Ask Sarah: 3 Ways to Grow Old in Your Home, Not a Facility!

Dear Sarah,

My parents are becoming less and less independent each day, and I know that they are heading down the path of having to move to a nursing facility. I know this is something they have always stated they did not want to do. They want to live life to the fullest in the comfort of their own home. Do you know how I can help make this possible for them? I am open to any and all suggestions.

Thanks!

Carol in Northeast Ohio

 

Dear Carol,

We know firsthand that it is nearly everyone’s dream to grow old in the comfort of their own home. Yet, many, like you, are unaware that the goal to stay in your home IS 110% possible! But how, you may ask? Easy!

At New Visions, we offer a wide variety of products and services that can help to easily allow you and your loved ones to continue to watch Sunday Football in your living room, host holiday parties for all of your loved ones, and enjoy your Saturday morning coffee at your kitchen counter.

5 Products That Foster Independence

  1. Bath Safety Products: Slips and falls are dangerous. Prevent injury by installing grab bars, shower chairs, raised toilet seats, CleanCut tubs, and much more.
  2. Proper Beds: Rest with comfort by trying out hospital beds, adjustable beds, EZ adjust bed rails, or a bed cane.
  3. Lift Chairs: If you need help standing or sitting on your own, there are a variety of styles, fabrics and comfort levels for a lift chair to fit your needs.
  4. Ramps: Don’t let getting in and out of your house become an issue. Instead, try portable and modular ramps to make the process hassle-free.
  5. Home modifications. Need a combination of products installed into your home? What about doors widened on top of that? New lighting installed? Don’t worry! New Visions can coordinate everything you need to make your home perfect for you.

And as always, don’t procrastinate and wait until the last minute to start making changes to your parents’ home. Be proactive (start NOW!) so that you can rest assured they will live life to the fullest in the comfort of their own home.

If you would like help getting started in the process of helping your parents grow old in their home and not a facility, give us a call at 419.678.4979 today to get started!

Sarah at New Visions

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Ask Sarah: How Can I Convince My Aging Parent They Need a Lift Chair?

Dear Sarah,

My mother has recently been admitted into the nursing home due to her hip surgery, and my father has quickly been losing his strength, especially now that my mom isn’t around to help him do things around the house. I have noticed recently that he has a hard time getting in and out of his recliner. When I suggested he look into getting a lift chair, he completely shut down and stopped listening to me. I think he is afraid that purchasing a lift chair would mean he is losing his independence. Can you help me convince him to see the benefits of purchasing a lift chair? I don’t think he realizes how much it could help him.

Thanks for your advice!

Tammy -Ohio City

Hi Tammy,

Making the transition and admitting that you need more assistance is never an easy feat, especially for our senior loved ones as they age and are unable to do things as easily as they once could. However, it doesn’t have to be. Is your father aware of the many benefits of a lift chair, or were you unable to talk to him at all when you mentioned a lift chair?

Now that your father should have had some time to cool off, I suggest approaching the situation again, but in a more casual tone. Don’t make him feel like he has to purchase a lift chair, but instead list the many benefits (see below) a lift chair could bring him. Maybe try to make a fun afternoon out of going to your local medical equipment store and testing out lift chairs.

Try sitting in a lift chair along with him (bring your kids, too!) so that he doesn’t feel as if he is being pressured. I strongly believe that once your father sits in a chair and realizes how it can help him regain his independence–not hinder it–you will have no problem convincing him (heck, you may not even have to convince him!) to purchase a lift chair.

Here are a few of the many benefits a lift chair can bring:

  • Independence
  • Opportunity to remain in home
  • Ease of mobility
  • More spacious than normal chairs
  • Reduced risk of injury (this one is particularly important, especially now that your mom is no longer living at home!)

I hope you find my advice helpful and that your father sees the importance and advantages of purchasing a lift chair. If you have any further questions, or would like to try out a lift chair in person, please feel free to stop in or give us a call at 419.678.4979.

Sarah at New Visions

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Is Your Senior Parent Experiencing These Mobility Warning Signs?

Do you know the poor mobility warning signs to watch for in your aging parent to prevent serious injury? Poor mobility in seniors can make it both difficult  and unsafe for them to participate in their normal day-to-day routine. This can lead to falls and injuries that are not only hard to heal, but costly as well.

Warning Signs of Mobility Issues

  1.   Skipping the stairs. Do you notice that your senior is increasingly avoiding taking the stairs or walking long distances? Avoiding stairs and distance walking is a good sign that your parent may be on the road to less travel. Pay attention to how he or she reacts when you suggest taking the stairs or going for a walk. Do they make excuses as to why they should take the elevator instead? Do they tell you they are too busy for a walk? These are good indications that they may be experience trouble moving around easily.
  2.   Trouble with Chairs. As seniors age, it is very common for them to have issues getting in and out of their favorite chair, or any chair for that matter. If you notice your senior increasingly asking for help with getting in and out of their chair, leaning on you for extra support or just avoiding getting out of their chair as often as usual, you will need to address this quickly. Sitting too long can lead to painful sores, stiff joints, weight gain and mood decline.
  3.   Numbness or lack of sensitivity. Losing feeling in the joints is a common indicator of loss of movement and coordination. Has your loved one mentioned not being able to feel their feet or other areas of their body? Or do they avoid talking about it, but you notice they are moving around differently? It may be safe to assume that they are starting to develop mobility issues. Be proactive and contact their doctor to find out ways in which you can prevent further progression of the numbness issues.

A few other areas to show precaution to when dealing with mobility issues are muscle weakness, muscular rigidity, activity reduction, fatigue and loss of balance. Check in with your parent every week to make sure they are not experiencing any of these issues during everyday activities. Whether it’s visiting or talking on the phone, pay close attention to whether your senior becomes apprehensive about certain activities they were once very comfortable doing. Remember, the sooner you address possible mobility issues, the sooner you prevent further loss of mobility.

Do you believe your senior is experiencing mobility issues? Call us at 419.678.4979 or visitour products page to see how we can help!

 

Resources:

http://www.assistedlivingfacilities.org/resources/talking-to-a-parent/signs-it-s-time-for-assisted-living/

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/two-questions-can-reveal-mobility-problems-in-seniors-201309186682

http://www.nobilis.co.uk/choosing-and-planning-for-care/76-warning-signs-in-elderly-parents-changes-to-look-for

Caregivers Delight in a Lift Chair

30-lift-chair-e1406208618292-225x300No matter what your status is as a caregiver, you want to make your aging loved one feel mobile and free. Many times aging adults don’t want to be a bother and don’t know how to ask for the assistance they actually need and want.
When is comes to mobility in the home, a lift chair is a great save. Not only do you and your aging parents want to have mobility and freedom, but also they want to do if safely.  A lift chair can take the burden off the caregiver and give the aging adult the freedom to move about without assistance for every move to and from the kitchen, bathroom, or living area.

3 things a lift chair can do for caregivers:

  1. Provide Safety. Too many accidents result from a patient falling when trying to sit or stand up. Very slight missteps can have devastating effects on the physical and mental health of the patient.  A recent national study shows 54% of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), reported having injuries by simply helping their patients rise or sit in a chair. Trying to help a patient from a sitting or laying position to stand up can be challenging for both the patient and the caregiver. It is not easy moving someone who is mobility-impaired.
  2. Save Time. When you are not constantly trying to move your loved one from sitting to standing and visa versa, you can spend more time visiting or doing other daily chores that can be helpful. It frees up time to actually do more things that will make their life more rewarding and not a constant battle of, “Help me, I need to go here or there.” It really helps create more time to actually communicate on something besides sitting and standing.
  3. Independence. Nothing like having your independence yanked away as you age! When you invest in a lift chair your loved one can do some of the daily tasks that they really want to do by themselves and not burden their adult children or spouses. They want to keep some sense of being able to get up and move by themselves.

So when you are trying to help your aging parents keep independence and have some mobility at home, maybe it is time to look at a lift chair to ease the burden of the caregiver and the aging adult.

Just recently we had an adult daughter trying to find a way to help her mother get up and about around the house. Her mother just wanted some privacy and the ability to move around on her own without help. However, she was troubled with getting in and out of chairs. We recommended one of our new lift chairs and she loved it. Not only did her mother like it, but also she came back and got another one for her dad. Lift chairs are safe and easy to use to allow your aging parents to keep some independence and move around on their own. Stop by and see our new and latest models.

Want to check out our newest lift chairs? Stop by New Visions and try one out today…