Posted April 19, 2016
Aging Gracefully: Creating a Senior Care Plan for Mom and Dad
On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, the Norton Healthcare Employee Resource Group for Women or NWIRED, hosted an event called, “Aging Gracefully.” This free program sponsored by Premier Caregiver Services and the Norton Healthcare Foundation, discussed the details and conversations involved in creating a senior care plan for mom and dad. With this topic, a…Read More
Posted March 21, 2016
If you are the eldest daughter in your family, you are most likely going to be the one making decisions about your parent’s long-term care. Do you have a plan in place to keep your mom or dad safely at home? When–and–how do you have a conversation about taking away car keys or moving into an assisted living arrangement? Do you know your parent’s medical medical history, medications and care preferences? Where do you turn for help?
Join us for a discussion about creating a care plan before you need one. Amy Jo Condo, a busy mom and business owner,…Read More
Posted January 23, 2016
Adult children faced with aging parents’ failing health issues and senior home care often create friction among themselves, sometimes reverting back to old oppressive moments of sibling rivalry, when making choices for Dad and Mom. Everyone cares about what happens but may not agree on the same decisions, which triggers misunderstandings and conflicts. Compromising about any home care, stroke care, or dementia care for the elderly can be challenging but attainable with communication, honesty and equally informing one another.
Many adult children accept the primary caregiver role by emotional ties, geographic location, age, or as they take on more and…Read More
Posted December 16, 2015
Urinary incontinence — the loss of bladder control — is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity of urinary incontinence ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze, to having an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and strong you don’t get to a toilet in time.
These factors increase your risk of developing urinary incontinence:
Sex – Women are more likely than men are to have stress incontinence. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and normal female anatomy account for this difference. However, men with prostate gland problems are at increased risk of urge and overflow incontinence.
Age – As you get older,…Read More
Posted November 9, 2015
Working as an employee at Premier Caregiver Services in addition to working at Premier Caring Hands has given me the opportunity to help others in ways I never thought I would. Just as an example – While caregiving for a patient of ours, it was brought to my attention that Mr. B (as I call him) had been very sick to his stomach throughout the week. In addition to this, his home oxygen concentrator was not working properly. When he mentioned he didn’t seem to be getting enough oxygen, I immediately contacted our main office in hopes of finding a…Read More
Posted April 3, 2015
When to Take Away the Keys: Dementia & Driving
If you have a family member suffering from Dementia, one of the many issues that will arise is letting them operate a vehicle. Early on, it may not seem like such a topic to concern yourself with. Over time, however, we become desensitized to the dementia, meaning we know they have it and we deal with it and “forget” as time goes by.
It is almost impossible to gauge the aggressiveness of dementia, as it moves at its own pace and can accelerate without any sign. There are multiple differences in dementia…Read More
Posted March 31, 2015
How to Report Elderly Abuse: An Overview
We all have a responsibility to our elder’s to watch out for them and report any form of abuse if we feel it is happening to them.
Elderly abuse is steadily increasing and becoming a serious problem in our society. A broad definition of elder abuse is intentionally causing pain, suffering, and/or injury to an elder adult. This abuse can be mental, physical, or sexual. A vulnerable adult is considered a person over the age of 18 that cannot care for themselves.
Current research estimates that approximately 1 to 2 million Americans age 65 or older…Read More
Posted March 25, 2015
“What is an HCC?” you may ask. HCC is an acronym for Home Care Coordinator. It is typically used to identify the representatives who act on behalf of a patient who is in need of home care services or medical equipment in their home.
Getting the Ball Rolling
The HCC is the one who can coordinate the trip home from a hospital or rehabilitation facility. The HCC can have a hospital bed, shower chair, bedside commode, oxygen concentrator, and many more home medical equipment products delivered right to your home. If oxygen is a necessity for the patient, the HCC can arrange to…Read More
Posted March 21, 2015
Alzheimers is a form of dementia that can affect a person’s thinking, memory, and general behavior. Alzheimers is the most common form of dementia and generally worsens as time goes by. The progressive decline in mental behavior derives from the nature of the disease. It damages and destroys brain cells, which leads to the mental disorder issues already mentioned. Time is a major factor with regards to Alzheimers; the number diagnosed with this disease doubles every 5 years after 65 years of age.
When Alzheimers is diagnosed early on, there is some hope to prolong the full-onset. Even though this…Read More
Posted March 16, 2015
Giving your feet a hand:
You can help to prevent foot pain due to an increased risk of damage to nerves and blood vessels by following these simple foot care tips:
1. Wash your feet in warm water with mild soap every day, but don’t soak them. Dry them well.
2. Check your feet every day for cuts, sores, blisters, redness, calluses, or any other problem. Call your doctor if healing process doesn’t start after one day.
3. If your skin is dry, rub lotion on your feet after you wash and dry them. Do not put lotion between your toes.
4. Gently file…Read More