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    Responding to Behaviors Associated with Alzheimer's Disease

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Alzheimer’s disease is a complex, degenerative condition that involves behaviors that worsen along with declining cognitive function. Some examples of these types of behaviors include delusions, aggression, and agitation. Many families find that as these behaviors become more challenging, it’s helpful to seek outside assistance from a home care agency. By working with a senior caregiver who has special training in helping those with dementia, your family can rest assured that your loved one is being cared for properly.

    Responding to Delusions
    Alzheimer’s disease is associated with changes in personality, such as an increasing suspicion of those around that person, including family members. Your loved one may express the belief that someone may be trying to harm him or her, or that your loved one’s home has been broken into by burglars. These false beliefs are known as delusions. It’s best not to contradict your loved one; simply let him or her express these beliefs. Then, offer some reassurance and try to distract him or her with an activity. Senior caregivers also recommend purchasing multiple items that look exactly the same if your loved one keeps losing that particular item. This may reassure someone who believes his or her items are being stolen.

    Responding to Aggression
    An appropriate response to aggressive behavior may depend on the underlying cause. Those with Alzheimer’s can become aggressive because of communication impairment or physical discomfort. Consider bringing him or her to the doctor to rule out physical causes. Make sure you speak in a calm voice, using simple, clear sentences. To protect yourself, step back from your loved one.

    Responding to Anxiety
    If a doctor rules out other medical conditions as a source of anxiety, you can respond to your loved one’s agitation by providing a peaceful environment. Reduce environmental stressors by turning off the TV or radio. Offer reassurance and try to engage your loved one in a quiet activity. Senior caregivers sometimes find that going for a walk or gardening together helps ease anxiety.

    Those in need of home care services for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can turn to the caring professionals at Jenkintown Comfort Keepers. Our senior caregivers have been specially trained to care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Families throughout Jenkintown and Langhorne are invited to call (215) 885-9140 to let us know how we can help you.

    Everyday Tasks That Can Be Difficult for Seniors

    Last updated 12 months ago

    Seniors often have difficulty with many tasks due to the impairment of abilities that others may take for granted. For example, impairment of manual dexterity because of arthritis or poor eyesight may lead to problems with dressing. Seniors may be unable to properly button a blouse, or use a zipper or a clasp. Likewise, manual dexterity challenges can create problems in the kitchen. Seniors who have trouble preparing meals and feeding themselves are at a high risk of suffering malnutrition and dehydration.

    Mobility poses another problem for the elderly. Each year, far too many seniors suffer a fall at home, causing medical conditions such as fractures and concussions, along with a further loss of independence. Even when a home does not have stairs or other tripping hazards, seniors are at a particularly high risk of slipping and falling while getting in or out of the bathtub. Working with a home care agency offers a solution to all of these problems. A home caregiver can help seniors with personal hygiene tasks, meal preparation, and mobility.

    If you feel that a senior loved one could benefit from assistance from a senior caregiver, call Jenkintown Comfort Keepers today at (215) 885-9140. Our compassionate, rigorously screened senior caregivers are devoted to enriching the lives of the elderly while providing interactive care services.

    Nutritional Requirements for Seniors

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Although it’s advisable to follow a well-balanced diet at every stage of life, seniors do have different nutritional requirements because of the natural changes associated with age. These changes include a slowing metabolism, a reduction in appetite, and an impairment of nutrient absorption. Because of these changes, it’s even more important for seniors to choose nutrient-dense foods. Your family may wish to work with a home care service to ensure that your senior loved one eats nutritious meals every day. A senior caregiver can also provide critical social contact for your loved one during mealtimes.

    Be Mindful of Medical Conditions
    Seniors often have medical conditions that require special diets, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Senior caregivers recommend consulting your loved one’s doctor regarding these dietary requirements. You might also work with a nutritionist to develop a specific meal plan, such as one that is low in sodium or saturated fat.

    Build a Healthy Plate
    While a nutritionist will provide specific advice; in general, seniors need seven to eight ounces of grains each day. Choose whole grains for fiber and slowly digested carbohydrates. Your loved one should also have fruits and vegetables every day. Offer two to two-and-a-half cups of each. Protein is critical for bodily functions. Your loved one should eat no more than six ounces of lean meats daily, in addition to four to five servings of dried beans, nuts, or seeds on a weekly basis.

    Prevent Dehydration
    Seniors are at a particularly high risk of dehydration because they may be unable to perceive thirst. A senior caregiver can ensure that your loved one drinks plenty of water throughout the day. Milk is also a good choice for seniors because it provides calcium and vitamin D for strong bones.

    The senior caregivers at Jenkintown Comfort Keepers can help your family keep your senior loved one healthy. Our home care services include meal preparation and feeding assistance, along with companionship during meal times. To arrange a consultation with our home care agency in Jenkintown, give us a call at (215) 885-9140.

    When Should a Senior Stop Driving?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Giving up the car keys often carries a deeper meaning for seniors than the mere inconvenience of relying on others for transportation. It can be perceived as losing a measure of one’s independence. However, seniors who still drive despite poor reaction times, impaired judgment, and worsening eyesight risk the safety of others as well as their own. There is no set age for determining when it’s time for a senior to give up driving; however, the risk of a crash does increase after the age of 65. If you’ve noticed your senior loved one’s abilities begin to decline, it’s time to have a conversation about giving up driving.

    For some tips on how to start a conversation with your loved one, watch this news clip. You’ll hear the story of Robert, who has Parkinson’s disease and is no longer medically cleared to drive. You’ll also hear about the challenges his daughter has faced in convincing him to stop driving.

    Seniors with a home care plan that includes transportation assistance may find it easier to give up the car keys. Families of the Langhorne and Jenkintown areas can call Jenkintown Comfort Keepers at (215) 885-9140 for information about our home care services.

    Care Options for Aging Parents

    Last updated 1 year ago

    As your parents get older, one of the biggest decisions you’ll face as a family is choosing the right kind of care. Parents may initially be resistant to conversations about their need for help, but it’s important to address the issue of care before it becomes an urgent need so you don’t have to make snap decisions. Find a time when you and your parents can sit calmly together to evaluate these options for senior care:

    Companionship Care
    As the name suggest, companionship care provides seniors with friendly company to help battle the loneliness that can so frequently become an issue with aging. This kind of care is especially valuable if you’ve lost one of your parents, as it can help ensure that your surviving parent doesn’t spend long stretches of time alone. Home care providers who offer companionship care can simply visit or also help with light housekeeping, cooking, and other household duties.

    In-Home Care
    With in-home care, you parents can get the support they need without having to give up their cherished home. In-home care can be designed to fit your parents’ needs. You can have a home care aide stop by a few days a week to help with errands, chores, and medication reminders, or you can opt for daily assisted living services.

    Care Facilities
    If one or both of your parents need constant care—for instance, care for late-stage Alzheimer’s—then a nursing facility could be the best choice. Although these care facilities are appropriate for people with extensive medical needs, most seniors prefer staying in their homes for as long as possible.

    With the help of Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, you can honor your parents’ wishes to stay at home without sacrificing the care they need. Our home care services can be tailored to match your situation, so your parents get support and you get peace of mind. Learn more about home care services by calling (215) 885-9140.

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