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Maintain Senior Fitness To Stay Strong and Healthy

It’s easy to make excuses and not regularly exercise, but maintaining a consistent senior fitness plan is important.

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 →

Technology for Seniors: New Options You May Want to Consider

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There are multiple ways that technology can help seniors age in place.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to tune a guitar, learn a new language, or just add cats’ ears to a selfie, there is an app for that! And for individuals who elect to age in place, technology for seniors may be a key component to increasing safety, comfort, and overall quality of life.

Take Amazon’s Alexa, as an example. Although its current benefits for seniors are many, such as the ability to track blood sugar levels, make physician appointments, and research information pertaining to a certain health issue, it’s actually positioned to delve even further into the medical care arena – possibly even detecting heart attacks and helping doctors get accurate diagnoses.

Here are a few additional technology solutions you may want to consider for a senior loved one:

  • Home Security: A motion-detecting home security system delivers peace of mind related to crime prevention, but frequently can do so much more, such as warning when sensing smoke, broken glass, or temperatures in the house that are too high or low, just to name a few. They are also helpful for people diagnosed with dementia who might be at risk of wandering, to alert to a senior’s activities close to the home.
  • Telehealth: Save a visit to the physician’s office through the use of one of many different apps which allow for remote consultations from board-certified physicians, psychologists, and psychiatrists, many of whom are available around the clock, 7 days per week.
  • Fall Prevention: One of the leading factors that can lead to older adult falls is inadequate lighting. Smart lights use motion detection to improve lighting in locations of specific concern, such as between the bedroom and bathroom, or on outside walkways, when set off by a person’s movement.
  • Fraud Protection: Senior scammers are persistent and regularly evolving their tactics. Seniors can enhance security through apps that monitor financial activity and neighborhood crime activity, reduce robocalls, catch any use of a person’s Social Security number, and much more.
  • Health Care: Many medical care needs can now be met from the comfort of home, including video chats with health practitioners to avoid a trip to the office, prescription ordering, and medication management to ensure meds are taken at the correct times as well as in the right doses.

Contact the experts in home care in Eugene, OR at New Horizons In-Home Care for more suggestions for maximizing life at home for senior loved ones – whether through technology for seniors coupled with our specialized in-home care assistance, in-home nursing for chronic conditions or home care after a hospitalization! We are always available to help explain technological options, and to provide the tried-and-true, hands-on assistance in the home that empowers the elderly to live their best lives. Reach out to us any time in Eugene: 541-687-8851, Corvallis: 541-752-9059, Salem: 503-400-3000, or Florence: 541-997-8115 for an in-home consultation and let us know more about how we can help!

Maintain a Healthy Diet for Cancer Patients with These Tips

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Maintain a healthy diet for cancer patients by following a few easy steps.

Maintaining a healthy diet for cancer patients is especially critical for those undergoing chemo or another type of cancer treatment, but one of the significant side effects stopping patients from eating well is a change in how food tastes. It’s important to conquer this and other challenges to healthy eating in an effort to maintain the strength needed for chemotherapy treatments and to safeguard against infections. Eating a balanced diet might even help cancer patients better manage higher amounts of certain types of medicines. Continue Reading →

Warning Signs that May Point to the Need for Help at Home

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Help a senior discover a higher quality of life with professional help at home.

“I definitely do NOT need to move to an assisted living facility!” This is a common sentiment proclaimed by many older adults, even when they begin to struggle with managing tasks at home independently. And who can blame them? Home is where we all feel safe and secure, and older adults are no exception. They’re familiar with where everything is located and they enjoy following their own particular routines. They may have friends and family living nearby, who add to their quality of life. Nonetheless, if you are beginning to feel concerned that a senior loved one’s safety at home may be compromised, it may be time to look into help at home.

The questions listed below, courtesy of New Horizons In-Home Care, providers of senior care services Salem families trust, will help you determine whether your loved one is as safe as possible, or if the senior might benefit from some additional assistance at home:

Weight Loss

  • Has the older person lost weight unintentionally within the past few months?
  • Can she manage grocery shopping and planning and preparing healthy meals?
  • Does she practice safety in the kitchen, such as remembering to turn off the stove?
  • Has she been complaining about the way food tastes?
  • Is she drinking sufficient amounts of water along with other fluids throughout each day to prevent dehydration, particularly during the warmer summer months?

Personal Hygiene

  • Is the senior properly keeping up her personal hygiene?
  • Can she manage the tasks of laundry, bathing, grooming, and using the toilet appropriately?

Medications

  • Does the senior take medications?
  • Is she remembering to take them exactly when and how they are prescribed?
  • Can she read and understand medication labels, and does she know what each medicine is for?
  • Is she physically able to swallow pills, or otherwise take them as recommended (for instance, creams, liquids, crushed or broken pills, etc.)?

Home Safety

  • Is the home free of clutter, which can present a tripping and falling hazard?
  • Could the older person call for help if she were to fall?
  • Are there grab bars in the bathroom, and are handrails on stairways attached securely?
  • Is there adequate lighting to allow her to safely get up during the night to go to the bathroom or kitchen?
  • Have you seen any cuts, bruises, scrapes, or burns that could have been caused by a fall or another unexplained accident?
  • Is the kitchen clean and safe for preparing food?

Emotional, Cognitive, and Psychological Issues

  • Does the older adult appear to be depressed or anxious?
  • Is she remaining socially active as often as possible?
  • If she is religious, is she attending services or programs that are of interest to her?
  • Is she enjoying hobbies that have interested her in the past?
  • Is she having memory problems? Unusually loud or distressed?
  • Are her financial matters in order?

Discovering the answers to questions like these might seem daunting, but New Horizons In-Home Care is here to help. Our knowledgeable care team provides expert senior care services Salem area families trust to assess loved one’s situation and recommend solutions, offering you and your loved one peace of mind. Our expertly trained and experienced home care staff can provide a wide range of home care services, including companionship, light housekeeping tasks, preparing healthy meals, and so much more.

Contact us at 541-687-8851 in Eugene, 541-752-9059 in Corvallis, 503-400-3000 in Salem, or 541-997-8115 in Florence to request an in-home assessment, and find out how our expert care staff can provide the help at home needed to keep seniors safe and thriving.

Foods For Memory And Focus

Foods For Memory And Focus

Mediterranean Diet Pyramid

5 Best Foods For Memory And Focus

Recently, food critics and scientists are advising the Mediterranean diet has been linked to a healthier heart, a stronger life, bones, and a reduced risk for high blood pressure and reduced risk for diabetes. In addition Continue Reading →

HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training

HIIT has become popular in the exercise world, as it is done faster, creates a schedule to follow, and the results are proven! HIIT historically has been used with bodybuilders and athletes who need the intense weight training combined with cardio. HIIT is much more effective than normal cardio because of the intensity of the workout being higher. High Intensity Interval Training also helps increase your anaerobic and aerobic endurance while burning more fat than ever. Continue Reading →

Memory Loss and Nutrition

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Memory loss can be a result of many factors: level of physical activity, lifestyle, genetics, and environmental reasons.
We have control over the diet we consume, and certain foods can help boost our memory and brain functions Continue Reading →

Customer Reviews

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Customer Testimonials

J. M. May 4, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The people I've worked with have been so straightforward and honest. They really care about how it's going. The caregiver is very understanding, knowledgeable. He can see ahead and makes some suggestions. I can leave if I need without the least bit of worry. He is really proactive, I know he cares and trust him impeccably.

Pamela V. April 9, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
I like how nice the caregivers are. The office staff is prompt on getting somebody out here when it is needed and the caregivers make me feel better than what I am. They are willing to do anything I ask of them.

Barbara W. February 2, 2020

Corvallis, Or Client
We are happy to have them because they do well. They come when they are supposed to and do what they are supposed to. They do things that we didn't know we needed. They assess the situation well and plan for the right care. They are very dependable and thorough and are very friendly and helpful. We're very satisfied.

Candice S. April 1, 2020

Salem, Or Client
They are very helpful and on time with things. They do what they say they are going to do. They will talk to me and help me when needed. I don't have to wait forever to pick up my calls and they are quick to get back to me. It has been positive.

Sharon R. April 01, 2020

Salem, Or Client
The caregivers will do anything that we ask of them. They have been very convenient. and are able to be here and do things for us that we cannot do.

O.H. February 14, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The caregiver they sent me is awesome. People in the office staff are friendly and they know what they are talking about. The case manager, is a wonderful person and she knows her job. If I need something, all I have to do is call them.

Mary B. April 01, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
It has taken a great load off of our shoulders, especially mine. It has helped my health as well and gives my husband some social time. They are really good at scheduling around our schedule and are matched very well to his needs. We always recommend them to others who need care.

Denise B. March 02, 2020

Salem, Or Client
My caregiver is wonderful. I wish I could have more time. They do so much for me that I can't do for myself. They spend a few minutes to talk with me and be social. They are very open, caring, patient, outgoing, understanding, and kind people. If I need help with anything they will always help me. They are so helpful. I don't know what I'd do without their services.

Gail P. February 13, 2020

Florence Or,
The office staff found the right person for us. They check in regularly. What we need is someone who could do the cleaning and we have that. I like the fact that they have provided the kind of assistance that we needed. The caregiver we have is excellent.

Barbara N. February 12, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
They are courteous, respectful, and serve good food, and do everything we ask. They did all of their duties and everything was done in a timely manner. They were very helpful.
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