Monday, March 10, 2014

Questions You Need To Ask About Assisted Living

So it has come to the point where questions regarding the need for additional assistance are being introduced. This is often a difficult and emotional situation, but it must addressed. It is important to remember that just because your loved one is aging, it doesn't mean that they can't live a happy and fulfilling life. With that in mind, here are some of the more pertinent questions that you must address.

What is Assisted Living?

At the time when your aging loved one can no longer satisfactorily attend to their daily needs, some assistance may be required. Assisted living doesn't necessarily mean joining a senior community or “being put in a home” as most people fear. Any aid, medical or otherwise, can also be provided by in-home health care agencies. Omaha, NE seniors are therefore given the choice to either enter a senior living community or be cared for in their own homes.

What services will be provided?

This all depends on the needs and abilities of your aging loved one. Services can range from simple housekeeping to specific medical care. A proper overall assessment is key to identifying what services might be required.

What is the most important thing to consider?

It is all about the caregiver. No matter what assistance is to be provided, the skill and knowledge of the caregiver should be the primary consideration. The health and safety of your aging loved ones must be assured by their ability to handle any situation that may arise. It is also quite important that the elder requiring this assistance feel at ease with the caregiver as they will be working together intimately.

Considering assisted living for your loved ones is a big step. It is important to ensure not only their health and safety but also the degree to which a high quality of life can be maintained. That is the best kind of senior care Omaha home health care agencies can provide. Looking beyond the medical and practical and seeing and caring for the person who is in need of the assistance.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Fun Activities for the Elderly: A Guide for Comfort Keepers

Omaha senior living doesn't have to be all drab and boring. What better way to spice things up than with a daily excursion? It is no secret, though, that there are some activities the elderly won't be able to participate in or enjoy. So when planning your senior's day-out, be sure to find activities that they will enjoy without too much physical exertion.


Be it at the beach or at the pool, swimming is a great activity for any day’s vacation. Senior or not, everyone appreciates a refreshing dip. The water provides excellent support when moving about so it shouldn't put to much strain on knees, hips or backs. If it’s a trip to the beach, however, make sure that they are up for a walk through the sand, since that could cause mobility issues.

Open Mic Night. 

 Doing a lot of walking around isn't always a senior's idea of fun. Usually they like activities that involve taking it easy, but that doesn’t automatically mean that it can’t be a fun excursion. How about having an open mic/karaoke night? It's fun and entertaining and it won't take a lot out of the elderly participants.

Catch a show. 

Be it a movie or a play, or any performance for that matter. It is interesting, entertaining and doesn't require a lot of walking or moving around for that matter. It is also a great way to learn more about the culture of a place. At the same time, it stimulates the mind improving alertness and mental acuity.

They may have gotten along in years but it doesn't mean that our elderly loved ones don't want to get away now and again too. Everyone needs a change of pace, a change of scenery. To enjoy the best senior care in Omaha, seniors deserve a trip now and then. Be it just a weekend getaway or a trip that lasts a few days, you'll find that our enthusiastic seniors are up for it!