With increasing age, seniors often require specialized care or other types of senior assistance provided by a home care service. Families can protect their elderly loved ones by working with an in-home care service that focuses on the total well-being of the senior, including his or her health. Preventive wellness is important for seniors. Unfortunately, eye health is often overlooked. Remind your elderly loved one to take the following steps for better eye health.
Use Sun Protection
The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun aren’t only harmful for the skin; they can also damage the eyes. A senior caregiver can remind your elderly loved one to wear a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses while enjoying the outdoors.
Maintain Good Nutrition
Your loved one’s senior caregiver can also ensure that he or she follows a nutritious diet. The eyes need foods that contain antioxidants such as vitamins A and C. Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for vision health. Your loved one should eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and other colorful produce, in addition to oily fish or flaxseed.
Smoking leads to many adverse health conditions. Research suggests it can even damage the eyes. If your elderly loved one uses tobacco, encourage him or her to visit the doctor to explore smoking cessation methods.
Exercise is critical for eye health because it boosts circulation, providing the eyes with much-needed oxygen. Your loved one can talk to his or her doctor about starting an exercise regimen. Consider exploring the resources available at the local senior’s center; many offer exercise classes tailored for the unique needs of the elderly.
Schedule Ophthalmology Appointments
Your loved one’s senior caregiver can take him or her to regularly scheduled ophthalmology appointments. The early detection of eye diseases often lends itself to improved outcomes.
You can safeguard the health of your loved one by choosing the RN Assist senior care program available from Home Helpers. Our home care service also provides other flexible care plans, including Rapid Care Response, and Personal Care and Home Support. Families in the Philadelphia area who are exploring their senior care options are welcome to call (855) 241-4724 for more information.
Although caregiving is a labor of love, it’s also a lot of hard work. It’s challenging to juggle the responsibilities of being a senior caregiver while fulfilling work obligations and family needs. The demands on your time are not only stressful; they can make it difficult to care for your own well-being. In fact, family members who provide senior care are more likely to suffer emotional burnout and physical illness. Fortunately, there are ways of easing the emotional toll of providing senior care.
Care for Your Physical Health
While it may seem counterintuitive, one of the first steps you should take to ease the emotional toll of being a senior caregiver is to care for your physical health. Senior caregivers often neglect their own nutritional needs and sleep requirements, and they may be more likely to self-medicate with alcohol. Treat yourself to nutritious, home-cooked meals, schedule in time for sufficient sleep, and resist the urge to indulge in alcohol when you’re stressed. Improving your physical health lends itself to better emotional wellness.
Nurture Your Emotional and Spiritual Health
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your senior caregiving duties, consider talking to a professional counselor. Connect with friends on a regular basis – if only for a cup of coffee on the way in to the office. Many senior caregivers find that joining a support group or talking to a spiritual leader is helpful.
Choose Respite Care
Even if your elderly loved one isn’t ready for a home care service yet, you could sign up for respite care. Respite care is a short-term solution for family members who need a few hours or a few days off from caregiving duties. Many people schedule respite care on a regular basis. Doing so will enable you to return to your loved one feeling refreshed and invigorated.
When you need respite care, the professional senior caregivers of Home Helpers are here to help! Call our home care service at (855) 241-4724 and ask us about our Flexi-Rest Program, which is a short-term, affordable respite care program designed specifically for the needs of home caregivers and their loved ones. Visit our website to learn how our senior caregivers work closely with family members to design an optimum care plan.
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One of the most difficult parts of home care for many families is convincing a senior loved one that he or she needs it. The resistance is easy to understand. Even though senior care programs are designed to protect independence, to seniors, they can seem like an intrusion. The trouble is that while you’re debating in-home care with your loved one, he or she may experience decline that could have been prevented if he or she started receiving care earlier.
To help with this transition, Home Helpers created the Friendly Visit program. This program provides a gradual introduction to in-home care to help ease your loved one’s concerns. Our in-home aides can start doing small tasks, like housekeeping or running errands periodically, to show your loved one how helpful they can be. As your loved one adapts to relying on our senior assistants, you can increase the level of care as needed.
Give Home Helpers a chance to demonstrate to your loved one how our senior assistants can help him or her stay independent by arranging a consultation. To find out more about Friendly Visit or our other services, visit our website or call (855) 241-4724.
The early warning signs of heart disease tend to be subtle, but recognizing them in yourself or a senior loved one can help prevent further heart damage and serious heart-related health problems. Would you know the signs if you saw them?
Watch this video to learn about the early symptoms of heart disease. One of the biggest early indicators is a change in exercise tolerance. If your usual workout suddenly becomes more difficult, and if you feel more fatigued afterwards, your heart could be to blame. Consider making an appointment with your doctor for a screening.
If you or a senior loved one has been diagnosed with heart disease, Home Helpers can assist with everything from medication reminders to healthy meal preparation. Find out more about our in-home care and other senior assistance services by calling (855) 241-4724.