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    3 Ways to Make Your Elderly Loved One's Home Safer

    Last updated 3 months ago

    As the body ages, many aspects of living at home can become hazardous. Today, more seniors than ever before are choosing to remain at home, so understanding common hazards and how to eliminate them is essential to ensuring your loved one is safe. The specialized line of SafetyChoice technology solutions offered by Jenkintown Comfort Keepers can further enhance your loved one’s safety while at home.

    Install Fire Safety Measures
    Seniors are more likely to be injured or killed in a fire than younger adults. Home sprinkler systems can be easily installed in existing houses to provide extra escape time in the event of an emergency. Smoke detectors should be placed on every floor of the home and outside each bedroom. If your loved one is deaf or hard of hearing, there are specialized options to ensure they will be alerted to trouble.

    Add Bathroom Grab Bars
    The bathroom is a particularly hazardous part of the home for seniors. Tiled floors can become slippery, while transferring to toilets, tubs, or showers can compromise balance. Install grip bars in bathrooms to provide added support and prevent falls. Make sure the bars are installed properly and can sustain the full weight of your loved one when needed.

    Address Tripping Hazards
    Trips and falls are a frequent cause of injury in older adults. Clear clutter away from hallways and walking areas and make sure any rugs and mats are securely in place. Remove raised doorway thresholds and tack wires or cords along the base of the wall. Coat floors with nonskid wax and place no-slip mats in front of exterior doors.

    If your loved one has chosen to remain at home, Jenkintown Comfort Keepers is here to offer as much or as little assistance as needed to ensure he is safe, happy, and well. Call us at (267) 415-4047 to find out more about our companionship, transportation, housekeeping, and personal care services in Langhorne, PA. You can find more tips for making sure your loved one is safe at home on our blog.

    Understanding the Importance of Companionship for Seniors

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Everyone experiences feelings of loneliness from time to time, but these feelings can be particularly dangerous for seniors. Studies have shown that seniors who feel lonely are more likely to suffer from illnesses and early death. Jenkintown Comfort Keepers offers in-home care and companionship to help seniors of all ages maintain physical, emotional, and mental health.  

    Loneliness and Poor Health
    Experts have long known there is a link between emotional health and physical health. Feelings of loneliness in seniors have often correlated with a decline in function or early death relative to seniors who enjoy an active and healthy social life. Seniors who experience loneliness are 60% more likely to suffer from lost mobility and 45% more likely to die at a younger age. Physicians believe this connection between loneliness and poor health may be due to the fact that loneliness produces effects similar to stress, which is a well-known risk factor for many diseases. Hormonal changes related to loneliness can weaken the immune system, reducing overall health and increasing susceptibility to illness.

    Seniors and Social Connection
    Seniors often suffer from feelings of loneliness because they lack new and changing social connections. Loneliness can occur even in seniors who live with a partner, spouse, or other family member. Difficulty moving or driving can lead to increased isolation and a reduced social experience in everyday life. It’s important for seniors and their families to find ways to increase social connection to improve mood and physical health. In-home caregivers can provide companionship in addition to helping out with chores around the home. Caregivers can also drive seniors to appointments and social gatherings, providing the means for them to connect to others and form or maintain important friendships.

    Jenkintown Comfort Keepers provides in-home assistance for independent seniors living at home in Jenkintown and Langhorne. You can learn more about our dedicated team of caregivers by calling (267) 415-4047. Visit us on the web to find out more about our products and services, including meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, and laundry.

    Dealing with Depression in the Elderly

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Depression is an often-overlooked health complication for the elderly, but the statistics reveal just how serious this risk is. A whopping 15 in 100 people over age 65 are living with depression, but only 10% actually seek help. For seniors and their loved ones, it’s crucial to recognize the signs of depression and to take action when they appear. Home health care services can play an important role in helping seniors with depression overcome the symptoms and re-engage socially. Jenkintown Comfort Keepers is focused on quality senior care, so we designed this infographic to educate the elderly and their families about depression and how services like home care can help. Please help us spread the word about this important senior care issue by sharing this information with your family and friends.

    Spotting the Signs of Depression in Seniors

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Although depression can strike those of any age, it manifests different symptoms in the young and the old. Depression in the elderly often co-occurs with other illnesses, particularly those that cause chronic pain or disability. Women, seniors with a small social network, and those that are single, divorced, or have survived a spouse are at higher risk for depression. Signs of depression may include physical aches and pains, a loss of interest in hobbies, a lack of motivation or energy, and increased irritability. Seniors who feel depressed may also have trouble concentrating on tasks, remembering information, or neglect their personal care. Weight gain, weight loss, and reduced motor or speech skills can also signal depression in the elderly. Because many of these symptoms can be caused by other medical conditions, it’s important to address the situation immediately if you notice these changes in your loved one.

    Depression in seniors can often be caused by feelings of loneliness or isolation. At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, our caregivers are here to offer companionship and in-home assistance including respite care, 24-hour care, and end-of-life care. If you’d like to learn more, please call (267) 415-4047 or use our convenient web contact form.

    What Are Safety Choice Products?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Advancements in technology are making it easier and safer to seniors to remain at home. Jenkintown Comfort Keepers’ Safety Choice line of products is designed to assist seniors who wish to live independently without the need for full-time care. Safety Choice’s Personal Emergency Response System units allow seniors to call for help whenever it is needed. PERS is available as a console, pendant, wristband, or GPS unit. The TabSafe medication dispenser keeps track of your loved one’s medications in a locked drawer, only dispensing medication at programmed intervals. If a dose of medication is missed, you or your loved one’s caregiver will be notified by phone immediately. Safety Choice also offers smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, door and window sensors, and bedside pressure mats. These devices alert you to wandering or other problems in the home so you can monitor your loved one’s safety overnight.

    At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we are pleased to offer our SafetyChoice products to provide you and your senior loved ones with peace of mind. If you’d like more information about SafetyChoice or our in-home care options for seniors, please call (267) 415-4047 or visit our website.

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