Care Giving Tips

3 Ways To Put A Smile On Your Elderly Loved One’s Face

3 Ways To Put A Smile On Your Elderly Loved One’s Face

By Russell Simpkins / March 3, 2021 /

With March now here, we are rounding out an entire year of living in a pandemic-burdened world. We’re certain you join us in hoping that, by the end of 2021, we’ll have left coronavirus safely behind us. Until this crisis is over, however, it’s important we do all we can to remain healthy. It’s also…

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Providing a Safe Bathroom for Loved Ones With Physical Challenges

By Russell Simpkins / January 20, 2021 /

It’s important to do away with stereotypes about those with physical challenges. Just because a person lives with a disability, it doesn’t make him/her helpless. In fact, the majority of people with mobility issues have learned to live with their impairments as if they aren’t impairments at all. This doesn’t mean, however, that they couldn’t…

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Putting Elder Care at the Top of Your New Year’s Resolutions List

By Russell Simpkins / January 8, 2021 /

Happy New Year everyone! On behalf of everyone at Forward Day, we would like to wish you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2021. We imagine you join us in being hopeful that this year will see the end of the pandemic. With health and safety at the forefront of our minds, it’s important to…

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Finding Fun and Safe Ways to Enjoy a Pandemic-Impacted Holiday Season

By Russell Simpkins / December 23, 2020 /

The Forward Day team would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As 2020 draws to a close, we can’t help but think about what a tough year it has been for all of us. Needless to say, COVID-19 has impacted our lives in ways we never imagined.…

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What Are the Best Holiday Gifts for Your Elderly Loved Ones?

By Russell Simpkins / December 8, 2020 /

It’s an exciting time of year! Even despite COVID-19, Americans are gearing up for the holidays. Arguably, there’s never been a more anticipated start to the holiday season. With 2020 having been so rough on all of us, most people likely can’t wait for a reason to celebrate their annual traditions and get a new…

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How to Ensure Your Wheelchair Is Always in Proper Working Order?

By Russell Simpkins / November 25, 2020 /

Keep your wheelchair in tip-top shape is of paramount importance. Safety, of course, is always a primary concern. Just because you are seated in a wheelchair, it doesn’t mean you are immune to mishaps. It’s vital that your wheelchair is regularly maintained and serviced, when necessary. What are some of the steps you should take…

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The Importance of Warm Water for Elderly Bathing

By Russell Simpkins / November 17, 2020 /

It goes without saying that regular bathing is a necessary part of maintaining proper hygiene. Being clean helps you to avoid the onset of illnesses as it keeps germs and unhealthy bacteria at bay. Furthermore, it just feels good to be clean, doesn’t it? With that said, it’s important to point out that temperature matters.…

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What Is Needed to Ensure Comfortable Aging in Place?

By Russell Simpkins / October 30, 2020 /

According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, there are 1.4 million Americans living in nursing homes. Only 15.5 percent of those individuals are younger than 65 years of age. The majority of them – 33.8 percent – are between the ages of 85 and 94. Naturally, many older adults require assistance with everyday living. However,…

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When It Comes To Bathing, Temperature Matters

By Russell Simpkins / October 14, 2020 /

We all have our preferences. Some people prefer hot and sunny days. Others like cooler temperatures. When it comes to bathing, opinions also vary. There are those who greatly enjoy hot and steamy baths. For others, cooler bathing experiences are best. Ideally, a person’s bath temperature should be just a few degrees higher than his/her…

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Making Your Wheelchair Use An Always-Comfortable Experience

By Russell Simpkins / September 30, 2020 /

Health experts recommend that we don’t remain seated for long periods of time. It’s important to get up and get some exercise, they say. For many wheelchair users, such advice can’t be followed. Because of their mobility issues, they must exercise in other ways. Naturally, safety is a must. And, in addition, being comfortable is…

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Personal Hygiene Upkeep Is Necessary for Healthy Senior Living

By Russell Simpkins / September 15, 2020 /

Caregivers of older adults know how important it is to safeguard their homes. Ensuring that there is nothing to trip over, insisting upon healthy meals, and using mobility solutions are all ways to maximize senior safety. Keeping clean, however, is also of major importance. There are many reasons why personal hygiene upkeep is necessary for…

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Keeping Your Elderly Loved One With Dementia Safe During Bath Time

By Russell Simpkins / September 3, 2020 /

According to Markus MacGill on MedicalNewsToday.com, approximately 4.7 million people aged 65 years or older, in the United States, live with Alzheimer’s disease. He goes on to mention that the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80 percent of all cases of dementia. Dementia, of course, is synonymous with forgetfulness. Do you live…

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Safeguarding Your Bathroom to Avoid Injury

By Russell Simpkins / August 18, 2020 /

“Elderly members of your family who may have mobility and balance issues are especially susceptible to bathroom injuries,” reports American Home Shield, “According to the National Council on Aging, one-fourth of older Americans fall each year. Further, a senior dies from a fall every 19 minutes.” Bathroom safety is something none of us should take…

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The Importance of Giving Thanks to Your Aging Parents

By Russell Simpkins / August 6, 2020 /

The elderly deserve our admiration. In far too many cases, our older generation is met with “they’re too old for…” rhetoric. And while it’s true that senior citizens often contend with balance, strength, and mobility issues, it doesn’t mean they deserve any derision. In fact, they deserve the exact opposite. Our loving support and respect…

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What Are the Most Common Barriers to Aging in Place?

By Russell Simpkins / July 22, 2020 /

For many older adults, aging in place is a much-preferred living situation than living out your days in a long-term care facility. “Old folks homes” are especially undesirable given the current coronavirus pandemic we’re all enduring. Sadly, such living facilities are known to have tough battles with COVID-19 cases and deaths. Naturally, most Americans would…

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The Art of Keeping Seniors Safe During Summer’s Hottest Days

By Russell Simpkins / July 9, 2020 /

The State of California is known for many things. Without question, the heat is one of them. While our state provides us with year-round warmth and sunshine, it’s especially important to be mindful of the heat during the summer. That goes double for seniors. Our elderly loved ones are more susceptible to heatstroke and heat…

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How to Make Bathing an Experience Seniors Look Forward To?

By Russell Simpkins / June 25, 2020 /

For many seniors, bath time is not a fun time. This is especially true if they suffer from limited mobility and/or issues with balance. A bathroom is a place where many slips and falls occur. So, naturally, finding ways to prevent slips and falls is vital to a senior’s safety. What can you do to…

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How to Protect Your Wheelchair From the Summertime Heat?

By Russell Simpkins / June 11, 2020 /

On June 20th, the summer season will officially be here! It’s not that we need don’t already get plenty of heat and sunshine, here in California. But there truly is no season like the summertime to thoroughly enjoy it. Wheelchair users enjoy the summer just as much as anyone else. However, they have to be…

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How Can I Honor My Elderly Parent’s Privacy While Providing Care?

By Russell Simpkins / June 5, 2020 /

If you’re the caregiver of a senior citizen, you know that getting privacy isn’t an easy feat. That is true for both yourself and your care recipient. You both deserve a little alone time. So how do you go about it? It’s your job to provide care. Can you honor your elderly parent’s privacy while…

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Has COVID-19 Impacted How People Bathe?

By Russell Simpkins / May 1, 2020 /

By now, we’re all very well aware of the importance of keeping clean in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. For many weeks now, we’ve all been reminded to wash our hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Preventing the spread of infection is best achieved by keeping our…

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