Please join Solutions in congratulating Elsha Richards, one of our amazing Care Coordinators, on her 4 year work anniversary!

We appreciate Elsha’s commitment and dedication to Solutions, our clients, and caregivers.
We are blessed to have Elsha on our team!

 

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We serve all of the Tri-Cities Area.
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Elder Care in Pasco WA: Senior Outdoor Safety

You’re happy your parents want to age at home. You’ve taken precautions inside. They have grab bars now. There are sturdy rails and non-slip rugs on the wood floors. What about outside? According to the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, 23 percent of falls happen in the yard.

It’s not just the falls that put seniors at risk outside. Fires started by grills or fire pits and attacks by animals and insects are also dangers. Outside safety is just as important as indoor safety.

 

Put Screens Around Spaces Under Decks and Porches

To keep hornets and bees from building homes under a deck or porch, staple pet-proof screening around all open sides of a deck or porch. For a decorative touch, you can nail lattice over the screen. It will keep insects and animals out.

 

Inspect Decking and Patio Tiles

Keep an eye on the patio tiles and decking. If a deck board is rotting or warped, it could pose a safety issue. Pull it out and replace it. If multiple boards are rotting, it might be time to replace the deck. Patio tiles may raise out of place as the foundation settles or is shifted by frozen ground in the winter. If that happens, level tiles that are sunken or raised higher than the rest.

 

Trim Branches and Cut Down Dead Trees

Keep branches on trees and shrubs trimmed and away from the house. You don’t want a branch to break a window on a windy day. Trees against the foundation can cause problems as the roots grow and push against basement walls.

If there are dead trees, they could topple and put your parents’ safety at risk. They also draw carpenter ants, so you want them taken care of before they target and damage wood framing in and around your parents’ house.

 

Create Safe Areas to Garden and Walk

Mobility issues can make it hard to go outside. If your parent has a sloped or an uneven yard, create safe walking areas. A stone walkway or patio with raised garden beds surrounding it will provide opportunities to be outside in the fresh air. Benches along a path or on a patio provide a place to rest.

When your mom and dad spend time outside, you can hire elderly care services to offer a level of supervision. Caregivers can walk with your parents. They can lend an arm for balance. They can make sure your parents put on sunscreen, wear a hat, and avoid heat exhaustion. Call an elderly care agency to learn more.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Pasco, WA, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities area.  Call 509-627-8575

 

Sources:
Stopfalls.org

 

Home Care Solutions is honored to be the recipient of Home Care Pulse’s Best of Home Care “Provider of Choice” and “Employer of Choice” awards. We proudly strive to provide exceptional care for our clients and a positive, encouraging work environment for our employees.

 

 

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We serve all of the Tri-Cities Area.
Call 509-627-8575

 

Home Care Solutions would like to wish a Happy Birthday
to all of our August Birthday Team Members!

 

Adrianna Crow

Maria Hernandez

Kaitlin Husser

Kendra Towne

Jordan Waldo

Stacie Webster

 

Thank you for all you do!

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We serve all of the Tri-Cities Area.
Call 509-627-8575

Charlotte Welch

“Home Care Solutions is happy to announce that our Scheduler position has been filled by Charlotte Welch.  Please welcome Charlotte to the office staff!

She will be the primary Scheduler and is a great asset to our office team”.

 

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We serve all of the Tri-Cities Area.
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Dust Devil Tickets Winners ~ Ticket Give Away

Caregivers Who Won Last Week’s Dust Devil Tickets Were:

Isabel Garcia

Candie Gonzalez

Maria Hernandez

Chris Liudahl

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Home Care Services in Richland WA: Swallowing Problems

Swallowing problems can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous for your aging parent.
If they are living with Parkinson’s disease, this might be a symptom they deal with as they progress through the disease. Many elderly adults do not immediately relate struggles they are having with PD-associated swallowing problems. If your parent has recently lost weight, is eating a very limited diet, chokes or coughs while eating or drinking, or avoids eating or drinking, they might be dealing with these issues. As their family caregiver, it is important to take steps to help them cope with these problems so they can stay safer and remain healthy as they cope with their disease.

 

Some ways you can help your parent cope with swallowing problems as they live with Parkinson’s disease include:

-Encourage your parent to “train” their swallowing. Their doctor can help them learn exercises that can help to strengthen the muscles used to swallow. One way they can do this is by swallowing hard and focusing on the process

-Take your time when eating. A senior who feels rushed or pressured when they are eating is more likely to have difficulty swallowing, and experience issues such as choking or aspiration. Plan for plenty of time when your parent will be eating or drinking, and encourage them to relax

-Ask about changing their food or beverages. Talk to their doctor about making adjustments to the foods and drinks your parent may consume. Somes textures are easier than others to swallow. Your parent’s doctor might recommend using thickeners to make liquids easier to consume

-Eat thoughtfully. When your parent is eating, encourage them to pay attention to the process. Take bites that are not overwhelming, and chew thoroughly to make swallowing easier

 

How Can Home Care Services Help?

One of the most beneficial aspects of elder care is the fully customizable nature of the services available to your aging parent. An elderly home care services provider is available to your parent on a schedule that is right for them and their needs, ensuring they have access to exactly the care, assistance, and support that they need. This will allow them to manage their challenges and symptoms, while also promoting as much independence, activity, and fulfillment as possible as they age. For a senior living with swallowing problems, these services can include meal preparation, companionship during meals, and eating assistance to keep them safe and help them get the nutrition they need.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Health Care in Richland, WA, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities area.  Call 509-627-8575

 

Source:
Parkinson.org/Speech-and-Swallowing-Problems
Parkinson.org/Statistics