As your loved one gets older, you may be considering hiring an in-home caregiver to avoid assisted living, so your loved one can remain in an environment where they are most comfortable, surrounded by the house and familiarity of possessions they cherish while they’re safe and healthy.

Did you know that April is National Gardening Month?!

 

It may come as no surprise, as many areas in the U.S. are beginning to see warmer weather this time of year.

 

One of the best hobbies for seniors is gardening. Whether you like sprucing up your flower beds, planting seeds for a veggie patch, or you’d rather stick to indoor plants, gardening can be a great way to stay active, healthy, and maintain a sense of purpose as a senior.

 

If you’re worried you don’t quite have a green thumb, no problem! Below is a list of some of the hardiest plants to grow, no matter where you choose to grow them!

The warmer days have officially circled back…Spring is here! As the cold diminishes and the days get longer and warmer, you may be feeling energized by this change in the weather. This is a great opportunity for you to get outside and take advantage of the warmer days. Keep reading for ideas on how you and your loved ones can enjoy the outdoors this spring together!

No one really wants to think about what will happen after they pass away, but many caregivers are put in those situations when their loved ones begin to age. Ideally, your loved one should have already prepared a will or an end of life wishes document, but not everyone does.

 

If you are the sole caregiver of an aging loved one, it’s helpful to know the process of how to ensure your loved one’s wishes are met when they are no longer able to tell you themselves. That’s when you may need to think about end-of-life care, or hospice, as well as planning around those challenging times and providing respite to yourself too. Caregivers often suffer from burnout, because caring through an elderly loved one who can no longer care for themselves can be a full-time job, and it’s exhausting. Many family caregivers may still have their own jobs, lives and children to look after, so finding time to take care of yourself is important too.

 

Family caregivers are often also tasked to make those tough hospice, or end of life decisions for their loved ones, and it can be overwhelming. Below, we are going to offer you some tips on how to plan for end-of-life care, so that you can be as informed as possible when the time comes that you will have to make those decisions for your loved one to ensure the highest possible standard of care.

 

Keep reading to learn more.

It’s no secret that it is getting colder, especially here in Western North Carolina. The snow, ice and cold temperatures can make life challenging for anyone. Those slippery sidewalks and in general cold weather can caused a wide range of injuries and illnesses, especially for older folks.