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.

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.

Providing Care for an Elderly

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When your loved one needs to be cared for, most adult children or family members want to be the caregiver of their ill loved one. However, being a caregiver is more complicated than just agreeing to do it. You need to have a clear picture of what your loved one will need help with, how healthy they are, and what tasks they will be able to accomplish alone. Here are just a few tips to help your new journey as a family caregiver go as smoothly as possible.

Talk to the elder

Before beginning the job, sit down with the senior to discuss what will be required as the caregiver. What tasks will you be responsible for? Is all of their medical and financial paperwork in order? Where are all of the important documents that you may need sometime in the future, such as the birth certificate, marriage certificate, insurance information, power of attorney, and any other documents you may need? Having a caregiving plan established with your elderly parent will ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Frequently communicate with the doctor

Especially if the senior is suffering from a medical condition or disease, you will need to frequently talk to their doctor. Constantly getting updates on your loved one’s health will give you an idea of what to expect in the future.

Know your limit.

While you may want to do everything for the elder, there are some things that you either are not capable of helping with or do not have the time for. Trying to do more than you can handle will quickly lead you to feel burned out or depressed. Know your limits and do not be afraid to tell them no.

Ask for help

Most caregivers need to take a break at some point, and quite frankly, they deserve it. After all of the hours spent caring for their loved one, they deserve to spend some time focusing on themselves for a change. When you feel like you are ready to step away from the caregiving role for a short amount of time, a senior care provider can be hired to take over. Of course, this does not mean you are permanently being replaced. You can resume your position whenever you are able to.

Determine their physical and emotional needs

Follow the senior around for a day, observing what they are able to do and what they need help with. This will give you a better idea of how you can help make their life easier.

Caregiving can be a very fulfilling role if you are prepared. These tips are the perfect place to start if you are new to the role.

In-Home Companionship and Care Services in Chennai

Naamcare provide Elder home care services that can help prolong independent living. Our Interactive Caregiving approach transforms day-to-day caregiving into opportunities for meaningful interactions. This includes conversation and activities that engage and enrich the physical, mental, social, and emotional lives of elders.From helping with meals and mobility to personal care and errands, our in-home care lends a helping hand.

Our caregivers work closely with elders to provide in-home care. This allows them to remain in their homes for as long as possible. It also ensures they are well taken care of, from grooming to household chores. Having our caregivers in your home is an excellent way to balance the wants and needs of aging elders.

One of the most important things to elders is the ability to remain in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. The goal is to improve the quality of life and help elders to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

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Conversation and Companionship

Studies prove that elders who stay social and engaged have a better quality of life. They also have a lower tendency to develop depression and general cognitive decline. Our caregivers provide friendly company, conversation, and mealtime companionship — a fantastic way to keep your loved ones engaged and upbeat.

Our caregivers will accompany customers to accomplish any tasks outside and also to attend events like marriage, family function, visiting relative home etc., we ensure the safety of the customer from the time they leave their place and return back home. Mode of transport shall be arranged as per customer preference.

Meal Preparation

Daily tasks, like meal preparation, can be a lot of work for elders. Our caregivers step in and help in the kitchen when needed. They cook hot and wholesome meals to meet nutritional and dietary needs.Your loved ones are always welcome to work alongside their caregiver during meal prep. This time spent working together is an excellent opportunity for social interaction and conversation.

Laundry

Our caregivers can take care of all laundry needs, either in the home or at a nearby laundromat. These services may include washing, drying, ironing, and putting clean laundry away.

Light Housekeeping

Our caregivers are available to provide light housekeeping. Our services include vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, mopping, cleaning bathrooms (sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets), cleaning kitchens (sinks, appliances, counters, and taking out the trash), straightening all rooms, organizing closets and drawers, and cleaning any interior windows reachable without a ladder.

Grocery Shopping/Errands

Getting around can be difficult for elders, especially if they are unable to drive. Our caregivers take care of this problem by running around for you. This can include grocery shopping and other errands, such as stopping at the pharmacy or post office. Your loved ones are welcome to stay home or come along for the ride as a way to stay active.

Transportation

Being out and about benefits a elders mind, body, and spirit. It’s an integral part of Comfort Keepers’ Interactive Caregiving. For older adults unable to drive, our caregivers provide transportation incidental to other services, such as medical appointments, barbershops, beauty salons, and shopping. Just about anywhere your elders wants to go, our caregivers can help them get there.

Recreation

Periodic recreation event shall be conducted involving all our premium customers to relax and have fun Celebration of birthdays, wedding anniversary, Group Events enabling active participation and enjoyment of elder and Cultural Program by external artists.

Medication Reminders

Although our caregivers cannot administer medications, they can assist in ensuring that clients take their medication as prescribed. Our caregivers can help with opening medication containers, reading labels, and reminding the client when it is time for the next dose.

Grooming Guidance

Paying particular attention to grooming can help a elders feel and look better. As a person ages, grooming can sometimes present physical challenges. Our caregivers assist clients with shampooing, shaving, hair combing and styling, and other grooming needs so elders can look and feel their best.