A collection of post to provide valuable information to caregivers and provide tips that will help in day to day care.
As a family caregiver in Anchorage, AK, we bet you can think of a variety of ways to finish that statement – with things you’ve always dreamed of doing, but put in the back of your mind until you have the money, means or time to pursue them. But what about senior family and… Continue reading
Think about this possibility: your 90-year-old mother, who lives in her own home alone, fell recently, cracked her pelvis, and is being released from Alaska Regional Hospital today. Leafing through her discharge papers reveals the need for medications, physical therapy, medical follow-up in several weeks, and a number of symptoms to watch… Continue reading
There’s no emotional roller coaster quite like the one ridden by family members providing home care in Anchorage AK for an aging or chronically ill loved one. In fact, very few if any emotions don’t come into play at one time or another during caregiving – and sometimes, the full spectrum of emotions… Continue reading
Since moving away from each other, you’ve made it a point to call Mom every weekend, no matter what. After catching up on the week’s news, she always reassures you that yes, she’s eating well, taking her meds, getting plenty of rest, and doing perfectly fine.
However, seeing her in person over a long weekend… Continue reading
As people age, it’s natural to experience changes. This is especially true in older adulthood. Aging adults can be faced with changes in physical and mental health, independence and mobility, and social connections and relationships, to name just a few. For many seniors and their loved ones, these changes are often experienced as losses and… Continue reading
Every 13 seconds and older adult is treated in the emergency for a fall related injury.
Falling is the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for elderly Americans. But aging doesn’t necessarily mean that your older loved ones have to fall. There are certain risk factors that you can look for that will… Continue reading
At 1:30 am on January 24, 2016, most of southern Alaska was jolted awake by a massive 7.1 earthquake. This was the biggest shake we’ve felt since the Big One in 1964.
Most people were able to find safety and thankfully there were no injuries reported. But, for many seniors with limited mobility, finding… Continue reading
Your parents or other loved ones are aging and you are starting to see signs that they need help. What do you do?
Nearly 90% of seniors say that they want to stay at home as they age. But, you are likely aware that isn’t as simple as it sounds. If it’s time to have… Continue reading
The holidays should be a time of gathering together with joy and love. But for many families, large gatherings can be stress inducing and a cause for months of anxiety. An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, and this disease affects their whole family.
We believe that every family should be able to celebrate… Continue reading
Many of us are lucky enough to be in a loving marriage or partnership that has endured over the years—through all the ups and downs. Yet, aging can present its own set of challenges in a marriage and it is very important that couples have the tools to face those challenges in a healthy way.… Continue reading
Halloween is a fun time for most kids and their parents. Well, after The Perfect Costume has been found anyway. The candy, costumes, and over-stimulation of the day is what makes many kids love the day.
But for a growing portion of our community Halloween can cause undue stress and anxiety. Elderly loved ones… Continue reading
It goes without saying that when you are in a caregiving relationship, you are likely treading in personal territory—emotionally and physically. Providing meaningful support to someone can be very rewarding, but it also requires a healthy understanding of boundaries and the development of positive behaviors for both the person providing the care and the person… Continue reading
Midnight Sun Home Care doesn’t just provide in-home care for seniors. We are also a resource for family and loved ones of those that need care.
Sometimes, choosing to care for a loved one all on your own isn’t possible, but you still want to do some of it yourself. No matter the level… Continue reading
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.-Mark Twain
The idea presented by Mark Twain is what most of us see the elderly community utilize as the backbone to their thought process. In all actuality it does matter, no matter your age or respect level. It is important… Continue reading
Being the addict is never the hardest part of an addiction. It is being the love one watching the addict suffer from their affliction. Addiction is much harder to overcome than it is to be caught in its grasp. The great writer, T.S Eliot, once said “It is never too late to be what you… Continue reading