We want to wish everybody a safe and happy Holiday Season this year! At Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services we far too often encounter those individuals or families who wait too long to initiate homecare services. This can potentially lead to much larger issues by simply avoiding the normalcies of aging. As we have discovered over the numerous years in the geriatric healthcare community, a proactive approach to care is consistently more effective when it comes to increasing the elderly’s quality of life.
Environmental safety is a key factor that is most commonly overlooked in the elderly’s home. Very simple techniques such as furniture placement and the installation of assistive devices in bathrooms can prove extremely useful as physical limitations increase as we age. Falls are the number one cause of broken bones and death in the elderly; take the necessary precautions to ensure the overall safety of the home. Create a list of hazards throughout your home that could potentially lead to falls and make the essential corrections to avoid any unwanted issues.
Not taking your prescriptions, refusing to take them in a timely fashion or avoiding refilling them can be extremely dangerous at any age but especially with the elderly. Many different factors play into these situations but your overall healthcare status is dependent upon prescribed medications having the ability to control various systems, symptoms, or actions within your body. When individuals take it upon themselves to control these levels, whether intentionally or unintentionally, this can have serious negative health impacts on your body. It is critical that all medications, creams, or antibiotics are taken in regular intervals and your physician is notified when they need refills. If you medications require a visit to refill them; then make the necessary arrangements to fulfill this obligation.
Social interaction is often forgotten about with the aging population of this country. We do not realize that although technology is very accessible for most; the newness to these devices can prove to be extremely difficult for the elderly to learn. Most children these days grew up with a computer, cell phones, and most likely a tablet as well. According to Business Week, 41% of Seniors do not even use the internet. That is a rather large portion of that demographic who do not have access to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Most adults have the ability to gain access to these social media sites or even go to work, the store, or anywhere they want anytime but a majority of seniors do not. Socialization plays a critical part in your overall mental and physical health; this does not change in the elderly. It is just as important to maintain a health social lifestyle as you age as it is when you are younger.
It is imperative that you take a holistic approach to care with regards to the geriatric community. It is vital that a comprehensive plan of care is in place by the primary care physician as well as surrounding family members or care givers. Including such services or methods of care not only promotes a superior quality of life but can also prolong the length of stay in the individuals home. These are all very simple yet easy steps that anyone can take to ensure that a seniors life is vibrant, full of meaning, and gives purpose to life. We encourage everybody this holiday season to take the extra time for those seniors in your life before its too late. Happy Holiday’s from all of us at Love My Nurse Home Health!!