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Do Something “GRAND” for Grandparents’ Day

Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 06:09 PM

Don’t forget Grandparents’ Day is this Sunday, September 11th. Grandparents’ contributions to our lives should be acknowledged, so take some time to honor them this weekend. The number of grandparents continues to grow and so will the impact they make on their adult children and the influence they have on their grandchildren.

Do not let our elderly be forgotten. Grandparents set the moral tone of a family and pass along traditional family and community values. The hardships and sacrifices these Seniors made in the past produced the opportunities, nation and freedoms that we enjoy today.

Let the Grandparents in your family who are not nearby know they are remembered and appreciated with a phone call and/or a greeting card. For tech-savvy Seniors a Skype session, text or email would be warm and welcome gestures. Appropriate activities for families with Granny and Gramps in the neighborhood might be an outing to the beach/zoo/museum or a restaurant celebration. Even a visit to the home for a family meal, cooking family recipes together in the kitchen, can be a “Grand” celebration. Perhaps making a memory box with the help of the grandkids, filled with treasures/photos/memorable trinkets  would be a meaningful pastime. Drawing/painting, taking photos can be fun, as well as reading, watching movies together, listening to music! The companionship is what counts, make it an annual tradition!!

For those families with a Grandparent that is cognitively impaired, you may want to check out Regal’s Activity Menu for Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’sKeeping loved ones active with meaningful activities gives them pleasure and keeps them from withdrawing. The key is to “stimulate” but keep it simple and safe! Some activities work better at certain times of the day. Remember to concentrate on the process, not the results. What matters is that the Grandparent and the family enjoyed the time spent on it. 

CONTACT US: Meaningful activities can provide stimulation while promoting a feeling of usefulness, and raising a Senior’s spirits any time of year, not just on Grandparents’ Day. Regal can help if you have a Senior family member or elderly loved one suffering from cognitive decline or dementia. They might benefit from an in-home care plan that supports their daily medical needs, as well as helps with the activities of daily life. Regal can coordinate with the individual’s family members and healthcare professionals so the services they need can be cost-effectively provided in the less restrictive environment of the home. For a consultation, please contact Ferial Andre, RN, CCM, CDP, at 561-499-8382 or ferialandre@regalcares.com.

This article is not intended as medical advice

 



September is Healthy Aging Month!

Thursday, September 8, 2016 @ 05:09 PM

Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance designed to focus Seniors at Home - Seniors’ attention on the positive aspects of getting older! It is meant to provide inspiration to adults over 50 years of age to improve their physical, mental, and social well being.

Stand up straight, start smiling, saunter don’t shuffle! Paul McCartney of the Beatles is 74 years young, and after 59 years of songwriting and performing, is still living the dream. You can too.

The trick is to live better not just longer. Start here:

     1)  Be positive in your conversation and actions, stop whining and complaining

     2)  Exercise for both your body and your brain, try yoga

     3)  Volunteer if you are not working, get engaged with a cause

     4)  Make new friends and rekindle relationships with old friends

     5)  Find fiber

     6)  Spice up your cooking and cuisine, try the Mediterranean Diet

     7)  Make getting a good night sleep sacred

     8)  Use mind over memory – make a list

     9)  Beat the blues – don’t dwell on the past, get help for depression

     10) Discuss your drugs with the doctor – cut down on prescriptions you don’t need anymore

brain gameRemember that how you age is within your control. Choosing a healthy lifestyle will help you age gracefully. More great ideas from the editors of Healthy Aging® Magazine can be found here: www.healthyaging.net.

Contact Us: Home Health Services from a private duty agency such as Regal include much more than merely assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). We can customize a plan of care that includes exercise and nutrition that fits your needs and preferences as well as your personality and pocketbook. For more information on the depth and breadth of our services, and how we can help keep you or a Senior loved one as healthy and independent as possible, please contact Ferial Andre, RN, CCM, CDP, at 561-499-8382 or ferialandre@regalcares.com.

This article is not intended as medical advice



Hats Off to Home Health Workers on Labor Day!

Saturday, September 3, 2016 @ 05:09 PM

HHAs, CNAs, Home Health Aide, Senior Care, Elder home care, Alzheimer's care, Parkinson's aideRegal salutes the Eldercare and Home Health workers in South Florida and asks you this Labor Day to consider for a moment the part they play in today’s society! Unfortunately due to the “silver tsunami” Senior aides and companions are one of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S., but these jobs have some of highest burnout rates — some of the lowest paid wages – and some the harshest conditions under which to work.

Regal Home Health Aides & Certified Nursing Assistants have historically always been fairly compensated. We are an award winning company that has always beat industry standards & patients’ expectations! We feel it is fair and just that home care workers are now eligible for minimum wage and overtime pay thanks to the DOL’s home care rule. There is now a real opportunity for other companies to follow Regal’s lead to improve these positions, and not just with payroll.

Compliance with the DOL’s new home care rule does not necessarily lead to less continuity of care. A respected, family owned agency like Regal, in business for over a decade, has adapted to the new overtime rules effectively and efficiently so that even clients with dementia have their routine disrupted as little as possible.

HHAs and CNAs play an important role in families’ lives. Regal professionals are the eyes and ears for the family assisting with the patient’s daily needs, helping to monitor the patient’s pain and medication, keeping them comfortable, safe, and preventing unnecessary emergency room visits. The quality of life of our Seniors and the elderly are in the hands of these dedicated workers, yet as a group their labor is often undervalued and their efforts go unrecognized.

No shortage of home health workers exists just yet, but unless this industry can offer true economic opportunity to the pool of candidates available, patients needing assistance at home in the near future may be at risk. Regal has always realized that fair wages and skills training offers great potential and opportunity in Home Health careers while improving the quality of care our patients receive. That is an investment we gladly make that benefits all sides.

Programs are needed that expand access to affordable quality long term care to improve Home Health and senior care jobs. Creating tax credits for those paying for homecare or eldercare, or perhaps an innovative social insurance program or long term care voucher program for families might be a solution.

Regal professionals understand that long term care and private duty nursing is an integral part of the puzzle needed to allow Seniors to age well and comfortably in the home. We offer a broad spectrum of home health and skilled nursing services to families and individuals tailored to meet their specific needs, personality, and pocketbook. Let our family take care of your family! Contact Ferial Andre, RN, CCM, CDP, for more information at 561-499-8382 or ferialandre@regalcares.com.

This article is not intended as medical, legal or financial advice.