Dealing with the loss of a loved one is extremely difficult. Many of us deal with loss in very different ways- There is no right or wrong way to deal with loss. There are however, ways we can cope with loss and things we can do for others who are dealing with a loss.
If you have recently lost a loved one, allow yourself to feel- you may be feeling a variety of emotions all at once and that’s normal. Whether you wish to grieve alone or amongst an emotional support team, letting yourself grieve is key to coping with your loss. Your grieving process is your own- remember to be kind to yourself- you’ll wake one day to find the pain is less and life can go on.
On the other hand, if you know someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, do your best to be supportive and don’t avoid them. Many times we avoid those in pain because we’re unsure of what to say. Your mere presence and a simple “I’m sorry for your loss” shows that you care. Maybe let the grieving person know that you’re there for them if they need to talk and remind them that it’s ok to feel sad or lost.
Unfortunately, everyone deals with the loss of a loved one- Recently, we lost a very dear client, and then last night, I unexpectedly lost a friend to a battle with cancer. The pain is here and it’s very real, but allowing myself to grieve and having a great support group has helped tremendously.
There’s always professional help to get you through the grieving process as well. It’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and the benefits of talking to a professional who can help you through the grieving process can be extremely helpful.
As always, if there is anything we can do for you at Southern Arizona Eldercare, please don’t hesitate to ask!
~ Staff at Southern Arizona Eldercare
Everyone enjoys their freedom and independence- especially our senior parents and grandparents. At some point however, it becomes apparent that they may need some assistance. Also, if you or another family member are a caretaker for your elderly loved one, you may need a break.
Today, we’re going to discuss some of the signs to look for that will let you know your loved one may need some additional care as well as the benefits of respite care.
If you or a loved one have had recent falls, a slow recovery from a surgery or fall, a worsening chronic health condition, noticeable weight gain or loss, becoming frail, are unable to drive/run errands for yourself, or unable to complete daily living tasks, it may be time to look into in-home care. Care can consist of one hour here and there to run errands or prepare a meal to 24 hour care to assist in all aspects of daily living. A caregiver not only helps your loved one complete everyday tasks, but they are also a great companion, especially if your loved one lives alone and is unable to safely go places by themselves.
Caring for a loved one can also be very difficult on family members. Respite care is provided to relieve some of the stress on the caretaker and the loved one. This will allow you to get out of the house for a while, run some errands or even spend some time relaxing while your caregiver tends to your loved one. Respite care can be anything from sitting with your family member for an hour to a weekend away, preparing meals and helping your loved one bathe.
If you’d like to inquire about in-home care, feel free to contact us at any time. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions and offer free in-home assessments and safety checks.
~Southern Arizona Eldercare
As we age we begin to lose of lot of our mobility. Whether you’re just noticing the onset of weakness in your legs, your joints are beginning to ache or you need full assistance to get through the day, we have a few suggestions for you or your loved ones. There are numerous mobility aids on the market today and we have put together a list of some great devices.
- Walking aids: There are a few different kinds of walking aids- the most popular being a cane and a two-wheeled walker. Both of these can help a great deal, however if you’re needing a little more assistance, a two-wheeled walker is far more supportive and effective.
- Shoes: This may seem like a no-brainer but the kind of shoe you’re wearing can highly impact your mobility. Be sure your shoes are comfortable, supportive and not worn out. Worn out shoes can likely become a hazard.
- Stair lifts: Stair lifts are becoming increasingly popular among seniors with 2 story homes to allow them to safely move from one floor to the next. Over one million Americans over the last year have suffered an injury on the stairs- the stair lift can easily help prevent injury to you or your loved one.
- Understand your limits: There are many devices to aid in your mobility, but the bottom line is that you need to be conscious of your body’s limits.
How we can help: If you or your loved on have limited mobility, we can assist in many different ways. We’re here to help you retain your independence as much as possible by coming into your home to assist you. We also help in:
- Grooming: From shaving to bathing, our caregivers are properly trained to help you or your loved one get in and out of the tub, assist at the commode and even provide assistance dressing.
- Mobility Assistance: Our knowledgeable staff can transfer clients from beds to wheelchairs or other seating options to prevent injury to you or your loved one.
- Dietary Support: Clients who have limited mobility have difficulty fixing their meals. We ensure that our clients are prepared well balanced meals in order to stay strong and healthy.
- Increased Safety: Keeping your home clutter and hazard free is very important. We make certain our client’s homes are as safe as possible to prevent a possible slip or fall.
- Companionship: It’s hard for many seniors with limited mobility to socialize. Having a caregiver come into your home gives you conversation and social interaction which is a great way to avoid reduced emotional health.
- Errand Running: Many of our clients no longer drive so our caregivers run errands for them. We can do everything from grocery shopping, to picking up prescriptions to make your life easier and limit your stress.
If you, your loved one, or someone you know is living at home and needs assistance with daily tasks, let one of our experienced and trained caregivers care for you! Give us a call at 520-344-7711 to find out how you’ll love the way we care for you!
We’re going to share of number of things you can do to recognize and remove hazards in your loved one’s bathroom. This is a very common place for falls since your loved one is either getting in and out of the bathtub or using the toilet.
- Always leave a light on at night. If you don’t want to leave the light on, make sure the bathroom has a motion activated nightlight.
- Clearly mark the faucets as “cold” and “hot” to avoid scalding. You may also want to ensure that the water temperature is no higher than 120 degrees.
- Use anti-slip mats in and around the tub to avoid slipping.
- Install a bath aid bar to help getting in and out of the bathtub easier. You may also want to ensure the bottom of the bathtub is coated with a non-slip material.
- Although walk-in showers/tub are a little pricey, they are definitely a good investment to help eliminate slips and falls in and out of the tub.
- Pick up any loose laying rugs in the bathroom. Not only can rugs easily cause a slip, but if your loved one uses a walker or wheelchair, the rug causes a great deal of difficulty under the wheels.
- Install a support bar by the toilet to aid in getting up and down easier.
These are just a few things we can do to help making the time spent in the bathroom easier and much safer for our loved ones. If you have any questions, or would like a free home safety check, give us a call at 520-344-7711.
~Staff at Southern Arizona Eldercare
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