Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Caregiver Resilience: What It Is and Why It Matters for Family Caregivers

Elderly Home CareA young couple’s baby has Tay–Sachs disease that has no treatment or cure, and a life-expectancy of four years.  A veteran’s wife struggles to cope with her wounded warrior’s traumatic brain injury and PTSD.  A middle-aged woman tries to balance the needs of her aging parents with those of her growing family and her workplace.  An elderly couple does what they can for each other; his Parkinson’s and her pancreatic cancer are both advancing.

People of all ages care for loved ones and wonder how they will manage.  Fear, uncertainty, grief and exhaustion can be overwhelming.  How about you?  Are you sad, stressed or stretched by the demands of caregiving?  If so, building resilience can help. 

What is resilience and why is it important for family caregivers?

Resilience is your ability to withstand, recover, and sometimes grow...Click to Read More

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Bedsores: Care, Prevention, and Treatment

Talking Elderly WomanFor anyone involved with the long-term care of an older or infirm loved one, understanding how to treat and prevent bedsores can be paramount to their health and comfort. Although initially innocuous, with a lack of proper care, bedsores can become a painful, life-threatening condition for anyone who spends prolonged amounts of time at rest. Thankfully, all it takes is a little knowledge about the condition to make treatment manageable and to prevent your loved one from enduring any unnecessary suffering. 

Bedsores Explained

Bedsores are skin ulcers that occur due to immobility, most commonly among the elderly and bedridden. According to the University of Washington’s School of Rehabilitation Medicine, bedsores, sometimes known as “pressure sores,” usually develop on areas of the body where there is little padding, especially over bone, commonly including the lower back,...Click to Read More

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Cancer and Grief in Geriatric Adults

Man sitting at gravesiteThe death of a loved one from cancer can be a very painful experience and it can be especially difficult for older adults. As a person ages, it is more likely they will have to deal with loss and may be confronted with several losses during a short time span. Such losses can call attention to their own impending mortality, and, in turn, it can be a perfect storm for overwhelming grief. 

One of the most common experiences that cause an older adult to feel grief is as a result of watching a loved one die from cancer. As with cancer or other long-term illnesses, for the loved ones of the person afflicted, perhaps the hardest part is watching someone they love decline in health, even suffer, and living with the knowledge of the inevitable in the case...Click to Read More

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The Sandwich Generation: Juggling Aging Parents and Finances

sandwich generationAs members of the Sandwich Generation know all too well, being in the middle can not only put a squeeze on your time, it can impact your finances, as well. If you are caring for your aging parents and your children all at the same time, you are part of a growing group of middle-aged adults known as “The Sandwich Generation.” These dueling demands can also come with added financial responsibilities, as well. 

According to a 2013 Pew Foundation survey, 15% of middle-aged adults are supporting their parents and children at the same time. Caring for not only your own children, but your aging parents who may have special needs can certainly put a sizeable dent in planning for your financial future. With that in mind, it’s important to make a sound plan for your future and your family’s...Click to Read More

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Respite Care: The Key to Caregiver Survival?

caregiver sleep tipsImagine running a help wanted ad for a caregiver with these requirements: “Caregiver wanted. Must work 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 52 weeks a year. No pay. No breaks. No vacation. No benefits. Apply in person. Bring a packed suitcase and plan to stay indefinitely.”

How many people do you think would show up? Not many, right?

We all know it would be impossible to hire someone to work 24 hours a day with no time off, regardless of how much money you offered. So, why, as family caregivers, do we think that we’re shirking our responsibility and acting selfishly when we take a little time for ourselves?

Here’s the bottom line:  If you want to avoid caregiver burnout and...Click to Read More

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Oklahoma Student Wins Griswold Home Care Scholarship

scholarship winnerLast year, Griswold Home Care announced the creation of our scholarship contest to award exceptional individuals a $1,000 scholarship to help them further their education.  We asked participants to offer their personal insights into the greatest rewards and challenges of providing care, as well as to share how their higher education goals would help them to impact the lives of others. 

Griswold Home Care is pleased to announce Hayden Sparks as the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. Hayden is an exceptional and inspirational young man who is a recent graduate from Broken Arrow, OK. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall. Hayden intends to pursue a career path as a pediatric oncologist -- an area of expertise that hits close to home for him.

Hayden is currently battling T-Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and credits the...Click to Read More

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Summer Senior Skin Safety Tips

Summer Senior - Sun ProtectionRegardless of the time of year, it is important to take care of your skin. This is especially true for seniors. However, the summer months bring with them the added risk of damage from sun exposure and skin cancer concerns, but with a few safety tips, elderly skin care can be a snap.

Unfortunately, as you age, your skin ages right along with you. An older person’s skin typically becomes thinner and loses some of the fat that once made it smooth and full. Due to this, the bones and veins become more obvious. It also means that damage, such as cuts or scratches can take longer to completely heal.

The same can be said about bruises. Older adults tend to bruise easier than younger people. However, there are still ways to keep skin healthy with a...Click to Read More

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Stuck in the Middle: Home Care Options & the Sandwich Generation

Grandmother With Adult Daughter And Grandchild In ParkIf you are feeling a squeeze on your time, wallet, and emotions, there is a good chance you are part of the sandwich generation. There are options available to you to help reduce some of the stress that comes with being stuck in the middle. 

The sandwich generation is defined as adults who care not only for their older parents but their children as well. Typically, this person will be juggling the various needs of both groups, but care for their parents tends to escalate as the parents age. 

According to an AARP report shared by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 44% of Americans between the ages of 45 and 55 had at least one parent and one child under the age of 21. Of that grouping, 7% of these adults...Click to Read More

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Finding the Right Fit: Walker, Scooter, & Wheelchair Options for Older Adults

Helping An Old ManLimited mobility and social isolation often go hand in hand. Elderly adults are particularly vulnerable to depression following losses in mobility, which can lead to isolation and poor health. Thankfully, there are a number of assistive devices that can help the mobility-impaired restore their independence. In fact, some of these devices may even be covered in-part by Medicare. Whether you want to spend more time with your loved ones, remain engaged with your community, or just go shopping for groceries, there’s an assistive device that can help.

Finding the right mobility aid means selecting a highly personalized solution. From the type of terrain you cover in your daily activities, to postural support or other special needs, it’s crucial to find the perfect fit to maximize your mobility. A comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of the most...Click to Read More

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Protecting Seniors from Predators: Perspectives on Elder Abuse

brain injury support Data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau projected that, by the year 2050, adults over the age of 65 will account for 20% of the nation’s population and that the fastest growing segment is adults 85 and older. As of 2010, there were 40.3 million adults aged 65+ living in the U.S. and 5.8 million adults aged 85+.

Along with this growing number of older Americans is an alarming rise in instances of elder abuse and mistreatment. A 2013 study by the National Center on Elder Abuse showed that there were nearly 6 million cases of elder abuse in 2010, affecting nearly 10% of the aging population. While physical abuse certainly comprises a portion of this issue, mental and financial abuse also comprise the bigger picture of this shameful phenomenon.

While these statistics are certainly...Click to Read More