Home Health Care and Caregiving: Small Things to Do For Others

January 19th, 2015

As today, Monday, Jan. 19, is the day we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., we at Alliance Home Health Care are reminded of one the doctor’s most famous and powerful quotes:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

It’s a simple question, but a good answer to it has powerful implications for making a difference in someone’s life. Especially, when you apply the question to the realms of home health, personal home care, and familial caregiving. However, it’s understandable, especially in familial caregiving, that many of us are busy juggling our own lives, children, work, commitments etc., with that of helping out family and friends around the home, to consider taking on more responsibility.

But always remember that every little thing you do for someone else can go a long way. Something as simple, and relatively non-time-consuming, as calling a loved one to say hello, or helping a neighbor out by shoveling their walkway or driveway, can make their day easier, and fill it with the notion that someone cares for them. And, eventually, the little things you do for others add up to something big, life changing even.

So, we here at Alliance encourage you to take the time today to not stress about what you can’t do to help; life happens, we know, but rather focus on the little things in life that you can do during the day to help make someone’s day better and fill it with just a little more love.

Happy MLK day, from all of us at Alliance Home Health Care.

 

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Home Health Care Tips: Good Nutrition in Seniors

January 7th, 2015

Proper nutrition, even as we are younger, and especially as we get older, is essential to good health. In fact, seniors who eat well and drink plenty of liquids are less likely to suffer from chronic disease, and/or require hospitalizations. But, it’s estimated that nearly 50% percent of seniors living at home are suffering from malnutrition or under-nutrition.

There’s a number of reasons why this is so, ranging from physical and mental ailments that may limit your friend or loved from preparing nutritious meals, to living alone and losing the enthusiasm for supper time sit-downs. But no matter the reason, it’s vitally important that as a family caregiver or home health worker you take the time to make sure those you love and help are eating right.

As a home health care, companion care, or familial caregiver, make sure you take the time around mealtimes to assess what your friend or loved one is eating, but also how they’re doing in their preparation of meals. For familial caregivers, take note of if they are having trouble pulling down pots or pans, or remembering recipes. If this is the case, it may be time to look into extra assistance, either from a friend, loved one, or home health professional, that can help find ways to make preparing and cooking meals easier for them.

Also, be sure to keep track of your friend or loved one’s weight, and keep track of any fluctuations. Significant gain or loss could mean many things, and one of them is that your friend or loved one may be eating too much of the wrong things, or too little of the “good foods”. Meaning, healthy, nutritional foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals that help our bodies function properly. If possible, request a calorie count form from a hospital or dietician to help curb weight loss or gain.

Finally, be proactive. Often times, bad nutrition can’t be seen in how someone appears on the outside. Make sure that your friend or loved one is getting the right tests at the doctor’s office that can tell if they are getting the kind of nutrients into their system, and what nutrients they need more of.

As always, our Care Advisors are here to help. Our in-home assessments include a review of your nutritional and physical status, which, in turn with your health care provider, can help develop a plan to put you or a friend or loved one, on the right track to good health in 2015.

As always, this blog is meant purely for informational purposes. Always consult with a doctor before starting or stopping a nutritional diet plan.

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