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11 Ways to Make the Bathroom Safer for Seniors

Bathroom

January is National Bath Safety Month and the ideal timefor seniors and those who love them to develop a plan for a safe bathroom environment. Falls are the number one cause of serious injury and hospitalization for seniors each year and many of these injuries occur in the bathroom. In fact, statistics provided by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) show that 80 percent of senior falls that happen in the home occur in the bathroom.

Caregiver Coping: How to Adjust Your Expectations for the Holidays

senior man and caregiver wearing santa hats.

In her article, Caregiving During the Holidays: Have a Realistic & Positive Approach, author andeldercare consultant, Carol Bradley Bursack, describes a scenario that many caregivers can identify with.

Stuck in the Middle: Managing the Stress of Caregiving for Children and Aging Parents

Senior and adult children talking

We’ve all heard the term, "sandwich generation" – that segment of the population caught in the middle of taking care of their children while also acting as caregivers for their aging parents. 

Summer Vacation: 7 Tips for Traveling with Your Loved One with Dementia

Senior traveling on an airplane

As anyone caring for a loved one with dementia can tell you, caregiving responsibilities require considerable amounts of time, energy, compassion and devotion. As a result, caregivers sometimes give up the things they enjoy most in life such as summer vacations and travel. 

However, according to dementia care experts, that doesn’t always have to be the case.

5 Ways Our Senior Living Services Enhance an Aging Adult's Lifestyle

5 Ways Our Senior Living Services Enhance an Aging Adult's Lifestyle

Today, requiring care in a senior living community no longer means giving up a full and enriching lifestyle for older Americans. In fact, forward-thinking senior living communities now place a major emphasis on ensuring that their residents have an active, purposeful lifestyle that enhances their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. 

5 Ways Caregivers Can Avoid Guilt When Using Respite Care

Today, caregiver guilt is a common theme for many individuals who devote themselves to caring for a loved one in need. Caregiver guilt can manifest itself in different ways, but typically comes from a common source – the feeling that you are not doing enough to care for your loved one or you are not doing it well enough. 

5 Things You Didn't Know About Respite Care

5 Things You Didn't Know About Respite Care

There is a reason why many busy, often-overburdened family caregivers are taking advantage of respite care services today.

7 Steps to Create a Caregiver Burnout Plan

7 Steps to Create a Caregiver Burnout Plan

Busy, sometimes overwhelmed family caregivers are often called the “invisible victims” or the “second victims” of Alzheimer’s disease. However, this description can also apply to any family caregiver whose days are consumed with caring for a loved one and whose labor of love places them at risk of caregiver burnout.

9 Key Factors for Choosing the Right Long-Term Care

9 Key Factors for Choosing the Right Long-Term Care

“With the rapid growth in the number of older Americans, an increasing number of families today have a loved one who is in need of long-term care or skilled nursing care,” says Susan Irrgang, Executive Director at Saunders House, located in Wynnewood, PA. 

“But choosing the right long-term care community can be complicated. Many families ask: Where do I begin? What factors should I consider in choosing? How do I know if the long-term care community I choose will be best for my love one?

The Social Engagement Benefits of Respite Care

The Social Engagement Benefits of Respite Care

“Respite care services at Saunders House provide at-home caregivers with a much-needed physical and emotional break from their demanding daily caregiving routines” says Susan Irrgang, Executive Director of Saunders House, located in Wynnewood, PA.

“Caregivers receive some personal time off from their caregiving duties to ‘recharge their batteries’ and do the things that are important to their own lives – whether it’s running errands, traveling, meeting for lunch with friends or just relaxing with a good book.”

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