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For those with arthritis, clothes with buttons can be a challenge. One suggestion would be to convert your present clothes to velcro closure by: remove all buttons and sew onto the button-hole opening (closing button-hole); sew a strip of velcro (purchased from craft or cloth stores) to area where buttons were removed and also to area on backside of the button-hole strip. Some velcro has 'sticky' backside that can be ironed onto cloth, but sewing is more permanent. If you cannot sew, request assistance from family, friends, or professional seamstress.
Whether it be gardening, exercising, running errands...whatever...we should know what our 'limit' is without adding stress, aches and pains. At the beginning of each week, make a list of things we want to accomplish for that week, then break down to no more than one 'hard' task per day. Write down what you want to do in a daily-planner or your convenient wall calendar. If you 'miss' a task, add it to next week's list. We'll find ourselves more flexible and not as rushed (or achy!)
Where I live there are "City" sponsored locations for Seniors living in your home; call your City Hall - Information. Check with many of the churches in your area, they also offer this type of care/activity for Seniors. Also check with your doctor or hospital administration. Many of these locations offer rides to and from their facilities. If no locations are available, ask both City and Churches if there could be something begun for this need. There may be some locations in towns very close to you.
There are times when Seniors find they are unable to care for themselves and move in with one of their children (even niece or nephew). I heartily commend families for this; lonliness for the parent can be debilitating. I have found this very information site for the caregivers: Health Care http://healthology.com/focus_index.asp?f=elderly&b=
You'll find topics relating to Alzheimers, Parkinsons Desease, Caring for Elders and more.
One of the hardest things Seniors do is to move out of their homes into an apartment or assisted-living locations. But there are good reasons for doing so: your health problems, your disability, too big a house, upkeep of home becoming too expensive, and many more. There are now so many wonderful Senior facilities in many locations; check with a reliable realtor (the one selling your home for you) to locate your wants and needs.
Evaluate potential nursing and retirement homes by checking/asking if they are currently accredited, licensed and certified for Medicare and Medicaid. They should have a written certification for the home for you to see, and
all paperwork should be current and in force.
It is important to know what services and supplies the nursing home provides and what might be hidden extra costs. Private duty nurses are very seldom included in the cost of care.
Cost for extras, such as hair shampoo or conditioner, can be exorbitant. Make a list of the 'extra' necessities and supply them yourself.
Talk with the administrator and find out 'who is in charge of what' and who to contact if any problems arise. Ask questions and be informed in advance.
To check out the qualifications of a nursing home, it's best to arrive without an appointment. Inspect everything that you possible can. The building and rooms should be clean, attractive, safe and meet all fire codes.
Residents should not be crowded, nor should hallways be cluttered. Ask about availability of private rooms. Most often they can be obtained at an extra, but reasonable cost.
Visit the dining room and kitchen at mealtime to check the sanitary conditions.
Visit activity rooms when in session to verify controlled, safe, and well directed activities. Talk to the residents -- ask how they feel about their home.
This inspection will put you and your loved one more at ease about the qualifications of the home and care to be received.
If the nursing home requires a contract, then read it carefully. Show it to your lawyer.
Some homes reserve the right to discharge patients whose condition has deteriorated, even if a lump-sum payment was made upon admittance.
It's best to have an agreement that allows payment by the month or permits refunds on advance payment if circumstances change.
A backyard fence is a must, not just for privacy, but also for security; at least 8 ft. tall. If you have a driveway to the back garage, install a secure chain-link gate across entry with a padlock. If you have a wooden gate or two, add a padlock to each one. Just don't lose the key(s)
Before going shopping for clothes, go to our closets and review the color/type of blouse/shirt, slacks/skirts, sweaters, etc. When buying something new, we can better coordinate with what we have, and we'll know what not to 'duplicate'. Especially when we spot that special sale!
With the exception of diabetics, who are very limited to 'sugars', most Seniors should limit their sugar intake. An easy way, if you don't use artificial sweeteners: buy a demitasse (or baby) spoon to use when adding sugar to coffee, tea, cereals, or whatever.
You'll be adding a spoonful of sugar, but a lesser amount!