Posts Tagged ‘caregiving’

Talking to your aging parents about “the future”–a conversation you need to have…

April 10th, 2012 No Comments

If 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 each day, it’s a fair assumption that many of them have parents who are now over 85 years of age. Since adults are living longer than in the past, the boomer generation, experts think, may care for its parents as long as it’s cared for its own children. Elder care New Jersey is inevitable.

As children of older parents, do you know where the deed to their house is? Who would they like to assign Power of Attorney? Do they have a living will? Is their home designed with considerations for aging bodies (handrails in the tub, easy-open door knobs, adequate lighting)? These questions–along with many more–are ones adult children need to ask in order to clarify needs and wishes. AARP.com has developed a list of 35 great questions (go to http://aarp.us/a20WVy to read more).

Is your elder relative in the hospital? Read these tips to get the best care…

March 7th, 2012 No Comments

NJ Senior Care | If your senior relative or friend is in the hospital, read these tips to make the most of their visit (these tips apply to the patient as well as the family caregivers):

  • Get to know the RN and aides who are servicing the patient
  • Get personal by using each person’s name
  • Make the patient comfortable in the room
  • Make sure the room is sanitized
  • Encourage visitors from spiritual counselors such as a pastor or rabbi
  • Have a master medication list handy
  • Know the patient’s medication times
  • Exercise frequent hand washing
  • Drink lots of fluid to stay hydrated
  • Express appreciation to doctors, nurses, etc.

For more tips, read the complete checklist from AARP.com: http://aarp.us/Af186Z

Interesting idea for pre-marriage: discussing your parents’ future care?

February 29th, 2012 No Comments

The wedding season is coming up soon, and any couples are attending pre-marital counseling prior to their marriage. They talk of how to handle finances, child raising methods, how to handle conflicts, and discuss future goals and dreams. Should they add how they plan to provide elder care New Jersey for their aging parents when the time comes? It may be premature, depending on the age of their parents, but it is definitely an issue that will affect their marriage at some point.