What I Learned About Home Healthcare And How It Can Help Your Family

About a year ago, I spent Thanksgiving with my in-laws as is the custom, but I, along with nearly everyone else at the get-together noticed that my mother-in-law was very quiet, ate almost nothing, and seemed out of it. Now, the entire family is having to cope with what ended up being an Alzheimer’s diagnosis & having to decide when home healthcare might be the best option with which to go. In short, it’s been a helluva change.

At first, the family was at a loss for what to do with the diagnosis. Some were shell-shocked and other were angry. When it came to my in-laws (Ma & Pops), they didn’t see the need for any alarm and didn’t think that there was anything wrong. Unfortunately, one phone call changed everything, and all of a sudden, everyone had to spring into action.

My brother-in-law went over for a check-up visit, and saw that my father-in-law fell, hurt himself pretty badly, and was laid-out unconscious. After seeing his dad in this state, he panicked at what might have happened to his mom. It turns out, she wasn’t aware that anything had happened or that her husband was in any danger. Things had certainly changed.

Now, our lives are filled with physical & electronic calendars at everyone’s homes noting doctor’s appointments, divvying out who takes the in-laws out for groceries and other errands (they aren’t allowed to drive anymore), and finding ways of trying to keep things as normal as possible for a situation that is anything but normal. The problem is that when you think things are moving in the right direction, you’re quickly given a dose of reality. Between major health scares for my brother-in-law & an increasing severity in Ma’s degradation, everyone is at or near a breaking point.

It’s here where home healthcare has become an incredibly important topic for all of us. We’ve come to realize that there are a number of agencies in the area that provide services, but they aren’t all the same. As such, if you’re thinking about home healthcare for your family, make a list of the specialities & needs that have to be addressed by a prospective home healthcare service provider. This way, you can narrow down your search. It’s also been important for my family to make sure that the agencies we look at put an emphasis on independence for those being cared for.

Ma & Pops are retired educators with decades of experience, multiple degrees (Dr. Pops to be specific), and have been married since the early 60s. They’ve made a successful life based on hard-work & grit. In fact, Pops still mows his own lawn & he’s 81. Being able to maintain independence for them is essential to the whole family, and it’s something you definitely need to keep top of mind.

Finally, the one thing I’ve learned about home healthcare is that it does more than just help those being cared for – it helps everyone. Therein lies the most important part of finding the right agency. We’re still making things work right now, but now that we’ve started the conversation about home healthcare, everyone seems a bit more relaxed & confident that we can make the right call when the time’s right. Every family is different, so if your family is thinking about home healthcare, have a plan, be patient, and take heart in knowing that things will be OK.

Reasons Why Travelling Is the Best Hobby

Going on a road trip, exploring new places, cuisines and learning the culture does rivet you, right? Then yes, travelling is indeed your hobby. You are a wanderlust and seek adventure. Travelling is fun and at the same time rejuvenating too. It enriches the soul. We leave a tiny part of us with our travel diaries and learn more about ourselves. Travelling might be an addiction to many of you and world tour the biggest dream so congratulations you are on the right track because travelling is certainly the best hobby. Let us delve into it more and see how:

1. It lets you appreciate the beauty:

Why do we love to travel so much? Because we long to behold the beauty of nature then be it a mountain or an island or any old city. It lets us appreciate the finer aspects we lack in our daily mundane routine.

2. It ignites the creativity:

Most of the poetries, songs, paintings and in short an art form is defined by beautiful places and destination. You discover myriad places, people and culture which causes you to write or paint. Travelling is a boon to the creativity. The more you travel to places, the more refined shall be your art.

3. It helps you grow as a humane:

Travelling solely or in a group teaches a great deal of things. It carves you into a better human. You learn to interact with people and know their stories which impact on a greater level. Travelling and adventure lets you open to new possibilities. It even helps you to combat your fears.

4. It provides haven for food lovers:

Tired of eating the same old things daily? Well not at all because you travel. You learn new cuisines, tastes and suddenly you want to know the recipe. Ever happened with you? Food lovers are same globally. We live for food and new variety is more of like heaven on earth for us.

5. It lets you enjoy solitude:

Although you are travelling in groups yet travelling does let you enjoy your own company. It is soothing and seldom the inner talks are beneficial for a lot of problems we are confronting in our life. It teaches you to love yourself.

Never got a chance to chalk out a plan and travel toy your favorite destination out of the routine? What are you waiting for? Make things work out, pack your bags and head to the place, pronto because travelling is the best.

How Is Life Review Therapy a Way to Bring Transformation?

Sharing memories take you on an adventurous journey that helps you relive the moments of past. The idea of sharing memories has now become a therapy to treat concerns such as depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Life review therapy is a way to achieve a sense of peace or empowerment about one’s life. It is often confused by the term reminiscence therapy which is slightly different from it. On one hand, people describe a memory while on the other hand people tell what that memory means to them.

This therapy may not be for everyone but helps a certain group of people to look back into their lives with a different perspective. There is no particular theme for the therapy but it usually revolves around childhood, education, friendship, parenthood, working years etc. You may be asked to bring souvenirs including music, photos, letters, possessions, or even family trees that can help you sketch your story with each minute detail and embellishment.

Life review therapy can be done for various purposes such as therapeutic, educational, and informational. Talking about therapeutic, it is useful for the people to dig deeper into their lives and discover the hidden purpose. Older adults suffering from diseases like Dementia, Alzheimer, depression, anxiety or those diagnosed with a terminal condition and are facing the pain of the loss of loved one can be benefited by this therapy. Secondly, Educational purpose; students these days are asked to talk to their parents and grandparents about their past life and experiences that have taught them various lessons in life for a better understanding. Lastly, informational purpose; sharing memories help to carry forward the family traditions and culture to the coming generations.

Life review therapy is related to ego integrity and despair. Some studies revealed that life review interventions promoted ego integrity and enhanced psychological well-being in older people. These studies showed that life review improved personal meaning, increased life satisfaction, increased self-esteem, and promote adaptation of older people. In addition, studies also revealed that life review interventions prevented despair in older people.

On the contrary, people who have had a miserable past may have ill effects of this therapy as it may bring back all the bad memories associated with one’s life and take them on to a painful trip. There is a platform that has been working for the well-being of older adults by treating them through Life review therapy which they keep conducting on a regular basis individually or in the groups. The advantage of having a group therapy is that you feel light sharing your memories and become strong after listening to other people who might have an entirely different experience. Seniors who would love to share their life experience can do that as well. Because each person has got a story to tell that can empower not only himself but also the person listening to it.

LifeBio is a platform that captures life stories and helps people publish biographies using an online system and journals. Reminiscence therapy is one way they help older adults to stay happy in their life.