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Dec. 14, 2018 - Less sugar, less salt and less fat mean fewer familiar options at the traditional holiday table. But there are ways to enjoy without overindulging or getting off track. If you are a caregiver for someone on a restricted diet, here are some basic tips for healthier holiday eating!
Dec. 9, 2018 - During the holidays everyone sees their to-do lists grow and their schedules fill. It’s an ideal time to take advantage of respite care so caregivers can attend holiday events, shop or spend time with other family members.
Nov. 29, 2018 - From falls on slick, icy sidewalks, driving on dangerous roads and the risks of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning there are many winter safety hazards for seniors. Plus, seniors are at greater risk for hypothermia, and constant cold can make them more vulnerable to illness.
Nov. 19, 2018 - A senior’s health and appearance can change dramatically in just a few months. Some changes – maybe they have a few extra pounds, are a little less spry, or have some minor forgetfulness, for example – are to be expected. That’s just aging. So when should you be concerned about changes in a senior loved one?
Nov. 9, 2018 - Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common bacterial infection in seniors. While they can be treated effectively once diagnosed, UTIs are often misidentified in seniors. How do you know if your senior loved one has a UTI?
Nov. 2, 2018 - After an injury, illness or surgery, your senior loved one may be facing an uphill battle for recovery without some assistance in the home. Home health care services can help with anything a patient needs to speed their recovery.
Oct. 28, 2018 - Chronic disease is the most common reason for preventable hospital readmissions. Senior loved ones may be trying to manage their health, but lack expertise to recognize potential issues, resulting in disease progression, relapse, infections and unnecessary hospitalizations. Home health care has been shown to reduce rehospitalization rates.
Oct. 19, 2018 - Hearing loss the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. More than 30 percent of people between the ages of 65 and 74 have some hearing loss, while hearing loss affects 50 percent for those 75 and older. It can be frustrating for families and seniors, and can even compromise senior safety.
Oct. 12, 2018 - When someone says they feel sick, the first thing we do is put a hand on their forehead to feel for a fever. But for seniors, a fever may be the first sign that something is wrong.
Oct. 5, 2018 - When elderly loved ones can no longer maintain the family home, or when stairs or terrain have become too difficult to navigate, families face the tough decision of downsizing and moving seniors to a safer, smaller space.
Sept. 28, 2018 - Hip fractures change the lives of thousands of seniors every year. Most hip fractures require surgery and physical rehabilitation. It can be a long and challenging road to recovery.
Sept. 24, 2018 - Is your senior loved one restless? Wandering at night? Napping all day? Chances are they are experiencing the sleep disturbance insomnia. While insomnia affects about 50% of senior adults 60 and older, there are ways to alleviate its symptoms.
Sept. 12, 2018 - When a home or weather emergency strikes, you may have only minutes to help a senior loved one evacuate from their residence. When you are setting up and maintaining a household for a loved one with mobility issues, it’s important to plan how they can evacuate the home in case of a fire, storm or other natural disaster or emergency.
Sept. 5, 2018 - Flu vaccination is important for seniors because they are at high risk for secondary illnesses, such as pneumonia, and exacerbation of chronic health conditions such as emphysema and heart disease.
August 30, 2018 - The day-to-day management of diabetes, from cooking healthy meals to following testing and medication schedules, can prove difficult for seniors who may also be coping with other health conditions and mobility issues.
August 24, 2018 - If your loved one has difficulty reading, or has moved their furniture closer and closer to their TV, they may be having vision issues. Here are some simple and inexpensive steps that can make home life safer for seniors with vision issues.
August 17, 2018 - With advances in technology, from smartphones to wearables to whole-home systems, it’s easier than ever for caregivers to keep tabs on elderly loved ones, even from across the country. Technology offers not just safety and security; it can help seniors from feeling isolated.
August 10, 2018 - For seniors with health issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes, following a prescribed diet is essential if they want to stay healthier longer. Restrictions such as low salt or sugar can be more difficult for seniors because as we age, we lose some sense of taste. So how can we keep seniors happy AND healthy at mealtimes?
July 27, 2018 - Sundowning is a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Those caring for loved ones in the mid-stage to advanced stages may find that restlessness, agitation, irritability, or confusion get worse in the late afternoon and evening. Here are some tips for managing sundowning behaviors.
July 20, 2018 - Caring for a loved one with dementia means playing a lot of roles and being on duty 24/7. Here are some of the challenges commonly faced by caregivers and some quick day-to-day coping tips.
July 13, 2018 - PCAs are home care professionals who assist with their day-to-day living activities so people with health conditions can stay in their homes. The most important things a PCA job candidate can bring to the table are commitment and compassion.
July 4, 2018 - For a senior loved one, independence can mean a lot of different things. It may be tied to their ability to drive or to take care of their bills. It may just mean getting to stay in their own home, living their own life, rather than going into an assisted living facility or nursing home. Whatever your senior considers to be their independence, it’s important to have respect and care for that aspect of their life.
June 28, 2018 - When the summer heat is on, it’s easy to become dehydrated, and this is especially true for seniors. Seniors are at higher risk for complications and hospitalizations related to dehydration. It's important to keep an eye on your senior's diet to make sure they are getting adequate fluids to maintain good health.
June 21, 2016 - No one likes to talk about their finances, especially if the conversation is casting doubt on their ability to manage money. For many seniors, managing their own finances is key to their feelings of independence. It’s important to keep tabs on a senior loved one’s finances to ensure that they have the money they need to live today and for the years to come.
June 14, 2018 - With families being more far-flung and mobile than ever before, it's not unexpected that some caregivers have to participate and offer support from afar. It can be a challenging role to manage.
June 8, 2018 - Hot weather brings health risks for seniors, even if they are spending most of their time indoors. Each year, most people who die from heat-related causes are over 50 years old. But there are some simple and inexpensive ways to help keep your loved one cool, comfortable and healthy this summer.
June 1, 2018 - New Medicare cards are going out to millions of seniors across the country, and scammers are taking advantage. Learn how to help protect your senior loved one.
May 23, 2018 - Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65 and up. That’s why it's essential to create an environment that helps prevent falls and accommodates the health issues that put seniors at risk for falling.
May 17, 2018 - Medication dosages, schedules and restrictions can be complicated when you have just one or two prescriptions to manage. But many seniors have a dozen or more medications to juggle daily. Keeping seniors on schedule with their medications is important to maintaining their health. It can also pose a serious health hazard if they take too many pills or skip doses.
May 10, 2018 - When a parent or loved one needs 24-hour care, the first thought may be that the only option is a nursing home or other care facility. But 24-hour home care can help keep those who need more intense medical care in their homes longer and offer family caregivers respite.
May 4, 2018 - Once you decide that home care is the right decision for you, it's time to prepare your loved one and their home for the new caregiver and the new routine. Here are some tips that can make the transition to home care easier for you, your loved one and your caregiver.
April 26, 2018 - How can you tell when a senior loved one is no longer a safe driver? While age alone can’t predict driving ability and safety, getting older can mean slower reflexes, vision issues and health conditions that may impair driving ability. Here are some questions to help you assess their driving skills and safety.
April 19, 2018 - Occupational therapists use exercise and rehabilitation techniques to help seniors with mobility, vision and cognitive issues successfully achieve their daily life activities in their own homes. They can also help families create a safer, healthier environment for their loved ones.
April 13, 2018 - Vaccines are especially important for adults ages 65 and over. As you age, your immune system weakens and less able to fight off illness and infections. Seniors are more vulnerable to flu, pneumonia, and shingles and other illnesses that can come with long-term, or even fatal, complications.
April 3, 2018 - Your healthcare team can help you decide what level of medical care your loved one needs but deciding that a senior needs help with household tasks can be trickier. But more than just unsightly, a dirty or cluttered house is a health hazard for seniors.
March 23, 2018 - Spring cleaning is a great way to sweep out the winter doldrums and welcome the fresh, new season with a clean and organized home. For caregivers whose loved ones have health and mobility issues, it’s also a good opportunity to assess their health and safety.
March 11, 2018 - Personal care aides (PCAs) are home care professionals who assist people with their day-to-day living activities. At Belvedere Home Care, our PCAs serve the elderly, the chronically ill, people with life-limiting conditions and people with physical or mental disabilities.
Feb. 28, 2018 - Belvedere Home Care can offer any combination of medical care, personal care, transportation services and assistance with household tasks. Whether your hours, days or level of care needs change, we are here to assist you.
February 26, 2018 - For seniors who are homebound, loneliness is more than being sad or having a bad day; it can seriously impact their health.
February 14, 2018 - Watching a loved one cope with cardiovascular disease is enough to break your heart. The Belvedere Home Care staff has specialized training and the experience to care for clients living with cardiovascular conditions and help them stay home longer with the benefit of professional care.
February 8, 2018 - ​​​​​​​For seniors living at home, pets can be an important part of their daily lives. More than just companionship, pets can help reduce stress, increase activity, lower blood pressure and increase social interaction.
February 5, 2018 - ​​​​​​​There are many misconceptions about paying for home health care and other forms of long-term care for seniors. The biggest is that people vastly underestimate their potential need and the very real cost.
January 26, 2018 - In the winter months, when you aren’t feeling summer’s heat, it can be easy to forget that you need to drink.
January 14, 2018 - At the beginning of each year, we reflect upon everything that has changed in the last 12 months and plan ahead for what the New Year will bring. It’s also a time many of us make the resolution to be more organized or to stop procrastinating. One task that many families put off far too long is estate planning. If you are taking steps now to get your finances and taxes and budgets settled for the new year, stay in that paperwork-and-planning mind frame and make sure that your…
December 8, 2017 - Sometimes going home for the holidays is bittersweet, especially for adult children traveling long distances to see their parents. A senior’s health and appearance can change dramatically in just a few months. If you haven’t been able to visit older parents since summer, for example, it might surprise you to see how much they have aged.
December 4, 2017 - Cary Myers has been named the new chief financial officer of Belvedere Health Services. “I look forward to contributing to Belvedere’s continued success, and I appreciate very much this new opportunity. Hopefully, I can make a positive impact to the company and I am committed to its vision of caring for and about people, no matter what.”
November 30, 2017 - Caregivers and patients need the support of everyone around them for a safe and healthy holiday season. If you’re a caregiver, make sure everyone is aware of dietary restrictions and any dangers deviations may pose. If everyone thinks they are the only one offering a diabetic just a little piece of dessert or a sip of wine, for example, it won’t take long for trouble to set in. Make sure your family and friends are helping you support your loved one’s good health.
November 27, 2017 - It can be difficult for families to tell the difference between the average mental issues of growing older versus symptoms that can signal the early stages of dementia. The changes may occur so gradually that family hasn’t noticed. The senior may have been able to adjust to problems well enough to disguise more serious issues. Or the family may be reluctant to see and admit that their loved one is having trouble that may require ongoing care. Seniors may at first be…
November 23, 2017 - Everyday life is stressful enough for caregivers. Throw in the pressure to buy 127 gifts, bake a turkey and create a magical wonderland of joy and memories for the whole family, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Caregivers shouldn’t have to dread the holidays. Here are a few quick, easy ways to plan ahead, slow down and get a time out when you can’t take one more fa-la-la.
November 17, 2017 - Deciding a loved one needs help at home can be an emotional decision – for the loved one and the family. But home health care doesn’t mean the family doesn’t care enough, or that the loved one is incapable. It means you want the best care, and time to focus on what’s important rather than struggling through daily tasks. Home health care allows many types of patients to stay in the comfort of their own homes while receiving professional caregiver treatment and monitoring.
November 14, 2017 - For John McCooey, home health care is personal. The Belvedere Home Care president experienced firsthand what it was like to have a loved one unable to stay in their home because the right care was not available. “Belvedere’s mission is to keep people safe in the community,” he said. “We’re a community-based provider, and we’ve been that since day one.”
February 27, 2017 - As the temperatures drop we stockpile firewood, check the weather stripping and pull the snow shovels out of the garage rafters. Don’t forget to get your senior loved ones and their homes ready for winter weather, too! Winter is full of hazards for seniors, from increased falls to hazardous driving to dangerous wind chills. A few easy steps can help you all be prepared and ready for the long season ahead.