When Is Home Health Care Required?

Generally speaking, home care is required when a loved one is a threat to their own well being or he/she needs assistance with the activities of daily living. These activities include, but are not limited to: meal preparation, bathing, dressing, grooming, errands, shopping and medication reminders.
Recognizing for the first time that your loved one requires home care can be the most difficult, yet most important decision you may contemplate on his/her behalf. Many seniors requiring home care will not welcome a stranger into their home willingly. Even if a caregiver is present only to provide basic living assistance, there often is a tendency to perceive the caregiver’s initial presence as a loss of independence.

It may be helpful to review this short list of indicators to help analyze your senior loved one’s particular situation.

This list contains situations which, in our experience, provide a reliable indicator of when help is required.

Consider home care for your loved one if he/she:

  • Has been discharged from the hospital recently and believes he or she has recovered to a greater extent than is really the case.
  • Has physical limitations such as a loss of sensory perception.
  • Is undergoing rehabilitation.
  • Experiences short term memory loss.
  • Cannot prepare his/her own meals.
  • Is unable to achieve an adequate standard of personal grooming and hygiene.
  • Cannot maintain a satisfactory level of home cleanliness.
  • Finds family care giving efforts inadequate or unsatisfactory.
  • Is a danger to self or others while driving.
  • Cannot maintain his/her normal social lifestyle independently.
  • Makes family members’ lives unduly stressful.

 

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Are your Stairs at Home Safe?

Seniors are more at risk for falling on stairs than younger adults. A large portion of Canadians who visit hospitals after a fall on or from stairs in their homes are seniors. When seniors fall, the consequences can be severe. Falls resulting in injuries can occur even with a single step. Aside from environmental and behavioural, health reasons are contributing factors to why people fall on or from stairs. Health factors can include vision problems, balance issues, frailty and drowsiness. Falls on stairs can be a threat to health, independence and confidence. The physical consequences can be serious. Other consequences – particularly for older people – can be psychological effects such as lowered confidence and a loss of a feeling of safety, which might further reduce healthful mobility and activity.

The good news is – good planning and some simple steps can help with preventing falls and injuries. There can also be health benefits to using stairs. Climbing stairs contributes to the 30 minutes of physical activity we all need every day. Stair climbing increases leg power and may be important in helping seniors reduce the risk of injury from fall.

 

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What are Your Rules for Living a Happy and Rewarding Life?

To quote Abraham Lincoln, “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Or do you think happiness, ‘just happens?’
If you were to stop people randomly on the street and ask them if they were happy, chances are most of them would say, “Yes.”

Happiness can mean different things to different people. One kind of happiness is a sense of calm well-being. Another kind of happiness is a feeling of pleasant excitement. Older people (who are generally less focused on the future) are more likely to experience the calm type of happiness. A recent University gerontology program study identifies the predictors of happiness and depression late in life. Researchers posed questions that assessed happiness and life satisfaction. They discovered resources did not affect happiness but that “past life satisfaction” had a direct association, proving to be the key to happiness in oldest years.

What are your thoughts? What makes you happy? Have you noticed older people are happier?

Check out this fun & interesting list of rules to live by in the link below.

Let us know your comments.

 

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Vision Care Info for Seniors

Be Kind to Your Eyes!

Have you eaten your carrots today?

Studies show that a daily dose of the vitamins and minerals found in melons, citrus, carrots, spinach and kale may help slow the progress of age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration.

Many changes to vision happen so slowly that you may not realize you have a problem. The most important thing you can do to protect your vision is to have an eye exam on a regular basis. As we get older it is normal that our vision changes. We may find it harder to read small print or it takes longer to adjust from light to dark.

Good eye sight is an important part of staying safe and independent. This is especially relevant for our aging population, as we all try to maintain our independence for as long as possible.

The most common reasons for age-related vision loss are glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. For most seniors, normal age-related vision loss can be corrected or stopped with glasses, medication or surgery.

Have you witnessed someone spilling food or drinks on themselves because they misjudged where objects really were? Or have they fallen because of a missed step? These could be warning signs it’s time to visit the eye doctor.

Share your comments below on being kind to your eyes. Let us know – have you eaten your carrots today?

 

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Healthy Eating for Seniors

The saying “You are what you eat,” is true. A healthy diet provides the ingredients to build and repair bones and tissues and keep the complex workings of the human body functioning optimally. It also provides the mental and physical energy necessary for daily life – work, recreation, relationships and time with family. It is clear that a healthy diet also protects us from infectious illnesses and chronic diseases so that we may age with a minimum of ill health, pain and disability.

As people age, the need for calories decreases while the need for nutrients often increases. This can pose a challenge for seniors.

An important fact to consider is that seniors have higher rates of heart disease, cancer, high cholesterol and high blood pressure than the rest of the adult population. However, these diseases can be prevented or controlled through healthy eating. For example, did you know that broccoli controls blood pressure? This is a good tip because the majority of senior men and many senior women eat more than the recommended amount of sodium (salt). Decreasing the amount of sodium you eat can substantially reduce your risk of high blood pressure.

Do you have any tips on nutrition you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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