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Home to hospital?

Pill containers covering countertops? Medical notes all over the refrigerator? As our loved ones age, the easier it is for once cozy homes to become cluttered with health related machines, medicines, and reminders. Along with the endless benefits home caregiving provides for families and their loved ones, a clinical atmosphere in the home is something to be easily avoided. Here are a few simple tips and tricks that will help sustain that homey feeling for your loved ones:

1. Paint bottom half of walls dark colors to hide scuffs. If moving around furniture, walkers, or other items is causing scuffs on your light colored walls, paint the bottom half a darker color to ensure a homey, scruff free feel that masks the marks.

2. Add an easy chair or recliner in the bedroom. Everyone can use it, makes the room feel less clinical and more cozy.

3. Hide the commode. Nothing makes a room feel less homey than medical equipment. If you have a big closet, try and clear some space to form a make shift bathroom with your portable commode.

4. Tape medicine instructions inside the cabinet door. This is a way better spot to put instructions so you do not have to look at them all day, do the same with appointment reminders and notes from caregivers! Also, keep the refrigerator for cheerier images such as artwork from grandchildren or family photos.

5. Use wicker baskets to keep medicine, cups, or paperwork. Put on your dresser or countertops, makes for a warm alternative to letting items linger around the house. It is also a great way to transfer baskets from room to room as needed.

6. Dress up windows in bedrooms. If the room previously didn’t have window dressings, use some inexpensive curtains with a spring loaded suspension rod. No tools necessary!

7. Use rope lights to guide the way to the bathroom. Great technique to enforce nighttime safety and adds a decorative glow!

June 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Seniors in Summertime – How to care for your loved ones during baking days

Summer is here and while it can mean fun for many of us, the heat and humidity can make seniors particularly vulnerable to a number of issues. Unfortunately that hot, Georgia record breaking heat we all know so well effects all ages in different ways – so make sure you adjust daily routines during these summer months to avoid illnesses such as dehydration, heat stroke, sunburn, dizziness, and nausea.

Approximately 371 deaths occur in the United States every year due to heat related illnesses, nearly half of all victims are 65 years and older.

Why so vulnerable?

Elderly people’s bodies do not handle sudden temperature changes as well as they once used to, making the summer months a big risk. Along with natural changes in the body’s ability to adapt to environmental changes, many prescriptions and medications elderly people take effect the way in which the body regulates it’s temperature.

Many folks end up in the hospital because some of  these heat related illnesses mentioned earlier, so we found some useful tips to take into consideration as we sweat through these next few months!

Stay Cool –Air Conditioning is your best friend this summer.  At home, in the car, at a mall or movie, library etc.– get in it!

Stay Hydrated – Carry water or juice with you and drink it continuously whether you “feel” thirsty or not, avoiding highly caffeinated drinks as well.

Avoid using Salt Tablets – unless you clear it with your Physician.

Slow Down – If you must do work, especially outdoors, do it before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. Heat adds unwanted stress to your heart.

Eat more often, smaller meals – Easier to digest in the heat, focus on eating smaller meals full of fresh fruits and veggies!

Dress Properly – Hat, sun glasses, lightweight clothing – cottons whic breathe, light colored clothes, white or pastels, long sleeves, carry a parasol– make these items part of your everyday wardrobe.

How to spot when hot is too hot 

Confusion? Faintness? Lack of sweating? Bizarre behavior? Rapid pulse?

If you or a loved one come across any of these symptoms, there is a chance your body is 105 degrees or hotter and you are experiencing heat stroke, a medical emergency so call 9-11 IMMEDIATELY! 

June 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

June is Home Safety Month!

June gives us the perfect opportunity to review some effective and easy ways for you and your loved ones to ensure safety around the house!

Lucky for us here at AmeriCare Georgia, producers of home building products have started focusing on meeting the needs of elderly real estate owners. The most popular companies such as Kohler, GE, LG, and others are stepping up their efforts to accommodate those who may be in need of safe, reliable home appliances!

Our caregivers are excited to start coming across some of these elder-friendly appliances that ensure safety and effectiveness in times they may be absent from their clients.

Here are just a few:

  • Stovetops that sound an alarm when a pot boils over
  • Appliances with display panels that you can adjust the size, color and intensity of the display
  • Appliances with easy to operate controls for those with arthritis
  • Toilets with motorized seats and nighlights
  • Devices that shut off water when a tub or sink fills up

So next time you are in the need of updating some appliances around the house, make sure to check out these products. To get an even closer look at some useful aging in place home safety tips, click here and take advantage of this month’s awareness!

 

June 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

Feeding the body, mind, and soul

As we age, eating well is not only a key ingredient to a positive outlook and emotionally balanced way of life, but also a way to add years to our lives. When we eat better, we feel happier inside and out. Starting to eat nutrient-dense, wholesome, and yummy food is a simple way to begin a healthy lifestyle as we age into older years. The sooner we get into this habit, the sooner increase in mental awareness, resistance to illness, and energy levels will be knocking at our doors!

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Here at AmeriCare, we found a great article from www.helpguide.org/life/senior_nutrition.htm that gives us an inside look on ways in which we can start improving our eating habits. From providing recommended calorie intake for men and women over the age of 50, to enlightening us with a suggested elder food pyramid guideline, we found these tips n’s tricks to be the exact motivation we needed, take a look!

Calorie count? 

For men over 50:

Not physically active: 2000/day

Somewhat physically active: 2400/day

Very active: 2800/day

For women over 50:

Not physically active: 1600/day

Somewhat physically active: 1800/day

Very active: 2000/day

What our bodies need:

Fruits: Focus on whole fruits rather than juices for more fiber, go for color-rich pickings such as berries or melons.

Veggies: Go for 2 to 2 1/2 cups of veggies everyday. Look for rich dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and broccoli as well as oranges and yellows, such as carrots, squash, and yams.

Calcum: Aging bone health depends on sufficient calcium intake, seniors need 1,200 mg of calcium a day with milk, yogurt or cheese.

Grains: Whole grains are the way to go, seniors aim for 6-7 ounces of grain each day.

Protein: Divide your body weight in half in order to determine the amount on grams of protein you need daily. Mix it up with fish, beans, peas, eggs, milk, and cheese.

So next time you’re out buying groceries, load up on these recommended food items and get a ballpark figure of daily calorie intake!

June 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm 1 comment


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