There are so many options and both the handler and animal have to not only be suitable for a specific environment and population, but be comfortable volunteering there.
The cleanliness of the home is a big tip off and often the first and earliest sign things are slipping. Dirt and grime go unseen due to poor eyesight, vacuuming, scrubbing the bathtub or mopping cannot be done because of physical limitations, etc.
Weather permitting, opening the windows is the simplest way to make a home smell fresh. It lets the air circulate. The smells floating in the air in your home have a way to get out rather than continuing to build up.
Nutritious Meals and Snacks – Eat their food! Schedule a lunch or dinner time tour and stay for a meal. Ask to see examples of their previous month of menus. Do they use fresh fruits and veggies? Are the snacks available 24/7 or are they locked away and only accessible when staff allows? Senior adults with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s typically need an additional 1,500 calories per day to maintain a healthy weight, due to their disease. Therefore, access to healthy, fresh snacks remains imperative. Are the snacks pre-packaged cookies, chips and high fat snacks? Don’t be shy; ask to see their snack selection too!
There are so many options when it comes to day care. Some parents swear by the home child care movement. 24 hours Dementia Care is just that, a child care provider welcomes children into their home to care for them while their parents are at work. Typically this setting is not as structured as a care facility would be. There are definite benefits to this type of arrangement for both the child and the parents. Home child care allows the child to be cared for in a home setting, usually there are a lot less children in this setting and the feeling is much more relaxed. This might be the ideal setting for you and your family if you set your priorities to find a setting that is less structured.
For several years now, I’ve been using Colgate Total. It is an FDA approved toothpaste (and ADA approved) for most preventive, adult concerns. It contains the previously mentioned ingredients: both Triclosan and fluoride. But you don’t need to take my word for it. Do a bit of your own research. You should sample several different toothpaste varieties before you settle on one.
He had arrived at my care home, drinking about 3 Pepto Bismo bottles a day. He left finally, having not had digestive upsets for almost 2 years. Do you know why we all, not just me, need to speak up about this medication crisis? Because typically medications, especially new ones, are tested on 35-year-old males. Only dementia medications are tested on the old.
Nursing homes have professionalised to have service package options that give us the freedom to perform our jobs without having to be burdened with worrying for our helpless family members. They save us from losing time that we use to earn and sustain our family needs and more. They give us the chance to work and save some to be able to pay for the care they give to our aging parents or helpless kin. Our gratitude to man’s ingenuity and natural compassion that enabled him to create nursing homes, the outside-the-home-care system that affords us to care and love as if we ourselves were there for our own.