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Dementia Wandering Solutions: Tips to Help Increase Safety

Dementia wandering solutions can be easily implemented at home to increase safety.

Of all the outcomes of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, perhaps one of the most concerning is the individual’s tendency for wandering, together with the potential dangers which may arise in the event the senior becomes disoriented or lost. Wandering may occur when the older adult is:  Continue Reading →

Making Your Home Dementia-Friendly is as Easy as A B C

When making your home dementia-friendly, follow the ABCs.

If an older adult you adore has been diagnosed with dementia, your top concerns are probably his / her safety and wellbeing. The good news is that with a couple of adjustments around the house, it is possible to create a dementia-friendly environment that encourages continued independence for your family member, while keeping safety top of mind. Continue Reading →

Warning Signs of Vision Loss in Seniors

Know the signs of vision loss in seniors and seek an assessment from an eye care professional.

Talking about health concerns is hard for many seniors. They might think their health issues are their own concern and no one else’s, or they could be afraid that if they admit to experiencing problems, they might compromise their ability to maintain their independence. This is oftentimes the situation when it comes to vision loss.

A senior who is experiencing difficulty with vision may do his or her best to conceal the issue from family and friends. Because of this, it’s beneficial to know how to identify changes in behaviors and physical appearance that could signify the senior ought to make an appointment with his/her doctor or eye care professional. Be on the lookout for these red flags that could be signs of vision loss:

  • Running into items, stumbling, moving very carefully or touching the wall while walking
  • Appearing to be visually confused in a familiar place
  • Under-reaching or over-reaching for items
  • Stopping certain enjoyable activities like reading, watching television, driving, walking, or participating in hobbies
  • Tilting the head or squinting to see, or holding reading material closer to the face
  • Struggling to identify faces, objects or colors
  • Stains on clothing or outfit color combinations that do not match
  • Looking for more or different kinds of lighting for reading or other activities
  • Having trouble cutting or serving food, or knocking over glasses

Also, if the senior complains about the following items, it could be a sign of losing vision:

  • Pointing out halos or rings around lights, or witnessing spots in front of his or her eyes
  • Expressing pain in the eyes
  • Having diminished night vision, double or distorted vision

Losing vision does not have to mean a loss of self-reliance. With a little help from New Horizons In-Home Care and our experts in home care in Salem, seniors with vision problems can continue to safely enjoy all that life has to offer. We offer transportation and accompaniment services, meal preparation, house cleaning, errand-running, and much more, permitting older adults to age at home where they are most comfortable, to maintain the routines to which they’re accustomed, and to enjoy enhanced socialization. Contact our compassionate care team any time to learn more about our top-rated home care in Salem or one of these surrounding communities: Eugene: 541-687-8851, Corvallis: 541-752-9059, Salem: 503-400-3000, or Florence: 541-997-8115.

How to Overcome Technology Hurdles for Seniors and Their Family Caregivers

These days, older adults are overrun with a surge of high-tech products focused on improving their self-reliance and safety and providing life enhancement. At a touch of a button or two, seniors can automatically pay a visit “in person” with friends and relatives through Skype, wear a pendant that responds with emergency help when needed, and even remain safe from wandering with specialized sensors attached to apparel or shoes. 

The question becomes how to inspire older adults (and family members who care for them) to shift from a low-tech mindset to enjoying all that’s available to them. New Horizons In-Home Care wants to help families overcome technology hurdles for seniors. AARP reports that as few as 7% of family care providers are using technology solutions in their care, but that 71% are interested in using technology that would help make caregiving easier. Why is there such a massive gap between the interest and use of care technology solutions?

Some typical hurdles:  

  • Stigma. Many people see the use of some technology, such as medical alert pendants, as equal to a loss of their freedom.
  • Finding help. Troubleshooting problems with technology leads many older adults and their caregivers to quit attempting to get devices to work. 
  • A lack of time. Carving out time to learn and attempt something new is particularly daunting for busy families who care for their loved ones. 

If you’d like to try and integrate health care technology into senior caregiving but are facing these difficulties, call on New Horizons In-Home Care and our team in senior care in Eugene and the surrounding areas for assistance. Our competent and patient care professionals can help overcome the technological obstacles by:   

  • Recommending technology that fits a senior’s personality and challenges   
  • Providing instruction on how to use the technology 

Whether it is teaching someone how to enjoy applications on a smartphone, or arranging for a personal medical alert system, we can keep older adults connected to friends and family and help them enjoy life to the fullest. Reach out to our experts in senior care in Eugene and the surrounding areas any time in Eugene: 541-687-8851, Corvallis: 541-752-9059, Salem: 503-400-3000, or Florence: 541-997-8115 to learn more.

How to Prevent Senior Loneliness After the Holidays

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Loneliness and depression often affect elder adults once the joys of the holiday season have passed.

The holidays can be overflowing with a whirlwind of activities for the older adults we love, with family gatherings, holiday parties, faith-based services and events, determining the best gifts for those they love. Yet after the decorations are packed away and families have gotten back to the everyday busyness of life, many aging adults are impacted by a frequent but little-discussed concern: post-holiday senior loneliness. Continue Reading →

Seniors Who Age in Place Benefit From the Comfort and Familiarity of Home

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Home health care agencies can help seniors safely age in place.

It’s a fact: the great majority of today’s seniors would like to age in place instead of facing a move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. And for good reason: home care services empower elderly adults to experience safety and protection, while retaining the comfort and familiarity of home and their local community. When the difficulties of aging or chronic conditions cause concerns to arise about a senior’s capability to remain safely at home, professional home care agencies, like New Horizons In-Home Care, the senior care Eugene and surrounding area families trust, offer a viable solution.  Continue Reading →

Introducing Home Care to a Senior Loved One

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Follow these helpful tips when introducing the possibility of home care to a senior loved one.

Do you have an aging loved one resisting the truth that he/she is in need of some additional help at home? One of the biggest concerns we have as we age is the loss of freedom and the ability to continue to live at home alone. Because of this fear, it can be very challenging to request or to accept the help we truly need. If you’re experiencing the struggle of introducing home care, New Horizons In-Home Care in western Oregon has some helpful ideas to try:

  • Introduce the older adult to the care provider before care begins to establish a relationship so that the caregiver is not considered a complete stranger.
  • If the older adult is concerned about having someone he or she isn’t acquainted with in the residence, consider having a family member on hand for the first few visits.
  • New Horizons In-Home Care can help with selecting a caregiver who shares a similar personality with the older person. This can make having a caregiver seem more like a companion.
  • Make home care seem more appealing by laying out the alternatives for the senior, like having to move away from home, moving into an assisted living facility, etc.
  • Place the focus on you. Let the older adult know that you realize he/she is very independent, but having a caregiver around will help minimize your concerns.
  • Start small with a demo run. Have an in-home caregiver come in once a week for a few hours just to take care of some light housecleaning or laundry and then increase to additional care after the older adult is more comfortable.

Our Salem home care agency, New Horizons In-Home Care can help you work through this difficult time with your older loved one and find the perfect care solution. Whether the senior’s need is for just a couple of hours each week, full-time, 24/7 care, or anything in between, we can assist in a wide variety of ways, such as:

  • Meal preparation
  • Light housecleaning and laundry
  • Running errands
  • Transportation and accompaniment to appointments and outings
  • Personal care tasks
  • Specialized care for Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases
  • And much more

We know how challenging it can be when older adults feel like they’re losing their independence. Contact us today to learn how our Salem home care agency can help you and the senior you love!

Start the Conversation With Older Adults About Needing Help at Home

Use these conversation starters to help initiate a discussion with a senior loved one who may need help at home.

Getting used to the reality that a senior loved one may be needing help at home can be difficult. Even more challenging is speaking frankly about the need for home care with the senior and getting him or her to accept that assistance is needed. If you have spotted changes in your loved one and you’re sensing the need to start talking about home care as a possibility for maintaining safety and independence in the home, try these conversation starters to broach the topic in a delicate, non-confrontational way: Continue Reading →

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