Top 5 Reasons Why Seniors May Lose Appetite

If your elderly client has suddenly lost appetite, then you should contact a patient’s doctor first on the right. Medical professionals may indicate the need for additional examination to rule out serious health problems or find the most appropriate medication.

However, health problems are not always the main reason for the lack of appetite in older people. Here are five reasons why an elderly patient may not want to eat.

Low Physical Activity

Lack of regular exercise and low physical activity can negatively affect appetite. Sometimes doctors recommend a more active lifestyle to whet a patient’s appetite before eating.

Dehydration

Dehydration is a prevalent cause of lack of appetite in older people. It is no secret that many older adults do not monitor their water balance. In the meantime, dehydration due to age-related changes and taking medications is observed in almost every senior.

No Daily Routine

Some caregivers practice this technique as a daily routine. This is great for helping to establish the process of caring for an older adult and determine the specific hours of eating. Over time, seniors get used to what they need to eat and feel more ready to take food at a particular time.

There Is No Accounting for Tastes

Do not assume that the food you are accustomed to eating at home is perfect for an elderly patient. It doesn’t necessarily involve some complex dishes. However, if your patient prefers to eat fish instead of meat, you must consider this fact. Ask your client’s taste preferences and try to match them in advance.

Loss of Taste

As we age, taste buds gradually lose their ability to recognize aromas. As a result, even the most delicious dish may seem tasteless and not appetizing to a senior.

More often than not, a gradual decrease in appetite is considered quite normal, even as we age. The fact is that older people have a lower energy level and do not need to consume as much food as a young body.

However, if you begin to notice that an elderly patient began to refuse to eat and lost a lot of weight, this is a cause for concern. In this case, a timely appeal to the attending physician is the only sure way out.

How to Set and Meet Goals for Yourself for 2022

Let’s face it – more than half of all the resolutions we give ourselves fail. This does not mean that the situation will repeat itself next year.

Business experts often recommend making a list of tasks and goals for the next year and a plan for implementing each of these points. Only in this way can you become part of a small group of people who really achieve their goals.

Correct Goal Setting

You are unlikely to be successful if you set unattainable goals for yourself. However, how do you measure whether a plan is realistic or romantic?

It’s simple. Most resolutions fail because we set the wrong goals in the first place. Someone tries just to show off, while someone’s successful life is the only vital landmark for others. In both cases, achieving the goal will not please you.

Imagine what you would like to achieve next year. Maybe it involves buying a house or losing weight. Either way, your goals should be SMART. This abbreviation has been used in management since 1981. Thus, company employees set goals that:

  • Smart. The goal should be clear and focused on a specific outcome that will benefit you.
  • Measurable. You should continually track your progress towards your goals and take notes accordingly.
  • Achievable. There is no point in setting unattainable goals. Of course, you have to be ambitious, but buying a brand-new Mercedes in a month can be out of your league.
  • Relevant. The goal should really matter to you and have the reasons you want to achieve it.
  • Time-bound. Specific deadlines for achieving goals will help you break down their achievement into milestones. As a result, you will be able to mark your progress as you get closer to the final result.

This approach is excellent for making a list of realistic goals, setting deadlines, and enjoying the results of your work.

What You Can Do on World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an important date that unites people worldwide to raise awareness of diseases such as HIV or AIDS. People around the world are striving to demonstrate solidarity in the face of the global pandemic.

On this day, public and private partners disseminate essential information about the consequences of the disease and precautions. These actions contribute to progress in preventing, treating, and caring for people with HIV or AIDS.

This day is also considered one of the days when people should think about their own body and check their health. On this day, we also honor the memory of the dead and feel proud of those who steadfastly resist such a severe disease as AIDS.

This day is celebrated annually on December 1 and was established by the World Health Organization in 1988. All countries exchange important information on statistics of morbidity and treatment methods starting this year. On the first day contributed to the fight against AIDS, the number of people infected with HIV ranged from 90,000 to 150,000.

Over the next 20 years, HIV-positive patients increased to a catastrophic level of over 33 million. Since 1981, when the first death from AIDS was noted, deaths have exceeded 25 million people.

As a result, governmental and international organizations have significantly increased their efforts to educate the public about HIV and AIDS. Several governments have decided to provide additional financial support to international organizations seeking to transform society.

Such actions have led to the fact that a person’s life expectancy with AIDS has become much longer. Finally, it is worth noting that new approaches to treatment, namely the use of antiretroviral therapy, allow HIV-positive people to live long and fulfilling lives up to old age.

At All Heart, we show our support to all facing any challenges. No matter the medical diagnosis, we are there to make the patient feel comfortable and safe in their own environment. With that, if you know of anyone battling AIDs or HIV, show your support to them by letting them know they are not alone and that there is someone always there available to help.

How to Acknowledge Disability Day

This year’s national disability day is celebrated on December 3. Disability day aims to provide support for people with disabilities. This day is also a reminder that you must help people with disabilities and support their rights to a dignified and independent life.

This day also signals that government and private organizations strive to integrate people with disabilities into all aspects of life, including economic, political, social, and cultural.

It is noteworthy that disability does not concern mental or physical disabilities only. This day covers all known types of disabilities, from autism to down syndrome and multiple sclerosis.

How to Celebrate Disability Day

Here are some simple and effective ways to celebrate Independence Day.

Advocate for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Always look around and pay attention to whether the places you visit are adapted for people with disabilities. You may be able to convince a store owner or the shopping center manager to install appropriate facilities for people with disabilities.

Reach Out a Helping Hand

There is nothing complicated about helping people with disabilities. Sometimes it is enough to deliver medicine or pick up something from a grocery store. These seemingly simple tasks really help make a difference in the world and provide tremendous support for people with disabilities.

Show Compassion

Try not to get annoyed or angry with people with disabilities. Sometimes their speech may sound harsh and their humor even more specific. Just smile back and remember that smiling helps smooth out any corners and win over a person, no matter what.

Yes, We Have Social Working Services for Caregivers!!

Did you hear the great news yet? We have a social worker for our caregivers!!

That’s right, for any problem you may encounter in your day, know you have someone on our side to help you.

Some things our social worker can help you with include filing out documents, assistance and applying for something, or anything else– you name it, we can help make it happen. 

All Heart is well aware that stressful days are still not over for many of us. We are proud to be a home care agency able to support our employees and community in this time.

If you’ve been financially affected by COVID-19 or experienced any other financial pressure – you may be eligible for help! All Heart is here to provide financial support, and we guarantee the complete confidentiality of your request.

Reach us for more details and advice at 718-627-0300.

All Heart Homecare – Together We Will Overcome!

Office Visiting Rules

Effective 10/18/2021 

1. We will not allow any visitors whose COVID-19 vaccination status is not confirmed by (i) our electronic records or (ii) paper/electronic proof of vaccination provided by the visitor prior to entering the office premises; 

2. Prior to making any in-office appointment for caregivers, clients or any other visitors, you must ask if the expected visitor is vaccinated against COVID-19; 

3. If the expected visitor declared to be vaccinated, but we don’t have his/her proof of vaccination, please ask the visitor to bring the respective proof with him/her and verify before he/she enters the premises; 

4. If the expected visitor is not vaccinated, please consider using email/phone (e.g. sending medical forms; filling in application documents) or ordinary mail (sending paychecks); 

5. If the unvaccinated visitor’s issue can not be resolved remotely (e.g. a visitor came to pick up masks and gloves), the meeting with the office employee must take place next to the Agency’s door in a way where office employees (wearing a mask and gloves) remain inside the office and unvaccinated visitor stays outside. The duration of such visit should be as short as possible; 

6. When communicating with unvaccinated visitors, always be polite and friendly, and don’t make visitors feel uncomfortable due to their vaccination status; 

7. A person who started a vaccination series, but did not complete it at the moment of the visit, is considered vaccinated and allowed to enter the office premises; 

8. All the rules mentioned above apply to unexpected “walk in” visitors as well; 9. Should you have any questions regarding the implementation of these rules please contact Ross Sharan. 

Management

Crucial Tips to Avoid Diabetes for Any Age

It may sound overwhelming, but one in four adults over the age of 60 has diabetes. Worst of all, this disease dramatically increases the likelihood of further serious complications.

If a patient has already faced this severe disease, then be sure to consult with a doctor to make sure that diabetes is under control. Follow a senior’s care plan. Remind a client to take medication on time and make sure a senior remains active throughout the day.

Keep in mind that diabetes can also trigger vision-related severe illnesses. These include:

  • Cataract – provokes the appearance of cloudy areas in the lens of the eye
  • Glaucoma – leads to the increased internal pressure of the eye
  • Retinopathy is painful damage to blood vessels in the eye

Each of these conditions can cause severe vision problems and lead to complete blindness in both eyes. If your patient has diabetes, you should recommend seeing an ophthalmologist at least once a year for an eye exam.

5 Tips for Taking Control

Unfortunately, we cannot turn back the clock. However, there are several ways you can reduce the likelihood of diabetes or slow it down.

Diabetes prevention and disease control include pretty simple ways that it can be done. Here are some tips you can start using today.

#1 Lose Weight

Losing weight and controlling weight can significantly reduce the risk of diabetes. According to large-scale studies, people who lost only 7% of weight managed to reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 60%.

#2 Physical Activity

Make sure that a patient does not sit in one place for a long time during the day. Even some minor movements every 30 minutes or a short walk can help control blood sugar levels.

#3 Eat Healthy Food

Expand the list of plant foods in a senior’s diet. The fact is that plant food contains a large number of vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates.

In addition to carbohydrates, which are the energy source for a body, this type of food also contains fiber. Dietary fiber helps the stomach absorb food much faster and thus regulates a body’s insulin production.

#4 Healthy Fats Exist- Eat them!

Fatty foods are high in calories, and therefore, they should be consumed in limited quantities. However, foods with unsaturated fats are vital to our bodies. These are also known as “good fats.”

They include:

  • Olive, cottonseed, and rapeseed oils
  • Almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and flaxseeds
  • Salmon, mackerel, sardines, cod, and tuna

#5 Forget the Fancy Diets

The main goal of a good diet is to lose weight and then maintain healthy body weight. Therefore, a healthy diet must include the right nutritional strategy to achieve the desired result. Do not rush to lose weight in a few days using strict dietary restrictions. Make healthy choices that reflect your food and lifestyle preferences.

What Is Home Care and How Can All Heart Help?

Home care is a form of medical care delivered in a familiar and comfortable home environment by experienced home attendants. As we age, it becomes more and more challenging to carry out everyday tasks. If we talk about elderly family members, daily and high-quality care without qualified assistance seems almost impossible.

All Heart Homecare Agency currently provides New Yorkers with a wide range of home care services. The company has brought together hundreds of seasoned, bond and certified caregivers who can help your loved ones gain independence and witness the high level of care they deserve.

Click to call now 888-388-8989

Our Staff is Our Primary Asset

The first thing to look for when choosing a home care agency is the qualifications and level of caregivers. Our Home Health Aides (HHAs) are highly trained professionals with the tremendous experience and knowledge needed to deliver top-level home health care services. Their skills and respectful attitude towards each client allow our agency to provide a high level of quality home help care and ensure that your loved ones will always receive timely help and care.

Every HHA that works for All Heart Homecare Agency has been trained and certified to care for the elderly. More importantly, we always make sure that our employees improve their qualifications and receive updated knowledge.

Continuing education and quality training are essential components that we use in our company to remain top-level professionals among tens of home health care agencies in NYC.

Professional Home Health Agency Is the Only Right Solution

Caring for an elderly loved one always requires special attention and skill on the part of a home attendant. A few of us have the opportunity to put work aside and take care of an elderly mom or dad every day.

Besides, certain illnesses, including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, or rehabilitation after major surgery, may require efforts beyond family members’ capabilities. Let our home health aides lend a helping hand and take care of your parents or loved ones.

By entrusting an older adult’s health to professionals, you can be sure that our caregivers will always make the right and balanced decision.

Our home health agency offers the following types of services:

  • Personal care
  • Light housekeeping
  • Companionship
  • Meal preparation
  • Running errands
  • Help with grocery shopping
  • Help with doing laundry
  • Medication reminders
  • Appointment assistance
  • Safety supervision

With All Heart Homecare, you can rest assured that your family member receives personalized care supervised by a skilled HHA. In turn, you will receive the long-awaited relief and peace of mind that your loved ones get the proper level of care within the walls of their own home.

Need homecare services?

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Mental Health Awareness Month: How You Can Meditate With Your Patient

As we age, we often experience increased levels of anxiety and depression. In the meantime, there are many ways to cope with these challenging conditions.

Meditation is one of the best things you can offer your patients. The fact is that meditation does not require physical activity and is available to all seniors, without exception.

Types of Meditation

There are two main types of meditation, including:

  1. Meditation focusing attention
  2. Observation meditation

Focusing meditation allows patients to focus their attention on one object, thought, or sound. Most often, this type of meditation focuses on soothing sounds or breathing. Focusing like this can clear your mind off distractions by feeling inner relaxation.

Observation meditation is a mirror image of meditation that involves focusing attention. This type of meditation should motivate a patient to become open to everything in the environment, follow in the course of one’s thoughts, and not focus on something specific.

Practice this type of meditation with your patients so that they can become aware of their thoughts, feelings, and inner impulses.

How To Learn To Meditate With A Patient: 7 Steps For Beginners

One of the main advantages of meditation is that it is available even to those people who had no previous experience and did not practice it before. Meditation is an effective tool that you can use daily.

More importantly, most meditation techniques can be learned really quickly. Let’s take a look at seven essential steps to get you and your patients started meditating right away.

Choose Suitable Time

You don’t have to start meditating at any particular time. The right time is the right time for you based on your daily routine and home care responsibilities.

Most caregivers choose the morning as the best time to meditate. However, you are free to select the time of your meditation at your discretion.

Choose a Comfortable Place

You can sit on a chair or use a pillow on the floor. If you and your patient have chosen chairs, sit forward and place your feet on the floor. It is best if you meditate in a quiet and serene place. Try not to be distracted by background noises, close your eyes and relax.

Choose a Comfortable Meditation Pose

If you decide to sit on the floor, cross your legs in front of you and keep your knees below the hips. Keep in mind that you need to position yourself so that you sit up straight. Fixing a straight back is not at all necessary. The main thing is that you feel comfortable in this position.

How to Focus Attention

Every beginner needs to find an individual object to focus their attention on. If you simply close your eyes, it can quickly lead to sleep – end of the story.

Some experts recommend that you close your eyes and imagine a blank sheet of paper or a big field. Others advise visualizing an illusory blank wall, candle flame, or skyline.

Focus On Breathing

After you have visualized an imaginary object, you need to focus on slowly inhaling and exhaling. Try to feel your breath.

Imagine how air enters your body and gradually oxygenates your body. Continue breathing slowly and evenly, focusing on nothing other than the breath.

Control Your Mind

Sometimes people find that thoughts start to wander during meditation. Moreover, while trying to relax, individuals begin to think about precisely those things that cause the most anxiety. Others think about a health problem and a list of tasks that need to be completed.

In any case, try to discipline yourself and drive away these thoughts by focusing on a relaxing breathing technique.

Practice Achieving Awareness

As the number of meditation increases, you will find it easier to be aware of your natural environment during these periods. At such moments, you can quickly get rid of obsessive thoughts that clutter your mind from things that cause anxiety.

The systematic practice of meditation allows you to better notice the details of the world around you and not focus solely on health problems.

Remember, genuine home care is not just about preparing food or helping with household tasks. Caring for a patient’s mental health is also one of the most critical responsibilities of caregivers.

Dental Hygiene: Keeping Your Patient’s Teeth Clean

It’s no secret that oral health starts with clean teeth. Dentists note that keeping the surface of your teeth clean can prevent the formation and development of tooth decay and improve gum health.

Let’s look at a few simple yet important tips to help you and your patient get better oral health.

Brush Teeth Twice A Day

Remember that rushing to brush your teeth is not just a poorly effective technique. Thus, you can injure the gums and are unlikely to get the desired result.

Forget brushing your teeth right after a meal, especially if you drank something sour, like grapefruit juice or soda. 

Select Suitable Accessories

Use a saturated toothpaste or a soft-bristled toothbrush – the choice is purely individual. If you find it challenging to make rhythmic movements when brushing your teeth, use an electric or rechargeable toothbrush. This will allow you to remove plaque and keep your gums clean and healthy effectively.

Electric brushes are great for patients with arthritis or other medical conditions that make it difficult to brush their teeth daily.

Use The Right Technique

Most of us do not know how to properly hold a toothbrush and brush our teeth for the best effect. Experts recommend holding the brush at a slight angle, directing the bristles to the junction of the tooth with the gum.

Gently make short circular motions back and forth and move from tooth to tooth. Keep in mind that excessive circular motions or brushing with stiff bristles will damage the gums.

Don’t Overdo it

Remember that 2 minutes is enough to clean the entire oral cavity, including the inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth and the tongue.

Keep The Toothbrush Clean

Be sure to rinse your toothbrush after every brushing of your teeth. Store your toothbrush upright. This way, you will ensure fast drying before the next use.

Know When To Change Toothbrush

Buy new toothbrushes or a replacement electric toothbrush head every three months or less. Monitor the condition of the cleaning surface of the toothbrush. If the bristles are flaking or uneven, change the toothbrush without a second thought.

Remember that early detection and treatment of gum and dental problems will help you maintain good oral health for years to come.