Establishing a routine exercise schedule is daunting at any age. Physical exercise is exhausting. We would prefer not to expend the time. We’re feeling the pain from yesterday’s exercises. We’ve all made excuses like these for avoiding physical fitness; but frailty and advanced age make it even more daunting to stick to an exercise routine and maintain senior fitness. Read more
The advantages of engaging in exercise do not lessen as we age, and it’s extremely worthwhile for seniors to keep up with as active a lifestyle as possible. Even older adults who are confined to a bed or wheelchair have a variety of opportunities available to strengthen and increase resistance and flexibility. Contact us at 480-498-2324 to learn how we can help senior loved ones remain active. Read more
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that develops after being exposed to a toxic substance called asbestos. Many people were unknowingly exposed to asbestos for the majority of the 20th century. It usually takes between 20 and 50 years for mesothelioma to develop after exposure, making the disease more common for seniors than younger age groups. Read more
The love a parent has for his or her children has no age restrictions. And regardless of age, parents often strive to protect their children from worries, which can sometimes mean masking their own concerns. To make it even more challenging, family members often live at a distance from their aging parents, making it especially challenging to ensure a healthy diet for the older adults they love. Read more
There are a number of age-related concerns that can have an impact on senior nutrition, but new research is revealing that it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy diet for seniors: the potential impact on cognitive function. And it may surprise you to learn that malnutrition in seniors is actually quite common. Per the National Resource on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging, as many as of 35 to 50 percent of the senior residents in long-term care facilities are faced with malnutrition, along with as many as 65 percent of older hospitalized adults. Read more
The most up-to-date Alzheimer’s statistics are worrying. The disease has become the 6th leading cause of death, rising above both breast and prostate cancer together. And while deaths from several chronic conditions, including cardiovascular illnesses, are declining, those from Alzheimer’s have jumped more than 100%. The toll the disease takes on family caregivers is similarly staggering, with more than 16 million Americans supplying over 18 billion hours of caregiving for a member of the family with Alzheimer’s. Read more
Shopping is a necessity. While stores are shifting to online shopping to make things easier, seniors may not be as willing to embrace it. They want to see and touch the items they buy. Here are four trends that seniors find frustrating when shopping.
A Shift Away From Personal Checks
Younger generations are used to paying with a debit or credit card. Personal checks are not common. For seniors, personal checks were the common method of payment prior to electronic banking. Many seniors understand personal checks best and want to use them.
Some stores have shifted away from accepting checks at all. Others may accept them, but they’re processed in a new way. The check is scanned, and money is pulled from the account instantly. At this point, the check is voided and handed back to the shopper. Seniors can have a hard time understanding why the check is being handed to them.
Cash can be easier for a senior to use. Otherwise, they may need someone to accompany them until they get used to paying using a credit or debit card.
The Focus on Rewards Cards
So many stores require you to carry a rewards card in order to get the sales price. It’s frustrating digging through a purse or wallet to find the card. Other stores want you to give your phone number to look up the account. Elderly shoppers may not want to recite their phone number out loud in public setting.
It’s best to consider if the savings are really worth the invasion of privacy. If a senior citizen decides it is, a separate key ring filled with the different savings card makes them easier to access.
The Addition of More Self-Checkouts
Some stores are removing a section of registers in order to put in self-checkouts. Instead of having a cashier, the shopper scans items and pays through the computerized terminal. If an elderly person relies on shopping trips for socialization, self-checkouts take away that aspect.
The Placement of Cheaper Items
Many stores place cheaper items on top or bottom shelves. They want you to spend more, so the cheaper items go in harder-to-reach areas. For a senior who cannot easily bend or stretch, this placement strategy is frustrating.
It requires seniors to ask another shopper to help or to find a store employee. To avoid any difficulty, seniors should shop with a family member or caregiver.
One of the services offered by a caregiver is transportation and assistance when shopping. Caregivers can drive a senior to the store and help them shop for items and pay. Call a home care agency to discuss
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Meza, AZ, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call (480) 535-6800.
When an elderly relative suffers from tremendous back pain, their doctor often recommends spine surgery. It is most often done for those who have herniated disks or bone spurs on the spine. The good news is that back surgery often relieves the conditions that cause the chronic pain. However, the recovery time for spine surgery can make it a real challenge for elderly adults to live on their own and take care of themselves.
Family caregivers can do a lot for their elderly relative during the spine injury recovery time, but they can’t always be there all day and all night. To ensure the aging loved one is well-cared for as they heal from spine surgery, many family caregivers hire home care providers to assist.
Here are some of the reasons why spine injury recovery often requires an in-home care provider.
Pain is a big part of any recovery from surgery, and seniors will need some painkillers along with their regular medication. However, it can be difficult to remember when to take the medications and how much. While a home care provider cannot administer the medication, they can give reminders, read bottle labels and provide water. Staying on top of the pain via prescribed medicine will certainly aid in recovery.
Avoid Blood Clots
One of the biggest dangers post-surgery is if seniors develop blood clots. They need to get up and walk around frequently, turn and shift their weight often and do stretches and exercises as needed to keep their circulation going. Home care providers can encourage movement, support the elderly adult in getting around, and report any problems to family members.
With spine surgery, the aging adult won’t be able to bend, twist or even lean over for many weeks. This makes it very hard to bathe, shower, get dressed, use the toilet and more. A home care provider can be there to help, and also suggest adaptive tools that can make things easier, like a shower chair and raised toilet.
Even if the elderly person did well on their own before the surgery, they won’t be able to do much in the weeks following. Home care providers can pitch in and give additional support at home, like cooking, cleaning, laundry, pet care, and even grocery shopping.
Seniors recovering from spine surgery can’t drive under doctor’s orders, yet they still need to get around. Home care providers can drive the elderly person to their follow-up appointments, to visit with friends or to run an errand or two.
It doesn’t matter what type of spine surgery the elderly adult had, recovery can last anywhere from two to six months. During this time, the aging adult really needs to have a helping hand for their needs. If seniors are cared for by a dedicated professional that can help them maximize their recovery time, they’ll be more comfortable, safe, and well.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring a caregiver in Chandler or the surrounding area, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call 480-498-2324 to talk with our Chandler, AZ elder care team.
Approximately 48 million people throughout the United States experience a foodborne illness or infection each year. Of these, around 128,000 will require hospitalization, and 3,000 will die as a result of their illness or infection.
As a family caregiver, it is extremely important to recognize that elderly adults are more vulnerable to foodborne illness and infection, also referred to as food poisoning, than younger adults, and are more likely to experience severe consequences as a result of such illnesses and infections. Being able to detect the potential signs and symptoms of such an infection can allow you to act quickly, get your senior the medical care they need, and help them through healing and recovery.
Some of the signs and symptoms of foodborne infection include:
- Stomach cramp
- Feeling sick to your stomach
These symptoms can occur within a relatively short period of time of consuming contaminated food, but can also appear days after. While most of the time these illnesses or infections are mild and will resolve themselves, they can quickly become severe.
Contact your senior’s doctor if they experience any of the following symptoms related to a foodborne infection or illness:
- A temperature of over 101.5
- Blood in the stool
- Frequent vomiting that prevents your senior from being able to keep fluids down effectively
- Diarrhea that is persistent for more than 3 days
- Signs of dehydration such as dizziness upon standing, a decrease in urination, and dryness of the mouth and throat
Depending on the virus, bacteria, or pathogen that has led to the illness or infection, the symptoms can occur anywhere between 30 minutes and a month after consumption of the contaminated food. If your parent begins experiencing these symptoms, and you cannot relate them to another illness, think back through what your parent has eaten in the preceding several days. If they have eaten at a restaurant recently, it is important to contact that restaurant after your parent’s diagnosis to inform them for reporting purposes.
Getting proper nutrition is one of the most important elements of your senior maintaining health as they age in place. Elderly care can be extremely beneficial when it comes to helping your senior get the nutrition they need on a regular basis.
An elderly home care services provider can provide safe and reliable transportation to the grocery store to stock their home with healthy options, provide reminders of dietary restrictions and instructions from their doctor, assist with meal and snack preparation, and encourage your senior to get enough hydration on a regular basis. This can not only help your parent to maintain better health, but also to support mental and emotional well-being, and quality of life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior home care in Chandler, AZ and the surrounding areas, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call (480) 535-6800.
Urinary tract infections are some of the most common infections experienced by people of all ages, but maybe a particular risk for older adults.
As a family caregiver, it is important to identify the particular risk factors that your senior has so you can take steps to reduce these risks and protect your parent from such an infection, and potentially serious consequences that can result.
Some of the factors that may increase the risk for your senior to develop a urinary tract infection include:
- Being a woman
- Being older, as the risk for suffering a UTI increases with age
- Diminished mobility such as after experiencing surgery or a procedure that requires extended bed rest
- Urinary incontinence
- Use of a catheter
- Kidney stones
- Enlargement of the prostate
- Poor hygiene
If you are concerned that your aging parent is at increased risk for developing a UTI and want to help them to reduce this risk, starting home care can be a good idea.
A home care provider can be with your parent to help them manage their risk factors effectively and to detect if they may be struggling with a UTI. This can include encouraging them to stay well-hydrated, helping them eat a good diet, and providing support while bathing and managing incontinence. Talk to their doctor about other ways you can help protect your parent from a UTI so you are prepared to take these steps, but also to care for your senior should such an infection arise.
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be one of the most meaningful decisions you ever make in your life. It can also be challenging, and even overwhelming. You may find that your senior’s needs are more extensive than you thought they would be, or that your schedule and personal limitations are more influential than you expected. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to give your parent the care they need, or that they will be without this care. Starting home care for them can be a fantastic way to ensure your senior gets access to the care, support, and assistance they need on a daily basis, while also enabling you to participate in their care as much as you can. This eases your stress and promotes better health and well-being for both of you and your aging parent.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Gilbert, AZ, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call (480) 535-6800.
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