Americans seem to look after their elderly better than we do

I can’t imagine an American ‘senior’ putting up with the second class  care that the NHS sometimes doles out.

Those of us with elderly relatives get into a routine, knowing each time we get the dreaded phone call “your mother has 

had a fall”, that we are going to have to sort out a lot of care.  Our local Trust hospital is notorious for short-changing wards when providing fewer nurses, meaning I have to go in at mealtimes, otherwise mother’s tray is whisked away without her being able to feed herself.

So when I get an email from the States, describing what care Jim found for his mother, I can only be jealous!

As he writes, “after spending time with my grandmother …. I am still amazed at how sharp she continues to be — and she’s been through plenty with breast cancer and then the loss of my grandfather. What worries me, though, is how she will fare as she continues to age. Like many seniors, my grandmother is contending with the issues that come up as we get older and have more limitations. But just because seniors have limitations doesn’t mean they can’t be prepared.

At Elder Action, we do our best to offer as many valuable resources as possible to seniors in hopes of helping them stay connected and maintaining a sense of control over their lives.  We try to share as much information as possible to help seniors continue to enjoy what life has to offer”  Then he goes on to list useful contacts.

These are designed for the States, but we can look and learn.

10 Pieces of Technology Seniors Should Embrace

15 Home Modifications to Make Aging-in-Place Safe

DIY Safety Tips for Seniors

Assisted Living Facilities: Tips for Choosing a Facility and Making the Transition

The Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer’s

Older Adults’ Health and Age-Related Changes

A Sobering Diagnosis: Coping with a Terminal Illness Diagnosis as a Recovering Addict

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide

These have been provided with much thanks to Jim Vogel

elderaction.org | jim@elderaction.org

2885 Sanford Ave SW #35235

Grandville, MI 49418

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