Fullerton, CA (PRWEB) July 11, 2005
If you are caring for an aging family member or friend, you are not alone! It is estimated that 80% of all care received by seniors is provided by family members Â spouses, children, grandchildren and other relatives. During any given year, more than 50 million people provide care, and demands placed on a family are likely to escalate, affecting nearly every American family.
Today, Full Circle a member of the largest network (The SeniorÂs Choice Network) of independent businesses providing non-medical companion services to seniors, announces ten tips for summer to assist family caregivers:
1)Make sure your loved one drinks 6-8 glasses of water a day as dehydration can be deadly and always make sure the home has proper ventilation or air conditioning.
2)DonÂt let seniors wait in the car while you run errands. Cars heat up quickly (even faster in summer months) to oven-like temperatures and seniors are very vulnerable to heat.
3)Always keep plenty of prepared fresh fruits, vegetables and nutritious snacks in the house because many seniors don't like to cook for themselves, but if there is good food to nibble on, they'll still be eating healthy.
4)Leave your contact information and emergency phone numbers near every phone in the house, and remember to update them should anything change.
5)Keep a list of all medications, dosages and times to take them, as well as a list of all the senior's medical conditions posted on the refrigerator door. DonÂt forget to update it whenever the doctor makes a change.
6)When planning a vacation and leaving a family member at home, be sure to have a neighbor or friend stop by daily, and twice a day if they can.
7)While traveling, donÂt forget to call home every couple of days and send postcards from points of interest. Seniors appreciate the help of friends and neighbors but it doesn't take the place of contact with the ones they love.
8)Arrange for your loved one to get to regular activities (through a friend or companion service even in your absence) because they do not want to sit at home all day when they could be out doing things they enjoy.
9)Make sure you understand your family memberÂs beliefs, wishes and philosophy about life and death. Know where all the important documents are when the need arises.
10)Spend time talking with your loved ones, not just about the weather and current events, but about their lives and record the information for other family members. This will leave a beautiful legacy and provide a host of memorable experiences that will not only enrich the seniorÂs life, but yours as well.
For more information, please contact Toni Cunningham, President of Full Circle, a subsidiary of Y-BE Headquarters, Inc. at 714.447.4680 or Ms_Cunningham@fullcircle4seniors.com.
About Full Circle
Providing dependable, affordable and high-quality companion care, Full Circle is part of the largest network of independent businesses that offer in-home, assisted living for the elderly and the only to boast the Certified Companion Aide, CCAÂ® program. We are Proud to be a member of The SeniorÂs Choice Network. Full CircleÂs professional caregivers provide numerous services including meal planning and preparation, errands, incidental transportation, laundry and light housekeeping, allowing seniors to remain independent for as long as possible. Additionally, our staff on a weekly basis organizes community outreach programs for seniors, and Currently we are offering to Assisted living facilities and/or Nursing homes, Community Center and Hospitals our FREE Fall Prevention Workshop.
For more information, please contact Toni Cunningham, President of Full Circle, a subsidiary of Y-BE Headquarters, Inc. at 714.447.4680.