/lid opener?
  • Do they have a first aid kit in the home? An ample supply of their medications?
  • Do they have a list of their conditions, drugs, and allergies in case emergency medical responders need to come to the home?
  • Are there flashlights or lanterns available in every room? What about batteries to operate them?
  • Will they have access to all the appropriate hygiene supplies to get them through this time?

Disease prevention can be a daunting task. Fortunately, Beverly’s Daughter is here to make things easier for you and your loved one. To best assess the risks in your parent’s home, ask their Primary Care Physician for a list of recommended steps you can take to promote health and prevent disease. Send this list to us, and we will contact you within 48 hours with a customized action plan tailored to your loved one’s unique needs. Your loved ones are our priority; let us help them age gracefully in their home by contacting us now.

Signs Of Memory Loss

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Role Reversal: When Kids Become Caretakers

If you have an aging parent, It’s likely that you’ve already begun to help your parents in ways you’ve never had to before. Maybe you’ve begun to manage paying the bills, driving mom to doctor’s visits, or helping dad out with yard work that he just can’t do anymore. This process of role reversal is called “parentification,”  and it describes the dynamic wherein children assume more and more responsibility and control over their parent’s lives, eventually acting as parents to their parents. While confusing and possibly overwhelming, this process is a very common part of aging for older adults and their families.

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Alzheimer’s Is Life Altering For The Whole Family

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of Dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that eventually interferes with even the most basic daily living tasks. Changes in behavior and personality may require a person with Alzheimer’s to require round the clock care in a specialized facility.

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