Tips to Make Personal Care Less Awkward for Family Caregivers

Is there anything more heart-wrenching than an adult child watching her mom decline to a point where she needs to help with toileting? Or more awkward than a son having to coax his dad into a shower and help him wash? These personal care tasks can be hard for a senior’s family member to take on, and just as difficult for seniors who feel their dignity slipping away.

There are ways to make personal care tasks easier, though. As a senior care professional, you’ve likely learned to overcome those awkward situations with your patients as well. Here are some suggestions you can recommend to family caregivers.

Think differently. It might help to tell family members to think of the tasks in medical or scientific terms to help take the emotional heat out of it. Instead of a daughter changing her mom’s diaper, she’s changing her incontinence briefs to keep her clean and healthy.
Maximize their abilities. If the senior can handle part of the task, see if he or she is capable of doing the things that are most difficult for both parties, like washing private parts.
Distraction is your friend, like reminiscing about shared good memories or singing favorite old songs.
Make it as much fun as possible. Bubbles, spa-like soaps, a few flameless candles and some soft music can turn a dreaded routine into something the senior can look forward to. Suggest the caregiver start with a good back scrub to ease into the bathing process. Who doesn’t love that?
Take the easy route. Use bathing wipes between full baths and dry shampoo for between wet washes. Try wet wipes when toileting for better (and faster) cleaning.
A time for everything. Create a regular routine for the senior’s hygiene tasks, especially if the senior has dementia. Make regular bathing something that happens before church, for example, and always brush teeth before breakfast. Encourage family caregivers to help senior loved ones with personal care tasks when they are most alert. Avoid personal care tasks during difficult times, like evenings for those Alzheimer’s patients who experience sundowning.
Ask for help. If the family member is having trouble doing these tasks or the senior is too combative, let them know there is no shame in asking for assistance. Overwhelmed families can benefit from respite care offered by churches and community groups, or the VA, which offers benefits for veterans.

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Senior Citizens Summer Safety Tips

The US Center For Disease Control (CDC) estimates that every year around 300 people in the US die from heat related ailments. In addition thousands of American citizens suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Summer draws people, including seniors, outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activities with family and friends. Senior citizens are more susceptible to the effects of heat as their bodies return to normal slowly and their bodies cooling mechanism is not as efficient as younger people. Hence seniors should be well aware of the health problems related to summer heat and the preventive and safety steps that they should take to avoid these problems.
Here we will discuss some important summer safety tips for seniors. The first thing to know is that the faster you move the faster your body gets heated up. Hence seniors should take it slow in the summer, especially when it is hot. All outdoor activities should be planned for early mornings when it is cooler. As mush as possible, use the shaded areas under trees or covered porches. If possible air conditioning should be used when it is very hot and fans are not enough. If air conditioning is not available at home consider visiting public places like shopping malls, libraries, etc., that have air conditioning. Call us today, home care aides, can make sure your loved one is safe, cool and out of harms way.

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Medic Alert Awareness Month

August Awareness Month

A medical identification tag is worn as a bracelet, necklace or on clothing. It allows the wearer to be identified as an individual with a medical condition that may need immediate attention. This tag serves as a tool to provide information to emergency responders,
physicians, and law enforcement personnel in the event that the individual is unable to communicate. Typical conditions warranting
a medical alert identifier are:

• Diabetes
• Anaphylactic Allergies (food, drug, insect)
• Adrenal insufficiency
• Pacemaker or other medical devices
• Blood thinners

Who needs Medic Alert?
Persons with any medical problem or condition that cannot be easily seen or recognized need the protection of MedicAlert®. Heart conditions, diabetes, severe allergies and epilepsy are common problems. About one in every five persons has some special medical problem.

Why Medic Alert?
Tragic or even fatal mistakes can be made in emergency medical
treatment unless the special problem of the person is known. A
diabetic could be neglected and die because he/she was thought
to be intoxicated. A shot of penicillin could end the life of one who is allergic to it. Persons dependent on medications must continue to receive them at all times. Furthermore, the MedicAlert® emblem can also help in identification.

When is Medic Alert important?
Whenever you cannot speak for yourself— because of unconsciousness, shock, delirium, hysteria, loss of speech, etc. —the
MedicAlert emblem speaks for you. Call us today, your number one resource for home care in Connecticut.

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National Caregivers Month

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November is National Caregivers Month

November is National Caregivers Month. It is a time to acknowledge the important role that family, friends and neighbors play in caring for sick, elderly and disabled friends and relations. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, a caregiver refers to “anyone who provides assistance to someone else who is, in some degree, incapacitated and needs help: a husband who has suffered a stroke; a wife with Parkinson’s disease; a mother-in-law with cancer; a grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease….” Our caregivers offer a range of services, including emotional and spiritual support, assistance with every day living, transportation and safe home related services.

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Help us give back to the community!

During the month of November, Angelic Nursing & Home Care Services, will donate $1.00 for every “like” to Manchester Area Conference of Churches. MACC Charities provides food, shelter, clothing and advocacy for the unmet basic needs in Manchester, CT. Spread the word!! This will end November 30, 2012. Maximum donation $1,000.00.

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The Seven Do’s and Don’ts of Transporting the Elderly

Here are some simple “Do’s and Don’ts” to remember when traveling with the elderly:

1. Do provide an extra pillow or soft booster for your loved one. As we get older, we often experience a collapsing of the spinal cord that can make it uncomfortable to extended periods of time. Better yet, keep a couple of cushions of different sizes on hand, one to sit on and another to support the back.

2. Don’t assume the passenger-side air bag is safest. To a frail, elderly individual, that air bag may be a hazard. Depending on the medical condition, you may qualify to have the air bag deactivated. Only an authorized dealer or repair shop can install the on/off switch, with an approved form from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

3. Do check that the seat belt rub and make your loved one uncomfortable. A booster cushion to raise the body or a soft cloth around the part that rubs against the skin can help.

4. Don’t leave your loved one in a closed car while you run in to do an errand. If you leave the car running, your loved one just may try to drive it away. Someone with dementia or even mild confusion might wander off. A quick errand can turn into a big episode in an instance.

5. Do pack an emergency bag. You never know when you may need it. You should include: a change of clothes…including underwear, spare absorbent pads, or absorbent underwear if used; a sweater and hat of some sort; snacks such as granola bars and water bottles; extra medication such as glucose tabs.

6. Don’t forget bathroom breaks.While you may be able to go three or four hours without a bathroom break or a beverage, remember that your loved one may find that difficult. Take regular breaks.

7. Do make it a fun experience for them! Play some oldies or classical music, especially if the person tends to be grumpy. Take a lunch break at a spot you know has special appeal to your loved one.

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Operation Fuel

“Operation Fuel” for Connecticut Seniors, is designed to help seniors pay for their heating costs this winter, including a one-time “energy grant” of up to $500.

Eligibility is based on gross annual household income, liquid assets and a documented crisis. The number of people living in the household determines the income and asset limits. One household member must be at least 65 years old. The program is also known as the Elderly Home Heating Assistance Program (EHHAP).

If you’d like to see if this program can help you out this season you should call 2-1-1 to discuss your eligibility and possible benefits.

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Signs Your Loved One’s Needs Are Changing

It can often be hard to tell when aging is affecting a family member. Don’t ignore the warning signs, because small things can add up to a larger challenge incredibly fast. If you notice certain changes in your loved one, it might be time to seek outside help:

Changes in relationships with family and friends.
Withdrawal from social interactions.
Unusual behavior, such as increased agitation, speaking loudly or little talking at all.
Neglecting personal care, such as hygiene or nutrition.
Signs of forgetfulness, such as piles of unopened mail, unwashed laundry and scorched or dirty cookware.
Mismanagement of finances, such as unpaid bills or unusual purchases.

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Does Medicare Cover In-Home Senior Care?

No. Sadly, Medicare does not cover home care services. It covers the medical Home Health and Hospice services as prescribed by a doctor. However, if someone has a long term care insurance policy it would probably help pay for our non-medical home-care services and there are Aid and Attendance benefits for Veterans who qualify.
Angelic Nursing & Home Health Care specializes in companionship, home helper services, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry/linens, transportation, errands and personal care assistance with the activities of daily living.
Home Health and Hospice are the medical components of care which could be covered by Medicare. A Doctor prescribes Home Health or Hospice services to come to someone’s home. These are valuable services; however, if someone needs constant daily care and help with more details for their activities of daily living, then a non-medical home care company would be of value to them.
Angelic works in conjunction with Home Health Companies because we want to partner with the nurse, occupational therapist, social worker and physical therapist that works for these companies to help our client rehabilitate and become as independent as possible. When a client is on Hospice Care we work in conjunction with that agency and follow the guidelines outlined for end-of-life care.
Contact our office located in Manchester, CT or visit our website, www.angelicregistry.com for more information.

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Long Term Care Insurance & Home Health Care

Did you know we accept Long Term Care Insurance?

• We accept several Long Term Care Insurances who participate
in the Connecticut Partnership Plan for Long Term Care™.
• We assist in preparing and filing the paperwork required for clients to
receive reimbursement for the services covered under the policies.
• Each individual policy has specific benefits and requirements
needed to initiate a claim.
• We have developed processes that streamline the claims process,
which results in fast payment of claims.
• Let us help you navigate your long term care insurance policy for a smooth
transition into getting the care that you need — and have paid for!

Please call our office to inquire about Long Term Care Insurance and how you can benefit from your policy.

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