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February is Heart Health Month!

Monday, February 6, 2017 @ 04:02 PM

How’s your heart doing lately?

Don’t forget that February is Heart Health month and there are plenty of ways you can ensure that the senior in your life has a strong heart, and yours as well! Your heart needs as much attention as your brain, if not more! Some tips on keeping you and your elders heart healthy can be:

Excersise when you can .

There are plenty of simple excersises you can do with your senior that will help get that blood flow going, and can even help keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels down!

Reduce Blood Sugar (sugar intake). 

The higher a person’s blood sugar level is, the higher his or her risk of DHD. Diabetes affects heart disease risk in  major ways.By reducing your sugar intake, you are essentially saving the heart of your senior and yourself.

 

Eat better!

There are tons of ways you can sneak in a few extra fruits and veggies into your seniors diet daily. Smoothies are a great example, especially if they have a sweet tooth! Healthy Senior cookbooks can be found here online to help inspire new ideas and approches to a healthy lifestyle. Perfect if your senior loves to cook and is still able to! You can also click here to get more tips and tricks about helping seniors in the kitchen.

Stop smoking.

It’s never too late to quit. If your senior smokes, or you do, it’s in the best interest of the both of you to quit. It can be hard, but it doesn’t compare to sparing the lives of your loved ones. There is now online support, group support, and phone support through various companies. Click here to find out tips and tricks on a how to quit.

Learn and remember the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.

For heart attacks, look into CPR training courses. They usually last only a few hours and can potentially save a life.

For strokes, learn F.A.S.T.

FAST is an acronym used as a mnemonic to help detect and enhance responsiveness to stroke victim needs. The acronym stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency services.

Here are simple excersises to help you and your senior lead healthier lifestyles, and keep your hearts happy and strong!

 

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 during Heart Health Month . 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



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.



Seniors at Home -Are Mom and Dad resisting your help because they fear losing their independence? Time to have a “care-versation!”

The first step to take with Senior loved ones should be to let them know you understand the new challenges they are facing as time marches on and how frustrating it must be that familial roles are changing, but you are not trying to control them. However, since safety comes first, also discuss the risks of falls, car accidents, financial fraud and isolation due to the circumstances of aging. Let them know there are tools and resources available that can improve the quality of their life and that considering some suggestions and accepting your assistance is not a sign of weakness.

Your Senior Survival Toolbox:

Technology has improved and there are many devices today that can assist families with impaired but independent Senior loved ones. These devices range from panic pendants or wrist alert systems to “Granny-cams” and automatic lighting as well as appliances. There are excellent phones and hearing aides for the hearing impaired, comapre Amazon, Best Buy, and Audiology With a Heart. Products for those with low vision and macular include reading and video magnifiers, talking clocks and computer software solutions, start off with www.enhancedvision.com. Another few helpful websites are www.activeforever.comwww.aidsforarthritis.com, and www.absoluteautomation.com which all have gadgets to improve any Senior’s ability to live alone! And point out to Mom and Dad that why should they drive if it’s dangerous, when they can Uber???!!!

Let your parents know that their social connections can be just as active adult aging wiselyimportant to their health as nutrition, exercise, and medication management. Isolation can lead to cognitive decline and depression, so urge them to continue to meet with friends and play cards, go shopping or to the movies, but maybe with a companion or aide to accompany them from now on. They may feel more independent with a companion accompanying or driving them instead of you because they will still feel in control.

Consider enrolling your parents in a Senior Activity Center or Church/Synagogue group that offers meaningful activities and cultural day trips, even chair exercises or Senior Yoga. It will offer stimulation as well as social connections and get Mom and Dad out of the house. Often transportation can be arranged without issue at a reasonable price and meals can be provided as well.

When daily activities like bathing, dressing, taking medications, housecleaning and cooking become difficult, the situation becomes a bit more complex especially if you are an adult child who is a working professional and simultaneously juggling a job, caring for Senior parents, a spouse and their own children at the same time. Keep in mind there are licensed service providers like a Home Health Agency that can provide aides and companions, even care mangers to assist with personal care, medication management, doctor’s appointments, housekeeping and transport. An agency can help you cope because as Senior advocates they understand that private duty long term care and nursing is an integral part of the puzzle needed to allow Seniors to age well and comfortably in the home.

Home Health Aide for Parkinson's or Alzheimer's

Remember that transition to an independent  living facility can be expensive, and your parents may still be enjoying their retirement and not ready to “downsize” or leave their home just yet. Remember there are many resources that can help you reduce the risks of living alone for your parents – it may just take some patience to implement the tools when you find them.

If you are worried because you are witnessing a gradual cognitive and physical decline in your parents and need some practical advice, you may want to read our prior article How to Stop Bullying Your Aging Parents! It has some great tips on how to get started with your “care-versation.”

Contact Us: It’s not always easy to know what aging parents expect or need from their adult children. To avoid confrontation, communication is key. Stop being a “bully” to your senior loved ones, remember to treat them with respect while they are trying to protect their independence. It is especially frustrating for families when cognitive and physical impairment begins to set in and family roles are changing. That is when a Home Health Agency such as Regal becomes invaluable. After an assessment, as a neutral third party, our professionals can advise Mom or Dad whether driving is dangerous or grab bars in the bath will be a benefit. And should your parents need more in-home support on a daily basis, Regal provides a broad spectrum of home health services to families tailored to meet their specific needs, as well as those of the parent, their personality and their pocketbook. 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.