Category: Home Health Care Learning Articles


Defining Wellness


Definition of Wellness

The term wellness has been applied in many ways. Although there might be different views on what wellness encompasses, the National Wellness Institute–along with the help of leaders in health and wellness–shared many interpretations and models of wellness.

Through this discussion, there appears to be general agreement that:

  • Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential
  • Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment
  • Wellness is positive and affirming

The definition of wellness, long used by the National Wellness Institute is consistent with these tenets. Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.

Applying Wellness

By applying the Six Dimensional Model, a person becomes aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they contribute to healthy living. This holistic model explains:

  • How a person contributes to their environment and community, and how to build better living spaces and social networks
  • The enrichment of life through work, and its interconnectedness to living and playing
  • The development of belief systems, values, and creating a world-view
  • The benefits of regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, strength and vitality as well as personal responsibility,self-care and when to seek medical attention
  • Self-esteem, self-control, and determination as a sense of direction
  • Creative and stimulating mental activities, and sharing your gifts with others

Applying a wellness approach can be useful in nearly every human endeavor. As a pathway to optimal living, wellness is being applied to related fields, such as health promotion and holistic health, and has seen a growth in “helping professions” including counseling and medical arts and practices. The National Wellness Institute devised three questions that can help persons and organizations assess the degree to which wellness is incorporated into a particular approach or program:

  • Does this help people achieve their full potential?
  • Does this recognize and address the whole person(multi-dimensional approach)?
  • Does this affirm and mobilize peoples’ positive qualities and strengths?

For more information about this article please visit www.nationalwellness.org or click Six Dimensions of Wellness to download a free pdf file loaded with information about how you can utilize this model personally.


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!


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!


Watch your step!!


A simple thing can change your life—like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor. If you fall, you could break a bone, like thousands of older men and women do each year. A broken bone might not sound awful. But, for older people, a break can be the start of more serious problems.

Many things can cause a fall. Your eyesight, hearing, and reflexes might not be as sharp as they were when you were younger. Diabetes, heart disease, or problems with your thyroid, nerves, feet, or blood vessels can affect your balance. Some medicines can cause you to feel dizzy or sleepy, making you more likely to fall.

But don’t let a fear of falling keep you from being active. Doing things like getting together with friends, gardening, walking, or going to the local senior center helps you stay healthy. The good news is that there are simple ways you can prevent most falls.

If you take care of your overall health, you may be able to lower your chances of falling. Most of the time, falls and accidents don’t “just happen.” Here are a few hints that will help you avoid falls and broken bones:

1. Stay physically active. Plan an exercise program that is right for you. Regular exercise improves muscles and makes you stronger. It also helps keep your joints, tendons, and ligaments flexible. Mild weight-bearing activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, may slow bone loss from osteoporosis.

2. Have your eyes and hearing tested. Even small changes in sight and hearing may cause you to fall. When you get new eyeglasses, take time to get used to them. Always wear your glasses when you need them. If you have a hearing aid, be sure it fits well, and wear it.

3. Find out about the side effects of any medicine you take. If a drug makes you sleepy or dizzy, tell your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Get enough sleep. If you are sleepy, you are more likely to fall.

5. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your balance and reflexes.

6. Stand up slowly. Getting up too quickly can cause your blood pressure to drop. That can make you feel wobbly.

7. Use a walking stick if you need help feeling steady when you walk. If your doctor tells you to use a cane or walker, make sure it is the right size for you and the wheels roll smoothly. This is very important when you’re walking in areas you don’t know well or in places where the walkways are uneven.

8. Be very careful when walking on wet or icy surfaces. They can be very slippery! Try to have sand or salt spread on icy areas by your front or back door.

9. Wear non-skid, rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes, or lace-up shoes with non-skid soles that fully support your feet. It is important that the soles are not too thin or too thick. Don’t walk around on stairs or floors in socks or in shoes and slippers with smooth soles.

10. Always tell your doctor  if you have fallen since your last checkup—even if you aren’t hurt when you fall.

For more helpful tips and information about balance including fall prevention visit http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/falls-and-fractures or contact our office for a home care specialist to answer any questions you may have!


There’s No Place Like Home!


There’s No Place Like Home!

As part of the Federal Government’s National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) funds and conducts research related to aging, including how older people can remain independent. This NIA tip sheet introduces you to the kinds of help that you might want to consider so you can continue to live on your own. Where possible, we give you suggestions for free or low-cost help and include ways to identify benefits that might be available to you. A list of groups to contact for more detailed information is included at the end of the tip sheet. You can share this tip sheet with others in your family, and you can use it to begin talking about your needs—now and in the future.

WHAT DO I DO FIRST?

Planning ahead is hard because you never know how your needs might change. But, the first step is to think about the kinds of help you might want in the near future. Maybe you live alone, so there is no one living in your home who is available to help you. Maybe you don’t need help right now, but you live with a husband or wife who does. Everyone has a different situation, but one way to begin planning is to look at any illnesses like diabetes or emphysema that you or your spouse might have. Talk to your doctor about how these health problems could make it hard for someone to get around or take care of him- or herself in the future. Help getting dressed in the morning, fixing a meal, or remembering to take medicine may be all you need to stay in your own home. For more information please visit http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/theres-no-place-home-growing-old or contact a Love My Nurse Home Health Care senior specialists for help keeping a loved one in the comfort of their own home!!


Talking with your Doctor


Talking with you Doctor

Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services encourages all seniors to actively communicate with your primary care physician. It is imperative that your doctor knows all conditions, symptoms, or signs that you might be displaying to make a proper diagnosis. We want to provide everybody with the resources available to help them achieve the highest level  senior care possible. The National Institute on Aging in partnership with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published a 44 page document that will provide assistance to any senior wanting to improve the communication with their physician. For any questions regarding help facilitating communication between you, a loved one, or friend and their doctor; please contact our homecare agency. A senior advocate is waiting and would be pleased to answer any questions you may have.


Alzheimers Disease Fact Sheet


Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet

At Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services we believe that education is power; we want all persons to be educated about the various diseases or common healthcare issues that seniors experience.  One of the most frightening diagnosis that one can receive is that of Alzheimer’s Disease. No cure has been found for Alzheimer’s Disease but taking proactive measures can still ensure a higher quality of life for those who suffer. We encourage anybody who has a friend, loved one, or parent who display signs of forgetfulness or impaired memory loss to consult with a physician as soon as possible. Many new treatments, medications, and services are available to help assist those caring for a person with this disease. For any questions about this article or questions about how Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services can help you with a healthcare need please contact our agency today. A homecare representative would be happy to help coordinate services with any need you may have.


Advance Care Planning


Advance Care Planning Tips

September is national “Aging Healthy Month” and at Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services we support our seniors taking the best care of themselves possible. That’s why we are going to be providing multiple downloadable files that will contain valuable information on proactive aging tips, proper nutrition, and advanced directives. We encourage not only our clients but anyone with a senior in their life to read these free guides to helping us age better as humans. The first article we are providing gives detailed explanation on how seniors can better plan for their care as they age. Individualism is part of care; family and friends need to know what your wishes are in order to respect them. For any questions related to any of the articles released please contact Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services and a homecare representative would be happy to help!


The true benefits of long-term care insurance


http://www.aaltci.org/long-term-care-insurance/learning-center/home-health-care.php

This is a link to an article posted by the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. This article explains that one of the greatest benefits to LTC Insurance the ability to remain in your home. This wonderful article explains how benefits can be utilized and what services are covered. Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services wants all individuals to have the ability to utilize a homecare benefit if possible. For any questions related to this article please contact Love My Nurse Home Health Care and a homecare representative will be happy to help!


Top Reasons for Choosing Homecare


http://www.santacruzvna.org/about/topreasons.html

This link is to the Sutter Health Network in California. They are a non-profit organization that directly reinvest in patient care and the quality of services provided. They created a Top 10 Reasons why home health care works while giving explanation to their answers. At Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services we want to see all members of the community function at their highest level possible. We are here to help, assist, and provide the community with the best home health care possible in addition to providing community resources to those seeking additional help. Please contact our agency today to find out more about our senior care services, therapy programs, or beauty services provided directly in the home. One of our homecare specialist will be able to provide answers to questions as well as coordinate any homecare service you may need!