What Are Crohn's and Colitus?

Helping you access toilets. 
What are Crohn's and Colitus? They are medical conditions affecting the bowel and GI tract. If you are unfamiliar with these conditions you may be surprised to learn they affect 1 in every 200 people throughout the United States, making them quite common. However, many people with these conditions often feel embarrassment and a reluctance to talk about them. What makes matters worse many health care professionals are unfamiliar with these medical issues as well. This makes it crucial that if you are a patient who has been diagnosed with either of these conditions, you should make it a priority to learn all you can. Here is what you need to know to answer the questions- What are Crohn's and Colitus? 

Using the Right Products to Increase Mobility

the most compact, portable, easiest open-and-close walker ever invented
 by Stander Mobility Products
One of the most common problems people have as they age is decreased mobility. Many seniors find it more and more difficult to get around their home and complete daily tasks. In addition, when the ability to move around becomes diminished safety becomes a concern. Decreased mobility can prevent seniors from safely leaving their home and being able to participate in needed social and other activities. 

Skin Care For the Incontinent

Anyone with incontinence
(or if you are a caregiver to someone with this condition),
should learn all they can about skin care for the incontinent. 
Anyone who is experiencing problems with incontinence is at greater risk for having skin problems. Skin is simply not meant to come in contact with urine and fecal matter for prolonged periods of time. This becomes even more crucial when a senior is dealing with this problem since aging skin is more susceptible to breakdown and infection when it comes into contact with urine and fecal matter. These skin issues are more likely to occur around the buttocks, hips, genitals, and the area between the pelvis and rectum (perineum), however, any skin anywhere on the body can be at risk. This makes it crucial that anyone with incontinence (or if you are a caregiver to someone with this condition), should learn all they can about skin care for the incontinent.

Joy or Duty? Regain the Fulfillment in Being a Caregiver

Taking care of anybody, whether it’s an elderly adult that needs help with day-to-day tasks or a healthy child, can be a stressful task. It doesn't matter if it’s a family member you’re caring for, or if the job is paid - the stress is equally difficult to deal with.

At the same time, the role of a caregiver is also incredibly rewarding. In fact, it was probably a very rewarding task when you first began. Over time, however, that sense of fulfillment can turn into a simple sense of responsibility, and one that many people grow to resent, even just a little bit.

Monitoring and Alert Systems for Seniors

Senior monitoring and alert systems
 are used in a variety of different settings.
Studies show one of the most pressing concerns for seniors is whether they will be able to stay in their own homes as they grow older. Most people want to be able to age in place and not have their independence affected. While this is possible for most people as they age, often times they may need some additional monitoring so caregivers and concerned family members can know they are safe. These concerns can range from falls in the home to having a loved one wander off and not know where they are. The good news is there is a variety of different monitoring systems which can help to make sure your loved one can still be at home but also receive help if they need it.

The Right Tools Can Help Ease Elderly Travel

 The right tools make travel more enjoyable.

by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

As nicer weather turns thoughts to travel and recreation, even senior family members can join in the fun with confidence.  

HELPFUEL INC. Starts a Family Caregiver Revolution

Be the best family caregiver we can be. 
We are here to raise awareness of what the family caregiver faces.

We are here to change the system so family caregivers can sustain themselves.

We are here to connect family caregivers and help them mobilize as a group to become empowered, educated and enlightened.

We are here to start a movement, to sound a thunderous call to be heard and to take the mystery out of a family caregiving. YOU will probably end up caring for a loved one in your adult life. We are here to shine the light on resources and encourage everyone to share their stories.