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Steps to Reduce Risks from Falls

Steps to Reduce Risks from Falls

Sadly, as people age, their risk of falling dramatically increases. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of three people over the age of 65 fall each year. One out of five seniors who fall sustain a serious injury such as a head injury or a broken bone. Thankfully, many falls are preventable. If your aging loved one is at risk, consider following some simple, helpful steps to reduce his or her odds of falling. Proactive At-Home Modifications To decrease the chances of your elderly family member falling at home, be proactive by making a few easy, modifications. For instance, you might want to: Remove bulky rugs from the home Install a stair lift Invest in a lift chair Install grab bars by the toilet, shower, and bed Purchase a raised toilet seat Install a seat in the shower Buy some nonslip mats for the shower or bathtub Invest in night lights for the bedroom, hallway, and bathroom The Benefit of Low Impact Exerci...

January 12, 2016

How to Help Protect Seniors from Loneliness

How to Help Protect Seniors from Loneliness

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11 million, or 28% of people who are aged 65 and older, now live alone. Lack of contact with others is a serious issue among seniors. If a senior does not have any friends or family in the area, they can feel very disconnected from his or her community. Or sometimes a senior may withdraw into isolation as a result of health conditions, depression, or mental illness. The fear of falling or anxiety over driving a car can keep a senior isolated in his or her home. As a result of these factors, older adults may be alone for days or sometimes weeks without someone to interact with or watch over them. Ways You Can Help Protect Seniors from Loneliness: Help seniors become more social-media savvy through their use of email, news sites and connections through Facebook. Show them how they can listen to their favorite music or browse their favorite store's website. Provide companionship with conversation and activities such as cooking and e...

December 15, 2015

Make a Plan for Aging in Place

Make a Plan for Aging in Place

As people age, they face both physical and mental challenges. Sadly, many people fail to prepare for their golden years when they’re young. This procrastination sometimes results in the loss of dignity and decision making capabilities. If you have a senior loved one who is an important part of your life, help him or her make a plan for aging in place sooner rather than later. Nowadays, an increasing amount of seniors are choosing to age in place. They desperately desire to remain independent while receiving professional, compassionate care. To help your elderly relative create a plan to age in place, talk with him or her about the possibility of providing a close family member with a power of attorney. With a power of attorney, you or another relative will possess the authority to make crucial legal, financial, and medical decisions for a senior relative. Besides a power of attorney, advise your senior loved one about the benefits of securing an at home care provider. This ty...

December 3, 2015

3 Reasons Why Seniors Need Flu Protection

3 Reasons Why Seniors Need Flu Protection

A 2013 study on the effectiveness of flu vaccinations showed that 80-90% of flu-related deaths and 50-70% of flu-related hospitalizations happen to people aged 65 or older. The senior citizen population is so vulnerable to influenza because our immune systems get weaker as we get older. Factors other than aging can cause a weakened immune system in the elderly, and this isn’t the only factor leading to higher rates of influenza in this population. Whatever the cause, senior citizens should ask a medical professional about getting a flu shot. The flu weakens the immune response Senior citizens are susceptible to contracting other illnesses that negatively impact the immune system. Autoimmune diseases are a main cause. These diseases cause the body to attack healthy cells. They are the number one cause of death for women over 65. Some examples of these diseases are diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis. They are treated by suppressing the body’s natural i...

November 25, 2015

It Isn't Selfish to Think About Yourself.. Too!

It Isn't Selfish to Think About Yourself.. Too!

If you are faced with caring for an aging loved one, it is easy lose track of yourself. This could be due to the fact that most of us are taught at a very young age to not be selfish. So, when it comes to caring for family members, we develop certain feelings about always putting others (especially an ailing parent) first. However, we are not talking about sharing our pie and ice cream. What we are talking about is providing at home care that can require specialized skills for both companion and health care services. In light of the emotions surrounding your loved one's needs for personalized care, it is easy to completely forget about your own needs. As you work through the concept of honoring your mother and father, it easy to lose track of yourself. You may choose to skip lunch every day to check on a parent that is aging in place; or maybe you spend endless hours each week with a senior family member at their doctors' offices in lieu of visiting your own healthcare provider. If...

November 10, 2015

10 Top Risks of Senior Isolation

10 Top Risks of Senior Isolation

As we age, our social contacts tend to decrease for a variety of reasons. Retirement, lack of mobility, children moving away and the illnesses or deaths of spouses, friends and other acquaintances in the same age group all contribute to an ever-increasing degree of isolation for seniors. According to the US Census Bureau upward of 28 percent of people aged 65 and older lived alone in 2010 - a figure that reflects some 11 million seniors. Among the troubles that isolated senior face are: Increased risk of mortality Decline of physical and mental health Increased risk of developing dementia Higher vulnerability to elder abuse High risk of depression Susceptibility to long-term illnesses and conditions such as chronic lung disease, arthritis and impaired mobility. Boost in blood pressure. Increased likelihood of the need for long-term care Increased likelihood of engaging in unhealthy behavior such as smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise. Contagious effect of isolation ...

October 30, 2015

When Does Someone with an Aging Mind Need Extra Care?

When Does Someone with an Aging Mind Need Extra Care?

It is easy to tell when someone's eyesight is starting to deteriorate but it is much more difficult to know when a loved one's aging mind is jeopardizing their well being. To make matters worse, many seniors today are taking multiple prescriptions from a host of doctors and specialists. Once you start reading about the side effects of each, it may sound like a laundry list of things that can easily affect a patient's judgment, balance, ability to concentrate or process information. So, where should you begin and how can you tell when additional help is needed? Where it is normal to see a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills that are similar to the physical limitations that naturally occur with the aging process, according to the Alzheimer's Association, there are ten warning signs to watch for: Memory loss that disrupts daily life Challenges in planning or solving problems Difficulty in completing familiar tasks Confusion with time or place Trouble understa...

October 23, 2015

Call All At Home Care for a Free Consultation

Call All At Home Care for a Free Consultation

All At Home Care provides a complimentary in-home consultation that helps us to understand the unique needs of your situation. For example, in a home with stairs, the patient may need more help getting around. During this personalized consultation, the caregiver can also help to suggest changes that can be made around the home to make the patient more comfortable. After this initial consultation, we develop a specialized plan for your loved one, including as much or as little care as is needed. We check references, conduct nationwide background checks, and drug test every employee. We verify the training and experience of each applicant, making sure they have valid CPR certifications as well as all of the professional certifications required within the nursing industry. After the hire, we also train each and every caregiver to make sure that they adhere to our superior standards. You can rest assured that any caregiver we send you is well-trained, professional, punctual, and dedica...

August 25, 2015

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