About Disabled Friends
Welcome to Disabled Friends! Providing long term care to a senior or disabled loved one involves many challenges, and we found that there is a lack of resources available that cover all of the stages of caregiving. For this reason, we decided to start our blog and cover everything that a person needs to know to ensure that their loved one enjoys the best quality of life possible. From planning for care services after a hospitalization to learning how to navigate the different stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, you will find it all right here in our pages. The following topics represent just a few of the ways we strive to help caregivers and their senior loved ones, and it is our hope that you will find inspiration as well as relief as you read through our pages.
Identify Helpful Senior Care Services
Almost everyone starts at the beginning by trying to understand exactly what types of services are available for helping with eldercare. For some seniors, home care is ideal since it allows them to age in place while receiving services such as personal hygiene assistance that encourages better health. For others, long-term planning strategies may need to include more advanced types of care such as home health services or nursing home assistance. Either way, we outline all of the benefits of each type of care to help you decide which is best for your loved one.
Learn To Navigate Through Insurance and Medical Claims
Dealing with a serious health condition unfortunately requires figuring out complicated insurance policies while also trying to determine the best ways to pay for care. Here you will find information regarding the major types of insurance that are available to help those who are out of work along with the latest news concerning new policies that influence things such as Medicare. We understand that worrying about medical bills is an unnecessary stress for people with disabilities and their families so we aim to ease your anxieties by offering solutions that could help you along the way.
Find Out How to Help With Senior Finances
While medical bills are a huge issue for a senior’s finances, there are other things you can do to safeguard their financial security. For example, memory care services are an option that can ensure that your loved one does not suffer from the hardships of unpaid bills. We also discuss common financial scams and how to protect your loved one from falling prey to nefarious criminal activity.
Discover How to Encourage Independence While Promoting Safety
It is important for people with disabilities to be able to do as much as they can for themselves because it helps to preserve their dignity as well as their independence. Many new family caregivers are unaware of the many types of assistive devices and mobility aids that are available to help people overcome any challenge. From getting dressed using clothing aids such as button extensions and fasteners to utilizing walkers and wheelchairs for greater mobility, we have included tons of tips on how to help people with disabilities accomplish their activities of daily living safely.
Protect Seniors From the Dangers of Memory Loss
As time passes, little senior moments can become serious dangers for older adults with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. While brain training exercises can help preserve a senior’s cognitive abilities, there often comes a time when seniors need assistance with daily living. This is because behaviors such as wandering can place a senior’s life in jeopardy if they are unable to get to safety in harsh weather or tell someone whom they are if they get lost. While many family caregivers try to keep their loved one safe, it eventually takes a team of people to provide around the clock care that safeguards seniors from forgetting to turn off an appliance or leaving their house in the middle of the night. Our blog lays out all of your options so that you can prepare for the inevitable need for extended care.
Utilize Technology to Enhance Eldercare
Advances in technology have made it easier to provide care to those with disabilities. For example, Medical Alert systems allows those who live alone to have immediate access to help if they experience a health crisis, and trained operators can send the emergency authorities directly to the senior’s home. Medication dispensers, appliance shut-off sensors and smartphones are additional gadgets that we will tell you about so that you can streamline your loved one’s care plan.
We know that everyone hits a challenge at some point when they are caring for a loved one with disabilities, and it is our belief that it truly does take a full network of support to promote both senior and caregiver health. We love getting feedback from our readers so feel free to let us know your questions and how our blog has changed your caregiving strategies. As always, stay tuned because we are constantly updating with the latest information to help our disabled friends get the most out of life. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form!