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You may have at one time been by a senior loved one’s side at the hospital or doctor’s office and noticed the medical worker attaching a colorful “FALL RISK” band to his or her wrist. Notifying those providing care to this possibility allows additional measures to keep seniors safe during medical treatments. However, did you realize that ongoing, everyday life can pose a fall risk danger to those diagnosed with the following conditions?
Osteoporosis, a bone density disorder that can also increase a person’s chances of fracturing a hip
Neurologic disability (stroke)
Postural hypotension (sudden decrease in blood pressure)
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Falling is never fun, but for an older adult, a fall can result in devastating effects, like a fractured hip, which can escalate to a full range of additional health problems. A full 25% of seniors who fracture a hip end up dying within six months of the injury; a shocking, yet preventable statistic.
Taking time to make some simple modifications to the home can help create a safer environment for your senior loved ones and help prevent dangerous senior falls. Below are some easy home modification ideas from the home care Marin CA services team at Hired Hands Homecare that can be implemented to help lower the risk of falls for the elderly.
Replace light bulbs routinely to ensure there is sufficient illumination in … Read More »
Did you know that ONE out of every THREE seniors aged 65+ falls each year. The more tragic statistic is that EVERY 13 seconds, a senior is treated in the emergency room because of a fall! Let’s put needed focus and attention towards minimizing this enormous problem!
The Eighth Annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day will be celebrated on September 23, 2015 – the first day of fall. As such, we’d love to spread the word about all things Fall Prevention. A great information sheet is the NCOA-6-Steps-to-Prevent-a-Fall which includes 6 easy tips that can be used to avoid falls. This is great information, and are easy ways that we can become aware on how to stay safe, and reduce the likelihood of a fall.
Over in the East Bay, the Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley presents “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls”. Please join … Read More »
Surviving and going through recovery after a stroke is both an emotionally and physically challenging experience, and the only thing you wish to do is to get back to your regular life. But, given that around 2/3rds of stroke survivors usually have some type of disability, according to the National Stroke Association, in-home safety modifications may be needed to make post-stroke life easier and safer.
The encouraging news is that there are some basic measures that can make the home safer and more accessible for stroke recovery. Below are several post-stroke home alteration guidelines from Hired Hands Homecare:
Approximately 40% of stroke survivors suffer serious falls within a year after their strokes. These suggestions can help protect against trips … Read More »
A large number of older adults with Parkinson’s disease receive the largest part of their care at home from loved ones, specifically during the earlier levels of the disease. As the leader in elderly care in Napa and the surrounding area, we at Hired Hands Homecare are aware of the unique concerns experienced by family members who are care providers for a parent with Parkinson’s, and want you to know you’re not alone! We are always available to offer recommendations and to partner with you in making sure your loved one is receiving the highest quality care at all times.
To begin with, it’s very helpful to keep these Parkinson’s-specific tips in mind:
Nutrition: A healthy diet helps lessen cell loss in an individual with Parkinson’s. Getting plenty of antioxidants, like … Read More »
With the distinct honor of being one of the very first counties in California, Solano County is steeped in history – not to mention natural beauty – offering seniors who live here a wealth of opportunities to learn, explore, and be amazed! Hired Hands Homecare is pleased to provide the professional Solano County home care California seniors deserve, including safe, reliable transportation and accompaniment to whatever destination an older adult’s heart desires.
For instance, there are a variety of fascinating museums right within Solano County, where you can always learn something new, such as the Benicia Historical Museum. It’s also always fun to view birds and other wildlife at the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, or the stunning gardens at the UC Davis Arboretum. Whatever piques a senior’s interest, you can count on Hired Hands Homecare to make it happen!
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A person with Parkinson’s disease may visit the doctor for a half hour 4 times a year. But what about the senior care Napa CA residents with Parkinson’s need for the other 8,758 hours each year?
Here are some practical day-to-day tips to assist a caregiver in maximizing the independence, safety, and activities of daily living for a loved one with Parkinson’s.
Maintain a Healthy Diet: A well balanced diet can help to reduce cell loss in a person with Parkinson’s. Consuming antioxidants can also help to fight oxidative stress.
Sources of antioxidants include blueberries, broccoli, spinach, green tea, dark chocolate, dried fruits and beans, avocado, asparagus, walnuts and almonds, and grape juice or red wine. In addition, make sure any vitamins the doctor has recommended are taken.
Swallowing Difficulties: Persons with Parkinson’s often experience difficulties chewing, moving food from one part of the … Read More »
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Geriatric Care Management is the field of planning and coordinating elder care California seniors need to improve their quality of life and maintain their independence for as long as possible.
As our families age, demands and responsibilities can become complex and overwhelming. A professional Geriatric Care Manager can offer much needed expertise, solutions and support in the care and well being of a loved one.
Health care and psychological care are integrated with the best possible combination of services such as:
Care planning • Socialization • Financial and Legal planning • Housing transitions
Our professional Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) combine their expert working knowledge of health, psychology, human development, family dynamics, and public and private resources to advise and advocate for clients throughout the continuum of care. By evaluating an individual’s health, functioning level, emotional … Read More »
May is designated as Stroke Awareness Month. Were you aware that stroke is one of the leading causes of disability in adults worldwide? When someone you love suffers a stroke, many aspects of life are impacted. Although we can never really be fully prepared for a stroke and the difficulties that arise with after stroke care, it is possible to ensure a safe, comfortable home environment for the stroke survivor to recover. Below are several tips to make the home more accessible for someone who has experienced a stroke, as shared by the National Stroke Association:
Prevent Falls by Removing Clutter: Be sure pathways to rooms are clear of any clutter and that electrical cords are all safely moved out of the way. Remove loose rugs and runners in … Read More »
The CDC reports that as many as one-third of all seniors fall each year, and surprisingly, less than half of those seniors talk to their doctors about it. When a senior experiences a fall, even if it does not cause serious injury, she can develop a heightened fear of falling, which may result in limited activities, reduced mobility, loss of physical fitness, and in turn, an increased risk of falling again.
In our last blog post, we discussed some home modifications you can make to improve senior safety and reduce the risk of falls. In addition, there are a number of exercises that seniors can do on a regular basis to increase muscle strength and improve balance, which will not only help reduce … Read More »