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From the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, to the beaches of Hawaii, there is so much to see in the world. Now that you’re retired, you finally have time to take a trip and enjoy the world. If you’re not sure where to go, here are a few ideas to get you started: Niagara Falls Niagara Falls is a huge tourist attraction in both the United States and Canada. With waterfalls on both sides of the park, there is a wide variety of paths, tours and things to see. Daily Women Talks recommends visiting in September because that’s when the Niagara Falls Wine Festival occurs. The park is accessible to the disabled with wheelchair-accessible paths, and there are a limited amount of wheelchairs available at the Visitor Center upon request. Also, be sure not to miss The Maid of the Mist tour, so you can see the falls up close. Alaskan Cruise Alaska’s rugged beauty is not for the faint of heart. This is why it’s best to see it from a distance. An Alaskan cruise can open your eyes to the beautiful wilderness. While on the cruise, enjoy fine dining, late night movies, shopping malls, pools and more. Watch the sun glint off azure waters and snow-streaked mountains. If you feel adventurous, take a hunting tour with a local shop when docked or go fishing for giant halibut. Before you set off on this adventure, be sure to do your research on the best cruisers for handicap accessibility because there are no ADA standards for cruise ships. According to Cruise Critic, Princess Cruises takes wheelchair accessibility and special needs into mind. Its Alaska cruiseships […]
The home care industry has a variety of euphemisms or technical terms for different caregiving tasks. They are designed to maintain a sense of dignity in care. We talk about providing personal care, transferring clients, or changing briefs. And that’s important because care receivers are often embarrassed that they need help with intimate tasks. To put it directly, we are physically bathing our clients, changing adult diapers, wiping bottoms, brushing teeth, and helping clients get dressed. It isn’t always easy to maintain dignity while performing all of these very personal tasks for someone. So, how do you do it? Respect begins with the caregiver. In my dad’s case, his caregivers were always very respectful of his wishes as an individual, yet they were constantly nudging him do the things he needed to do for his own health. It’s a fine line—an intimate and personal balancing. 5 Tips for helping a person retain dignity in care: Treat the individual as a valued person, and accept them for who they are right now Sometimes a care receiver is going to be difficult. He or she may scream, bite, or kick. Understand that they may not be in control of their actions Give suitable and appropriate choices that are within the scope of what the individual can manage. Give the opportunity to perform tasks for themselves, even if they need a little bit of coaxing Never, ever use degrading language or tone of voice with a person receiving care—watch your body language too It can be a hard road, and caregivers can sometimes feel stretched beyond their patience. It’s important to remember the value of every single life. […]