Why does mom have bruises?

Why does mom have bruises?

Having a parent or grandparent in a nursing home can be incredibly difficult, especially when so many of us have promised we’d keep them at home forever. So often residential care hardly feels like it reduces the amount of time we spend caregiving, with all the...
My Mother’s Quiet Burden Was My Father’s Fading Mind

My Mother’s Quiet Burden Was My Father’s Fading Mind

My parents […] had just bought an apartment in Washington to be closer to me, so I could help with my father’s care. My mother claimed he was getting too hard for her to handle on her own, though I never saw it. Whenever I visited them in Florida, he was always...
Pearl’s Choice

Pearl’s Choice

You want to choose a retirement community, either for an older relative or for yourself and your spouse. The number of options are staggering — and there are so many different amenities and pricing structures. Sure, there are paid services to help you choose or...
Fear of falling is a downer

Fear of falling is a downer

5 ways older adults can make their lives more fallproof It’s the one time in life when being head over heels is not a good thing: falls are the most prevalent injury among the elderly and the leading cause of fatal injury. “There are lots of physical changes and...
5 assisted living myths

5 assisted living myths

How many of you have promised that you’d never abandon your parents to die in a home? You can imagine the sadness…and the smell, right? But that’s not what I experienced when I visited my grandmother. I’d say hello to the folks at the front...
Reducing fall risks

Reducing fall risks

One in three adults over the age of 65 falls every year resulting in injuries ranging from scrapes and bruises to hip fractures. In recognition of Fall Prevention Awareness Day on September 23rd, Home Care Assistance interviewed Julie Groves, occupational therapist...
My Mom Had A Massive Stroke And I Became Her Caregiver

My Sister Was The Only Person In The World With Her Developmental Disorder And Until She Died, I Defined Myself As Her Caregiver

My first memory of Kara was during my mother’s pregnancy. I was three years old and my mother held me in a rocking chair and said, “I’m going to have a baby, but the baby is very sick.” The amount of care that Kara required impacted most aspects of my life. We rarely...
Home care for cancer patients

Home care for cancer patients

There are so many misconceptions about home care. The more I talk to family caregivers, the more I hear people expressing how they wish they’d turned to home care sooner. People resist accepting outside help for a wide range of reasons, many of which are based...
32 room-by-room home safety tips

32 room-by-room home safety tips

Worried about home safety? Start here Most seniors want to stay in their homes and remain independent until the end. Of course, families worry about seniors living at home alone. A fall can be debilitating for an older adult, especially if it leads to a broken hip....
Memory care clinics in Canada

Memory care clinics in Canada

Whether you’re new to caregiving or a veteran, there are still things to learn about the Canadian healthcare system. This series of videos from Alz Live provides a roadmap. This is part four of an eight part series. Memory Clinics are the gateway to...