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Falls are a Big Deal for the Elderly

While it may seem like no big deal for a young person to slip and fall, falls and their resulting injuries can prove fatal for an elderly person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an elderly person dies from a fall every 20 minutes in the United States.

There are a number of factors that make falls more dangerous for people over age 65. Bone density decreases with age, and weaker bones mean falls can result in fractures and broken bones. The elderly also have to deal with side effects from medications, poor vision and reduced mobility—all of which increase the risk for falls. People are also at risk for traumatic brain injury as a result of a fall. Hospital stays and recovery tend to take longer for the elderly, and according to a study published at the University of Rochester Medical Center, only 22% of fall victims age 70+ were able to regain independent living status after being discharged from a fall-related hospitalization.

Fortunately many steps can be taken to fall proof your loved one’s home. Adding no-slip mats and grab bars in the shower, keeping the floor clear of clutter, and using good lighting can help prevent falls around the house. Taking bone-building supplements and exercising can strengthen bones and improve mobility.

Falls for the elderly are a serious issue, and improving awareness of the risks and preventative steps can go a long way to preserving quality of life for many older Americans.

 

 

National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and with flu season only a few months away, it is a great time to remind older adults that vaccines aren’t just for kids! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults over age 65 are at greatest risk for complications from the flu. The CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months and above get a flu vaccine by the end of October if possible.

Older adults are also at risk for contracting shingles, a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. According to the CDC, one in three adults age 60+ will get shingles, and one in six will suffer from long-term pain caused by their bout with shingles. A vaccine can reduce your risk of contracting shingles and, if you do get the virus, it can help lessen the chance that you will suffer from long-term pain.

Be sure to discuss which vaccines are recommended for you with your healthcare provider. Your doctor can tell you which vaccines are appropriate given your age, health history and other personal information.

For more information on the CDC’s vaccination schedule, visit their website

Congratulations to Our July Caregiver of the Month!

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Ernestine J. as our Caregiver of the Month of July. She has been a valued employee with Home Care Plus for 6+ years.  Ernestine consistently upholds
the values and principles that Home Care Plus is built upon. Ernestine is a natural caregiver and a truly caring person. We at Home Care Plus commend and thank you Ernestine!

We are so grateful you are on our team, congratulations Ernestine!

 

Check Out Our May Newsletter!

Our May newsletter has great information on getting your summer garden started, local events in Charleston this month, info on Older Americans Month and much more! Click here to read our newsletter.

Grow Your Greens!

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The warm, sunny days of spring and summer offer the perfect opportunity to get outside and exercise your green thumb. Gardening offers many physical and emotional benefits. Almost everyone’s health could benefit from eating more fruits and vegetables (which are high in fiber and antioxidants), so plant a few of your favorites or expand your horizons and try something new. Being outside helps reduce stress and anxiety, and weeding, planting and tending to your garden keeps you active. A flower garden can brighten your yard and your mood with every colorful bloom that grows.

Gardening doesn’t have to be intimidating, even for novices. Most plants don’t require a lot—just plenty of sunshine, decent soil and regular watering. Tomatoes, basil, squash and greens are great plants for gardening newbies to start with. If you don’t have space in your yard for a traditional garden, tomato plants and herbs like basil, cilantro and rosemary can be grown in containers in a sunny corner of your porch. Just make sure they are convenient to a hose or another water source to make watering easy.

Studies have shown that physical activity decreases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and protects cognitive function. Gardening keeps you active—tilling the soil, spreading mulch, weeding, planting, watering—every little bit of movement helps. Make a plan to visit your local garden store today!

April Newsletter: Finding Balance as a Family Caregiver

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Our April newsletter is full of great information on how to be a tourist in your own town, finding balance as a family caregiver, great local events and more! Click here to read our April newsletter.

Congratulations to our April Caregiver of the Month!

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Home Care Plus would like to recognize Angela A. as our Caregiver of the Month of April. Angela is an outstanding caregiver who goes above and beyond to make sure our clients needs are always met. Angela has over 28 years of experience and has been a part of our Home Care Plus team for 5 years. This is the second time within a year Angela has been recognized for her dedication and commitment to our clients! Angela, we are grateful you are on our team and appreciate all you have done and continue to do for our clients.

Congratulations Angela!

Family Caregiving: Finding Balance

One thing is for certain if you’re a family caregiver–you are not alone. According to the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving’s 2015 report Caregiving in the U.S., over 34 million U.S. adults have provided unpaid care to an adult aged 50+ in the last year. Many of these caregivers are helping loved ones with chronic physical conditions or memory loss, and few have any professional training or experience providing this kind of care. The report also highlights the tremendous time these caregivers devote to their loved ones–on average caregivers are spending 23 hours per week on caregiving tasks–but many spend nearly twice that. Many of these caregivers are also still employed full or part time, and their caregiving responsibilities require them to take time off of work.

The physical and emotional stress of caregiving often takes its toll on the health of the caregiver. Caregivers often neglect their own doctors appointments and preventive care when they are responsible for caring for a loved one. In addition, healthy eating and exercise can also take a backseat to their loved one’s care. The good news is that we can help! Our trusted team of professional, compassionate caregivers can help share the caregiving load. If you work full or part time or just need some time to care for yourself, our dependable caregivers can give you peace of mind that your loved one is being well taken care of. We would love to help you and your family–give us a call today at 843-628-3642!

Congratulations to our March Caregiver of the Month, Constance S!

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Home care plus would like to recognize Constance S. as our Caregiver of the Month of March. Constance has been a valued employee with Home Care Plus for 5 years. She is a highly skilled caregiver and consistently demonstrates confidence and dependability. Constance is compassionate to the needs of the clients we care for and always willing to help out when needed.

Constance, we are so grateful you are on our team. Thank you and congratulations!

Congratulations to Our October Caregiver of the Month, Tomeaka N!

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Home Care Plus would like to recognize Tomeaka N. as our October caregiver of the month. Tomeaka has been a valued employee with Home Care Plus for almost 2 years. Tomeaka has developed truly caring relationships with her clients and their families. Tomeaka is a valued team caregiver and a true advocate for her clients’ well-being, and her dedication is commendable.

Congratulations Tomeaka!