*The information below is not to be construed as professional or medical advice, but has been provided for the purposes of home care education and general knowledge.
Welcome to Griswold Home Care’s Resource Center. Displayed below are topics on home care and common conditions that seniors or the disabled often face. Each one of these topics is supported by extensive educational material brought to you by Griswold Home Care. The Resource Center supplements the CaringTimes Blog by bringing relevant information on certain subjects together in one comprehensive location. Its sole purpose is to support and enhance our mission to celebrate, educate, and advocate aging issues and the choice to remain independent at home.
Driving is an important skill and functional activity for all adults. However, as older adults’ senses may deteriorate over time, staying safe behind the wheel is just as important as maintaining their independence. Check out Griswold Home Care’s list of resources geared toward older adults and driver safety behind the wheel. Read real stories, gain actionable insights, and learn best practices for evaluating senior driving skills and staying safe on the road.
From emotional abuse to physical abuse, many adults over the age of 65 can fall victim to those who may want to take advantage of them. Learn more about the warning signs of elder abuse and what you can do to prevent it from happening to someone you love.
There are a number of misconceptions about hospice care and who can benefit from these services. People with serious or chronic conditions can also benefit from in-home hospice care. Educate yourself on the ways that hospice and palliative care may be able to provide you and your family with an added layer of support throughout an illness.
Access Griswold Home Care’s resources on immunization and vaccination for senior citizens, as well as tips for preventing and treating colds and flu.
As noted by the American Occupational Therapy Association, an occupational therapist is a healthcare professional who specializes in helping individuals regain skills and guide their charges through physical and cognitive changes. Learn more about how occupational therapy may be beneficial to older loved ones following an accident, injury, or other ailment that requires them to regain greater mobility and quality of life.
The Sandwich Generation — adults in the 40-59 year age bracket — have the difficult task of caring not only for their own children, but their aging parents as well. Griswold Home Care has compiled a list of helpful resources to help members of the Sandwich Generation expertly juggle a career, family, and dual caregiving for two distinctly different generations.
No one feels their best when they’re operating on a sleep deficit. However, many older adults don’t receive a full 8 hours of rest each night. Read more about common causes behind sleep disorders in older adults, as well as how to identify these causes and what you can do to treat them.
Bone and Joint Pain
Nearly 1 out of every 5 American adults are afflicted with arthritis. This chronic condition is painful, however, its effects can be managed with a variety of treatments — ranging from doctor-prescribed painkillers to natural treatments such as exercise. Learn more about arthritis and its many facets, as well as how to help a loved one with the disease with these helpful tips and resources from Griswold Home Care.
Adults over the age of 55 are more susceptible to osteoporosis, a disease in which the bones become more porous and less dense, which can eventually make it more difficult for a person to move. There are a number of warning signs and signals of osteoporosis, as well as several ways to treat the disorder including exercise and supplements. Griswold Home Care is pleased to offer a number of informative resources designed to help you learn more about osteoporosis and how to manage the condition.
Aphasia is a symptom that occurs following major trauma to the head, a stroke, or other brain disorder. The National Stroke Association mentions that nearly one-fourth of all stroke victims who survive the initial stroke will experience some form of aphasia. Aphasia affects a person’s ability to clearly communicate and find the right words to express themselves. To help you learn more about this condition and how, as a family caregiver, to help a loved one dealing with aphasia and a loss of speech / expressive capabilities, Griswold Home Care has put together a list of resources to arm you with the information you need.
Brain injury and head trauma can be particularly devastating in older adults and can potentially lead to a stroke. Prompt medical attention is required in the event of a brain injury, but it’s not often so easy identify the symptoms. Griswold Home Care is here to offer some helpful tips to prevent brain injury and how to recognize some of the more subtle signs of head trauma.
A stroke is the result of a blockage of blood and oxygen to the brain that yields long-term effects in an individual, making it difficult for them to function normally in the aftermath of a stroke. The majority of Americans affected by a stroke are over the age of 65, although a stroke can hit anyone at any time. Griswold Home Care has compiled a number of helpful resources designed to equip you with the information you need to spot warning signs of a stroke, what to do, and how you can help a loved one who’s suffered a stroke.
Women between the ages of 65 and 80 account for 1 out of every 8 diagnoses of breast cancer. From diagnosis through treatment and recovery, breast cancer is as arduous an emotional journey as it is a physical one. Please check out some of our resources on identifying the symptoms of breast cancer, as well as tips for post mastectomy care and support.
Learn more about the warning signs and symptoms of cancer, as well as treatment options available to those with the disease. Early detection can go a long way towards a cure. Griswold Home Care is pleased to present several helpful resources designed to help you and your loved ones beat the odd.
Cataracts, while treatable, stand as the chief cause behind a loss of vision in older adults, particularly those over the age of 75. Learn more about this pesky, cloudy film over the eye along with warning signs, symptoms, and surgical methods of treating cataracts in senior citizens.
Glaucoma encompasses a group of conditions that cause slow, progressive damage to a person’s vision. Learn more about this ocular disorder and what measures can be taken to preserve eyesight via early detection and treatment.
Loss of eyesight over time is a normal part of the aging process. However, there is a big difference between “normal” loss of vision and a far more serious condition. Read more about eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and others, as information on how to identify and treat these problems immediately.
Learn more about how to manage your cholesterol, symptoms, and support available to older adults. This section includes educational info on various types of cholesterol, as well as helpful tips to naturally lower bad types of cholesterol.
As the leading cause of death in the U.S., heart disease is one crucial area that older adults and their caregivers should know more about. Griswold offers information on the treatment and prevention of a variety of heart ailments including Atrial Fibrillation, strokes, and more.
Learn how to identify the early warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, as well as the role caregivers can play in assisting those with the disorder. Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, there are still a number of ways that loved ones and caregivers may be able to help individuals suffering from this condition.
Older adults may be more susceptible to depression than other age demographic. This list of resources can help you pinpoint and identify common symptoms of depression, as well as tips for supporting those suffering from this disorder.
Each year, nearly 5,000 U.S. citizens are diagnosed with ALS, a life-changing illness that affects motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. As these neurons die off, the afflicted individual has greater difficulty with movement. The eventual outcome of the disease is paralysis. While an ALS (often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease) diagnosis can certainly be frightening, many people have risen above these difficult circumstances to lead full lives. Learn more about ALS.
Over a quarter-million Americans live with MS. While there is no cure for this dread disease, there are ways its effects can be managed and minimized. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and ways you can help a loved one with MS with these helpful resources from Griswold Home Care.
Roughly 600,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease each year, with many of the cases occurring in adults over the age of 60. Despite the fact that there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease yet, there are a number of ways to treat, manage, and live life to the fullest following a diagnosis of PD. Learn more about the symptoms, signs, and methods of treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.
Diabetes affects more than 25% of adults over the age of 65 — the fastest growing group of adults impacted by this disease. Check out the list of resources that Griswold Home Care has collected to learn more about the early warning signs of diabetes, along with diet, wellness, and disease management tips for those with diabetes.
Aging adults may require a change in diet to maintain good health and keep health conditions at bay. Depending upon any pre-existing conditions your loved ones may have, they may have specific dietary requirements or considerations. Learn more about healthy eating for seniors.
Staying in shape is an important part of maintaining good health with age. While exercise is important for seniors, they do need to take special care not to injure themselves. Seniors can be just as active as their younger counterparts and lead vital lives, regardless of age or even diminished physical capacity. Browse through a selection of Griswold’s articles on older adults maintaining a healthy, fit lifestyle.
The bathroom may well be the most dangerous room in your home. Hard surfaces and slippery conditions can make using the bathroom problematic for many older adults, especially those with a compromised sense of balance. Thousands of falls occur in the bathroom each year, yet they can be prevented. Read helpful tips for preventing accidents in the bathroom and keeping senior loved ones safe.
There are numerous reasons why older adults fall. From environmental factors such as rugs that aren’t adhered to flooring, toys and other objects littering their path, and many others, there are several household hazards that can cause a senior loved one to fall. To help prevent falls from happening, we’ve put together a list of articles and informational assets to give you the info you need to keep the path clear from falls for the senior in your life.
Older adults with Alzheimer’s Disease or who may not be as steady on their feet as they used to be can be more susceptible to falls that can drastically impact their quality of life. Learn how to make your home a safer place for older adults.
As skin ages, it becomes more sensitive. Learn how seniors can protect themselves from some of the more harmful effects of the sun’s rays. From melanoma to skin made more sensitive as a result of some medications, check out a list of helpful resources designed to help seniors stay safe in the sun.
Here you’ll find a collection of infographics created by Griswold Home Care designed to educate on a variety of health topics using an attractive visual format. Check out infographics on such health topics including Alzheimer’s Disease, depression in the elderly, safe driving tips for seniors and more.
Griswold Home Care’s Solutions Series Webinars and educational videos take a more in-depth look at the common conditions that seniors and disabled adults often experience. Industry experts often co-present and provide actionable insights and valuable resources for those looking for general information or assistance.