If you live alone, it’s important to have emergency numbers handy in the case of a fall or accident. Even if you have live-in caregiver assistance, you’ll want to keep certain numbers nearby to help you with the resources you need. Having emergency numbers handy is important not only for safety; but also for giving you peace of mind, knowing that help is just a phone call away. Here are some important numbers to have nearby. Primary Physician and Hospital If you’re experiencing a change in … [Read more...] about Emergency Numbers to Keep at Your Fingertips
As you get older, you recognize how important it is to prevent falls in your home. Making just a few small changes to your home can make all the difference when it comes to preventing falls. While falls can hurt anyone, they can be especially dangerous for seniors, who are more at risk for things like hip fractures. Making your home safe from falls doesn’t have to be a difficult task; it only takes a few small changes. Here are a few tips. Declutter Your Floors Having lots of loose items on … [Read more...] about Fall Prevention Home Safety Tips
The CDC defines aging in place as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level." Most older adults prefer to age in their homes as long as possible either living independently or with the help of a caregiver. There are a few things to keep in mind, however, when planning on aging in place. Below are some tips on how to age in place safely and comfortably. Modify Your Home The common household contains … [Read more...] about Planning for Aging in Place
If your client is finding themselves sneezing and blowing their nose nonstop lately, they’re not alone. Nearly 8% of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Allergies happen as your body mounts an immune response to a foreign substance. In the case of seasonal allergies, that substance is usually pollen from plants and trees. Symptoms of seasonal allergies often include sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, scratchy throat, and itchy or watery eyes. Luckily, there’s things your client can do to … [Read more...] about How to Help Your Client Tackle Allergy Season
Are you responsible for the care of a sick or aging loved one? As your friend or family member continues to need increasing care, it becomes nearly impossible to meet all of their needs as well as your own. Recognizing when you need outside support is good for you, and your loved one, too! Like most care decisions, knowing when to take this step can be difficult. Most people don’t realize the amount of in-home services that are available. You don’t need to jump to round-the-clock care! In fact, … [Read more...] about When is it Time to Hire a Home Health Care Aide or Nurse?
These unprecedented times with ever-changing rules, restrictions, and guidance have made life especially challenging for those dealing with sickness or advancing in age. This often extends to the caretakers and nurses who are struggling to keep their own spirits uplifted, while focusing on the wellbeing of others. Believe it or not, one of the best ways to stay healthy and happy is to remain optimistic. Many studies have shown that keeping a bright outlook can help you to navigate life in a much … [Read more...] about The Health Benefits of a Positive Attitude
Although private duty nurses and skilled nurses have largely similar training, skills, and certifications, they play different roles in caring for clients with distinct needs. Private duty nurses typically care for adult or pediatric clients who need long-term care. They will normally stay with their clients for long hours each day, sometimes in a 24-hour live-in arrangement. Private duty nurses can provide varying degrees of medical care, depending on their clients’ needs. They almost always … [Read more...] about Private Duty vs. Skilled Nursing
This time of year can be stressful for those with loved ones who are immunocompromised or elderly. Colds, flus, and other respiratory illnesses are just a few of the common illnesses that are known to spread during the colder months. Now, throw in the added concerns of a rampant COVID-19 variant, and many family members/friends feel more discouraged than ever. You may not be able to completely protect your loved one from all of these ailments, but you can help boost their immune systems to fight … [Read more...] about The Top 6 Foods That Protect Against Cold and Flu