Is It Possible to Go Overboard with Senior Health Care?

Mature radiologist talking to senior patient.Most people want the most effective medical care for our family and friends, but is it possible that in some cases, less is the most beneficial? Based upon a recent report published in Plos One by Dr. Martin Makary, professor of surgery and health policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a full 21% of treatment people receive is unneeded – meaning that huge numbers of patients put through various treatment plans, tests and scans are receiving little or no benefit. And these types of unwarranted healthcare services come at a price: up to $210 billion on a yearly basis, as revealed by the National Academy of Medicine. [Read more…]

Be Sure to Check for These Red Flags During Holiday Visits with Aging Parents

Smiling Mature nurse embracing senior woman and holding a Christmas gift while sitting on the sofa.Living far apart makes it tough to go visit our aging parents as often as we would wish, but over the holidays, families make a more concerted effort to enjoy quality time together – making it the optimal occasion to assess an older adult’s safety and wellbeing. There are lots of red flags that can’t be witnessed in weekly telephone conversations, e-mails, or even through Skype, but which often become apparent when the family is all together during the holiday season. [Read more…]

Eating the Right Stuff: How to Help COPD Through Your Diet

Good companion makes this breakfast more tastyAs shared by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, nearly 12 million adults are currently diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), and it is also estimated that another 12 million may possibly be living with the disease and not even realize it. It’s also worth mentioning that COPD frequently hits in middle age, with smoking as the primary risk factor. Regular exposure to certain types of dusts and chemicals also contributes to a heightened risk factor.  [Read more…]

COPD at Home: How Pure Is Your Air?

She's enjoying the beautiful dayIf you happen to be caring for a senior loved one who struggles with COPD, you certainly are familiar with the fact that outdoor air pollution can aggravate symptoms. However, did you realize that low air quality in the home can also be troublesome? Purifying the air in the senior’s home can help everyone breathe easier and be more comfortable. [Read more…]

Exercise After 50: The Rules Have Changed

Man Exercising Outdoors with DumbellsAging involves adapting to a number of changes, and the way we take care of our bodies is one of the most important ones. We all know the necessity of remaining physically active, but may not realize that the old tried-and-true exercising techniques we’ve long utilized ought to be changed as we grow older, thanks to a rise in injuries, aches in muscles and joints, as well as overall fatigue. There are many exercise modifications in how we exercise after 50. For example: [Read more…]

Senior Health News: Treadmill Therapy Now Covered by Medicare

senior home exercisingHere’s some encouraging senior health news for individuals with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a debilitating condition which can occur from cigarette smoking or diabetes and can increase a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke, and in some cases result in limb amputation. Medicare will now cover the cost of treadmill therapy once recommended and supervised by a health care professional. [Read more…]

The Most Common Elderly Medication Errors and How to Avoid Them

Medication ErrorsWe all recognize that medications can save lives, but most of us have heard alarming stories about patients who have been given incorrect medication – either due to an issue with the health care provider or pharmacy. What many people don’t think about is that there is a hidden risk even when we get the correct medication — the danger of non-adherence. [Read more…]

The Difficulties of Elderly Medication Management and How to Overcome Them

elderly medication managementThere are literally thousands of prescription drugs obtainable in America, and nearly one-third of all adults take five or more of these drugs per day. If you happen to be a care provider for a senior friend or family member, the intricacy of dealing with the prescriptions, interactions and doses can be overwhelming. In fact, research has shown that 55% of prescription medications are not taken accurately for a wide variety of reasons, and the results can be severe. [Read more…]

The Scientific Benefits of Social Activities for Seniors

It appears instinctive to some folks that interacting socially with others improves wellbeing by keeping one connected to other people’s experiences, beliefs, challenges, humor, points of view, and a host of other human happenings. Now, scientific studies are displaying the benefits of social activities for seniors that could boost the wellness of both the brain and body. [Read more…]

National Bath Safety Month: Elderly Care Makes Bathtime a Safe Time for Seniors

Elderly CareHow could something that’s so comforting and soothing, like a nice, warm bath, become one of the biggest dangers to seniors? The truth is, the combination of slick surfaces, slippery shampoo and very warm water creates the perfect storm for a fall risk – one of the most severe risks to seniors.

January is designated as National Bath Safety Month, and it’s a great time for both training and assessment to ensure your senior loved ones’ bathroom environments are as safe as possible.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that approximately 370 people of all ages suffer tub or shower-related accidents each day in the United States, but elderly care services, like those provided by Regency Home Care in Atlanta, GA, can help reduce bathtime hazards and keep seniors safe and secure. Because most falls in the home take place in the bathroom, AARP advises taking the following preventative measures:

  • Put in grab bars for the toilet, shower, and tub
  • Install non-skid tile or use non-skid bath mats
  • Set the temperature of the home’s hot water heater to 120 degrees F or lower to prevent scalds
  • Provide a transfer bench to get in and out of the bathtub if prone to falling when stepping over the tub wall
  • Provide a bath chair to enable bathers to sit while bathing
  • Apply no-slip strips to the tub and shower floor, or provide a slip-resistant mat
  • Wipe up any water spills on the floor immediately

It’s also a good idea to assess whether it could be worthwhile for a senior to make use of a mobile commode, which may be placed at a bedside to relieve nighttime bathroom requirements. Bedside commodes can reduce the risk of evening falls, and may also be placed directly over the toilet, which is generally sturdier than a raised toilet seat. Features to look for when purchasing a commode:

  • Non-removable armrests
  • Rubber tips on the legs as opposed to wheels
  • A frame that is sturdy
  • Both a pail (with lid) and a sleeve (for use over the toilet)

Standard, basic commodes can cost anywhere between $60 and $250, although more complex, specialized commodes, such as those that have tilting mechanisms, can run as high as $3,000.

AARP also provides a helpful bathroom checklist with design directions that can help seniors and their families make the most appropriate home modification decisions.

Regency Home Care of Georgia can additionally help with bathroom safety for seniors. We can provide an in-home safety assessment and suggestions, and by offering expert, hands-on elderly care assistance at bathtime, can help ensure that seniors remain safe throughout all of their bathroom needs – always delivered with the utmost respect and regard for dignity and privacy. Contact us at (678) 999-2446 for more information about our wide array of Atlanta in-home care services.