As Winter Months Take Toll on Senior Citizens, Seniors Guide Encourages Families to Pay Attention

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Senior resource guide website provides articles to help in research and education, along with a list of options available for care in Cincinnati, OH; Dayton, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Raleigh, NC; Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA; and Richmond, VA.

Seniors Guide Magazine www.SeniorsGuideOnline.com

changes in cleanliness and personal hygiene are key factors in determining if there is a need for a move to an assisted living community, skilled nursing home or hire an at-home caregiver service.

To assist the growing number of over 34 million Americans that provide care to older family members, http://www.SeniorsGuideOnline.com offers care options for Senior Housing, Home Care, Senior Products and Services, as well as educational articles in their helpful information library.

Over the holiday season, US Adult Children visited with various aging family members that were either close by or out-of-state. Many traveled as far as the average of 1-2 hours away to see parents and loved ones, according to a report by the AARP.

Now that the holidays are over, American adults are enjoying the post-holiday calm while some are beginning their initial phase of research into care for a senior loved one. What can often spark the need for research are changes that were noticed while they were visiting for the holidays.

According to the article “Spotting Senior Difficulties at Home and When To Help” provided by SeniorsGuideOnline.com, changes in cleanliness and personal hygiene are key factors in determining if there is a need for a move to an assisted living community, skilled nursing home or hire an at-home caregiver service. Other signs are weight loss or weight gain; unopened bills or overdue notices; and out of date prescription medications.

Another helpful article regarding care is, “When Should a Senior Citizen Stop Driving?” which addresses the warning signs of unsafe driving along with guidance on talking to your loved ones about no longer driving alone.

Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Home Health Care will be heavily used, if not new topics of interest for a growing number of adult children looking into care options for their aging parents.

“Sometimes research into housing and home care options starts when an aging crisis occurs and there is a sudden need for assistance,” says Katharine Ross, Director of Publishing for Seniors Guide.

“Over the last couple of years, we have seen more decisions being made based on Internet research. Families and caregivers are doing more research online to find the right care for their loved ones,” says Ross.

58% of Americans in a poll done by the Pew Internet and American Life Project reported that they did their research online prior to making a purchasing decision. It was also found that Americans in higher income brackets do more online research than those in lower income brackets.

The Baby Boomer generation is educating themselves by seeking out online resources everyday. While many Boomers are still taking care of their own children as well as their aging parents, they are looking for assistance – and need to with ease to accommodate their hectic lifestyle. While some senior parents need more care than others, there are now more options of care available than ever. Along with different types of senior housing, there is medical home care as well as non-medical home care available –- also known as companion care. Most Skilled Nursing Homes also offer Respite and Rehab.

In a 2004 AARP report, it was surveyed that out of the 34 million Americans that provide care to older family members, 15% live one or more hours from their elderly loved ones. Those numbers have seen a steady rise over the last few years.

In a similar study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute years later, it was found that the number of adult children who provide personal and/or financial care for their aging parent had tripled over the past 15 years.

Adult children can find the right care for their aging parent at SeniorsGuideOnline.com, which offers resources to find local Senior Housing and Home Care, as well as articles to help educate and navigate through the process of helping to find care.

Seniors Guide, a Richmond, Va. -based company publishes Seniors Guide magazines throughout Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; and Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia and features a correlating website of http://www.SeniorsGuideOnline.com. Seniors Guide’s mission is to help seniors and their families find the information they need on options available in senior housing, senior care, assisted living, independent senior living, retirement communities and other retirement living needs. Seniors Guide also has resources at http://www.seniorproductsservices.com for Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Richmond, VA. Ross Publishing, Seniors Guide’s parent company, began in 1991 and has been publishing helpful, free publications and websites ever since.

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