The Seven Do’s and Don’ts of Transporting the Elderly

Here are some simple “Do’s and Don’ts” to remember when traveling with the elderly:

1. Do provide an extra pillow or soft booster for your loved one. As we get older, we often experience a collapsing of the spinal cord that can make it uncomfortable to extended periods of time. Better yet, keep a couple of cushions of different sizes on hand, one to sit on and another to support the back.

2. Don’t assume the passenger-side air bag is safest. To a frail, elderly individual, that air bag may be a hazard. Depending on the medical condition, you may qualify to have the air bag deactivated. Only an authorized dealer or repair shop can install the on/off switch, with an approved form from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

3. Do check that the seat belt rub and make your loved one uncomfortable. A booster cushion to raise the body or a soft cloth around the part that rubs against the skin can help.

4. Don’t leave your loved one in a closed car while you run in to do an errand. If you leave the car running, your loved one just may try to drive it away. Someone with dementia or even mild confusion might wander off. A quick errand can turn into a big episode in an instance.

5. Do pack an emergency bag. You never know when you may need it. You should include: a change of clothes…including underwear, spare absorbent pads, or absorbent underwear if used; a sweater and hat of some sort; snacks such as granola bars and water bottles; extra medication such as glucose tabs.

6. Don’t forget bathroom breaks.While you may be able to go three or four hours without a bathroom break or a beverage, remember that your loved one may find that difficult. Take regular breaks.

7. Do make it a fun experience for them! Play some oldies or classical music, especially if the person tends to be grumpy. Take a lunch break at a spot you know has special appeal to your loved one.

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Is your aging parent resistant to in home care?

For senior adults who take pride in their independence, admitting they might need help around the house can be challenging. They might resist the thought of someone being in their home on a regular basis, even if that person has their best interests at heart. Preparing your loved one for in-home care assistance is an important step toward a smooth transition.

 

Approach the topic with patience and keep these tips in mind along the way:

  1. Emphasize the positive. Point out the many things they can still do on their own. Talk about their freedom to make choices, and assure them they will still be in charge.
  2. Talk about what a caregiver can do for them.Ask them what burdens they might want lifted. Do they worry about forgetting their medication? Would they like to have their meals prepared for them? Making decisions together can open the doors to change.
  3. Talk to the doctor. Sometimes hearing the encouragement of a physician can help overcome resistance to an in-home caregiver. At the very least, the recommendation can open doors to further discussion.
  4. Interview caregivers together. Make the decision with your loved one. If they know their opinion is valued, they might feel more in control and be more accepting of in-home care.

By involving your loved one in every step of the decision for in-home care, you are showing them how much their opinion matters, which can help the transition for everyone.

The advantages of using a Referral Agency like Angelic Nursing & Home Care are endless.  The most important advantage is that our clients are in control of their care plan and determine which caregivers will provide services.  All decisions made about your health or care, are directed by you and your loved one.

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Top 5 Things to Discuss With Your Aging Parents

Discussing important issues with loved ones who are growing older can be a challenge.  But waiting until a crisis moment isn’t a good planning strategy. Instead, bring up these subjects before a crisis arises.

 

  1. Living options—Do your parents want to stay in their current home as long as possible? Or are they considering  moving to a senior living community? Discuss what they would prefer if they were to experience a decline in health and need greater assistance with the activities of daily living. Home care? Assisted living?
  2. Long-term care insurance—Many people erroneously believe that Medicare pays for a nursing home or home health care services. But in reality, long-term care is not covered by Medicare, and paying for it can quickly deplete financial resources. Investigate whether your parents are good candidates for long-term care insurance.
  3. Estate planning—Do your parents have an up-to-date will?  How can their assets help provide for their own care in case of a decline in health or incapacity?
  4. Advance healthcare planning—Have your parents completed advance directives for healthcare, including a healthcare power of attorney and living will? Have you discussed with them what their wishes are if they were to be incapacitated and unable to make their own healthcare decisions?
  5. Medicare, Social Security, VA benefits, retirement—Are your parents taking advantage of all the benefits available to them? Do they have the best supplemental (“Medigap”) policy? Part D drug plan? Do they know the deadlines to sign up for benefits in order to avoid penalties?
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