There are several types of depression that can occur during different stages of life, and even during different times of the year. The types of depression can vary, and it can be difficult to recognize depression in a loved one - especially an older adult.
It can be difficult to know when the time has come to move your senior parent into a community or seek in-home care. If you don't live near your parent(s) or you don't see them often, it can be challenging to make this decision without knowing how they live on a day-to-day basis.
At CaraVita Home Care, we understand that transitioning home after a hospital stay can be challenging. If you’re a senior making the transition from hospital to home, some changes may be necessary. CaraVita Home Care wants to help you with this transition so you can maintain your independence and create a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
CaraVita’s Dementia Life program is an approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care that is focused on honoring the uniqueness of each individual we serve. Though dementia may steal a person’s memories, those living with dementia can still experience moments of connection and joy. At the end of the day, our lives are not measured by the number of things we have accomplished, but the relationships that we have formed along the way. In Dementia Life, we seek to create environments where those living with dementia can continue to connect to those around them and feel a sense of accomplishment each day. Whether it is making sure someone gets a hug before they get out of bed, or finding the right jazz song to dance to in the afternoon, we want each day in the lives of those we serve to be meaningful and full of engagement.
As we age, our immune system weakens, raising the chances of illness. At CaraVita, we understand that keeping strong immunity is vitally important for seniors, especially during cold and flu season. A significant part of senior home care is ensuring you are healthy and energized. Here are a few tips for giving your immune system a boost:
It can be easy to neglect your own health when you provide in-home care for a loved one. When you overexert yourself caring for another, you will most likely encounter caregiver burnout which can lead to more severe outcomes, such as depression or physical ailment. You can avoid the detrimental effects of caregiving by remembering to take care of your own health and stay positive with in-home care. However, preventing pessimistic thoughts can be easier said than done. At CaraVita, we know it can be challenging to stay positive but it is essential, so here are three tips to aid in optimism!
According to the U.S Census Bureau in 2014, 11 million people aged 65 or older live alone. That is 28% of the senior population, and as people continue to age, their likelihood of living alone also increases. While living alone does not immediately mean that someone will experience social isolation – it certainly increases the chance. In addition to living alone, lack of transportation can also dramatically increase the likelihood of social isolation. In fact, according to AARP, 41% of seniors feel that their current transit does not fit their needs.
Topics: Wellness & Well-Being
Many of us do not get to see our aging loved ones as much as we would like. We talk to them on the phone a few times a week and check in with their doctors, but often times it is just long weekends and holidays that we pack up the kids and head up to grandma's house. If you are hitting the roads this 4th of July, make sure to keep an eye out for a few signs that mom and dad's health may be declining.