The health and well being of everyone is exceedingly important. We care about our customers, our staff, and everyone’s families and loved ones.
It goes without saying that we are following all medical directives to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Here we have outlined some of the measures we are taking as as response to COVID-19, and some options available to you.
Polypharmacy, defined as the simultaneous use of medications to treat the same ailment, is plaguing our older adult population. It is estimated that 30-40% of seniors take 5 or more medications.
Palliative care is the term that refers to the care given to individuals experiencing severe, life-limiting illness. Also known as ‘comfort measures’, palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care is not treating the illness, but treating the symptoms that the illness produces. For this reason, palliative care is sometimes offered in conjunction with treating the primary illness.
Independence does not need to waiver as you get older. Older adults are at risk of becoming dependent on their caregiver to maintain their quality of life. As caregivers, it is our job to encourage seniors to do as much as they are capable of in order to promote their independence.
Home organization makes aging in place safer and easier for yourself or your aging loved one. We’ve compiled a list of 7 simple organization tips that can make your life at home easier and more organized while you continue to live independently.
1: Memory Loss
One of the most common warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss that disrupts your daily life. This can come in the form of forgetting where you put your keys or forgetting important dates and/or events in your calendar. If you notice this is starting to occur more frequently, give your doctor a call.
2: Trouble Planning And Solving Problems
Working with numbers may become difficult. You also may notice that it becomes difficult to follow a set plan or routine, even if you have been following it for a long time.
3: Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks
You or your loved one may begin to experience difficulty concentrating. Daily tasks may require more critical thinking as the disease progresses. If you find yourself getting lost while driving familiar routes, it’s time to see your doctor.
4: Confusion With Time And Place
Two common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are losing track of dates or losing track of time. You may also notice that you or your loved ones are forgetting where they are, why they are there or how they got there.
5: Difficulties With Vision And Perception
You or a loved one may begin to have problems judging distance and determining contrast or colour when driving. This can be dangerous for not only you or your loved one, but for everyone on the road. However much you want to keep your independence, this warrants a trip to the doctor and then possibly to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.
6: Speech Difficulties
You may find that you begin to have difficulty finding your words when engaging in conversation. You may lose your train of thought mid-sentence, or repeat what you’ve already said over again. Some seniors with Alzheimer’s disease find that initiating a conversation is a daunting task.
7: Misplacing Items
Lost your keys again? If you find yourself misplacing common items you use every day with no recollection of where you put them, you may want to discuss this with a medical professional.
8: Impaired Decision Making
This may manifest as what seems to be “irresponsible” financial choices, such as donating large sums of money to telemarketers or door-to-door salespeople. However, in reality, these decisions are made without fully understanding the repercussions.
You or your loved ones may also become less concerned with personal hygiene. Bathing and personal care may lessen over time, and you or your loved one may become unwilling to change clothes if you forget that you put them on yesterday.
9: Withdrawing From Work Or Social Events
As symptoms begin to appear, you may notice yourself or your loved ones feeling withdrawn from activities that were once enjoyable. You may begin to pull away from work, social activities or friends due to changes that are occurring. Rather than ignoring this change, speak to someone about it as there is help available.
10: Personality And Mood Changes
Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may begin to feel confused, suspicious, paranoid or fearful. These emotions are a common reaction to the changes that are occurring. You or your loved one may also begin to feel anxious or depressed. It is important to contact your doctor if you are noticing these changes.
How Can Freiheit Care Help?
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, call us at 613-518-8258. We have services that can help you thrive in your home while these changes are occurring. From light housekeeping, meal preparation and assistance with personal care, you never need to be alone. If you are a primary caregiver for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, we offer respite services so you can take a well earned break. We also offer RN Psychotherapy services to address the mental changes you may be experiencing as well.