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Effectively Communicating with Seniors

Let’s face it, communication is one of the most important aspects of life, but it’s also not always the easiest thing to accomplish. To that end, improving communication skills is something that everyone should consider. Creating effective communication with older adults isn’t that different than creating effective communication with anyone else, however here are some important points to consider that will help you to create a communication friendly environment and thereby to improve the lives of you both.   Don’t patronize The absolute worst thing that a caregiver can do is to patronize an older individual. Respect is key, and realizing that an elderly person is still a person, with a wealth of life experience and who deserves to be treated with dignity. Engage seniors as your equal,...

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Home Health Care vs. In-home Care: What’s the Difference?

This is a guest article by DailyCaring.   Two different services with similar names When most people hear the words “home health care” and “in-home care,” they assume those services are the same. It turns out there are some important differences. Home health care is medical care Home health care is skilled care from medical professionals. Written orders from a doctor are needed to start home health care. This helps older adults recover at home from a health issue. It’s usually less expensive, more convenient, and as effective as care from a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). Services can include: Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound At-home physical, occupational, or speech therapy Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status Intravenous (IV) or nutrition therapy Pain management Injections In-home care is non-medical care In-home care...

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Organizing Medical Records – the Binder Method

The key to organizing your loved one’s medical records is to set up a quality system. Once you do that, you’ll find that keeping track of things isn’t difficult at all. If you feel overwhelmed by all of the doctors, prescriptions and billing, then it’s time that you made the sea of paperwork work for you. You don’t have to be overloaded in order to be a caregiver, and once you get things arranged, you’ll find that it gives you peace of mind. One of the simplest ways to get going is to create a binder with all of the information that you need. Some advantages of using a binder to keep track of medical records are: Easy to personalize Centrally located Portable Inexpensive Accessible You don’t need much to make it...

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Enriching Experiences for the Homebound

Homebound individuals often feel as though they’re cut off from the rest of the world. Elderly people were once just as busy and overwhelmed by life as so many of us are today. And while that whirlwind of activity is exhausting, it’s also exciting and fulfilling.  The prospect of spending decades of one’s life alone within the walls of a home, no matter how beloved and well cared for, can cause someone who has lived a full and satisfying life to become isolated and depressed. Studies consistently show that depression leads to an inability to overcome illness and a shorter lifespan. Active engagement and fulfillment in life is just as important for good health as a good diet or proper medications. Now the question becomes how...

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Benefits of Yoga and Older Adults

Movement is good for helping to keep the body’s joints flexible and supple. People who are 50 years of age and over can especially benefit from this good stretching workout. An older adult might find it intimidating to start a yoga program, especially if they have health conditions they are dealing with. Starting a gentle yoga routine in a class with other seniors has many benefits that go far beyond physical benefits alone. Yoga helps to lower stress levels and encourages healthy bones as well as flexibility. A beginner Yoga class is the best place for someone who is out of shape or just taking up Yoga for the first time. Yoga is also known to help clear the mind and get a person thinking...

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What is “Aging in Place”?

The world of elder care is filled with terminology that may be unfamiliar and confusing. If you have made the decision to become an elderly care provider for your aging loved one, or are searching or the appropriate elder care option for your loved one, it is important that you understand the most common elder care terms so that you can use them in making educated, confident decisions regarding the ongoing care and well-being of your senior. One of the most common elder care terms used in today's industry is "Aging in Place". This is generally used to describe a push towards home care that allows a senior to remain in her own home, or in the home of a loved one, while receiving elder care....

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Summer Heat and Warning Signs of Heat Stroke

With the summer months and rising temperatures upon us, it’s critically important that we monitor our loved ones. According to the CDC, heat stroke is the most serious concern for seniors during the summer months.[1] When we’re young, our bodies are able to process rapid changes in temperature. However, as we age it becomes more difficult for us to adjust to swings in heat and cold. This effect can be exacerbated by medications and medical conditions. Heat strokes occur when the body’s temperature increases dramatically. During a heat stroke, the core temperature of the body goes from a normal 98.6F to 104F and as high as 106F in just ten to fifteen minutes. Once the body temperature crosses to 104F, the individual is considered to be...

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Caregivers and Insomnia

The stresses of taking care of someone else can be a heavy weight to carry - physically, mentally and emotionally. Having in home help relieves many of the burdens that caregivers feel, and goes a long way to alleviate the stresses of daily support. Even when caregivers have the kind of support that comes with in home services, those stresses can linger. That’s because caregiving is a deeply personal endeavor and one that people feel incredible sense of responsibility for, even when they’re doing everything right. Insomnia is a serious issue for many caregivers, and is part of a cycle that can be difficult to break. Lack of sleep may seem like no big deal, but it’s connected to higher risks of cancer, heart disease and...

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How Senior Home Care Services Can Help If You Are Assisting a Family Member with Dementia

Caring for the needs of a family member with dementia can be difficult and taxing, especially if you are their full-time caregiver. Instead of trying to do everything on your own, you may consider hiring someone who can assist with the care services in your home. There are several ways that a senior home care services agency can help, they can: Oversee basic daily activities, such as bathing and grooming Provide physical and emotional support to assist with changing behaviors Monitor nutrition and help with meal planning for optimal physical health Create opportunities for social interaction, which can be beneficial for mental health Maintain a safe, comfortable environment for your family member Provide activities that can stimulate the mind Offer support to other family members The help with physical activities around the home can...

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Simple Tips to Make Life Easier for the Sandwich Generation – by NuevaCare – Home Care San Mateo, CA

The sandwich generation refers to that challenging period during the middle of most people’s life when they suddenly need to care for their elderly parents’ wellbeing while they are still caring for their own children’s wellbeing. This generation is sandwiched between both time-consuming responsibilities, while still needing to find enough time to manage their personal careers and other household responsibilities. Here are a few simple tips to make it easier for the sandwich generation to manage double duty: 1.     Don’t try to do it all yourself One of the biggest mistakes the sandwich generation makes is trying to handle all of their kids’ needs and their parents’ needs without any outside help. There is nothing wrong with asking your spouse, siblings, and other family members to handle a portion of...

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