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Keeping Safe at Home

Posted by ComForCare on May 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM

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. 

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Safety

Hazards of Hoarding: Part 2

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on April 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM

In a previous post, we discussed the clinical definition and dangers of hoarding. If you are not sure if your loved one is a hoarder, WebMD suggests asking yourself these questions:

  • Does your loved one buy multiples of an item because they can’t find the item at home?
  • Are there narrow pathways to navigate through the mountains of possessions?
  • Does the clutter cause arguments or fights within the family?
  • Is your loved one unable to bathe, cook and sleep because of obstructions in and around living spaces
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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Healthy Living

Hazards of Hoarding

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

While my grandma lived at her home, my mother and I would make it a point to stop by at least once a week to help with the light cleaning, such as dusting and vacuuming. The underlying clutter we mostly left untouched until after my grandmother died. What we found was amazing: a jar full of matches from various establishments, high-heeled shoes she never wore, 10-year-old soup and so on. I know, the situation could have been much worse – she could have been a hoarder.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Healthy Living

What to Do After a Fall

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on February 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Falls and seniors. Falls and seniors. Falls and seniors. You have heard stories about the dangers on every medical TV show and have seen advertisements selling alert buttons. You probably know the statistics: Falls result in more than 2.5 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 734,000 hospitalizations, according to the National Council on Aging.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

Take a Stand to Prevent Falls

Posted by ComForCare on November 4, 2015 at 6:13 AM

Falls are the leading cause for injury for adults 65 and older. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), every 13 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. However, many falls are preventable. In addition to improving your balance to help prevent falls, there are also many ways falls can be prevented, especially with in-home care.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

Improving Your Balance Helps Prevent Falls

Posted by ComForCare on March 27, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Now that spring has arrived you’re probably going to be more active, as well you should be. But even though the ice is finally melting, the increase in physical activity also means the increased likelihood of losing your balance and potentially incurring serious injury. 

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Preventing Slips and Falls in the Elderly Population

Posted by ComForCare on January 19, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Falls are the most common cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thousands of American seniors perish as a result of fall-related injuries every year. Even when slips and falls are non-fatal, injuries such as hip fractures that impair mobility and create costly medical bills may result. It is important to take steps to prevent seniors from sustaining slip and fall injuries, especially during the winter.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

Martial Arts Can Decrease Falls in Seniors

Posted by ComForCare on June 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Whether it’s for self defense, health reasons or even reducing injury risk from falls, martial arts can help senior citizens in several ways.

Martial arts, commonly used to teach self defense, has grown over the years and is now used for much more than that. Certain techniques can actually help with problems caused by aging, such as osteoporosis.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Activities and Lifestyle

Adapting to Aging

Posted by ComForCare on May 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM

In today’s fast-paced society, it can become difficult for elders to accept the reality of getting older. Learning to depend on others for everyday tasks after a lifetime of independence can be disheartening. Many older adults want to live independently without relying on assistance from others, but that can’t always be the case. Mental and physical disabilities sometimes take a toll, making living alone a danger.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Activities and Lifestyle

Get Ready For Older Americans Month - May 2014

Posted by ComForCare on April 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Every year since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and contributions of older adults in our society. This is the month to celebrate your current and past achievements. Older Americans Month is a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value and services that older Americans bring to their families, friends and communities.

ComForcare Senior Services and At Your Side Home Care encourage you to take part in the celebrations by sharing your stories with us during the month of May.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Healthy Living

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