Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

7 Signs of type 2 diabetes

By Michael Connors LVN on Mar 6, 2016 4:44:49 PM

7 Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

About 30 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes, or about 9% of the population.

Type 2 diabetes is a result from your body not being able to use the human hormone insulin correctly in your daily life. Insulin is needed for the utilization of glucose (sugar) by your body’s cells via one’s blood. Once in your cells that glucose is used for energy. When you don’t have enough insulin glucose accumulates in the blood instead of being used by the cells. Often type 2 diabetes symptoms are unrecognized or attributed to other causes.

Here are the seven most common signs that may indicate that you have or are suffering from type 2 diabetes.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical

14 Simple Healthy Meals and Snacks for Elderly Nutrition

By Jennifer Jarrett RN on Mar 4, 2016 7:37:00 AM

As a nurse and a daughter, I strive to give my mom the right kind of nutrition she needs. But recently I noticed my mom wasn’t finishing her meals. In fact, there were times when the caregiver or I would put a meal in front of her and she wouldn’t even touch it. She would make silly excuses, leave the table, and putter off, busying herself with some irrelevant task. When I’d ask her about it, she’d say she just wasn’t hungry, and that food just didn’t appeal to her anymore. Elderly Nutrition can be quite a challenge. Just figuring out why they are not eating right, and then trying to adjust to their changing needs can be quite a challenge.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical, Home Care Options

Managing Senior Diabetes

By Jennifer Jarrett RN on Feb 7, 2016 5:23:21 PM

Senior Diabetes is a significant health risk. As we get older, our risk for type 2 diabetes increases. Among those older than 65, approximately 24 percent of men and 18 percent of women are living with diabetes. In the United States, about 1 out of every 4 people over the age of 60 have diabetes.

In a nutshell, type 2 diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels that are caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical, Home Care Options

6 signs mom or dad may be suffering from COPD

By Michael Connors LVN on Feb 6, 2016 11:18:28 AM

The Signs of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease otherwise known as COPD, is estimated to affect over 12 million American’s today. Another 12 million likely have the condition but are unaware of it according to the ACF (American COPD Foundation).

The problem lies with the delay of recognizing the development of COPD symptoms and the speed of starting treatments to manage the condition. Additionally, the signs & symptoms are very similar to those of other conditions, and when first experienced are ignored or attributed to a less serious cause. A quality, nursing supervised, in home caregiver agency can recognize symptoms early and take steps to more effectively manage the illness.

However, signs and symptoms of COPD usually do not appear until there has been significant damage to the patient’s respiratory tract itself.

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Topics: Health/Medical, Home Care Options

Mom Not Eating Right

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jan 22, 2016 3:51:24 PM

You stopped by to visit mom recently and suspected that something wasn't right. She’s been living alone for a while now. Dad died a few years ago but she seemed to bounce back from that pretty well. You stop in to visit from time to time, just to help out when, but she seems pretty independent most of the time. But lately something is different. You just can't get mom to eat right. You've noticed that breakfast is still on the table and it’s 4 in the afternoon. Her water glass is still full, and she’s still in her robe. She’s crabby, and complaining about things in a random way, not really making a lot of sense. These are all common signs of a loss of thirst and appetite that is common among many seniors.

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Topics: Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA, Health/Medical, Home Care Options

I am a Seenager

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Nov 25, 2015 2:14:46 PM

This came from our Placerville Home Care office:

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Topics: Senior Humor, Health/Medical

Depression and Suicide in Seniors

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Sep 19, 2015 1:24:31 PM

Senior Depression: Early Warning Signs

David was born and raised on a ranch. He was married on a ranch, raised his kids on a ranch, and grew his herd from just a few head of cattle when he and his wife were married, to over 600 head on property that expanded to over 1,000 acres. He loved ranching! He went our every morning before dawn to supervise the ranch hands as they fed the herd. As he put on his cowboy hat each morning before stepping outside, he said that brought him to life and put him in the ranching "zone" that energized him. Even later after his first stroke, his number one cowboy would pick him up and drive him around the property in his customized pickup truck every morning. That is what he lived for, the thing that gave purpose and meaning to his life, and he loved it.

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Topics: Aging, Depression and Mental Health, Health/Medical

The Importance of an Advance Directive

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Aug 29, 2015 9:59:36 PM

It was early one evening, after an already long day and long week, when I got the call that my dad had been transported to the hospital with shortness of breath, chest pains, and was barely conscious and not able to respond to questions. I dropped everything, kissed my lovely wife good night, and headed off for an hour drive to the Mercy Methodist Hospital in South Sacramento.

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Topics: Hospice and End of Life, Health/Medical, Healthcare Law and Advocacy

Breakfast Recipe for Busy Elder Caregivers

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jul 30, 2015 12:49:19 PM


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Topics: Health/Medical

Arthritis and In-Home Care

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jul 13, 2015 11:48:40 AM


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Topics: Health/Medical

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We understand because we’ve been through it with our own parents. Our founders, have both taken care of their own aging parents.

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