6 Jun 2016

Preparing Your Home For A Loved One’s Return From Hospital

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Recovering from hospitalization can be a long process. Individuals require a high level of care and comfort to achieve a full recovery and return to their daily living. Family members enhance the recovery process by creating the right home environment and ensuring that all needs are met. Understanding how to prepare your home for a loved one’s return from the hospital makes it easy to provide the care they need. By knowing what to consider and how to provide the best care, your loved one can have comfort and peace of mind. What to Consider for Home Care There are many health issues that require an extended recovery period at home. In addition to heart attacks, strokes, and physical injuries, your loved one may also be recovering from the procedures required to treat these issues. Recovery from surgery presents additional health risks if your loved one isn’t cared for properly.…

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23 May 2016

How To Decide Whether Your Parents Need Homecare

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Many adult children with aging parents will inevitably find themselves in the position of deciding whether it might be time to look into homecare options. However, this decision is not always a black and white situation and you may find yourself unsure of whether or not the time is now. If you find yourself in this position, here are some signs to look for that will help point you in the right direction during this challenging time. Assess the Health of the The Primary Caregiver. The health of the primary caregiver must be good enough that you do not fear for his or her safety (or the safety of your parents). If your mother cares for your father but is prone to falling, for example, it might be time to look into homecare options. Pay close attention to their mobility. Similarly, if you notice any changes in mood, like symptoms…

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16 May 2016

How To Transition From Hospital To Homecare

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Canadians who are over the age of 65 years old currently represent 16% of Canada’s population. This number is expected to rise to 25% in the year 2036. These numbers reflect the increasing demand on care facilities by the aging population, which is a particular concern for those who are over the age of 45. In fact, a study showed that 61% of people in this demographic fear that there will be a lack of facilities to care for them as they age. Canada’s healthcare system, particularly as it relates to caring for the ill, aging and elderly population, is rapidly changing out of necessity. Part of these changes involve transitioning individuals from the hospital to the home. This means that more people than ever are taking on the unfamiliar role of home caregiver. This can be an overwhelming transition, but can be made less stressful if certain precautions are…

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25 Apr 2016

Tips For Helping Seniors Relieve Their Stress

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As we age things are supposed to get easier. Unfortunately for some people, getting older comes with new stresses that our bodies and minds aren’t used to. If you or a loved one is experiencing stress related to getting older, here are some tips to help seniors relieve some of the physical and mental pressure. Eat a balanced diet: Ensuring that you are getting enough calcium, vitamins and protein plays an important role in relieving stress. When we don’t eat right or eat enough our bodies retaliate by making us tired, weak and stressed out. If you can’t eat three meals a day, try for two and some snacks. Eat healthy and nutritious foods like green vegetables and lean protein like chicken and fish. If you have issues with chewing, try smoothies or even meal replacement shakes that are high in vitamins and protein. You may also be taking medication…

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11 Apr 2016

Four Common Vision Problems Among Seniors

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You may have heard the term AREDs pop up when it comes to senior care. AREDs stands for age-related eye diseases and there are four common ones that plague seniors. Besides the big four there are also minor ones that also cause major discomfort in ageing eyes. Glaucoma: This disease damages the eye’s optic nerve leading to vision loss and blindness. Glaucoma is symptomless at first and the vision fade does occur gradually; however, the disease can make the sufferer very uncomfortable as it progresses. There are surgeries, eye drops and other medications that can be used to treat glaucoma. If glaucoma runs in your family, there is a chance that you will have it too. Cataracts: Our lenses are made of water and protein but when this protein clumps together it can create a clouding effect. This cloudy mass that blankets parts of the lense is called a cataract.…

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