Archive for January, 2014

The Importance of Preventing Falls in Seniors

Friday, January 31st, 2014

It’s no secret that falls present the biggest peril to seniors living independently at home. One out of every three seniors falls each year, and they are the most common cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) in older adults. Preventing falls in seniors living at home is an issue that should be at the top of every personal home care provider’s list.

Below are some helpful tips for caregivers in preventing falls for seniors:

Exercise, if you can:

The benefits to exercise in seniors is far reaching. Not only is exercise proven to be good for one’s mental health, but it also is beneficial in preventing falls. Exercise strengthens our muscles, obviously, but strong muscles are crucial in improving and maintaining balance. In addition, since exercise is good for mental health, keeping a strong mind can also help keep the mind sharp and improve coordination.

Talk to your doctor about medicines:

Certain medications, either taken by themselves or when mixed with other medications, can have side effects like dizziness and drowsiness. It’s always important to consult with your doctor before taking any new medicine, and to be proactive when discussing medications with them. Their knowledge and expertise can help prevent accidents.

Be proactive in prevention:

Falls can happen to any of us, at any age, and one of the biggest perpetrators of falls at any age is clutter around the house. With seniors, it’s especially important to be proactive in helping around the house. Having clear paths for seniors to walk in, making sure sidewalks and driveways are clear of debris and snow, and ensuring railings around the house are sturdy, are quick ways to prevent accidents. Additionally, adding extra safeguards to commonly used appliances, like grab bars for toilets, can be extremely beneficial in keeping seniors safe and healthy.

One of the benefits of  home health care companies that provide services in the areas of companionship and personal home care is that they can help in these seemingly simple chores around the house that can be difficult for seniors. If you or someone you love would like to discuss these options with one of our certified Care Advisors, we are always here to help. Just follow the link here, or give us a call at 317-581-1100.

 

 

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Finding Activities For Those With Dementia

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Activities are helpful in instilling a sense of purpose and happiness in our lives. For those with Alzheimer’s, engaging in activities that they used to love may be more difficult than they used to, but nonetheless, participating in activities is good for them. Below are some tips in helping seniors with dementia get involved in activities:

Understand what they can do:

It’s not that people with dementia or Alzheimer’s are lazy, they’re not. Or, that they don’t want to participate in activities, they do. However, for those with cognition problems, it becomes increasingly more difficult to organize and execute the day’s events. Before you plan activities for someone with dementia, take the time to understand and be honest about what they can and cannot do, and plan activities they can accomplish. Activities outside of what they can accomplish can lead to confusion and frustration, so start simple and work your way up.

Simple chores:

Chores help give people purpose. Engaging friends or loved ones with dementia in simple chores can be an easy way to get them involved in day-to-day activities and help them feel good. Some simple chores include: folding socks or laundry, clearing plates, or sweeping the floors. Assisting in preparing meals, setting the table, and cooking can be fun as well, but if there is a risk of danger, make sure there is supervision at all times.

Listen to music:

One of the easiest, and perhaps most beneficial, activities for those with dementia-related illnesses is simply┬álistening to music. Listening to the music of one’s past has been show to reinvigorate memories deep in our minds and unleash the power of nostalgia. Music is a love and a passion, and passions are powerful allies in the fight against dementia. In fact, passion and purpose are two of the biggest components in our nostalgia program: a course designed to better quality of life by focusing on past and present interests.

Of course, these are only a few examples of activities for seniors with dementia. There a number of other activities out there, from gardening to going out, but always remember to engage your friend or loved one only in what you feel they can handle, and monitor their emotions and reactions to the activities.

 

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