Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Important Things To Consider When Caring For An Elderly Relative

Important Things To Consider When Caring For An Elderly Relative

Share/Bookmark

Caring for a loved one who is already, or at least getting, old can be extremely difficult. There is an awful lot to consider in terms of how you, as the carer, are actually going to manage the care and if there are any other care options that might be better for your loved one.

important things consider caring for Important Things To Consider When Caring For An Elderly Relative

Here are just a few tips, mixed in with some important concerns that you should most definitely consider before making your final decision about care for your elderly relative:

1. Looking after their finances

This is one of the most important things to consider since it can have a huge effect on the state of their care and also your own life, if you choose to be the carer. You will need to take a long hard look at all their finances before making your final decision on what care your loved one is going to have.

Their finances need to be in order, so this might take some initial work on your part. You will also need to know what their wishes are in the event of any emergency concerning their health and you need to check they have made their Will. After all, they may not want you to care for them; they may prefer the idea of a home.

You cannot go against their wishes, although this may also depend on what they can actually afford. Help will be available from your loved one’s local authority, depending on certain assessments into your relative’s health. If you do decide to take on the care yourself, you will also need to check your own finances are in order and that you can afford to take on another mouth, as well as all the responsibilities that come with being a carer.

2. Make sure you can give them a familiar and social environment

One of the most crucial things to know when taking on the care of an elderly person is to know how important routine is. You’ve got to think about how they have been living their own life for years and now suddenly everything has changed for them. It can be scary.

They might be moving into your home, where everything’s different and they might end up feeling a lot less secure. To combat this, you can make sure they are in a familiar environment by making sure they have their very own space, with all their favourite goods around them.

It is also important to make sure they are not secluded. Even if your loved one can no longer get about as much on their own, such as going for walks and meeting their friends, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to. It’s important for you to organise a bit of social time, at least once a day so they can interact with others and there is a bit of variety to each day.

3. Caring for them physically

When you are deciding whether or not you can be their carer, you really need to think about how sympathetic and empathetic you can be. Sometimes, you will just need to get on with certain tasks and for both of your sakes, not spend too long thinking about what you’re doing, such as personal care, which can be very difficult.

It’s crucial that you can keep your body language positive when you are caring for them. Reading body language is something even the smallest child can do and is almost innate in human nature, so even if your elderly loved one has difficulty communicating, they will still be able to pick up on negative body language, such as clenched fists or uncomfortable expressions.

A smile always goes a long way, so it’s important to accept that you will need to be able to cover up any negativity and make sure your body language doesn’t give anything away since this will only upset and concern your loved one.

4. Caring for them emotionally

Being a carer is not only a physical task, it is often a very emotional one too. You will find certain aspects hard because you love them and it is incredibly hard seeing someone you love in a state where they can no longer help themselves in the way they used to.

However, in addition to all the emotions you will have building up because you find it sad, difficult and upsetting seeing them in their current state, you will also have a ton of other emotions that will build up in response to your job as a carer.

The caring profession is not easy. Carers often have to have the patience of a saint since caring for the elderly can be very frustrating and repetitive. You’ve got to be able to keep your emotions in check at all times when caring for an elderly person, otherwise you risk treating them differently because of your mood, which is extremely unfair.

5. Continue to treat them like an adult

Many people take on the care of their elderly loved ones; however, this doesn’t mean they’ve all had training in the caring profession. Sometimes this doesn’t matter, other times it really does.

For instance, a common mistake made by those who have not had any training is to start treating their loved one as they would a child. You should never do this. Not only is it incredibly patronising but it is also quite disrespectful.

If you want to be their carer, you’ve got to do it right, or use a home care agency in Barnet. It’s the very least they deserve.

Laura writes for Extra Mile Care Company. When not writing, she can often be found caring for relatives–elderly or not.



Tags: , , , , , ,


Relevant Articles




Planning An Event Here Are Five Important Things You Should Do First

Planning An Event Here Are Five Important Things You Should Do First

Share/Bookmark

planning event Planning An Event Here Are Five Important Things You Should Do First

For every event, planning is important. But even that planning requires a good measure of prior preparation. And, this is why, we have given five important things you should have in place, in order to have a smooth and successful ahead.

1)   Set a timeframe

planning event1 Planning An Event Here Are Five Important Things You Should Do First

This is THE most important part of every event planning process. Setting a timeframe means having a clear roadmap and setting achievable goals throughout the course of the duration. Moreover, giving yourself a deadline leaves you with enough of time to not only achieve every task on the list, but also identify problem areas and troubleshoot effectively. Thus, giving you enough time to create a backup plan as well as bring everything together without a single glitch.

2)   Don’t lose sight of the goal

planning event2 Planning An Event Here Are Five Important Things You Should Do First

Yes, we agree that the whole process of planning and putting everything together and doing a good job at it can be very chaotic. But don’t let it get to you and don’t lose yourself in the storm of things to do. No matter what happens don’t lose sight of the ultimate goal. Don’t falter in the quality. Right from the first step to the final day, your goal should be to pull off an amazing event, as opposed to “let’s just get done with this thing”.

3)   Make a list

planning event3 Planning An Event Here Are Five Important Things You Should Do First

No matter what the scale of the event is, a list of things to do and things you’ll need is the ultimate life-saver. Event planners across every niche and level find a list to be their trustiest companion and most failsafe weapon. Start by identifying the tasks that are on top of your mind and require immediate attention. Things like the venue, catering, vendors, sound system, invites etc. should form the first half of the list. This should obviously be followed by the smaller yet crucial details. Once you start putting the list together, everything else falls into place on its own. Do this, and you’ll never regret it.

4)   Finish the bigger and tougher tasks first

planning event4 Planning An Event Here Are Five Important Things You Should Do First

Leaving the bigger part of the task list for the end will also end up leaving you in a very sticky spot. Moreover, these are often the easily noticed details and if left unattended, can spell disaster for the whole event. The most efficient event planners get to work on the large and tricky details as quickly as possible. The sooner you get done with it, the easier it will be to run through every aspect of the event and be less stressed when the big day nears.

5)   Delegate

planning event5 Planning An Event Here Are Five Important Things You Should Do First

A lot of things go into making an event a grand success, and even the smallest details go a long way in creating significant changes. This is why, it’s always good to delegate. Plus, you may be good at planning the event, but there’ll always be someone who can take care of the finer details better, and make the whole thing easier and bearable for you. Delegation becomes important especially when it comes to big groups and events that require great attention to detail and a high degree of precision.

6)   Take it easy

planning event6 Planning An Event Here Are Five Important Things You Should Do First

At the end of the day, remember that Murphy’s Law is always at work. So, whatever has to go wrong, definitely will, and despite pulling all stops there’s nothing you can do about it. All that matters is that you have an open mind, to take every glitch in your stride and have fun. It’s the mistakes that make you a successful planner and the enjoyments make you a cooler one.

Planning an event is no rocket science; all you need to do is be patient and go about the whole thing step by step.

This post has been contributed by Arnold Rebello, who is an employee at Visual Concepts in Calgary. His hobbies include experimenting with food and travelling to different places.

Photo Credit: image 1 image 2 image 3 image 4 image 5 image 6 image 7



Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


Relevant Articles




The Most Important Photos You Will Ever Take – And How To Make Them Great

The Most Important Photos You Will Ever Take – And How To Make Them Great

Share/Bookmark

In the modern digital age we take arguably more photos than ever before. Whereas once we might have taken photos only at special occasions, then had to wait while we sent those photos off to be developed, we can now take photos wherever we are and at the drop of a hat. You’ll take pictures on the go of days out in the park, and you’ll take them when you see a nice view go by when you’re on the train.

This is of course a good thing in that it allows you to document your life more and to keep more memories. You’ll be able to flick through those memories and really relive whole periods of your life, and you’ll be able to pick your favourites to display in any number of ways – whether it’s on your walls or your Facebook profile.

However it also has negative consequences, making pictures much more throwaway and disposable. While they were once rare opportunities to capture a moment that you would stage and maybe even dress up for, they are now things you do quickly and easily on a whim and then archive often never to see again. Using your phone even rather than a professional camera, you can now just point and click and capture a moment with no thought and with little concern over the quality of the final image.

Some events still deserve proper care and attention in your photography. Here we will look at which ones those are and how you should go about making sure that you do them justice.

Your Wedding

most important photos The Most Important Photos You Will Ever Take   And How To Make Them Great

Your wedding is one of the biggest events in most of our lives and it’s an event that has a hugely visual quality. You will have spent thousands of dollars and weeks of your life choosing and decorating the venue, and you’ll have given just as much attention to the way you look. This is also one of the rare occasions when all your friends and family will be in one place and it’s really an important day to remember. Hire a professional wedding photographer and listen to what they say so that they can take some beautiful pictures of your beautiful day.

Holidays

most important photos1 The Most Important Photos You Will Ever Take   And How To Make Them Great

When you go on holiday you will probably be experiencing a different country and a different way of life. Likewise, you will once again be forming a special memory where you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself and where you will spend lots of time with your loved ones.

The secret to good holiday photography? Make sure that you or someone you know are in most photos (otherwise it could just be a postcard), take the time to arrange the shot composition to create depth and drama, and take a good camera with you. Then delete about 30% of the pictures you take…

Babies

most important photos2 The Most Important Photos You Will Ever Take   And How To Make Them Great

When you have a baby you’ll want to document the moment and capture their youth. Partly you’ll do this because you’ll be so excited to have a new member of your family, but it’s also a good idea for posterity so that you can blackmail them in later life. Make sure not to take too many that are the exact same though (don’t expect people to care if you do) and make sure that you take the same number of pictures when their sibling comes along.

Today’s guest post is by Arnold Parker; he is an ace photographer and specializes in wedding photography. A creative person by nature, he has a keen sense of aesthetics and often indulges in painting as a hobby.

Photo Credits: image 1 image 2 image 3



Tags: , , , , , , , ,


Relevant Articles




10 Reasons Why Conversion Rate Optimization is Important

10 Reasons Why Conversion Rate Optimization is Important

Share/Bookmark

A lot of people visit your website as a direct result of doing SEO. But how many of them actually stay in your website for a long time? Many people usually come to a website and if they don’t get their desired information then they just leave the page within 10-30 seconds. Conversion rate actually refers to those people, who visit your website, stay in there for a while, participate in the sales tasks and completes the goals. If you own a business website then you must have kept a lot of sales and buying options in your website. The visitors who doesn’t act like the most of them; doesn’t just stay on your website like sitting ducks but participate in the sales; are an idea of the conversion rate. When it comes to online business marketing, Conversion Rate Optimization is nothing less important than SEO.

Why are they important?

Here are 10 reasons for you to understand the importance of Conversion Rate Optimization.

1.    You’ll get higher profit

All businesses want to earn higher profit from every market, including the online ones so that they can invest more and increase the profit margin from the online market. If you have a higher conversion rate, then your profit level will surely rise as they are directly related.

2.    Reaching the upper edge is easy

Competition is important in business and with higher conversion rates, your products will be raised over your competitors. In most cases, reaching the upper edge helps to clinch the competition. Through the CRO competition, you can get more people to receive your services.

3.    Online marketing is becoming competitive

More people are into online business now and that’s why the competition level is now high. If you set your sail for higher conversion rates then it will get you the more customers and keep you a step ahead in the business.

4.   Know what your consumers what

In businesses, it’s important to know consumer demands, your business lives on them. And when they’re on your website, they give you information without even knowing. Track which products are the most clicked ones, you understand which one is the hot cake.

5.    Cost goes down

Business over internet is highly cost effective. You save money from promotion to sales, everywhere. Even CRO won’t cost you much but the outcome it brings is high.

6.   User experience gets better

You get to know more about your product or service consumers while you do your business in internet. Once you provide exactly what they need, their user experience only gets better.

7.    Revenues – you might not see them coming

If you work hard for conversion rate optimization, you will get customers from different corners of the cyberspace; revenues as well.

8.   No/less advertising expense

Like I said before, when the business is online – you save the whole advertising cost.

9.   One step ahead in the competition

Proper implementation of CRO will always keep you one step ahead in the competition and brings you more revenue.

10.   Efficient Planning for your business

If everything goes right with conversion rate optimization then your profit earning will reach the highest peak, and the extra revenue will bring you more cash. With more liquid cash in hand, you can make efficient future plans for your business.

So, have you now understood the importance?

conversion rate optimization 10 Reasons Why Conversion Rate Optimization is Important

Photo Credit: Barbara Galbraith (CC BY 2.0)



Tags: , , , , ,


Relevant Articles




How Important is Print in 21st Century Education?

How Important is Print in 21st Century Education?

Share/Bookmark

New technologies are being utilised in classrooms worldwide; leading to the next evolutionary phase in the learning experience. It is not uncommon now to hear of whole classes being given iPads to use as an interactive learning tool instead of a textbook – or even using eBooks to download English literature reading for class etc. However, what does this mean for print in the classroom? It is becoming extinct, seen as a waste of trees? This article investigates how important print is in the 21st century classroom.

Tablets versus Textbooks

The American government, publishers and heads of the technology industry are all currently trying to make public schools invest in tablets on a massive-scale. However, is this just a sales move; or could it do a wealth of good?

The FCC states that every year about seven billion dollars are spent on providing school children with textbooks in America. The truth of it is even though such an expense goes on these textbooks; on average they are seven to ten years out of date. Experts say that not only will tablets save money in the long run, but will improve the education experience. Experts state that three billion can be cut by investing in Tablets, and will only get cheaper as technology progresses.

Application

So how much more effective is a digital experience on a tablet, than a physical one from a textbook. A test was conducted by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a high school in California where students were either given a digital version of an algebra text book or a print one. The study revealed that the students which used the digital version of the text book scored on average twenty percent higher than the ones using the physical text book. The success of the digital learning experience can be put down to interactivity. The digital version of the textbook contained different mediums of media, audio, video, graphics and built in tests. Students found it more motivating and engaging than staring down a physical textbook for information (something we can all relate to).

Pre-School

In 2012 a study was conducted using three to six year old children, examining the difference between eBooks and print. The study was held at NY hall of Science’s preschool. The parents of the children read the print book together, and then the eBook (half basic eBook, half advanced). The study revealed that the advanced eBooks were distracting with too much going on, ‘non content related interactions’ taking place. Also, it was revealed that both kinds of book (print and digital) supplied a good learning experience, providing more ‘engaged’ parents and children (63% of parents found both types of media helpful).

In conclusion, the future of print in education doesn’t look too promising; especially when the alternatives are proving to be educationally beneficial. However, perhaps it is a little too soon to make a drastic change to classrooms; there is still a lot to be learned about how we can adapt new technology to make the most of it.

This report was carried out by PrinterInks ink cartridges; the online store for cartidges from leadings brands, such as Dell, Samsung, Xerox, Brother and Epson.

education How Important is Print in 21st Century Education?

Photo License: Creative Commons image source



Tags: , , , , ,


Relevant Articles