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Fall Prevention for Seniors Begins with Pre-Planning

Fall prevention for seniors is most effective when handled proactively.

Falls among older people are all too frequent and may have serious outcomes. Taking protective measures is key in effective fall prevention for seniors, such as assessing the home for fall dangers like area rugs or other trip and fall hazards, insufficient lighting, and a lack of appropriate grab bars and railings. But there is a new strategy being strongly recommended now: making a fall plan of care, which, when utilized correctly, has been shown to reduce fall-related emergency room visits up to 40%.

So while we absolutely do not want to plan for a senior loved one to fall, we are able to be better equipped by helping the person take the following actions:

Remain vigilant – Avoid letting your brain wander and instead keep your full focus … Read More »



Fall Prevention: Keep Seniors Safe with Help from Our Tri Valley Home Care Experts

Hired Hands Homecare shares details on how to keep seniors safe from falls.

You may have at one time been by a senior loved one’s side at the hospital or doctor’s office and noticed the medical worker attaching a colorful “FALL RISK” band to his or her wrist. Notifying those providing care to this possibility allows additional measures to keep seniors safe during medical treatments. However, did you realize that ongoing, everyday life can pose a fall risk danger to those diagnosed with the following conditions?

Arthritis

Osteoporosis, a bone density disorder that can also increase a person’s chances of fracturing a hip

Vertigo

Cerebrovascular insufficiency

Neurologic disability (stroke)

Postural hypotension (sudden decrease in blood pressure)

Diabetes

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Can Planning for Senior Falls Actually Prevent Them?

Senior falls can have serious consequences, but with a plan, the risk for falls can be greatly reduced.

Senior falls are all too frequent and may have serious outcomes. Taking preventative measures is key, such as examining the house for fall risks like area rugs and various tripping hazards, inadequate lighting, and a lack of appropriate grab bars and railings. But there is also a new strategy being advised now: creating a fall plan of care, which, when utilized correctly, has been shown to reduce fall-related emergency room visits up to 40%.

So while we absolutely don’t want to plan for a loved one to fall, we are able to be better equipped by helping the person take the following steps:

Stay vigilant – Avoid letting your mind wander and instead maintain your full focus on your surroundings.
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Prevent Senior Falls with These Tips From Hired Hands Homecare

Hired Hands Homecare offers tips to prevent senior falls.

Falling is never fun, but for an older adult, a fall can result in devastating effects, like a fractured hip, which can escalate to a full range of additional health problems. A full 25% of seniors who fracture a hip end up dying within six months of the injury; a shocking, yet preventable statistic.

Taking time to make some simple modifications to the home can help create a safer environment for your senior loved ones and help prevent dangerous senior falls. Below are some easy home modification ideas from the home care Marin CA services team at Hired Hands Homecare that can be implemented to help lower the risk of falls for the elderly.

Lighting:

Replace light bulbs routinely to ensure there is sufficient illumination in … Read More »



Take a Stand to Prevent Falls!

Posted on September 16th, by Mark Winter in Aging, Caregivers, Homecare. No Comments

Did you know that ONE out of every THREE seniors aged 65+ falls each year.  The more tragic statistic is that EVERY 13 seconds, a senior is treated in the emergency room because of a fall!  Let’s put needed focus and attention towards minimizing this enormous problem!

The Eighth Annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day will be celebrated on September 23, 2015 – the first day of fall.  As such, we’d love to spread the word about all things Fall Prevention. A great information sheet is the NCOA-6-Steps-to-Prevent-a-Fall which includes 6 easy tips that can be used to avoid falls.  This is great information, and are easy ways that we can become aware on how to stay safe, and reduce the likelihood of a fall.

Over in the East Bay, the Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley presents “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls”.  Please join … Read More »



Seniors and Technology: The Perfect Match for These 5 Common Concerns

Seniors and technology are the perfect match when facing these issues.

Whether you are looking to tune a guitar, study a new language, or just add cats’ ears to a selfie, there is an app for that! And when it comes to seniors and technology, specifically when older adults choose to age in place at home, high-tech tools are often an extremely important component in increasing safety, comfort, and overall quality of life.

Take Amazon’s Alexa, as an example. Whereas its current benefits for seniors are numerous, such as the ability to track sugar levels, make doctor appointments, and research information related to a specific health issue, it’s actually poised to dig even further into the medical care arena – possibly even detecting heart attacks and helping doctors obtain precise diagnoses.

Here are a few additional technology … Read More »



How to Have a Safe Stroke Recovery

Posted on May 14th, by Mark Winter in Aging, Benefits of Home Care, Homecare, Senior Health. No Comments

Hired Hands Homecare of Napa can help make sure that your loved one’s home is safe and sound for stroke recovery.

Surviving and going through recovery after a stroke is both an emotionally and physically challenging experience, and the only thing you wish to do is to get back to your regular life. But, given that around 2/3rds of stroke survivors usually have some type of disability, according to the National Stroke Association, in-home safety modifications may be needed to make post-stroke life easier and safer.

The encouraging news is that there are some basic measures that can make the home safer and more accessible for stroke recovery. Below are several post-stroke home alteration guidelines from Hired Hands Homecare:

Fall Prevention:

Approximately 40% of stroke survivors suffer serious falls within a year after their strokes. These suggestions can help protect against trips … Read More »



Providing Elderly Care in Napa | Caring for a Parent With Parkinson’s

Posted on April 18th, by Mark Winter in Dementia, Health, Parkinson's, Senior Health. No Comments

Learn tips on caring for a parent with Parkinson’s disease.

A large number of older adults with Parkinson’s disease receive the largest part of their care at home from loved ones, specifically during the earlier levels of the disease. As the leader in elderly care in Napa and the surrounding area, we at Hired Hands Homecare are aware of the unique concerns experienced by family members who are care providers for a parent with Parkinson’s, and want you to know you’re not alone! We are always available to offer recommendations and to partner with you in making sure your loved one is receiving the highest quality care at all times.

To begin with, it’s very helpful to keep these Parkinson’s-specific tips in mind:

Nutrition: A healthy diet helps lessen cell loss in an individual with Parkinson’s. Getting plenty of antioxidants, like … Read More »



Providing the Highest Quality Solano County Home Care

Posted on June 27th, by Marissa Snook in . Comments Off on Providing the Highest Quality Solano County Home Care

With the distinct honor of being one of the very first counties in California, Solano County is steeped in history – not to mention natural beauty – offering seniors who live here a wealth of opportunities to learn, explore, and be amazed! Hired Hands Homecare is pleased to provide the professional Solano County home care California seniors deserve, including safe, reliable transportation and accompaniment to whatever destination an older adult’s heart desires.

For instance, there are a variety of fascinating museums right within Solano County, where you can always learn something new, such as the Benicia Historical Museum. It’s also always fun to view birds and other wildlife at the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, or the stunning gardens at the UC Davis Arboretum. Whatever piques a senior’s interest, you can count on Hired Hands Homecare to make it happen!

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Providing Care for Parkinson’s Disease

Posted on April 8th, by Marissa Snook in . No Comments

A person with Parkinson’s disease may visit the doctor for a half hour 4 times a year. But what about the senior care Napa, CA residents with Parkinson’s need for the other 8,758 hours each year?

Here are some practical day-to-day tips to assist a caregiver in maximizing the independence, safety, and activities of daily living for a loved one with Parkinson’s.

Maintain a Healthy Diet: A well-balanced diet can help to reduce cell loss in a person with Parkinson’s. Consuming antioxidants can also help to fight oxidative stress.

Sources of antioxidants include blueberries, broccoli, spinach, green tea, dark chocolate, dried fruits and beans, avocado, asparagus, walnuts and almonds, and grape juice or red wine. In addition, make sure any vitamins the doctor has recommended are taken.

Swallowing Difficulties: Persons with Parkinson’s often experience difficulties chewing, moving food from one part of the mouth … Read More »




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