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Senior Transportation: The Key to Independence and Quality of Life.

Senior Transportation: The Key to Independence and Quality of Life.

 

Getting around without a vehicle can plain suck if transportation services are not well organized where you live. roughly one in five seniors suffer from a mobility-related disability. Many others lose the ability to drive due to eyesight problems or cognitive decline. As a result, many seniors struggle to get out of the home, missing out on activities and becoming isolated from friends and family

 

When seniors aren’t able to safely drive, their quality of life can suffer. It is tough on the heart to watch an older person, who is someone’s mother, father, son, daughter, brother or sister, struggle to make health check-ups, dental visits, social events, and even the grocery store when needed. They become dependent on others for travel purposes, which can become burdensome to the senior as well as the helpers or caregivers.

 

Senior transportation services addresses this problem head-on. By giving seniors a ride to where the need to be, when they need to be there, senior transportation services make social events, errands, and appointments possible again. Getting to these regular appointments, events or activities with confidence and comfortability drives independence and quality of life for our seniors. Alternatives, such as taxis or public transportation can be unreliable or make seniors feel uneasy. 

 

 

How this can help seniors: 

 

Improved physical & mental health

 

Getting out and staying active is greatly beneficial for seniors. Staying active helps to promote overall bodily health, while social interaction increases emotional and mental well-being, reducing feelings of isolation and depression. The ability to get to and from dental, health, and rehab appointments is a huge factor for seniors maintaining independence and a high quality of life.

 

   

Doorthroughdoor service.

 

A standard public transportation service does not offer door-through-door transportation as a part of their services. For this reason, seniors who need assistance getting out of the home will not be able to receive the level of care or safety needed to accomplish their tasks.

 

Reduce the risk of isolation.

 

Isolation leads to depression. A trusted transportation company can take seniors wherever they need to go. Whether that be to doctor appointments, social events, senior functions or gatherings, getting out of the house and interacting with other people greatly reduces the risk of isolation. Getting out and interacting several times per week will help to maintain independence and wellbeing.

Quick tips for ensuring a safer home for seniors:

Tip #1 –  Lessen the potential of carbon monoxide poisoning. Never try to heat your home with your stove, oven, or grill since these can give off carbon monoxide–a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell.

 

Tip #2 – Safe proof your home. Tape all area rugs to the floor so they do not move when you walk on them. 

 

Tip #3 – Reduce risk of falls. Store frequently-used items on lower shelves in the kitchen to limit the use of stools or step-ladders. If you must use a step stool, use one with a bar to hold onto.

 

Tip #4 – Get annual eye exams. Ensure your glasses or contacts prescription is up to date and that you do not have any conditions that limit your vision. 

 

Check out the next WellNest article to learn how senior health can be maintained by reducing the risk Community Acquired Pneumonia.

Maintain Your senior Loved One’s Quality of Life with Clean Laundry and Linen.

Maintain Your senior Loved One’s Quality of Life with Clean Laundry and Linen.

As seniors age, physical Click here health issues may develop that prevent them from getting around as well as they used to. This might include struggling to do some basic tasks around the home, like laundry. Clothing, linens, towels, cleaning rags, reusable diapers – laundry has a way of piling up. This often-dreaded chore is one of the ways we help maintain a clean and healthy household.

 

 Studies have shown that skin, blood, feces and saliva-borne pathogens can be transmitted by laundry. Laundry collects human bodily waste, in addition to food and dirt from normal daily activities. While respiratory viruses that cause colds and flu only survive a few days at most, viruses that cause diarrhea can survive for weeks. We leave tons of goodies for bacteria to eat in our clothing and linen.

 

Germs survive better when they are surrounded by dirt, skin cells or bodily fluids – such as mucus and saliva. This is why using deeper cleaning detergents with a wide variety of cleaning ingredients such as enzymes to break up dirt and organic matter and washing certain items more frequently, like sheets, towels and pillowcases is recommended.

How this can help seniors:

Set up a laundry schedule.

When it comes to laundry, you’ll want to set up a schedule. Gather all laundry, sort it, then wash and dry it throughout the day. You can strip the sheets, pillowcases, and blankets to get those washed weekly as well. Making the bed along with folding and putting away clothes is the final part of the task.

 

A compassionate, experienced service provider can make laundry a breeze.

Seniors with physical limitations depend on others for help, such as family members and friends. However, to ensure your loved one gets the best help, consider hiring a trained, compassionate, experienced company or person to help out with laundry. It just may alleviate the stress and labor off of your loved one, while ensuring that it still gets completed well.

 

Avoid Contamination.

If someone is sick in your home, it is possible that the laundry may be contaminated. Exposure to germs can occur while handling dirty laundry or transferring wet laundry from the washer to the dryer. washing your hands after handling soiled or wet laundry, even in healthy households, is a good idea.

Quick tips for ensuring a safer home for seniors:

Tip #1 – Medication. Never try to heat your home with your stove, oven, or grill since these can give off carbon monoxide–a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell.

 

Tip #2 – Cleaning products poisoning. Never mix bleach, ammonia, or other cleaning liquids together when you are cleaning. When mixed, cleaning liquids can create deadly gases.

 

Tip #3 – Avoid abuse. Do not share your personal information, such as social security number, credit card, bank information, or account passwords, with people you do not know who contact you.

 

Tip #4 – Prevent unnecessary falls. Always wear shoes with traction and make sure throw rugs have non-skid backing.

 

Poor transportation service is the worst! Find out the benefits of solid transportation services in the next WellNest article.

 

Let the Natural Light In. It May Improve Your Health.

Let the Natural Light In. It May Improve Your Health.

Natural light has an impact on the sleep patterns and overall health of people as they age. These needs are typically different than what children and younger adults need. Circadian Rhythms are the body’s natural clock, and many of them are influenced by the sun – even while you’re sleeping. 

 

Studies have shown that increased exposure to high-intensity light is related to better sleep for older people. Natural light during the day can have a cumulative effect on the quality of sleep at night, and may even help to alleviate some of the worst sleep problems experienced by seniors. 

 

With all of the health and wellness benefits connected with natural light, it’s clear that designing residential buildings for seniors should be done with careful attention to the amount of daylight residents can experience each day. Features like windows and skylights are especially important for people who cannot move too well on their own.

 

How this can help seniors: 

 

Natural light reduces blood pressure.  

Research has shown that sunlight alters levels of nitric oxide (NO) in the skin and blood, which reduces blood pressure. When exposed to sunlight, small amounts of NO are transferred from the skin to the circulation, lowering blood vessel tone; as blood pressure drops, so does the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

 

   

It is a vital source of vitamin D. 

Vitamin D influences the functioning of over 200 genes in our bodies. Sunlight doesn’t give us vitamin D directly, but it helps our body to produce its own. Vitamin D influences the bones, intestines, immune and cardiovascular systems, pancreas, muscles, brain, the control of cell cycles, and more.

 

 

Natural Lighting increases focus.

Natural light during both the morning and evening has been shown to increase concentration and focus. A naturally lit space will help you to be more productive than an artificially lit work environment. Increased natural light during the day helps you sleep better. That better sleep will have you well-rested for the next day. 

Quick tips for ensuring a safer home for seniors:

Tip #1 –  Lessen the potential of carbon monoxide poisoning. Never try to heat your home with your stove, oven, or grill since these can give off carbon monoxide–a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell.

 

Tip #2 – Safe proof your home. Tape all area rugs to the floor so they do not move when you walk on them. 

 

Tip #3 – Reduce risk of falls. Store frequently-used items on lower shelves in the kitchen to limit the use of stools or step-ladders. If you must use a step stool, use one with a bar to hold onto.

 

Tip #4 – Get annual eye exams. Ensure your glasses or contacts prescription is up to date and that you do not have any conditions that limit your vision. 

 

Check out the next WellNest article to learn how you can Maintain Your senior Loved One’s Quality of Life with Clean Laundry and Linen.

Home Monitoring: More Than Falls

Home Monitoring: More Than Falls

Life expectancy is becoming higher and higher every year in most developed countries. While this is a positive, the old-age dependency ratio is expected to double within the next 25 years. This is a challenge on the sustainability of healthcare models, and several studies reveal that the majority of the elderly, around 90%, attempt to live independently in their own homes.  

 

The boom of the aging population, and their increasing desire to live independently, are cause for great motivation in the development of healthcare models. While existing approaches are based on direct-health monitoring, which is precise and accurate, they are widely seen as intrusive, causing non-acceptance.  

 

New approaches to monitoring seek to be much more indirect by monitoring the activities of daily living (ADLs), as opposed to body sensor networks (BSN’s)Using only smart meter data, leading to minimum intrusiveness, this could be the key to sustainable healthcare models for smart homes capable of complying with senior demands. 

 

How this can help seniors: 

 

Activity ian important new healthcare metric  

The home becomes an intelligent partner in monitoring wellness, and activity becomes an important new metric for healthcare monitoring. Know whether your loved one has left their bed or hasn’t gone to bed, indicating a potential problem. Make the home into an intelligent unit that gathers and shares feedback of daily activities, acknowledges unusual activity patterns and receives alerts. 

   

Different stages of life wellness all benefit from activity monitoring. 

For highly independent seniors, it provides transparent monitoring of household activity signaling healthy living, and optimizes the home for maximum safety and comfort. Mid-functioning seniors who may be living with chronic conditions that call for vigilant attention, can receive quantified wellness information regarding eating, sleeping, mobility and other key wellness indicators. 
 

Intelligent Monitoring of Daily Patterns 

Utilizing sensors, can accumulate data pertaining to daily wellness activity, ranging from simple ambulation patterns to how many times the fridge has been opened, or how many times the bathroom has been accessed. This alerts the caretaker to any abnormalities in living patterns for loved ones aging in place.

Quick tips for ensuring a safer home for seniors:

Tip #1 – Don’t attempt to run or rush to answer the telephone. Many people fall trying to do so. Keep a cordless phone nearby or let it go to voicemail and call back. 

 

Tip #2 – Medicate safely. Improper use of medication can have serious safety and health implications. Routinely check all medication expiration dates. 

 

Tip #3 – Keep emergency numbers easily accessible by placing them next to all phones, as well as in them as saved contacts. 

 

Tip #4 – Install secure handrails and bright lights with switches at the top and bottom of stairs. 

 

Can you bathe your way to better health? Find out How Natural Light Improves Health, by visiting the next WellNest article.

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Healthy Indoor Air Quality for Seniors

Healthy  Indoor Air Quality for Seniors 

Indoor air quality affects people in different ways, but seniors are considered especially vulnerable to some of the different types of indoor pollution.  Many of us overlook air quality as a factor for maintaining and improving health. However, most of us spend more time inside than outside. Are we breathing clean air in our homes?  

 

Those with asthma, lung disease, or those with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable. The pollutants can come from dust mites and pet dander, mold spores and viruses, as well as gaseous pollutants like tobacco smoke and the off-gassing from paints, cleaning products and some building products.  

 

The terms “indoor air pollution” and “sick house syndrome” refer to houses so tightly constructed, they lack the natural ventilation that was available in the past. The tight construction in a new home, or one where the homeowner has reduced air filtration using caulking and weather-stripping to save energy, can trap pollutants inside. 

 

How this can help seniors: 

 

Change the furnace and air-conditioner filters. 
Forced-air heating and cooling systems have filters that protect the equipment from household dust. Standard filters cannot remove very small particles like mold spores, bacteria and some allergens. To take those types of pollutants out of the system, you will need a high-efficiency filter.  

 

Use natural ventilation. 
Opening windows and doors can clear the air, but keeping them open or opening them at all in extremely hot or cold weather is not an option. However, you can spot-ventilate at some common pollution sources. Be sure kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans and dryer vents are working properly. These fans remove moisture that could lead to mold growth.  

 

Add houseplants to your home.  
Adding houseplants to your home can help clean the air. Aloe, spider plants, and snake plants are all reasonably easy to grow and are plants that can help detox your indoor air. The little offshoots can be placed in water to encourage root growth, then planted in a pot of soil to grow another plant. 

 

 

Quick tips for ensuring a safer home for seniors:

 

Tip #1 – Never leave anything valuable in plain view. Thieves will break into a vehicle simply because something looks of value, or like it may contain something valuable inside of it.

 

Tip #2 – If you can’t stand comfortably, exercise in a chair. Chair exercise and chair yoga are very effective for improving mobility, flexibility, strength, oxygen intake and positive feelings, to name a few.

 

Tip #3 – Place non-skid strips on the floor of your shower or bathtub. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among seniors.  

 

Tip #4 – Arrange to have Social Security checks direct-deposited to your bank. This will reduce the risk of having your money stolen or being scammed out of your check.

 

Non-Invasive monitoring can save lives… perhaps your own or someone you care for deeply. Find out how by visiting the next article. 
 

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Improving Senior Brain Health

Improving Senior Brain Health

puzzling, hobby, pieces of the puzzle
By The WellNest Company

Though most seniors are in good mental health, many are at risk of developing neurological and mental health disorders, especially dementia and depression. The good news is that regardless of your age, there are proactive steps you can take to keep your brain healthy and reduce your risk of developing dementia, depression, or other mental conditions.

How this can help seniors:

Maintain physical fitness and a healthy diet
An active, healthy body is critical in maintaining an active, healthy mind. In fact, recent Alzheimer’s research suggests that making certain lifestyle changes can do more to ward off memory loss than drugs or medical treatments. Eating a balanced, healthy diet, and enjoying physical activity such as walks or group exercise classes is a key way to maximize brain function and improve overall health.

Learn something new
Taking on a new hobby or skill can improve both cognitive functioning and your sense of well-being as you age. Learning a foreign language, for example, is a process of listening and internalizing new sounds which stimulates the brain. The same goes for new artistic or athletic pursuits – whether it’s cooking, painting, tennis, a musical instrument you’ve always wanted to learn – cultivating a new hobby is an excellent way to keep your mind active and learning.

Keep stress under control
Chronic stress can wreak havoc on both the mind and the body, especially as we age. Though it is not always easy to let go of worries, fears, or responsibilities, it is important to make time each day to relax and reflect. Whether meditation, exercise, spending time with an animal (such as through Seniors At Home’s Canine Corps), or treating yourself to a spa treatment makes you feel at ease, taking active steps to reduce stress will help you ward off depression and other mental health concerns such as anxiety or substance abuse.

Quick tips for ensuring a safer home for seniors:

Tip #1 – Poorly lit spaces can lead to falls. While lighting your home, do not overload power sockets or extension cords.

Tip #2 – Easily reduce the risk of laundry fire. Never dry object containing foam, rubber or plastic – this included shoes and rugs or bathmats with rubber.

Tip #3 – Ensure healthy eating with food safety. If you are not sure whether a food is safe to eat (perhaps it’s missing an expiration date, or you can’t remember for how long it has been out of the fridge), it’s best to throw it away.

Tip #4 – Be aware that seniors are easy targets for all types of scam artists and con men. Familiarize yourself with types of scams and financial abuse, and learn the warning signs.

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Adjusting to Life With a Hip Replacement

Adjusting to Life With a Hip Replacement

Hip replacement recovery and rehabilitation is just as important as the surgery itself. If you fail to follow recovery protocols, you may compromise your ultimate result of the surgery. Total hip replacement recovery takes about six weeks for most patients. However, if you had both of your hips replaced at the same time, your hospital stay and your recovery may take longer.

Often times my patients will say that the pain of the hip surgery is not much worse than the arthritic pain they had prior to surgery,” said Dr. Kolisek. “Patients notice a difference the first time they walk with their new hip. It is because of this that hip replacement patients are some of the most satisfied patients that I take care of which is very gratifying.”

Exercise, maintaining a healthy diet and body weight, taking steps to prevent blood clots, and preparing your household for reduced mobility can help to ensure a successful recovery following your hip replacement surgery. In most cases, if you work at a sedentary job, you may be able to return to work after three to six weeks.

Hip replacement surgery not only improves quality of life but is also associated with increased life expectancy, compared to people of similar age and sex, reports a study in Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research® (CORR®), a publication of The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons®. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

How this can help seniors:

Exercise to Promote Blood Flow
Certain exercises can help to promote blood flow and prevent clots: Regularly squeezing the thigh and calf, motion exercises for the legs that utilize full range of leg motions, and walking with or without the assistance of supportive devices such as a walker or cane. Once light activity becomes possible, gradually increase walking and light household activities (sitting, standing, climbing stairs).

A Better Quality of Life
Once you return home and complete your physical therapy, you will find yourself adjusting to your new hip and enjoying a more mobile lifestyle. Hip replacement recovery is usually pretty fast and many patients feel like it gave them their life back.

Returning to an Active Lifestyle
Patients are often more active after their hip replacement because they are finally able to move around without pain. Swimming, cycling, slow-paced tennis, hiking and golfing are safe to return to and encouraged when your physical therapy is complete. Jogging, basketball and other high impact activities are not encouraged as they put pressure on your new hips. Talk with your total joint specialist about your goals before surgery.

Quick tips for ensuring a safer home for seniors:

Tip #1 – Practice safe cooking habits. Avoid foods that are unsafe for seniors, such as raw foods, unpasteurized products or uncooked items.

Tip #2 – Prevent Slips Around the House. Wear anti-slip slippers or socks when walking around you home, especially on slippery surfaces such as polished hardwood floors or tile.

Tip #3 – Prevent Home Fires. Don’t leave any candles or fireplace burning in an empty room.

Tip #4 – Stay Alert. Avoid falling asleep on a public train or during bus or taxi rides.

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Securing the Home on Vacation

Securing the Home on Vacation

By The WellNest Company

On average, a burglary happens once every 26 seconds. According to the FBI, a burglar strikes every 25.7 seconds in the US. That adds up to more than two burglaries every minute and over 3,300 burglaries per day. That could be why 62% of the respondents to our State of Safety survey named a break-in as their top property crime worry.

Burglaries are more frequent during the summer months. On average, burglaries rise about 10% between June and August. More people were burglarized in June than in any other month, according to a burglary survey. June accounted for 11.3% of the burglaries experienced by respondents. March and April had the next-highest numbers of burglaries with 10.3% and 10.9%, respectively.

The average loss from a burglary is nearly $3,000. That’s a big chunk of change. Burglaries also take a big emotional toll. You may need to recover from a financial setback at the same time you’re mourning the loss of things with sentimental value. Of 700 people surveyed who’ve experienced a burglary, 50% of them said the burglar stole or damaged items that were irreplaceable or had sentimental value.

Be Proactive, Not Reactive. We hate to see people suffer the emotional and financial losses that come with a burglary. Stick to the motto that “safety is a lifestyle”, not an afterthought or a reaction to something bad that has already occurred. It’s not possible to guarantee that you won’t fall victim to a burglary, but there’s a lot you can do now to make it far less likely.

How this can help seniors:

Shore up weaknesses
Look for security vulnerabilities around your home. It could be anything from a sliding glass door to an unlit path from the car to the front door. Adding an extra lock or an outdoor light with motion detection provides extra security and helps you sleep better at night.

Tend to your yard
Believe it or not, landscaping can play a role in keeping out the riff raff. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed so they don’t become hiding spots. If you go on vacation, make sure someone mows the lawn while you’re gone so it doesn’t look like your house is vacant.

Stay off of social media
60% of burglary victims say they were active on social media daily or several times a week. Posting plans about going out on the town or flaunting beach shots from your vacation is a neon sign to burglars that no one’s at home. Don’t tag your posts with your location or share vacation glamour shots while you’re still out of town.

Quick tips for ensuring a safer home for seniors:

Tip #1 – Never stop learning. “Lifelong learning” has become an important staple for long-term brain health.

Tip #2 – Read the Nutrition Facts label. The healthiest foods are whole foods. When you do eat packaged foods, be a smart shopper. Read the labels to find items that are lower in fat, added sugars, and sodium.

Tip #3 – Be actively engaged in life. Active engagement in life through physical, mental and social activities is a key component of successful aging and life satisfaction, according to research.

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