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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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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