ElderCarelink Blog

Is an elder struggling to keep a clean house?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
August 29th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Admittedly, we all have our personal habits when it comes to our homes. Some of us are sticklers for keeping things clean and organized. However, this isn’t always the case when it comes to older adults. Changes in an older adult’s ability to keep up and maintain their homes may signal the need for additional observation and, possibly, intervention.

Although these changes could be temporary–for a variety of reasons–it is possible the house isn’t looking like it’s former self because the elder is suffering from depression, experiencing greater physical limitations or is dealing with cognitive difficulties.

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Nobody talks about toileting

by Judy Kirkwood
August 24th, 2011 at 9:00 am

When I asked my sister what was the hardest part of taking care of mom and dad, she promptly said “toileting.”

Caregivers don’t often complain. And, if they complain, it’s even less often that they focus on the obvious–the elimination of food and fluids from our bodies that happens a number of times on a daily basis. In fact, the whole subject is kind of taboo, as if it doesn’t exist. Which when you are taking care of an elderly or disabled person who can’t toilet themselves, you kind of wish it didn’t.

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What day is it? Keeping elders oriented

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
August 23rd, 2011 at 9:00 am

Older adults frequently get annoyed when asked the typical questions for orientation by healthcare professionals, but it can be very significant when the person is providing a month when it usually snows in their area and the temperature outside is in the 80’s. Staying oriented to the time, date and year is important. When an elder doesn’t know that information–even when prompted with hints–further observation is warranted to ensure other aging-related issues aren’t coming to the surface.

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Spousal caregivers find support but need more attention

by Carol Bursack
May 13th, 2011 at 8:05 am

As a newspaper columnist and forum moderator dedicated to caregiver support and aging issues, I often hear complaints from well spouses caring for their mate. These folks want to know why most of the online support, and many of the in-person support groups, are dominated by the adult children caregivers.

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Is Your Home Safe?

by Sue Lanza
October 7th, 2010 at 2:13 am

Ever had one of those “why didn’t I” moments? I had one yesterday that reminded me of the simple things we can all do to keep our homes safe and our bodies free from injury.

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