Professional Elderly Home Care Services: The Need of Modern Times

In recent times, most adult children with aged parents face an ever increasing and multifaceted challenge when their parents enter their golden years. This becomes particularly evident when they may also have to deal with other medical conditions, or even the unfortunate passing away of one parent especially if they were the primary caregiver for the couple. Also noteworthy is the push towards reduced length of stay at hospitals by most insurance companies, as well as the growing trend with the baby boomer generation to stay in their own homes, as against the traditional notion of nursing homes.  The question then arises as to how best to care for them while helping them maintain their privacy and dignity all in the comfort of their homes.

Professional elderly home care services are modern responses to these challenges as they aim to provide the best possible care for not just the elderly, but for the whole family unit in the comfort of their homes. Licensed and regulated to ensure adequate consumer protection, industry professionalism and standards, home health care services caring for seniors is fast becoming the main stay of our modern society.

Home care service providers take all the necessary steps to ensure your loved ones are properly cared for at home. From simple everyday activities like bathing, dressing, meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, shopping, doctors’ appointments, to more professional services like assessments, medication and disease management and to something as simple, but very important as providing companionship to clients. The introduction of respite care also tries to solve the challenge of sometimes overburdened care givers, giving them time to relax and recharge away from the altruistic but sometimes challenging task of caring for a loved one. Working with your doctor(s) and family members, the flexibility of the process allows you to customize your care; activities and hours of the day, to meet your exact need and budget, cutting waste and allowing for conservative and effective use of resources.

 So, what are you waiting for? Contact the professional care team today and get the advantage of best home care agencies or services for your loved ones as they deserve nothing but the best. 

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Written by Elite HomeCare Admin

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10 Foods You’re Eating Wrong

Not all food is created equal if prepared the wrong way. See which mistakes you could be making with some of your favorites.

 

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Imagine the following scenario. You’re engaged in conversation at a dinner party with friends that you feel comfortable enough to discuss “hot button” topics with. Politics, religion, and parenting techniques probably come up and most likely, the views vary by person. When I attend dinner parties, however, the issue of food is often the hot topic of the night, and even hotter, the opinions surrounding the right and wrong way to eat. It’s not enough these days that we are eating more kale (thank you trendy farmers markets and Hollywood celebrities!), we have to now dissect the right and wrong way to eat it as well. It was discussions like these that motivated me to write this blog. After all, my career surrounds helping people to simply eat better — to get, what I call, the most bang for their nutritional buck. There are many factors that impact the amount of nutrients that you will derive from a food. Things such as cooking and ripening method, food pairing and even your owngut flora may impact how much benefit you get from plant-based foods. Different varieties of foods affect this as well. Not all nuts, apples or as you’ll read in my first example, potatoes are created equal. If you’re interested in knowing how science views the best way to eat, then read on. Spoiler alert: Raw is not always the right way to go!
Potatoes
Think you’re getting the benefits of the potato vegetable when you consume French fries, mashed or baked potatoes from white potatoes? Think again! One study found that it was purple potatoes that gave the best benefits, like lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk for cancer. Further, a 2014 study found that purple potatoes surpassed their white counterparts when it came to high amounts of polyphenols and decreased effect on overall blood sugar response.

Carrots
As fall gears up, our love of soup increases as well. Next time you’re making a batch of chicken noodle soup, resist the urge to cut up your carrots. One study found that cutting carrots increased surface size and allowed more nutrients to leach out. That means after washing and peeling, your carrots should hit the water in their whole form. Keep cooking (vs. raw) though. One study found that cooking carrots increased the bioavailability of carotenoids.

Tea
If you want high nutrient absorption with your high tea, then forget about doing as the Brits do it! Several studies have shown that adding milk to your tea may actually take away some of the cardiovascular benefits that tea provide. Going with green tea? Add a little juice instead to sweeten. The vitamin C in juice may help to increase the bioavailability of green tea’s nutrients.

Garlic
Don’t rush your garlic, CRUSH your garlic! Research indicates that crushing your garlic and allowing to sit for at least ten minutes released an enzyme called allicin that has been shown to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by making platelets less sticky or more likely to flow freely through the cardiovascular system.

Salad dressing
Fat free dressing may seem like a good idea in theory, but when you look at what you give up; it’s no match for the full fat counterpart. Several studies have shown the benefits that fat has when dressing your greens, from keeping you fuller and more satisfied after consumption to getting more nutrient absolution from your salad (specifically from lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin).

Apples & Pears
Let your fruit ripen up a bit! One study found that the ripening process allowed the breakdown of chlorophyll in ripening apples and pears which, in turn, produced more “highly active” antioxidants in the fruit.

Broccoli
Broccoli is, without doubt one of the best foods you can feed your body! Broccoli is part of the brassica family of foods, a family that has shown to be quite effective in terms of prevention of certain cancers from breast cancer to skin cancer , but how you prepare your broccoli makes all the difference in the world. A 2008 study found that steaming was the only cooking method that completely preserved, and even increased, the cancer fighting components of broccoli. Boiling and frying were found to be the worst cooking methods. Still don’t want to ditch the boiled broccoli? Pairing with a spicy food may help! A 2012 study found that adding spicy foods to broccoli increased its cancer fighting power and the spicier the better according to the study authors!

Mustard
Mustard in any form is a fabulous condiment to add to sauces, salads and sandwiches, but if you’re interested in decreasing overall inflammation as well as reducing your risk for certain cancers then you better keep your mustard choices simple. That’s right! It’s the cheap yellow mustard options that have the best benefits. Why? Because they contain a compound called curcumin (that’s the active ingredient in turmeric) that not only gives cheap yellow mustard its yellow color, but all of its potential health benefits as well!
While the factors discussed in this blog have an impact on the best ways to consume your foods, the truth is, simply adding these foods to your diet is a huge step in the right direction. Once you have mastered a liking for these healthier food options, the next logical step is to prepare in the best way for maximum nutrient density!

 

Content From: EverydayHealth
By Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD

The Skinny on Skin Problems

Skin problems are common among the elderly. Some skin conditions are considered a normal part of aging, while others may indicate an underlying health problem. Here are the most common skin conditions that affect elderly people, and how to treat them:

Dry Skin

Dry, flaking skin is by far the most common skin problem among the elderly, affecting 75% of people over the age of 65, according to MedScape. The loss of oil glands (which help to keep the skin soft) is the main cause of dry skin. Dry skin gets itchy, which results in lots of scratching or picking at the skin. Dry skin can also become cracked and in severe cases, can bleed or become infected.

Treating dry skin:

  • Use a cleansing soap that has moisturizer or is formulated for dry skin
  • Use body lotion with containing Eucerin

If you are applying the appropriate moisture and not noticing an improvement, try gently exfoliating to slough off old skin cells. Bathe your loved one every other day, rather every day

  • Check water temperature. Water that is too hot can dry out the skin
  • Choose cotton clothing, rather than polyester or other synthetic fabrics and avoid tight clothing
  • Use a soft washcloth for bathing and showering, rather than loofahs or products that contain
  • Increasewater consumption to keep the skin hydrated
  • Avoid caffeine, which can cause itching
  • Use humidifiers and vaporizes to get more moisture in the air

Bruising

While it may take quite a bit of force to cause a bruise in a young child, even minor bumps and scrapes may cause extensive bruising in an elderly person. Blood vessels become more fragile as we age, and bruising may even occur without prior injury.

Treating bruises:

  • Apply a cold compress to the bruise. This reduces the blood flow to the area, reduces the size of the bruise and decreases inflammation.
  • Avoid medications that cause bruising, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, Advil, and naproxen).
  • People who take medicines that reduce clotting (“blood thinners“) or have clotting abnormalities should seek the advice of a physician or other health-care provider immediately,
  • If the bruise takes up a large area of the leg or foot, the leg should be kept elevated as much as possible
  • Be on the look-out for other signs of elder abuse

Pressure Sores and Bed Sores

A pressure ulcer or bed sore is an open wound on the skin that occurs as a result of the person lying in the same position for extended periods of time. Pressure sores typically happen when a person is confined to bed or a chair.

Treating pressure ulcers:

  • Avoid long periods of time being in the same position. Turn the person over every few hours.
  • Make sure the mattress isn’t too hard. Gel mattresses or alternating air pressure mattresses can help alleviate pressure sores.
  • Massage the body occasionally to increase circulation.
  • Brush Liquid Band-aid over the wound to help it heal.

BY MARLO SOLLITTO

Via https://www.agingcare.com/Articles/senior-skin-problems-146550.htm