Stroke Symptoms in the Elderly Require Acting FAST

Learn common stroke symptoms in the elderly and the importance of acting FAST.
Learn common stroke symptoms in the elderly and the importance of acting FAST.

Stroke, according to the National Stroke Association, is listed as the fifth leading cause of death in America, with upwards of 800,000 people experiencing a stroke on an annual basis. This suggests that every 40 seconds, somebody somewhere in America has a stroke. And every four minutes, someone dies from a stroke.

As a family caregiver, it’s important to familiarize yourself with common stroke symptoms in the elderly so that you can quickly seek medical care for your loved one if needed. The more quickly you access assistance, the better the chance the individual will live through the stroke. Stroke warning signs might include sudden onset of:

  • Feeling numb or weak in the leg, face, or arm – specifically on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble with understanding or speaking
  • Blurry vision or trouble seeing
  • Difficulties with walking, feeling lightheaded, loss of balance or coordination
  • Major headache with no known cause

If you detect these signs of a stroke in someone, remember to act F.A.S.T.

Face: Ask the person to smile and observe if one side seems to droop.

Arms: Ask the individual to raise both arms. Does one arm seem to droop downward?

Speech: Ask the individual to repeat a very simple sentence. When he/she does, observe if speech slurs or if the person is struggling to put together words appropriately.

Time: Time is crucial! If you see any of the warning signs above, call 911 right away or make sure the person gets to the hospital as soon as possible!

At Home Care Solutions, providers of award-winning in home care in Kennewick and the surrounding area, we pride ourselves on providing professional, highly-trained caregivers to assist seniors in recovering from a stroke in the comfort and familiarity of home. We provide a broad variety of senior home care services that can be customized to meet the unique needs of each client. Just a few of the ways we can help include:

  • Friendly companionship and engaging conversations
  • Nutritious meal planning and preparation, with adherence to any special dietary needs
  • Personal care assistance such as showering, using the bathroom, and dressing
  • Help getting around the house, ensuring fall hazards are eliminated
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Encouragement to engage in physician-approved exercise programs
  • And much more

For more information about our senior care management services and our in home care in Kennewick and the surrounding communities, contact us at (509) 627-8575.

When to Bring in an Aging Life Care Professional

We all, naturally, want the best for those we love. But in some instances when families are involved in a senior loved one’s care, opinions about what is best for the person may clash. It can cause family members to argue with each other instead of working together. This is just one instance when it’s a good idea to seek the assistance of a professional third party, like an aging life care professional (also known as a care manager), who knows what older adults need for long-term care and how to accomplish receiving this care.

Aging life care professionals have the skills needed to guide families in determining what type of care a senior loved one requires and how to most effectively coordinate long-term care. They can also serve as mediators when family members disagree when attempting to plan care for their loved one.

Consider an aging life care professional as a “professional family member,” typically a nurse or social worker, with expertise in the resources that are available to help seniors with a variety of needs and challenges. Just several of the many ways they can help include:

  • Working with families through difficult conversations and problems
  • Addressing emotional concerns
  • Collaborating with other care professionals, including the senior’s medical team
  • Visiting the home to assess needs and recommend appropriate services
  • Developing short- and long-term care plans and goals
  • Providing relief to overburdened family caregivers

Make sure you obtain the answers to the following questions from potential aging life care professionals:

  • Are you licensed?
  • How much experience do you have as an aging life care professional?
  • What happens if I have an emergency after-hours?
  • Do you have references I can talk to?
  • Will your agency also help with home care services?

Aging Life Care Professionals and Home Care 

One of the perks of using aging life care professionals to coordinate care is that they are trained to work with many different types of people and organizations. An aging life care professional can help coordinate medical care, work with lawyers, and coordinate in-home care services. Home care agencies like Home Care Solutions who work with aging life care professionals further ease stress for families and improve quality of life in the home.

To learn more about Home Care Solutions, the experts in home care in Richland, WA, and nearby areas, and our aging life care professional services, contact us any time at (509) 627-8575. We offer a free in-home consultation to share more about how we can help in your particular circumstances.

How Care Coordination Is Key to Helping Older Parents Age at Home

Care coordination is a vital component to helping older parents age at home.

Ask most seniors if they would prefer to continue living at home, even if they are challenged by aging-related issues, and the answer in the majority of cases is a resounding “yes!” Having to move away from home, a place filled with so many memories, can be upsetting, even if a senior admits that it’s getting more difficult to manage. However, wanting to continue to be at home and having the ability to do so safely, all alone, are two different things. So what can you do? Even if you are a 24/7, around-the-clock family caregiver, you can’t do it all by yourself. You need help, and it could be that care coordination is the solution you need when helping older parents age at home. 

Many families find that preparing for home care services requires the expertise of a professional who fully understands all of the options. And it’s true — appropriate care coordination from an aging care specialist will help everyone involved feel more organized and secure.

Who Can Help?

Many seniors can benefit from help with several aspects of life, such as meal preparation, transportation to and from medical appointments, taking medications, and conducting the routine activities of daily living. Trying to coordinate all of these tasks can be challenging for a family caregiver. What many people don’t understand is that home care agencies, like Home Care Solutions, can help identify, locate, and coordinate all of the aspects of effective care at home. They can even uncover recommendations that may not have been considered at first for helping older parents.

Home care agencies have resources and contacts that are incredibly helpful for families who are in the middle of planning for long-term care. Our experienced staff and caregivers are always happy to help families in determining the right care plan for a loved one and assisting with all of his or her care needs. Our care plans are always customized to each individual and can include a broad range of services, such as:

  • Personal care (showering, dressing, etc.)
  • Planning and preparing healthy and appetizing meals
  • Providing friendly companionship 
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Running errands
  • Transportation and accompaniment 
  • And others 

Call us at (509) 627-8575 to learn about our in-home care and care coordination services. As the leading provider of at home care in Richland, WA, and surrounding areas, we’re here with the resources and answers you need, any time.

How Senior Care Management Can Help During the Pandemic

How Senior Care Management Can Help During the Pandemic

The providers of home care in Richland, WA, and the surrounding areas recommend senior care management during COVID-19.
The providers of home care in Richland, WA, and the surrounding areas recommend senior care management during COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially concerning for seniors and their families. Seniors are disproportionately impacted by the virus, in particular those with underlying conditions such as heart problems and COPD. In an effort to maintain social distancing and reduce contact with potential contagions, many older adults have become progressively isolated from their family members. In the absence of regular socialization and attentive care, loneliness and depression as well as memory issues linked to dementia and other diseases can creep in. In response to these difficult circumstances, many families are seeking the help of senior care management services.

Care managers help family members ensure that their senior loved one is safe and cared for, even in unprecedented times such as these. Care management services can be a great help with coordinating hospital appointments and in-home care to ensure that your loved one has access to prompt care despite social distancing constraints. Care managers are up to date and compliant with COVID-19 guidelines, and use their expert knowledge to help your loved one live safer and more comfortably at home. They can provide moral support in trying times and manage the finer details of care so you’re able to rest easy knowing your loved one is well taken care of. With a care manager working on the ground and communicating with you directly, you’ll know what is taking place in your loved one’s life in spite of the distance and will be empowered to make decisions regarding their care.

Care management services can cover a broad range of offerings, including:

  • Evaluating care needs and setting up in-home care services
  • Coordinating medical appointments and arranging transportation
  • Advocating for the senior to healthcare providers
  • Arranging respite care to give family caregivers a break
  • Making referrals to financial and legal professionals as needed
  • Assisting with housing transitions
  • Facilitating crisis management in case of emergency

The senior care management team at Home Care Solutions is experienced and ready to assist a senior in your life. Our care managers will thoroughly evaluate your loved one’s holistic mental, emotional, and physical wellness in order to offer streamlined, accessible solutions. Our care management team is fully integrated with our full-service home care, ensuring smooth transitions and clear communication.

If you’re ready to explore how care management services can enhance the life of a senior you love, call us for a care consultation. You can reach us online or give us a call at (509) 627-8575 [SG2] to learn more about home care in Richland, WA, and the surrounding areas.

 

The Benefits of Care Management for Seniors With Chronic Health Issues

The Benefits of Care Management for Seniors With Chronic Health Issues

The providers of home care assistance in Kennewick, WA and nearby areas recommend seniors with chronic health issues seek out care management.
The providers of home care assistance in Kennewick, WA and nearby areas recommend seniors with chronic health issues seek out care management.

Keeping up with the various medical appointments, treatments, tests, medications, lifestyle changes, and more is a way of life for the numerous older individuals with chronic health care needs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 85% of seniors have at least one chronic health condition, and 60% are living with two or more. The challenges may seem overwhelming. But there is one essential component of care for seniors with chronic health issues: care management.

Medical diagnoses like diabetes, COPD, heart disease, and more are life-altering. They impact a person’s mental as well as physical health, and it’s essential to enlist help in meeting all care needs. Geriatric care managers, also known as aging life care specialists, are skilled specialists with expertise in meeting all of the varied care needs of older individuals.

Here’s how care management for seniors with chronic health issues works:

The Consultation

A preliminary, in-depth assessment, conducted in the senior’s home, enables the care manager to fully comprehend the senior’s particular concerns and challenges. The care manager will assess cognitive, physical, dietary, and mental acuity, as well as the overall safety of the home environment. With this information at hand, a personalized plan of care is then put into place.

The Plan

  • The older adult’s personalized care plan will include a full range of recommendations, like:
  • Training as necessary to improve chronic disease management
  • Referrals to community resources
  • How to confirm that medications and other care needs are managed properly
  • Home alterations to improve safety and reduce the risk of falls
  • And more

The Outcome

  • Carrying out the plan may involve, as appropriate:
  • Coordinating and collaborating with the older adult’s medical team and network of support
  • Problem-solving to eliminate any barriers to effective care and management of health conditions
  • Advocating for the senior
  • Mediating through any complicated family dynamics
  • Serving as the “eyes and ears” for loved ones living at a distance
  • Assisting with documentation for long-term care insurance or other necessary paperwork
  • Accompanying the senior to medical appointments to ensure doctors’ orders are understood and followed
  • Legal guardianship
  • And many others

At Home Care Solutions, we’re pleased to offer professional care management services in tandem with our trusted in-home care services, to best meet the varied chronic care needs of seniors. Our caregivers are thoughtfully chosen, highly skilled, and thoroughly vetted and background checked.

Discover the peace of mind and higher quality of care our care management services offer. Contact us today for an in-home assessment and help a senior you love enjoy a healthier, safer, and more independent lifestyle. Contact us online or call us any time at (509) 627-8575 to learn more about our care management and home care assistance in Kennewick and the surrounding communities.

Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Parents from Far Away

Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Parents from Far Away

Prior planning is important when long distance caregiving for senior loved ones.

Living far away from senior loved ones can make the need for help at home easier to overlook. In fact, many adult children of older parents frequently do not realize that Dad and Mom need assistance until they arrive home for a visit or spend a longer period of time together. If you are long distance caregiving for senior loved ones, it’s essential to have a plan set up for crises and care.  Continue reading “Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Parents from Far Away”

Helping the Sandwich Generation Make Caregiving Manageable

Helping the Sandwich Generation Make Caregiving Manageable

The sandwich generation has a lot of care tasks to juggle. Learn tips that can help.

Are your senior parents in need of care? At the same time are you trying to meet the needs of children and family in the home? If that’s the case, you are a member of the sandwich generation – a demographic of males and females, typically in their 30s or 40s, who are now responsible for raising their children while simultaneously providing care for their senior parents. The to-do lists of the sandwich generation are overflowing. Many family caregivers have demanding careers, are busy with activities for their children, and manage a variety of household tasks in addition to their caregiving responsibilities. There are strategies to support caregivers though, and the first step is becoming informed about how to make the circumstances more manageable.  Continue reading “Helping the Sandwich Generation Make Caregiving Manageable”

How to Manage Family Strife in Caregiving

Even the closest families don’t get along every day and in every situation. Caregiving can bring out some big emotions in everyone and that gets to be a problem quickly.

 

Family Dynamics Get Complicated While Caregiving

Family dynamics can always be complicated, but they become even more so when caregiving is involved. Everyone wants to have a say in what is going on, even if they don’t always fully understand the impacts of their opinions. To further complicate things, you may be the only one on the scene. That gives you a perspective that others don’t have.

 

How You Communicate Matters

Old relationship issues can affect how you communicate with the other people in your family, especially about complicated situations. So your tone of voice and how you phrase things really matters. It’s important to be as open and honest as you can and to do your best to avoid using intonation and phrasing that is likely to negatively affect the people you’re talking to. If you’re using blame and other tools, those are going to backfire.

 

Let it Go

Whatever issues you’ve experienced in the past with your family members, you have to let them go. Even if you can’t let them go permanently, you do need to do your best to let them go when you’re dealing with issues related to caregiving. You may have to decide how important those issues are when compared to your senior’s current situation.

 

Focus on Your Strengths

Everyone has their strengths. In the case of your other family members, some of them may be able to handle tasks for your senior that are difficult for you or that land outside your personal strengths. When you focus on what you do well and allow others to do the same, they can feel empowered by that and therefore feel less prickly when it comes to talking about the overall big picture.

 

Take Care of Yourself

If you’re not making sure that you’re in a good space emotionally and physically, all of this is going to be so much more difficult. Take time away from caregiving by hiring elderly care providers to be there in your place. They’ll be able to fit in seamlessly and you’ll be able to take the time that you need.

Some family members just want to fight about caregiving issues. For many, it’s a way to cope with the emotions that your senior’s situation brings up for them. You won’t be able to control or manage the reactions of other people, but you can control what you do in response.

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

Four Techniques to Help Your Senior with Memory Trouble

 

One of the most irritating issues your senior might be facing could be problems with her memory. Some of these techniques can help her to strengthen her memory while also helping her to make sure that nothing is falling through the cracks.

 

Lists and Notes Work Well

Lists and notes are a great way for you and your senior to communicate with each other through the day. They also stay right where you left them so that your elderly family member can refer to them as often as she needs to throughout the day. It’s a good idea to establish a set area, such as a spot on the kitchen counter, which is reserved for notes and lists. That way you both know where to look for them.

 

Use a Big Calendar

A big wall calendar is an easy way for your elderly family member to orient herself to the date and the day of the week each day. Using a calendar with big squares allows you both to include as many notes as you need to. Determine a way to mark off each day in a way that leaves the information visible so that your senior can see at a glance what the current day is.

 

A Smartphone and Alarms Can Help

Lots of aging adults are reluctant to use smartphones because they seem complicated. But having a smartphone and using the alarms throughout the day can help to remind your elderly family member when she needs to do certain things, such as take specific medications or do something else that she can’t put off. You can set alarms and reminders to recur so that your senior doesn’t have to worry about setting them each day.

 

Journaling Helps Her Retain Information

A small notebook in which your elderly family member jots down notes about her day or about something important can help more than she might think. Taking the time to write down an important instruction helps to move that information from her short-term memory to longer-term memory, plus she has a written record to refer to.

Daily routines help so much with memory issues because your elderly family member just does what comes next in her routine. They relieve a great deal of stress and anxiety. Elder care providers can help you and your senior to work out a routine that works well and that hits all the necessary points for her.

 

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

Could a Gluten-free Eating Plan Help Your Senior?

With Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month coming around in November, now might be the time to talk to your aging family member about reducing or even eliminating the gluten in her diet. Most people eat more gluten-containing foods than they realize and there are some possible benefits to going gluten-free even temporarily.

 

Gluten and Inflammation Are Closely Linked

Inflammation is behind a lot of health issues, especially for older adults. Even if your senior doesn’t think that any parts of her body are battling inflammation, she might be surprised. Ailments like arthritis are closely linked to inflammation. Anything that can help to reduce inflammation is something that your senior might want to try out, even if it’s not something that she sticks with long term.

 

Gastrointestinal Issues Might Subside

People with celiac disease may have dramatic and painful reactions to gluten in their diet. Your senior may not have celiac disease, but she may find that by reducing the gluten that she’s eating, she may see a change in how her gastrointestinal tract functions. Along with reducing inflammation in the gut, removing gluten can remove something that has been a minor irritant for your elderly family member. This doesn’t have to be a permanent change, but your elderly family member may find that she has fewer gut issues.

 

Some People with Gluten-free Diets Think Better

Brain fog is annoying and can show up for a variety of reasons. In simplest terms, brain fog is simply having a difficult time thinking clearly or even focusing. Your senior might find that by adhering to a gluten-free diet even temporarily can help to reduce the experiences that she has with fuzzy thinking.

 

Nutritional Content in Meals Might Increase

When you take gluten-containing products out of your senior’s diet, you make way for other nutrients to come to the forefront. She may start eating a different variety of foods that allow her body to rebuild deficiencies that maybe were subtly impacting her health. Talk to your elderly family member’s doctor about what types of foods she should consider eating while she’s going gluten-free.

Making the switch to gluten-free eating can be an intimidating process for anyone, but especially for your aging family member. Hiring senior care providers to take over the complicated parts, like making sure that everything is actually gluten-free, can help her to simply enjoy this new way of eating and what it ca

 

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