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Five Reasons Seniors Might Be Better Off Spending Their Golden Years in Their Own Home

il y a 5 mois

Staying in one’s home can actually be a safe option for seniors if it is reviewed and set up in a thoughtful, safe manner. Aging adults shouldn’t only be left with the option of moving out of their home and uprooting their life. There are other support, safety, and community options that can make one’s golden years less stressful and more comforting. Here are five benefits one might find in the increasing trend of aging in place.

1. Easier Renovations for Mobility Issues

Home renovations are simpler than ever these days. With a larger aging population, renovations geared towards this demographic are increasing in popularity, style, and access. Renovations, such as support rails, ramps for access, walk-in bathtubs, and widened doorways, can transform an aging adult’s home to accommodate most mobility-related needs. Many renovation companies specialize in this specific type of work and can suggest targeted options for the individual.

2. Location and Proximity Matter

If care can be sourced nearby, living at home can be a safe option for an aging adult. If older adults love their community and are close to friends and family, they might not be ready to leave much of their life behind for an assisted living facility. As older adults are hoping to stay in their home as they age, preparing for future needs is the key. If relatives and health care providers that offer in-home visits are already in the area, it can lessen reasons to move.

3. Keeping One’s Independence

It can be hard to come to grips with the aging process, and being forced to move into an assisted living facility can take away one’s dignity. There is a shift in society’s general opinion on the aging population, and encouraging independent living is a growing trend. One’s household items and surroundings can bring both comfort and independence and might not need to be given up entirely.

4. In-Home Care Options

These days, there are lots of creative ways for older adults to receive care other than a nursing home option. Depending on the level of mobility and independence, an aging individual can directly participate in planning and implementing the level of care and support that will be needed. This can include meal deliveries, wellness check-ins, or more full-service care such as hospice or live-in nurses and caregivers. This can be a wonderful gift to an aging parent who would like to stay in home.

5. Safety in Familiarity

If you have a family member who might have mobility issues or minor memory loss, sometimes moving them into an assisted living facility might do more harm than good. Without the familiarity and routine that they are used to, a new environment can lead to stress and possibly more accidents. Specific needs should be reviewed with a physician or counselor, so as informed decision when it comes to living options.

If you are reviewing living options for yourself or an aging loved one, don’t discredit the option of staying in one’s home. Ensuring your home or a parent’s home is ready for the specific needs that come with aging can be a process. You may find that aging in an assisted living facility might not be the best answer for you or a loved one. Reviewing all possible living options for you or an aging loved one can help with managing both your loved one’s safety and independence.

If your loved one needs In-Home Elderly Care in Vaughan, our health care professionals can help.

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How to Fully Utilize Your Healthcare Staffing Agency

il y a 4 mois

Too often, companies hire healthcare staffing agencies without little forethought as to what the agency concerned will actually do once they’ve signed a business agreement with the company. This is extremely inefficient for both parties concerned: the company effectively wastes money and the agency effectively wastes its time. Therefore, in order for the arrangement to be mutually beneficial, any company considering hiring a healthcare staffing agency needs to know how to get the most from their new business partner.

1. Do You Need a Healthcare Staffing Agency?

While you may think that your company is in need of supplemental healthcare staffing, be certain that that is the case before you go to the bother – and expense – of hiring a healthcare staffing agency. Speak to those people who will be delegating the work to the agency’s workers: does this work actually exist? Is it work that can be successfully completed by a temporary worker, or would time and money be better spent reviewing and, if necessary, revising procedures and processes? If a temporary worker is needed, what skills does the individual need to possess? Don’t be tempted to hire above your needs, as again this will prove costly and result in wasted funds. For example, if you need someone to help with filing papers, don’t ask the healthcare staffing agency to send along a highly experienced nurse.

In addition, make sure that all the facilities a temporary worker needs to carry out his or her role are in place before the start date. If the temporary worker has to wait two days before he or she is given access to the electronic charting programs needed to carry out the job, then this is wasted time for your company.

2. Read the Temporary Worker’s Resume

Ask the healthcare staffing agency to forward you a copy of the temporary worker’s resume before any shift is scheduled. Often this isn’t done as the company relies on the agency to make the best fit. However, if you read the individual’s resume then you will be aware of the individual’s employment history and be in a better position to allocate him or her appropriate work – and to know whether the individual is appropriate for your company. You don’t need to go through the resume with a fine-toothed comb, a quick read through will be enough to tell you what you need to know.

3. Make a Point of Establishing a Relationship with the Healthcare Staffing Agency

This doesn’t mean you have to take the agency’s workers out to lunch; just a warm hello on the first day and a quick chat about what they have done in the past will be enough. Try to identify what the temporary workers can and can’t do and what they are most comfortable doing and enjoy doing. Not only will this enable you to forward appropriate work, but it will also facilitate that process. Furthermore, the temporary workers will feel confident about coming to you with any questions, which will mean fewer potential mistakes: if you’re seen approachable then the individuals won’t hold back with any questions.

4. Keep Communication Channels Open

If you’re going to be busy and won’t be around to act as a point of contact for healthcare staffing agency’s workers, then designate a colleague to act in this capacity. If you really want to get the most out of the temporary worker, then you will need to know when the individual has completed one task and is ready for the next, and if you’re not around then he or she won’t be able to tell you. This could result in empty hours for the worker and wasted money for you.

Taking on a healthcare staffing agency may be the ideal solution to the workload problems your company is currently facing. And with a little forethought you can ensure that the process is one that benefits your company and achieves the best possible results.

If you are looking for Reliable Healthcare Staffing Agency in London, call 416-629-6589 or Contact Us.

Staffing Solutions

il y a 4 mois

How to Find Qualified Health Care Staffing?

Finding talent remains a huge challenge for many facilities, including hospitals, long-term care homes, assisted living and retirement communities. Reviewing applications, interviewing candidates and negotiating salaries all take precious time away from your existing business obligations.

We are a valuable resource for finding qualified and caring health care professionals promptly and efficiently. We research and analyze the candidate marketplace and provide exact candidate match promptly and easily. Before you can start finding quality employees, we can offer you professional, qualified and caring Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, Personal Support Workers and Companions that are right for your needs.

If you are looking for Health Care Staffing Solutions in London, our health care professionals can help. Contact us or call 416.629.6589.

Alzheimer’s and Wanderers 10 Tips for Keeping Dementia Clients Safe

il y a 4 mois

Alzheimer’s is a form of memory loss in which afflicted persons can become easily confused about time and place. It is usually safe for them to wander around an uncluttered home or apartment or one that has a yard with a fence. The presence of a responsible party is the other requirement. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 60 percent of the people who have this disease will wander by foot or auto. Family, caregivers, and caregiving facilities can cut down on these episodes that lead people outside the protection of their home or care facility. Here are some precautions to take.  

Prep for a Runaway

Keep a recent, close-up photo of the person. Make a list of the medical conditions and drugs taken by an Alzheimer’s client. Compile another list of the places he or she could wander. These might include former workplaces, houses of worship and residences. On a third list, note the people you can contact if you need help with the wanderer. Ask neighbors, friends, and family to call you if they see the person alone. 

Attend to Basic Needs

Discomfort is one reason for wandering. Ensure that the person is not hungry, does not have to go to the bathroom, is not in pain or does not have another medical condition that needs attention. 

Understand the Role of Delusions

Alzheimer’s clients who dwell on past obligations or duties are likely to wander. Thinking having to feed a cat owned 20 years ago is one such situation. If the person says, “It’s time for me to go home,” do not reply “This is your home.” Engage them in conversation instead. Encourage them to talk about the house they lived in 30 years ago. 

Recognize the Triggers

Afflicted persons who are frightened can wander. Noises, strangers or others they think are trying to harm them could cause them to flee. An agitated state brought on by not being able to find a place, thing or someone they know can provoke wandering. So too can boredom, restlessness or lack of exercise. Regular exercise for people who were previously active could help to tame their wanderlust.

Avoid Upsetting Situations 

One solution to wandering is not to put persons with Alzheimer’s around large crowds. Skip places such as malls and large food markets. When taking them to a public place, try to choose one with a unisex bathroom. Sometimes driving the person with memory loss around in a car helps to bring calm. Be sure to keep the car keys out of sight at home. Since some drugs are a stimulus for wandering, ask the client’s physician if any of them could be contributing to this behavior. 

Keep Clients Busy and Control Their Routines 

For a person with Alzheimer’s who are known to want to leave in the early afternoon, for example, engage them in diversions. These could include sweeping the floor or folding clothes. Discourage too much napping in the afternoon to encourage a good sleep at night when it could be more comfortable to slip away. Try not to let the person drink liquids less two hours before going to bed. 

Take These Precautions Around the Home

On exterior doors, put deadbolts or sliding locks above or below sight level. Placing a red “Stop” sign on doors leading to the exterior is an alternative solution. Put a sign on the bathroom door that says “bathroom,” and also keep the light on at night. Use nightlights throughout the residence.  

Try Wearables and Security Hardware and Services 

Put bells or wireless sensors on windows and exterior doors. A MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return wearable, which fits around the wrist, gives first responders help 24 hours a day in locating a missing person. This Alzheimer’s bracelet can include any words, but “memory loss” is a common inscription. Project Lifesaver is another service that assists first responders.  

Be Proactive When Dealing With Care Facilities

Independent-living, assisted-living, skilled-nursing facilities and ones with a dementia unit have trained staff to evaluate residents. Loved ones of the person with Alzheimer’s, however, must do more than see that the bills get paid. They must be aware of whether the client’s cognitive abilities are stable or deteriorating. While a person with early signs of dementia could be placed in an independent-living facility, one in the late stages is usually better served in an Alzheimer’s unit. That’s because they need close monitoring. Persons in an independent-living apartment now could need placement in a wing with more supervision later. Cost is a consideration because, with the escalation of surveillance, expenses often increase. Whereas some independent-living facilities issue residents a key card, using it could prove too complicated for a person with marked cognitive impairment. Before sending someone with Alzheimer’s to live in a care facility, investigate. Ask how the residence keeps up with its occupants. Are there security cameras or 24-hour patrols? What are other measures used? 

Do Not Delay 

If someone goes missing, do an independent search for no more than 15 minutes before making a call to 911. People with Alzheimer’s tend to walk in a straight line and to go in the direction of their dominant hand. Look behind doors and in closets. Sometimes they get in someone else’s bed. Wandering by persons with Alzheimer’s puts them in peril and is worrisome to their families. Becoming educated on ways to stem this tide helps. Sources of help are available on the local and national level through associations, social service agencies, online resources and in books.

If your loved one needs Dementia Care in Markham, our health care professionals can help. Contact us or call 416.629.6589.

How Often and How Long Should Your Senior Exercise

il y a 4 mois

Helping aging family members and friends can create myriad questions as to whether the helper is doing what is best for the senior in his or her life. For example, caregivers need to know what medical experts suggest is the correct amount of activity for elderly individuals.

Exercising as a Part of Seniors’ Care

Most people, if asked what the most important detail in a senior’s daily list of things to do is, would probably say “exercise.” Common wisdom is that walking, bending, and stretching keeps aging bodies stronger and helps seniors with stability, confidence, and self-assuredness. The adage “use it or lose it” comes to mind.

Even though a helper may be fully aware that exercise is necessary, he or she is more interested in ensuring that workout programs offered are safe and carefully designed to keep seniors healthy, fit, and unharmed in any way. The types of exercising, the duration, and the timing of exercise are all paramount to caregivers.

Movement vs. Exercise

Walking to the mailbox or stretching when getting out of bed, says LaVona S. Traywick, Ph.D., an assistant professor of gerontology in the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture in Little Rock, are excellent ways to keep the body active and moving, but these kinds of activities should not be considered exercise. A workout includes participating in classes led by an experienced trainer such as aerobics, yoga, or working with weights. Both are important to seniors’ daily movements.

How Much Exercise is Enough?

Dr. Traywick explains that the current recommendation for time seniors should spend exercising per week is 150 minutes. But this amount of time can be broken down into 20 minutes a day for seven days a week or 30 minutes a day for seven days a week. Traywick suggests that this type of schedule encourages seniors to be active since the time can then easily be broken into 10-minute increments a day.

Type of Exercise

The four recommended exercise types for seniors include:

•   Endurance activities such as dancing, jogging, walking, and playing tennis. 

•   Strength training* with resistance bands, free weights, and other equipment.

•   Balance training based on strengthening the back and legs.

•   Exercises for flexibility accomplished through calf, thigh, shoulder, and upper arm stretching.

*During strength training, the focus on specific muscle groups should alternate, allowing each muscle group a “rest day” between workout sessions.

Organizing exercise routines and times is much smoother for seniors in 10-minute segments of activity each day. It is paramount, when helping seniors, to find the activity level, time and motivation to keep loved ones at peak performance.

If your loved one needs Senior Home Care in Thornhill, our health care professionals can help. Contact us or call 416.629.6589.

Companionship

il y a 4 mois

The importance of stimulating and meaningful activity cannot be underestimated. Inclusion and fun, as well as maintenance of self-esteem and preservation of physical, cognitive and social skills, should be emphasized. To reduce restlessness and agitation, activity levels must be constantly increased. Although confused clients often refuse to participate, skilled care providers adjust and focus on including the clients in a simple but meaningful activity, for example, folding laundry. Such pleasurable experience gives clients a sense of companionship and opportunity to practise their social skills. They need to be included in everyday life, and not just an art and crafts class or a bus trip. Most importantly, while engaging in a valuable physical exercise, clients feel useful and wanted. Using creativity, skilled care providers can involve clients in putting clothes in the washing machine, vacuuming or taking a stroll to buy a newspaper. This gives clients a useful role, some exercise and fresh air. As a result, clients feel that they are still needed, still a part of everyday life.

We make a difference!

We collect information on clients’ abilities and interests to get to know them better. In order to succeed, we plan, implement and evaluate several activities to find those which are successful. Knowing that the most important activities are those that include one in everyday life, we ask the question: “How can we make today more interesting and special?”

If your loved one needs Companionship Service in Thornhill, our health care professionals can help. Contact us or call 416.629.6589.

Second Victims in Alzheimer’s Care

il y a 4 mois

Alzheimer’s Disease creates emotional and financial catastrophe for many Canadian families every year. Fortunately, a large amount of progress is being made to combat the disease.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

The most common form of Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease is progressive, degenerative disease that attacks the brain, causing impaired memory, thinking and behavior. The varied problems and anxieties associated with Alzheimer’s Disease can occur at any time of day or night. Clients with Alzheimer’s Disease often require 24 hour care and supervision, most of which is provided in the home by family and friends. Therefore, families often become the primary caregivers. In addition to the tremendous stress of providing care, families also bear most of the financial burdens of the disease. During the course of the disease, clients might wander, hallucinate, and become suspicious. This behaviour can place a large strain on the caregiver as well as deteriorate social and family relationships and eventually burn the caregiver out. Ultimately, it can take toll on the caregivers’ health. They become the second victims of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Clients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease are often treated as if incapable of understanding or of making decisions. However, clients’ wishes for information about their condition should be respected. At Accela Staff, we allow full participation in their care and a continuing sense of self-determination and self-control. Families can rest assured that their loved ones are taken care of, day and night. This removes a great stress from the family of an elderly person who can no longer care for herself.

If your loved one needs Alzheimer’s care in Markham, our health care professionals can help. Contact us or call 416.629.6589.

Personal Care

il y a 4 mois

When your loved one develops critical illness requiring admission to a medical unit, she will most likely respond well to treatment. However, nurses will notice that she might cry and look sad. In this case, nurses will try to reassure her, but she will turn away from them. Your loved one will talk about losing her dignity because she will not be able take care of herself.

At Accela Staff, our intent is to be truly present with your loved one, to hear about her reality and the meaning of her life. We recognize that the most important thing to your loved one is dignity. So, we will ask what dignity means for her.

With no hesitation, your loved one will say that dignity is being able to be in her own home, cooking a meal, and getting herself to the bathroom. She will speak of the importance of going to church every Sunday and seeing her friends. For your loved one, dignity is about remembering the good life she has lived.

Based on your loved one’s personal description of her life and the importance of dignity, we will plan, implement and evaluate ways to focus on and enhance her desire to keep living with dignity. We understand that it can be challenging to shift from thinking of client care in terms of problems to seeing client care in terms of honouring the experiences and values most important from the person’s perspective. We make a difference most directly by listening and providing the help that your loved one wants and needs. Our health care providers will move beyond thinking of her concerns with dignity as a problem. They will create care plans to focus on how your loved one wants to live with dignity in the hospital or her home.

We recognize how important it would be to assist your loved one with activities of daily living and to ask her about her life. Your loved one will be transformed in the eyes of our health care professionals – from problem to person, from depression to possibility, from diagnosis to dignity.

If your loved one needs Personal Care in Richmond Hill, our health care professionals can help. Contact us or call 416.629.6589.

Caring for Seniors

il y a 4 mois

In times of continuous structural changes to healthcare system and rapidly aging society, the nature of caring practice becomes more physically, intellectually and emotionally demanding. While coping with emerging infectious epidemics, high-risk populations and health disparities, care providers often show negative attitudes towards seniors. This may lead to a belief that seniors cannot be given the same opportunities as younger persons.

In a society that values wealth, speed, youth and beauty, seniors may be discriminated against because of the way they look, speak or function. As a result, the impact of age on the detection and management of disease may be profound. In fact, seniors are already excluded from some disease screening or primary prevention programs. For example, refusing treatment based on age alone, lack of qualified personnel to care for seniors, and lack of research on geriatric problems and syndromes. However, such attitudes should not be acceptable in our society.

Although some care providers may think that a senior does not “know what is going on”, seniors should be actively involved in the decision making in all stages of care delivery. Care providers play a vital role in identifying a need for individualized care based on the holistic perspective. On a personal level, every client centered care provider needs to have high expectations of a senior’s ability to perform a task. While challenging stereotypes of aging, care providers need to promote autonomy and personal control in the care of seniors. Furthermore, care providers need to be ready to adapt to the changing nature of caring practice, and promote appropriate views and care of seniors in all practice settings.

In times of advanced research and scientific advancement, care providers need to utilize innovative models of care that assist them in delivering the highest quality of evidence-based care for seniors.

If your loved one needs Senior Care in Thornhill, our health care professionals can help. Contact us or call 416.629.6589.

Five Reasons Seniors Might Be Better Off Spending Their Golden Years in Their Own Home

il y a 4 mois

Staying in one’s home can actually be a safe option for seniors if it is reviewed and set up in a thoughtful, safe manner. Aging adults shouldn’t only be left with the option of moving out of their home and uprooting their life. There are other support, safety, and community options that can make one’s golden years less stressful and more comforting. Here are five benefits one might find in the increasing trend of aging in place.

1. Easier Renovations for Mobility Issues

Home renovations are simpler than ever these days. With a larger aging population, renovations geared towards this demographic are increasing in popularity, style, and access. Renovations, such as support rails, ramps for access, walk-in bathtubs, and widened doorways, can transform an aging adult’s home to accommodate most mobility-related needs. Many renovation companies specialize in this specific type of work and can suggest targeted options for the individual.

2. Location and Proximity Matter

If care can be sourced nearby, living at home can be a safe option for an aging adult. If older adults love their community and are close to friends and family, they might not be ready to leave much of their life behind for an assisted living facility. As older adults are hoping to stay in their home as they age, preparing for future needs is the key. If relatives and health care providers that offer in-home visits are already in the area, it can lessen reasons to move.

3. Keeping One’s Independence

It can be hard to come to grips with the aging process, and being forced to move into an assisted living facility can take away one’s dignity. There is a shift in society’s general opinion on the aging population, and encouraging independent living is a growing trend. One’s household items and surroundings can bring both comfort and independence and might not need to be given up entirely.

4. In-Home Care Options

These days, there are lots of creative ways for older adults to receive care other than a nursing home option. Depending on the level of mobility and independence, an aging individual can directly participate in planning and implementing the level of care and support that will be needed. This can include meal deliveries, wellness check-ins, or more full-service care such as hospice or live-in nurses and caregivers. This can be a wonderful gift to an aging parent who would like to stay in home.

5. Safety in Familiarity

If you have a family member who might have mobility issues or minor memory loss, sometimes moving them into an assisted living facility might do more harm than good. Without the familiarity and routine that they are used to, a new environment can lead to stress and possibly more accidents. Specific needs should be reviewed with a physician or counselor, so as informed decision when it comes to living options.

If you are reviewing living options for yourself or an aging loved one, don’t discredit the option of staying in one’s home. Ensuring your home or a parent’s home is ready for the specific needs that come with aging can be a process. You may find that aging in an assisted living facility might not be the best answer for you or a loved one. Reviewing all possible living options for you or an aging loved one can help with managing both your loved one’s safety and independence.

If your loved one needs In-Home Elderly Care in Vaughan, our health care professionals can help. Contact us or call 416.629.6589.

Avoiding Adverse Drug Reactions in the Senior Population

il y a 4 mois

As people age, it’s simply a fact of life that they may need more prescription or over-the-counter medications to stay healthy. However, people the age of 65 are more likely to have adverse drug reactions and need to be more cautious about taking certain types of drugs. There are even some drugs that older adults may need to avoid altogether – even a few that many of us take for granted as a part of day-to-day life.

From 2015 to 2021, according to Statistics Canada,the number of seniors is projected to exceed the number of children aged 14 and younger for the first time ever.By 2036, the number of seniors could reach between 9.9 and 10.9 million people.Statistics Canada notes that older adults, meaning those 65 and over, are twice as likely as others to come to emergency departments for adverse drug reactions, and nearly seven times more likely to be hospitalized after an emergency visit. This means adverse drug reactions will likely become more and more common as the population ages.

Why do adverse drug reactions happen?

Many adverse drug reactions are caused by improper dosing. Certain drugs require blood testing to make sure the patient is receiving the optimum dose. These drugs include blood thinners, diabetes medications, seizure medications, and heart medications. Older adults are more likely to be taking these types of medications, leading to a higher incidence of adverse reactions.  

Adverse drug reactions can also occur in older adults because certain types of medications work differently in their bodies. Due to these side effects, some types of medications should be avoided when possible by older adults. Some commonly-used medications are on this list including:

•   Blood-pressure medications like nifedipine and alpha-andrenergic blockers and agonists;

•   Analgesics like meperidine and pentazocine;

•   Anticholinergic medications including older antidepressants and allergy medications;

•   Benzodiazepines like alprazolam, lorazepam, or clonazepam;

•   NSAIDS, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen; and

•   COX-2 inhibitors like celecoxib.

Of course, always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any medication.

How can we help prevent adverse drug reactions?

One way is to keep a list of all of your medications, including any over-the-counter drugs, supplements, or vitamins that you regularly take. Bring the list with you to all of your medical appointments, including those with your general practitioner, any specialists, and even the dentist or eye doctor. Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider if you have a question about a medication or a potential interaction something else you are taking, especially if you start taking something new. To help you keep track of your daily medications, use a pill sorter with a clearly labeled box for each day of the week, or keep a medication journal.

Always follow your doctor or other healthcare provider’s instructions and make sure you keep all your scheduled appointments. Following these guidelines increases your chances of staying happy and healthy in your golden years.

If your loved one needs Nursing Care in North York, our health care professionals can help. Contact us or call 416.629.6589.

Being an Advocate for Your Aging Parents or Loved Ones

il y a 4 mois

From aches and pains to life-altering ailments, seniors often find themselves continually bopping from one doctor’s office to the next. If it isn’t the eye doctor, it’s the cardiologist, or the foot doctor, or the primary care physician, or maybe an endocrinologist. With so many medical appointments to attend and so many health conditions to manage, an elderly patient’s best course of action may be to rely on one of his or her children for a little help. Being an advocate for an aging parent or loved one can improve quality of care in so many ways.

Advocating for a senior patient may seem like an overwhelming responsibility, but just imagine how it feels to be the patient! Serving as an advocate in a medical setting can be as simple as just going along to appointments and following up with doctors by phone. You provide the same kind of care for your aging parents as they provided for you when you were a baby.

Key Reasons to Advocate for Your Aging Loved Ones

Everyone likes a hand to hold now and then when the going gets tough. Besides that, though, serving as an advocate for your elderly parent or family member can significantly improve the quality of care he or she may receive. Here’s why:

It is sometimes overwhelming being a patient.

Your loved one will truly appreciate a friendly face and a bit of comfort having you along for the appointment or medical procedure. Your presence may help relieve anxiety, as you can speak with your loved one, keeping his or her mind occupied and free from any worries. Information overload may sometimes leave a patient speechless, and age can impact memory, leaving someone more forgetful than usual. These are just a few ways you can take some pressure off of an elderly patient.

Medical reminders and reinforcement are helpful, even necessary.

Many people, as they age, end up having to take daily medications beyond a simple multivitamin. Often, certain drugs can have poor interactions when mixed with other medications, so it’s best to stay on top of your loved one’s daily pill plan. Another key reason is that you can advocate for your parent or older patient concerning allergies and critical health conditions that require particular medication or dietary restrictions, like diabetes.

Two sets of eyes and ears are better than one.

When a doctor or nurse gives instructions, you will have input from two people instead of just one overwhelmed patient. You can both review the course of care and bring up any concerns as appropriate. You also might catch a potential mistake with medication or other treatment before any problems or interactions.

If your mother, father, or other close relative is advanced in years and going through quite a few medical issues at once, now is an excellent time to offer a little support. Whether they still live at home or have moved into a nursing home, your help can directly impact the quality of life. Go with your parent or loved one to critical medical appointments and procedures to provide an added level of care and a bit of compassion. The moral support can boost your loved one’s spirits by leaps and bounds, and the state of mind indeed does make a difference in the healing process.

If your loved one needs Companionship Service in Thornhill, our health care professionals can help. Contact us or call 416.629.6589.

5 Ways You Can Help A Lonely Person

il y a 4 mois

Does your loved one feel lonely?

If so, you may be unsure how to help them, especially if you can’t spare much time or find small talk tricky. But these suggestions will smooth the way for you, and you’ll feel glad you made the effort when you see the rewarding results of your kindness.

Provide company

Company is invaluable to a lonely person; the briefest of visits will brighten their day and give them fresh, new thoughts to sweep away the old, gloomy ones. It might suit you both to set a day and time for calling. That way, they’ll have something to look forward to and you can plan your other commitments around the little event. If you live too far away to call in, a regular phone call or Skype chat will also bring joy.

Listen

Don’t worry about what to talk about when you make contact with your lonesome loved one. They’ll be glad for a chance to talk for a change, so you can sit back and listen. They’ll welcome your sympathetic ear, too, so let them moan about their problems if they must – you may be their only listener. If they’re elderly, ask them about the past; they’ll delight in sharing their cherished memories. If they’re younger, ask about their hopes and plans; perhaps they could do with some guidance and encouragement.

Admire

A person living alone may feel further isolated by the thought that no one knows or values them. This is particularly likely with an older person, whose prime of life was long ago. Show an interest in your loved one’s or relative’s past and praise their achievements. They may have children or grandchildren – even if they seldom see them – in which case, sure to take an interest in them, too. Admire any family photos and mementos you’re shown; it may be a long time since they’ve had anyone to share them with.

Offer help with meeting people     `

One of the biggest favours you can do for your lonesome friend is to help them organize some social life. Encourage them to contact old friends and invite neighbours in. If you know of any other people in need of company, see if you can put them in touch with each other and help arrange for them to meet. Find out what social groups there are in the area and encourage your loved one to join one. Choirs, book clubs, knitting groups and gardening societies all offer good company, as do many other gatherings.

Encourage new interests

An interest keeps the mind absorbed and stops negative thoughts slipping in, so urge your loved one to take up a new pastime. Suggest they try out some new recipes or take up wine-making, perhaps. If they’re artistic, tell them to get the paints out; if they have a musical instrument gathering dust in the corner, ask for a tune to get them playing again. The possibilities for pastimes are endless.

Loneliness is avoidable, and once you’ve got that message across to your loved one, they’ll be able to turn over a new leaf and start looking outwards instead of in. As for your visits or phone calls, they may need to be rescheduled around their bustling, new lifestyle!

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Tips on How You Can Avoid Caregiver Burnout

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How Can You Avoid Caregiver Burnout?

Avoiding caregiver burnout isn’t as simple as most people would like it to be. In many cases, help from other family members simply isn’t available, and the lack of money often prevents caregivers from hiring professionals to help. Nonetheless, it is important to your health to find ways to minimize the risk of developing the malaise that develops when caregiving takes its toll on your well-being. Here are several tips to keep your sanity along with your health.

Build a Strategy

Even if you are months or years into your caregiving situation, take the time to build a strategy that you can use moving forward. You should learn more about the condition your loved one has, even if it is simply the aging process. Doing so provides valuable information that can ease your worries and provide ideas on how to simplify the care you need to provide.

Ask for Help

It is essential that you find help from someone you can rely upon on a regular basis. If family members aren’t willing to assist with your caregiving duties, perhaps they would be interested in running errands for you or provide light housekeeping assistance.  

Hire a Professional Caregiver

Even if it is only for a couple of hours a day, it is important to bring someone else in to give you a hand in caring for your loved one. Plus, it is important to find an individual you can rely on just in case you run into a situation where you need extra help in any given week.

Join a Support Group

Sharing your experiences and feelings with other people in a similar situation gives you access to the emotional support you need. Plus, you might pick up a few tips to ease your personal situation.

Take Time for Yourself

No matter how tired you become or how frustrated you get, taking a few moments for yourself can make all the difference. Be sure that you give yourself a break each and every day. Do something that you enjoy for at least twenty minutes, even if you have chores left to complete. The mental, emotional, and physical benefits you experience from taking a break can make it easier to accomplish other tasks, while boosting your mood and energy levels.

Before you throw in the towel and resign yourself to always feeling exhausted and stressed, you should make a plan to alleviate some of the frustration you are experiencing. After all, if you aren’t up to the challenge of caregiving, each and every aspect of it will become more difficult and time consuming. Planning ahead and remembering to take care of yourself can make a world of difference in your ability to handle other responsibilities.

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5 Reasons Why Caregivers Love Their Jobs

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People who decide to become caregivers provide an important and essential service in our society. They take care of seniors who need help in their daily lives. The rewards of this profession are many for the unique individuals working in this field.

Caregivers ease burdens.
Seniors often cannot do the same tasks they did when younger. A caregiver can provide light housekeeping, run errands, and prepare meals, so the senior doesn’t have to worry about getting those things done.

Caregivers provide comfort.

As people age, they often become cut off from friends and activities because of their physical or their mental issues. A caregiver offers companionship and is there to listen.

Caregivers provide a better quality of life.

A caregiver can help a senior get dressed, help with bathing, and help manage medications. As such, the senior can stay at home where they’re able to live life in a comfortable and familiar setting.

Caregivers help families.

A caregiver doesn’t just help your aging loved one. They also help others in the family by giving them a break from the constant care of the individual in need.

Caregivers understand it’s important to give back.

Our seniors have provided years of knowledge, understanding, care, and love to others. Caregivers recognize and appreciate the contribution that those seniors have made to their families and society. Giving back to them, so they can live a life in dignity, is one of the most altruistic jobs around.

Don’t think that you have to handle caring for a senior all by yourself. If you have a family member who needs care, please consider hiring a professional caregiver who can provide individualized, home care solutions to meet your needs.

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