Caregiver’s Checklist for Seniors with Diabetes

We know that caring for someone with diabetes can be challenging. Patients with diabetes must carry out various everyday tasks to keep their condition under control. To do each duty, they frequently require the assistance of a committed caregiver.

Our senior care professionals have provided a checklist to assist you in taking care daily. 

Why It’s Important to Control Diabetes

  • The purpose of controlling Diabetes is to maintain the glucose level as close to a normal range as possible.
  • Maintaining glucose levels under control aids in the prevention of the following long-term complications: Stroke, Myocardial Infarction, Kidney failure, Diabetic Retinopathy, High Blood Pressure, Blindness, Neuropathy, and weakening of the Immune System.

4 Ways We Can Control Diabetes

  1. Diet
  2. Exercise
  3. Pharmacological Measures 
  4. Weight Control and Stress Reduction

There is no universal diet for all Diabetic patients. Every patient is unique, every human body is unique. Regardless, there are certain recommendations which can help Diabetic patients to make good choices in their diets.

Here are those recommendations:

  • Patient must cut back on using products containing processed sweets such as cakes, candies, sodas etc.
  • To cut  back on animal fats and cholesterol containing products, especially red meats.
  • To  cut back on starch containing products such as pasta, potato, white bread, white rice, and fast food.

This what a senior SHOULD eat:

  • Fresh Vegetables;
  • Fish;
  • Lean Meats;
  • Low Fat Dairy Products;
  • Low Glycemic Fruits.

Exercise

  • Lowers blood sugar 
  • Helps to increase the production of insulin 
  • Helps control weight
  • Improves blood flow
  • Strengthens the heart and Immune system

It is very important for the Diabetic patient to monitor their blood glucose level before exercising to avoid an episode of Hypoglycemia.

Pharmacological Measures

  • Diabetic patients can have insulin injections or take oral medications;
  • Only a doctor can decide what kind of medication and dose the patient may take;
  • It is DANGEROUS to interfere with the senior’s medication regimen prescribed by the doctor;
  • The senior should take the exact amount of diabetic medication at the exact time as prescribed;
  • There is a STRONG correlation between the time the medication should be administered and the time a patient has their meals. It is very important for a patient to have a meal schedule because it is CRUCIAL to prevent the complications and progression of Diabetes.

Controlling Diabetes using a Glucometer

  • This device must be kept clean and periodically checked for accuracy.
  • Most diabetic patients should check their blood sugar levels at least once a day.
  • This is usually done in the morning before eating.
  • Depending on the type of Diabetes, a person’s age, and other factors, the patient may have to check the blood glucose level up to 5 times a day.
  • Doses of insulin are adjusted, depending on the level of sugar in the blood.

Disposal of Sharps

It is important that you dispose of sharp objects correctly to decrease the risks of injury to yourself, family members and caregivers.

DO NOT: Recap, bend or break needles and lancets.

When you throw away needles, syringes, or lancets you must:

  • Put them in a plastic container that is rigid, leak proof and puncture resistant with a secure lid. 
  • You can use a laundry detergent container and should label the container “SHARPS DISPOSAL”, so that family members and caregivers will know what it contains. 
  • Be sure to tape the lid and place the container into a double plastic bag. 
  • Do not overfill the container.
  • Place the container into another plastic bag and dispose of it in the regular trash or as per your local hospital or pharmacy in your neighborhood. 
  • Keep the Sharps Disposal Container out of the reach of children. 


Top 5 Ways to Self-Care: Caregiver’s Guide

As a caregiver, it can be difficult to find time for yourself. You are always putting others first and tending to their needs, often at your own expense. This can lead to feelings of burnout, physical exhaustion, depression, and trouble sleeping. But you need to take care of yourself so that you can continue to provide care for others. Below are five ways to take care of yourself and improve your mental and physical health.

About Caregiving

16% of caregivers are emotionally strained, while 26% state that taking care of their loved one is had on them emotionally. 22% are exhausted when they go to bed at night.

People who provide home care services often put their health last, which can lead to serious consequences. Caregiving can be a lot of work, but it is also a rewarding experience. There are also a lot of advantages of a caregiver’s job like high rate, shift work, helping people, and communication.

If you are looking for a job in NYC: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, or Staten Island – All Heart Homecare Agency is what you need! We are always looking for new HHAs to add to our team of experienced and dedicated professionals.

Ways of Self Care

1. Get Enough Sleep

When well-rested, you will have more energy to care for others. Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep every night. If possible, try to take a nap during the day. Even a short 20-minute nap can improve mood and increase energy levels.

2. Eat Healthy Meals

It’s important to fuel your body with nutritious foods to have the energy to care for others. Make sure to eat breakfast every day. This will give you the energy you need to start your day. Try to include fruits, vegetables, and protein in every meal. If you are short on time, there are many healthy foods that you can eat on the go.

Some quick and healthy snack ideas include:

  • A handful of nuts
  • A piece of fruit
  • A hard-boiled egg
  • A yogurt

3. Exercise

Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your overall health. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, there are many exercises you can do at home or even at work. A brisk walk is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air.

4. Take Breaks

When you are feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes to yourself. Step away from your work and take some deep breaths. This will help you clear your head and relax. You can also try some relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga.

5. Seek Support

It’s important to talk about how you feel with someone who understands. Talk to a friend, family member, or therapist. If you don’t have anyone to talk to, many support groups are available. These groups can provide valuable information and emotional support.

Conclusion

By following these tips, you can improve your mental and physical health. This will allow you to continue providing care for others sustainably. Also, remember to seek support if you are feeling overwhelmed.

At All Heart Homecare Agency, we are an equal opportunity employer and offer great benefits and very competitive compensation packages. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us today. Talk with our HR Team to learn more about other caregiver’s benefits 718-619-4084.

What Every Caregiver Should Know About Alzheimer’s Disease

Did you know that every 15 Americans aged 71 or older, 2 of them are living with dementia? More than 7 out of 10 people with AD live at home and are cared for by family or friends.

It is very likely that a HHA/PCA worker will encounter a client with the disease, which is why it is important to understand and know how to manage someone with the disease.

When you hear the word “dementia” you probably think of Alzheimer’s Disease; and, it is true: Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive, irreversible, and degenerative disease. It is not a normal part of aging. As Alzheimer’s damages the amygdala a patient will become emotionally unstable exhibiting a range of psychological problems such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Paranoia

Nerve cell damage contributes to the appearance and progression of symptoms over the years. However, there is no way of predicting the course of disease.

ATTITUDES TO PROVIDE THE BEST CARE FOR CLIENTS

  1. Do not take it personally (remember that it is the disease, not the person);
  2. Put yourself in their shoes (treat clients with AD with dignity and respect, as you would want to be treated);
  3. Work with the symptoms and behaviors;
  4. Work as a team (always report and documents observations about
    your clients);
  5. Work with family members;
  6. Take care of yourself.

STRATEGIES FOR BETTER COMMUNICATION WITH AD PATIENTS

  1. If the client is frightened or anxious:
    – Try to keep him calm;
    – Speak slowly in a low, calm voice;
    – Always describe what you’re going to do;
    – Use simple words and short sentences.
  2. If the client forgets or shows memory loss: Repeat yourself; use the same words if you need to repeat an instruction or question.
    Many clients with AD will repeat words, phrases, questions, or actions. If your client perseverates, do not try to stop him/her. Answer questions, using the same words each time until he/she stops.
  3. If the client has trouble finding words or names don’t rush the client and don’t complete the sentence for him/her.
  4. If the client is verbally abusive or uses bad language: Remember it is the
    dementia talking, not the person. Try to ignore the language and redirect attention to something else.
  5. If the client hallucinates (sees or hears things that are not really happening), is paranoid or accusing:
    – Do not take it personally;
    – Try to redirect behavior or ignore it;
    – Attention span is limited. This behavior often passes quickly;
    – It’s important not to argue with patient, but one shouldn’t agree with false statements either.
  6. Always allow patients with AD to do as much as they can for themselves, even if it takes longer for them to do it, allowing for independence.

BE SURE TO REMEMBER…

Family Caregivers:

  • The disease can be stressful and overwhelming for them (Music Therapy: listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for patients with Alzheimer’s disease);
  • They need a break once-in-awhile (We recommend playing some games in senior’s free time: Crosswords, Puzzles, Board games);
  • They need support;

This is why the HHAs who work with these patients are so important!

All Heart Homecare is glad to help their team members reach their goals and strive for more. Our work experience allows us to find an approach not only to clients, but to home attendants as well.

Our agency is constantly looking for new members of the team. If you want to be a part of our company – contact us today at 718-285-9727. We are waiting for your application!

Why All Heart is the best Place for Caregiver Heroes ?

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A home health aide is a specialist who can delegate different tasks for providing high-quality care for their patients. Every home attendant must not only monitor the seniors’ health but also perform different household chores. On the other hand, caregivers’ duties vary depending on the individual needs of their patients. However, such a specialist must interact both with the elderly citizen but also with their relatives for productive work.

The Key Recommendations in Searching For The Home Health Aides Job Position

Though for some it may be easy enough to find a caregiver’s job, but for others, looking for the appropriate workplace may take little more time and effort. It is important to have any wishes and expectations before starting the whole process. The more specific you are, the easier itis to find a good workplace. To start, use these 3 recommendations:

  1. Consider your  desired work schedule. The first thing to decide is whether your employment will be full or partial. 24/7 work will help you provide patients with better care and increase income levels. A part-time schedule allows taking a few cases at the same time but that is not always a good decision. On  one hand, home health aides wouldn’t get enough rest; on the other hand, patient care times often do not coincide.
  2. Take the area in which you want to work into account. Consider the commute times and how you would get to your case. Companies like All Heart Homecare Agency do everything possible to provide their employees with appropriate cases depending on the where they live. So, be sure  to inform coordinator about the desired area.
  3. Remember your previous experience. Home attendants’ duties may differ depending on the patients’ diseases. For instance, home bound seniors may  need a physically strong helper while dementia patients may need  special psychological support. So, if you already used to work as a home attendant, inform the HR manager about that too. Thus, they will be able to find a client, seeing your existing experience.

All Heart caregivers carry out many duties: from daily blood pressure measurements to setting droppers and inserting a catheter. Life-saving skills are a must, especially in caring for bedridden, frail, elderly patients. Therefore, all who are planning to provide professional home health care must have the appropriate education. In order to become a home health aide, one must go through special training in order to get certified

Which Benefits Do All Heart Caregivers Get?

We should remember that the home health aide is a highly demanded trade. Therefore, representatives of this profession can count on comfortable working conditions and a good salary. Applying for All Heart home health care agency will help a potential home attendant  solve numerous problems, and here are some of them:

  • Getting lots of bonuses. Additional work and actions must be paid and All Heart Homecare Agency rewards everyone who takes part in the referral program. Moreover, all the new employees get an additional bonus after two weeks of working over the case.
  • Safe and guaranteed. All Heart caregivers may count for stable work and social protection. To be more precise, the responsible agency must provide their employees with paid sick and vacation days. The home health aides’ duties list must be approved by the parties before creating the case.
  • Careful patient and home attendant selection. To start, the home health aide must have the necessary experience for serving seniors with specific diseases. Also, the individual demands and health features of both sides must be taken into account. First, we are talking about any allergic reactions or other possible restrictions.
  • Quick employment. While starting with All Heart Homecare Agency, home health aides get professional training during their orientation and then 4 times a year during their in-service classes. All the necessary knowledge is provided in the most accessible format, any unnecessary information is excluded. After the training, the coordinators  start looking for the appropriate case.

All Heart Homecare is glad to help their team members reach  their goals and strive for more. Our work experience allows us to find an approach not only to clients, but to home attendants as well. Before starting the case, we need to know as much as possible about the potential worker: not only experience and knowledge, but also their personal traits.

As a result, All Heart Homecare Agency caregivers reach professional heights and receive sincere gratitude from their patients. We are happy to get more and more positive reviews from elderly citizens and their children. Moreover, our agency is constantly hiring new members, so, you may also become a part of our company.  We are waiting for your application!

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Reducing a Heat Stroke in the Summertime For Seniors

Did you know that if you are thirsty, your body is already actually 2% more dehydrated? This means when you are trying to regulate heat, your body becomes weaker than you are aware! This is especially difficult for seniors as their bodies are more fragile to temperature and dehydration. 

The following article will share some of the things you can do to help your loved ones reduce the chances of a heat stroke during times like summer where temperatures can significantly rise. 

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New York Goes On PAUSE: What Does It Mean for a Home Health Care Aide?

On March 22, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an Order requiring that all non‐essential workers across the state must stay at home. Nevertheless, the Governor has designated All Heart Home Care Agency and companies working in the health care and home care industries as essential businesses. This means that All Heart Homecare employees have a special responsibility to maintain their normal work schedule during this State of Emergency. For Home Health Care Aides this means the following:

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Being a Caregiver and a Parent During Coronavirus

We all have so many questions lately on what’s going on with COVID-19 and, honestly, it can be pretty overwhelming. It seems like everything around us is getting canceled and closures have become an ever-growing list. Kids are out of school, parents are remotely working, if not, many of them are even laid off from their jobs as the tensions are rising.