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How Can You Help Your Senior to Develop Better Eating Habits?

How Can You Help Your Senior to Develop Better Eating Habits?

 

What Sorts of Treatment Do Bruises Require?

Whether or not your senior needs additional treatment for bruising depends on quite a few factors. If the bruises are not very common and fade fairly quickly, her doctor may tell you not to worry about them.

 

Most of the Time, Bruises Are Fine on Their Own

For the most part, bruises are something that your elderly family member’s body can handle on its own. If her body is struggling with other health conditions or she’s temporarily weakened, bruises can take a longer time to heal. Getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, and generally being healthy often means that there’s not much you can do to help bruises heal faster. If your senior is bruising a lot, though, she needs to talk with her doctor.

 

Learn What Causes Bruises on Your Senior

Your elderly family member’s doctor can help you to determine what is causing bruises to form. She may be taking medications that are making it easier for her to bruise or she may have an underlying health condition that contributes. Once you know what is going on, you can find ways to help avoid bruising if at all possible.

 

Try Cold Compresses Right Away

Some bruises might heal faster if you are able to use an ice pack right away on the area. Just a few minutes is often enough to slow down the bruising and reduce any swelling or pain in the area. Be sure to ask your senior’s doctor if this is something that she can do in the event that she bumps herself and realizes that it’s starting to bruise.

 

Do What You Can to Avoid Bruises

Rearranging the furniture and adding grab bars around your senior’s home may be enough to help her to avoid bumping into things that could bruise her. You may also want to check to see that her shoes are sturdy and fit her well so that she has stable footing. Look for other ways to help her to avoid bumping into anything that might cause a bruise.

Make sure that you let other family members and senior care providers know what the routine is if your senior does get a new bruise. The faster that they can help her to manage a new bruise, hopefully, the less painful it will be for her.

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What Are the Best Ways to Get Nutritional Foods into Your Senior’s Diet?

What Are the Best Ways to Get Nutritional Foods into Your Senior’s Diet?

What your senior needs more than anything else is a nutritionally strong diet. This helps her body to have the building blocks that it needs to keep her as healthy as possible.

 

Talk with Her Doctor

Start out by talking to your aging family member’s doctor about what types of foods she should be eating. Different health conditions can require different dietary changes in order to give your elderly family member the best fuel to work with. You might want to talk with a nutritionist, too, just to get some ideas about how your senior can improve her diet.

 

Opt for Nutritionally-dense Foods

When you plan menus and hit the grocery store, you’re looking for foods that are called “dense” in a nutritional sense. That doesn’t mean that they’re heavy. What it means is that the food packs a lot of nutrition into each serving by way of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients that she needs. They also tend to be lower in calories than other foods are.

 

Eat the Rainbow

Many dieticians and nutritionists recommend “eating the rainbow” as an easy way to get a variety of nutrients into your senior’s everyday diet. This just means including foods that are all sorts of different colors. When you look at your senior’s diet that way, you’ll make sure that she’s getting a wide range of nutritional benefits from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

 

Don’t Completely Remove Foods She Loves

It’s really tempting to tell your senior that now that she’s eating better, cupcakes or other treats are totally off the menu. But that’s not a great way to approach this. If your senior is starting to eat better, then she’s not going to go completely off the rails by having an occasional treat that she enjoys. Remember that this isn’t about punishing your senior. It’s about helping her to eat better.

 

Get Help with Meal Preparation

One of the biggest problems with switching to a new way of eating is that it’s often difficult to keep up with different recipes and cooking styles. Make life easier for both you and your senior and have someone help her with meal preparation. Home care providers can even help with grocery shopping and cleanup, which makes changing to a new eating plan even easier on your elderly family member.

Completely changing how your senior eats is a big task, so remember that you’re not going to make it happen overnight. Start out with small changes and let your senior adjust before you try to add bigger changes to the mix. You’ll get better results and your senior will start to see benefits as you go along.

 

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Four Steps to Take to Make Sure Seniors With Alzheimer’s Don’t Wander Off

Four Steps to Take to Make Sure Seniors With Alzheimer’s Don’t Wander Off

No one wants to find a parent has wandered off. With Alzheimer’s, it can happen with no notice. Even if you think there’s no way it could happen to your family, it’s important to sign up with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Safe Return program. Here are four other steps to take to keep a parent from wandering.

 

Create a Safe Retreat

Create a safe place in the home for your mom or dad to retreat to when fear or discomfort is present. Soothing sounds, colors, and scents all help. Instead of trying to get out of the house, your parent can curl up in the private retreat and “escape” from stress.

 

Make Sure Alzheimer’s Patients Get Lots of Daily Exercises

One of the best ways to keep your mom or dad from wandering is by making sure activities happen throughout the day. If your parent doesn’t have time to nap, chances are higher than your mom or dad will sleep all night. Create a full schedule of outdoor and indoor activities. A brisk walk after dinner can help with one last push to tire your parent out.

 

Install Door Alarms and Locks

Door alarms will notify you if your mom or dad tries to get outside. You’ll be able to keep them from going outside and getting lost. If you don’t like the idea of alarms or want a back-up, locks placed in unusual places will also help. Install a lock at the top of the door or near the floor. Your parent isn’t likely to look for a lock in those areas.

 

Take Care of Physical Needs

Your parent is less likely to get up and start wandering if physical needs like hunger, urge to go to the bathroom, and thirst are present. Make sure your mom or dad eats a snack before bedtime. Limit beverages for a couple hours before bed and have them go to the bathroom after brushing teeth and getting ready for bed. A small cup of water helps ease thirst in the middle of the night.

After your mom or dad does try to wander, you’ll need to take measures to make sure supervision is always available. You might need to split up the day into shifts. You stay up with your mom or dad for a number of hours and your siblings take other shifts.

When there are gaps that no one is available to cover, hire a caregiver. Senior care professionals can watch your mom or dad while you go to work, run errands, or take a break. Call an Eldercare agency to learn more about pricing and services.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Barrington, IL, please contact the caring staff at Inspired Care Home Health today. Call and talk to our friendly caring staff at 847-787-7572.

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What Can Elderly Care Do for a Senior with Heart Disease?

What Can Elderly Care Do for a Senior with Heart Disease?

When an older adult has heart disease, their doctor will probably recommend that they make lifestyle changes to improve their heart health. Making those changes can be difficult, especially for older adults who may have cognitive or mobility issues. That’s where an elderly care provider can make a difference in the heart health of your aging relative. Below are some of the ways that elderly care can help seniors make heart-healthy changes.

 

Cooking Healthy Meals

One of the changes doctors may suggest for heart patients is improving the way they eat. A heart-healthy diet is one that is low in sodium, added sugar, and trans and saturated fats. It includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. An elderly care provider can assist with planning healthy meals. They can also take the older adult grocery shopping, help carry the groceries, and put them away. Elderly care providers can also prepare meals and clean up afterward.

 

Physical Activity

Regular physical activity can help keep blood pressure under control and lower cholesterol levels. It can also help seniors to lose excess weight. An elderly care provider can help your aging relative to be more physically active by going for walks with them, driving them to group exercise classes, or supervising them so that they feel safe exercising at home.

 

Stress Management

Stress can make some aspects of heart disease worse, affecting blood pressure and other risk factors for heart attack. An elderly care provider can assist with stress management by simply giving an older adult less to worry about. Knowing that an elderly care provider will be coming to their home to help them with whatever they need can lower stress levels. Elderly care providers can also take older adults to yoga, tai chi, or meditation classes, all of which can help with stress.

 

Smoking Cessation

If the senior smokes, the doctor will advise them to quit. The doctor may provide medications or other strategies for smoking cessation. An elderly care provider can remind the senior to take the medications or use the techniques provided. They can also be a distraction when the older adult feels the urge to smoke.

 

Attend Medical Appointments

It’s important that your aging relative attend all follow up medical appointments where health care providers will monitor their health. An elderly care provider can transport them to medical appointments and attend to them while they are there. They can also remind older adults about upcoming appointments and assist with maintaining the appointment schedule.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a caregiver in Mount Prospect, IL, please contact the caring staff at Inspired Care Home Health today.
Call and talk to our friendly caring staff at 847-787-7572.

 

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Mayoclinic.org

Nhlbi.nih.gov

 

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Tips for Setting Your Parent Up for Success When Making Decisions

Tips for Setting Your Parent Up for Success When Making Decisions

As a family caregiver, it is your responsibility to find as many ways as you can to help your parent live their highest quality of life.

This goes beyond just addressing their physical health challenges or helping them to stay safe. You should also consider ways that you can support their mental and emotional health and boost their quality of life as well.

One way to do this is through supporting their continued expression of independence and autonomy, and encouraging them to make decisions throughout their life is a great way to do this. Even elderly adults who are dealing with a cognitive functioning decline and memory loss can be active participants in their own lives by making even simple decisions every day.

Just as important as making sure that your parent has the opportunities to make these decisions, however, is ensuring that your parent can make these decisions successfully. This will reduce the risk of frustration or anger that can come from feeling like they cannot come to a decision, or that their decision was not heard or respected.


Use these tips to help set your parent up for success when making decisions:

-Only offer viable options. Rather than asking an open-ended question that your parent could answer with virtually anything, potentially putting you in the position of not being able to do what they decide, structure their decisions. Offer viable options that will allow your parent to evaluate possibilities and come to a conclusion about one that is best for them.

-Streamline decisions. Even if the decisions seem small and are between just two options, making several decisions at one time can be extremely overwhelming for your parent. Streamline their decisions by having them decide between complete options rather than elements of options. For example, rather than asking them what shirt, pants, shoes, and accessories they want to wear, put together two complete outfits and ask them which they would prefer.

-Show your support. Emphasize that you know that your parent can make a good decision or that you trust in their judgment. Saying something like, “You’ve always had such good taste in clothes” or “You always made the most delicious dinners” makes these decisions more about their opinions than just an arbitrary choice. It shows that you love them and acknowledge and appreciate them as an individual, which can motivate them to make more decisions.

 

How can an elderly care provider help?

Being a family caregiver for a senior adult can be stressful, but fortunately, elderly care can be there for you. An elderly care provider can be with your parent on a schedule that is right for them as well as for you to ensure that your senior gets everything that they need to maintain their health, safety, and quality of life both when you are with them and when you are not.

This care can be a tremendous source of stress relief for you. Knowing that your parent is in good hands means that you can step back and focus your energy, attention, time, and resources in the most efficient and meaningful ways. This can be especially beneficial if you are in the sandwich generation caring for your parent and your children, or if you live at a distance from your parent and do not feel you are able to care for them in the way that they need and deserve.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering elderly care in Des Plaines, IL, please contact the caring staff at Inspired Care Home Health today.
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Caregiver Awards

Caregiver Awards

Caregiver Profile

 

Janeschia received $500 Performance bonus for her excellent work ethic, flexibility in working with schedule changes, great client feedback and compassion towards seniors.

Janeschia received $500 Performance bonus for her excellent work ethic, flexibility in working with schedule changes, great client feedback and compassion towards seniors.

Janeschia has been in the healthcare field for 10 years. She enjoys working in the field because she likes to help people in need and those who just need someone to talk to. Janeschia joined Inspired Care about 3 years ago, and during this time she has worked on many cases and received excellent reviews from all the clients she has worked with. Janeschia has a pleasing and caring personality. She likes to joke around to keep the mood light and make seniors laugh. She has helped her supervisor on numerous occasions when and wherever he needed her to work. She manages to find a way to work even at very short notice.
When asked what you like about the company, Janeschia responded, “Working for Inspired Care Home Health is very pleasant. They are very helpful and work around my schedule. My clients are so sweet and loving. They are like my second family. I enjoy working with my clients and at inspired care home health”
Janeschia is indubitably one of the best caregivers and we love to have her as a part of our care team.

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Inspired Care Home Health Honored Among Top Home Care Agencies in the Nation — Named “Caring Star of 2018” for Senior Care Service Excellence!!!!

Inspired Care Home Health Honored Among Top Home Care Agencies in the Nation — Named “Caring Star of 2018” for Senior Care Service Excellence!!!!

Inspired Care Home Health is pleased to announce it has been selected as a “Caring Star of 2018” for in-home care service excellence. In ratings and reviews from family caregivers and cognitively healthy older adults, Inspired Care earned a 5-star consumer rating (the highest possible score) within the last year, while also having a high volume of positive reviews and meeting other qualifying criteria for this national honor. There are only 11 Caring Star 2018 agencies in Cook County, Illinois.

According to the CEO of Inspired Care, Poonam Gupta, “We strive daily to deliver the highest quality in-home care for our clients, and this award helps validate our delivery on that promise. On behalf of our agency’s staff and leadership, Thank You to those who shared positive feedback about the services we offer, and to Caring.com for recognizing us as a Caring Star of 2018.”

“Congratulations to Inspired Care for achieving this award after earning accolades on Caring.com from clients and their loved ones,” said Karen Cassel, Caring.com CEO. “This important milestone speaks volumes about the positive difference Inspired Care is making in serving older adults, and we celebrate their accomplishment.”

Some of the positive feedback that led to Inspired Care being a Caring Star of 2018 includes:

  • Excellent! Inspired Care Home Health is an outstanding provider…”
  • I would recommend Inspired Care Home Health to anyone….”
  • AMAZING!! I have been struggling over which caregiver to choose for my mother…

Read the full text of these reviews at ==> Reviews

To learn more about the Caring Stars program and view the complete winner list, please visit: https://www.caring.com/bestseniorliving

About Us:

Inspired Care is a non-medical home care company that provides professional, affordable, and client-centered care to seniors at home. The company was founded in 2012 by Amit Shrivastava and Poonam Gupta on the Inspiration Philosophy that those who are inspired to care for others pass along that belief to their clients in the form of Excellent Care, Honesty and Integrity. Currently we serve Lake, Cook, McHenry, DuPage and Kane counties within Illinois. Our mission is…To enable seniors to live healthy and with dignity in their chosen place of residence.

For any questions on Home Care, call us today at 847-787-7572 or email us at info@getinspiredcare.com

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Caring Star of 2018

 

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How Can You Get Other Family Members More Involved?

How Can You Get Other Family Members More Involved?

If you’ve been trying too hard to do everything for your elderly family member yourself, you already know that you need help. Her other family members might be a perfect source of extra help, but not if they’re completely uninvolved in the situation.

 

-Go Where They Are

Where are your other family members spending the majority of their free time? Are they on social sites, like Facebook and Twitter? If so, this might be an easy way to spend a little more time around them. Set up a family group on Facebook, for example, and use that to help them stay updated.

 

-Stay in Touch with Them

Look for ways to stay in touch with your senior’s other family members after you establish connections with them. It might be as simple as sending out a group email or setting up a conference call. When they know and understand more about what your senior is facing, they can make more of an effort to be involved.

 

-Ask Them to Visit

If your senior’s other family members live in the same area, ask them to drop by for a visit. Keep in mind that the goal here is simply to spend time with them. This isn’t the time to ask them to stay with your elderly family member while you run errands or ask for other favors. This is an opportunity for them to learn even more about your aging adult’s situation firsthand.

 

-Give Them Time

They may still need some time to adjust to all of this, especially if they’re just learning more about what is going on with your aging family member. The bottom line here is that they’ll be able to help or they won’t and chances are that you need additional help now. So definitely take advantage of the help that you do have and hire home care providers to help fill in the gaps. Giving your senior’s other family members some time to come around on their own helps to avoid resentment later.

Keep in mind that some people are already doing everything that they can. It may not be a lack of desire to be involved that’s keeping them away. You may not know the full situation.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a caregiver in Arlington Heights, IL, please contact the caring staff at Inspired Care Home Health today.
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Home Care Jobs in Barrington, Northbrook, Des Plaines. We are Hiring!

Home Care Jobs in Barrington, Northbrook, Des Plaines. We are Hiring!

PLEASE APPLY AT https://getinspiredcare.com/careers/apply-here/

1) Inspired Care has an IMMEDIATE OPENING (Full-time and Part-time) for Experienced CNA / Caregivers in Barrington IL area to work 1:1 with female.

2) Inspired Care has an IMMEDIATE OPENING (Part-time) for Experienced CNA / Caregivers in Northbrook/Palatine area to work 1:1 Clients.

3) Inspired Care has an IMMEDIATE OPENING (Full-time) for Experienced CNA / Caregivers in Des Plaines area for a sweet lady in her 80s.

ABOUT US: Inspired Care Home Health is an AWARD WINNING Non-Medical Home Care Company that provides professional, affordable and client-centered care to seniors in their homes. We serve Lake, Cook, McHenry, Kane and DuPage Counties of Illinois.

We have:

– GREAT PAY,

– HEALTH INSURANCE,

– LIFE INSURANCE OF $50K

– DISCOUNT ON CELL PHONE BILLS,

– EXCELLENT BONUSES,

– FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE,

– 90% EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION RATE

– OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE

JOB DUTIES:

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Ensure client safety, provide companionship and assist with Activities of Daily Living

– Observe and report any safety hazards or change in client conditions to supervisor

– Assist with food preparation; serve food, performs errands, light housekeeping, laundry, wash dishes

– Follow care plan as well as written and oral instructions provided by Supervisor

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

– Must be a Caregiver / Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the state of IL

– Minimum of 1 years of home care experience preferred (lesser experience may be considered).

– Must have a reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance

– Should be able to read, write, speak and understand English

– Demonstrate compassion, responsibility, and cheerful attitude

– Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training is a plus

PLEASE APPLY AT: https://getinspiredcare.com/careers/apply-here/

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

 

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Talking to Your Aging Parent About Their Diet During Diet Resolution Week

Talking to Your Aging Parent About Their Diet During Diet Resolution Week

January 1st through 7th is Diet Resolution Week. This is the ideal opportunity for you and your aging parent to evaluate their weight, their eating habits, their activity level, and their health and begin to make changes that can help them to stay happier, healthier, and more fulfilled as they age in place. It is very important that before you make any major changes to your parent’s diet or encourage them to start any physical activity, that you discuss these changes with their doctor to ensure that they are safe and healthy for your parent. Sitting down and talking to your parent’s doctor can also be a fantastic way to get recommendations and suggestions for the types of dietary restrictions and guidelines that may be best for your senior considering their individual health and any conditions that they may have.

 

Use these tips to help you talk to your aging parent
about their diet during Diet Resolution Week:

 

-Talk to them about any dietary restrictions or guidelines that they have received from their doctor. Make sure that they understand not just what these restrictions and guidelines are, but also why the doctor gave them to them. Understanding these better is an important part of encouraging your parent to be compliant and an active part of making these changes.

 

-Ask your parents about their favorite foods. Even if they have restrictions, it is likely that you will be able to help them find healthy alternatives to the flavors and food that they enjoy the most so that these changes do not seem as daunting and unpleasant

 

-Talk to your parent about basic dietary concepts such as how many calories that they should have in a day and the importance of eating a varied diet. Many elderly adults come from a time when a meat and potatoes diet as the norm and there was not as much understanding about the importance of getting the full range of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients.

 

How can senior care help?

Starting senior care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make during the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be in the home with your parent on a fully customized schedule, meaning that they will have continued and reliable access to the support, care, assistance, and companionship that they need to manage their individual needs and challenges, as well as to support their quality of life.

The highly personalized services that such a caregiver can provide will help your aging parent stay healthy, safe, happy, and comfortable, while also encouraging them to live a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care in Palatine, IL, please contact the caring staff at Inspired Care Home Health today. Call and talk to our friendly caring staff at 847-787-7572.

 

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