As a caregiver, you can look for warning signs that show the senior adult in your care may be in an abusive situation. In an article called “Warning Signs That an Elderly Person is Being Abused” on AgingCare.com, they talk about what Elder Abuse looks like and what you can do. Here are some ideas of warning signs and what you can do to help if you see any of these warning signs as shared in the article:

What are the Warning Signs of Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse can take many forms. Here are some signs that there may be a problem:

  • Slap marks, most pressure marks, and burns or blisters (e.g., cigarette burns). Explanations that don’t seem to fit with the pattern of physical injury are also suspect.
  • Withdrawal from normal activities, unexplained change in alertness, or other unusual behavior may signal emotional abuse or neglect.
  • Bruises around the breasts or genital area and unexplained sexually transmitted diseases can occur from sexual abuse.
  • Sudden change in finances and accounts, altered wills and trusts, unusual bank withdrawals, checks written as loans or gifts and loss of property may suggest elder exploitation.
  • Untreated bedsores, need for medical or dental care, unclean clothing, poor hygiene, overgrown hair and nails, and unusual weight loss are signs of possible neglect.
  • If you have concerns about someone, trust your instincts. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Keep in mind that victims of elder abuse may be experiencing other problems and more than one type of abuse.

What Should I Do if I Suspect Elder Abuse?

You should call police or adult protective services right away if you suspect that an elder is being abused, neglected, or exploited. You do not need to prove abuse in order to make a report.

Most states have a toll-free hotline number that you can call to relay your concerns. To find your state’s number, go to the on Elder Abuse Web site at www.elderabusecenter.org and then click “Where to Report Abuse.” If you are concerned about a nursing home or assisted living facility resident, the long term care ombudsman also can serve as a resource.

To find your local long term care ombudsman’s office, call the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator at (800) 677-1116.

What Should I Expect When I Call for Help?

You will be asked to give the person’s name, address, contact information, and details about why you are concerned. You may also be asked for your name and telephone number, or some other way of contacting you in case the investigator has any follow-up questions. But most states will take an anonymous report if you do not wish to identify yourself. State laws protect the confidentiality of the person making a report.

Read the full article here.

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Caregiving can be exhausting physically and mentally – both for the caregiver and the one being cared for. As senior adults age and lose mobility and other abilities that used to come so easy to them, life can get frustrating. They need someone to advocate for them and care for them. Here are some simple tips for being an advocate for those you care for. We hope these tips will help relieve stress and anxiety from both you and the senior adult in your care.

  1. Be helpful and patient – Remember that there are many things those in your care used to be able to do, but can’t anymore. It’s very empowering for them to still have any independence they can. Offer help when needed, and be patient when they want to do things themselves – even if it takes longer than it would if you did it for them.
  2. Watch out for their health – When taking them to the doctor, communicate with the physician and nurses to let them know that you are the primary caregiver for this senior adult. Ask them to help you understand any information you’ll need to know to properly care for their patient. Help the doctors to know that they can trust you.
  3. Help with finances – We’ve gone more in depth on this topic in our article, Talking About Money With Your Aging Parents. Simply put, gently talk about the important issues in their financial life and reassure them that you have their best interests in mind.
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Is there anything more fun than having the grandkids over to visit? At the same time, however, there may not be anything more exhausting than having the grandkids over to visit. Those little bundles of energy can sure take a lot out of you – especially if you have limited mobility to begin with. We’ve compiled a list of fun games to play with your grandkids from the comfort of your recliner or chair with the help of our Assist-A-Tray.

  • Play Checkers, Chess, and other classic board games.
    Don’t have the game boards? Here’s an easy tutorial for a fun checker board that you could make with your grandkids and customize!
  • B-I-N-G-O
    Bingo with the grandkids can be great fun! This article suggests crossing off the numbers with a pencil, but you could add an element of fun by using M&Ms or another small candy to mark the bingo boards.

    Play-Yahtzee

  • Yahtzee
    Yahtzee is a game that everyone is sure to love – and it can help with math skills for grandkids of the appropriate age. Bored of the same old Yahtzee? Here’s an article with 7 different ways to play Yahtzee to spice things up a little!
  • Use face cards
    Here is a list of 10 kid friendly card games that can all be played with a standard deck of 52 cards.
  • Teach ‘em your favorites!
    Chances are, you’ve discovered a favorite game or two over the years. Teach your grandkids your favorite games and create memories to last throughout their lifetime!
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Hygiene and personal care is a private and intimate topic – one that you may not be excited to discuss with your aging parents. Understanding some of the underlying challenges and emotions about why it’s such a sensitive topic for them can be very helpful. Some of those challenges and emotions are depression, memory, lack of independence, and fear.

Our inspiration and goals for the products we create are to help senior adults rediscover their independence and overcome the fears of falling or getting hurt as mobility becomes more difficult. You can help a senior adult in your care find the ability to bathe on their own by positively encouraging them and installing products that will allow them to remain stable as they care for and bathe themselves.

View all of our Bathroom Safety Products here: http://stander.com/products/bathroom

Doris says: “I purchased the security pole with curve grab bar for my husband who has parkinsons. Due to his weakness and difficulty with transfers I thought this might be the answer. It has been a great asset in helping him stand from toilet and also from exiting the shower. He has been very pleased with the reassurance this security pole gives him.”

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The EZ Fold N Go Walker is the worlds most lightweight and portable walker for stress free traveling! It weighs less than 8 lbs, but supports up to 400 lbs; and with the lift of a finger, it folds 4x smaller than your average walker to quickly store in your car, shopping cart, the overhead compartment of an airplane, or discreetly by your side when not in use. Unlike traditional walkers, the Fold & Go can fit through narrow doorways and tight spaces; making it ideal for indoor use at home, while shopping, or eating at restaurants. It can adjust to fit anyone from 4’10” to 6’8”; and for extra convenience, it comes with an organizer pouch, and premium swivel wheels to maneuver in tight spaces. So whether you’re traveling the world, or simply running a quick errand, now you can enjoy the journey

Here’s what Jeri Holland has to say about the walker:

She’s not the only one who loves it! Here are more testimonials from some of our customers:

“I love it! So much easier to move faster turning corners with the front wheels that turn. I bought a cup holder immediately which works beautifully on it! I hope a design for a removable tray is in the works, then I will be able to use this in my house as much as when I go out!!!” – Maxine

“It is so much easier to get around, from what I had before . To take it with me is a snap, as it folds up easy to put in the car. Yes I’d highly approve of others purchasing it.” – Betty

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While the bathroom might not be your favorite place to spend your time, it can be a good place to relax and take a long bath. Everyone should feel comfortable using their bathroom without fear of falling. January is National Bath Safety Month. Today, we want to talk about the likelihood of injuries in the bathroom and products that can help prevent those injuries.

According to the CDC, approximately 234,094 bathroom injuries occur each year – 80% of those are fall-related. (source) Bathrooms can often be slippery, cluttered, dangerous places where it’s easy to fall and get hurt. Keeping your bathroom floor clean and dry is a good step toward preventing falls. Another way to prevent falls is by installing grab bars and poles that help improve mobility around this potentially hazardous room.

Our Security Pole & Grab bar is a customer favorite. It’s a tension mounted pole that can make it easy to get on and off the toilet and in and out of the shower or bathtub. The Curve Grab Bar has 4-Handgrips that make it easy to climb to a standing position – and because the grab bar rotates 360 degrees – you can move the grab bar out of the way when not in use. And like all our products, it blends in with your home to offer extra support without intruding on the comforting feeling of your home.

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Whether you love the idea of New Years resolutions or not, making goals and deciding to be healthier is always a great idea – whether in January or June. Today, we’re sharing this great list of 10 Healthy New Years Resolutions for Older Adults from HealthyAging.org.

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After a little bit of online research, we learned that St. Nicholas was born in 270 AD (source), which would make Santa 1,743 years old this year! Thanks to the magic of Christmas, magical reindeer, and helpful elves, Santa is able to get around the entire world in one night – talk about mobility!

Today, we wanted to showcase a few “magical” products we’ve created. They may not be quite the mobility magic that Santa experiences, and most of us don’t need to travel around the entire world in one night, but these mobility products can be very helpful for every day travel and mobility.

  • “Sleigh Caddie” Our Car Caddie makes it easy to get in and out of your sleigh… or car. It’s simple to attach and adds extra support on any side of the vehicle.
  • “Fold-N-Go Reindeer” Okay, so the Fold-N-Go Walker isn’t much like a reindeer at all, but it does make a great companion for traveling and getting around! It’s the worlds most lightweight and portable walker. It weighs less than 8 lbs, but supports up to 400 lbs; and with the lift of a finger, it folds 4x smaller than your average walker to quickly store in your car, shopping cart, the overhead compartment of an airplane, or discreetly by your side when not in use.
  • “The North [Security] Pole” Our Security Pole won’t actually help Santa around the world in one night, but it would help him with his bathroom breaks along the way. The Security Pole makes it easy to stand from a couch, bed, or toilet. It’s tension mounted, so you can place it anywhere in the home without any screws or bolts. And like all our products, it blends in with look of your home to increase your independence without intruding on the comforting feeling of your home.

From all of us here at Stander, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy (and Independent!) New Year!

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“There’s no place like home”, right? But when your body starts to function differently, falling becomes a major fear, and getting out of your armchair becomes your biggest cardio effort – staying in your home can become challenging. When your older parents and loved ones reach a point with less mobility, small changes can make a large difference in allowing them to stay mobile in their own home and keep them from needing to move to a care center.

“The ability to bathe and cook are two areas that can directly extend the months or years people are able to age in place. Too many seniors in the program had been taking “birdbaths,” Szanton says, standing at the sink and washing whatever they could reach. Eventually, this practice could have medical ramifications. Many adults in the study admitted that bathing properly again was a major goal, Szanton says, and grip bars, secure floor pads and shower seats helped make that possible.”
– Gary Drevitch in an article for Forbes

There are many tips and tools that can help – like getting grip bars as talked about above, a mobility rail for the bedroom, cleaning up cords and items on or near the floor, and even walkers or canes.

Betty, who uses our Fold-N-Go Walker says “It is so much easier to get around, from what I had before. To take it with me is a snap, as it folds up easy to put in the car. Yes I’d highly approve of others purchasing it.”

You can help those you love stay independent by helping them get the resources they need and helping their home they love become more comfortable and accessible.

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The Holiday season is such a fun time of year to spend with family – and it’s always great when the grandkids come to visit! We’ve collected some great ideas for Christmas activities for you and your grandkids. Many of them can be done in the comfort of your own home and require very little mobility.

  • Read Christmas/Holiday stories together. There are so many great Christmas stories and books. If you don’t have a collection of your own, you can visit your local library or buy a few from this list on Amazon.
  • Build gingerbread houses! Get creative with those little hands. Many stores have kits you can buy that have everything you need to build a great candy clad house. Not a fan of gingerbread? Graham crackers are also great for building houses. Don’t forget to let the little ones steal some of those building elements here and there.
  • Make ornaments. Here’s a list of 15 simple tutorials for making ornaments with kids: http://www.todaysparent.com/family/activities/17-ornaments-kids-can-make/grandkidornaments
  • Bake Christmas cookies. Who doesn’t love grandma’s cookie recipe, right? Teach your grandkids the little tricks to perfecting those sugar cookies and let them use their creativity to frost and decorate their tasty treats.
  • Make a music video with the “whole family”. Elfyourself.com allows you to upload five faces on elf bodies and make them dance to fun holiday songs. You could spend hours with your grandkids choosing which silly family faces to put into the video.

What are your favorite ways to celebrate the holidays with your family and grandkids?

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