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In-Home Care Versus Assisted Living In Carlsbad

by Josh Prizer

While many older adults live independently thorough their entire lives, for some older Americans, this is not a realistic option. Some people simply need a bit of extra help navigating through the details of everyday life. When one reaches a point where extra help is necessary, you have to debate whether to opt for in-home care or assisted living in Carlsbad. Many people simply wish to stay in their home and this is perfectly understandable. The idea of leaving your home for a facility for assisted living in Carlsbad might seem too overwhelming and unpleasant. However, if you do wish to stay in your home, it is wise to make a few changes and perhaps consider hiring some in-home caregivers or other helpers. An in-home caregiver can help you with all sorts of daily chores, such as grooming and dressing and preparing meals. Some caregivers also can help with medication management and drive you to doctor appointments and out on errands. For some seniors,  hiring a person to clean... Read More

Long-Term Care: What To Expect With Board & Care

by Josh Prizer

These days’ people are living longer, but they don’t necessarily have the ability or desire to maintain a private home as they get older. For some older adults, living independently can become difficult or lonely and it can be wise to look for assisted living options. There are many facilities for board and care in San Diego, and here is what to expect and look for with this type of home. Often assisted living and board and care are used interchangeably, although we tend to think of assisted living as a larger community with a variety of private apartments. Board and care homes, on the other hand, are smaller and are private homes that have been converted for use for older adults that need a bit of extra assistance. This can be a homier alternative to a large facility for assisted living in San Diego, and many people prefer living in an actual house instead of an apartment community. When you are searching for board and care in San Diego, you should expect to find that... Read More

Reasons To Consider Memory Care Assisted Living In Carlsbad

by Josh Prizer

Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of Americans, and while it is difficult and frightening for the person affected by the disease, it is also a devastating diagnosis for loved ones. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s can be extraordinarily challenging, and assisted living in Carlsbad or assisted living in Oceanside might be a better option both for the person with the disease and his or her caregivers. There are several reasons why it might be wise to consider assisted living for a person afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Many facilities for assisted living in Carlsbad or Oceanside are set up specifically for people who need memory care. This means the employees understand the special needs of a person with dementia and Alzheimer’s and are trained to deal with the effects of these conditions. People with Alzheimer’s tend to become very agitated when they are in a stressful environment, and homes for assisted living in Oceanside and Carlsbad have... Read More

Assisted Living San Diego: Choosing The Right Facility

by Josh Prizer

Obviously simply making the decision to move into a facility for assisted living in San Diego is a huge decision. The next step is to select the best possible assisted living facility, and often people worry that they are not finding the “perfect” place for themselves or for a loved one. When you are searching for assisted living in San Diego, keep the following in mind. 1. Don’t Be Swayed By Looks Alone There are some pretty swanky communities for assisted living in San Diego, and while they look pretty glossy on the surface, it’s not just the looks that count. In reality, the quality of the care and the quality of staff is the most important factor when choosing a facility. Sometimes a smaller assisted living home offers better care and more personal service. When you are out visiting facilities, don’t just talk to the managers. You should talk to staff members and even residents to truly gauge the quality of life at a facility. Do some research on... Read More

4 Things Your Caregiver Needs To Know

by Josh Prizer

When you are moving into a board and care home or an assisted living facility, this is a huge adjustment. Likewise, hiring in-home care also brings about many changes to your daily life. While the extra help certainly will be welcome and make life easier, the transition can be tricky. You can make the process easier by communicating a few key points to your new caregivers. 1. Tell Them What You Need Every person has different needs, so it is important to provide your new caregiver with a list of tasks that you need accomplished. This might include daily grooming chores, toileting, preparing meals and medication management. If you are hiring an in-home caregiver, you also might need help with running errands or chores around the house. In assisted living and board and care homes, many of these tasks are simply included in the monthly fees, but in-home care varies, so be upfront about what you need. Be sure they know about your health issues, large and small. The more people know, the... Read More

How To Help Seniors Avoid Social Isolation

by Josh Prizer

Older Americans often endure social isolation, particularly those who live alone. While many people enjoy a certain level of solitude, social interaction can greatly increase your happiness and reduce depression. Here are four ways to ensure to combat this social isolation. 1. Provide Or Find Transportation Often social isolation occurs because an older person simply has no means of transportation. For many older adults, using an automobile becomes too difficult and physical constraints keep people indoors. It is important to provide transportation for your parent or find a service that provides free or low-cost transportation for seniors. Family members often are on hand to drive a parent to a doctor's appointment, but what about also taking them to a friend's house or chauffeuring a few of your mom's friends to the movies or out to dinner? Offer to take your parent to church or to a social club of some type, an exercise class or perhaps a trip to the beauty salon or a... Read More

The Driving Dilemma: When It's Time To Give Up The Car

by Josh Prizer

When we passed our first driver's test at the ripe old age of 16, we couldn't wait to get behind the wheel. Having a car and driving meant just one thing: freedom. Unfortunately, as we age, many seniors find that although their overall health is good, their reflexes, vision and ability to drive declines. Giving up driving can be a bitter pill to swallow, but here are a few facts that might make it just a bit easier. The cost of vehicle ownership, particularly in California, is quite high, even if you own your car outright and are making no loan payments. Typically, studies show that over time you can expect to pay about $8,000 per year for your automobile. This includes the cost of insurance, registration, repairs and maintenance and gasoline. Assuming that the gasoline you buy is around $3.50 per gallon and you fill up your car once per week, this adds up to nearly $3,000 per year just for gasoline alone. Keep in mind that in many areas of Southern California gasoline can be... Read More

Welcome Gifts For Those Moving Into Eldercare

by Josh Prizer

Let’s face it, moving into an eldercare facility, even a swanky assisted living facility, is a huge adjustment. As a friend or family member, it can be nice to offer a gift to the person who is making the change. Here are a few suggestions that might be most welcome to someone in an eldercare facility. Flowers always make a room look more cheerful, as do plants. Consider giving the gift of a live, flowering plant or perhaps a cute little bonsai tree. When giving a plant, consider buying a lower maintenance option to make plant care as easily as possible. If you give flowers, consider bringing a fresh bouquet each week. Flowers with little scent typically are the best options, particularly if your loved one is sharing a room with another person. A tablet can be a great option, as your loved one can use it to read books, watch movies and email friends and family. A tablet specifically designed for reading books, such as the Kindle or Nook, is easy to read in low and bright light... Read More

Common Infections To Look For In The Elderly

by Josh Prizer

As we age, our bodies tend to work less efficiently and years of wear and tear can make us more prone to certain types of infections. There are several infections that are quite common in older adults, and here are a few of the common infections and some of the signs you might need to identify. 1. Influenza Older adults are particular in danger when contracting different strains of influenza and thousands of people die each year from flu-related causes. Doctors typically recommend annual flu shots for older adults and those generally prone to ill health, this can be an excellent option for those who live in an assisted living facility, board and care facility or a skilled nursing facility.  Flu symptoms include a dry cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, a stuffy or runny nose and often a fever or chills. 2. Urinary Tract Infections This is actually the most common bacterial infection among older adults, and it can be quite uncomfortable although you don’t always feel... Read More

Early Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease

by Josh Prizer

More than five million Americans have some level of Alzheimer’s disease and while the patient certainly is affected gravely, the reach of this debilitating disease extends to family and friends. While there is no cure, there are some treatments available, and early diagnosis is essential for the effectiveness of these treatments. Often, we associate any type of memory lapse or forgetfulness as a sign of Alzheimer’s or dementia, but the early signs of the disease are beyond misplacing keys or forgetting to put something away. Here are a few early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Obviously, we all forget things from time to time, but a person with Alzheimer’s will experience more profound memory loss. For instance, while it’s easy to occasionally forget a birthday or a doctor’s appointment, a person with Alzheimer’s will very frequently forget about important dates and events. They will forget information that they have just acquired and ask again... Read More