Quality Home Health Care

Help Your Aging Mom or Dad with the Assistance of a Compassionate Home Care Aide

Aging is a normal part of life. As we get older, it’s common to need a little more attention and assistance. Many adult children place their aging parents into a nursing home, with good intent; however, for the elderly, they often feel like they are simply being sent away, and they don’t like it. Some will feel neglected, while others suffer emotionally because they think their children are moving them to a nursing home because they are unloved. Of course, we all realize that this is not actually the case.

Most children only want to provide what is the very best for their aging parents, such as making sure that they are getting the dedicated care that the child simply cannot provide, but, sometimes, the elderly don’t see it this way. Aging loved one and granddaughterWhen you have aging parents, it’s not unusual to need someone who is able to provide help with non-medical in-home care and finding a home care aide able to provide this type of help can be an excellent solution. This is the ideal option for children who only want their parents to have the best care, but can’t provide it by themselves and don’t like the thought of sending their parents to a nursing home.

We will discuss some of the most commonly asked questions regarding non-medical home care aides in order to help children with elderly parents understand exactly how this type of care can help.

How much does a home care aide cost?

When contemplating whether to hire a non-medical home care aide, it’s essential that you first define the type of care that your parents need. Do you have a parent who needs round the clock care, or do you simply need someone who will be able to accompany your aging parent during the day in order to ensure that they get the things they need, such as taking medication on time?

Typically, the cost of hiring non-medical home care aides will depend on the needs of your aging parents. Contracting for these services individually can give you a good idea of cost; however, one thing that is almost always true, is that an in-home non-medical aide will usually be much less expensive than a nursing home or facility.

How does a non-medical aide differ from a medical nursing aide?

When you choose in home care, you’ll be able to spend quality time with your parents in their home environment, something that isn’t possible with a medical nursing home or facility. elderly man talking to home care social workerOf course, this is what you and your parents want, right? Why not make a decision that will allow this? At least, you’ll have the satisfaction that your aging parents will be as comfortable as possible, they won’t suffer emotional distress, and they’ll continue to enjoy activities not only with their children but also their grandchildren and other family members.

There’s no doubt that nothing can compare to the comfort of being in one’s own home. Typically certified Nursing Assistants are found in elderly nursing homes, however, they can also provide private care; and, a non-medical in home care aide can also, very effectively, provide quality in home care in any cases. Of course, it’s important to consider who you hire for this care, and that you choose a service that has extensive experience in handling the type of care that your parents need.

The fact is, most of the time your aging parents don’t need medical attention. Their needs are generally non-medical, such as the type of assistance that can be provided by non-medical in home aides, so this type of care can certainly be an excellent solution.

How Aging Parents can be Helped by a Non-Medical Home Care Aide

There are a number of benefits with in-home care, not just for the elderly, but for the entire family as well. elderly woman helped by a home care aideYou might think that it is a minor decision to let your aging parents stay in their home, but this decision can mean a great deal to them. They will certainly like the thought of being able to stay in their home, instead of going to a place where they will lose much of their autonomy.

In addition to making your parents happy, in-home care can also promote faster recovery from injuries or illness. Regardless of the condition, people who are happy with their life and who are under less stress, will typically have a faster recovery period. You certainly won’t need to hire an individual with specialized knowledge of medical terms, all you really need is a caring individual who can oversee your aging parents during the day and make sure that their daily needs are met while you’re at work. In fact, that’s all they need; soon you’ll see your parents looking and feeling better.

It can be extremely difficult to maintain a family and a career while trying to meet the needs of a chronically ill parent.

Most adult children do not leave their full-time jobs in order to care for their aging parents; however, these same adult children also don’t look favorably upon the idea of an assisted living facility either. For many families, this dilemma can be an upsetting and confusing issue. The best solution is often to hire a compassionate home care aide.

Rather than having elderly adults live in a nursing facility that provides skilled nursing services, it’s possible to have an aide who can provide at-home services for the elderly so that they can continue to live independently. The caregiver will be able to visit their aging parents every day. The aide will provide the home care either on a full-time or part-time basis depending on the needs of the parents.

You can even hire an aide that comes a few times each day to help with personal needs, such as showering or to prepare food. Some seniors find taking prescription medicine to be challenging; however, in order to ensure that a patient takes the right dosage at the right time, an aide can monitor medication and make sure that it is taken properly.

When adult children have the confidence that their mother or father is receiving the quality care they need, it is possible for them to maintain their career and home. Hiring a home care aide can be a great solution for a variety of different situations.

Whether recuperating from a fall or heart attack, elderly parents often need home care for a temporary period of time. With a compassionate home care aide, many seniors will feel happier during their recovery period, whether it’s recovery from an injury or medical condition. It is often possible to avoid having an elderly parent admitted to a hospital simply by contacting their physician and letting them know if the home aide notices any new symptoms. The caregiver can also provide any necessary information and care for their elderly parent.

Often times, seniors who suffer with chronic illnesses will also be able to benefit from having home care. elderly man happily aging at homeWhen adult children hire an aide for in-home care, they will have much more free time because the responsibilities of caring for aging parents can be alleviated. When relief is provided by an in home caregiver, the time consuming and emotionally draining experience of caring for an aging parent can be significantly reduced. When there are tasks that require the help of two people, the aide will be there to help.

It’s important to find out if you have an insurance plan that will cover home care costs, especially given that every case can be different. There are charitable organizations as well as other services than can benefit seniors. Doing your research is an excellent way to find what options are available. The best home care for a senior in need of assistance can generally be found by taking some time to research various alternative approaches. Additionally, many places that offer home care services will also have social workers as members of their staff, these individuals can be a great resource for finding the funding you need.

With the help of a quality home care aide, it’s possible for adult children to care for their aging parents in their home. In fact, hiring an aide to provide home care can help the elderly experience a feeling of freedom and dignity; and, of course, every senior likes to maintain some level of independence. When an adult child hires a home care aide, they can lessen the burden that comes with having to provide care for their aging parent.

As seniors age, they will also generally need more assistance, this is especially true if they have a debilitating health condition.

Family members typically increase the amount of help that they provide for their loved ones who are aging. Most family members not only have their own household to take care of, but they often also have children and careers that need their attention, all of this responsibility is on top of their need to provide care for their aging loved one. When the caregiver is already overloaded with many responsibilities, they can be left feeling exhausted, which makes it a struggle to meet the needs of their elderly family member. Since most seniors don’t want to be dependent on others, they often try to handle tasks that their busy family members have not been able to complete.

There are definitely risks involved when an elderly person is trying to handle many everyday tasks for themselves. In fact, many seniors suffer injuries when they try to perform tasks which are beyond what their physical capabilities can handle. Family caregivers are often under a great deal of strain when they have an aging loved one who is at risk of sustaining an injury. Fortunately, caregivers can contact a licensed provider of home care aides in order to get some help.

A company of this type provides seniors with the assistance they need in order to continue living independently, this is important for those seniors who might need some assistance with daily living. By scheduling an appointment for a consultation, families can learn the many benefits that are available when they choose to hire a home care aide.

During this initial consultation, you will have a care coordinator who will help assess the mental and physical needs of your senior as well as conduct a home inspection. This evaluation is an important part of determining the level of assistance a senior will need, and can help identify any dangers that might be present in the home. So, basically, a home inspection is done in order to spot potential dangers, such as rugs, loose cords or other items that might put a senior at risk of injuries.

The risk of falls is something that most seniors face, so it’s extremely important that when the assessment is done for non-medical care in the home, that fall prevention be discussed. If necessary, a few simple changes can often significantly reduce any safety risks. An additional part of an initial evaluation is centered on gathering information that can help the company’s care coordinator pair your senior with a home care aide that is well screened and skilled to provide the necessary care, as well as provide a great fit which can be very beneficial. This fit is essential because the aide will be providing companionship for their client in addition to help with daily living. It certainly helps if the aide and the client have some things in common. Additionally, a senior will often adjust better when they have an aide who they are able to relate to. Because this is a relationship that is completely unique, it’s important that the senior and the aide be like minded for the very best results.

After an aide has been selected the care coordinator will schedule an appointment based on the needs of the senior. Once the home aide and the client have had an opportunity to get to know each other, the home aide will start assisting the senior. There are many things that a home aide will be able to assist with, but they don’t provide help with medical needs. Here is a list of some common things that a senior care provider will be able to help with:

• Dressing and grooming
• Errands
• Shopping
• Transportation
• Medication reminders
• Preparing and cooking meals
• Light housekeeping

Seniors are encouraged to always do as much for themselves as they possibly can, even if they are receiving home care. Elderly senior woman on wheelchair with aideThis can help them remain independent, so they can age in place. Most seniors have spent much of their life taking care of their children and helping other family members, they certainly deserve to maintain their dignity and they deserve to enjoy the many comforts that come from aging in their own home. Families that make the decision to allow their aging loved ones to continue living in their home are giving them a very special gift.

A company that specializes in providing assistance to seniors will also, typically, provide respite for overwhelmed family caregivers. This helps families who are stressed for time to be able to spend some quality time with their aging loved one. This means that the gift mentioned earlier is not only a gift for the senior to be able to live in their home as they age, but it is also a wonderful gift for family caregivers, allowing them to slow down a bit and spend more quality time with their loved one. There is nothing more meaningful to an aging senior than to have their loved one sit down and reminisce with them about the past. Memories are certainly precious, and seniors certainly deserve to be given an opportunity to reminisce with their beloved family members.

If you are being spread too thin in an effort to give an aging family member the care they need, or if you know someone who is in that position, take some time to consider the benefits that a home senior care provider can offer. As a family member draws close to their last days, families should be able to enjoy time with one another before those opportunities are lost forever. In-home care can be the perfect solution not only for seniors, but also for their family members.

Choosing home care might not be the decision once made by most people, but it is becoming more and more popular, especially given the fact that it offers numerous benefits that have shown that it can make elderly loved ones happy, so there’s no reason to not give this option the consideration it deserves so that your parents can have the love, care and happiness this decision can provide.

For More Information in Broward or Palm Beach County Contact: Boca Home Care Services, a company that has matched seniors with screened and certified home care aides since 1998 at: (561) 989-0611

For Miami-Dade Contact Their Sister Company, Miami Home Care Services at: (305)749-0445

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How to Prevent Fall Injuries in Seniors at Home

Most seniors suffer from fall-related injuries in their homes. It is for this reason why a fall-safe house needs to be designed for each home in whch there is an elderly person, to help prevent such injuries. Senior man recovering from a fall. Home safety for seniors in importantOne fact needs to remain clear, aging persons suffer broken hips and fractures from a simple fall because their bones are weak. Statistics show that, a third of all seniors suffer fall-related injuries, some of which can be life-threatening. All these can be prevented by making minor adjustments (senior safety measures) in the house to accommodate this delicate generation.

This checklist has outlined some of the major changes you can adopt to design a fall-safe house.

1. Safety in all rooms

Electric and phone cords, boxes, newspapers, and furniture should be cleared/moved to create ample space in traffic areas.

Household appliances, bed covers, and clothing, should be stored where the elderly person can reach with ease. Most elders fall trying to reach for items that are high up, and this can be prevented by making everything easily accessible to them. Hallways should also be clutter free.

2. Stairways

Whether the senior’s room is upstairs or not, make a point of ensuring stairways are equipped with handrails on both sides, and fastened securely.

Any carpets in the staircase should be removed or fastened to ensure they do not slip. In addition to this, mark each step with a brightly colored adhesive tape to improve visibility.

3. Floors

All floorboards need to be straight and even. Any carpets or rugs on the same should be removed if frayed, or fastened with tacks if they have to remain. You can alternatively use non-skid pads or floor wax to make it slip resistant.

4. The Safe Bathroom

Most of the fall accidents happen in the bathroom, and especially if it isn’t big enough. If the bathroom is too small, consider renovating it to make it spacious. The bathtub needs to be easy to get in and out, and an adjustable-height shower head installed in the bathroom. The soap dish needs to be fixed in an easy to reach area. In addition to this, consider installing reinforced grab bars inside the shower and near the toilet.

Since bathtubs tend to get slippery when wet, use non-slip bath mats in the tub and around the bathroom to prevent slipping over.

Ensure a bolted rod that is strong enough to hold a person’s weight holds shower curtains. An elderly person will try to cling to anything to stand up or in case of danger, which is the reason why you will need a bolted rod.

Consider replacing bathing bar soaps with a liquid soap dispenser. A bar soap may fall out of the tub, which could be dangerous especially if the elderly person attempts to retrieve it.

Since temperature sensitivity fades away as one gets older, consider setting safe water temperatures in the bathroom. The most recommended temperature for a senior is 120°F or below, as anything higher that that can be dangerous for his/her skin.

5. Safety in The Kitchen

Ensure all utensils are easy to reach especially those used frequently. If need be, have a sturdy step stool with a grab bar ready, in case one should need to use one in the kitchen.

Have lazy Susan’s trays installed inside kitchen cabinets. These trays make it very easy to pick a pot, pan or dish inside the enclosure as all one needs to do is spin the tray to access the item. This reduces strain from attempting to reach items that are inside the cabinet, or too high in the kitchen, which can toss one off stability.

6. Other additional safety measures for seniors in the kitchen are:

a. Consider replacing standard dials with large easy-to-read ones on the stove. The ON, and OFF, buttons needs to be visible clearly from afar.

b. Replace kitchen aprons and small towels with real potholders, and ensure they are easy to reach.

7. Entire Household Lighting

It is mandatory for bedrooms, hallways, and stairways to be installed with night-lights. Lights with motion sensors are the most recommended should one get up deep into the night.
Have light switches installed at the bottom, and top of the staircase for easy reach.

Consider having a telephone and a lamp placed near the bed for emergency purposes.

Uniform lighting is also required in all rooms as alternating brightness can blur a senior’s sight.

8. Within the house perimeter

Make sure paths and driveway do not have any potholes or uneven joints.

Ice, snow, and leaves should be removed from walkways and stairs very often.

Any staircase should have firm handrails installed on both sides.

The type of shoes that the senior has does play a significant role as well. Ensure he/she has thin non-slip and sturdy shoes to put on while in and outside the house.

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Tips for Talking to People with Alzheimer’s Disease

There is no easy way to live with Alzheimer’s, which is a type of dementia, but many people have to adapt since about 5.5 million Americans are dealing with this affliction. talking to someone with Alzheimer'sLoved ones need to understand the disease so that they can be helpful. The following are just a few tips that will help you do just that.

Tips to Help With Communication

This affliction can be hard on everyone, but that does not mean you should give up on attempting to communicate, so consider the following tips:

–Eye contact is incredibly important when you talk to a person with this affliction. It helps establish connection, and it helps the person you are talking to feel like you are paying attention to him or her.

–Use the person’s name as often as possible. This helps the person’s mind engage in what is being said since it pertains to him or her. In essence, using the person’s name often establishes connection akin to keeping eye contact.

–Distractions are your enemy and must be treated as such at all times. Keep in mind that distractions can be anything from a television to children playing nearby. It is best to find an isolated room to talk in to reduce possible distractions that could make the person you are talking to lose track of the conversation.

–Sadly, a conversation with more than one person can be confusing to a person with this affliction. It is best to talk to a person with this issue one by one. This increases your loved one’s ability to pay attention.

–It is important to be specific with someone dealing with Alzheimer’s. This way of talking is hard to get used to at first because people are used to speaking without referring to everything specifically. For example, it is normal to refer to something as an “it” instead of calling it what it is. You need to make sure that you refer to things specifically otherwise your loved one may not know what you are talking about. Be sure to avoid open ended questions, which can also be frustrating.

–Avoid quarreling with a person dealing with this disease. There is no point of arguing about what he or she might have forgotten or something similar. The best way to deal with a brewing argument is to simply walk away.

–Try to be patient with your loved one when you are having a conversation with him or her. This means that you should refrain from ending his or her sentences. It is better to ask direct questions that might help him or her remember what was said. What you want to do is think of what you are talking about, and try to ask a question related to the conversation.

–Some people with Alzheimer’s may live in a different reality from other people. Some may end up believing that people who have passed on are still alive, which could be reflected in the way the person talks. It is important to enter this reality with your loved one to make things easier for both of you.

–It is okay to get creative with the way you talk to a person with this problem. Think of using props or pictures to communicate with your loved one, which might make it easier for him or her to talk to you.

There is so much to learn about this disease, and it is okay to ask professionals for advice. They can be quite helpful on your journey. In the end, it is your patience and care that will make a difference, so just continue to be there for your loved one.

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How the Brain Benefits From Hiking

Many people already know and understand the many positive benefits the mind, body and soul can all gain from their hiking through the forest but recently there has been more good news released to them. a walk in the woodRecent scientific studies conducted have now shown us the positive effect hiking also has on the brain as well, being able to change it for the better!

Most of those who take the time to hike in nature can understand that special feeling of contentment and calm that they enjoy so much are now also learning how their efforts can in fact reduce rumination as well. So many of us understand and realize how we can be consumed by negative thoughts and how these can negatively effect us when they are happening and even worse, can lead to severe issues with anxiety and depression moving forward. The recent good news furnished in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recent survey points out their findings that one can significantly decrease any negative, obsessive thoughts by spending more time in nature.

One of the interesting components of this study had researchers compare the reported rumination of those participants hiking through a natural environment versus those hiking through an urban one. The good news for those walking in a natural environment for 90 minutes or more was lower levels of rumination and also in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, a reduced neural activity. the subgenual prefrontal cortex is an area of the brain which relates to any mental illness symptoms. On the other hand, no decreased rumination was reported on those who conducted their walk through the urban environment.

It was also pointed out by the researchers just how increased urbanization correlates closely with different mental illnesses and increased instances of depression. These reports all show just how spending more time out in nature and getting ourselves away from the urban settings, can greatly benefit not just our psychological well-being, but our physical health as well.

Psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer conducted a study that showed how reconnecting with nature and disconnecting from technology can and will drastically improve creative problem solving. In this study, participants, for about 4 days, backpacked through nature and were forbidden to employ any technology at all. They were then asked to perform various tasks that required complex problem solving and creative thinking on their part. The net results researchers found for those taking part in this tech-free hiking excursion is that by 50% their performance on problem solving tasks improved!

In this study, the researchers noted and pointed out how both urban noise and technology can constantly demand our attention, be incredibly disruptive and certainly keep us from focusing properly and how these all can play havoc with our cognitive functions. On the other hand, taking a nice long hike with no technology interrupting can and will soothe the mind, reduce all mental fatigue and unquestionably boost one’s creative thinking.

A problem becoming more and more common in children is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD). The children that have it easily get distracted, have a difficult time with staying focused and with impulse control and also exhibit excessive hyperactivity.

While it certainly can be difficult for parents raising children that have ADHD, the typical solution which is to opt for prescription medicine, might actually not be the best choice to make, especially when there are natural solutions which will work just as well. In a study conducted by Andrea Faber Taylor, PhD and Frances E Kup, PhD, it was shown how exposing to “green outdoor activities” those children who have ADHD, their symptoms will reduce significantly! This study’s results point out the benefit of exposure to nature that are there for anyone that exhibits impulsive behavior, or anyone that has trouble paying attention.

We already understand how our overall well-being is enhanced by exercise. Between 400-700 calories will be burned hourly by our hiking. And depending on the hike difficulty and one’s size, hiking is far easier on the joints then say running might be. In addition, hiking is a great choice to become and stay active on a consistent basis as it has been proven how those who get started doing it will invariably continue to stick with doing it.

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered how hippocampal volume, which is the part of the brain associated with episodic and spatial memory, is increase in women 70 years of age and older, through aerobic exercising. Memory loss is not only improved by such exercise but in many instances prevented all together. In addition, it has been found to also release endorphins, boost self esteem and reduce anxiety and stress! This solution to these issues certainly beats the alternative of taking medications to deal with them.

The great news is that the entire family, including the grandparents, can and will benefit from hiking. You can get started on a small basis and do what works for you as you continue to go along with it. A walk in the park is a great place to begin and you should make every effort to keep your phone turned off unless there is some sort of emergency you are possibly going to need to deal with!

Layer your clothing to adjust to the weather, bring a bottle of water with you, wear a hat and make sure you have good shoes for hiking. Get started and you will soon realize the great benefits you will be enjoying!

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The World of Powerful Vision is at Our Doorstep

This comes from information that was originally published back in June of 2015.

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This lens is called the Ocumetrics Bionic Lens that was created by Dr. Garth Webb, a British Columbia optometrist who was searching for a method of optimizing eyesight suitable for humans of any age.

The lens was so remarkable that it allowed patients to achieve perfect vision, end the requirement for glasses while driving, contacts, or progressive lenses. According to CBC reports, transformations in the eye-care industry are set to make each of these a distant memory.

Another amazing benefit of having this lens surgically implanted is that patients will never get cataracts. This is due to the fact that it will not decay the way the natural eye lens does over time.

The best candidate, according to Webb, is the one whose eye is fully developed and that is anyone older than 25.

He goes on to say that this kind of vision enhancement has never before been seen. For instance, is it is hard to see the hands on a clock at 10 feet, the Bionic Lens will let you see it clearly at a distance of 30 feet.

Each lens is custom-made and folded into a saline-filled syringe like a taco. When placed in the eye, it will unravel properly in just 10 minutes. Its creator explains that the surgery takes about 8 minutes and patients realize immediate vision correction.

Webb told CBC this project has been ongoing for eight years at a cost of $3 million for research and development, acquisition of international patents and Delta, B.C facilities for biomedical manufacturing.

During a recent gathering of the American society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Webb’s efforts were recognized for due to his presentation of these lenses to 14 of top San Diego ophthalmologists.

Webb insists that surgeons all over the world are impressed and intrigues by this clever design for vision correcting eye surgery.

Dr. Vincent DeLuise thinks this device will one day become the holy grail for improving vision at every range from near to distant and everything in between. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. DeLuise is a teacher at New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College and Yale University.

If clinical trials on animals and humans who have lost their sight, the Bionic Lens should be available in Canada in as little as two years. Of course, this depends on the regulatory process in various countries.

Webb hopes that this lens will eliminate the necessity for laser eye surgery which is still an inefficient procedure.

Webb considers eyesight a basic human right.

Update 2017

According to Dr. Webb’s first assumptions, animal studies during the past year have resulted in firm establishment of the lens’s ability to achieve superior vision in humans. to elaborate on things further, Dr. Webb revealed that his Bionic Lens is capable of being used as a ‘docking station’ for customization to each patient and for loading micro-optics. It will also allow fine refinements at any time without sacrifices to the patient’s eye health. This ability to ‘fine tune’ patient vision after its implantation is one of the most unique advantages of the lens’s design.

Precision optical vision is just the start of the potential of the docking station characteristics of the Bionic Lens. Webb thinks it will someday be used for installation of communication technology and physiological therapy. This technological potential could lead to a projection system being installed to allow the projection of a stabilized image onto the retina. Dr. Webb confidently says that this will complete the realm of virtual reality.

He also anticipates that in as little as 4 months, human studies will commence in initial clinical trials taking place at accredited research facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Trials will commence with cataract patients who have otherwise healthy eyes.

Once that has been accomplished, he expects that in a year or so the Bionic Lens will then enter an investigational phase of public use by qualified surgeons. The future envisioned by Dr. Webb is one where the Bionic Lens and other types of advanced technologies will soon be made available through ‘Centers for Excellence’ which have been developed by globally-minded individuals throughout the world. This is an exciting time for vision possibilities.

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