Archive for July, 2014

Adding the ‘Personal Touch’ to Home Health Care

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

In personal home care and home health care, providing the best care possible means putting in the effort and work to build personal relationships with those you help.

Taking the time to get to know who you’re helping, what they love and are passionate about, and what makes them unique, can make all the difference in providing the best care possible and helping them stay in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible.

Because, after all, personal home care is exactly what it sounds like: personal.

Below are just a few of the many ways quality home health care companies add that “personal touch” to home health care:

1.) Talk to friends, family, and neighbors

For your friend or loved one, living alone in their own home is a team effort. Friends, family, and neighbors all contribute to the well-being of their friend or loved one, and taking the time to find out what areas of care they are currently assisting, or are willing to assist in, can help coordinate more efficient care and assure everyone is working together for your friend or loved one.

2.) ABH: Always Be Honest

Additionally, when talking with friends or loved ones, always set out your plans for help early. Make sure to make your expectations and goals clear, and always be sure to update the friend or loved one’s family on any changes in the course.

Of course, be sure to let the family, friends, and neighbors know that their opinion is very important, and notifying the home health care worker of any new changes in behavior, physically or mentally, can help to address issues quicker.

Having a honest dialogue is important in personal home care, and establishing a pathway to open discussion early can help to avoid confusion and eliminate inhibition later on.

3.) Get to know who you’re helping

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, in personal home care and home health care, take the time to get to know who you are helping on a personal level. Everyone is unique, and finding out their strengths, weaknesses, needs, and goals for care is essential in providing the best care possible.

As always, if you would like to learn more about how Alliance Home Health Care adds that personal touch to home health care, feel free to contact us at 317-581-1100.



Home Health Care Advice: ‘Sneaking’ in More Exercise as We Age

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

No matter what age we are, exercise, if we are able to, is important to maintaining, and possibly improving, our mental and physical health. As we age, though, it may become more difficult to perform more traditional exercises, like push-ups, sit-ups, and weight lifting, or even to get to a gym for that matter.

Plus, there’s always the “I don’t have time” reasoning.

But working out and keeping your mind and body active doesn’t have to involve difficult exercise or even time-consuming workouts. Studies have shown that walking even a little during the day can help improve our health. In fact, the Mayo Clinic reports that one can burn almost 300-500 calories just by fidgeting around over the course of a day.

Therefore, again if you are able to, take comfort in knowing that “sneaking in” little exercises into your daily routine can be beneficial in staying physical active.

For instance, something as little as maintaining good posture while sitting and standing can help strengthen our core muscles. And in seniors, maintaining a good core is helpful in preventing falls; one of the leading causes of hospitalizations in seniors.

Additionally, using commercial breaks while watching TV to do some light stretching or moving about can help add minutes to your exercise during the day. Instead of walking to the fridge during a break in your favorite program, take a couple laps around the living room.

Finally, if you can get out of the house, try to find a program around town that caters to senior health and exercise. Not only will these workouts be more tailored to your needs, but the conversation with others and social stimulation can help work out your mind as well as your body.

As always, this advice is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult with a doctor before beginning any exercise program.