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Regina McNamara RN, MSN President & Kelly McNamara, Chief Operating Officer
Here at Always There Home Care, we are grateful you are slowing down to read our newsletter full of items that relate to home care, home health care, aging and eldercare, as well as some useful tips for daily living. Please enjoy in the spirit of community and cooperation in which this newsletter was sent.
You Cannot Leave a Person Living with Alzheimer's Alone
By Bob Demarco | Alzheimer's Reading Room
It is an enormous sacrifice but you cannot leave a person living with
dementia at home alone. They just can't deal with it.
At a certain point in the development of dementia, as the dementia progresses, a person cannot be left alone.
Dementia patients do not "cope" well when left alone.
They feel abandoned, confused, and scared to be alone.
You could ask yourself this question. If the person who is left alone is angry when you return, how do you think they might have been feeling while you were gone?
Alzheimer's patients are very fragile. As the disease develops they don't have any real concept of time. To a person who is deeply forgetful 30 minutes might seem like an entire day.
For example, I might go to the store for 30 minutes and leave Dotty alone at home. She would be very angry when I returned. She would often act out.
Later that night she might say to my sister Joanne, I don't know where he goes, he goes out all day long. She said this even though I was only gone for 30 minutes I and I went to the store. Clearly she had no understanding or any memory of how long I was gone, and why I was gone.
Dotty might also say, I don't know what he is up to. This was code for Dotty thinking or believing I was going to put her in a "home". Like any feelings or emotions in any of us, if you let these type of thoughts build up over time it is likely that you are going to "lose" the dementia patient.
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By Kelly McNamara
Celine Murray and Ingrid Phillips:
Ingrid is the primary caregiver during the week for Ruth D., a beautiful 93 year old lady. Celine recently joined her as the weekend caregiver. They work extremely well together. This is very helpful with a lovely but fragile lady like Ruth.
When she's is feeling well, Ruth loves to take advantage of all the many varied activities in her Seabury community. So off they go... To art classes, yoga, health information sessions, educational activities, and endless searches for learning and adventure.
Ruth is a brilliant woman, a former teacher who actually started her own school in New York. She is a dedicated lifelong learner and appreciates intellectual curiosity in others.
She shares her wisdom and knowledge with her visitors and her caregivers.
Her apartment is beautiful, a testament to her magnificent taste. A careful selection of art and collections from her life as a world traveler are placed thoughtfully throughout her lovely airy apartment.
Benefits of Seniors
Getting Out in Nature
Five Facts About Outdoor Exposure for Seniors
1. Being outside boosts vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is directly related to an improved immune system and a more positive outlook. Spending about 15 minutes of time each day in the sun is an ideal way for seniors to boost their vitamin D levels.
2. Nature can help boost immunity. By helping seniors feel more positive and increasing mental health, the great outdoors help seniors build and maintain healthy immune systems.
3. Being outside helps seniors feel more energized. Tired? Take a walk! Getting outside is a great way for sluggish seniors to feel more active.
4. People who spend time outside recover from injuries faster.
Exposure to natural light is powerful, and people who spend lots of time outdoors can recover from injuries faster.
5. Being outside helps seniors improve focus. Being outdoors gives the brain a break from everyday multitasking and allows it to form new memories and heal itself from over-extension. This contributes to higher attention levels and improved mental health.
Choking in the elderly is a serious issue and is one of the leading causes of death for adults over the age of 76.
Choking in The Elderly
Signs to Watch for
Common Causes of Choking in Elderly Adults:
Eating too fast
Trying to swallow large portions of food
Eating foods that are the wrong texture when on a special diet
Signs of Choking:
Turning blue in face and lips
Suddenly not able to speak
Rudyard Kipling provided a blueprint for living a stellar life
in his poem "If" written in 1895.
He wrote the poem as if it were talking to his son. He gives advice to help the young man to find his place in the world and to live with integrity and dignity. The speaker talks to the person in second person. This encourages the reader to place himself in the place of the son. If a person takes to heart Kipling's advice, he will find himself in a happier world each day. He indirectly tells the listener to maintain a balanced set of virtues.
There is no more beautiful message for fathers to their sons, as pertinent today as it was 124 years ago
Providers We Love
We are privileged to have received referrals from and be able to coordinate care with many Assisted Living facilities, rehab facilities, and Medicare Home Care and Hospice agencies. Our growth is in large part due to the trust the staff in these organizations have put in our caregivers. We are likewise impressed with them and we are committed to referring to them on a regular basis
The Hearth Assisted Living Southbury, Branford, Guilford, Madison All it takes is one simple stroll through The Hearth to feel the special difference their residents experience daily. Staff are friendly, helpful, genuine. You instantly feel the teamwork among their staff. Feeling lost? The first person you encounter shows you the way. Residents are treated like family. They are happy, and enjoy telling visitors all about their home. Their secret? The Live More philosophy that is at the core of everything they do and is the essence of what makes Hearth Management different.
They are committed to meeting each resident's emotional, physical nutritional, social, intellectual and spiritual needs...
Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Middlebury CT
Founded in 1997, Seasons is the fifth largest Hospice provider in the nation. Providing high quality clinical and compassionate care to patients and families in 15 states through 20 Medicare-certified home care clinical operations and 10 Hospice Inpatient Centers. In 2012, Seasons caregivers served more than 16,000 patients of all ages totaling more than 1 million patient days...
About Always There Home Care
Always There Home Care provides compassionate, dependable and professional one-on-one care for seniors who need assistance in the comfort of their homes or residential care communities. Services from highly qualified and trained caregivers range from companionship, meal preparation and incidental transportation to personal care, medication management and RN-directed case management. Available 7 days a week, services range from a few hours a day to 24-hour care.
Always There Home Care understands that every situation is unique and creates individualized care plans to help improve a client's quality of life.
Our caregivers are totally committed, highly qualified and carefully selected individuals who are personally and thoroughly screened, bonded and insured. Most are Certified Nurse Assistants or Home Health Aides. Most importantly our caregivers are dependable and extraordinarily caring of others. In addition to their previous experience, our caregivers receive continuous training that includes dementia, hospice care, home safety, nutrition and other topics related to seniors. These highly qualified and trained caregivers are ready to help you and your loved ones with a variety of daily activities such as:
Meal planning and preparation
Transportation to doctor appointments and other errands
/ Light housekeeping
Medication reminders /
Information and referral services
Our personalized, nurse- supervised services are available 7 days a week and
can range from a few hours a day to 24 hours and live in care.
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or visit www.AlwaysThereHomeCare-CT.com.
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