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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Pay attention to an older adult’s neglect in self-care

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
August 9th, 2011 at 10:55 am

At some point, an elder or loved one–who previously cared about his or her appearance–may neglect his or her personal care. In these cases, family members and caregivers should observe behavior closely and try to discover what’s behind those changes. Mobility issues, depression or cognitive decline may be lurking in the background.

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Six ways to take a mini-break from caregiving

by Judy Kirkwood
July 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am

Sometimes you just gotta get away, but you can’t go very far because you only have a few hours of coverage before you have to be back to take care of your family member. Don’t overlook the simple things you wish you could do “if you only had the time.” Make the time: If you don’t, your stress level and resentment may continue to increase.

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Caregiving never really ends

by Judy Kirkwood
June 29th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Although my mom passed away 3 months ago, my sister is back in the caregiving role after her 28-year-old son’s motorcycle accident. My nephew sheared off the front part of his right leg between knee and ankle. In the beginning his leg looked like a bomb had gone off on it. We were all horrified, yet aware of how lucky this young man was that his injuries were not worse.

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Who is the worst patient? Mom or Dad?

by Judy Kirkwood
June 22nd, 2011 at 12:51 pm

My sister and I used to worry about how much harder it would be to take care of our mother when her health began to fail than it had been to take care of our father when he became frail. Our father was an easygoing kind of guy. He never said a bad word about anyone. On the other hand, we perceived our mother as quite critical and something of a perfectionist, not as easy to talk to or be with. Not as much fun.

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