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Coping with Solitude

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Caregiver Elderly CareGrowing old is as inevitable as death and some people experience the worst situations in their life. There comes a point in everyone’s life where one reaches an age one can no longer continue to live as happily as the rest of the younger people. Thinking of it is depressing enough especially when you consider all the other things that come with age, like declining health.

Loneliness And Senior Cares Services

You would hope that when you reach your “twilight years” you have someone to share that time with you, but often times, people grow old alone either in their own homes or in retirement villages. When you have your health to consider you will have to think about getting an in home senior care service provider. With children away and continuously declining health, you will realize at some point that you do need someone to help you around the house, besides administering to your health, a senior home care service provider can ward off the loneliness that comes with being old and alone. Loneliness and old age seem to go together, and places that offer senior care services always incorporate health care with activities to keep the elderly occupied.

What the statistics say?

According to the latest statistics, the U.S. 10 million elderly people suffer from solitude. Loneliness can be so bad; it might bring about suicidal thoughts in about 16% of people who are over the age of 65. Loneliness is brought by boredom and monotony. Loneliness can bring about feelings of worthlessness, an emotion that can be dispelled by having a hobby or being involved in activities that are worthwhile to people other than yourself.

When loneliness turns into depression?

The subject of loneliness makes experts of everyone who has an opinion about anything. Having company helps but the truth of the matter is that loneliness can be an emotional matter that demands your dealing with the solutions on your own, and in your own way. Having company help, even if it's for a little while and if you have an in home senior care service provider, you could have the company you need. Some of the frustrations that come with loneliness are brought on by the simple lack of companionship. When loneliness results in depression then you should seek professional counseling.

Anxiety Problems in Seniors

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elderly careOld age is something that a lot of people dread; it is something that is inevitable and not easy to deal with.  There are hundreds of nursing homes and old-age care centers that provide physical health and emotional problems and a few caregivers in Miami offer solutions that deal with anxiety and depression. Anxiety in seniors can be supported in two forms, psychotherapy that involves drug treatment or one that simply involves talk therapy.

So which of these two therapies is most effective? Effectiveness depends on the level and degree of anxiety. Some people might be too far-gone to hope that just talking about it will help; this is where the use of anti-anxiety drugs would be more beneficial. Some people might really be suffering from loneliness for which there is no better drug than having people to talk to. When considering home care agencies, look for those that engage patients in some form of activity that keep their minds occupied as much as they keep their bodies in shape and in good health.

Home care agencies that consider that the elderly need more than health care, but emotional health as well, will incorporate counseling either on a one-on-one basis or as a group activity. For elderly in home care, one needs a caregiver who understands the complexities and emotional aspects of growing old and finding themselves alone.  For a caregiver, it is imperative that they establish a rapport with their elderly patients to help them deal with feelings of anxiety, loneliness and depression.

According to a study conducted by the U.S National Institute of Mental Health, 25% of elderly people whether they are receiving elderly in home care services or not will experience some sort of emotional problem that they might need to treat with drugs. Depression and anxiety are the foremost mental/ emotional issues that the elderly will have to deal with, and caregivers need to know how to deal with these issues.

The Need of a Senior Care Professional at Home

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Portrait of the elderly womanIn Home Senior care covers health care services that can be performed at the patient's home by a professional health practitioner. Most in home senior care services are performed by part time nurses who provide health services like nursing, physical therapy and management of medical conditions or diseases for elderly patients in their own homes. It goes without saying that being in an environment that is warm and familiar like your own home can do wonders for a person's health. The quality and amount of medical treatment one gets from an in home senior care service can enhance the healing process.

The advantage of caregivers at home is:

The patient gets more than just care, but emotional help too. The patient can gain his or her independence back sooner than someone who is confined to a hospital bed. Senior care at home allows patients to get more involved in their own recovery than what a hospital would allow.

Senior care at home includes more than just nursing services but includes medical social work, physiotherapy and any other therapies that are prescribed for patients. In home senior care where nursing is primary, tasks like IV drips, caring for wounds and more technical health services is more involved. The family can get involved in the care of the elderly person when he or she is sick.

Having a medically trained person can help the family understand what is going on with the elderly patient to render support and treatment; it can also allow people to have a handle on the financial aspects of medical treatments.

For families with a caregiver, basic activities that happen around a sick elderly person like changing bed sheets, sponge baths, cooking the right foods are handled much better.

With in home senior care, no one has to interrupt their lives to take care of a sick elderly person; the family can be close to the patient and enjoy whatever time they get in the safety of their home.

Taking care of someone who is sick and elderly at home by yourself can be emotionally draining even if you have the right qualifications to do so. That little bit of stress will build up over time because the elderly tend to get sicker more often than most people. It is better for all concerned to have a health care person in home.

Senior Living Options & Costs

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Our friends at Alert 1 - Medical Alert Systems have created a very interesting infographic regarding the cost and options of senior care living. We know many are estimating costs and compering alternatives. We have decided to share with our comunity this detailed Infographic as we feel it provides an accurate respresentation of the senior community in South Florida. senior-living-options-and-costs

In Home Care Services for Seniors

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Dehydration in Ederly: How to avoid and get noticed about it

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Elderly Dehydration

In order to function properly doing  organic tasks like, for example, regulate body temperature through sweating, maintain blood pressure, and eliminate bodily waste it is neccesary taking an adequate amount of fluid for the body.

Dehydration occurs when a person loses more water than they  drink. In general, a human can survive for only about four days without any fluids. If severe enough, dehydration can lead to confusion, weakness, urinary infections, pneumonia, bedsores in bed-ridden patients, or even death avery.

 There is a high risk for Dehydration in elderly people. High blood pressure pills or anti-depressants, are diuretic; also some medications may cause patients to sweat more.

 Get noticed for signs of illness in a loved one can be hard. Some signs show up quite clearly, while others have a more subtle effect on daily living.

We have to consider too that  a person's sense of thirst becomes less acute as they age and caregivers couldn´t sense that they need fluids. For this reason, dehydration, depending on the severity, sometimes creates only small telltale signs while having a big effect on the body, especially in the elderly.Illness, especially one that causes vomiting and/or diarrhea, also can cause elderly dehydration.

That normal level of hydration varies widely from person to person. Contrary to the mantra that everyone should drink eight glasses of water every day, Kenney says there is nothing scientific to back that up. "People misinterpreted that to be, it had to be liquid and it had to be water," he says.

Doctors recommends monitoring body weight to keep track of hydration levels. To monitor body weight, one should be weighed every morning. If they've lost two pounds or more from the day before, and especially if they feel thirsty or have a headache, they're probably dehydrated. Perhaps because of that delay in diagnosis, elderly dehydration is a frequent cause of hospitalization (one of the ten most frequent admitting diagnoses for Medicare hospitalizations, according to the Health Care Financing Administration), and it can be life-threatening if severe enough. Other signs of dehydration to look for: confusion, problems with walking or falling, dizziness or headaches, dry or sticky mouth and tongue, sunken eyes, inability to sweat or produce tears, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure or blood pressure drops when changing from lying to standing, and constipation or decrease in urine output. Also check for a decrease in skin turgor-pull up the skin on the back of the hand for a few seconds; if it does not return to normal within a few seconds, the person is dehydrated. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit – Fruits and vegetables can contain more than 75% water as well as much needed vitamins and minerals. Drink sparkling water or fruit juice – These beverages are a sweeter alternative to water, while still avoiding excess sugar and calories. Avoid salt – Salt greatly increases your chances of dehydration. If you choose to use salt, try sea salt or lower sodium salt.