Home Health Can Offer Hope for Alzheimer’s

Home Health Can Offer Hope for Alzheimer’s

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June brings us the longest day of the year, the one with the most light. The Alzheimer’s Association honors The Longest Day to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Across the globe, there are 55 million people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. As the symptoms progress, it’s important to find the right care, including healthcare services, can help to improve their quality of life.

Many people do not know that Alzheimer’s disease is actually one form of dementia and that it’s the most common. Other examples of dementias include Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Lewy Body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is an umbrella term that describes a group of symptoms. The most common symptom widely known is memory loss. Those with dementia can also suffer from increasing confusion, difficulty problem-solving or doing routine tasks, misplacing things, difficulty speaking, mood changes, and withdrawal from social settings.

Additional Symptoms of Alzheimer’s:

  • Day-to-day memory problems
  • Losing/misplacing items
  • Incontinence
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/fearfulness/frustration
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Confusion
  • Frequent falls
  • Communication issues (inability to follow conversations or speak clearly and loudly)
  • Wandering/becoming lost
  • Difficulty chewing/swallowing/frequent choking episodes

Home Health to Support Alzheimer’s Disease

As physical and cognitive changes set in as a result of this disease, patients may not be able to safely complete the care they need each day to remain healthy. Many with Alzheimer’s will require 24-hour care and supervision to stay safe. Combining daily support with home healthcare services can help support a good quality of life.

Home Health Services Offer:

  • Skilled Nursing
  • Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy
  • 24-Hour On-Call Availability
  • Medication Education & Management
  • Patient & Family Education
  • Wound Care
  • Edema Management
  • Case Management
  • Dietary Consulting (by a registered dietician for diabetes and other conditions)
  • Care Planning (for short and long-term needs)

Benefits of Home Health for those with Alzheimer’s Disease:

  • Continuity of Care (nurses and therapists will be the same during treatment)
  • Education for Patients, Families, & Caregivers
  • Decreased Anxiety & Depression
  • Improved Communication
  • Enhanced Quality of Life
  • Reduced Hospitalization Rates
  • Better Management of Symptoms
  • Improved Overall Health
  • Maintain Independence
  • Consistent Routines for Predictability
  • Safety & Security in Familiar Surroundings
  • Reduced Travel

Those with Alzheimer’s disease can benefit from routines. Even though they may not recall each day or visit by our providers, continuity of care matters. When the same providers see patients, they can get to know each patient’s patterns to identify changes in their demeanors and abilities.

Not having to travel or schedule transportation is very helpful for anyone, but for those with dementia, it’s even more beneficial! Those with dementia cannot easily take transport alone or even attend a medical appointment on their own to report their needs effectively.

When healthcare providers see patients right where they live, each visit is more efficient. A combination of regular and routine on-site healthcare gives those with dementia a wraparound level of support to set them up for better outcomes.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed or suspected of having Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, check in with us! As you plan for the future, we can help. Reach out to us at info@caringedge.com today for a consultation!

Safety Tips for the Outdoors this Summer

Safety Tips for the Outdoors this Summer

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Summer months are so enjoyable and precious that most people want to soak up every second of the beautiful rays. It’s important to make memories while the weather is nice, but having some sense of safety before spending time outside can help you enjoy the season!

Drink Up:

While summer happy hours abound, it’s a good idea to use moderation with sugary sweet teas or those with a little kick. Too much sugar, caffeine, or alcohol can put you at risk for some unwanted souvenirs this summer!

Caffeine might help you stay up to enjoy everything from sunrises to fireworks at night. However, add some water alongside your coffee cup to stay balanced, as caffeine can cause dehydration.

Opt for refreshing beverages with fresh fruits and garnishes, and go easy on the sugary ones or cocktails. No one needs a UTI from lots of sugar or to risk a fall because the only beverage option contains alcohol. These can be tasty, but consider drinking them in moderation and alongside a glass of high-quality H20 for the win!

Staying Sun Safe:

The sun can provide us with many good things, but too much can backfire and keep you stuck indoors the next day. Sunburns are nothing to mess with.

Keep the SPF 30 handy, along with a hat. A cool pair of shades complements any look! Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen if you’re in and out of the water or spending a marathon amount of time outside. Keep some moisturizer handy after your day of basking, too.

Don’t Let the Bugs Get the Best of You!

The downside to picnics can be the ants—it’s inevitable. Thankfully, many sprays and even more natural options are available to help keep the pests away. Here are a few ideas:

Mosquito-Repelling Granules: There are several options on the market, but “Mosquito Beater” has great natural properties that can keep bugs away from your lawn without the chemical smell.

Bug Zappers: These come in several sizes, including fun tennis rackets for kiddos or adventurous adults. They are especially handy for the mosquitos that invade your home!

Citronella Candles: These tend to have less chemical scent and can add some nice ambiance to any patio party. Just remember to keep the kiddos and pets away from the flame.

Thermacells: These devices are available as lanterns and table décor and can be clipped to your belt. Each Thermacell contains a fuel cell and a small sheet coated with an insecticide that heats up, creating an almost odorless barrier for bugs. While very handy and effective outside, the components for Thermacells must be re-ordered to remain bug-free all summer.

Bug Spray: Good old-fashioned bug spray to the rescue can work wonders while you’re enjoying an evening outside. Consider keeping an extra can in the car so you’re armed and ready for the skeeters everywhere you go.

Clothing: Depending on your color preferences, a few scarf options and colorful bracelets containing bug repellent are available. For those adventuring deep in the woods, there are mosquito net suits and hats to keep you off the menu for the mosquitos.

Bite Relief: If you get mosquito, gnat, or horsefly bites, consider having an itch remedy handy. From lotions and sprays to small sticks that fit nicely in your purse, there are a few ways to alleviate the irritation. Tea tree oil rollers can be quite effective if you like a natural option.

Don’t Get Ticked! Wood ticks can be teeny-tiny these days. Cover yourself and use repellent if you like hiking in the woods or tall grasses. After your day, take a shower or bath to help reduce the risk of a tick bite.

If you get a tick bite, try to identify the type of wood tick that bit you and when you may have been bitten so you can follow up with your medical provider to create a care plan. Those little ticks can cause big problems, from paralysis to flu-like symptoms, so awareness is important.

Stay Safe All Year!

While summer safety tips are nice for the season, what about the rest of the year? Could you use some help to keep your strength so you can keep enjoying an active lifestyle? Are you struggling with staying balanced and strong or managing your health?

If you or a loved one is aging and beginning to feel the effects, and you’re worried about maintaining your independence, CaringEdge can help! From outpatient therapies to home health services, we can add a layer of safety and independence that can last throughout the year, and we can come to YOU. Connect with us at info@caringedge.com