There are many questions surrounding senior living – with many assuming that all senior living options fall under the umbrella term of ‘nursing home’. While in years gone passed a nursing home may have been the only option when a person needed professional care or assistance, that is no longer the case.
To care for a loved one is a beautiful and empowering thing to do. Those individuals who can make time to be a caregiver are some of the most reliable people. However, it can also be time-consuming and at times a bit of a challenge. For some caregivers, it can be even more of a problem to admit when they need to take a short break. Unfortunately, according to the Commonwealth Fund 60% of caregivers surveyed are shown to have reduced health or a chronic medical condition, as compared to 33% of individuals who were not caregivers. This statistic highlights the usefulness of respite care and why it is very much worth consideration.
When you reflect back on your childhood, you may have memories of cooking with your mother in the kitchen that stand out to you. Memories of waking up early on Saturday mornings to strap on your patterned aprons and getting straight to business. While you could be cooking meals for the whole family or just trying out fun new recipes, the memories made will never be forgotten. Cooking together is a tradition that most families can relate to in some way or another.
It’s past 4 pm and you haven’t eaten a full meal or replied back to the several messages on your phone that were received yesterday. These are just a couple of the thoughts in the mind of a caregiver that is on the road to burnout. We understand how fast things can pile up leaving you feeling overwhelmed and stressed. While these are not uncommon feelings, there are ways to avoid letting caregiver burnout get worse.
One of the first questions we receive when we meet a family looking for memory care services is ‘How do I pay for this?’. Budget is always a concern for anyone who is considering any senior living option. While paying out of pocket from a bank or savings account is always an option, it is often not feasible for many families to cover the cost of memory care that way.
Bruce was born on March 1st in Newton Falls, Ohio and is an only child. After high school, Bruce served in the Air Force for three years and was based in Pakistan where he monitored electric transmissions. He was discharged from the Air Force early to care for his mother and grandmother after his father passed away. Bruce loved being in the military and would go back if he was able.
Having your parent or loved one actively using social media will benefit their lives in more ways than one. While they may be intimidated at first and assume it is a tool only for ‘the young people’, it will help them feel connected and engaged with others around them. We encourage all adults to use social media and believe it’s a great tool to help contribute to a person’s social wellness, especially for people with mobility or health issues. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons your parent should be active on social media.
As a person ages, it is common to notice a decline in cognitive abilities. You may see a decline in your loved one's reasoning ability, memory, processing speed, and even vocabulary. While some cognitive decline comes with aging, abnormal or intense symptoms may be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer's.
After he turned 18, CJ served in the Coast Guard for 13 years. Upon completing his time with the Coast Guard, he went on to serve in the Navy Reserve until 1986. CJ also worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years as an electrition as well as a driver for The Shriner's Children Hospital.
He met and married his wife in 1957 they were married for 50 years.
During their marriage, they had one son who passed away from cystic fibrosis.
CJ continues to be involved with the Shriner’s today and says they have made a significant impact on his life by allowing him the opportunity to make an impact on other’s lives.
He also likes to claim that he a curmudgeon or a grumpy old man. We can tell you that his claim is 100% false! He has a beautiful, caring heart and is also known as our top dog lover at our community! If CJ is not sitting in the front lobby visiting with the house dogs, they make their way to his room and push open the door to check on him. He makes a point of leaving his door cracked so the dogs can let themselves in. He can pretend to be surly all he wants, but no one at Oaks at Hampton believes it. We love him!
We all know getting older is a hard fact of life. When you are young and healthy, it is easy to take care of yourself. For many, all through their childhood, your parents were there to support you and help you grow whenever you needed them. Naturally, as the roles of caregiver slowly changes, you want to care for them as they age. However, life’s responsibilities can make it difficult to become a full-time caregiver, no matter how much you want it. Perhaps you don’t live close to your parents or you have work commitments 40+ hours a week. It is in these circumstances that senior living options can give you peace of mind that your loved one is happy and cared for when you cannot be there for them all the time.