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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Elder Home Care (Part II) By Peter Mangiola RN Msn


Elder Home Care (Part II) By Peter Mangiola RN Msn
Home Care Services
In-home evaluation can help determine the right type of care and services that your senior loved one truly needs.
Caregivers can provide any of the following services: conversation and caring companionship, meal planning and preparation, grocery shopping and transportation, laundry and other light housekeeping services, assistance in walking, bathing, hygiene, dressing, and eating.
This wide range of services can be classified as follows:
Alzheimer’s or Dementia Care
If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia, then you should contact those who are experts in providing this specific care. To make your senior’s life more trouble-free, caregivers often customize a caregiving plan that adjusts quickly to your senior’s changing needs. Make sure you hire caregivers who had been trained to handle this kind of client whose activities they should closely monitor and whose medication they should administer on time.
Daily Visits
If your loved one does not need a high level of assistance each day, you can enroll him in a program that provides him with the right amount of attention and service. It can range from a one-hour to four-hour daily visit, from five to seven days each week, during which caregivers provide companionship, medication reminder, meal preparation, and hygiene assistance (if necessary). This kind of part-time service affords family members peace of mind knowing that someone is paying their loved one a visit on a regular basis.
Sitter Services
Naturally, you want to stay with your loved one every single moment of the day, however, this is virtually impossible. If he or she is in a hospital, assisted living facility, nursing home, or continuing care community, you can ask a caregiver to monitor his or her stay so you can take some rest.  These caregivers, who can be available 24 hours a day, can give you access to a quick-start in-home care services, allowing your senior loved one to make a seamless transition back home.
Veteran’s Services
You might not know it, but a loved one who has served in the US armed forces is qualified to receive home care assistances from the Veterans Administration. With this program, you can reimburse your home care expenses if your veteran loved one satisfies certain criteria and this include the following:
•           Veteran must have had a total of 90 days or more of service time and must have served at least one day during a war.
•           Surviving spouse must have been married to the deceased veteran.
•           A doctor’s prescription that says the veteran has need of daily aid.
•           You should not have more than $80,000 in savings and checking, excluding your home or vehicles.
•           Veteran must have received a general or an honorable discharge.
•           You are not on state assistance like Medicaid or other subsidized programs due to low income.  

Elder Home Care (Part I)


Elder Home Care (Part I)
Elder home care is the ideal solution for those seniors who are capable of staying at home as long as they get some outside help each day. It is the best option that allows older adults to remain independent as long as possible.
With home care services, they have the option of choosing the right amount of care they need—a few hours a day or 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most caregivers won’t demand long-term commitments. So seniors will only pay for their services on a month to month basis. This makes living at home independently a reality.
Caregivers come from various backgrounds. Some have provided care for their own senior parents and like to help other older adults. Other caregivers have been in the professional healthcare industry for quite some time and enjoy one-to-one contact with other individuals. Most deeply cherish the sense of fulfillment that comes from serving other people. However, because your loved one’s safety and security will depend mainly on this individual, it is important that you take your time before hiring any candidate.
A good caregiver should be skilled, professional, compassionate, courteous, and enthusiastic. They should be professionals who genuinely love their work. To ensure that your loved one will be in good hands, you should conduct a background check on all the candidates. Likewise, you should choose someone with the experience, personality, and skills that match your loved one’s needs, as this will nurture a mutually enjoyable relationship. By choosing the right caregiver for your loved one, you are also giving him/her a friend and a “lifegiver.www.seniorhelpersnj.com

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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 By Peter Mangiola RN Msn
 
You may have made financial preparations for when you're older, thought about where you want to live and made sure you have an exercise routine in place to keep yourself in optimal shape.
But have you thought about your nutrition needs as you age?
Registered Dietitian Lou Ann Dixon, a consultant to senior helpers in home care of medford new jersey says that among the younger old -- those in their 60s and 70s -- the biggest issue is a slowdown in their resting or basal metabolism -- the number of calories the body burns maintaining and creating cells and in other necessary functions such as breathing and the beating of your heart.
"We all lose metabolism by about 2 percent per decade," Dixon says. For those in their 50s and older, that means reducing calorie intake and making every calorie count.
"What we all need to be doing is eating nutrient dense food. (We) don't have a lot of leeway to eat cakes and cookies -- fun food with no nutritional value."

The poor diet spiral


As people age further, many also lose appetite. While they require even fewer calories, than their counterparts 20 years younger, they need food that is just as nutrient dense. Some people in their late 70s and beyond fall into what some professionals call the "tea and toast syndrome." As they age and perhaps encounter a health setback of some sort, they lose energy. Especially if a person lives alone, he or she may choose the simplest food available -- such as tea and toast. With energy low, the person may feel satiated. However, the meal does not provide adequate protein, which helps maintain muscle, or adequate vitamins and minerals. The nutrient-poor eating habits can be
the start of a downward spiral where an insufficient diet means more fatigue, and the lack of energy leads to an even worse diet. Compounding the problem is that tastebuds become less sensitive as people get older, meaning that food simply doesn't taste as good.
"Our taste acuity goes down with age," Dixon says. "Things don't taste as good as when (people) were in their 30s or 40s, which makes a difference in the way people want to eat.
With some of the pleasure gone, eating seems more like a chore, especially for those who live alone.
"They get bored with eating and tired of cooking for one," says Maria Porchia Rn Ceo Of Senior Helpers of Medford New Jersey City In burlington couny and A Expert in Senior Services.
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Dietitian Dixon adds that the stomach breaks down food less efficiently as people age, meaning that the nutrients we do take in do less good.
Then there's water.
"Dehydration is huge," Dixon says, adding that the thirst mechanism goes away in many people.
"They just don't drink enough fluids," she says of older people. "That slows everything down. That slows down the intestinal tract."
Lack of energy is not the only contributor to poor eating habits, Dixon says. Some people have dental problems, which makes chewing difficult. In addition, conditions such as arthritis make food more difficult to prepare. Cutting up an apple or even opening a jar can be painful and, if the person is using a knife, potentially dangerous.
Financial concerns are also present for some.
Hollinsgworth of the City of Boulder's Senior Services says every year she encounters a sad truth.
"Around the holidays, we coordinate the delivery of fruit basket with CareConnect," a local nonprofit, she says. "Time and time again, people say, 'I would love one. I can't (normally) afford fresh fruit.'"


A helping hand


Aging Services for both the City of Boulder and Boulder County offer a wide range of programs to help seniors navigate their food choices. In addition, they work with local non-profits such a Meals on Wheels and CareConnect.
CareConnect volunteers will pick up groceries for people who need them in Boulder and Longmont. The agency coordinates with Safeway stores in Boulder and Longmont, on Wednesdays, coupon day.
Last month, the Boulder program filled 240 grocery orders for 107 clients. In Longmont, 126 orders were filled.
"The idea of the overall mission is to support seniors and the disabled to remain in their homes," says Richard Varnes, executive director. "This can be a really make it or break it service."
When people think of feeding the elderly, they often think of Meals on Wheels, and rightly so. The organization in Boulder will serve as many as 75,000 meals this year, says Executive Director Francea Phillips. In addition to serving seniors, the group brings meals to people recovering from a hospital stay and those with disabilities that prevent them from accessing food on their own.
The group is also working to make the meals it serves as nutritious as possible.
"We're working diligently to continue to improve our healthy style meals," Phillips says. "We're trying to add organics to our menus as organics become available at a lower cost."
In addition, the program caters to special dietary needs when required. That includes making vegetarian meals, when requested, and serving meals appropriate for those who have diabetes or lactose intolerance.
"Eighty-three percent of our meals are called specials. (That means it's) not a standard meal," she says.
Phillips says the Boulder Meals on Wheels exceeds a third of the required daily allotment of calories and nutrients.
Some clients request double meals, which they receive. About 25 percent of meals are doubles.
"It still breaks my heart. I know that's not enough food to sustain a lifestyle, let alone a healthy lifestyle," Phillips says.
The meals are priced on a sliding scale; about 1,000 meals will be served at no charge, Phillips says.
Meals on Wheels also runs Café Classico, a restaurant housed in the West Boulder Senior Center, which serves lunches that include an entrée, salad bar, dessert, beverage and side items for $4. A Tuesday dinner includes entertainment.
The agency coordinates transit for those who need it.
"It brings people who could not get out of their homes," Phillips says.
Similar cafes are available in Nederland, Lafayette and Allenspark.
"Community is one of the most important things for food," Dixon, the dietitian says. "I think there are a lot of people sitting home alone."

Monday, March 12, 2012

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Encouraging your aging parents to partake in activities is important to not only their physical health, but to their mental health as well. Activities don't need to be strenuous and they should definitely not be stressful. Help your loved ones pick activities to participate in that they will enjoy; this way, they are more likely to stay involved. Always make sure activities are age appropriate and that your parent is in the correct physical shape to participate. Our entire team at senior helpers of medford nj nd moorestown nj

know that our in home caregivers are life givers , so we encourage are elderly clients to be as active as possible.

    Physical Activities

  1. Getting older does not mean your parents have to sit and be lazy. Retirement and aging allow the perfect opportunity to devote more time to athletics and physical fitness. Talk with your parents and listen to what they enjoy. Swimming is an activity that many aging individuals can participate in, as it is less strenuous on joints. If your parents are medically fit, tennis or golf might be more their speed. For those who are not in the best shape, horseshoes or even fishing can be activities that get them outdoors and moving, but not in a way that may cause physical harm.
  2. Indoor Activities

  3. Even seniors who love the outdoors will at some point find themselves indoors. Instead of sitting and watching TV all day, encourage your parent to find other activities that will be more conducive to her mental and physical well being. Reading is a great way to stimulate the mind. Encourage your parents to play games, be them card games or board games. Listening to music and dancing are also great ways to enjoy the indoors on a rainy day.
  4. Group Activities

  5. Social interaction is important to individuals who may not get out as often as they once did. Activities that involve getting together with friends or peers can boost your parent's mood and keep them involved. There are classes that meet in most communities and living centers and are available in a range of activities. Aerobics classes involve social interaction as do group dance lessons. Clubs like bingo and knitting are a way to join others and participate in an activity they enjoy. If your parent lives in a senior community, encourage him to go to the recreation center where he resides and find activities in which he would like to participate.
  6. Mental Stimulation

  7. Crossword puzzles and other types of work and number puzzles are a great way to keep the brain stimulated. For elderly parents who may have trouble seeing word puzzles, there are now computer programs that display the puzzles in very large print and also use auditory tools in order to assist these individuals. Mental stimulation has been shown to defend the brain from cognitive decline. Studies have shown that traveling has proven useful in stimulating your brain as well. Physical exercise not only helps your body, but also your brain. It can improve mood and mental strength.

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Maria PorchiaMaria Porchia has worked in geriatric nursing her entire career, devoting herself to ensuring the health, dignity, and well being of all of her patients.  Since Maria was five years old watching her mother care for her ill uncle, she knew what she wanted to do with her life.  Today—as an Adult Critical Care Life Support-certified Registered Nurse—when working with her patients, instead of seeing illness, Maria sees opportunities for improvement; she understands where differences can be made and what sort of care is needed, individually, for every patient.
With nursing always in mind, Maria began her career in high school volunteering as a candy striper in the areas of medical-surgical and geriatric care.  Looking to gain an increased understanding of nursing and all that geriatric care entails, Maria continued her education by working as a Patient Care Technician through college.  While in the college nursing program at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital/Methodist Hospital, she helped nurses and assistants and worked wherever she was able while gaining a more complete understanding of hospital administration and operations.  Because she likes speaking with patients and enjoys helping people, Maria’s work has become a natural extension of her life.  Maria is especially drawn to the elderly, the history the senior community has experienced, and the life stories this unique group of people has to share.  Although all the nursing disciplines interest Maria, it is in geriatric nursing that she experiences true symbiosis.
To Maria, the senior population is a viable and vibrant sector in the community.  Because of this, Maria purchased two Senior Helper franchises, (located in Ocean County and parts of Burlington County, NJ)  working with her husband, Peter , to ensure seniors are treated with respect, dignity, and compassion.  Strong-willed, but always concerned, Maria is able to focus on the needs of her clients, advocating for them and ensuring that they always receive the best care possible.  Because of her vast geriatric background and profound understanding of nursing, Maria is easily able to create a perfect and unique match for each client with the appropriate companion or Certified Nurse Assistant, always working to maintain the patient’s home lifestyle with independence and grace.
When not at Senior Helpers, Maria serves as  Nurse Consultant  at Pennsylvania Hospital.  This role enables Maria to experience the cutting edge of geriatric care.  In her Consultant Nurse Capacity, Maria assists the weekend director; ; and works with families, other nurses, and patient care technicians.  Because she maintains a deep commitment in both environments, Maria is constantly implementing viable improvements into the care she delivers.  What is most unique about Maria is that she is unparalleled in her ability to handle our aging community, incorporating the entire family network in the ongoing care of its senior member.  Because she has a proven history with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, she can easily attend to those special needs, helping to reduce the family’s anxiety and restoring the family unit regardless of the distance or illness involved.
At Senior Helpers, working with patients is an ongoing process that involves continual follow-up and follow through, each client represents a relationship that is maintained through the patient’s lifetime and is always evolving and managed with a team approach with members who—like Maria—are focused, expert, compassionate, and authentic

Caring For Your Aging Parents In Brick Nj And Toms River Nj


Caring For Your Aging Parents In Brick Nj And Toms River Nj

Are you caring for your aging parents and also your young children? Then you are part of the “sandwich generation.” This generation of people are still dealing with parenting issues with their own children but also the needs of their elderly parents. Being caught in the middle of the two can feel like a tug-o-war that often leaves you feeling guilty and overwhelmed. Having a plan and setting boundaries will help you achieve much needed balance in your life.
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It’s easy to get overloaded when you have to split your time between the kids, work, your spouse and your elderly parents. And don’t forget, you still need time for yourself too. The most important thing to remember during this season of your life, is that if you are not healthy and rested, you won’t be any good to others. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, not skipping meals and having at least an hour of quiet time to yourself in the evening before bed…or in the morning before every one wakes up.
Have a plan. Get together with your siblings and others who can help care for your parent. Share the duties and make it clear what the expectations are from each person. If you have 2 or 3 other adults who can take turns going to your parents home and helping them with every day activities like bathing, eating properly, medication supervision and other basic needs, this eases the burden on everyone involved. Set a schedule so everyone knows what day they are visiting, and what activities need to be accomplished.
Last but not least, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Taking care of elderly parents is sometimes like taking care of another child. If you are overwhelmed and feeling guilty for time spent away from your parents, or not spending enough time with your children or spouse, look into your options for assistance. Senior Helpers in Brick, Jackson, Toms River and Manchester, NJ can provide in-home elder care for your loved ones. There are ways to lighten your load….and everyone in the family will be happier if momma is happy!
What are your biggest concerns about taking care of your aging parents