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7 Tips For Staying Safe in the Sun for Seniors Tag: family support

Seniors in the sun

With the summer, comes glorious sunshine, but with that also comes the need for everyone to ensure they stay safe — and especially that they protect their skin so that they can make the most of the weather in comfort. 

This is even more important as we get older, as the risk of developing skin cancer increases, as well as other risks such as skin aging and eye damage. 

To ensure you’re well protected, read this list of the best tips and techniques for staying safe in the sun this summer. 

How to Help Combat Loneliness Tag: family support

The last two years have thrown a lot of issues into the spotlight—including a number of things that people are often reluctant to talk about, and loneliness is one of the most important ones.

We know that many of our customers are older, and more at risk, and for these people, the last two years have often been difficult when it comes to isolation and being separated from friends and family. What’s more, as we get older, and mobility and independence become greater concerns, it can be hard to see people as often as we’d like, contributing to a feeling of loneliness. 

Not only does loneliness greatly affect our mental health and well-being, but these effects can also take a toll on our physical health. Luckily there are a number of steps you can take to help counteract this problem, some of which we’re going to explore in this post.

Tips for Seniors to Cope with the Cold This Winter Tag: family support

Winter suburbs

As the colder winter draws in, and we move into January, it’s important to know how to care for yourself and your loved ones. These colder temperatures, and the unpredictable inclement and severe weather, can be especially difficult for seniors, who often have trouble regulating their body temperatures and are more susceptible to colds and other illnesses. 

Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to help make things easier for seniors throughout the winter, which we’ve detailed in this post. 

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet Tag: family support

For many older adults, mobility limitations, health issues and low energy can keep them from the social engagement they once enjoyed. Especially in seniors who live alone, social isolation can lead to loneliness, depression and poor physical health. Pet therapy has been shown to benefit seniors by improving depression and anxiety symptoms, increasing self-care, and even improving heart-health. It turns out giving and receiving unconditional love is literally good for your heart!

If you find yourself needing a little companionship, you might consider adopting a pet. A dog or cat is the perfect roommate that won’t take up all your space or independence and will provide you with comfort and something cuddly to look after. If you do decide to adopt a pet, here are a few things you should do to get prepared for the new experience, to make sure you are ready to handle the responsibility of a new pet. 

Accessibility Tips For Hosting Guests Tag: family support

Old woman in yellow shirt with walker

If there’s one thing we’ve all learned over the last 12 months, it’s how much we can come to miss the small joys of hosting guests. But regardless of whether you’re hosting someone from your core bubble, or planning a visit for when restrictions are lifted, if you have a family member or friend with accessibility needs, there are certain steps you can take to make their experience that much easier. This is especially important if they’re going to be regular visitors to your home. 

While you might not be able to fix or accommodate every need for accessibility, at least informing visitors of the situation can help alleviate unexpected stress. 

How To Look After Your Wellbeing During A Period Of Self-Isolation Tag: family support

Person looking out of window from inside house

For the most vulnerable in society the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t just presented a health risk - the self-isolation it’s required has also taken its toll on their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

That’s why we’ve created this post, with a guide to some of the activities, practices, and general advice you can follow to help lift your spirits if you’re in a period of extended isolation.

A Guide To Buying A Pediatric Wheelchair Tag: family support

Pediatric Wheelchair

For any child, mobility and independence are hugely vital, both physically and emotionally—something that remains true even if they need assistance with mobility. This is what makes pediatric wheelchairs a vital resource, and an important decision for any parent.

To help, we’ve compiled this guide for what to look for when buying a pediatric wheelchair. 

Aids To Daily Living Tag: family support

There are aids designed to ensure your daily life is safer and easier for you, all while allowing you to maintain your independence. Concern over whether or not they will be able to carry on living in their own home is usually one of the first things we hear from our customers. This is often complicated by the change in mobility and needs that comes with aging.

Thankfully, there are a wide variety of products that are made specifically for these circumstances, and we can help you find exactly what you need in order to make your daily routine easier.

Working With Occupational Therapists Tag: family support

Occupational Therapists review the Activities of Daily Living Simulation Suite at the University of Salford. Photo credit @salforduniversity on Flickr.

One of the most common things we hear from our customers is, "I just don’t even know where to start!"

Disability can be very overwhelming for yourself and loved ones. You want to live in your own home for as long as possible, but you also want to be safe and secure. Occupational therapists are there to make that happen for you.

An occupational therapist is trained to assess your abilities, disabilities, home and environment, and your personal specific needs. And don't worry, this can all be done free of charge!

Registered Disability Savings Plan Tag: family support

Credit @teegardin on Flickr.

The Registered Disability Savings Plan is a federal tax-deferred savings program. The plan helps parents of disabled dependents increase their savings for long-term financial security, but is highly under-utilized, primarily because most branch-level financial institutions don't have enough information about it.

This is very unfortunate, as the money in an RDSP can really add up if it is used to its full potential. Learn more about the details here.