Caregiving 101: Providing the Ultimate Comfort for Seniors

Caring for an aging loved one can be one of the most truly rewarding and challenging times of your life.  However, by focusing on whole person health and wellness, your senior can continue to enjoy life and vitality long into their retirement years.

Nutrition/Diet

Poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of death and disease in the U.S. but this is especially true for the elderly.  It is critical that seniors maintain their suggested calorie intake and eat in moderation from each of the food groups, especially fruits and vegetables.  

 

Recommended Foods & Exercises for Seniors

Seniors should focus on lower calorie, but high protein diets to maintain their ideal weight and their muscle development.  Many elderly like programs such as Weight Watchers which make selecting a balanced diet easy.  Other programs such as the DASH Diet also offer the proper balance of nutrients without complexity.

 

Regular exercise is a must for all, but especially the elderly.  Programs should focus on building endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.  Walking and lifting light weights can fill exercise needs, minimize injury, and can be done anywhere.

Bathroom

A standard bathroom can pose many hazards to seniors, who may be limited in their mobility.  Adjustments can dramatically increase safety in the bathroom and minimize worry.

 

Senior Friendly Bathroom Appliances

Examine your senior’s bathroom and identify areas of potential danger or difficulty.  Install lever faucets that don’t require twisting to operate.  Install grab bars and rails in areas where slipping is likely, such as in the shower, or where an elderly person is likely to be bending down, such as near the toilet.  Non-slip rugs and mats are a must.

 

Add a Spaloo bidet toilet seat for maximum hygiene, comfort, and ease. They are especially good for people with mobility issues. Curbless showers, walk-in tubs, and elevated toilets also make it easier for those with limited mobility to use the bathroom safely, although these additions require a larger investment.

Bedding

For people of any age, sleep is directly related to quality of life and overall health and well-being.  However, many seniors could benefit from improved sleep.

 

Any senior’s mattress should be in good condition and comfortable.  Mattresses should relieve pressure points and offer a restful night’s sleep.  Memory foam mattress toppers can help improve a traditional mattress as can other types of foam wedges.  Pillows should support the head and neck and leave the spine in alignment, regardless of the sleeping position.

 

Home Care Bedding Fixtures

Should your loved one need more support getting in and out of bed, a number of accessories can help. Bed rails can provide support and are easy to install.   Lifting poles and accessories can be installed above a bed, allowing an easy reach handle for movement as well.  Adjustable height beds, while expensive, can allow your senior easy access to their bed and minimize falls.

Grooming/Hygiene

As people age, the mobility required to manage hygiene can often become challenging.  Caregivers must give special attention to senior’s personal care in a dignified and efficient way.

 

Personal Care Tips

Seniors should be certain their face, hands, and genital area are washed daily – bathing can be less frequent and should be done only if necessary for those with limited mobility.

 

Be sure to assist your loved one with dental care as well – maintain dentures or natural teeth with regular cleanings as brushing to decrease bacteria.  Offer an electric razor for shaving as it is less likely to cause injury overall.

 

Lastly, maintain a light-hearted attitude and a sense of humor.  Personal care is a private matter and it will take some adjustment and levity for you and your senior to become comfortable with this intimacy.

Home Remodeling Projects

Home Remodeling Checklist for Aging in Place

If retirement is just around the corner, it may be time to compile a home remodeling checklist. Especially if you plan on staying in your existing home and aging in place. There are many things to consider to prepare your home for your golden years. Your renovation projects can improve functionality of your home while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Read more

Baby Wipes

Spaloo Bidet Toilet Seats Render Wet Wipes Obsolete

You have been using wet wipes for years to clean yourself after using the bathroom because they provide a better cleaning than dry toilet paper. However, wet wipes come with their own issues, including a high cost and a high potential for skin irritation. What if I told you there is a product that cleans better, costs less, is easier on your septic system, and better for the environment than wet wipes? Well, there is and the product is called a Spaloo bidet toilet seat which will render wet wipes obsolete.

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Simple Bathroom Makeover Ideas

Tired of that old tub room? Dated, worn, and dirty; your bathroom may be crying out for a renovation. It should be a spa-like retreat that lifts your stress away and transports you to a place of serenity. Believe it or not, all it takes is a new coat of paint or a few upgrades and you’ve got an instant bathroom makeover. Try subtle changes like swapping out towels and buying a new shower curtain, or go all out and splurge on top-of-the-line hardware and faucets. Give these simple bathroom makeover ideas a try and your bathroom will instantly go from “eww” to “ahhh.”

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Environmental Tree

Bidets Save Trees, Water, and…You!

Sure, bidets only use 1/8 of a gallon of water compared to the 4 gallons most toilets use, but how can bidets save trees? Think about how much toilet paper you go through in a year. How does 20,000 sheets sound? That’s how many sheets the average person goes through in a year, and all Americans combined use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper a year.

Switching to a bidet could completely eliminate the use of toilet paper in your household. Yep, 20,000 sheets could turn into 0. You would be saving 1.5 pounds of wood per toilet paper roll and if every American made the switch, 15 million trees could be saved. By eliminating the need to buy toilet paper, not only do bidets save trees, but they’ll be saving you some green too!

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Small Bathroom

Small Bathroom Decorating Ideas

Who says living in a small space means you can’t live large? Even if you’re confined to a small bathroom, there are still plenty of ways you can incorporate character and even luxury into a tiny powder room.

Solutions for a Small Bathroom

1. Paint

For a simple and affordable update, refresh those walls with a coat of paint. In order to really open up the space, try to stick with light and bright colors such as sky blues or warm yellows. Contrary to what most may think, it is ok to use darker colors in a small space. Aim for cool colors, though, as they recede from your eyes and will actually expand the space.

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