Grants Pass Home Care Blog
Posted: 9/15/2017 12:37 PM by
Music can bring back memories and affect moods. It is a hallmark of celebrations. One song can take you to your childhood while another finds you on the shores of a Hawaiian island. For seniors who may find themselves alone more often than not, music can offer not only mood enhancement, but mental benefits as well.
Posted: 9/1/2017 12:26 PM by
In today’s technology-based society your parent has more opportunities than ever to engage with others, stay connected to friends and family, find entertainment, and even handle basic personal tasks by utilizing devices such as their computer or phone. While these can be a wonderful way to encourage them to stay more active and independent, and to support mental and emotional health as they age...
Posted: 8/18/2017 11:42 AM by
A sense of smell can be extremely important to your senior loved one’s wellbeing and memory. Certain kinds of smells can recall memories: a certain kind of perfume or cologne, foods, or the smell of certain places.
Posted: 8/4/2017 11:00 AM by
Diabetes is a very serious condition that requires extensive and management to ensure that it does not develop into more severe complications. One of the major ways to help your senior manage their condition is through changing their diet. What your loved one eats makes a tremendous difference in their health and well-being, as well as their ability to manage their condition. This might be a bi...
Posted: 7/21/2017 10:45 AM by
As a culture we are more aware than ever of the importance of the foods we eat and the impact they make on physical and mental health, wellbeing, and longevity. One of the most important things that people have come to understand in recent years is the potential danger of eating too many animal products, particularly too much red meat. Switching over to a vegetarian or vegan diet is an increasi...
Posted: 7/7/2017 8:46 AM by
The largest organ in the human body is the skin and your elderly loved one is likely to notice a lot of changes to her skin as she ages. Some of these changes may not be a big deal, but others, such as dry patches of skin, can be uncomfortable.
Posted: 6/22/2017 2:55 PM by
Physical therapy is often recommended by doctors for elderly adults who are recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery. Sometimes, it may even be recommended as a treatment for chronic pain. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for many conditions and it can help elderly adults to gain/regain strength which will ultimately help them have a better quality of life. Physical therapy i...
Posted: 6/5/2017 1:49 PM by
The recent economic recession, which has caused job losses and home foreclosures, and the increasing senior population have fueled an upsurge of three or more generations living under the same roof. Today, an estimated 51.5 million Americans live in multi-generational households.
Posted: 5/15/2017 1:35 PM by
Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, is a condition that can’t be cured, but can be treated and managed effectively. For seniors with celiac disease, making every day food choices can be a challenge and even a cause for stress. Depending on their level of gluten intolerance, making the right food choices can be very important for avoiding symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, and vomiting.
Posted: 5/5/2017 11:42 AM by
Psoriasis can be embarrassing, especially during a flare-up when your loved one's skin can become red and scaly. It's also painful, and a diagnosis of psoriasis can be overwhelming both to you and to your loved one. The best option for you as a family caregiver is to help your loved one to do everything that she can in order to avoid a flare-up. Once her psoriasis is under better control, she'l...
Posted: 4/5/2017 10:37 AM by
When you are a caregiver, you may have accompanied your patient on multiple trips to the ER or hospital admissions. While having experience with hospital routines may reduce anxiety, being hospitalized remains very stressful for patient and caregiver.
Posted: 4/1/2017 4:23 PM by
Falls can be a common, but dangerous occurrence for the elderly. A fall is defined by medical professionals as any outside force that causes a person to have an unexpected or accidental land on the ground. Not to be confused with falls resulting from a loss of consciousness, falls are a major cause of brain injuries in the elderly, and the number one cause of hospital admissions. And the simple...
Posted: 3/15/2017 2:01 PM by
The individual with Parkinson's must be given extra time to accomplish tasks such as dressing in order to not feel rushed. Work out a time schedule so that the individual can do as many self-care tasks as possible so that they can maintain a positive self-image as long as possible.
Posted: 3/1/2017 2:01 PM by
While scientists do not know what exactly causes psoriasis, we do know that the immune system and genetics play major roles in its development. Usually, something triggers psoriasis to flare. The skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate, which causes the buildup of psoriasis lesions.
Posted: 2/16/2017 2:00 PM by
High Blood Pressure. Have your blood pressure checked at least every 2 years. High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure.
Posted: 2/2/2017 1:59 PM by
Most men need to pay more attention to their health. Compared to women, men are more likely to:
• Smoke and drink
• Make unhealthy or risky choices
• Put off regular checkups and medical care
There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face - like colon cancer or heart disease - can be prevented...
Posted: 1/19/2017 1:55 PM by
It seems like every year we get new recommendations from Nutrition Experts about what foods will keep us healthy. Fad diets come and go, but are we supposed to eat lots of carbs or low carbs? Low fat or some fat? It’s easy to be confused! In all of the dietary advice, one thing is common - Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Posted: 1/5/2017 1:50 PM by
Even though signs and symptoms are uncomfortable, IBS — unlike ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, which are forms of inflammatory bowel disease — does not cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
Posted: 12/22/2016 10:10 AM by
Nutrition is a central element of elder care, providing a basis on which all of your other efforts build. Without proper nutrition, your parents' bodies are unable to function properly and will be at greater risk of a variety of health consequences.
Posted: 12/20/2016 11:11 AM by
Gifts of sports equipment should always be accompanied by protective gear (give a helmet with the skateboard) Think protection from injury while having fun! Also, keep in mind that new sports often have a learning curve that may require adult supervision at first.