The caregiver/patient relationship can often be tenuous and difficult. Home care is a stressful setting that typically involves great sickness or disability and within that, it is easy for tempers to flare and patience to run thin. This is unfortunate, however, because in addition to being a difficult relationship, the caregiver/patient relationship is also an immensely important one.
Everyone is susceptible to falling. Younger people usually suffer no ill effects or if they do, the injury is minor and causes no long-term harm. Falls among older people, however, are a different story.
Every year, one in three older adults falls but only less than half of them tell their healthcare providers about it.
There are few settings where positive energy is more important than a home care environment. Home care sometimes involves great sadness and difficult situations and while it is important to respect those things as realities, it is also important to go to great lengths to magnify positivity on every level.
Fortunately, there are many easy steps caregivers and residents can take to bring positive energy into the home.
Inflammation provides a necessary function in the human body, as inflammation is a natural reaction of the immune system when battling infectious agents and removing damaged cells. Though inflammation is necessary for healing the body, too much inflammation can also pose a problem.
Particularly, inflammation is a concern when the body “overreacts” or instigates inflammation even when there are no harmful pathogens present,
Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. Your body uses water to maintain temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints.
It is important to drink throughout the day to replace the water your body loses. Water makes up more than half your body weight.
When we prepare for our retirement and old age, we worry about things like money, future living situation, kids, grand kids, friends etc. What many of us forget to take into account is how boring life age can become. In our older age, kids are busy in their own lives and our friends live in different parts of the city or country.
Caregivers do more than just look after their patients and attend to their needs. They nurture, and foster a bond that makes them almost a part of the family. Sometimes, they provide more than what is required of them.
Many patients spend a majority of the last years of their lives with their caregivers,
Eating right plays a huge role in maintaining good health, which is especially crucial for the aging population, where malnutrition is associated with a weaker immune system and slower healing. But with all the foods out there and all the commotion over one vitamin supplementation over the other, which are the ones we should pay attention to?
Heat stroke is most likely to affect older people who live in apartments or homes lacking air conditioning or good airflow. Other high-risk groups include people of any age who don’t drink enough water, have chronic diseases, or who drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
Symptoms of heat stroke include:
- Core body temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit
- Throbbing headache
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Lack of sweating despite the heat
Physical activity provides long-term health benefits for everyone! By being active, you will burn calories that you store from eating throughout the day and—it can be as easy as walking the dog or as rigorous as running a marathon. It’s never too late to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle.
Regular physical activity can produce long term health benefits.