Do you want to make a difference in life?

Grandpa: Have you finished your dinner?

Pratap: No grandpa.

Grandpa: Ok. Come,we will share my dinner.

Pratap:  No grandpa, You eat. You have to take tablets.

Grandpa: If you don’t eat, I will throw the food into the dustbin.

                   Then Pratap obliged the grandpa’s words and both shared their dinner. Pratap was travelling that night to see his mom. He has to catch the bus to go to his hometown. Since it was not Pratap’s  usual dinner time, he planned to skip the dinner and  start on an empty stomach, the above conversation took place then.

          Now you all would wonder, oh what a beautiful love and affection between the Grandpa and his Grandson. Yes, this is beautiful and much more soulful, when you come to know that Pratap is not Grandpa’s original Grandson. Pratap is the caregiver who has been deputed to take care of grandpa.

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                            Grandpa was in a state of grief after losing his wife. His daughter married and settled aboard. He was feeling lonely with his son and daughter-in-law working and was unable to spend time with Grandpa. The son was helpless as he was unable to spend time with his father as he has to run his business, of course for everyone in the family including Grandpa. But this did not let him to forget his duty to take care of his father. He contacted Naamcare who are into Eldercare services.

                           The son explained the Eldercare service provider about his requirement of a male caretaker who would take care of his father 24×7 as he was having mobility problems. After carefully analyzing the conditions of the grandpa, Pratap who was well trained to address the elders problem, was deputed. Grandpa was very reticent during the first meeting.

                           The first few words from Pratap were, “Do you like me grandpa?” That was enough for the person who was toiling under loneliness. A young guy like Pratap who was passionate in his service to elders, could understand the need of the hour for the elder and accordingly initiated his first conversation with the grandpa. Slowly and gradually grandpa was able to come out of his loneliness by trusting Pratap, that he is indeed a person with whom he shares and rely for his needs both physically helping in moving around as well as helping him emotionally to drain out his grief. Grandpa’s son and daughter are happy about grandpa’s change.

                           Pratap who is in his growing phase, is well guided by grandpa, through his various life experiences. Is this not a healthy living in our society? The Joint family system being dismantled, services such as this kind of Home care Service providers ensure to have the parents with their children instead of being sent to old age homes.

Grandpa and Pratap now spread happiness in their respective families equally.
Thus we are a contented service provider making a difference in the life of the elders and their family and people around them.

                  Naamcare provides both medical like doctor home visits, nursing care and caretakers and non-medical services like geriatric food, companionship services for elders. Naamcare has also has customized membership packages on quarterly, half-yearly or annual packages.

 

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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!

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!

 

Convincing a loved one to get Home Care

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Surprisingly, many family members resist in home care. Frequently our aging parents refuse help, despite their desire to remain at home. Mom or Dad often express that outside help is not necessary and that they are capable of managing on their own. Hiring a caregiver is seen by many seniors as a threat to their independence and an invasion of privacy. Please see below for some suggestions on how to approach the subject with your loved ones.

1. Work with the more independent parent

In most homes there is a more independent parent. When both parents live in the home together, it can be beneficial to advise that the other parents will benefit from this additional support (when in truth both will).  This can help alleviate some of the distress and influence the decision making process.

2. Get the caregiver’s foot in the door

Secondly, suggest hiring a caregiver to manage a few household chores and NOT actual hands-on care or personal assistance. This can be seen as minimal help and less threatening to independence. This entrance into the home can expand into other services. The emphasis on the household chores and cooking / food shopping is an easy discussion. Once they see the value add of this caregiver and build a trusting relationship, it will be easy to ensure they get the help they need.

3. Explain to your parent that you need help

When a parent lives alone or with you, discuss how you need help and assistance in the home for peace of mind. Explain to your parent that it would not only reduce your concerns, but also alleviate some of the tasks you are required to do. An easy suggestion can be a housekeeper to reduce managing daily household chores (cleaning, shopping, meals, and laundry). Many times family members are working caregivers, so suggest that by having a companion stay or assist with these tasks would relieve your of worries.

4. Call a trusted professional

Seeking help and advice is never a bad thing. Finding a  trusted professional that your parents respect may lead to them heading the advice. It might be surprising their willingness to accept the advice of a long time family physician, a former or current home health nurse, or a family friend in the medical field. This individual can be used to sway your parents opinions and relay your concerns.

5. Resistance is not Personal

In many families, your conflicting role as the child and caregiver hinder your well-meaning attempts at helping your parents. The basis for your actions should not be confused by misguided guilt. Therefore, do not take their rebuttals personally or offensively, but rather focus on a necessary means to an end.