Entries by Bridget Waller

Tips for Managing Dementia and Incontinence

Dementia care calls for both compassion and creativity to deal with an assortment of challenging behaviors and effects, and that is particularly true with regards to incontinence, something that is exceedingly common in Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. These tried-and-true approaches are generally helpful in lessening the effect of incontinence and protecting against an escalation of emotions in someone you adore with Alzheimer’s disease.

Pick your words very carefully. Read More...

Heart Surgery Recovery: Guidelines to Help Bring Healing and Comfort

Every day, thousands of heart surgeries take place across the United States. From open heart surgery to valve repair, there are a variety of procedures available to help people maintain an active lifestyle in spite of a cardiac event.
And while there may be some apprehension in leaving the watchful eyes of the hospital staff following heart surgery, returning to the comfort of home can bring a particular peace of mind. Read More...

10 Ways Home Care Services Make Life Better for Seniors

It’s an undeniable fact: the overwhelming majority of today’s older individuals would rather age at home instead of facing a move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. And with good rationale: home care services allow older adults to experience safety and stability, while retaining the comfort and familiarity of home and their neighborhood community. Read More…

7 Key Signs of Diabetes You Need to Know

All seniors, and those who care for them, should be alert to the symptoms and signs of diabetes, since as many as one out of every four adults over the age of 60 are currently living with diabetes. Diabetes requires ongoing treatment and careful management over the course of a lifetime; if diabetes care is neglected, it can eventually lead to serious and deadly health concerns, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, amputations, and many others. Read More...

How to Start a Conversation With a Parent About the Benefits of Home Care

Accepting the truth that an aging loved one requires help at home can be tough. Even harder is speaking about the need for care with the older adult and getting him or her to acknowledge that assistance is warranted. If you have noticed changes in a loved one and you’re sensing the need to begin a discussion about the benefits of home care as a choice to maintain safety and independence in the home, try these conversation starters to raise the subject in a subtle, non-confrontational way.

If heightened frailty is becoming a concern:

“I love you, Dad, and now that you live alone, I’m concerned about your safety. Read More...

Tips for Caregivers of Dementia Patients

Sometimes, the most beneficial lessons in life come about by going through them firsthand; yet the wisdom we are able to glean from those who’ve walked a similar course before us is priceless. If you’re providing care for a family member with dementia and becoming a bit bogged down in this uncharted territory, the dementia care tips for caregivers below will help: Read More…

9 Alzheimer’s Communication Tips for Family Caregivers

Alzheimer’s disease is well known for its profound influence on the ability to effectively communicate. In addition to the disease affecting speech, it also causes difficulties in an individual’s ability to correctly use words, along with the understanding of the meanings of words. Read More…

Dementia Care Walnut Creek Experts Recommend Approaching Senior Bathing Care with a SMILE

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine this: Most of your life has been devoted to taking care of and helping others – as a parent, during your career, through volunteering in your local community, and as a grandparent. After living independently and being in control of any decisions that impact your life, you now find yourself as the one who needs assistance with bathing and other daily care tasks. Read More…