Posts Tagged ‘non-medical senior care’

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

Activities of Daily Living: Does Your Loved One Need a Helping Hand?

Did you know that many elderly people end up seeking care not for a specific health condition but rather because they need help with everyday activities? Showering, dressing, using the restroom—these are called Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs—and are all things most of us take for granted every day. Unfortunately, certain chronic health conditions or age itself can make daily tasks overwhelming. It is rarely easy for someone to admit that they can no longer do things independently, so if you notice that your loved one is starting to look unkempt, is struggling to get around, and rarely has healthy food in the house or is skipping meals, it may be a good time to bring in a helping hand. Home care agencies can assess where your family member is in terms of being able to provide necessary self care. Most organizations agree on the following six ADLs as being fundamental to a person’s health , safety and wellbeing:

  • Eating
  • Using the restroom
  • Bathing
  • Independent mobility
  • Dressing
  • Managing incontinence

A trusted care agency like Home Care Plus provides dependable caregivers who handle a wide range of non-medical in-home needs. Hiring in-home care helps your aging love one retain their sense of independence while ensuring their health and safety needs are being met with professional oversight and compassionate care. Give us a call for a quote today! 843-628-3642