Care Giving Tips

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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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Promoting Good Habits for Disease Resistance

Promoting Good Habits for Disease Resistance

By Russell Simpkins / April 23, 2020 /

Our world is currently facing a tough time. By now, the Coronavirus needs no introduction. As of this writing, the infectious disease has impacted over 2500,000 people worldwide and has very sadly caused more than 175,000 deaths. As of April 23rd, there have been over 800,000 reported cases of the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19)…

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Ramping up the Importance of Keeping Clean During This Time of Self-Isolation

By Russell Simpkins / April 17, 2020 /

Stopping the spread of the coronavirus requires us to stay at home to self-isolate. It also involves practicing social distancing when we must leave home. For many, this new lifestyle is hard to get used to. Senior citizens, however, are having especially tough times right now. In many cases, they’re being forced to cancel or…

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3 Things You Need When Bringing Your Loved One Home To Age In Place

3 Things You Need When Bringing Your Loved One Home To Age In Place

By Russell Simpkins / April 3, 2020 /

In recent weeks, the Forward Day team has been receiving a lot of phone calls from people concerned about their elderly family members who are currently in nursing homes. The entire world is collectively battling the coronavirus pandemic. With self-isolation so highly encouraged to prevent the spread of the virus, those who have seniors as…

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Providing Proper Care For The Elderly While Contending With COVID-19

Providing Proper Care For The Elderly While Contending With COVID-19

By Russell Simpkins / April 1, 2020 /

As of March 17th, the CDC has confirmed 4,226 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Needless to say, it’s necessary for us all to take action in preventing the spread of infection. This is especially true if you are the caregiver of a senior. Older adults are most at risk of succumbing to…

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Respect The Privacy Of Your Elderly Loved One

How To Respect The Privacy Of Your Elderly Loved One

By Russell Simpkins / March 4, 2020 /

Your aging parents need you. It’s an interesting role reversal given the fact that they cared for you as a child and now it’s your turn to provide care for them. While the care you provide your folks is surely appreciated, it must be mentioned that it can be a hard reality to accept for…

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