Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Impact of Caregiving on Seniors

Life was young once. It was vibrant. But it is not necessary for it to become less vibrant because of aging and only because the youth has spent away. Even in declining years you can be as young and as vibrant as you were when you were young and tender of age! Finding it hard to believe? Just read on! You will know how the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual impacts of caregiving from Comfort Keepers can gift to our seniors a life full of joy and strength just like the youth.

Physical Impacts

When the time comes decay takes place. Body seems to give away to weakness and diseases. Maintaining good physical condition in declining years is therefore the top most priority for the wellbeing of our beloved seniors. Caregivers engaged in Comfort Keepers home care Redwood City are very aware of this and are trained professionals experienced in maintaining healthy physical condition of our seniors.

From them our beloved seniors get:

Expert Physical Attention
Not all can care for the seniors the way a trained individual would be able to do. They know the intricacies of the task at hand and know how to motivate our seniors into regular physical acts of exercise so that they can maintain as much physical wellbeing as possible in that age. They are aware of the particulars of exercises that would be suitable for the seniors as well as they can involve them in physical acts according to their specific needs and physical condition.

Total Physical Care
Regular care of the physique means everything from physical cleanliness to maintaining regular routine. Doing tailored acts of exercises appropriate to the age and bodily condition. The home care Redwood City Comfort keepers are very much into this and leave no efforts to give their fullest in ensuring that all the cares are taken for their clients so that all these issues are maintained.

Tailored Physical Care
Through tailored set of practices it is ensured that the clients get just the amount that is necessary for their purpose. If just a regular walk down the park is what all they can manage in a given situation then even that can make a huge lot of difference in their lives. This can remove excessive fatigue and can rejuvenate the body enough to prevent sudden or untimely fall.

Being Disease Free
By maintaining good physical condition the seniors also stay away from other health issues and diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, cancer, obesity, osteoporosis etc. Besides, the home care Redwood City Comfort Keepers’ targeted care helps to deal with other aging issues like muscle pain, physical lethargy, arthritis; and helps them to be physically energized and active day in day out.

Mental Impacts

The body we can see but the mind we can not. Along with the body old age also takes a heavy toll on the mind of the elderly. That we all know but how many of us know how to care for that mind and to keep it healthy and rejuvenated even in those declining years?

It definitely is not an easy task. You need vast knowledge and experience of caring for seniors and working with them enough to be able to deal with such intricate issues. From the Comfort Keepers In-Home Care Services Redwood City you get exactly that.

And these are the impacts that Comfort Keepers have on our seniors mental well-being:

Professional Care for Mental Conditions
Dealing with mental illnesses like- anxiety, depression, dementia, parkinson, sleep irregularities, aphasias and some others. Our In-Home Care Services Redwood City Comfort Keepers are well accustomed to all these conditions and are equipped with all the necessary wisdom to deal with them. So that our seniors remain always aided by them to fight against these mental conditions.

Rediscovering Meaning
Most of us while aging face the pangs of the upcoming death even before it finally arrives. This feeling inevitably lead us to question even the basic facts of our existence and the meaning of life; and the purpose seems to be lost. With the Interactive caregiving philosophy at the heart of our Comfort Keepers, dealing with mental feeling of purposelessness and overcoming it becomes quite an easy task for our seniors.

Happy Family
With an elderly in the family it often might happen that the atmosphere remains tensed when the things aren’t going well. The other members of the family might often feel it difficult to adjust and co-operate. Here too our Comfort Keepers can be of invaluable assistance. Being experienced in working with families for so long a time have bestowed upon them the skills and tactics that allow them to bring happiness back to those families.

Cognitive Development
Caregivers from Comfort Keepers employ strategies that are specifically targeted to increase cognitive efficiency and improve memory in our seniors. In this regard they use various mental exercises and other psychoanalytical and psychological strategies.

Emotional Impact

The first lines are always important and when it comes to emotional well being of seniors every word matters. Emotions are life. Emotions are very powerful in shaping the day to day experiences of every life as well as for maintaining overall physical and mental health. The Comfort Keepers Home Care Redwood City caregivers are fully aware of this fact and know how to create the atmosphere of complete emotional fulfilment for our seniors.

These are the specific emotional impacts that they strive to provide for the seniors:    

Dealing with Lower Negative Emotions
Feeling of isolation, stress and loneliness are common companions of all life on earth but it can become really acute with aging. Elderly people often find it difficult to connect and adjust with people around them hence these issues intensifies. To deal with these problems they need people who really know how to connect; and they get exactly that from Comfort Keepers Home Care Redwood City.

With age everybody gradually becomes unable to care for themselves. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to lose the feeling of being independent. Such situation is very detrimental for the mental and emotional health of an elderly. Hence the interactive caregiving approach which is designed to involve the seniors in daily activities which gives them the sense of self engagement and the feeling of being independent.  

Feeling Valued
Lack of friends and emotional companionship are very common phenomena in old age. This can be even fatal to one’s self esteem and confidence. From Comfort Keepers Home Care Redwood City Comfort Keepers our seniors get such a caregiver who naturally and habitually turns into a friend and a companion. Thus, removes any such detrimental emotions from the lives of the seniors.  

Rediscovering the Lost Joys of Life
With Interactive Caregiving our Comfort Keepers engage our seniors with various social and cultural activities along with involving them with daily activities of their own. They take care to find out their lost interests and connects them with those once again. The seniors rediscover the lost joys of their lives again, maintaining the sense of affinity with the family, the world and the society around them.

Spiritual Impact

Study shows that sixty to seventy percent of seniors agree that being spiritually rich contributes meaning and purpose to life and aids in fighting with aging related physical, mental and emotional problems.

Hence, we assign Comfort Keepers according to the specifics of the clients. Only after thorough analysis of the senior’s need and condition we chose the appropriate caregiver for them. In this regard we keep spiritual compatibility as one of the major indicator for properly assigning the right Comfort Keeper to every senior.

Getting a Spiritual Companion
As we assign Comfort Keepers according to the spiritual matchup of the client. The senior involved gets the opportunity to become friends with the caregiver not only on social terms but also on purely humane spiritual terms. They get to share their inner views about their faith and philosophy on life, hence always stays in touch with the peace of mind that they deserve.

Spiritual Solace and Wisdom
We harbor Comfort Keepers from all the spheres of the spiritual demography at Comfort Keepers In-Home Care Services Redwood City. So, naturally it can also be claimed as a liberal spiritual sanctuary. From the Comfort Keepers here our seniors get just the amount of whatever they need to remain spiritually vibrant.

Getting Rid of Negative Emotions
Feeling and emotions have a very deep and intricate connection with the spiritual beliefs and practices that one have. A strong spiritual inclination can help one to go a long way in the fight against negativity of all kind. Proper spiritual culture can fend off depression, stress, nihilism, sense of isolation and the sense of unnecessary guilt, fear and incontinence.

Maintaining Inner Peace
Yes, peace is necessary in all the stages of one’s life but it becomes indispensable when you are aging. The fear of the approaching inevitable can suck all the life and mind away from an individual if it is not backed up by the essential spiritual force. And there are all the other problems to deal with. So, maintaining a robust spiritual health and achieving inner peace is a must for the seniors. Our Comfort Keepers at In-Home Care Services Redwood City are dedicated to make that happen.

So, now you know how it is quite possible to live as happy, energised and rejuvenated a life as like a young fellow even in your declining years with Comfort Keepers elderly care services.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sense of Meaning Regained Through Interactive Caregiving

When you are young you have many things to look forward to. You have all the charms of life waiting to be enjoyed at your disposal. You are green and life too seems green!

But do you know how it feels to be aging and reaching the point when nothing else seems to be meaningful at all? When you seem to be dependent on others or on senior home care instead of being able to take care of your own? Where only a few months back you were the one who was taking care of all the others. Only those who are there can feel and know how it feels like. Others can only conjecture.

How to face the reality when all of life’s active moments may feel to have gone by and only viable option to look forward to seems to be the wait for the inevitable? How it may feel to be there? Staring blank towards the unknown. Waiting still to fall into the abyss- alone with no helping hands.

We look back at all that we have passed, all that we have achieved and all the people that have been in our lives. But, at times, all of it may seem not to matter at all. All of it may seem just a weird hallucination or just an illusion.

Our Comfort Keepers have seen and experienced a lot of these issues while providing senior care services, hence they know how it really is. They have been with so many of their beloved elderly seniors while providing elderly care services or in-home care services that they have gained a first-hand experience from the lives of our beloved seniors. They know those moments of waiting; they can feel how it is and how blank, bleak and tormenting it may become to sustain even for a moment longer.

Amidst such mental and emotional situation even the physical condition may deteriorate at a faster rate. Body may collapse faster than it should, if the mind is not happy and rejuvenated. So, what can be the solution? How do you propose to infuse meaning into those lives then? How do you propose to enliven that flower that has withered and dried away of life? How do you propose to infuse life into life?

We along with our all the experienced Comfort Keepers have been dealing with these issues for years now and our this humongous amount of experience at a point led us to the blessed approach to elderly care- the Interactive Caregiving. From then on we know that the only solution to this grave problem is this. It is only through such high level of ingenuous caregiving that the seniors can be kept young in mind with the joys of life intact in their day to day experiences. Thus the life rejuvenated again and the lost meaning regained.  

Interactive Caregiving offers solid interaction with life, clear contact with love and vivid display of the meaning in front. As a result life, body and mind enjoys the highest quality of their respective states.

Our Comfort Keepers involved in elderly care services work with seniors holding the interactive caregiving approach in their heart. They not only do and perform their caregiving duties, like cooking, cleaning, maintaining health and nutrition but also become an active communicator of strength, inspiration and motivation to their beloved seniors. They become a valued friend in the process. A friend who means a lot and in themselves a meaning enough to look forward to day in day out. And life no more remains bleak, depressed and tormenting. It becomes just as beautiful as those good old days were.   

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Senior Care is a Family Issue

Senior Care is a Family Issue

It takes a family working together to choose the most appropriate option for a loved one’s senior care – to make sure all the senior’s needs and wishes are addressed.

Why Is It Important?
For starters, seniors are at a vulnerable stage of life. They often face multiple health concerns and loss of physical and cognitive function. More than ever, seniors need the support and love of family members.
Seniors often have difficulty expressing their needs, desires and preferences, so they must have someone to advocate for them. And who is more qualified for that than the people who know them better than anyone else in the world?
Even if your family chooses to involve outside help in providing your loved one’s elder care – an in-home care agency, an assisted living community or a nursing home – you need to be involved. You can communicate to the professional caregivers your loved one’s likes and dislikes, habits, routines, concerns and all the other things that make them an individual. Without your help and involvement, their senior care may fall short of what they deserve.
Today, 80 percent of older Americans prefer to stay at home as they age. This means families are more directly involved than ever in their loved ones’ senior care. So, it is more important than ever that families be involved in the planning stage together. No single individual can adequately handle the responsibilities of caregiving alone – certainly not on top of other work, family and community responsibilities.
In most families, there is usually one sibling who, based on proximity to the aging parent, becomes the chief caregiver. Deciding who that person will be is a good topic for the first conversation with aging parents. Parents, of course, need to be involved in every step of the decision-making process, so they can maintain as much control of their lives as possible.
But no matter who is the chief caregiver, all siblings need to share the responsibility in some way. This could involve home maintenance, managing bill paying and finances, or taking care of insurance and medical claim issues.
Also, do not forget the importance of frequent visitation. As you brighten your parents’ day, you can monitor their health and mental status and share concerns you have with their professional caregiver. You may find that their elder care plan needs to be modified to address changing circumstances.
What Should I Consider?
In choosing the most appropriate care for a senior loved one, there are a number of decisions to make and questions to ask.
To help find the senior care solution most appropriate for your parents, you may consider having their physician conduct an evaluation.
You may also consider options that match your parent’s unique traits and temperament. For instance, is your parent typically a thinker or a socializer? Thinkers desire space and privacy. They prefer independence, reading and working quietly alone. On the other hand, socializers are energized by people. They enjoy interactions with others and become lonely without regular interaction.
Also consider your parents past living experiences. Are they accustomed to owning a home where they have acquired many valued items? If so, they may find it difficult to leave. Or, are they accustomed to an apartment or condo? This setting may make it easier to adjust to smaller living areas with others nearby.
Choosing the best senior care option is a difficult decision. Involving family members helps ensure that you consider all factors and choose the best possible solution for your loved one.