Trees are changing, there’s a nip in the air. Winter is just around the corner, and so is cold and flu season. For most of us, it’s an inconvenience. For the elderly, coming down with the flu can have serious consequences. Their immune systems aren’t as strong as they used to be, so they are more susceptible and affected more severely. Adults aged 65 and older have an increased risk of developing complications, being hospitalized, or dying from influenza.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that 71%-85% of cold and flu-related deaths in recent years have occurred in people over the age of 65. The agency also states that approximately 54%-70% of related hospitalizations occurred in the same age range.
Therefore, it is important to protect seniors from contracting the flu. How can you help?
We can’t know for certain what will happen to each of us. But what we do know is that stimulating the brain and the body are both advantageous and necessary for all of us. Keeping minds sharp, bodies strong and spirits high benefits our overall well-being.
This is especially important for seniors in the early stages of dementia. Studies have shown that actively using their brain helps keep them alert and oriented much longer. Thus, they will be less likely to simply sleep or watch television all day and lose memory or mental abilities.
Here are some fun activities you can enjoy with the seniors without tiring them out .
With advancements in science and technology, we live longer than ever before. But as we age, our physical and mental capabilities change. Some of us may require more care than others depending on our mental and physical limitations. Since our needs vary widely, so do the options available to us. There are many levels of care, from casual non-medical in-home care to 24 hours/day nursing care, and the choices can seem overwhelming at times.
Hello and welcome to the inaugural edition of our newsletter!
Inspired Care Home Health loves to keep in touch with its clients, employees, prospective clients and business partners. Continuing the trend of our “keep-in-touch” philosophy, we are very excited to introduce our first monthly Newsletter. Through this communication, we’ll keep you updated not only with events and latest changes within the company, but also with trends in the healthcare industry, especially with regard to the health, safety and independence of seniors.
Residential Care Homes
What are Residential Care Homes?
Residential care homes are known by different names depending on where you live. In some areas they are called adult family homes, in other areas they may be referred to as personal care homes, adult foster homes, group homes, or board and care homes. Typically they all have the same things in common: they provide care for seniors in a homelike setting that’s very much like a family.
Retirement/Independant Living Communities
What are Retirement/Independent Living Communities?
Retirement communities or independent living communities cater to seniors who are very
independent with few medical problems. Residents live in fully equipped private apartments
available in a variety of sizes from studios to large two bedrooms. Fine dining services are
offered with custom-designed meal packages.
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Also Known As: Retirement Communities, Congregate Care, Retirement Living
Payment Sources: Mostly private pay, some government funded through Section 202
Price Range: $1500-$5000 per month
What is a Nursing Home?
Today in the United States there are over 16,000 nursing homes. Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities, are for seniors who require constant medical care and need significant assistance with the activities of daily living. The goal of care in a nursing home is to help individuals meet their daily physical, medical, social, and psychological needs. Nursing homes are generally stand alone facilities, but some are operated within a hospital or an assisted living community.