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How to Get Your Elderly Parents to Bathe : When he/she was young, they never liked being told what to do. Now, at old age, they are adamantly refuses all requests to take a shower. they didn’t seem to notice the body odor or stringy hair that were so off-putting to friends and family. Refusing to bathe is not uncommon among the elderly for a variety of reasons. And, unfortunately, the more you hint, suggest or request they take a bath or shower, the more they seem to push back at that idea. So, if your elderly parents are like this, here are a few things you can try to get them in the shower or bath. 1. Address their physical concerns. If they are afraid of falling in the tub or shower, install grab rails. Maybe a walk-in tub or a shower chair would make them more comfortable. To prevent scalding hot water, adjust the water heater temperature. 2. Make it a part of their regular routine. “Okay, Mom, It’s Tuesday morning, time to take your shower.” 3. Give them a choice. “Would you like to take a shower, or a bath?” 4. Give them a reason to bathe. “Take a shower and get dressed. We are all going out to dinner.” 5.Convince them how fresh and clean they will feel. 6. Talk to their doctor. Maybe he or she could write them a “prescription” to bathe once or twice a week. If these ideas don’t work, you still have options. One is to make sure that Mom and Dad are cleaning their face, groin, armpits and under skin folds daily. If that is too much for them or you to take care of, there is help available. Pioneer HomeCare caregivers are trained in the best ways to assist people who need help bathing and those who need convincing to bathe. Contact our Pioneer HomeCare Agency for more information. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of life and independence possible. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991. For more info about our services Visit us at: www.pioneerhomecare.in
5 tips for preventing cold in seniors: While seniors are less likely to get the common cold than children and other adults, if they do become sick, it can lead to more serious health issues and complications, That's why seniors should take precautions to prevent picking up viral or bacterial infections, especially over the cold and flu season. At-home senior care providers and their clients should follow these five cold prevention guidelines: 1. The best way to prevent colds is to wash your hands regularly throughout the day. Because bacteria lives on so many common household and personal items people come into contact with daily, it's important to keep hands clean to prevent that bacteria from causing an infection. You may also want to consider using hand sanitizer between washes. 2. Try to stay away from anyone who is displaying cold symptoms, like coughing, sniffling or sneezing. 3. Keep your body healthy and build your immune system by getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods and staying active. 4. Consider a B12 shot, which can really help seniors' immune systems fight infections. 5. Try to relax and destress as much as you can. Stress can really affect your body's overall health and prevent your immune system from working effectively. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991. For more info about our services Visit us at: www.pioneerhomecare.in
The Most Important Nutrients for Seniors: Proper nutrition is important at any age, but for seniors it can play an even bigger role in overall health. Including the right foods in an older adult's diet is a critical aspect of senior care, because not getting the right nutrients can not only make it difficult to manage certain chronic conditions, but it also may put seniors at a greater risk for fatigue and other maladies. Meal preparation is often a cornerstone of senior care, and there are a few things that should be taken into consideration when crafting a senior's healthy diet. Perhaps most importantly, caregivers should make a point to limit the sodium content of their patients' food. Keeping sodium content low will help seniors manage their blood pressure, which is often one of the greatest risk factors for cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease and stroke. To avoid high-sodium foods, caregivers should focus on fruits and vegetables. It's also important for seniors to eat nutrient-dense foods. Some of the best nutrients include calcium, vitamin D and potassium, but omega-3 fatty acids may offer the most benefits. Commonly found in fish, but also present in kidney beans, flaxseed and spinach, the nutrient has been tied to everything from better heart health to improved cognitive function. Eating the right foods is key to senior health for many reasons. According to the National Institutes of Health, a healthy diet will provide seniors with more energy and help them stave off diseases. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991. For more info about our services Visit us at: www.pioneerhomecare.in
Aging and the Dangers of Loneliness : There are many physical, emotional, and psychological factors affecting the quality of health in seniors. Aging comes with a variety of physical problems. To alleviate these challenges, seniors often move to nursing homes or have in-home care to help them with their ailments and day-to-day activities. A senior’s mental health can seriously impact their physical well-being and loneliness can play a big part in that. Seniors often experience feelings of loneliness and depression that have a severe negative impact on their health. The Indian Psychological Association reported that an estimated 12 million Indians, aged 65 and older, live alone. Unfortunately, the likelihood that many seniors are living without a spouse, significant other, or children is alarming when you consider the fact that this is where most social interaction comes from. Our number of social connections becomes increasingly smaller as we age. Some reasons for this include: 1. Retirement from the workforce 2. Death of friends & family 3. Lack of physical ability 4. Loss of driving privileges 5. Poor health When a person’s social interaction becomes limited, loneliness and depression can become overwhelming. Loneliness affects us emotionally, but can also affect us neurologically. Cognitive decline and the risk of developing dementia has been linked to perceived loneliness, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences states that both social isolation and loneliness are associated with increased mortality. They also report that illnesses and conditions such as chronic lung disease, arthritis, impaired mobility, and depression can be attributed to social isolation. This puts a big spotlight on the importance of identifying and dealing with loneliness early. We know that depression only worsens social isolation and in turn keeps people from participating in social events, being active, and being of service – all of which can seriously diminish the feelings of loneliness. It’s important for aging adults and the people that care for them to understand how loneliness can affect a person 65 or older, and how to prevent that emotional and physical wear. Ways To Reduce Effects Of Loneliness: Seniors can immediately begin to feel overall improvement in their emotional state and quality of life by increasing social involvement and there are several ways that can happen. Volunteering – being of service and being involved in the community are two ways that people can find social interaction. Helping people in hospitals, community care centers, and children’s programs are great ways for older citizens to find appreciation and feel a sense of involvement. Community Activities – community activities like farmer’s markets, support groups, and sports groups are a great way for seniors to make friends and develop connections. For retired individuals, many towns and cities provide opportunity for seniors to connect with younger people to be mentors and sponsors and find fulfillment. Senior Neighborhoods – living in a 55 and older neighborhood with other retirees is a great place to meet new people and build connections. Since these neighborhoods only allow a certain age group to move in, there is less stress for seniors who cannot handle a noisy or busy neighborhood. Companion Home Care - companionship is another option that will improve overall well being. Often companionship is accomplished while participating in the above activities, but venturing out may be too physically demanding. Companion home care can be a great solution in your own home. Stimulating conversation, games, light exercise, even someone to watch TV with can lift spirits and ease loneliness. There are so many ways that seniors can find fulfillment when they don’t have family or friends nearby. Making friends and developing different connections is a great way decrease loneliness and depression and help improve quality of life and health. Remind yourself to get up, get active, and get out there! Life is happening – you just need to reach out to it. Visit www.pioneerhomecare.in to learn more. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991.
Knee Replacement Surgery Can Lead to Weight Gain: Artificial knees have helped seniors treat osteoarthritis and other similar conditions, but new research suggests it's important to remain active after the procedure. A study recently published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research found that knee replacement surgery is closely tied to weight gain, Reuters reports. The research analyzed the medical records of nearly 1, 000 patients from the Mayo Clinic. The team found that 30 percent of those who had the procedure gained approximately 5 percent of their body weight in the five years after surgery. Experts hope the findings are a clear message to patients and senior care providers to place an emphasis on staying active after surgery. "We need to encourage patients to take advantage of their ability to function better and get them to take on a more active lifestyle, " Joseph Zeni, a physical therapy professor at the University of Delaware, told Reuters. The weeks after knee replacement surgery are crucial, and it's up to both patients and those providing home care to ensure the treatment is as successful as possible. Surgeons will offer strict orders on what to follow in terms of diet, while physical therapists will provide advice on exercises. According to the Mayo Clinic, the therapy usually starts off with a graduated walking program before resuming normal household activities. Additionally, leg strengthening exercises performed several times a day can avoid the common weight gain and help seniors quickly get back to normal. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991.
The Warning Signs of Skin Cancer : Most of us wouldn’t consider spending a day out in the sun without first applying sunscreen; some of us even follow our doctor’s advice and wear it every day. But just a few decades ago, people thought much differently. The bronze glow of a tan was so desirable that sun worshippers slathered themselves with baby oil or cocoa butter and lay in the sun’s rays all summer. The stores sold “suntan lotion” designed to attract the sun, not “sunscreen” to protect against it. The sunscreens that were available had SPFs (sun protection factors) of 2, 4, 8 or 15-- compared to today, when they start at 15, and range to 100. Unfortunately, the sun worship of yesterday comes with a price today. Too much exposure to the sun and frequent sunburns increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Certain types of skin cancer can be deadly if not caught early. So, it’s up to you to be on the lookout for signs of the disease. Do a complete head-to-check every month and look for any of the following: 1. Changes in the way your skin looks 2. New itchiness, tenderness, or pain 3. Sores that won’t heal or heal and come back 4. Rough, scaly, bleeding or oozing patches of skin 5. Wart-like growths or other bumps 6. Changes in the size, shape or color of existing moles 7. New moles If you are a caregiver to an elderly relative, be sure to check for changes in their skin, too. Inspect areas of skin you can see – such as the face, neck, hands, arms and legs. If you find anything that looks suspicious on your skin or that of loved one, be sure and see a doctor or dermatologist so if it is cancer, it can be treated right away. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991.
Six Simple Workouts for Seniors As we age, exercise becomes more important to stave off weakness and mobility issues. While many studies focus on keeping our minds sharp, we also need to continue to strengthen our bodies. Cardio works one of the most important muscles in our bodies: our heart. Strength training is not only helpful to keep our other muscles from getting smaller and weaker; it also helps to regulate glucose metabolism – which is great to try to counteract diabetes. Balance issues can be improved with regular stretching, even as little as five to 10 minutes a day. A loss of balance can lead to more falls. And if you haven’t heard this before, falls are the number one cause of injury among seniors, causing everything from cuts and bruises to hip fractures and head trauma. Don’t forget about the abs, which is also referred to as your core. You don’t need to have a six-pack. Weak abs can lead to back issues. Here's a list of recommended workouts for the senior set: 1. Cardio At least 30 minutes of moderate cardio exercise a day This includes brisk walking, running, swimming, biking, or exercise videos If you don't have time in your day for the full 30 minutes, try three 10 minute bouts of exercise throughout the day 2. Strength training Work those muscles twice a week for 30 to 45 minutes. Pushups (if you're a beginner, do them against a wall to start) Using a resistance band that is light weight and inexpensive Bicep curls and tricep extensions Modified squats and lunges that work many muscles at once 3. Flexibility training To start the day, try some head circles and stretching in the shower At the end of day, stretch calf muscles and hamstrings 4. Balance training You can do this standing in line at the grocery store Stand on one leg and see if you can let go of the shopping cart Hold for about 10 seconds Try standing on your tippy-toes and holding for a few seconds Balance should be done everyday — all you need is two to three minutes 5. Core training Try a few minutes of abdominal exercises Reverse curl while you're lying in back and pull your knees into you Hold for five seconds and release Start with ten reps a day and work your way higher Crunches are key — not full sit-ups — because some people can do more damage than good Keep back on the floor and don't go all the way up Concentrate so you can feel your abdominal wall contracting Before starting any new workout program, check with your doctor. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991.
Tips For Eating Well As You Age: Nutritious meals are important for keeping seniors healthy, and focusing on meal preparation can be a great way to eat well. As we age, our metabolic rates slow and many older people are not consuming foods and beverages that contain sufficient nutrients. This can lead to chronic fatigue, depression and a weakened immune system. Take a look at these quick tips for eating better and increasing your quality of life as you age. Eat "good" fats: Enjoy fatty foods that are healthy for you and rich in omega-3s. Foods like salmon, flax, avocado and walnuts are all great options. These healthy fats can help the body to fight heart disease by controlling "bad" LDL cholesterol levels and raising "good" HDL cholesterol levels. Make fiber a staple: Eating fiber has many benefits for the elderly, especially in the realm of digestion. Fiber can also keep you feeling full and help ward off chronic diseases. Foods like quinoa, veggies, fruits and whole grain cereals are packed with fiber. Vitamin D: Keep bones healthy and strong with foods containing vitamin D. Fortified foods like milk, eggs and cereal contain Vitamin D and vitamin D supplements are good ways to incorporate Vitamin D into your diet. As we age, the body cannot absorb as much calcium as it needs, so these extra vitamin D-rich foods will help seniors get the recommended amount. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991.
Breath Test for Heart Disease : Early diagnosis is often the key to effectively treating most healthy conditions, and new research from the Respiratory Institute at Cleveland Clinic found that a simple breath test might be able to accurately diagnose heart disease. While the study is still in its earliest stages, experts are hopeful the results could be a breakthrough in cardiovascular health management, Fox News reports. The findings were published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and are based on a small sample of subjects, but the results were certainly encouraging. Researchers determined that they were able to diagnose heart disease by analyzing the presence of volatile organic compounds in a subject's breath. The team says it has been able to diagnose the condition with almost perfect accuracy in its limited trial. "Every individual has a breath print that differentiates them from other people, depending on what's going on in their body, " study author Dr. Raed Dweik told Health Day. "And that print can tell us a lot about a person, what they've been exposed to and what disease they have." Implementing such a simple test could dramatically change the way healthcare providers address heart disease, something which could have a substantial impact on many people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 600, 000 people die from heart disease each year. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991.
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