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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.

Providing senior care in Eugene and the surrounding area, 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 senior care services and our excellent caregivers 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 need 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 →

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?!

What Makes Your Happy?

What makes you happy?

To some, this is a simple question, but to others, it may be one of the most difficult questions to provide an answer to. Why is this? Why is it that we see others laughing and having a wonderful time, but Continue Reading →

Knowing How to Converse with Your Healthcare Provider on Your Annual Checkup

Anyone over the age of 65 should have an annual physical. Generally speaking this is usually covered by your insurance. This is important in your overall healthcare record. If you are someone who has held off seeing your health care provider for years the first appointment might be intimidating. With an annual physical insurance allows for more time, which is a good thing as you are able to ask more questions. However, you want to maximize the time that you have. There are several tips to help with getting the most out of the appointment and get your questions answered.

 First, try to have someone you feel comfortable with come with you to your appointment so that you don’t miss anything. Often it is a family member, i.e., daughter, husband, etc. They can be your extra set of ears so that the information you receive is complete.

 Second, you will need to maximize your time by having a specific list of questions. You will need to recognize that it is unlikely that all of the questions will be answered due to the time limitation. So, make sure that the top three (3) questions are your priority. They are those questions that need the most complete answers and perhaps tests that are required. For example, if you are having some trouble remembering appointments, or forgetting to pay bills, you may be asked to take an exam to give your healthcare provider a baseline record of your memory at the time of the appointment. Based on the grad, your provider may want to have more tests run.

 Once the exam is finished, you want to make sure you have a follow-up appointment scheduled. This might be to review tests that the healthcare provider schedules or just a bi-annual or annual visit. In any case, you need to start a regular pattern of visits so that you have a relationship with your provider. The more the provider knows about you the better they will be able to help you.dr visit

 

Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

Everyone wants to speed up their metabolism in some way, shape, or form. How does one achieve this seemingly far fetched goal, however? Well, there are steps people can take to accomplish this.

 

1.) Eat regularly! This does not mean large meals should be consumed all throughout the day. This means that one should have their three main meals, with two to three smaller meals (snacks) in between. This will keep the metabolism constantly going and not letting it venture into starvation mode.

2.) Drink more water. We have all heard this, however, it is true. Most individuals require a half gallon up to a gallon of water per day (depending on the size and health levels of people-it will vary) and this amount should be spread all throughout the day.

3.) Spicy foods help! If you can tolerate spices like curry, chili pepper, and other spicy ingredients, these aid in increasing one’s metabolic rate.

4.) COFFEE! For all of you coffee drinkers, coffee, in moderation, can help give your metabolism a quick boost. Just keep in mind that too much of anything can have negative side effects, so don’t overdo it.

5.) A morning workout. Some people love working out in the morning, and some despise it. Whichever type you are, it is beneficial to do at least a 10-15 minute exercise program to jump-start your brain, body, and organs. Plus, it will help wake you up and give you more energy throughout the day!

 

Blog post on 3-25-16

The Relationship Between Stress and Dementia

There is new research on the relationship of stress and dementia which was published in the January issue of Current Opinion of Psychiatry. Rothman Research Institute at Baycres Health Sciences recently conducted a study that found people who experienced chronic stress; including, anxiety, fear and stress were more precursors to dementia. When these psychiatric issues are only occasional and temporary, for example before an exam, they are not harmful. However, when these short-term reactions become chronic (long-term) they can have an impact on one’s health.

Chronic stress can cause a serious impact on your immune and cardiovascular system. Pathological anxiety and chronic stress are associated with increased risk of neuropsychiatric diseases, including depression and dementia. Current research has emphasized interventions such as exercise, mindfulness and cognitive behavior therapy will often help in reducing this type of stress.

There are numerous ways a person can get the right kind of exercise.  A person does not need to become a marathon runner, or super weight trainer to get adequate exercise for their brain health. Some of the best types of exercise is walking and swimming. You do not need to know how to swim as many local gyms have water aerobics where the person who does not swim is supported by a belt that keeps the person afloat. If a person is not able to walk there are numerous exercises one can do from a chair or bed. Check with your local adult activity center to find the right exercise class for you.Stress and depression