Choosing a Medical Walker

  Choosing the Right Medical Walker       If your loved one is feeling weak and unsteady, it may be time to consider a walking aid.  My mother became quite weak and unbalanced as a result of extended periods of being bedridden and muscle wasting.  She first began to use a walker when it … Continue reading “Choosing a Medical Walker”

Modifying Your Bathroom for Critical Illness

    As my mom’s liver cirrhosis progressed, she became increasingly weak and unbalanced.            If she felt well enough to leave her bed, her time was spent on the couch in the family room.  She began to use a walker to avoid falls, and of course my dad was always … Continue reading “Modifying Your Bathroom for Critical Illness”

Preparing For Your Hip Replacement Surgery

Preparing For Your Hip Replacement Surgery         Hip replacement is a life-changing step to end chronic pain and restore your quality of life. However, this is a major surgical procedure with an intense recovery period. It is wise to be as prepared as possible. Here are some things to consider.     … Continue reading “Preparing For Your Hip Replacement Surgery”

Choosing a Transport Chair

Choosing the Right Transport Chair For Your Needs         A transport chair is specifically designed to be pushed by a caretaker, or a person other than the wheelchair user. Transport or travel chairs are the type most commonly found in healthcare facilities such as retirement homes. A caregiver can propel the elderly … Continue reading “Choosing a Transport Chair”

Install A Power Lift Toilet Seat For A Safer Bathroom

Install A Power Lift Toilet Seat For A Safer Bathroom       It may not be the household item that catches a person’s eye or thoughts while looking for hazards, but toilet seats have options available today that many caregivers are unaware of.   The toilet seat should not be overlooked as a way … Continue reading “Install A Power Lift Toilet Seat For A Safer Bathroom”

Tips for Managing Foot Drop

  Tips for Managing Foot Drop         Foot drop is a muscular weakness or paralysis that makes it difficult to lift the front part of your foot and toes. It’s also sometimes called drop foot, and can cause you to drag your foot on the ground when you walk. Foot drop is a sign … Continue reading “Tips for Managing Foot Drop”

Practical Shoes for the Elderly

  The Right Shoes Look Good and Prevent Fall Risk   Proper shoes for the elderly can reduce their risk of falling, which is one of the leading causes of injury for older people. A fall can cause an injury such as a hip or pelvis fracture which means months of rehabilitation therapy. It can … Continue reading “Practical Shoes for the Elderly”

Planning Ahead for Parkinson’s Needs

Planning Ahead for Parkinson’s Needs     Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease at home can be like sailing a ship through uncharted waters. Currents, wind shifts and changing weather patterns all influence the ship’s course on a daily basis. The effects of Parkinson’s disease also present an unpredictable course and caregivers must … Continue reading “Planning Ahead for Parkinson’s Needs”

The Angry Dementia Patient

The Angry Dementia Patient     Seniors With Dementia are Easily Frustrated and Stressed   Sometimes it seems like seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia get angry at the drop of a hat. What’s most likely happening is that they suddenly reach a breaking point because of frustrations that build up.  Here are some ways to … Continue reading “The Angry Dementia Patient”

Keep Your Older Adult Safe This Winter

  Keep Your Older Adult Safe This Winter       Winter is a special time for celebration. It should also be a time for added caution if you or someone in your family is an older adult. It is the season for falls, slips on icy streets and other dangers that can be especially … Continue reading “Keep Your Older Adult Safe This Winter”