Wednesday, February 15, 2017

5 Hidden Costs of Family Caregiving

Are you finding it hard to make ends meet while caring for your loved one?

Caregiving can be a big expense. After all, assisted living communities can be quite expensive, so it must be cheaper to do it yourself, right?

Wrong!

Here are a few benefits you could be missing out on by being your family’s caregiver, according to A Place for Mom:
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  1. Lost wages- Caregivers frequently have to give up on their own career to take care of their loved one, missing out on an average $143,000 in lost wages.
  2. Decreased employability- Caregivers find that it’s difficult to find a new job when their time as a caregiver ends.
  3. Increased health care costs- Caregiving can take a toll on your physical and mental health.
  4. Lost savings and retirement- Out-of-pocket expenses can really add up! The National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare found that a stunning 47% of working caregivers reported having used up all or most of their savings.
  5. Reduced productivity- Caregiving not only effects the caregiver, but the economy too. MetLife found that American businesses lose an estimated $34 billion each year due to employees’ need to care for aging loved ones.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Be Aware of These 5 Senior Scams!

Have you or a loved one fallen victim to a scam in the past?

Is your elderly parent gullible enough to believe anything they hear?

Do you have a hard time distinguishing between what is a real offer and what is a scam?

Seniors are often the target of scams. Cognitive problems can impair seniors’ judgment as they get older making them vulnerable to cons. Seniors may face scammers on a daily basis. Navigating scams can be a difficult challenge for the elder generation, since the internet is still new to them. It’s important to be aware of the scams that are out there and how to protect yourself in case you come across one!
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According to A Place for Mom, some common tactics scammers use to trick seniors include:

1. The Grandparents Scam-Someone calling claiming to be your grandchild in need of money.

Your Way Out: Don’t fully commit to wiring them funds. Check the story by asking other family members first if this grandchild is in trouble and in need of financial assistance.

2. Investment schemes- Scammers like to offer ways to safeguard your money after retirement, but really they’re after your cold hard cash!

Your Way Out: Remember that if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be suspicious of anyone who promises massive returns on an investment and be sure to only deal with reputable and credible institutions.

3. Email Scams- Many scams spread via email. Be sure to never open emails from a sender you don’t recognize.
 
Your Way Out: Never disclose private information online except to a trusted organization. If you have questions about whether an email you received is legitimate, call that organization directly.

4. Medicare ID Card Theft Scams- If a caller is claiming to be from a government agency to tell you your card needs to be replaced this is merely a trick to get your personal information.

Your Way Out: Never give personal information like your social security number or banking information over the phone, and be suspicious of calls from people who claim to represent official agencies and then request personal information.

5. Repair Fraud- Seniors fall victim to unnecessary repairs all of the time. If you notice that they’re being charged multiple times for something, then they could be developing dementia. 

Your Way Out: If you find yourself making poor purchasing decisions, talk to a younger family member about getting help, and possibly a financial power of attorney.

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The transition from living at home independently to assisted living can be one of the most difficult decisions families and their loved ones have to make. When a family member can’t take care of themselves, it can put a heavy burden on those they love. Many people aren’t up to the task of the daily care their loved one may require.

We’re confident in our ability to provide the best quality of elderly care, the security, and the family atmosphere that you’re seeking! We warmly invite you to see the difference we can make when your family shares life with our family. Schedule a tour of Hillside Terrace today! (734) 761-4451

Sunday, January 15, 2017

How to Deal With Personality Changes in Seniors

Does someone you know suffer from Dementia or Alzheimer’s?

Does your loved one feel like a stranger?

Are you struggling with ways to cope with these changes in your loved ones’ personality?

According to A Place For Mom, “although this can be a difficult situation to deal with, it helps to remember that this is not something you are causing in your loved one, rather, that the behavior is the direct result of the health condition.” Please know that nothing you did made them this way.

Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) suggests that “when your loved one exhibits an undesirable behavior, your reaction may be to try to stop or change the behavior. But remember, you can't reason with or teach new skills to a person with dementia. Instead, try to decrease the intensity or frequency of the behavior. Consider these approaches:
  • Remember that your loved one isn't acting this way on purpose. Try not to get angry or upset or take it personally.
  • Speak calmly and softly to the person.
  • If the behavior is aggressive, back away. Give your loved one space. Then calmly approach him or her. Don't argue.
  • Consider the potential cause of the behavior. Is your loved one tired, hungry, in pain, frustrated, lonely, bored? Could it be a side effect of medication?
  • Respond to the emotion, not the behavior. If your loved one keeps asking about a certain family member, he or she may need reassurance that this person is healthy and safe. Avoid trying to reason with the patient, this may often lead to frustration for both of you, because he or she may be unable to follow lengthy explanations.”
Are you still having problems dealing with personality changes in your loved one? At Hillside Terrace, we understand that it can be a challenging time and we want to help you in any way we can to make things easier. We’re focused on holistically improving and maintaining the well-being of our residents through promoting independence, a stimulating environment, and building rapport.

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Is your parent prepared for their end of life care? Discussing moving your parent into assisted living can be a scary thing for any adult to face. However, it’s the scary reality of so many in this country. We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home, you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands!

For more information about memory care in Ann Arbor and the other services we provide, visit us at HillsideTerrace.net, or contact us here! Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!” Schedule a tour today!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ways to Help Seniors Avoid Isolation

Are you or a loved one isolated from other people?

Do you or a loved one get social anxiety?

Do you prefer to be by yourself?

According to a study conducted by the Drexel University of Public Health, “seniors living in areas with greater social capital had significantly higher physical mobility scores than those living in lower social capital neighborhoods. Living in a place with greater social capital—where there is more trust and more helpful neighbors—you will feel more comfortable walking around to get to places you need to go, which helps you stay mobile,” and less isolated.

If your parent or loved one doesn’t live in an area with social capital, then it is important to encourage them in certain ways to get involved in something they enjoy doing to promote social health.

A Place for Mom suggests the top ways to promote connectedness and social health include:
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  1. Making transportation available
  2. Promote sense of purpose or hobbies that interest them
  3. Encourage religious seniors to maintain attendance at their places of worship
  4. Give a senior something to take care of
  5. Encourage a positive body image
  6. Encourage hearing and vision tests
  7. Make adaptive technologies available
  8. Notify neighbors of your loved one’s condition so they can keep a friendly eye out in case anything seems amiss
  9. Encourage dining with others
  10. Address incontinence issues
  11. Give a hug
  12. Giving extra support to seniors who have recently lost a spouse
  13. Identification of socially isolated seniors by public health professionals
  14. Help out a caregiver in your life
Have you or a loved one overcome isolation? Please let us know your story and what helped you! We’d LOVE to hear your story!

Hillside Terrace Retirement Community offers elderly care in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas. Trust is an important factor when placing your family member under someone else’s care. We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home, you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands. Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!”

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

10 Ways Families Can Stay Connected When Caring For an Aging Parent

Do you have a hard time coordinating appointments for your parent with other members of your family?

Do you have a difficult time tracking down certain medications your parent takes?

Are you looking for an easier way to stay connected with your family when caring for your aging parent?

According to A Place For Mom, whether you prefer modern technology or old-fashioned pen and paper, there are some great ways to help seniors and their families stay in contact and monitor ongoing care giving needs:
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  1. Family meetings – It helps to set a date ahead of time so everyone in the family can meet up and see each other. Great for long distance!
  2. Letters and photos – Great way to let your loved one know that you’re thinking about them when you’re away.
  3. Written journals and records – this is a useful way to keep track of care giving activities like medication and doctor appointments.
  4. Email, phone and text messages – If you need to update someone in the family right away emailing, calling or texting are great options.
  5. Video chats and webcams – If your senior is tech savvy this can be a great way to connect with family members who live far away or when you can’t always be there in person.
  6. Spreadsheets and office software – Spreadsheets can be a lifesaver when it comes to tracking finances, appointments, and medication management.
  7. Caregiver-focused websites – You can find everything from social support and discussion boards, to detailed health and caregiver information.
  8. Online collaboration – Online tools are available for privately sharing health records and coordinating with family members while ensuring your privacy.
  9. Electronic scheduling – A Google calendar is a great way to collaborate and keep track of managing appointments and medications for your loved one. Easy to share with family members and health caretakers.
  10. Caregiving mobile apps – There are a plethora of apps to help you keep track of your loved one’s appointments if you’re attached to your phone. Plus it will be on you at all times!

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The transition from living at home independently to assisted living can be one of the most difficult decisions families and their loved ones have to make. When a family member can’t take care of themselves, it can put a heavy burden on those they love. Many people aren’t up to the task of the daily care their loved one may require.

We’re confident in our ability to provide the best quality of elderly care, the security, and the family atmosphere that you’re seeking! We warmly invite you to see the difference we can make when your family shares life with our family. Schedule a tour of Hillside Terrace today! (734) 761-4451


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cool Gadgets for Independent Living Residents

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your loved one on Christmas?

We know it can be harder for the older generation to catch on to new gadgets and technology, but what if one were to make their life easier?

According to A Place For Mom, “experts expect aging tech to be a $30 billion market. Here is a sampling of some of the cooler technology out there today, providing independence to our parents, and valuable peace of mind for us as caregivers:
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1. Medication Management Devices-
a. Reminder Rosie- Is a talking clock that will say whatever you want. For example: “Dad, it’s time to take your pill.”
b. MedMinder- Is a digital pill dispenser.
c. CareZone- Is a free app you set that buzzes your phone when it’s time to take your pills.

2. S.O.S Safety Devices-
a. Medic alert-like pendants and wristbands- These can be pressed during an emergency to alert professionals and/or family members.
b. Sensors like BeClose, Evermind and Lively attach to objects your parents use most: the bed, a toaster, the bathroom, front door or favorite chair, for instance. You can remotely determine what circumstances merit notification.
c. Making Care Easier or CaringBridge are websites used for sharing resources and information with family members. You can even synchronize your iPhone or iPad to the websites!

3. Socializing-
a. grandCare- With a large touch screen, residents at home or in long term care have video chats with family, get the news, play games, check the calendar, visit websites, send instant messages, and share photos.”

Would your loved one benefit from any of the above technologies? Many of these are innovative approaches to staying involved in your parents’ health when you can’t always be there. Have you tried any of the above technologies? Did you find it useful? Let us know if the comment section.

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Is your parent prepared for their end of life care? Discussing moving your parent into assisted living can be a scary thing for any adult to face. However, it’s the scary reality of so many in this country. We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home, you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands!

For more information about elderly care in Ann Arbor and the other services we provide, visit us at HillsideTerrace.net, or contact us here! Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!” Schedule a tour today!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

6 Tips to Keep Your Loved One Safe at Home!

Are you worried about your parent’s safety?

Does your parent suffer from any medical conditions where safety is a major concern for their well-being?

Are you looking for ways to improve their safety at home?
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According to A Place For Mom, there are some simple areas to focus on to make your home safer for your elderly parent, like:
1.    Let the light in-Install motion sensor lighting throughout their home where extra light is needed.
2.    Easy access to doors and window for seniors with arthritis-A lever style door handle may be easier to use than a round one.
3.    Restrict access to doors, windows and dangerous zone for seniors with dementia-child-locks and other child proofing products work well for this purpose.
4.    Assist with mobility- Remove tripping hazards like rugs (and if you have small children, keep the ground as toy-free as possible or establish a senior-free toy zone.)
5.    Make it easy to call for help-Consider using a call-assist service or personal emergency response system like Life Alert that your parent can wear around their neck or wrist and push a button should they need help.
6.    Use at-home safety devices- There are a number of different products out there designed to keep seniors safe like Pocketfinder GPS, GrandCare Systems, Impactactive Hip Protectors, etc.

Hillside Terrace Retirement Community offers senior living services in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas. Trust is an important factor when placing your family member under someone else’s care. We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home, you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands. Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!”

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For more information about our senior living services in Ann Arbor, call us today, or fill out our contact form here! We’re focused on holistically improving and maintaining the well-being of our residents through promoting independence, a stimulating environment, and building rapport. Schedule a tour with us today!