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Is the IoT Changing the Face of Caregiving?

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 10:05 AM

The internet of things (IoT) era promises big things for the healthcare sector. But are patients and caregivers prepared to harness its full potential—both to improve the quality of care and lighten the caregiver burden? The Deloitte 2016 Survey of Health Care Consumers took a closer look at this issue, and the findings are promising: “Patients of all demographics—even seniors—are at least amenable to technology-enabled care.” Wondering what the IoT means for you as a caregiver? Here’s what you need to know.

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The Benefits of Adaptive Clothing for Older Adults & Caregivers

By Cyndy Marsh on Tue, Apr 03, 2018 @ 02:26 PM

 

While getting dressed and undressed each day may not be an issue for most people, it can be a major obstacle for older adults and people with physical limitations. But the impact doesn’t end there. Also faced with dressing- and undressing-related challenges? Caregivers for older adults and people with physical limitations. The good news? Adaptive clothing offers help for patients and caregivers alike. Here’s a closer look at adaptive shirts, pants and shoes, along with where to find them.

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What Does 'Quality of Life' Mean for Seniors?

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 02:40 PM

Many conversations about aging often involve the topic of quality of life for seniors. However, a recent Forbes article highlights a flaw in the use of “quality of life” as a blanket term: Not only is it subjective, but it’s also inherently dynamic. Given the ambiguity surrounding the oft-used phrase and its meaning, it follows that there’s often confusion regarding how best to support quality of life for elderly people. 

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Caring for Your Aging Loved One After a Hospital Stay

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

A hospital stay due to illness or injury is cause for worry and stress for caregivers of older adults. But what about when your loved one is released to return home? Becoming the caregiver of aN aging loved one after a hospital stay comes with its own unique challenges. How do you ensure your loved one stays healthy? What do you do if you need to work? Are you the best person for this job? 

How much care your loved one needs depends on his or her condition, but there are a few actions you should take to make certain your loved one — as well as everyone else in your household — is comfortable, happy, and healthy.

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Everything Caregivers Should Know About Broken Hips

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Approximately 300,000 Americans break a hip every year. Many of them are seniors. Unfortunately, hip fractures can be much more detrimental for seniors than for the rest of the population.  Here’s a closer look at the issue, along with caregiver tips aimed at keeping seniors safe.

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How to Safely Transfer Someone from a Wheelchair to a Car

By mmLearn.org on Mon, May 01, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

Ever picked up someone from a hospital or a nursing facility only to have an aide easily glide the wheelchair over to the car door and effortlessly transfer the person into the car? Easy right?

Easy until you get to your destination and try to do the very same thing.  Now how did they do it? Is there a brake on this thing? How can I get them out of the wheelchair and into the car without straining my back? Not knowing how to accomplish what appeared to be easily achieved moments earlier, just adds to the stress and anxiety of a family caregiver.

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Staying Independent Longer with Adaptive Equipment and Strengthening Exercises

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 01:04 PM

The desire to age in place is common among older adults today. Essential to helping them achieve this goal?  The ability to attend to the activities of daily living, AKA the “ADLs.”  Here’s a closer look at why the ADLs matter, along with how adaptive equipment can play in supporting mobility and independence in seniors.

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Expert Interview Series: Erin Wilson of If I Need Help on Medical ID Bracelets For Elderly Adults

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 02:36 PM

Erin Wilson is a Special Needs Mom whose son was lost in the past without the ability to ask for help or provide personal information on his own. Her solution was to create a non-profit, If I Need Help, offering a wearable iD and a special needs registry. Learn how this wearable iD is different from those you have seen before. 

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Senior Fall Prevention: Help for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 @ 09:34 AM

A third of all older adults fall every year, but less than half of seniors discuss fall-related concerns with healthcare providers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is particularly troubling considering that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in seniors. Read on to learn more about falls and older adults, along with preventative measures caregivers can take to ensure the ongoing health and safety of the seniors in their care.

A Closer Look at Falls and Seniors

Millions of older Americans fall every year. Just how severe is the problem? The CDC determined that in 2013 alone, U.S. emergency rooms treated 2.5 million nonfatal senior falls resulting in 734,000 hospitalizations. Common fall-related injuries include lacerations, hip fractures and head traumas. Unfortunately, these injuries can not only detrimentally impact your aging loved one's mobility and independence, but can also increase the risk of premature death.



In addition to injuries from falls, seniors also suffer from another troubling phenomenon: fear of falling. Even seniors who survive falls with no injury can develop fear of falling, leading to limited activities and loss of strength and flexibility. Unfortunately, this becomes a vicious cycle: the corresponding decrease in physical fitness may actually increase the risk of actual falls.

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Assistive Devices: Independence for Seniors & Help for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Mar 04, 2015 @ 02:51 PM

Few people would argue that the aging process is easy, but there are ways to help make things easier. Many seniors struggle with mobility issues which can interfere with routine daily activities and lead to declines in independence and quality of life. Assistive devices offer a valuable "helping hand," not only for the aging senior, but they can also be a great help for caregivers, as well.  

About Assistive Devices

Assistive devices can mean the difference between the ability to perform simple daily activities and complete reliance on others. Assistive technology advances every day, and seniors have more options than ever when it comes to selecting the best tools for their individual needs.

Types of Assistive Devices

Products, tools and equipment available to assist seniors can range from low-tech to high-tech in functionality as well as serve a number of different needs. These include:

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