Easy Exercises for Elderly at Home

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Exercise has long been known as one of the most important keys to healthy aging. Seniors who are physically active on a daily basis enjoy less aches and pains, more energy, better mobility, boosted moods and even improved memory. In fact, exercise has been shown to even reverse some of the signs and symptoms of aging!

If you aren’t currently taking part in any sort of senior fitness program, there’s no time like the present to start. Don’t let your current physical health discourage you from exercising, there are plenty of safe exercises for seniors that allow you to start off slowly and gain more strength and endurance gradually.

Senior Fitness Made Easy

Seniors of any health or fitness level can easily add some physical activity into their daily routines. Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is not healthy for those over the age of 50, as being inactive for long periods of time leads to a loss of independence. Older adults who start exercising later in life even show greater improvement in their physical and mental health than those years younger than them!

Before starting any new senior exercises, consult with your doctor to make sure you get the clearance to get started. This is especially necessary if you have any pre-existing conditions. Then, determine what your goal is. Are you looking to drop a few pounds? Do you want to improve your mobility and strength? Would you like to be able to walk two miles without breaking a sweat? Setting a goal will help keep you motivated as you progress in your fitness routine.

Some of the best exercises for elderly include:

Chair exercises

 If you currently have limited mobility, chair exercises offer a perfect way to incorporate a little physical activity into your daily routine. These exercises can be done safely while seated, and allow you to build and tone muscle, lubricate the joints and increase circulation.

Balance exercises

Maintaining balance and stability are key to preventing senior falls. If you’re struggling with issues like arthritis, low or high blood pressure, heart disease or medication side effects, balance exercises allow you to remain steadier on your feet.

Stretching exercises

Staying limber and flexible as you age is important to remaining as independent as possible. Being flexible means you have a better range of motion, allowing you to easily complete daily tasks like unloading the dishwasher or bending down to pick up something off the floor. Stretching exercises keep you flexible and improve your overall athleticism!

Strength and endurance training

Strength training helps provide relief from chronic pain, and even just a small change in your muscle mass makes a noticeable difference in your strength. You’ll have more endurance to do things like go on long walks, go up and down a flight of stairs, or even simply get in and out of a car.

The main benefit of swimming or water exercises for seniors is that it presents little risk of injury and is low impact, so it’s gentle on sore or aching joints. It’s a complete body workout that helps improve heart health, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, and improves your muscle strength and flexibility.

Core exercises

Every move you make uses your core muscles, and without a strong core, you’re more at risk for injuries from a fall due to poor balance and mobility. Core exercises for seniors help prevent those injuries, improve body strength and mobility, and also make it easier to complete daily tasks.

Many of these senior exercises can be done right from the comfort of your home. This unique session is designed specifically for seniors and helps build balance, vigor and endurance through customized exercises regimens.

 If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help senior for their body and brain through exercise, Naamcare is here for you.

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What Today’s Seniors Need ?

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A lot of talk centers around ideas regarding what today’s seniors need and want. And many times, when people talk about what’s best for seniors and their needs today, the conversation gets steered to what works best for family members and other loved ones.

But what do today’s seniors really need out of life and living?

Does it align with what the contemporary senior-care industry has to offer?

And what about family members and their needs — can they feel good about their lives and their ability to nurture connections with elderly loved ones given the current slate of options for senior living?

Let’s take a look at some of the most crucial aspects of living for modern seniors.

Independence

Seniors today are more active and independent than ever before, and living scenarios are finally catching up with what seniors actually demand in terms of their ability to remain in control of their lives.

Consider in-home senior care: Seniors get to experience maximum independence and freedom. They stay where they want to live in an environment that is under their control, without having anyone tell them how to go about their regular business. Caregivers arrive to help out, as needed, filling in the gaps that might otherwise be ignored.

When it comes to independence and seniors, Naamcare in-home care presents an ideal option.

Feeling “At Home”

Imagine being told that you could no longer live your life independently at home… It’s not a pleasant idea to consider, is it?

For seniors, feeling “at home” is one of the most important factors in living a comfortable life. And there’s no substitute for actually living life at home, in the house where the greatest comfort and ease can be found. With in-home senior care, this feeling becomes a very real possibility.

Comfort

On the list of things that are important for today’s seniors, comfort exists at or near the top. Being the right temperature and having everything that’s needed within arm’s reach is crucial. With in-home senior care, seniors and their families can maximize comfort.

Customization

Seniors have lived long, eventful lives and they’ve created preferences that are difficult to adjust. In most cases, a one-size-fits-all solution will not work for the average, modern senior. Customization of the living environment is a necessity.

When a senior lives at home and receives care from a qualified in-home care, they can ensure that they are receiving the ideal level and type of comfort and care. Their needs are dealt with specifically, with plans developed to serve individuals, not the masses.

Know more about Naamcare

Are you concerned about a senior who may not be receiving the care they need? Do you have an interest in finding a senior-living, we are here to provide what your senior actually wants and needs (without placing a heavy burden on your ability to live a rich, fulfilling life)? Give us a call today at +91-9600138460 to know more.

Why Home Care Is Important For Elders?

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Home care can be a great option for seniors, as they get to remain in their homes while having a professional take care of their daily needs. This takes away much of the angst of elder care, allowing seniors to retain as much independence and autonomy as is practically feasible.

Our Caregivers provide a variety of services, including wound care, medication management, speech and physical therapy, dietary management and more. Some home care services also allow workers to help clients take care of daily living tasks such as cooking, laundry, etc.

Home care can be provided on a long-term or short-term basis. For example, if a loved one is recovering from a surgery, but is expected to make a full recovery, a short-term home care solution is a great option for taking care of that person’s needs while he or she is recovering. Long term home care assistance is helpful for older people who will need sustained assistance.

Home care has a variety of advantages, including:

–      Allowing seniors to stay in their homes

–      Increased independence for seniors

–      Easier for family and friends to visit

–      Individualized service

–      Comfortable, familiar environment for seniors

When considering home care for yourself or a loved one, consider your individual circumstances and whether home care services are the right solution for you.

Naamcare Elder Service provides home care services to seniors in their own homes or in some cases even in a nursing home. Our Professional Caregivers can assist seniors with activities of daily living so they can maintain their independence.

Contact Naamcare today to learn more about how much we can help you and your loved one.

Importance of Elderly Safety and Non-Medical Home Care

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The wide array of duties that a home care aide performs can mean that sometimes he or she will come across safety concerns. As a home care franchise owner, it is important for you or your manager to devise and implement policies and procedures necessary for the safety of both the field staff and the clients of your home care business. Careful employee assessment is necessary to ensure that your field staff is qualified and capable of dealing with any safety issues which may arise, and careful patient assessment procedures should be employed to ensure that the client is receiving the level of care he or she requires. Here are some safety considerations our non-medical home caregiver  may encounter.

Personal Safety 

Non-medical home caregiver must first protect themselves before they can adequately care for others. This includes being trained in proper body mechanics to safely move and lift patients without injury to themselves or the patient. Home aides must wear proper clothing and shoes, and should be provided with gloves and masks. They should be cautious in unfamiliar neighborhoods and when working late at night.

Patient Health Issues 

Aides who are responsible for helping with medication management must ensure each patient receives the correct medications on time. They also must protect their patients from common home injuries, like falls and burns, so any spills must be cleaned up and careful monitoring of any electrical or flammable appliances must be observed. If an aide suspects that a patient is experiencing more serious health problems than he or she is trained to handle, the health problems should be reported to the patient’s family or primary medical professionals. Confidentiality is especially important when discussing a patient’s health information must never be communicated to anyone who isn’t authorized to receive it.

By devising and implementing appropriate safety policies and procedures, you can reduce the chances of accidents or problems in your home care business. Properly trained employees and a good management and support team are vital to keeping your business running smoothly and safely.

To Know more about Naamcare Non-medical Service

Are you interested in learning more about what safety and non medical home care entails and how it can help your senior loved one live a richer, more independent life at home, for more information and to schedule your consultation with one of our care experts. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Simple Strategies to Improve Nutrition in Elderly People

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I have long been concerned about the nutritional adequacy of the diets of most of our senior citizens whether resident in their own homes or in various forms of care. Very often, when left to their own devices many older people cannot be bothered to prepare proper meals and many of them fall into a toast and tea or coffee regime: they do what is easiest without recognizing or realizing the longer term consequences of this behaviour. They often become seriously under nourished. Many do not maintain an adequate intake of fluids,  particularly water, sometimes due to fear of incontinence or of inability to get to the toilet in time, even when they have dementia. Dehydration may cause brain shrinkage, headaches, memory loss and an inability to think clearly and logically. It can also cause serious kidney malfunction.

As we age, we often become less active physically and stress levels should diminish all of which reduces our energy intake requirements. A situation which, in combination with a declining digestive system, amplifies the requirement to maintain a nutritionally adequate and balanced diet. This also maintains the immune system, body warmth, energy levels, mental activity and the body’s natural healing and repair functions. Almost conversely, it becomes more critical that as the food quantity diminishes the need for appropriate fundamental quality and adequate nutritional balance increases. To avoid doing the elderly a grave disservice we need to better understand and provide for their nutritional needs taking into account the issues that also arise from their aging metabolisms.

I also believe that it is important for the elderly to remain as physically active as possible in order to maintain bone and muscular strength as well as their balance and blood circulation. Sadly, there are many older men in nursing homes, and elsewhere, who appear to be losing weight and muscle tone through being inadequately fed: quantity and quality wise. There are also increasing numbers of elderly women with open, ulcerated sores on their shins that will not heal: due often to the combined lack of an adequate diet and physical activity regime causing poor blood circulation. They all require quality sources of protein and vegetables in their diets not snacks, convenience foods, bread, cakes and biscuits etc.

The maintenance of good nutritional status in this group is critical. The elderly have the right to enjoy healthy, productive and fulfilling lives. Better nutrition will ensure greater independence for longer, better quality of life, higher immunity, lower mortality and less need to progress to higher, more expensive forms of care.

All human beings need to eat their body weight in quality food per month if they are to maintain body weight and good health. This requirement is inescapable. If there is insufficient food the outcome is loss of weight, malnutrition and a declining immune system leading to poorer quality of life, ill health and reduced life expectancy.

Preventing falls in the elderly

Falls can happen to anyone, but, unfortunately, as you grow older falls can become more common and you are more likely to injure yourself.

Most elderly people fall in and around the home. Falls are also common in aged care homes. If you have a serious injury it can lead to a change in where you live.

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to help prevent falls and minimize your injuries if you do fall. Knowing your risk factors and taking a few precautions is a good start.

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What causes falls in the elderly?

As you grow older, changes in your body such as vision problems, weakening muscles and stiffening joints can increase your chances of falling. Falls can also be a sign of a new health problem, medication side effects or balance problems. Even short-term illnesses (such as the flu and other infections) or surgery can temporarily increase the risk of falling.

If you’ve had a fall in the past six months, your chances of falling may be increased. There are many factors that can increase the risks of falling. These include:

Home hazards

  • poor footwear such as loose slippers, shoes that don’t fit properly
  • indoor hazards such as internal steps, rugs on the floor, slippery tiles in the bathroom, inadequate lighting between the bed and the bathroom or toilet at night
  • hazards in the garden and outside areas of the house such as outside steps which don’t have handrails or are slippery, and uneven footpaths

Sensory and balance problems

  • muscle weakness
  • low vision or blindness
  • poor balance
  • reduced sensation

Medicines

Chronic diseases

  • stroke
  • incontinence
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • low vision or blindness
  • dementia
  • delirium
  • hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • diabetes
  • arthritis
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • osteoporosis

What can I do to reduce my risk of falling?

Things you can do to reduce your risk of falling include:

  • eating healthy and nutritious food
  • drinking enough fluids
  • maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, with regular exercise to prevent your muscles weakening and joints stiffening such as tai chi
  • taking medication only as prescribed
  • wearing the right shoes – comfortable, firm-fitting, flat shoes with a low wide heel, laces, buckles or Velcro fastenings and rubber soles that grip
  • wearing slippers which are good fitting
  • not walking in socks
  • making sure clothing is not too long causing a trip hazard (touching the floor)
  • hazard proofing your home to make it as safe as possible – removing slip or trip hazards like loose rugs or mats and repairing or replacing worn areas of carpets
  • wiping up spills immediately
  • making sure there is adequate lighting, especially at night
  • using your walking aid at all times
  • installing grab rails in the bathroom
  • keeping pathways in good repair and clean
  • marking the edge of steps so they are easy to see.

Most falls can be prevented. You have the power to reduce your risk and protect your older loved ones from a serious fall. Stay safe by following these tips!

 

How In-Home Caregivers Handle Seniors with Depression

Caregiving means different things to different people; some need physical care, some need emotional care, and others may need both. Whatever the case, it’s up to the in-home caregiver to provide the care recipient with the care that they need. Depression in seniors can be difficult to deal with, and it requires special attention. If you’d like to learn how to handle caregiving for seniors with depression, keep on reading.

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Get Involved in Treatments

Caregivers should learn about the care plan for their senior with depression and be a part of it. Sticking to their treatment can be tough for seniors, so having someone to encourage them and give them an extra push can’t hurt. Helping them with their treatment will let them know that they’re not alone and that they have your support no matter what.

Watch and Listen for Signs

If your suspect your senior of experiencing depression for the first time or you think they may be relapsing after being on a course of treatment, the best thing to do is take them to the doctor and get a professional opinion. Early stages of depression include consistent sadness or crying, anxiety, agitation and aggression, self-blame, feelings of helplessness, and loss of self-esteem.

Keep Up to Date with Doctor Visits

The best thing to do for your senior with depression is to keep up with their doctor visits. It may be difficult to get them out of bed much less get them out of the house some days, but it’s what’s best for them. Going to all their appointments is important since their doctor may notice things that you haven’t picked up on, which could possibly call for an adjustment in their care plan. Not to mention, the little outing couldn’t hurt.

Exercising Routine

Exercising has been found to reduce the effect of depression—and it doesn’t even have to be intense. Taking occasional walks during the day for 30 to 45 minutes can reduce symptoms in your senior. Work them up to these walks by doing a little bit every day and slowing going for a little bit longer than the day before. Take water and bench breaks often when needed.

Provide Emotional Support

The main thing your elder probably wants from you is to know that you’re there. They may not open up and talk to you about their feelings, but knowing that they have someone who care and that’ll listen to them can help more than you’d imagine. In-home senior caregivers need to remember that patience is key and that exuding emotions like anger and annoyance will affect their senior, whether they say it outright or not.

Get a Second Opinion

Seniors with depression can be a lot to handle, and you don’t have to do it on your own. The caregivers at Naamcare are able to provide additional support to cater to elders with depression and other mental health conditions. Our experienced staff is trained to handle the difficult issues that may arise in situations like these, so you can have peace of mind when you leave your senior their capable hands. If you’d like to learn more about how we can assist you can your family members, please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail.