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Helping Seniors tackle the clutter

I saw this article on Homeinstead.com and although it isn’t Spring I thought it would be helpful all year round.



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The weather is warming up, and many of us have started thinking about spring cleaning. For those caring for an older loved one, the thought of spring cleaning their home may be a bit overwhelming. Decades of memories and their physical reminders may have left Mom’s home cluttered. But what if she can’t or won’t give up all the stuff?

First, it helps to understand why they are holding on to the items.

There may be a sentimental attachment to the item, or they feel obligated to keep things that were given as gifts. You may not be able to convince her to give these items away, but perhaps she would consider regifting an item to a grandchild or dear friend.

For many older adults, there may be a fear that they may need the item someday.  For those who lived through the Great Depression, conserving items and reusing them became a staple. Reassure your loved one, that someone else may need this right now, and that you’d be happy to let them borrow yours when they need it.

Believe it or not, loneliness and fatigue can be reasons seniors hold on to items. Unneeded objects can become a companion for lonely seniors. Loneliness may also lead to depression, which makes it difficult for seniors to get organized. Consider the services of a professional caregiver. And if there is just too much stuff for your loved one to go through, or their health makes it difficult, consider hiring a professional organizer, helping them establish online bill paying, and getting them off the junk mail lists.

So how do you go about getting all the clutter in its place? Make a game plan.

Understand this likely won’t be a one-day event. Take a quick inventory of the house and list what needs to be done. Are the areas your loved one can do on their own like a linen closet or a cedar chest? They can try to organize these areas on days you may not have time to work on a bigger project with them.

Go through your list of areas that need to be organized, and tackle them one by one. Be sure to have three containers: keep, donate, and trash. Also consider bringing some paper grocery bags. These come in handy if Mom wants to give something as a gift – simply put the item in the bag, write the recipient’s name on it and get it delivered.

Keep an eye on your aging loved one through the process. Beyond the physical toll of the work, the emotional toll may be difficult. Take breaks when you need to, but try to push on the best you can. It’s also important to remember that your aging loved one needs to make the decision on each item. You can keep the project going, but ultimately, they need to have the control of deciding where items go.

After you’ve gone through everything, put the keep bin items away, toss the trash, and take the donate bin to a local charity.

And do remember that many of the things you’ll be going through have a special memory for your loved one. Don’t get too caught up in the organizing that you forget to take a little stroll down memory lane. You might be surprised at the stories you’ll hear.
– See more at: https://www.homeinstead.com/blog/helping-seniors-tackle-the-clutter#sthash.P50p5buR.dpuf

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When I reflect on the last couple of years with my Dad, I can’t help but remember the numerous times he had to go to the emergency room for stitches or staples because he lost his balance and fell…sound familiar?

Today, I am posting an article for you on falls by Visiting Angels. I hope you find it helpful.

Falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in America. Seventy-five percent of these falls occur in the older adult population. One third of the older adults who fall, sustain a hip  fracture and are hospitalized, die within a year. Falls not only affect the quality of life of the individual but also influence the caregiver and family. Health care costs for falls and rehabilitation average 70 billion dollars a year! Even if the fall does not result in hospitalization, fear of falling becomes a major factor. Fear leads to inactivity and loss of confidence. This, in turn produces a cycle of fear, loss of self-confidence, and inactivity, thereby decreasing the quality of life and increasing the risk of falls.

Dr. Roberta A. Newton, PhD Temple University College of Health Professions in Philadelphia, PA, USA has spearheaded the efforts for years studying and researching why falls occur and how they can be prevented. From the most overlooked areas of the home to making it easier to navigate through one’s home, Dr. Newton has been right on target indicating points of interest and vulnerability in every day life. Visiting Angels has partnered with Dr. Roberta A. Newton PhD to fully utilize all of the in depth research she and her team have compiled.

Our mission is to increase the public awareness and importance of this sometimes overlooked issue. Are you aware that these can often times be prevented? Visiting Angels can help show you how with a free in-home assessment. We also conduct free seminars across the country educating all interested individuals that want to make a difference in someone’s life.

Here are a few helpful tips:

Fear can lead to loss of self-confidence and inactivity. Fear is not only associated with falling down but also with getting up once having fallen. Dispel this fear by making their everyday living space easier to manage.
Are assistive devices a part of their every day life? Fear can lead to loss of self-confidence and inactivity. Fear is not only associated with falling down but also with getting up once having fallen.

Get all the information you need to help someone you love.

You can download their FREE Fall Prevention brochure by clicking here.

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Happy Holidays from Dignity Pajamas

We’d like to take a moment and wish you all a Happy Holiday season .

We apreciate our customers and thank you for your support .

Enjoy your loved ones, give the gift of dignity, comfort and ease to your loved ones this holiday season.

Peace …Love…Joy


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At the Holidays-10 Signs Indicating an Aging Loved One May Need Help

10 Signs Indicating an Aging Loved One May Need Help

1. Mail and bills are left to pile up. The simple act of opening and filing mail becomes overwhelming.

Managing a checking account can also become too much for a parent to handle.

2. The house is cluttered or unkempt. This is especially troubling if a parent has always been neat and orderly.

3. Food in the refrigerator is uneaten or spoiled. Shopping, cooking, and cleaning become too much trouble.

A parent might eat just enough to get by, but suffer nutritionally. Losing weight can be another sign that a parent is not eating a nutritious diet.

4. Signs of scorching on the bottoms of pots and pans. A result of short-term memory loss, this is a dangerous

sign that parents are forgetting about pots left on the stove, causing a fire hazard, and threatening both the

individual’s and the surrounding neighbor’s safety.

5. The parent wears the same clothing over and over again and has other personal hygiene issues. Doing

laundry has become physically challenging, particularly if the washing machine is in the basement. Or there

may be a fear of falling in the tub or shower.

6. Missed doctor’s appointments. Sometimes this is simply a product of not having transportation and not

knowing how to access ride options.

7. Repeated phone calls at odd hours. When a parent telephones friends or family at odd hours, it may be a

sign of memory loss, or a cry for help– a sign of depression or isolation. Arranging for a daily check-in phone

call, a regular volunteer visitor, or getting involved with a local senior center, could make all the difference.

8. Forgetting to take medication. A sign of short-term memory loss or depression, this isn’t just a quality of

life issue, but a real risk factor.

9. Inappropriate behavior, clothing or speech. You may hear about this from a neighbor, someone who has

noticed that your parent is not dressing appropriately for the weather, for instance. That’s a sign that he or she

might be confused.

10. Symptoms of depression. A frequent problem for many older people, who feel isolated and alone, like a

prisoner in their own homes, depression causes marked changes in behavior and routine. Feelings of

hopelessness, lack of interest in once pleasurable activities, crying, listlessness, and not wanting to get dressed

can all be indications of a problem.

Once adult children decide that a parent needs assistance, the next step is determining what kind. The

following are a few options to consider:

1) Geriatric Care Managers – These highly trained professionals can assist in determining the appropriate type

of care. They are generally licensed nurses or social workers that specialize in geriatrics. To locate a care

manager contact the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.

2) Emergency Response Devices – Almost 5,000 seniors die from falls in the home. Investing in a home

emergency response device can offer everyone peace of mind.

3) Non-Medical In-Home Care – Services range from companionship, light housekeeping, grocery shopping,

meal preparation, bill paying, and transportation to appointments. Assistance with bathing, dressing,

grooming, and toileting are also provided. Most are bonded and insured and perform multiple background

checks on caregivers.

4) Tax Credit Senior Apartment Communities – Unlike most publicly subsidized housing programs designed

to assist the elderly, the housing tax credit program does not provide tenants with governmental rent subsidies,

but rather provides for a more affordable monthly rental rate. The advertised term “affordable” is the term to

look for. Income restrictions apply.

5) Residential Care Assisted Living Homes – Offer a more home-like setting than nursing homes. They

typically provide meals, laundry, housekeeping, medication supervision, assistance with activities of daily

living (for most types) and an activity program. Other amenities such as transportation may also be offered in

some facilities.

reprinted from Liv Home

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Here’s Why Adaptive Pajamas Help the Elderly

Adaptive pajamas help the elderly to be comfortable, look good and to provide their caregivers with discrete, simple access when changing or working around clothing to provide medical assistance. Sophisticated, soft and specially designed, adaptive pajamas are a wonderful comfort that an elderly loved one will find especially meaningful.

Comfort and convenience
Designed with end of life care in mind, adaptive pajamas are open-backed and provide the illusion of full-style pajamas. Discrete velcro ensures a secure, loose-fit while attractive print-style enhances the overall appearance of the adaptive pajamas. Unique for fine detail, including trim, adaptive pajamas are also 100% cotton and provide the ultimate comfort next to sensitive skin.

Men and women’s styles available
Adaptive pajamas are available in both men and women’s styles that are designed for easy-on and easy-off convenience. Women’s adaptive pajamas are available in both short and long sleeve gown styles with beautiful lace detail. Men’s styles come in a variety of night-shirt designs, and also include both short and long sleeve options.

Innovative pajama design
All designs are open to the back and incorporate velcro closure at the shoulder to help the elderly stay comfortable and easily change in and out of the pajamas as needed for medical care. Since adaptive pajamas open up completely, patients are easily able to slide into the sleeves and never need to raise or lower their arms, as required by traditional pajamas.

Adaptive sleepwear is an excellent solution for elderly patients with decreased range of motion, less than adequate mobility, wheelchair or bedridden and even paralyzed patients. Dressing can be both challenging and a source of undue frustration for the elderly however, with adaptive clothing and pajama solutions available, patients never have to over exert themselves or be uncomfortable again. Affordable, intelligently designed and attractive, adaptive styles are both practical and appreciated.

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5 Reasons Hospice Pajamas are a Good Idea for Your Loved Ones

When someone you love is in a Hospice facility, it is important that they stay as comfortable as possible. This can be achieved by getting Hospice pajamas. These clothes are ideal for those who are unable to get out of bed or those who are frail and can no longer dress themselves.

1) Sense of Freedom
You can make sure your family member keeps their independence as long as possible. It is easy to get the pajamas on and off so that the patient can try to do daily activities, if possible, alone or with minimal help.

2) Stylish
Although Hospice pajamas are similar to what you might see in a hospital, there are some colors and patterns that look like ordinary pajamas that you would find in a retail store. The prints are often sophisticated for adults who want to keep clothing that is in style while being in bed.

3) Easy Accessibility
Hospice pajamas make it easy for the patient to go to the bathroom or change clothes. Buttons are easy to maneuver for both the family of the patient, the patient and the nursing staff. Most buttons are in the back of the Hospice pajamas so that all is required is to slide the sleeves over the arms. Some of the Hospice pajamas have Velcro so that it is easier to get the clothing on and of in an emergency.

4) Comfortable
You will notice the soft material of the Hospice pajamas as they are made with 100% cotton. This gives the patient something soft to sleep in while on a bed or while sitting in a chair.

5) Maintains Dignity
Your family member won’t need to feel like he is in a medical facility when wearing the Hospice pajamas. They are similar to those that are worn at home. When your loved one feels like he is at home, it makes spending quality time much easier on the entire family.

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The 4 Benefits of Hospice Nursing Home Pajamas

Hospice Nursing Home Pajamas: Show You Care

It is difficult to watch as your loved one, parents or grandparents get to the age where they need hospice care, but it is a fact of life that we must all face at one time or another. As our loved ones get older and more frail, doing simple things like changing into clean clothes can become a major challenge. Nurses and aides are there to help, but it is difficult for them as well to try to dress and undress a patient whose body just doesn’t want to move like it used to. When we see it happening, it breaks our hearts and we want more than anything to make their lives as easy as possible. That’s where hospice nursing home pajamas come in.

• Hospice nursing home pajamas are especially easy to put on and take back off, for the patient as well as the patient’s helpers. The men’s line is styled such that the top portion of the nightshirt looks just like a button-up, collared shirt. This is important, because our elders may be growing old but they deserve their dignity preserved as well.
• Wearing this, the patient will feel better about themselves, feel dressed and more hopeful for the day that lies ahead. The hospice nursing home pajamas nightshirts open from the back so that nurses can help them change into a clean one easily and quickly.
• Hospice nursing home pajamas also come in feminine styles for women. With pretty detail and delicate necklines, she will feel pretty and therefore feel better about herself and her surroundings.
• These also open at the back for easy on and off. With hospice nursing home pajamas, your loved one will feel a sense of relief instead of dread when it comes time to change their clothes. With hospice nursing home pajamas, you are showing them that you do care.

Hospice nursing home pajamas are more than just clothing. They are something simple that will make your loved one’s life so much easier and more enjoyable. When we look good, we feel good, and feeling hopeful during a hospice stay is vital to the patient’s wellness and healing.

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