Home Care as Preventative Care

When it comes to the health of your senior loved one, it’s important to be proactive. With this approach, home care can be effective preventative health care. Home care can prevent injury and mitigate complications from chronic illnesses, major recoveries, or a sedentary lifestyle. This could improve long-term outcomes and reduce costly doctor visits. Here are a few examples of home care as preventative health care: Injury Prevention A home care worker can help your senior loved one avoid falls and other injury risks. These types of accidents can cause long term complications in the health of your senior loved one.  In seniors, injuries such as sprains or broken bones take much longer to heal and the effects are felt in

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Elder Abuse Myths and Facts

Letting someone come into your home and trusting them to take care of yourself or a loved one can understandably be scary. While quality caregivers provide reliable nonmedical homecare with compassion and professionalism, some individuals take advantage of older adults and their family members. This is a good reason to consider hiring from an accredited agency that vets its employees. Myth #1: Elder Abuse is Always Physical Violence There are many forms of abuse: physical, emotional/psychological, sexual, and financial. Neglect is a serious violation when it comes to senior care, since many adults require life-saving medications and/or assistance with daily tasks. Learn the warning signs and reach out to isolated seniors in your community. Myth #2: If An Adult Is Being

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What Caregivers Should Know About Senior Nutrition

Nutrition is a vital part of good health. For aging adults this is especially important, because great health helps you maintain an independent lifestyle and aids in the management of chronic illnesses. Here are 5 nutrition tips for seniors: 1. Nutritional needs change as you age. Eating a variety of foods can help make sure that nutritional needs are met. Look for foods that are low in salt and higher in fiber. A healthy meal should include protein, fruits and veggies, whole grains and low in fat dairy products. 2. In addition to knowing what makes a healthy meal, knowing how to read nutritional labels is very important and makes eating healthier much easier. Check labels for adverse contents. Items

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Home Care for Seniors with Heart Disease

The right caregiver can make all the difference in the world when it comes to helping seniors manage heart disease. Here’s how a good caregiver can help: Lower stress level. Lowering stress is a great way to manage heart disease. Maintain a positive atmosphere. A home care provider can help make sure the home atmosphere for patients with heart disease is positive and uplifting. Support lifestyle changes. A home care provider can help his or her client implement lifestyle changes that were recommended by a physician to manage heart disease. They can also make sure that patients take medication and get exercise to manage their heart disease. Increase activity level. Whether recovering after surgery or just working to improve heart health, increasing your

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Who Can Get Long Term Care Insurance?

Two apparent trends have emerged regarding the aging population. One: It’s growing, and as such, more and more people will require long-term care at some point. Two: a large segment of that growing population prefers to remain independent, living in their own homes, for as long as possible. In general, home care is less expensive than other long-term care options such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes. At A-Z Best Home Care, we charge a flat hourly rate; other agencies often adjust their rates based on the level of care needed. If you need help covering the cost of in-home care, you might consider long term care insurance. Apply Early Like other forms of insurance, the insurance companies set

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Prevent Heat Illness in Older Adults

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Arizona and Southeast California. The warning forecasts temperatures of 110-120 degrees.  Excessive heat increases the chances of heat-related illnesses and death. It’s considered especially dangerous for anyone working outside during the day, the elderly and those without air conditioning. Of course, these symptoms can emerge whenever it’s hot, and in any part of the country. Keep a close eye on seniors in your care when the temperatures rise. What are the signs of a heat related illness? Early Symptoms Headache Thirst Muscle Cramps Serious Symptoms Weakness Skin that is cool to the touch A rapid but faint pulse Nausea and fainting Severe Symptoms Hot and red dry skin Rapid but strong

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