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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Caregiver Info

How to Change a Bed with Someone In It

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Dec 02, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

We often talk about the emotional difficulties of being a family caregiver, but there are plenty of physical challenges too. One of the questions that comes up most often is how to change the sheets when your aging or sick loved one can't be moved from the bed.

Changing sheets regularly is important for the health and hygiene of your loved one. It’s a critical step toward preventing infections and bedsores. Refreshing an occupied bed isn’t easy, but it’s certainly possible.

Let's break down the nine steps involved in resetting a bed while a person is still in it.

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Self-Care Guide: How to Ease Caregiver Stress

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Self‑care keeps your body and mind in peak condition. But it's hard to find time for self‑care when you spend your days caring for someone else. Perhaps you're parenting young children while also caring for aging parents. Maybe you're a caregiver for your spouse or an elderly friend or family member. Your caregiving role could be all the more challenging if your loved one has dementia. 

Being a family caregiver can be stressful. Mental burnout will occur quickly if you don’t stay on top of self‑care. Start by making small, wellness‑focused changes to your life. You’ll soon experience the benefits. Many aspects of self‑care seem obvious, like getting enough sleep, taking time to relax, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise. Unfortunately, though these activities have proven benefits for mental health, they're often overlooked. 

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Identifying and Managing Depression in Seniors

By mmLearn.org on Tue, May 12, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Caregivers are often the first to notice when a senior’s mood or behavior seems “off.” If the senior in your care seems unusually irritable or less interested in previously enjoyable activities, take note. Consistent mood changes, trouble sleeping, and even a decline in personal hygiene are potential signs of depression, which could mean it’s time to seek outside help.

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Nine Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 @ 01:15 PM

As seniors age, maintaining an active lifestyle often becomes a challenge. But exercise and physical health are important for everyone, regardless of age. Caregivers can help seniors stay active and fit by suggesting fitness routines that utilize gentle movements. One such activity is yoga, a mind and body practice that focuses on posture and breathing techniques.

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A Caregiver’s Guide to Managing Hoarding Behavior

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 01:02 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

As seniors spend more time at home or grow sentimental about objects from days gone by, many struggle with a cluttered home. But clutter isn’t just an eyesore. It can quickly turn to hoarding behavior, compulsively saving items with no real value.

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How to Use Assistive Devices for Seniors [VIDEO INCLUDED]

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 @ 09:33 AM

Few people would say that the aging process is easy, but there are ways to help make things easier. Many seniors struggle with mobility issues that 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 aging seniors, but also for their caregivers. To help in caring for a senior at home, we look at how assistive devices can improve mobility, as well as communication, care and hygiene, and dexterity.

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How to Make a Safe Wheelchair Transfer [VIDEOS INCLUDED]

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Have you ever seen a caregiver effortlessly transfer someone to or from a wheelchair? While it may seem like they just have the magic touch or some sort of superpower, it's more likely that they've simply learned the techniques that make safe wheelchair transfer a routine task.

Anyone can learn these techniques. Just read below and watch the accompanying videos for basic information and pro-tips on how to safely transfer someone to and from a wheelchair. 

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Peri-care: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

While peri-care can initially be intimidating, it is a very important part of the private caregiver/patient relationship. Let's take a closer look at the importance of perineal care, as well as how to perform this critical duty to ensure the ongoing health of your loved one.

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Should Your Aging Loved One Join a Community Chorus or Consider Music Therapy?

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 @ 10:48 AM

Senior loneliness is an epidemic in society today. In fact, more than 40 percent of seniors regularly experience feelings of separation and disconnection from their family and communities — which can have a detrimental impact on both physical and emotional health. Now comes news, however, of a potential loneliness-busting fix: joining a community choir. Here’s a closer look at the research, along with evidence attesting to the many benefits of music therapy.

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Caregiver Tips for Alleviating Arthritis Pain

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 @ 02:32 PM

Nearly half of people (49.6 percent) of people aged 65 years and older have reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the CDC. As many as 25 percent of adults with the condition, meanwhile, say it causes them “severe pain.” Caring for someone with debilitating pain from one of the 100 forms of arthritis and its related diseases can be challenging. However, there are some things caregivers can do to bring aging loved one's relief. Read on for a roundup of seven tips aimed at helping minimize pain and maximize quality of life for people with arthritis. 

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