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Assisted Living & In home care

One of the major concerns of old age is to be able to continue to lead a normal healthy life of dignity, in the privacy of what we call home, and the liberty to make personal choices. This idea of a free and safe retired life is most often threatened due to lack of awareness, support (financial and otherwise) and resources, and at a time when we are the most vulnerable.

The situation is one of the most difficult ones to be in, and is equally unpleasant for family members of the senior citizen. The most difficult question near ones face is to decide where to keep the senior adult that ensures safety, round-the-clock care, along with a helping hand at day-to-day activities. While many of our older family members may not need support 24 hours a day, there are the more aged members of our families (like the ageing grandparent) who may need to be looked after at regular intervals and may need help with every little activity. One option people try is assisted living, because it seemingly sounds perfect, with a promise of ‘assistance’ to the aged al through the day and night. However, before you take such a decision and move your dear one away from the familiar surroundings of his or her home, research carefully. It is necessary that you know the reality of assisted living facilities, and what exactly you should expect from such arrangements.

Let us first understand who is assisted-living meant for. Put simply, it is a facility meant for ageing adults who find it difficult to live independently, and want to opt for an economic way to avail senior care. So assisted living services are mainly used by senior adults who need assistance with daily activities but are not in need of constant medical treatment. As such, these facilities are supposed to be equipped with caregivers and amenities that help senior adults socialize, share facilities, and live a dignified life as a community.

In reality, most assisted living facilities become a place which hosts multiple ageing adults, each with unique needs. With age, they get more demanding, and their need to be taken care of increases. Added to that, is the setback of separation from family, the familiar surroundings to live at a place away from what they called their home. This itself is a situation which can be a challenge to deal with at this late stage of life.

One of the major drawbacks of assisted living is lack of personal care. Even if there are caregivers to attend to the routine needs of the residents, each ageing adult has some unique and specific needs which seldom get met. Ageing adults have different nutritional needs and fitness support requirement. The same equation may not fit them all, and as a result they may cause deficiencies and difficulties which remain unnoticed. While most inmates become frail and weak with age, and need a hand with physical activity, some need a constant reminder …


Make Bathtime Easier for Kids with Sensitivities or Sensory Issues

Some kids love bath time and enjoy splashing in the tub and playing with their favorite floating toys. But other children dread bathing. For these sensitive kids, the water is always either too hot or too cold, or frighteningly intense as it sprays out of the showerhead. They may be agitated by the sounds, smells, and lighting in the bathroom, and may be very particular about the texture of the towels. If your child balks at getting clean, here are some tips for making bath time more enjoyable.

If your toddler hates the bath, start small. Place your naked child in a dry bathtub along with a dishpan or plastic bin filled with warm, soapy water (have another one filled with warm water nearby, for rinsing). Let her use bath toys, a washcloth, and soap to play with, and perhaps provide a doll that she can wash. Wash your child using the soapy water and rinse with the water from the other container. Or, bathe her in a plastic tub-within-a-tub. (Never leave a child unattended in the bath.).

Fill the tub with the bathroom door closed. Some children find the sound of rushing water filling the tub irritating and upsetting. Try filling the tub with the door closed and don’t bring your child to the bathroom until the bath is ready.

Make the bathroom a quiet haven. Bathrooms are often echoey. If your child is sensitive to sharp, harsh sounds and echoes, place plenty of towels and rugs in the room to absorb these sounds.

Change the way you rinse his hair. Many kids hate having their hair rinsed because they have to lean their head backward, which can feel awkward. Have him lean forward so that his face is downward while rinsing (a tear-free shampoo is a must). Use a visor, washcloth, or goggles to prevent the water from flowing down his face and into his eyes.

Alter the temperature. Let your child regulate bath or shower temperature, within reason (be careful with small children who are tempted to adjust the faucet by themselves). For safety’s sake, set the temperature on your water heater to a safe maximum level. Then too, you can have your child take a bath or shower after others in the family do so that the room is already warmed up. You might want to warm up the towel in the dryer for a few minutes, too.

Provide different textures. Some kids find soap and shampoo unpleasantly slimy but love soap that’s foamy. Your child may prefer to wash with a rougher or softer washrag. Experiment with a nylon net puff, body brush, shower mitt, or bath sponge to see what he tolerates best. Rub him vigorously with a towel or pat him gently and hold him tightly, whichever feels more comforting to him after his bath.

Watch the artificial ingredients. Some children react badly to artificial colorings not only in foods but in bath soaps and shampoos as well. If you suspect this is …