How to Transition an Aging Parent to Assisted Living?

We often heard our elders say that they wish to age in their own place. So the question becomes when is the right time to move your aging parent into an assisted living area? Elders have the desire to spend their older days in a place that makes them feel safe, and when they reach a certain age assisted living often becomes the best solution. With a number of reliable home care facilities and visiting nurse and physician programs, granting their wishes is remarkably a good idea.

A day in our life will come when we need to decide on moving our elders to an assisted living. It is encouraged that adult children and members of the family should be knowledgeable of the local alternatives in the community. Do not allow an unavoidable circumstance to occur when you need to hurriedly rush your seniors into an assisted living facility. Below is the article which will offer primary considerations in moving to an assisted living.

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Below are some of the important considerations when deciding to move your aging parent in an assisted living facility:

• Health. One of the ways to start contemplating of moving your parent to an assisted living is when he/she is diagnosed with degenerative disease. In the early stage of this disease, include your parent with the decision making through discussing with them about your plans of action. It is difficult to accept the reality but their involvement in the choice is a great help to your their adjustment.

• Safety. When you think that the visiting nurse service cannot meet the expected level of care or if your parent feels unsafe in their present home environment would be necessary to move them in a safe facility like assisted living.

• Your elder’s social needs. Your parent also has a need to interact with others. The feeling of being alone plus the loss of mobility and health, spouse or friends would make them more depressed. When you are concern with this need, it is the time to consider them in moving to an assisted living.

• Your capacity. Evaluate yourself and your capacity including those around in your circle of care. Carefully assess if you have enough time and physical capability to care and assist your parent in addition with your own responsibility at home or at work.

When you think about your parent’s need for an assisted living atmosphere, consider factors such as their health, safety, social needs and your capacity.

Below are some of the ways to assist you in choosing and moving in an assisted living facility:

  • Have a talk or discussion with your parent’s doctor, colleagues or friends to solicit their recommendations or opinions.
  • Take time to review the offered options from ALFA. Know what to look for in an assisted living facility and locate some in your community.
  • Develop a list of possible facilities.
  • Allow your parent to choose his or her own room if possible. Develop a personalized space so that they would feel that the area is just an extension of their own home.
  • Create a list if criteria when choosing a facility such as cost, quality and geographic location. Also, you may want to know if the facility valued mobility and independence. It is also a good idea to assess if it offers senior-friendly computers and other activities offered apart from music, bingo or art. Likewise, consider your parent’s important features when deciding.
  • Allow your parents an ample time to adjust in their new way of living in the assisted facility. Your availability and support are also necessary as well as to listen and advocate if needed.
  • Develop a building trust and confidence with the staff and members of the assisted facility. Have a contact and personally visit the top 3 choices in your list. You need to establish a reliable reference rather than being persuaded by attractive ads and promotions. Make interactions and schedule a visit to know about residents and staff. Have a constant communication with your key contact. All the information gathered are a great help to establish trust and feel comfortable with the new environment.

The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is a significant reference or resource for families.


Care Tips for More Independence in Daily Life

The number of people who have experienced dementia, has now increased. Many very old people belong to it, but also people who are not that old. Common to all is that most of them, as much as 80%, can be cared for at home. Often those who endure dementia must spend at least a portion of their time in a senior living center.

Caregivers take care of day and night – always and forever-to their dementia patients. This everyday life, which is entirely under the sign of dementia requires a lot of use by caregivers. However, it can be a lot easier, the more tips and tricks you meet in the course of a “nursing career”.

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My goal with these lines is to give you as many care tips from practice for practice, so you can as much as possible benefit from the knowledge of professionals, I am happy that I am supported by my nursing blog from my daughter in law, the learned geriatric nurse is .

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  • Talk openly with your dementia patients about his situation and thus also on the common fate!
  • Involve stakeholders in your decisions with a!
  • Convey him to even the feeling of belonging to it!
  • Transferring it to him small tasks!

The “still needed” is an important element when it comes to happiness and life satisfaction. People who are no longer feel needed with himself and the world very dissatisfied. This can be seen in a general bad mood. Aggression and depression can be the result. With prudence and targeted tasks, you can prevent that. Thus, for the dementia patients the opportunity to do tasks in the household, by dusting on laundry care, to cooking and crafts and handicrafts. It is important that there are tasks that prepare the person concerned joy and the best part of the normal scope of duties of a man. The Gerontopädagogik speaks in this case of the so-called normality principle: no special tasks, but everyday tasks!

Support in this regard can be obtained from a specially developed to deal with people suffering from dementia structural assistance in the form of a Day Planner. This shows the sufferers which is a while to do and by whom. He can see and identify what is to be done or what he has already done, even if he has forgotten it again. Due to the non-verbal signals about the day planner will save you as caring members of many words and many instructions.
Affected parties can turn independent and self-determined act. This increases his self-confidence and lifts your mood.

To facilitate and of the whole family together and provide more satisfaction for all parties involved.

We wish you much success doing things with others

Fire Safety at Home, Some Helpful Tips

The most common culprit of fires are technical defects and nature (ie washing machines), lightning, flames (mainly by children playing with lighters), overheating, and even an arson fire sometimes. Such fires cause immeasurable damage without the proper safety measures such as smoke detectors. Well here are some tips from the Las Vegas fire protection to make certain you’ve got the proper safety measures prepared and ready.

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Nearly all fire deaths do not come through the fire, but because of choking on the poisonous fumes that arise during the fire. And approx. 70% have an accident at night in their homes. During the day, a fire can often be discovered quickly, at night when you’re sleeping in bed, so is your sense of smell, so the victims are surprised not noticing the fire often until it is too late.

There remains a maximum time table of 3 minutes to safely leave the house in case of fire. Smoke inhalation may already after 2 minutes be fatal. The sooner fires are detected, the easier and more effective is for the fire fighters and the lower the risk is for the residents and their property. Preventive measures can prevent fires in the home, but not entirely prevent. Each fire is due to the variety of combustible materials, its own chemical processes and operations.

  • Have smoke detectors ready: One in each hallway per floor, in each bedroom & living room. When buying them review: VDS, ISO, GS mark should be available!
  • Make certain you have a fire extinguisher in the car as well.
  • Do not rely on neighbors or pets to notice the fire for you!

Fire protection products are available in almost any hardware store.

Should it come to a fire!

  1. Keep calm, do not panic!
  2. Leave all other persons with the fastest apartment / house.
  3. Proceed with heavy smoke and crouched close to the ground!
  4. Keep doors and windows closed burning rooms to prevent the spread!
  5. Call the fire department to quickly and provide the name, address, where / what is on fire! 5 “W” questions when EMERGENCY : Where did it happen? (Name, place, street and house number, possibly floor) What happened? (What is burning, how far it has already expanded) How many injured? (Number, people are still missing) What injuries? (Severely or slightly wounded; nature of the injuries) Wait for questions! (The control center to answer all questions)

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