The perception of palliative care is a very misunderstood area of medicine by most people. Typically, people think of palliative care as a place only for those who are terminally ill. However, it is this very misconception that often causes people to refuse to include palliative care in their treatment plan. In fact, palliative care, a more recent addition to the medical world, provides comfort, relieves suffering through pain management and improves quality of life in a wide variety of people of all ages, including those with serious and chronic diseases. Palliative care also seeks to support caregivers as well. Ideally, palliative care should be added early on into one’s treatment plan for it to offer the most benefits. In fact, studies have shown that it is associated with an increased risk of survival. It would be beneficial if palliative care was part of the treatment plan for every illness…> Read More
Most seniors have a preference for living in their own homes. However, this presents its own set of dangers for seniors that you should be aware of. Falls and Other Injuries The combination of declining eyesight, safety hazards and medications that may disrupt balance can lead to an increased risk of falls and other injuries. This can lead to broken hips and other serious injuries. Broken hips are especially linked to a number of other health complications. Decreased Safety: Prone to House Fires Elderly people are at an increased risk of having house fires and other potentially fatal accidents due to memory problems, which makes it more likely that they will forget to turn off the stove and other appliances. Poor Mental Health: Increased Risk of Depression Studies have shown a number of factors that contribute to poor mental health and particularly depression in those living alone. One factor is…> Read More
When people get it older, character traits that have been present throughout their life, including anger, abusive language and general impatience—tend to become magnified. Aging is a difficult and unsettling process for many elderly people, especially if they feel that their friends, family and care-home employees don’t understand their emotional turmoil or are insensitive to the psychological stress that it puts them under. Below are some guidelines for dealing with angry, elderly family members. Handling anger. The best way to rationalize and deal with the anger experienced by elderly family members is to not take it personally. Pain and disease cloud judgment and we must approach their anger with empathy and a willingness to help. Cursing and abusive language. Verbal abuse and unpleasant language can make handling and caring for elderly family members complicated, especially where children are involved. One way to mitigate swearing is to distract elderly family members…> Read More
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