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Cold temperatures can be very dangerous to seniors. However, with a few simple tricks and some help from senior home care, your elderly loved one’s home can be safe and warm throughout the winter months. Help your senior loved one keep his or her home cozy this winter with these tips from Familiar Surroundings Home Care.
Windows and doors can be drafty, but you can fix them easily and inexpensively. Look around the frames of exterior doors. If you can see light, the doors allow drafts in. Add weather stripping around the bottom and foam insulation to seal the gaps. An even better idea is to add a storm door. Your elderly loved one will recoup the cost of the door in a few short months with the savings on his or her energy bill. In older homes, single-paned windows offer little protection against the cold. Plastic sheeting can be placed on windows to add additional insulation. The sheeting won’t obscure the view at all but will keep the home warmer and boost energy efficiency.
Use Space Heaters
Space heaters can be a useful, low-cost way to keep homes warm. They are especially helpful to keep in the areas in which your loved one sits, like in front of the TV. It is important to note, however, that space heaters can be potentially dangerous if not used carefully, especially for seniors who struggle with dementia. They can also be a trip hazard. Consider reserving space heater use for when you or a senior home caregiver can be present.
During winter, be sure to check in on your senior loved one regularly. If his or her home seems chilly or you notice that your loved one is bundled up trying to stay warm, ask questions. When you can’t be present, an in-home caregiver can help monitor your loved one’s wellbeing.
Familiar Surroundings Home Care can deliver a range of in-home senior care services, from companionship to cooking. Call us at (408) 600-0016 to learn how we can help your senior loved one maintain his or her independence. Our at-home care givers are standing by to assist you.
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Poor nutrition is common in seniors. Several factors contribute to this decline. For starters, many seniors find that they are less hungry than when they were younger, because their bodies need fewer calories. Some seniors find it difficult to prepare meals for themselves or get to the store to stock up on essentials. Even dementia can interfere with getting the necessary nutrients, as seniors may get confused with their eating schedules. In-home senior caregivers can help improve your loved one’s eating habits if you see signs that he or she is not eating properly. Here are some of the red flags to watch out for.
Fatigue is associated with many different conditions, so if you notice your loved one seems especially tired, nutrition isn’t necessarily to blame. However, poor nutrition can be a contributing factor to fatigue, and in the case of iron deficiency, it could be the main cause. Pay close attention to fatigue you can’t explain in your loved one. For instance, if you can’t blame an existing medical condition or medication for your loved one’s exhaustion, he or she may need to get better nutrients.
During the senior years, it is common for hair to thin. What isn’t normal is for hair to become very coarse and brittle. If your loved one’s hair texture has changed, and it seems weak and prone to breaking, he or she may have nutritional deficiencies. Additional protein, fatty acids, and iron may be needed.
Oral Health Issues
You can tell a lot about your senior loved one’s nutritional standing by paying attention to his or her oral health. Keep an eye out for sores and cracked lips. With poor nutrition, the tongue will become pale and swollen.
Familiar Surroundings Home Care can support your efforts to keep your senior loved one on a nutritious eating plan. Our senior in-home caregivers can assist with meal preparations and follow any dietary restrictions your loved one has. Our in-home caregivers can also provide transportation or do the grocery shopping to keep your loved one’s home stocked with good foods. To learn more, please call us at (408) 600-0016.
Last updated 20 days ago
Throughout life, eating well is the foundation of good health. For people aged 50 and over, proper nutrition becomes even more important. Nutritional needs change in the senior years, and adapting to those changes can have tremendous benefits for physical and emotional wellbeing. Familiar Surroundings Home Care caregivers can help seniors who struggle to cook for whatever reason get nutritious, balanced meal. Here is a look at some of the nutritional needs of people over 50.
As people age, they need less calories than when they were younger. Calorie counting is a complex subject. Many factor come into play, from activity level to medications. However, as a general guideline, women over 50 need between 1600 and 2000 calories each day, depending on how active they are. Men over 50 need between 2000 and 2800 calories. Pay close attention to weight loss and gain. Maintaining a healthy weight can help seniors cut their risks of certain illnesses and have more energy.
Vitamin and Mineral Needs
Seniors need a variety of vitamins and minerals that come from eating a well-balanced diet that includes a rainbow of fruits and veggies. After 50, people need to pay particular attention to getting enough calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B. Calcium and vitamin D help to keep bones strong and reduce the risk of breaking bones during falls. Vitamin B supports healthy blood and nerve functioning. A decline in gastric acid in the stomach makes vitamin B absorption from food sources more difficult in people over 50, so it may be necessary to take a supplement.
For seniors, reducing sodium and cholesterol can keep blood pressure in check and reduce the risk of heart disease. Added fiber can aid in digestion and further support healthy cholesterol levels. Minimizing sugar intake and getting plenty of fruits and vegetables each day are also helpful eating tactics.
Seniors often struggle to maintain good nutrition, but Familiar Surroundings Home Care can help. Our caregivers can prepare meals and even help seniors adhere to special diet plans. Our in-home senior support team provides companionship, care, and peace of mind. Call us at (408) 600-0016 with your questions about our senior caregiver services.
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Finding out that someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease is disconcerting, but understanding what to expect can help you prepare for what is to come. Most experts talk about Alzheimer’s disease in terms of seven, progressive stages. By knowing what stage your loved one is in, you can predict some of the symptoms you may encounter.
In the first stage of Alzheimer’s disease, there is no noticeable impairment at all. In the second and third stage, you will note a mild decline in the memory and cognitive functioning of your loved one. By the fourth and fifth stages of Alzheimer’s, the symptoms are more pronounced. Many Alzheimer’s patients are in the fourth or fifth stage when they are diagnosed. By the fifth stage, most people need help completing day-to-day activities. In the sixth and seventh stages, patients may lose the ability to communicate and will need a great deal of help performing tasks.
Familiar Surroundings Home Care can help your family meet the needs of your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. We have a team of in-home senior caregivers who are specially trained to work with Alzheimer’s patients. Find out more about the care we provide by calling (408) 600-0016.
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For the elderly, winter can be a particularly tough time of year. Freezing temperature and icy streets and sidewalks are a bad combination for seniors. The support of family and friends and in-home care can make a tremendous difference for a senior citizen facing the winter. Here are some things you can do to help an elderly loved one make it through the season safe and sound.
Do the Shoveling
One of the greatest risks seniors face in the winter is shoveling snow. In addition to dangers of falling, many seniors experience heart attacks when they are trying to clear their sidewalk and driveway. Make arrangements to get out and do the shoveling for your elderly loved one. You can even work out a schedule with family and friends to keep the areas clear. Be sure your loved one knows that there is a plan in place to clear the snow so he or she doesn’t decide to take matters into his or her own hands.
Sometimes, a watchful eye is the most useful tool you have to keep a loved one safe and healthy in the winter. Go and visit often, and pay attention to what you see. If the house seems too cold, adjust the thermostat. If you notice your loved one has a nagging cough, arrange a doctor appointment. If the shelves are bare, do some grocery shopping. Many seniors are unwilling to ask for help, so be proactive about covering your loved one’s needs.
Chances are that work and family responsibilities may not allow you to check in with your elderly loved on as much as you’d like during the winter. That is where an in-home caregiver can help. Caregivers can do everything from provide companionship care for a few hours per week to long-term, live-in personal care.
Let Familiar Surroundings Home Care put your mind at ease about the wellbeing of your loved one this winter. Our compassionate caregivers are trained to provide a range of in-home care for seniors. Learn more about how we can help you and your loved by calling (408) 600-0016.