Seniors living with COPD have needed to stay especially watchful since the COVID-19 pandemic began. They are not only more likely at greater risk for contracting the virus, but also at higher risk for developing more serious complications because of COPD. A recently available research study published by the European Respiratory Journal reported that COPD patients were more prone to be admitted to the ICU, require ventilator care, and succumb to the virus than those without the disease. Continue Reading →
Starting a routine exercise plan is difficult at any age. Performing exercises is tedious. We would prefer not to dedicate the time. We’re feeling the pain from yesterday’s workout. We’ve all made excuses like these for not staying physically fit; but frailty and advanced age make it even more troublesome to stay with an exercise regimen and maintain senior fitness. Continue Reading →
The positive effects of exercising do not abate as we get older, and it’s particularly essential for older adults to preserve as active a way of living as possible. Even individuals who are confined to a bed or wheelchair-bound have a full range of possibilities available to strengthen, and develop resistance and flexibility. Continue Reading →
Older adults diagnosed with mesothelioma have a variety of options when it comes to treatment. The type of care your loved one receives will be determined after a doctor or specialist evaluates him or her. Since each older adult’s diagnosis is unique, treatment will vary on an individual basis. While there is no specific treatment that cures mesothelioma, an early diagnosis and aggressive treatment can lead to your loved one going into remission. Continue Reading →
Providing home care assistance for a senior with Alzheimer’s can be challenging under the best of scenarios; add in a worldwide pandemic, one that calls for social distancing, gloves and masks, and careful sterilization of both ourselves and our home environment, and the challenge may seem insurmountable.
New Horizons’ Alzheimer’s care team provides the following guidelines to help reduce fear and frustration for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, while keeping both them and their caregivers safe:
- Be sure to make self-care a top priority. Now more than ever before, it is important to gauge your own personal level of stress, and make a plan to make certain you are healthy – both physically and emotionally. You can only supply the best caregiving help for your loved one if your own needs are met. This could possibly mean restricting time spent watching the news as well as on social media, maintaining connections with close friends and family, and taking time for pleasant, rewarding hobbies.
- Take care of personal hygiene. Proper handwashing techniques are vital for all of us, but might be hard for a senior with Alzheimer’s to uphold. Depending on the individual’s stage of the disease, it might be beneficial to wash your hands with each other, demonstrating for your loved one; or, position signs next to the sink in the bathroom and kitchen with a reminder to scrub for 20 seconds. And keep in mind that repetition, a typical behavior in dementia, can work to your advantage in this case.
- Choose your words carefully. When speaking to a loved one about changes related to COVID-19, it’s critical to keep it very simple, utilizing a calm and reassuring tone. Beth Kallmyer, Vice President of Care and Support at the Alzheimer’s Association, recommends statements such as, “We have to stay inside because that’s most safe for us, but we’ll do it together. I’ll be with you and we’ll be okay.”
- Be sure to have a backup plan. In case you contract COVID-19 or another health condition that would prevent you from safely providing help for a loved one with dementia, it’s vital to have a plan in place for who could take over to execute your care duties. A professional home care agency, such as New Horizons, is the perfect choice, with aides who are knowledgeable in specialized dementia care.
Allow New Horizons In-Home Care, the experts in eldercare in Eugene and the surrounding areas, to help you. Our highly skilled Alzheimer’s caregivers are fully trained and experienced in both following proper protocol linked to decreasing the danger for contracting coronavirus, and in the specialized types of care that are most effective for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease. Reach out to New Horizons’ Eugene eldercare experts at 541-687-8851. Or contact an one of our offices nearest you: 541-752-9059 in Corvallis; 503-400-3000 in Salem; or 541-997-8115 in Florence to schedule an assessment within the safety and comfort of home and to find out more about how we can help your loved ones. To see our full service area, click here.
Being aware of where to turn for the current, most dependable info on COVID-19, specifically as it pertains to the elderly and family members who care for them, is extremely important – and yet can be confusing. Due to so many resources and differing opinions on this extraordinary situation, we want to help make it simpler to locate what you need by building the subsequent list of trusted resources for seniors and family caregivers. Continue Reading →
When you think about our senses, our vision is most likely the one for which we are most thankful. A great deal of our life’s experiences are a result of the things we see in the world around us. Our sense of vision also shields us from a wide range of dangers. Low or reduced vision can make it more difficult to steer clear of the dangers and barriers we encounter, both within and outside of the home.
If you are caring for a loved one who contends with low vision, an innovative use of colors and contrasts can raise the senior’s level of safety and autonomy. It’s not as complicated as you may think! For instance, keep these techniques in mind:
- Solid, vibrant colors like orange, red, and yellow are best for reflecting light, and therefore are easiest to see.
- Light-colored items set against darker-colored backgrounds give heightened contrast. For example, putting a white sheet of paper on a brown desk stands out much more than on an off-white surface.
- In the same way, dark items are easier to see against light-colored backgrounds. A deep blue chair can be seen best when placed against a lighter-colored wall.
- When placing furniture and other things in the home, bear in mind that certain colors are so similar that distinguishing between them can be a struggle for people with low vision. The most common color combinations that cause problems are:
- Black, brown, and navy
- Green, blue, and purple
- Yellow, pink, and light green
- Utilizing light-reflecting tape or brightly colored paint on the top edge of the first and last steps on a stairway can help them stand out.
- Hallway runners in bright, solid colors can help more clearly define walking pathways.
Naturally, before implementing any changes in a senior loved one’s home who suffers with low vision problems, it’s necessary to keep that person’s wishes and feelings in mind. A senior dealing with vision loss is most likely facing a wide array of fears, like a reduced sense of control over his/her life decisions, reduced independence and privacy, and the fear that people may see him or her in a different way. The individual may also feel overwhelmed or anxious about what the future has in store, and resistant to share his or her thoughts. Remaining sensitive to these feelings instead of just brushing them aside can make a substantial impact.
If a senior loved one in your life is struggling with low vision challenges, call on our team in eldercare in Eugene and the surrounding areas at New Horizons In-Home Care for help and resources. We’d be pleased to set up a free in-home evaluation and work with you to put together an appropriate care plan to keep the senior safe and thriving at home. Reach out to us any time in Eugene: 541-687-8851, Corvallis: 541-752-9059, Salem: 503-400-3000, or Florence: 541-997-8115 and let our compassionate care team share how we can help!
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.