Most humans have or have had a pet at one point that they truly bonded with and loved dearly. There is a comforting feeling of being a pet owner and the animals can provide companionship that is truly valuable and beneficial to a person’s life and overall well-being. This is even more true for senior citizens and elderly people. According to the New York Times, around 41 percent of seniors aged 65 and older actually own a pet in their household. While the benefits of pet therapy and pet ownership for seniors are plentiful, the actual logistics of caring for said animal can be tricky as people age.
Seniors face many obstacles to their health. From seeing reductions in their mobility to memory loss, aging can affect older people significantly. Another challenge senior citizens face as a result of these physical challenges is hunger. In fact, without reliable transportation, income, and care, buying and preparing food for oneself is difficult for those aged 60 and older.
Palliative care is defined as the treatment of a serious illness. “Seriously ill” is defined as a chronic illness that could result in death, despite the estimated length of a patient’s remaining period of life. Those who are seriously ill may be experiencing pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep problems, and more. Palliative care assists with the treatment and maintenance of those symptoms. Palliative care provides relief from discomfort, stress, and symptoms that accompany serious illness. Our friends at Green Valley Hospice have recently started offering home-based Palliative care, which is a great resource for seniors.
Topics: Hospice and End of Life
As a medical caregiver or case manager, your career description is almost never cut and dry. Your day-to-day duties are often stressful and can change at a moment’s notice. Sometimes you may be helping prepare medications for a patient, and other times you are working on developing the best care plan for an individual.
The nutritional habits of people often have an impact on one’s entire well-being. In recent years, there have been more and more discoveries and information released regarding nutrition, food and the effects the two have on the human body. Much of the newfound information is pretty straightforward and things for which most people are aware. For example, too much sugar or carbohydrates can lead to serious health issues like diabetes. Although, some modern knowledge that has come to light in recent years is less well known but is very important. Recent studies are finding links between food and nutritional ingredients and other diseases, apart from diabetes, heart disease, and those more common ones.
Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia
Our second bi-annual All Staff Awards and Celebration couldn’t have been more of a blast. It is so great to connect with such a dedicated team of caring, professional and reliable caregivers. What an honor to be with the top 5% in the industry!
To be fortunate enough to be selected to even be a part of this team is a high honor. These are special people, caregivers dedicated to a shared purpose; to provide families with Peace of Mind by providing the finest in-home care available. So, to select the best of the best out of this team is an extremely difficult task.
Moving in general can be a stressful, complicated life event. Whether moving down the street or across the country, a lot of planning, preparation, and arrangements must be made. Other factors come into play that can complicate things even further, such as the size of the home one is relocating to, age, and more. Particularly, moving or downsizing a senior loved one from their larger home to a smaller unit requires a lot of patience, strategy, and of course organization. As daunting as downsizing can seem, it can actually help create simpler, safer, and less stressful environments for seniors.
Many people have a similar story: life was going along like normal, until one day their aging parent received a life-changing diagnosis or perhaps, it just came to the point your parent could no longer be self-sufficient on their own. Perhaps, you and your siblings toss around care ideas and options, but inevitably the care ends up falling on one of you. Prior to actually caring for an aging parent, many people think they will be able to do so relatively easily. Eventually, it becomes evident just how difficult managing your own life while caring for another really is.
The comforting feeling of a dog nuzzling up to you or a sweet cat jumping up in your lap is a feeling everyone, regardless at age, can appreciate. While pets are loving and fun to care for, there are actually many benefits for people who have a pet companion. For seniors and elderly people, pet therapy can be even more beneficial. In recent years, many assisted living and senior centers have started incorporating animals and pets in their programming and activities.
As we age, the number and risk for illnesses and diseases rapidly increases and our health becomes a primary concern. One of the most frightening conditions that has an onset later in life is Alzheimer’s or dementia. In fact according to Alz.com, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. With over 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and that number on the rise, the preemptive prevention of the illness is important. There are currently no pharmaceutical drugs or methods that have significant effects to decrease symptoms or progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Fortunately, there are plenty of lifestyle choices and diet methods that we can adopt that can help minimize the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s.