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Help Around The House

There are many things that can offer some assistance within the home, if we are having difficulties on our own. But there are several differences between items and people when providing assistance. Let’s explore.

Assistance to prevent slipping:

  • Items
    • Floor mats and grab bars are useful in preventing you from slipping/falling while in the tub
    • It is only useful if you are right next to the grab bar in question
  • A Home Health Aide (HHA)
    • A HHA would hold on to you to make sure you are able to maneuver within the entire bath
    • An Aide can prevent you from slipping/falling just about anywhere

Assistance putting on your shoes:

  • Item
    • A shoe horn is only good for slipping your foot into the shoe
  • HHA
    • A HHA would be able to adjust your socks and make sure the shoe fits well and even tie the shoe laces

Assistance with meal preparation:

  • Item
    • There are microwaveable food items, that still requires an individual to go to the kitchen, put it in the microwave and serve according to instructions
  • HHA
    • They can cook a home cooked meal (keeping in mind dietary restrictions when necessary)

Assistance with medication reminders:

  • Item
    • A pill box is only useful if you remember to take your medication(s) at the appropriate time(s)
  • HHA
    • They can get you the right pill(s) at the right time throughout the day

It’s funny how all the “items” may help you around the house, but on a very limited basis. Whereas a certified home health aide is more than someone that can provide assistance as they are a companion, a professional and caring hand that can make most of life’s difficulties more pleasant. If you or someone you know need some assistance in the home with activities of daily living such as: bathing, eating, cleaning etc…Exclusive Care can help! We have highly trained certified home health aides that can care for you or your loved ones. They can assist with activities such as: bathing, toileting, dressing, cooking, cleaning and other activities of daily living. If you would like to find out more information about the services a licensed home care service agency can offer you, please feel free to contact us at (718) 364-4032 or visit our website at www.exclusive-care.com

The Limitations of Pain

Pain is physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury as per Merriam-Webster dictionary. Pain, in many people, is due to some kind of inflammation. There are several things that can hinder us from living independently and happily, especially when we are having pain due to a condition. For a lot of sufferers, the pain starts and gets worse as we age. So let’s explore what are the limitations we experience when we have pain in;

Arm(s) {from hands to shoulder}

  • You might not be able to grasp things easily or it can be painful
  • Movement can be stiff and rigid
  • Putting on clothing can be difficult

Shoulder(s)

  • You can’t do activities over-head (i.e. difficulty washing/combing hair)
  • Can’t reach behind your back (i.e. clasping your bra)
  • You can have difficulty sleeping on your injured shoulder

Leg(s) {to include ankles, knee and hip}

  • You will have difficulty walking
  • You will be more prone to a slip, trip or fall (Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.)¹

Foot

  • You will have pain while walking or standing, making it difficult to walk or stand for lengths of time, which can make traveling difficult

Back/Neck

  • Can make it difficult to move or stand
  • Performing certain task may become impossible
  • This pain can be from mild to severe and can be greatly debilitating as most movement requires your neck and back area to be performed

Head

  • If you have a headache, a migraine or any other cause for pain in your head there might not be much that you can do depending on the severity as the head is what controls the body

At Exclusive Care we want to keep everyone safe, secure and comfortable if they are experiencing pain. As a leading license home care agency, we provide the best possible home care services in New York City. With our highly trained personal care aides and skilled home health aides we provide the adequate care you and your loved one may need. Our aides provide such services as: grooming, bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding and assistance in getting around your home or outside the home to name a few items. For any aspect of care or information on pain management, our highly trained nurses can provide the knowledge to minimize or make you able to tolerate your pain better. For your convenience a nurse can be scheduled to visit you or your loved one at home to evaluate the level of care that is needed at no cost for you, if you or your loved one participates in our program. The nurse will also be able to evaluate the home to make you aware of any potential hazard that might cause harm to our clients. The RN will help clarify some questions you or your loved one may have. We can provide as much care as is needed from a couple of hours a week to 24 hour live-in care and everything in between. Exclusive Care is always here to help you and your! If you would like some assistance, please feel free to contact us at (718) 364-4032 or reach us on our website at www.exclusive-care.com

  1.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web–based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. Accessed August 15, 2013.

What Life is Like Caring for My ……………?

Heart

Most of us never think that one day our parents will become an “elder” person and we think less about the day we will have to start caring for them. For most individuals, becoming a caregiver usually sneaks up on us. As we start to notice changes in our parents, we do the loving thing of providing them that extra hand to make them happy and go about their regular day. This additional attention for our parents also feels good because we are making sure that they are o.k. (they are our parents after all). We might start with the little things as helping our parents run an errand or running the errand for them. We might progress to helping them with their bills. Depending on how our parent’s health condition(s) develop, we can end up with a second job “caring for my ……………”, since our first job “only” pays the bills. This second job can develop such responsibilities as assisting them with;

  • Getting out of bed
  • Bathing them
  • Brushing their teeth
  • Getting them dressed/undressed
  • Toileting
  • Cooking
  • Feeding
  • Cleaning
  • Running most/all of their errands
  • Become a record keeper of all appointments, events and activities
  • And finally assist them with their entire day until they go to bed

Now we do all this and then repeat it every day and as stated earlier, we might start with a few task at first, but soon more and more things on the list above are being added to the daily tasks you must perform.

As time goes on, all of these additional tasks can cause you to become tired, depressed and could possibly cause you to start suffering from health issues of your own. Caring for someone is not an easy task. It can be the most rewarding thing in life, but it can also be draining at times. Luckily, there is hope and a great solution to maintaining your own piece of mind for the care of your loved one and allowing for time to recharge your own “battery”. You can call Exclusive Care the licensed home care service agency that can take over the “second job”, which will allow you to be more productive, less stressful, more fulfilling and give you the peace of mind knowing that a certified home health aide is there providing care with as much compassion and sympathy as you offer. If you are a caregiver and nee d a break or just need someone to take over all these responsibilities, call 718-364-4032 and speak with the professionals that can provide care.

Suicide Amongst the Aged

Suicide takes plenty of lives on a yearly basis, but did you know that it is becoming such a problem that it has made the top ten list of leading causes of death in the United States. According to census data from 2010, 38,364 individuals committed suicide, which meant that every 13.7 minutes someone died by suicide. The most alarming part is how often it affects people 65 years of age and older. According to the American Association of Suicidology, there was one elderly suicide every 97 minutes. There were about 14.9 elderly suicides each day, resulting in 5,421 suicides in among those 65 and older. Suicide rates for males are highest among those aged 75 and older (rate 36 per 100,000) ¹.  The most shocking part is that the completion rate is highest amongst seniors more than all other groups, making them most successful at killing themselves. This is a very sad truth as this affects family members and communities as well as the individual. The biggest problem is because suicide can be caused by many different factors and signs of intent to commit suicide are not easily detectable, particularly amongst males who tend to hide their feelings. And while we all face many issues we usually have friends and family that can assist and help us during these times, but for seniors they might lack that support system that is essential to avoid a possible suicide attempt. So, we must pay special attention to our elderly loved ones around us to make sure that they do not get absorbed into this trap.

Some of the warning signs:

  • Loss of interest in things or activities that are usually found enjoyable
  • Cutting back social interaction, self-care, and grooming
  • Breaking medical regimens (prescriptions, diets, doctor visits)
  • Feelings of depression and worthlessness
  • Putting their affairs in order and giving things away
  • Gathering items that are for lethal means (guns, rope, medication etc…)
  • Expression(s) of suicidal intent

Some of the risk factors:

  • Physical illness and prolonged pain
  • Social Isolation & Loneliness
  • Major changes in social roles (retirement)
  • Experiencing or expecting a significant personal loss (spouse or other) – sometimes leads to multiple suicides as the remaining person might not want to be left alone
  • Financial problems

Some of the numbers²

Suicide

The simple truth is that as people age more issues come into play that greatly affect one’s mental health. Imagine someone that has retired and has lost most of their social environment and now is left alone due to death or divorce and their grown children have left and moved on as well. Then add in depression to their mental health due to a chronic health condition that has affected them and made them more handicapped. Feeling isolated and with a chronic condition that might be causing someone pain or difficulty with activities of daily living adds a great deal of strain to one’s mental capacity to think clearly and maintain a feeling of hope. Having someone there to assist the individual, communicate and interact with them can be the difference between an elderly loved one and a deceased loved one that has now affected your life. If you or someone you know is living alone, having difficulty with activities of daily living or is going through some form of hardship; getting them a certified home health aide can be that difference. At Exclusive Care, we care for many patients and can be there for you and your family if they have been suffering from loneliness or even  a chronic medical condition and can no longer care for themselves or others. Our highly trained certified home health aides and personal care aides can be there to help them lead the most enriching life possible. You can count on Exclusive Care to be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for any and all Live in Care, Personal Care, Home Health and Companionship needs. For your convenience, we may even schedule a nurse to visit you or your loved one’s at home and evaluate the level of care that is needed. This will help clarify some questions you or your loved one may have. Exclusive Care is a licensed home care service agency that provides top quality aides to all our clients. If you would like to have more information, please feel free to contact us by phone at 718-364-4032 or on our website at www.exclusive-care.com

¹. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. (2010). [cited 2012 Oct 19] Available from www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index. html.

². National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (1995) Suicide in the United States 1980-1992 Violence Surveillance Summary Series, No.1 http://weber.ucsd.edu/~dphillip/suicide_in_the_united_states_cdc_report.pdf