There comes a time in every senior’s life when they may not be capable of caring for themselves the way they once could. If dealing with disability or disease, a senior needs special care from someone who is patient and able to assist them with their needs. For some seniors not being able to use the restroom or bathe on their own can be frustrating. It can be equally difficult on the senior’s family. You want to take care of your parent, but have other responsibilities like work and children. If your parent is in need of special care, reach out for assistance.

Doing the research to find a person who will be patient and sensitive to the senior’s needs is of the utmost importance. Luckily, some insurances cover senior care and offer great plans. In some cases you may not have an insurance that covers senior assisted living. It may be a good idea to search for a caregiver on a reputable website that offers multiple options that fit your senior’s specific needs.

The following are some good resources to look into: This site offers a number of resources, including childcare, housekeeping, and even dog sitting. The site allows you to create a membership profile to search for the right caregiver that will fit your specific needs. You can run a background check on possible caregivers and ask for their references. The site also offers practical advice and resources to help you find the perfect caregiver for the senior in your life. You can find a caregiver and pay easily and conveniently. The application process is thorough, but offers the best service to find the most appropriate helper for your senior. The caregiver goes through a screening process that includes state nurse’s aide registry and driving history check. This site not only offers resources for finding the best caregiver for seniors, but it also offers insurance advice, practical daily living solutions, and support groups for caregivers and families.

Determine the senior’s specific needs

Research is the first step. The second step is to determine what your specific needs are. How many days a week will you need a caregiver? What specific needs does the senior have that might require special help? Does the senior have a medical or special needs? You want to find someone who is certified and trained to handle the senior’s needs. Professionalism is the number one thing to look for. You want a caregiver who will be present and patient. You want to avoid drama.

Once you find the right caregiver, you can plan a good schedule that will make life easier for the senior in your life. Sit down with the caregiver and let them know your expectations. Create a clear schedule that will inform the caregiver what his or her duties are. Elderly life should be a peaceful and restful time. As a daughter or son, or family member, you want to make the senior that you love feel safe and secure. Provide them with a positive and peaceful environment where they will know they are well cared for, loved and appreciated.


The process of coping and overcoming  a disability can be a daunting task, and is often one of the most  challenging points in a person’s life. When I look at my father standing out in the porch, laughing while he swings my daughter around in his arms, it is difficult to imagine that just a few years ago we thought we were going to lose him while he battled diabetes. To add to all of our distress, he had a major wound eating away at his limbs. As I look at him now, happiness glowing on his face, it takes a lot not to cry.

Disabilities Are an Inherent Part of Life

Disabilities are an inherent part of life. As we get older, it is only normal that certain parts of our body would start to fail. When that happens, we start to lose the ability we have to do certain things. It is essential to readjust our lives around this and learn to cope. This is easier said than done. When my father was diagnosed with diabetes, it should not have come as a shock; it is a disease that is easily managed. However, the unfortunate part was that he was diagnosed after a large injury to his calf refused to heal. Over the space of a year, the injury crept upwards until we had to decide if we needed to amputate his entire leg. In all of that while, we watched grimly as my father lost his joy and passion for life. Visiting him at the hospital meant looking at his gaunt face and ravaged leg; this hurt so much more than anything my family had ever faced.


The first stages are mostly for acceptance and preparation. The more accessible everything you need is, the more comfortable you will be. You should organize yourself properly, especially in the early days of the disability. Note which arrangements will need to be made. Some of these arrangements should include: Being sure that you are covered monetarily-this may include filing appropriate documents for worker’s compensation, handling legal issues, dealing with hospital bills, and preparing for future expenses, such as rehabilitation. Most immediately as you prepare to head home after the hospital, be sure to get all your necessities close to you, making provision for your toilet and bathroom needs, and arrange for transportation.


It definitely helps to have family and friends around you at times like this. You should be patient with people when you are coping with a disability; no one can benefit if you are irritable and rude. My father was very irritable in the first few weeks after the amputation, but he eventually began to turn around and that was when the healing could really begin. However, if you notice you are irritable to people, do not beat yourself up for it. It is expected, you are not exactly at your happiest and your loved ones will understand. Keep in mind that having a more positive mindset will help a thousand-fold. One of the most important things to note when coping with a disability is the ability to smile. Once you can do that, the rest comes easy.


Remember to exercise often, even if seems counterintuitive at the time. It is easy to give up on exercise when you are overcoming a disability. Exercise not only keeps your body fit, but your mind also. You also win over your body when you exercise. Do not give into the temptation to let your body waste away. Whatever exercise you are able to manage, it is a victory. My father began a process of rehabilitation that also involved plenty of exercise. In time he overcame the pains of his disability. Looking at him now, so much joy on his face as he swings his grand-daughter around even from his wheelchair, makes me realize how tough but how rewarding overcoming a life challenge like this can be.

What helped you overcome your disability? What was your biggest challenge?