Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Caring for an ill or incapacitated loved one at home can turn quite daunting before long that it eventually takes a toll on the caregiver physically and emotionally. With a family of your own to take care of, a job, and personal errands to run every day, you have a lot on your plate. At some point, you may realize that the only practical option left for you is to hire an in-home care provider. Before you reach for the phone and consider the arrangement, be aware of your own responsibilities when you entrust the care of your loved ones to others: 1. Be clear about your elderly’s needs and preferences. It’s frustrating to work without being given sufficient instructions, right? Your in-home care provider would need clear instructions from you, so be specific about the type of care your loved one would need and expect from the caregiver.
Monday, June 29, 2015
"For many adults, the urge to go to the bathroom can be delayed, but for the more than 50% of elderly Americans suffering from incontinence, putting off elimination isn’t an option. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, about half of older Americans surveyed have experienced accidental urinary or bowel leakage; 25% had moderate to very severe urinary leakage, while 8% had moderate to very severe bowel leakage. Incontinence basically occurs as a result of weakened muscles or feeble bladder control, combined with an overactive bladder. Accidental leakage occurs when the muscles are too frail to hold urine (or bowel). Urinary tract infections, high calcium intake, weaker pelvic muscles, a thinning and childbirth-induced loosening of the vagina wall in women, and an enlarged prostate gland in men, are also known contributing factors.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
There’s no doubt to how much you love your parents. As they grow older, you want to care for them just as they cared for you growing up. Elder care, however, requires more than just your affection; you will have to ensure that your loved one is cared for properly. Mistakes in providing elder care can do more harm than good to seniors. Here are some of the most common mistakes you probably don’t realize you’re making: Going Fulltime Doing anything fulltime takes courage, commitment, and resources, and is easier said than done. Before making such a big decision and a promise to your beloved parents, consider your personal responsibilities. Do you have children? If you’re not married yet, are you planning on raising a family soon? Do you have a job? In case you decide to leave your job to care for your parents, do you have a source of income? All these must be factored in to ensure that you’re not helpless while providing help.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the number of residents age 65 and over at 44.7 million. This number has steadily grown since then. As a person ages, his body becomes weak and susceptible to diseases. He becomes unable to perform certain tasks that are essential to maintaining his health and hygiene. While most families have the capacity to commit to assisting seniors with daily living activities for the rest of their lives, other families don’t. This is where home care services in Fairfax, VA becomes vital.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
If your parents are already retired and approaching old age, there’s a good chance that you are worrying about how they’ll do and how they’ll take care of themselves since you can’t always be there for them. This is why there is home health care in Fairfax, VA so that they can be looked after and taken care of. There are many benefits to home care, and one of the primary benefits is convenience. “There’s no place like home”, as the famous saying goes, and this is very much true. The elderly would want to be in a place they are all too familiar with and comfortable in at an old age, where they can sit on their couch, watch TV, eat at their table and sleep on their bed. This also eliminates the hassle of leaving the home frequently, which is especially helpful to those who are wheelchair or walker bound.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
In popular media, seniors are typically portrayed as being on their porch and sitting on their rocking chair. In reality, they can be active in exercise and even more so than some teenagers. Some seniors, however, may think that they are too old to get started on an exercise program or even think it won’t do them any good. The truth is, starting an exercise program is beneficial no matter what age you are. Walking and running are beneficial for seniors to stay in shape and promote overall health. Even those who have mobility issues can get help from professionals who offer assisted living in Fairfax, VA to help them on their way.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Long-time Californian Lee Ferrero hopped into his car to go home after a work meeting. He had been making the trip for decades, but as his trip went along, things didn’t go as planned. After a few hours later, he somehow found himself in an open farmland in unfamiliar territory. After pulling out a few maps, he then realized that he unknowingly drove two hours past the turnoff to his home. A visit to a specialist later confirmed that Ferrero, 64, was already in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Aimless wandering is a common symptom of Alzheimer’s, and it is estimated that about six in every ten people with the condition exhibit the behavior. Wandering can happen in various contexts like on foot or while driving, and the Alzheimer’s Association says that wanderers not found within 24 hours are highly likely to suffer serious injuries or worse.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
The 92-year-old aunt of New York Times columnist Jane E. Brody is one of over 40 million senior citizens in the U.S., comprising about 13 percent of the overall population. Like virtually all people her age, Brody’s aunt has become frail, with impaired cognition and mobility (she requires a walker or wheelchair to get around). She still lives in her own apartment, and is tended to by home care aides round-the-clock who help her get dressed, take a bath, and go outside daily for some fresh air. Someone may argue that the situation could be better if Brody’s aunt was sent to a nursing home way earlier. However, many studies have shown that seniors prefer to spend their remaining years in the familiar comforts of home. A research commissioned by the firms Clarity and The EAR Foundation, called Aging in Place in America, reveals that senior citizens fear moving into a nursing home and losing their independence much more than death.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are often sought to care for elder members of the family and would depend on preferred arrangements. Cases of debilitating illnesses and desire for independence and privacy, however, have people opting for health care services while in the comforts of their homes. Home health care in Fairfax, VA typically include care services like mobility assistance and hygiene maintenance to help patients stay healthy and well in their homes. An individual would do well to choose in-home care for an elderly loved one if the latter is unable to care for himself at home, recuperating from a serious condition or surgery, or is in need of end-of-life care. In Fairfax County, three major in-home health care services are provided namely personal care assistance, support services, and home health care.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
In-home caregivers form a closer relationship with the patients than the physicians. In many cases, they’re better able to assess moods and conditions based on their daily interaction with the patients than the doctor or the relative. For seniors left alone with the caregivers, the latter become their sounding board, friend, and chat mate. Caregivers can also become their driver/assistant/companion when they want to do errands on their own. The CMS found that certain provisions in a home setup such as the relative freedom of patients, as well as the training of their caregivers, positively affect the overall results of in-home care. With Fairfax assisted living services and in-home care, seniors can live a quality life in their twilight years.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Seniors may need assistance with certain daily activities, and with in-home care, this is very much doable. They can get help with bathing, dressing up, shaving, and preparing or cooking their meals. Having a reliable nurse do all of these will ensure that there is no added stress to their life and they can just sit back and relax. The purpose of in-home care is to allow seniors to live their lives as they always have. One of the things they may be worrying about is living in an unfamiliar place in their old age. While this may be fine with some, others would rather stay at home to experience the same convenience and comfort they have always enjoyed. For those who need in-home senior care in Fairfax, VA should get in touch with reputable providers such as Comfort Keepers of Fairfax, VA who have been giving seniors in the area expert care and companionship for years.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Even though dementia is rooted in irreversible causes, this does not mean that nothing can be done to help the person. In general, memory care should include proper nutrition, sleep, physical exercise, cognitive rehabilitation, and cognitive training. The objectives of these are to improve the person’s functioning, along with his physical health and brain health. One of the principles of dementia care is to encourage and maintain one’s independence for as long as possible. Positive reinforcement and daily practice can help in improving functional independence. Regaining independence is one of the goals and benefits of home care in Fairfax, VA, which is why home care is seen as the ideal set-up for those with dementia. They are more likely to participate in activities at home compared to an assisted living facility set-up.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Families in Fairfax may need to be more vigilant in ensuring their elderly loved ones are receiving the nutrients they need. Assistance from Fairfax, VA home health care personnel can be invaluable to this end. Care providers like Comfort Keepers of Fairfax, VA offer meal preparation and feeding services so that seniors eat right. They can plan and prepare special diets if needed, and even give pointers to families about the elderly’s dietary needs. Dietary supplements will be instrumental in curbing malnutrition. Fairfax home health care services also help seniors remember the meds and supplements to take, and make sure these are taken as prescribed. They can continue to provide assistance for up to 24 hours, thanks to the availability of care providers on various shifts.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
There is a peace of mind that comes with staying in your own home, no matter your age. Also, some people would rather not be in a community where there is a lot of noise and there are other people to deal with. For the elderly, especially those in the process of recuperating, ample peace and quiet are vital to a quick and full recovery. Moreover, their home gives them more freedom as well as a strong sense of independence. Those who find in-home assisted living in Fairfax, VA appealing should get in touch with companies such as Comfort Keepers of Fairfax, VA that have in-home care services and staff who are ready to provide their care and attention to you or a loved one.
Friday, March 13, 2015
This is where respite care, a service offered by local Fairfax, VA elder care providers like Comfort Keepers of Fairfax, VA. Also known as “short-term” care, respite is a form of support for caregivers which provide them the opportunity to have a break from their caring roles. The key word here is temporary, which means that it can be planned for a few hours or for as long as a full weekend. Respite has a lot of perks to its name. One such benefit is that caregivers will be better at their job. How so? Caring for someone with special needs puts someone at risk of experiencing problems like depression, guilt, and sleep deprivation that may lead to sub-par care. Respite prevents such from happening, while also providing a backup in case a caregiver needs to attend to important matters or becomes ill and has to rest.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Also known as interactive caregiving, interactive home care is a special caregiving approach designed to raise seniors’ quality of life, partly by allowing them as much of the independence they seek as possible. With this type of service, the elderly actively participate in their own care. Caregivers from Fairfax, VA home care providers, such as Comfort Keepers of Fairfax, VA, are trained to consider both their patients’ physical and emotional needs, and understand that keeping seniors’ dignity involves recognizing their abilities as much as their impairments. Seniors may not be as physically capable as before, but their need for independence remains. It’s important to patiently guide them through the transitional phases of their senior years, as they have guided those who were once helpless without them.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
To care for an elderly loved one in his or her own home carries some advantages in terms of convenience, lower accident risks, and flexibility. Much like assisted living facilities, home health care allows seniors to enjoy a good measure of freedom that addresses their daily living activities including cooking, dining, bathing, and housekeeping. However, with home health care, elder citizens can have more of the privacy and close personal assistance they would need in their advanced age. When it comes to home health care, using a licensed Fairfax, VA home health care agency like Comfort Keepers means you are assured of choosing only well-trained professionals who are properly qualified to provide your loved one with direct care. For your better understanding, below are some of the most immediate benefits you can expect by providing your loved one with specialized home health care service.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Scientists have already established the tie-in between amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and genetics. They never expected that the role genes played in this was much bigger. A joint study by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and Washington University in St. Louis, MO uncovered a total of 65 new mutations occurring among existing ALS patients. Of almost 400 patients in the study, these variants were present in more than a quarter of patients not known to have a family history of ALS.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Numerous experts have weighed in on the future of elder care services in the U.S., predicting that 2015 will be a big year for the elder care industry nationwide, including providers of professional elder care in Fairfax, VA and the neighboring regions. For one, various government services will celebrate anniversaries (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act). Moreover, 2015 also marks the once-in-a-decade staging of the White House Conference on Aging, a far-reaching symposium which will tackle topics related to healthy aging and the general welfare of the country’s senior citizens.
Monday, February 2, 2015
People can’t help but size up their parents as the important people who used to be in charge of their own lives and the lives of people under their charge. This one sure thing, however, hits an irreversible snag when the infirmities of old age kick in and family members are confronted by realities, including the need for Fairfax, VA home care services to help an elderly loved one continue to live her or his life as independently as possible. Many adult children are hard-pressed to convince their elderly ones that they need some form of assistance in their daily living due to the obvious decline in their physical capabilities. There is no definite step-by-step guide to persuade an elderly parent to get help, even in one’s own home where interactive caregiving offers basic services such as shopping and meal preparation, and the usual light household chores.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
A dependable Fairfax home health care service even makes it a point to offer family education services to teach families the basics of caring for the elderly. Should you decide to work with home health care professionals and take advantage of their family education program, you’ll learn the best ways to sympathetically and properly address the needs of your loved one. After learning all that you can, coping with caregiver stress should also come naturally to you and the rest of your family.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Top service providers of assisted living in Fairfax, VA also focuses on the nutritional and feeding needs of their clients. If your loved one is currently on a special diet or requires assistance when eating, trust that a professional caregiver will know what to do—and even what meals to prepare.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Financial considerations can also affect the kind of health care to get, such as a nursing home or in-home care. Between the two, in-home care is the less costly option, and may also be covered by the mentioned funding sources. Fairfax residents will do well to consult with Fairfax, VA elder care providers like Comfort Keepers of Fairfax, VA, to learn more about what they can expect from in-home care.
Monday, January 19, 2015
On the other hand, seniors who are suffering from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia may be expected to have lowered IADL and ADL skill levels. They will have greater need for more intensive home care in Fairfax, VA, as they face and deal with the debilitating effects of these diseases.