Long Distance Care Giving
What is long-distance caregiving? It can be helping Aunt Lilly sort through her medical bills or thinking about how to make the most of a weekend visit with Mom. It can include checking the references of an aide who’s been hired to help your grandfather or trying to take the pressure off your sister who lives in the same town as both your aging parents and her aging in-laws. The National Institute on Aging has published a booklet called So Far Away. So Far Away often refers to caregiving for aging parents, but in fact, this booklet offers tips you can use no matter who you are caring for—an older relative, family friend, or neighbor.
The booklet is organized in a question-and-answer format. Each of these commonly asked questions has a brief answer. You can read them separately or together for a more complete picture of all the facets of caregiving from afar. The most important thing to remember is that these are just ideas, suggestions, and observations from people with knowledge or experience in long-distance caregiving. Your situation might call for adaptations of these or even completely different solutions. Click Long Distance Care Giving to download a free copy of this wonderful booklet that will help provide clarity for many questions you might have. For any additional information about in-home senior care or questions about health care support provided at home contact Love My Nurse Home Health Care and a senior care specialist will be happy to help!
Veteran Benefits: Excellent Options for Deserving Americans
At Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services we are extremely grateful for all those individuals who have served our country. Without people willing to defend the freedoms we all enjoy, this country would not be the wonderful place we have come to love. American Veteran’s and their families have excellent medical benefits but some are not as advertised as others. We have worked extensively with the local VA hospital over time and are proud to provide service to those who have spent time in the armed forces. If you have spent any time in the military, army, or air force there are programs designed specifically to help provide ongoing care to American Veteran’s. We have complied various applications to several programs that we have found very helpful for our clients who have served time in any one of the armed forces. Please click the highlighted fields to download a free copy of these applications or we encourage you to contact our office directly if you have any additional questions!! A senior home care representative will be happy to help and arrange any additional in-home care services you might require. Thank you to every individual in our armed forces who makes this country the greatest in the world!
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Forgetfulness: When to ask for help
Forgetfulness: When to ask for help
Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. As people get older, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. As a result, some people may notice that it takes longer to learn new things, they don’t remember information as well as they did, or they lose things like their glasses. These usually are signs of mild forgetfulness, not serious memory problems.
Some older adults also find that they don’t do as well as younger people on complex memory or learning tests. Scientists have found, though, that given enough time, healthy older people can do as well as younger people do on these tests. In fact, as they age, healthy adults usually improve in areas of mental ability such as vocabulary.
Some memory problems are related to health issues that may be treatable. For example, medication side effects, vitamin B12 deficiency, chronic alcoholism, tumors or infections in the brain, or blood clots in the brain can cause memory loss or possibly dementia. Some thyroid, kidney, or liver disorders also can lead to memory loss. A doctor should treat serious medical conditions like these as soon as possible.
Emotional problems, such as stress, anxiety, or depression, can make a person more forgetful and can be mistaken for dementia. For instance, someone who has recently retired or who is coping with the death of a spouse, relative, or friend may feel sad, lonely, worried, or bored. Trying to deal with these life changes leaves some people confused or forgetful.
The confusion and forgetfulness caused by emotions usually are temporary and go away when the feelings fade. The emotional problems can be eased by supportive friends and family, but if these feelings last for a long time, it is important to get help from a doctor or counselor. Treatment may include counseling, medication, or both. For more information about this topic or any other aging related question, please feel free to contact our office and a senior care representative will be happy to assist you!
Fraud 201: Educating Businesses about Identity Theft
Wichita 2015 Fraud 201 Flyer
At Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services we work closely with the Better Business Bureau to promote the safety and overall well-being of our senior population. We have been posting various articles on our website along with helpful tips to protect elderly parents, loved ones, or friends. On April 10th, 2015 the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is hosting a free seminar to local businesses and consumers. This seminar will focus on the education about the various forms of identity theft and what we all can do to protect ourselves. KWCH channel 12 has partnered with the BBB to sponsor this event bringing in the President of the National ID Theft Resource Center as the keynote speaker. Reservations are being requested for the event; you can register at bbbinc.org. Feel free to contact the local office or Love My Nurse Home Health Care for questions you might have. We look forward to seeing everybody on April 10th!
Advanced Care Planning
Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make his or her own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, making healthcare plans for the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, even when doctors and family members are making the decisions for you.
More than one out of four older Americans face questions about medical treatment near the end of life but are not capable of making those decisions. This tip sheet will discuss some questions you can think about now and describe ways to share your wishes with others. Write them down or at least talk about them with someone who would make the decisions for you. Knowing how you would decide might take some of the burden off family and friends.
Advance care planning involves learning about the types of decisions that might need to be made, considering those decisions ahead of time, and then letting others know about your preferences, often by putting them into an advance directive. An advance directive is a legal document that goes into effect only if you are incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. This could be the result of disease or severe injury—no matter how old you are. It helps others know what type of medical care you want. It also allows you to express your values and desires related to end-of-life care. You might think of an advance directive as a living document—one that you can adjust as your situation changes because of new information or a change in your health. For more information please contact our homecare agency office and a senior care representative will be more than happy to assist you with any questions you may have!