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    Not All Seniors Need Nursing Home Care

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Some people believe that when senior citizens reach a certain age or are no longer able to care for themselves completely independently, they should be moved to a nursing home. However, not all seniors need nursing homes. For those who are still primarily self-sufficient and do not have any major health concerns, assisted living programs that allow seniors to remain in their homes can be a much more appealing option for both the older individuals and their family members. To learn more about why not all seniors need nursing home care, be sure to watch this video.

    At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we believe in supporting seniors in maintaining an independent lifestyle. With personalized services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual, Jenkintown Comfort Keepers is committed to providing high-quality senior care in the comfort of one’s own home. For more information about our in-home care services, call us today at (215) 885-9140. 

    Caring for Elderly Parents

    Last updated 5 months ago

    As anyone who has elderly parents knows, finding adequate care for seniors can be a challenge. Individuals are now living longer than ever before, and many people believe that, in many ways, elder care is the new child care. Watch this video clip to learn more about modern senior care and how you can care for your elderly parents.

    Jenkintown Comfort Keepers believes that companionship is sometimes just as important as personal care for seniors. We offer in-home care services like meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, and 24-hour care. If you are looking for assisted living services, we are experienced with that as well. Call us at (215) 885-9140 or browse our website for more information about how Jenkintown Comfort Keepers can help your family.

    How Much Dietary Sodium Do Seniors Need?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    While salt and sodium are widely thought to be unhealthy, the reality is that a small amount of sodium intake is important in virtually everyone’s daily diet, including seniors. Sodium maintains fluid balance in the body and is essential both for muscle contraction and nerve impulse conduction. Too much sodium, however, can contribute to cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Seniors typically have decreased kidney function, which means it is harder for them to remove excess sodium from their bodies. To help prevent health complications, the National Institute on Aging recommends that individuals age 50 and older should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.

    At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, nutrition is an essential part of our approach to senior care. If you have an aging parent who requires meal preparation, home care, or other senior care services, call us at (215) 885-9140 or visit our website today to learn more about what we can do to help.

    Handling Family Conflict about Aging Parents

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Family disputes concerning aging parents are more common than you might think. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take before a dispute turns ugly. At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we recommend the following tips to handle family conflict efficiently and with dignity.

    Identify and Discuss the Source of the Disagreement
    A wide range of issues typically cause family fights when parents age, but financial and caregiver issues are usually at the root of family disagreements. If an aging parent is handling the finances poorly, it may be time to have a family meeting. If an aging parent is showing symptoms of cognitive impairment, have a family discussion about whether home care is appropriate. Be sure to include both your parents and your siblings or other close family members in these discussions.

    Consider Elder Mediation
    According to Forbes, mediation as a method of solving a dispute has a success rate of between 75 and 80 percent. Mediation usually involves reaching an agreement on issues such as who will provide caregiving, who will be in charge of certain decisions, and who will be the trustee of the family trust. When a family dispute has reached a point where family members are not talking to one another respectfully, seeking mediation services can be a great help.

    Discuss Getting Help for Your Aging Parents
    During family conflict, it can be easy to lose sight of the primary goal at hand, which is to make sure the aging parents are safe and comfortable. At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we offer a range of personal care services, including bathing, grooming, and hygiene assistance, meal prep and feeding, toileting, and transferring and positioning. We even offer companionship services, such as grocery shopping, grooming, live-in services, and 24-hour care. These services can help ease the burden on family caregivers and reduce the likelihood of disputes.

    If your family is in conflict, call Jenkintown Comfort Keepers at (215) 885-9140 to learn about how our senior care services can ensure that your aging parent is taken care of. For more information, give us a call or visit our website today.

    Alzheimer's Disease: Get the Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., but so much is still misunderstood about this progressive condition. It predominantly strikes people over the age of 65, and more than half of those who develop the disease are women. Early signs can be subtle, such as getting lost more frequently or making mistakes when paying bills. Doctors aren’t sure what causes Alzheimer’s, but certain things seem to increase a person’s risk of getting it, including high blood pressure and diabetes. Get the facts you need about Alzheimer’s in this infographic from Jenkintown Comfort Keepers. Our home care services can help alleviate the tremendous burden of caregiving for families with loved ones with this disease. Please share this important information about Alzheimer’s disease with your family and friends.

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