By Bryn HuntpalmerRead More
By Bryn HuntpalmerRead More
Crisp cool air, brightly-hued leaves and shorter days are signs that autumn has arrived. Although we may regret the end of summer, seniors, toddlers and everyone in between can have fun with these family-friendly fall activities.
Falling leaves and pumpkins of all sizes are inspiration for these fall-themed projects:
By Emily Lord, executive director, HealthCare Ready
The Louisiana floods in August of 2016 destroyed more than 60,000 homes and forced more than 15,000 people into shelters at the height of the disaster. These floods were not caused by a massive hurricane like Katrina in 2005 but by tons and tons of rain. No one expected rain to cause the damage on the scale it did. It is a powerful lesson that we need to always be prepared to protect ourselves and those we care for, especially the elderly who are more vulnerable than most because of limited mobility and additional health care needs.
While disaster preparedness sounds overwhelming and yet another thing to add to your to-do list, there are easy, low cost ways to protect the health of your family or those to whom you provide care. There are many organizations that provide preparedness training and toolkits, including the American Red Cross and the CDC, but they don’t always include health care preparedness. Here are a few key things to think about when planning.Read More
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people want to be at home. According to an AARP survey, 90 percent of seniors 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible, and 80 percent think their current home is where they will always be. It makes sense; home is familiar, close to friends and neighbors, and provides a sense of independence.Read More
Home should be a place of comfort and safety. As time passes, however, we can become a little too comfortable in those familiar surroundings to recognize emerging safety concerns. For this reason, living safely at home can turn into a challenge for older adults.
With increasing age, vision and hearing become less acute, balance is less steady and reaction time slows. Household and personal tasks that were once easy and safe to complete can turn into difficult and dangerous activities.
Make Necessary Repairs
Make it a priority to look around your loved one's home for potential safety hazards. Take time to check that all appliances, electrical devices and outlets are in good working order. If necessary, make repairs and replacements. It's important to personally assess the situation. Your loved one may be reluctant to bring any household problems to your attention due to concerns about costs, maintaining personal independence or simply not wanting to make extra work for you.Read More
Can I interest you in a tall glass of kombucha to wash down your poke? Does this question have you scratching your head? No fears, we’re here to help! As part of National Nutrition Month, we’re taking a look at five popular food trends in 2016.Read More
Are you looking for just the right gift for someone special? While choosing presents can be complicated for people of every age, it can be even more challenging to pick out just the right gift for an elderly loved one. Older adults often have limited living space already filled with more than enough possessions.Read More
Topics: Home Care Planning
Joy. Peace. Happiness.Read More
ComForCare/At Your Side Home Care is prepared to make you and your loved one’s holidays joyful and bright. Everyone should revel in these festive times, especially family caregivers. Here are 12 ways we can help.Read More