Home Health Care Tips: Winter Safety for Seniors

October 30th, 2014

As much as we hate to admit, winter is right around the corner. And with that, comes everything involved with the season: the ice, snow, and cold temperatures. And, if you’re caring for a friend or loved one who lives at home, winter can bring along some new challenges for them as well.

Below are some quick and helpful tips for keeping seniors safe during the winter:

1.: Clear driveways and sidewalks

One of the most obvious challenges winter brings is the addition of snow and ice, which can lead to slips and falls. Which is why it’s important to make sure that walkways, outside steps, and driveways are clear of these potential dangers for your friends or loved ones.

Plan ahead, if you are a family member taking care of a friend or loved one, and you know that you may not always be there to clear steps or walkways for them when it snows, talk to their neighbor and see if they can help out.

Additionally, the addition of ice and snow on the roads can make driving more difficult for your friend or loved one as well. If you feel that your friend or loved one may have difficulty getting to and from needed appointments or errands, make sure there is someone in place to help them out.

2.: Vitamin-D

Sure, winter brings snow and ice, but it also means that your friend or loved one will be staying indoors more often, and may be getting less than their recommended dose of Vitamin-D; a vitamin that seniors are more at risk for deficiency of already.

Vitamin-D has been thought to be helpful in keeping bones healthy, so it’s important to make sure your friends or loved ones are eating the right things this winter.

3.: Dry skin

With winter, of course, comes dry skin. But for seniors, dry skin can be more dangerous than just an irritating itch. Dry skin in seniors can lead to cracking, and even infections. Therefore, for family caregivers and home health care workers alike, it’s important to stay up-to-task in helping your friends or loved ones stay moisturized.

One sure-fire way to help your friends or loved on stay moisturized is to stay hydrated. In any season, but especially in winter, make sure your friend or loved one is getting the water they need. Keep a pitcher full in easily accessible areas, and make it as easy as possible for them to get their fill of H2O.

As always, if you want to keep your home as safe as possible during winter, or perhaps are realizing that you may need some help around the home this year, feel free to call one of our Care Advisors at 317-581-1100.

This blog is meant for informational purposes only and should not replace the advice of a doctor.

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Taking Stock of Your Loved One’s Home Health Care Needs

October 23rd, 2014

We at Alliance Home Health Care know that making the choice for home health care is a big one. But when you do decide that home health care, personal home care, or even transitional care is the right choice for your friend or loved one, one of the best things you can do to ensure that they get the best care is possible is to take stock of what issues they are having around the home and what they could use help in.

Below are some great tips to get you started on your home health care decision:

1. How well is the home maintained now?

Have you noticed that your friend or loved one’s home isn’t as clean or tidy as it once was? Has it declined gradually over weeks, months, or even the years?

If so, certain physical or mental impairments could be preventing them from cleaning the house like they once could. In this instance, it’s important to mention to your home care provider that they may need additional assistance in personal home care.

2. How well are they handling organization?

To properly assess whether or not your friend or loved one may need home health care assistance in the areas of organization, take notice of their driving habits and how well they can keep appointments and handle ADL tasks.

For instance, do they seem to be forgetting more items at the grocery? Are they remembering to take their medications on time? Or, are they having trouble driving to and from errands or making it to appointments with doctors.

If you do notice any of these signs, make sure to mention it to the home health care company and assure that they acknowledge your concerns.

3.) Do they have trouble performing tasks around the home?

If your friend or loved one is having increased difficulty getting out of bed, or out of the shower, or has shown a decreased ability to cook, clean, or even walk around the house, be sure to mention this to your home health care company.

In many instances, not only can a quality home health care provider assist your friend or loved one in the tasks of cooking, cleaning, and personal assistance needs, but they can also examine your houses for ways to make your friend or loved one’s life a little easier. Whether that’s installing new railings to make getting up the stairs more easy, to simple non-slip surfaces in the bathroom, having a knowledgeable and fresh set of eyes on a home can often help in finding new problems and helping your friend or loved one.

Of course, if you choose Alliance for your home health care or personal home care needs, then our Care Advisors will be there every step of the way for you and your family, with over the phone and in-home evaluations. But at Alliance, we’re a team, and everything you can do to help us get to know your friend or loved one, and their wants, needs, and wishes, can help us give them the best care possible.

And that’s what it’s all about. The best care, and the most comfort possible.

As always, this blog is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace the advice of your doctor.


 


 

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