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Tips for the Emergency Room
No one wants to visit the Emergency Room, but it happens all the time! An ER visit is always unexpected and it makes us anxious. Because we are worrying, we may not think as clearly as usual. Taking a few minutes to prepare in advance will help you receive a better continuity of care at your next ER visit. Here are some helpful tips.
World Heart Day is the World Heart Federation’s largest awareness raising campaign every year. One of the primary groups of people the Federation is trying to communicate information to is seniors. I’m sure you have heard about many different types of ailments and diseases, but cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of death around the world. 66% or two-thirds of deaths related to CVD are in the senior population. Small heart-conscious changes can help prevent or manage CVD, and also improve your overall health and quality of life.
You get an unexpected call from a family member and brace yourself for difficult news. You are told, “Mom is OK, but fell at home and is in the ER. I think she is going to need surgery and may have a long road to recovery.” As you think about this call you wonder, why has Mom been falling more lately?
“So now I am a caregiver. This is a role I hadn’t expected in this season”. We hear this often from family members caring for loved ones living with dementia. They feel unprepared, alone and lack confidence for this new role. Old strategies and approaches no longer seem to work. Caregiving can take its toll on families making them more susceptible to health problems, feelings of isolation, and financial stress. To help address this need, Choices in Senior Care has been offering the Savvy Caregiver Training Workshop: a 6-week, 12-hour Workshop series geared toward the family dementia caregiver. This free Workshop helps family caregivers increase knowledge and improve skills. Often, we see a shift in “outlook” as participants experience some “ah-ha” moments while interacting in class with each other and through studying the Workshop materials. The strategies discussed during the Workshop are designed to reduce the effects of caregiving stress and to enable attendees to develop a sense of control or mastery: to become a Savvy Caregiver!
The hotter months can leave you extra exhausted from it being so DARN HOT! Stay focused on eating healthy with these easy recipes.
What is Aging Life Care?
Aging Life Care™, also known as geriatric care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through:
One of our Core Values at Choices in Senior Care is “Respect Others: we treat others as we want to be treated”. This seems like a good Core Value to think about as we start the New Year!
I “googled” this phrase and found a list of quotes at www.goodreads.com about respecting others. One of those quotes from NASA Astronaut Ron Garan is as follows: “Collaboration begins with mutual understanding and respect.”
At Choices in Senior Care, we understand the importance of collaborative work with our clients, based upon a relationship of mutual understanding and respect. By living our Core Values which includes Respect Others, we empower individuals and families to enhance their well-being.
An example of this is the way we begin work with a new Care Management client. We complete a comprehensive assessment and thorough home safety checklist to make recommendations to address the individual’s expressed immediate and long-term needs. We listen to their challenges and discuss concerns. We also bring additional areas of possible concern to the table, which the family may not yet be aware, and offer solutions for the individual and family to consider. We also assist to develop an individualized plan of care that will enable the person to function at their maximum potential, as well as assist with implementation of their chosen care plan. Thus, we list options based upon our professional assessment so that an individual and their family can make good informed decisions.
When you or your loved one is challenged by “the aging process” and feels in need of professional assistance, contact Choices in Senior Care at 865-978-6168 to request a free 30-minute Care Management consultation. We will be happy to discuss how we may collaborate with you this year. See for yourself how we live our Core Values to Care Passionately, Take Ownership, Serve with Integrity, Challenge the Norm, Strive for More, Embrace Teamwork, and of course…Respect Others.