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Humour may not come across as an essential part of caregiving but laughter can help a lot in not only improving the mood and reducing the stress in the care environment but also creating medically proven positive health benefits. Caregivers may think that laughter may be disrespectful while caring for someone with a serious disease and struggle to find moments of humour. However, they should look at laughter as part of the care plan and must incorporate it daily into their interactions with seniors. We share a few tips.
Seniors consume a lot of medicine. Medication management is a critical aspect of caring for seniors. Wrong dosage is common and can be life-threatening. Caregivers should ensure that a proper system is in place and the medicines are organized and stored properly to reduce the risk of wrong or overdosage or adverse reactions. We share a few tips on medicine management for seniors and their caregivers.
Diabetes is a serious common disease among seniors. It can profoundly impact a senior's quality of life and requires changes in diet, regular exercise, medication and monitoring to manage. However, with proper care and discipline, its risks can be mitigated and the quality of life maintained. Here we share a few tips for managing diabetes for seniors.
As seniors age, their changing dietary habits and preferences can lead to a deficiency of essential nutrients which can cause many serious problems. The dietary aspect of seniors is often overlooked by families, physicians and caregivers as they focus more on their illnesses. Here we share a few senior nutrition tips on common dietary deficiencies and how to avoid them for seniors.
Providing quality companion care is a critical part of a caregiver's job. It helps seniors maintain their daily routines and independence with dignity and comfort, and has been shown to have a strong positive impact on their physical and mental well-being. Caregivers must understand what quality companionship entails and make sure that they make it a part of their daily caregiving routine. Here we share a few guidelines.
Caregivers need to practice self-compassion and take care of themselves. It will keep them healthy, avoid burnout and helps them provide better care of their elderly clients. In this article, we share a few tips on how caregivers can take better care of themselves.
Joint activities such as exercise, games, cooking, listening to music or art projects can help nurture the client and caregiver relationship. They help develop trust and friendship, which are vital for caring for a client. Once a client trusts a caregiver, they will allow a caregiver to enter their personal space and are more likely to accept care. We share examples of a few activities that caregivers can do with their clients to improve their bond.
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a serious chronic disease that can be fatal. Seniors are especially vulnerable to it. Care for high blood pressure requires constant monitoring, medical intervention and adjustments to diet and daily lifestyle. Professional caregivers can help seniors maintain the right lifestyle to manage hypertension and reduce associated risks. Here we share a few tips on how to care for seniors with hypertension.
Osteoporosis is a common disease among Canadian seniors and can lead to serious injuries. However, proper care, regular exercise, and a nutrient-rich diet can help mitigate its risks. A professionally trained caregiver can ensure that a senior makes and maintains the lifestyle changes needed to manage osteoporosis and reduce associated risks. We share a few tips on how to prevent Osteoporosis.

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