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5 steps for fall prevention: a guide for caregivers

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

The risk of falling increases doubles once an initial fall occurs. Sadly, most of us don’t even think about preventing falls before until it’s too late and a fall has already occurred. 65% of older adults with long-term care needs rely exclusively on family and friends to provide assistance. You may be in this category, which means it’s your responsibility to assess risk and provide solutions to prevent your loved one from falling. The good news about falls is that most of them can be prevented. Knowing the common causes of falls and providing solutions can help your loved one stay healthy and independent for as long as possible.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT WALKER OR ROLLATOR

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

Becoming an expert on a subject such as walking aids is something no one gets excited to do. Gaining such expertise means succumbing to aging and a probable decline in mobility. But aging is something that happens to everyone and finding the right walking aid can be the difference between comfort and safety. Educating yourself on walking aids requires a solid understanding of what someone needs. 

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STANDER’S TOP 10 FOLLOWS FOR CAREGIVERS

JULY 30, 2020

For most, the art of caretaking is a learned trade. Being a caregiver may never stop be overwhelming, but the amount of up-front learning and research that is required is exceptionally remarkable. Fortunately, there is a substantial amount of resources available online for beginners, intermediates, and expert caretakers alike. We have compiled a list of 10 of our favorite resources online that you should be following if you’re not already.

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HOW COVID-19 HAS CHANGED AGING IN AMERICA

JULY 17, 2020

Nursing home and senior living communities have long been a popular option for aging adults. There are a wide range of living community options for adults, depending on the type of care and level of activity that is needed. However, care facilities have recently been in the news as being a hotbed for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). According to AARP, surveys indicate that nine out of 10 people prefer to stay and age in their own homes.

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Q&A: WHAT IT’S LIKE BEING A PRIMARY CARETAKER TO AN AGING PARENT

JUNE 22, 2020

While in high school I watched my mom become the primary caregiver for an aging grandmother who had multiple serious health issues. I was able to sit down with her and ask real questions about what it is like to provide care to an aging parent. 

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FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR SENIORS

JUNE 16, 2020

Choosing a Father’s Day gift for an elderly dad or grandpa can be a difficult task. It can be hard to know where to begin, but with a little thought and planning you can find the perfect idea for your aging loved one.

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5 REASONS TO SHOP AT YOUR LOCAL HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT RETAILER

JUNE 10, 2020

Whether providing self-care or caring for another, the task can be demanding of time, energy, and resources. Fortunately, there are dozens of Home Medical Equipment (HME) products and caretaking skills that can be obtained to alleviate these demands while increasing patient safety and independence. 

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5 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE COMING HOME AFTER A FALL

JUNE 2, 2020

As much as we at Stander preach “fall prevention” we understand that for most, falling is not a question of if, but rather when. After a hospital stay or emergency room visit, returning home is often a scary and stressful experience for a caregiver. After a fall there will be new limitations and precautions that will need to be taken to ensure the safety and well being of the person who has fallen.

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PREVENTING DEHYDRATION IN OLDER ADULTS

MAY 22, 2020

Dehydration is a serious but often over-looked threat to the elderly. In fact, a recent study shows that 48% of older adults admitted into hospitals at emergency departments had signs of dehydration. As you care for an older adult, it is especially important to monitor their water intake and prevent them from suffering dehydration.

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SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE BEING A CAREGIVER

MAY 8, 2020

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has certainly changed our way of life. As we attempt to regain any resemblance of normalcy, it is important to continue practicing safety precautions to keep our loved ones healthy. This includes evaluating how we look after the older adults we care for.

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A TRIBUTE TO OUR FEARLESS LEADER

MAY 8, 2020

Traversing this unprecedented worldwide pandemic has been nothing short of a nightmare for the leaders of our countries, businesses, healthcare organizations and so on. The chaos and uncertainty have brought me to reflection on the life and leadership our “Fearless Leader” that we lost much too soon two years ago. 

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