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Addressing and Managing Chronic Pain for Seniors – Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Addressing and Managing Chronic Pain for Seniors – Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Chronic Pain is a concern that a great many seniors must contend with on a daily basis. Having to deal with persistent and sometimes debilitating pain can lead seniors to withdraw from activities and relationships, and to cease participation in elements of life that are enriching and important to them. A lot of seniors just accept pain as a part of growing older and don’t pursue support and treatment that could help them to address the issues they are facing, so it is important that caregivers and loved-ones remain attentive to changes in behavior so that they can encourage seniors to care for their health and incorporate treatment strategies that can help them to uphold better physical and mental health as they manage chronic pain. What is Chronic Pain? Chronic Pain, in contrast to acute pain, is pain that lasts for a prolonged period of time. This form of persistent pain is often rooted in a larger chronic condition in the body, but there are some circumstances in which no direct cause of pain can be identified. In these cases, the chronic pain is described as an illness in itself. Chronic pain can be overwhelming and can feel as though it is taking over seniors’ lives, but there are behaviours and treatments that can be incorporated to help provide some relief from pain and break the existing patterns of discomfort. Signs of Chronic Pain Many seniors tend to simply accept pain as a part of their aging process, and might try to just deal with it rather than seeking help. It is, however, important that seniors talk to a...
Having End-Of-Life Conversations with Seniors

Having End-Of-Life Conversations with Seniors

When it comes to our aging loved-ones, most of us don’t ever want to think about the fact that the seniors in our lives are at a stage where they are nearing the end of their lives. It often feels easier and more manageable on an emotional level to avoid conversations related to end-of-life arrangements in favour of just focusing on enjoying the present moment and the time that we do have left to spend in the company of our loved ones. While the desire to keep putting off end-of-life conversations is understandable, the reality is that having these conversations is absolutely critical for ensuring that the wishes and desires of our senior loved ones are carried out and honoured as they near the end of their lives. While opening a dialogue and having conversations related to end-of-life will undoubtedly be difficult and emotionally taxing for both parties, discussing choices, wishes, and preferences related to end-of-life is the only way to make decisions and arrangements in advance so that, when the time comes, everything is already clear and important choices have already been made that respect wishes, desires, and preferences. The results of various studies have indicated that seniors who engage in purposeful dialogue with their families and healthcare professionals are significantly more likely to be satisfied with the care they receive in the ending stages of their lives. Having all of the arrangement made in advance with seniors’ wishes at the forefront has also been shown to reduce the instances of depression experienced by their loved ones and caregivers. Rather than spending a great deal of time and...

ICYMI: Planning for Senior Care as a Family

Are you and your family having trouble making a decision about senior home care?  As we get older, and our parents age, we find ourselves in situations that require us to make choices that we never thought we would have to make.  Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton understands that independence is something many people value, and having the freedom to stay in your own home in the later stages of your life is desirable, but not always possible. In-home health care Deteriorating health and limited finances may lead some families to consider alternative home nursing care options for seniors.  In Ontario, we benefit from the provincial medical system for many treatments and doctor visits.  There are some services, such as physiotherapy, that are only covered by private benefit plans. Many cultures believe that keeping their elders in the family home is a natural thing to do, but more families are embracing this idea because of the variety of affordable in-home services are being offered. Some things to consider when your parent is moving in with you: What does your parent want? Does your mother or father have mobility issues? Can you modify parts or all of your home to accommodate them? Is there a medical condition that prevents your parent from being at home alone? Can you work from home or arrange for someone to be home at alternate times? Compare the cost of assisted living versus caregiver support in your home What are your parents’ health care needs, and can they be addressed at home? Consider your family budget and research service fees Assisted living for seniors Making...
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