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Taking Care of Elderly Parents

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Where Can I Find Elderly Incontinence Bed Pads? 
I'm learning a lot from all of you. Congratulations! Where I can find non disposable (washable) bed pads? Reply: Great question. Incontinence …

Stair Lift Rejected By Parents 
Briefly: Just had a stair lift installed for elderly parents. I ordered this with their knowledge and consent. Mom is 87 & Dad is 99; he has serious …

Donation of Equipment for Seniors? 
My father-in-law just passed away. He lived with us for two and a half years. We were fortunate to have home care for the elderly aides coming in to …

Will converting a folding walker from single to dual wheels improve stability? 
The wife uses a regular folding walker with single wheels on the front and skids on back. We see dual wheels on the front of walkers for elderly which …

Would Bed Rails for Elderly Help my Parent Get into Bed Unassisted? 
My 87 yr. old mother has no problem getting up and out of bed but when she tries to get back up into it she has tremendous difficulty. She doesn't …

Will a whirlpool foot bath help with elderly foot care? 
I'm worried about my mother's elderly foot care. Is a whirlpool-type foot bath advisable for a senior who cannot easily reach her feet for proper hygiene? …

Constipation in the Elderly 
My mother is 93 yrs. young and has been suffering from constipation in the elderly for 7 days, she is on medications for different reasons plus she also …

Cutting Toenails: Elderly Foot Care 
How can elderly people easily cut their OWN toenails? I'm worried about my mom's elderly foot care. REPLY from Caring-for-Aging-Parents.com: …

Assistance for the Elderly to Live with Daughter? 
My parents are living independently but are struggling on a combined income of $1,070 per month. They own their home but the upkeep is too much for them. …

Bathroom grab bars without screws? 
I don't like the suction bathroom grab bars - they fall off. I want a grab bar that does not have screws that will damage the tub. Any suggestions …

Do doctors really know about elderly nutrition? 
I have now been a caregiver for my elderly mother for almost ten years. I did a lot of research about supplements and elderly nutrition on my own. …

Are elevated toilet seats the answer? 
We recently heard that a lower toilet is preferable for certain toilet activities. I think that elevated toilet seats for the elderly are preferable. …

How to put a rollator walker into the car trunk? 
My mother uses a rollator walker but she struggles getting it into and out of her trunk. Do you have any recommendations to make this easier? …

Recovery from Dehydration in the Elderly 
My older sister is 80 and was recently in the hospital for dehydration in the elderly. She was vomiting everything, including water for almost a week. …

Phones for elderly with pendant emergency button? 
I am looking for a phones for elderly that will automatically dial an emergency number if I push a button on a necklace if I fall in another room. …

Could this be considered neglect/ abuse of the elderly? 
My 85 yr old mother in law has dementia and also has severe paranoid delusions. I don't feel she is suffering from abuse of the elderly so much as neglect. …

Preventing Pneumonia Elderly after a Scapular Fracture 
My 87 year-old father recently fractured his scapula when he fell in the middle of the night. He has very poor balance, and can't walk without a walker. …

Funding for home accessibility for taking care of eldelry parents? 
My parents are moving in with me, so I can take care of them and they can stay together. But my home is not wheelchair accessible for my mother. They …

Is Chest Pain a Symptom of Pneumonia Elderly? 
Is severe pain in chest only when coughing a symptom of pneumonia (elderly)? REPLY from Caring-for-Aging-Parents.com Thanks for your question, …

Help for Elderly out of Bed without Hurting Them? 
What is the easiest way to provide help for elderly grandmother out of bed without hurting her? Is there any kind of elderly safety strap or something? …

Help for Elderly to Get Out of Chairs 
My mom is 87 years old and has quite a bit of dementia. She still lives in her own home, but my brother and wife are living there with her. I've …

Is this Abuse of the Elderly? 
Bitter family members caring for our father with dementia are preventing siblings to visit. Two of my siblings living with my father (who has moderate …

Dehydration in the Elderly with Dementia 
My grandmother has dementia and we keep a close eye on her, but what would be a good way to keep track of her liquid intake (water) to make sure she does …

Elderly Safety in the Bath/Shower 
My mother is 82 years old and lives alone in an apartment. She is doing fairly well but is starting to worry about falling in the bathtub. She prefers …

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Food at Senior Community 
Would like to know how to word questions about food likes and dislikes and elderly nutrition. We live in a senior community and residents are always …

Help for Elderly Father with Alzheimer's who Wanders 
My father has Alzheimer's and we are taking care of him in our home. Are there any programs that provide help for elderly to identify people who might …

Alzheimer Symptoms in Elderly: Restless at Night 
My father has Alzheimer's and lives with us full-time. We have a paid caregiver during the day while we work but family is home with him at night. …

Financial Help For Being Caregiver For Elderly Father In Law? 
I'm currently looking after my 73yr old father in law. He's not allowed to be left alone so I stay and look after him. I'm not able to work and can't …

Is there equipment for seniors that will help my dad out of bed? 
My dad is 76 years old. He moves around pretty good but was telling me he is having trouble getting out of bed. Is there any equipment for seniors that …

Should we consider a chair lift for stairs? 
My mother and father have lived in the same house for over 20 years. They want to live there for as long as they can. They are both in their 80's, relatively …

Help for Elderly: Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing Reviews  
Does anyone know of a site that provides reviews of facilities (assisted living or skilled nursing) from a consumer/family perspective when considering …

Recovery in Pneumonia Elderly? 
Nine years ago my mother was due to be released the following day from routine knee replacement. She contracted pneumonia overnight and was not released. …

Help for Elderly Getting Socks On 
My mother is 78 years old and lives alone in an apartment. She uses a rollator walker and is fairly independent. I visit 2-3 days per week and help …

Difficulty Getting On and Off The Toilet 
My 83 year old father has difficulty getting on and off the toilet. He currently holds on to a towel rack and the bathroom counter. He uses a folding …

Transporting Food While Using Folding Cane 
What do you think about the use of a four wheeled cart/dolly by my senior parents to transport a plate of food from the microwave to the dining table? …

Seniors Caring for Pets; Is this normal behaviour or is it the start of elderly dementia? 
My mother used to be very particular about cleanliness. But in the last few years she lets any pets "do their business" in her apartment. She actually …

Help for Elderly for Grants or Funding for Scooters? 
Are there any grants or health coverage for scooters or other mobility products for the elderly in Saskatchewan Canada or Alberta Canada? It would …

Bath Suggestions for Elderly Dementia? 
We are caring for my aging parents mostly because my mother needed help to care for my father who has early to mid Alzheimer's. My elderly parents have …

Best Way to do Elderly Medication Reminders? 
My mother has been living on her own with no apparent problems, she was recently hospitalized and we moved her into a retirement community. She's …

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