Understanding the Needs of the Elderly

needsHello this is Anthoney Diaz from Rosa’s Chante Adult Care. There is so much to understand about the elderly and here is something we hope you find useful. It is from our up and coming elderly care handbook we are working on that can help you., help your elderly loved one.

As we know, as people begin to age, they hit certain limitations in their functions and capabilities. When they are unable to perform their regular duties, oftentimes assistance from someone else becomes necessary. If the need to require another person’s physical assistance can be difficult for the elderly person, the same level of difficulty is expected with the person charged of taking care an elderly.

The best way to provide genuine care and assistance for an elder is to understand their needs. There might be unreasonable demands at some point, but it serves merely as an extension of their desire to realize goals that they still want to accomplish themselves. If you have been used to being independent, then you probably understand the feeling of not having control over what you can do and having to constantly depend on someone to realize certain tasks. It is therefore important that the caregiver for elders understand that to cater their services in such a way that it boosts an elder’s confidence about their ability and to be more trusting of their caregiver.

What is Involved?
Aside from the physical and emotional difficulty involved in elderly care, it is a multi-faceted venture that involves both the medical and non-medical aspect entailed with caring for an aging parent or relative. To ensure that only quality care and service are provided for the elderly person, then the following items must be looked into and addressed:

• Providing an efficient and convenient living space and condition for the elderly person, having taken into consideration their special needs.
• Finding reliable help and support.
• Dealing with the financial responsibilities of caring for an elder person,
• Hiring nursing or caregiving care for additional caring assistance or when no one in the family is able to provide that service.
• Dealing with health issues that most aging people had to suffer.
• Keeping the elders active and live their remaining years to its fullest potential.

Challenges of Elderly Care
Having considered all the factors involved in elderly care, you are probably aware right now of its multi-facet nature that renders it a difficult task. Indeed, there is an enormous amount of responsibility involved that it is easy to neglect one while taking care of the other. On top of the upfront caring needs for an elderly individual is the arising issues of aging and declining health for these elders. If it is difficult to deal with for the person in care, more so with the elder themselves who are forced to deal with them.

If you are finding this challenge difficult and seemingly insurmountable, then keep in mind the following tips:
• Find a senior care support organization that will help provide professional advice and support for your elderly care.
• Make sure you get enough time off. Caring for an elder is a difficult responsibility that can drain much of your energy. Therefore, you should allow yourself to have a few breaks from these increasing demands.
• Seek a good adult care home that can provide these wonderufl services for you and your loved one.

Functional Limitations in Elderly
As soon as cases such as dementia begins to be exhibited by an aging individual, the functional limitations that are present in elderly persons require much attention to be geared towards taking care of them. This means that you need to keep a close eye on all of their daily activities, from the most basic to complex ones. This is to ensure that not only are their needs met, but also for their safety.

Hence, some people who are caring for elderly at home install safety adaptations in their home for the limited functions of these individuals. Certain adult care homes like Rosa’s specializes in this and we make people feel safe, while having a sense of freedom.

Dietary Requirements
As people age, so does their digestive system and it gradually starts weakening. Aged and elderly people face this problem wherein they start finding certain foods indigestible or difficult to digest. It may be foods they once liked. What the caretaker needs to realize is that their diet can no longer be the same as it was say 5 or 10 years ago. Their diet should now be modified accordingly such that it remains a nutritious, balanced diet and yet, contains foodstuffs that their system is able to accept, without causing them any discomfort or problems. Often, the diets of elderly people need to be altered depending on their medicinal prescriptions.

I hope this offers you useful information that can help you at home, or decide which adult care home you wish to look at that will provide the right care for your loved one.


Facts About Care Giving

Anthony1Hi this is Anthony Diaz from Rosa’s Chante Adult Care. I think we tend to overlook the roles and the needs of caregivers. Did you know these facts?

More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.

The typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for her widowed 69-year-old mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed. Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women. More than 37% have children or grandchildren under 18 years old living with them.

Did you know that 1.4 million children ages 8 to 18 provide care for an adult relative; 72% are caring for a parent or grandparent; and 64% live in the same household as their care recipient. Fortunately, most are not the sole caregiver.

51% of care recipients live in their own home, 29% live with their family caregiver, and 4% live in nursing homes and assisted living. These number MUST go up and let assisted living homes like Rosa’s Chante be involved.

78% of adults living in the community and in need of long-term care depend on family and friends as their only source of help.

23% of family caregivers caring for loved ones for 5 years or more report their health is fair or poor.

Nearly three quarters (72%) of family caregivers report not going to the doctor as often as they should and 55% say they skip doctor appointments for themselves. 63% of caregivers report having poor eating habits than non-caregivers and 58% indicate worse exercise habits than before caregiving

40% to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression with approximately a quarter to half of these caregivers meet the diagnostic criteria for major depression.

Family caregivers experiencing extreme stress have been shown to age prematurely. This level of stress can take as much as 10 years off a family caregiver’s life.

73% of family caregivers who care for someone over the age of 18 either work or have worked while providing care; 66% have had to make some adjustments to their work life, from reporting late to work to giving up work entirely; and 1 in 5 family caregivers have had to take a leave of absence.

Most of these numbers come from AARP. The truth is, caregiving is difficult and Rosa’s Chante can provide the long term help that families need to help their aging family members. Visit Rosa’s Chante on the web today.

Thank you Anthony

thank u333I wanted to share a letter I received from a referral today. It is this sort of kindness that keeps us going.

Dear Anthony,
I have sat for hours now and have spoken to many people and I just need to take the time to write you. I cannot thank you enough for coming out of your way to the hospice today. On a drop of a dime, you were here and ready to talk with the social worker, and my parents about having my father come spend his final days under your care and Rosa’s Chante.

I must admit I was a little uptight bringing you in knowing how my mother felt about adult care homes. Seeing you and you walked over quietly was very calming. In fact, I cannot believe how calming you were and to see you explain everything so thoroughly to my upset family was nothing short of amazing. You covered all grounds, you explained hospice services, you covered what Rosa’s does and all of the program that was offered and you did so quickly and effectively.

I could not help but watch the social worker write down what you were saying then promptly asking you about Rosa’s Chante. Your knowledge and guidance in this field is a huge help. Your calming attitude and years of experience made me feel at ease and felt a trust in what you said.

I know that in times like this, families can feel pressured and they can be on their guard and downright angry and defensive. I watched your reassuring tone you used and found myself very impressed. I am also amazed you were not tossed out in the first minute or two, and believe me, that says something very big that you were able to say everything you needed to say.

Words will not do you justice. You are wonderful and your home is equal so. You should be recognized as the kind compassionate person you are. So I thank you with all my heart for your efforts to offer my family alternative solutions.

Thank you very much….

Meet Critter Rosa’s Pet

tuttleHi this is Anthony Diaz with Rosa’s Chante Assisted Living. Many assisted living homes bring animals to help residents feel good. That is because study after study has shown that pets can be therapeutic. Did you know that only 15 minutes bonding with an animal starts a reaction in the brain? Time with pets lower levels of the fight-or-flight hormone, known as cortisol, thus increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. The result: heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels immediately drop. So what happens once it drops? Good news is that it can lower cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke. This is one of the best natural medications out there; good diet, great pets and lots of laughter.

We here at Rosa’s Chante have a very unique pet that our residents bond to. His name is Critter and he is a desert tortoise. He has a companion that is half the size and her name is Rocks. She and Critter could get up to 250 pounds.
Critter is very friendly. You can catch him wondering outside going back and forth and at rather fast speeds. He seems to be casing out the residents, and it is obvious the residents love him.

Residents get the biggest kick out of watch Critter eat. Normally, he will eat in the dining room with them. He certainly lets the residents know when he is hungry by banging on the glass doors to come in and eat. He also will bang on the glass when he is ready to go outside.

Critter loves nothing more than a nice can of peas placed on a mat. The residents often can be found giggling or smiling and the green face that Critter wears after he finishing eating his peas. He enjoys all sorts of food like a half a head of cabbage or an entire squash and the residents love the laughter it provides.

No we do not have dogs or fuzzy furry animals. We have desert tortoises that make our residents giggle, laugh, follow them, and share the stories about how Critter gets peas all over his face. We do things different here, and our residential pets are one way we provide hours and hours of laughter and comfort to our residents.