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Signs It May Be Time to Consider Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on February 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Lately, it seems like your elderly parents are having some trouble keeping up with everyday tasks – there’s spoiled food in the fridge, Mom missed her doctor appointment and Dad has had some minor, but concerning, falls. While these incidents may not seem like a huge deal, they could be signs your aging loved ones need some assistance. Here are some things to watch for when visiting seniors.  

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Finances, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Preventing Falls During the Winter (and Throughout the Year)

Posted by Anne Hein on January 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Falls are always a concern for older adults. Every year, more than one in three people 65+ fall. Fall rates also increase with age. This time of year often brings the concern to the forefront with snowy sidewalks and icy steps blanketing large parts of the country. While falls can happen anywhere, most happen at home.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

Festive Fall Activities for Seniors and Their Families

Posted by ComForCare on October 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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:

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Activities and Lifestyle

Preventing Falls – In-Home Safety Checks and Assessments

Posted by Anne Hein on September 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM

You noticed a bruise on your grandma’s arm. “It was just a little fall,” she says. Maybe she is right, it was a minor incident. But what about the next time? Falls can be serious, sometimes fatal, for older adults. According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Even if someone isn’t hurt when they fall, they may become afraid of falling, which can have a big impact on their life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the fear of falling causes people to limit their activities and cut back on social engagement. When someone is less active, they become weaker, which increases their chances of falling. Research also shows falling just once doubles one’s chances of falling again.

It’s a common belief falls are just a part of aging – that it’s inevitable seniors will fall. That’s not necessarily true because most falls are preventable. Many ComForCare/At Your Side Home Care locations offer no obligation in-home fall safety evaluations and fall risk assessments. Our home safety check evaluates all aspects of someone’s living conditions. A trained professional will look at things such as:

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Safety

Physical Function, Food and Falls

Posted by ComForCare on September 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

You’ve likely heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital takes that concept further by supporting the notion, “You become what you eat.” The study, which compared diet quality and physical function in over 50,000 women, found that those who maintained a healthy diet over the years were less likely to develop problems with physical function as they grew older.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention

Summer Falls and Injuries

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on July 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

For most people, summer is a time to be more active, such as taking a trip to the beach, strolling around town or gardening in the backyard. However, warm weather activities can provide opportunities for unintentional injuries and falls, especially for older adults.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Caregiving

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

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