Caring for a person with a memory impairment requires patience and flexibility. As the person loses their ability to remember, reason and communicate, the caregiver must adapt to meet their needs and maintain their quality of life.
A caregiver is defined as a person who provides direct care to another. Many people take on the role of caregiving during their lifetime, whether it be for their own children, family members or parents as they age.
If someone you care about lives in an assisted living or skilled nursing community, it may have been a while since you’ve visited with them face-to-face. Ongoing restrictions at health care facilities have created a new kind of caregiver – someone who lives locally but must remain apart from their loved one. How do you check up on them and reassure yourself that they are doing well?
Winter’s snow and ice makes it an especially dangerous time for seniors due to the increased risk of falling. Snow and ice on untreated walkways, parking lots and stairs result in uneven and slippery walking surfaces. This significantly increases the risk of falling – especially for seniors.