The nursing home featured an incredible outdoor space complete with a resident-tended vegetable garden, raised flower beds with wheelchair access, large trees, and an overhead trellis full of hanging planters and climbing vines that provided ample shade.
While most senior living communities offer an array of programs and events, activities directors often work with limited budgets and are challenged to meet their residents’ varied abilities and interests. I was fortunate to have an exceptional nursing home close to my house during my caregiving years, and my parents, my uncle, my mother-in-law and even an elderly neighbor all resided there at some point.
Dear Carol: My mom had a lot of health problems in her life, so her prescription list is long. Yet, sure enough, after her last doctor visit, she got yet one more prescription. Now, just a week after starting this new medication, she’s fallen three times. She frequently fell before, so I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but this seems extreme. Could medications cause this? Is this okay that she has so many medications? – Worried About Mom’s Meds
Dear Carol: My husband is 76 and takes high blood pressure medication, but he's healthy otherwise. Lately, he’s begun to shuffle his feet as he walks. I try to remind him to pick up his feet because, well, it’s irritating, and it also seems like an “old people” thing to do. I realize that we are old, but we’ve kept up with things through our kids and grandkids and we both socialize and volunteer, so we’re considered young for our ages. This shuffling worries me because it seems to be a sign of worse to come. Am I overreacting? Is this something that he can change if he puts his mind to it? We haven’t noticed any other signs of worsening health. — TY.