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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.

 

Sources

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.
Call and talk to our friendly caring staff at 847-787-7572.

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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.
Call and talk to our friendly caring staff at 847-787-7572.

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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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How Can You Help Prevent Skin Irritation From Bathing?

How Can You Help Prevent Skin Irritation From Bathing?

As a family caregiver, it is likely that one of the personal care tasks that you help your aging parent with is bathing. Whether you give them reminders so that they bathed independently or provide physical support and assistance, ensuring that your parent bathe regularly and effectively is an important part of keeping them physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy and well. It is important, however, to recognize that bathing can also lead to skin irritation because elderly adults tend to have skin that is thinner, more fragile, and more sensitive. Taking the proper steps to protect your parent’s skin from irritation can reduce the risk of damage, discomfort, pain, and infection.


Some ways that you can help your parents prevent skin irritation while bathing include:


-Avoid excessive bathing
. Unless it is very hot outside, they are especially active, or there are other extenuating circumstances, most elderly adults do not need to bathe more than once a day, or even every day. Bathing too frequently dries out the skin and leaves it vulnerable and uncomfortable.

 

-Make sure that your aging parent does not bathe or shower in water that is too hot. Hot water is irritating and drying, and elderly adults are more prone to scalding. This is especially important if your aging parent suffers from diabetes and neuropathy which can lead them to not be able to feel pain or extreme temperatures.

 

-Choose cleansers that do not contain irritating colors, fragrances, chemicals, or other additives. Avoid exfoliators that are rough or coarse, as these can actually tear your parent’s skin.

 

-Encourage your parent to apply a high-quality moisturizer to their skin after bathing. Pat their skin dry and apply the moisturizer when the skin is still warm and damp for maximum absorption. Look for moisturizers that do not have water or alcohol listed as a first ingredient, that do not contain irritating colors or fragrances, and that contain natural emollients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, or olive oil.

 

-Discourage the use of very rough textured bathing tools such as natural sponges, loofahs, and exfoliating mitts as these can be too rough for elderly skin.

 

If you have been considering ways to enhance your aging parent’s quality of life, support a more fulfilling lifestyle, and help them to remain as healthy as possible throughout their later years, now may be the ideal time for you to start elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can create a highly personalized set of services tailored towards your parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations.

Through these services, the care provider will help your parent manage their needs in the way that is right for them while also supporting a lifestyle that is as independent and fulfilling as possible. This means that your parent can stay happy, healthy, safe, and comfortable, while also remaining compliant with their medications and other guidelines from their doctor, keep their mind stimulated and healthy, and engage with the world around them as much as possible. As their family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that your parents are in the best hands both when you are with them and when you are not.

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

https://www.parentgiving.com/elder-care/seniors-and-skin-health/

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Is Your Aging Parent at Increased Risk of Developing Crohn’s Disease?

Is Your Aging Parent at Increased Risk of Developing Crohn’s Disease?

Approximately 780,000 people throughout the United States are currently living with the inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn’s disease. This condition can range from mild symptoms that are uncomfortable but do not detract from daily life, to severe that negatively impact function and quality of life.

Though this condition generally appears in people between the ages of 15 and 35, it can and does occur later in life as well, and some people may live with the condition for years before receiving a proper diagnosis. Understanding the risk factors for this disease can help you to determine if your parent is at increased risk of suffering this disease and what you can do to help them reduce the risk.

 

Some risk factors associated with Crohn’s disease include:

-Being of white or Eastern European Jewish descent, though the instance of the disease among blacks is also increasing

-Having a blood relative, particularly a close blood relative, who has been diagnosed with either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, both of which are described under the blanket term IBD, or irritable bowel disease

-Smoking cigarettes

-Living in an urban environment that causes exposure to environmental factors such as pollution

-History of frequent use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications

 

If you are concerned that your aging parent might be at increased risk of suffering this disease or know that they are increased risk and have noticed symptoms that worry you, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor to discuss their health and their risk. The doctor can help you to understand this disease and support you in giving your parent the care that they need to protect their health and to manage issues as they arise.

How can home care services help?

Starting elderly care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them. Bringing an elderly home care services provider into your parent’s care routine can ensure that they have access to the care, support, and assistance that they need to manage their challenges and limitations in the way that is right for them.

Whether you are in the sandwich generation caring for your elderly parent and your children and therefore have a very busy schedule, you live at a distance from your parent and are unable to be with them as often as you would like, or you have your own limitations that keep you from being able to fulfill your parent’s needs effectively, elderly care can give you peace of mind. Knowing that this care provider is with your parent lets you know that they have access to highly personalized services designed with their health, safety, and quality of life in mind, while still keeping you involved every step of the way.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care services 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.

Source:
https://www.crohnsandcolitis.com/crohns?cid=ppc_ppd_ggl_cd_da_chron%27s_disease_Exact_64Z18677450

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Differences Between the Flu Vaccine and the High-Dose Vaccine

Differences Between the Flu Vaccine and the High-Dose Vaccine

The flu is a contagious disease that often comes with a fever, chills, headache, persistent cough, muscle and body aches, and fatigue. Many people get over it with lots of rest and proper nutrition and hydration. For some, the symptoms worsen and can lead to pneumonia. Protection through vaccinations can help prevent the flu.

You go to a clinic, pharmacy, or doctor’s office to make sure your mom gets her flu shot. The first question you hear is: “Does she want the high-dose flu vaccine?”


Here’s the difference between the two, and why it’s important 
to consider the high-dose shot.


-Regular Flu Shot

There are two types of flu shots. One contains the flu virus strains that are grown in eggs and then injected into the muscle. The other involves growing the virus in a culture of cells and is injected into the skin. An allergy to eggs can influence which vaccine a person gets.

Once injected, the body begins to build antibodies to the virus. Once these antibodies are developed, it can keep the flu virus from developing. If a person is exposed to the flu before the antibodies finish developing, symptoms are milder, and the disease’s duration is shorter.

 

-High-Dose Flu Vaccine

Fluzone High-Dose is a flu vaccine designed for the elderly. It’s designed to help improve immunity in seniors who naturally have a lowered immune response. According to the CDC sheet on the vaccine, the high-dose shot is more than 24 percent more effective at flu protection.

It’s also believed that it can help prevent hospitalization if a senior does come down with a strain of the flu that wasn’t included in the current year’s vaccine. Each year, research goes into predicting what strains of the flu will hit, so there can be years when the predictions missed a strain. Flu shots help shorten the duration of the flu in those cases.

 

What if they cannot get the flu shot?

If your parent cannot have the flu shot due to allergies or an underlying health issue, it’s important to take other preventative measures. Make sure the immune system is as healthy as possible by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Your parent should also wash hands regularly after touching things like shopping carts, door handles, and ATM or cash register terminals.

Should your mom or dad get the flu, make sure they rest. Make this easy for them by having caregivers visit throughout the week. Caregivers can take care of the laundry, housekeeping, and cooking. With help around the home, your parent gets plenty of rest. Learn more about the services caregivers offer by calling a home care agency.

 

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

Sources:
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/qa_fluzone.htm

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