Social Distancing & The Holidays: How to Lift the Spirit of Your Elderly Loved Ones This Season

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It’s no secret that older people are more prone to depression during the holidays. Sometimes this happens due to health conditions or financial problems. Moreover, many elderly people are still isolated because of Covid-19. It also has a negative impact on older people.

Therefore, it is vital to try to cheer up loved ones and improve their mental state during the holidays. Today, we will be sharing practical advice on how to lift the spirit of your elderly loved ones, taking into account social distancing rules to keep everyone around you safe.

Decreasing the Risk 

Nowadays, family gatherings carry significant risks for older people. However, nothing prevents you from seeing the whole family using a video-conferencing app. Meanwhile, if you decide to get together in a close family circle, then be sure to take into account the norms of social distancing on the way home. This also includes washing hands and using protective masks.

These simple and useful recommendations can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the virus and allow you to enjoy simple home joys with your family.

Enjoying the Christmas Lights

If your seniors still drives, then advise them to tour around the area and enjoy the bright Christmas lights. You can also make a video about how you and your children decorate the house and share it with your loved ones using instant messengers or social networks.

Even a simple family photo that you take with your smartphone can cheer up seniors and give them a feeling of warmth and care. It would be useful to send a good old postcard for your senior loved one. Sign it by hand and add some warm wishes from all the family members. To make it unique and personalized, send a postcard by mail to congratulate your senior loved one in an old-fashioned way.

Discover new places together

If you want to take your elderly loved ones out in a park or a shopping center, be extremely careful. Large crowds are one of the main reasons for the spread of Covid-19.

To avoid unreasonable risks, offer your senior loved one to try the Window Swap application instead. It will be a great way to refresh the environment for an older person who has been isolated in a home due to the pandemic.

The app allows people to watch the lovely views from the window in different parts of the world and listen to picturesque cities’ sounds. The app is excellent for changing a person’s mental and emotional environment or encouraging a senior to learn new things about the world. The point is to reduce the emotional stress on your senior loved ones and mentally transfer them to unique places that can give many pleasant sensations.

Whichever tips you choose, keep in mind that it should help your senior family members ease the burden of loneliness and provide them with your warmth and care. More importantly, remember to support loved ones not only during the Christmas and New Year holidays but throughout the year.

For more tips on how to stay safe this holiday season, contact All Heart Homecare Agency for the best advice on how to properly care for your loved one every day. 

How To Take Care Of Your Patient With Parkinson’s Disease

Unfortunately, Parkinson’s disease is not treatable, but this does not mean that we can not fight the symptoms. To start, the Home Health Aide (HHA) should take full responsibility for monitoring medicine taken by a senior. Only after constant drug intake, we can expect an improvement in the patient’s condition. In this case, we cannot count on the elderly citizen’s responsibility, because they may suffer from bad memory and neurological deterioration.

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5 Tips on taking care of  Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Caregivers working with such patients must have both physical and mental endurance. However, the HHA’s main task is to make the senior’s life more persistent, predictable and clear. These are the basic recommendations:

  1. Take care of safety. Parkinson’s patients must be protected from danger with the same care as children. Keep the first aid kit in a secluded place so that the patient does not accidentally take any other medications. Train yourself to shut off the gas supply right after using, and exclude the patient’s access to any electrical devices.
  2. Practice physical therapy with the patient to restore joint mobility and strengthen muscles. These are simple breathing exercises, exercises for limb flexion and half squats, as well as speech exercises. Remember that after such training the patient may feel only a little tired, exercises should not be exhausting. It is highly recommended discussing this aspect with the physician.
  3. Let the person move as much as possible. For this, remove all unnecessary things from the room, cover sharp corners with special protectors. The fact that due to poor coordination, the elderly citizen can often fall and get injured. All in all, give the senior the possibility to be active and independent.
  4. Make a special menu. As we know, people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, have a sedentary lifestyle, and do not need a lot of calories. Patients should not follow complicated diets: just add as much fiber to the menu as possible and exclude fast food. Try to implement a special regimen for avoiding overeating.
  5. Help the patient relive their youth. Support senior’s desires to be involved in their hobbies and interesting activities, this is the best type of psychological support. 

Never discuss the problems of elderly citizens in their presence, be delicate and careful. In most cases, patients understand the severity of their situation, so dedication to any details will be harmful. Take care of the patient’s dignity – tactlessness can cause nervousness and stress.

Have you ever worked with Parkinson’s patient? If yes, please share your experience and give us any tips that you think will be extremely valuable for us at  All Heart Homecare agency

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Loneliness in Seniors and How to Cope amid COVID-19

It’s common to feel lonely at times, especially during COVID-19 which has placed isolating regulations as a priority. For many worldwide, this has strained their mental health as they are distancing themselves from others, feeding onto loneliness. Unfortunately, for seniors, this is more so common even without the pandemic in sight as many of them live on their own and are isolated. 

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Is it Dementia or Just Memory Loss?

It’s normal to be forgetful at times, especially as we age. However, if you are noticing that someone you know is getting more and more forgetful over a period of time, it could be more than just a simple error. It could actually be a precursor to something more serious like Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. 

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Dealing with Dementia Behaviors: Tips and Coping Mechanisms

When it comes to dementia, the common symptoms include anger, confusion and even depression. As a result of the dementia, sometimes these symptoms turn the patient into someone that is not like their usual self, making this disease one that is very challenging to cope with. However, by learning the proper tips and mechanisms, one can manage them better.

Common Symptoms and Behavioral traits:

Why Seniors Refuse to Eat and What You Can Do About It

As people grow older, often their metabolism slows down and they begin to eat less. However, there are many times when a patient refuses to eat and it can be dangerous for their health. Caregivers are often faced with this challenge when providing care.

Home care vs nursing home: The Definitive Guide

home care vs nursing home

It is hard to realize that your elderly parents or relatives are not able to take care of themselves any longer and require regular assistance. At a time like this, you are to decide what would be the best option for your loved ones – “age in place” with home care services support or move from their own home to a nursing facility. And this is not an easy decision to make.

How do you know what’s right for the senior you love so much?

Transportation help for seniors

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When our parents or other relatives get older, they may need some help with transportation. Of course, you can provide them with your own assistance if you have the time, but what if your loved one needs to go to the doctor or somewhere else and you are just too busy?