Posts Tagged ‘ caretaking ’

RESPITE FOR SENIOR CARETAKERS

Jan 29th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you are a caretaker, i.e. caring for an elderly member of your family in your own home or theirs, one of the issues to be seriously addressed is planning for periodic respite for the caretaker. Those who take on the responsibility of caretaking cannot, should not, sustain a 24/7 caretaking role without breaks.

If you are fortunate enough to have some assistance during the week for the person who is being cared for, that is a welcome relief. The stress of regular caretaking is compounded by the demands and emotional energy required in caretaking. While caretakers are usually sensitive in their response to the variety of needs which emerge, the need for a day off or some time away is an essential part of a caretaking plan.



CONTINUING CARETAKING CHALLENGES

Jan 21st, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When signing on to the role of Caretaker, the family member(s) needs to be aware of the implications of that assignment. As family members age, who require caretaking, so do the needs for caretaking multiply. As those needs proliferate so do the demands for caretaking.

While often recruiting additional assistance for keeping up with the challenges, there are frequent surprises which require attention and immediate attention. These are the demands that are often wearing on those who have taken on the responsibility of caretaking.

Part of the issue is the attitude of the patient. Older persons often try to hold up the concept of personal independence. They do not yet believe or receive well the messages their body is sending. They are



ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL MORNING IN THE DESERT

Oct 4th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When we lived here in the 80′s and 90′s, we were employed and occupied by normal distractions of normal days. I don’t think we were so aware of the mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets that stunningly repeated themselves day after day in the spectacular Sonoran Desert.

Now, in retirement and with a second chance at being more alert to our surroundings, it is clear why so many choose to make Arizona home. The politics, like many places, leave a lot to be desired, but oh that landscape.

Now in our first week, we are still unpacking and reorganizing our lives around a simpler lifestyle, a reduced demand from many sides, and a new kind of living choice. We brought my 92 year old Mother along with us.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 07/8/12

Jul 8th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

On a plane returning to Dallas, we were seated in the bulkhead. Our seat mate was a young man about ten years old. It was obvious there was a trace of anxiety and sadness in the air. It appeared he was making his way to be with a parent for part of his summer vacation. Clearly, he was not happy and his disposition suggested his reluctance to make the trip.

During a brief lay over, the flight attendant for the front of the plane picked up on the young man’s discontent. Before the passengers boarded, she wisely and gently herded him off the plane for what, I’m guessing, was a grandmotherly talk. After some minutes they returned to the plane, he took his seat and seemed to be more settled, less tense.

During the second leg of the trip, the attendant found opportunity to check him out, to determine how he was doing. She stepped



SENIORS AND CARETAKING CHALLENGES

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When the responsibility for one or another member of your family begins to require more and more time, energy and imagination, it is time to evaluate your role as a caretaker. Elderly parents will begin to show signs of frailty and failure of ability to cope with daily needs. You will find yourself more and more aware of your need to be present to theirs. You will struggle with your own schedule and need to let them know you are there for them.

Reality will push your own situation as well. You will continue to have to manage your own household and daily routines. Medical appointments for you and them will continue to be necessary. Making sure all is well for them in the facility/home in which they reside, checking on their meds, routine needs, etc. will occupy and involve time and attention.



Part 3–Paranoia and Fear in the Elderly

Apr 18th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

This is the third in a series of articles about paranoia and fear in senior citizens, particularly older seniors.  The first article dealt with distinguishing between paranoia and fear; the second talked about paranoia and avenues for caretakers to deal with and manage it.  This article will focus on fear in the elderly. Fear is a [...]