Category Archives: Seniorcare

Elder Abuse: Spotting the Signs and Responding

What we ignore, when we think about getting older, is the abuse and neglect in our senior years. It is estimated that more than 2.5 million senior citizens are victims of some form of maltreatment of which 90% of the abuse being committed by the ones whom the elderly victim knows- most often a family member.

Signs of Elder Abuse:

An older person who is being abused:-

•    May seem depressed and withdrawn
•    Seem afraid to make their own decisions
•    Seems to be hiding something about a caregiver
•    Will never accept invitations to spend time away from their family or a caregiver
•    Never seems to have spending money
•    May reject going to doctor
•    Seems to encounter too many household accidents

 
Elder victims of abuse and neglect are at greater risk than other age groups suffering the same problem. The effects can lead to more serious injuries to elders whose bone break and tissues tear more easily. The process of recovery or healing slows down with age. Most devastating are financial abuse as elderly people are less likely to work to make up for their losses.

Where to Get Help:

Talk to you your doctor, before things get worse, if you or someone you know is frightened in their own home. Your doctor can help you think about better options.

For Pennsylvanians over the age of 60, Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) that include older adult protective services, help is also available as an important component of their aging services.

Phone Number for the local AAA can be found in the phone book blue pages under Abuse/Assault or find it in AAAwebsite.
Help is also available through National Domestic Violence Hotline at:

•    (800)  799-7233 (SAFE)
•    (800)  787-3224 (TTY for the Deaf)
You can get help in English, Spanish and many other languages. All contact with the hotline is free and confidential.

How to Get Help:

Professional caregivers address the emotional and physical demand for the elder victims of abuse and neglect. They may help to relieve the stress and tension that give rise to abuse and neglect. Caregivers assist even vulnerable victims in their daily activities such as bathing, preparing meals, shopping, etc. These caregivers can be hired for few hours, a week, or for longer durations according to the necessity. However counseling and legal assistance can also be few measures to check this grave issue.

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Factors to Consider When Hiring Nannies

If you are a working parent, it must be a challenging decision for you to leave your baby with a nanny. However, when you can not compromise on your job, you need to find an alternative, which could be beneficial for the entire family. Hiring a professional, well-trained nanny is a smart decision when you want to ensure that your baby is cared and loved in the same in your absence.

For this, it is advisable to consider recommendations from your friends or relatives who have nannies at their home. You may ask about their experience with their babysitter, which will give you a fair idea about how a professional nanny will be looking after your child.

To avoid any hassle, you can also browse the World Wide Web that offers a multitude of information regarding the well-known and genuine nanny service provides. Look for an agency that can provide you a well-educated, genuine and responsible nanny for child’s care.

Investing some time over the internet will help you gain a lot of knowledge about how nannies work and what questions you may ask from the one you are likely to hire. Make sure you only choose the one who can actually love your little one and take ownership of all the responsibilities of a nanny.

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5 Senior Care Tips For Safe Homes

If you have seniors living with you or you look after an elderly who lives in his own home, you must ensure that the home is safe and secure. Seniors face a multitude of dangers when they live all alone at home. Here are 5 senior care tips for making their home safe and secure. Caregivers Las Vegas

  1. Make sure that there is proper lighting inside your home. Stairways and hallways should have bright light and there should be night lights to prevent falls and trips during midnight trips to washroom.

  2. Keep your home organized and clutter free. There should not be any loose cords lying anywhere on the floor. If there is any piece of old furniture or electronic item that you hardly ever use, move it to the basement or to garage. A clutter free room minimizes the risk of falls and slips for seniors.

  3. Check the flooring inside your home. There should be even and smooth flooring inside the senior’s living space. There should be proper transition between different types of flooring and if the laminate flooring is curling or wearing out from the corners, it should be immediately repaired. Avoid putting floor rugs in the rooms of the seniors. If you need to put them, make sure that they have rubber matting underneath to keep them in place.

  4. Install security devices in your home. Burglar’s alarm system, CCTV camera, and motion detectors are security devices that would enhance the safety and security of the elderly when you are away.

  5. Avoid leaving the elderly all alone in the home during late evening and at night. Should you want to go somewhere, hire a professional senior care giver to look after the elderly in your absence.

Taking care of your elderly is your duty. Do not ignore it.

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