There are many senior citizens in this world who have independent minds. They like the idea of looking after themselves and the idea of living on their own. This is especially true after a stint in the hospital for an injury or illness; most senior citizens fear for their independence on their return home. It’s true that there will be certain situations that require senior citizens to seek help with daily responsibilities and tasks. Senior citizens who don’t want to have to transition to live-in care facilities after their hospital stay don’t need to fret, because there are other options available. They can opt for home care that will help them hold on to the lifestyle they’re familiar with and love. Home care opens seniors up to support that doesn’t involve them ever setting foot outside of their residence, and that can help them in several ways. Here are a…> Read More
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked or ruptured. With the brain cells getting deprived of blood and oxygen, the nerve cells stop working and die within minutes. The part of the brain they control also stops functioning. This effect can be permanent depending on how many cells are lost. Going by statistics, roughly 800,000 persons in the US become victims of stroke each year, making this an average of one person suffering from a stroke every 4 minutes. Not surprisingly, this has become the leading cause of disability and is among the top five leading causes of death in the US. And for most of those who survive, a host of life-time debilitating conditions persist – from changes in mobility, speech, bowel functions and more. Suffering a stroke though, does not mean an end to living, in general. With the…> Read More
A former stray lovingly referred to as Oreo, has found a new home at St. Augustine Health Ministries, a nonprofit organization in Cleveland, Ohio that provides assisted living, home health care, and nursing among other services. They already have a dog named Coco who lives at the facility, and now he has a friend. According to Dana Carns, Director of Advancement for St. Augustine Health Ministries, “They both give residents something to look for, to care about, to love on.” Several years ago, Oreo, a black and white feline, wandered into the nursing home and found her way into the hearts of staff and residents alike. “Oreo found us,” Carns stated. Now Oreo and Coco have an important role in improving the lives of residents. Valued Members of the Team Although Coco is a valued member of the team, Oreo outshines her furry counterpart in many ways. Oreo often greets…> Read More
If you’re caring for a senior parent(s), they may need additional care. It’s also natural to be overwhelmed by the amount of information on how to properly take care of them. You want them to have the best care, but how do you know what’s best? We’ve put together five senior care tips to improve the care you provide and make your lives easier. There will always be more to learnThere are entire sections of bookstores filled with literature on senior care. There is also a myriad of options available for senior care, including, but not limited to: independent living, nursing, Alzheimer’s care, assisted living, retirement communities, and in-home care. Senior care doesn’t refer exclusively to assisted-living facilities, although for some it may be the only option. You should also acknowledge that every person has a unique situation, which means there won’t be one concrete solution. Educate yourselfIf you aren’t…> Read More
It’s interesting that the birth of life is filled with advanced planning and preparation while, unfortunately, the end of life is consumed with reminding people that you have lived. But while it is natural to be afraid, we do not have to be alone. Increasingly, nurses are training in Palliative Care so that proper preparation for our loved one’s survival can be well assisted. It’s Recommended by the AACN The American Association of Colleges of Nursing released the revised Recommendations, Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for End-of-Life Nursing Care of 2015, which identifies nurses as critical partners of quality End of Life care for patients with serious illnesses and their families from the time of diagnosis, across the illness trajectory. High-quality training equips nurses to aid in the mental and emotional stress for the patient and their family. This training is a combination of spiritual-psychosocial health and physical health to assist…> Read More
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