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Due to age and deteriorating physical and cognitive functions, an elderly may need assistance when it comes to performing personal hygiene activities. If this is the case for your loved one, we laid down some tips so that you can help them with their hygiene routines.

1. Show a genuine will to help.
Since bathing and grooming are personal, the first thing to do is to show your willingness and to offer genuine help to your elderly loved one. Do it in a way that they won’t feel embarrassed and instead, make them easily accept the fact that they indeed need help.

2. Help them develop and follow routines.
Help them make and stick to a schedule of hygiene activities such as bathing, brushing of teeth, and grooming. This way, their body will have a system to follow on a regular basis. It will not also be hard for them to do certain hygiene activities because they will be scheduled.

3. Ensure safety in performing hygiene routines.
Put safety measures when your elderly loved one is performing a hygiene activity like taking a bath. You can provide safety materials such as handrails, shower chairs or anti-slip covers in the tub. Many accidents like slips and falls occur during bathing time.

4. Choose the right hygiene products for them.
Make sure that the products that you get for your loved one are elderly-friendly. These often come as gentle soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and even toothbrushes. Remember to avoid products that cause itch and other discomforts.

5. Make sure that their “hidden areas” are covered by their bathing activity. Remind them or their care provider to cover sensitive areas such as under folds of skin, wrinkles, and other areas. If neglected, such areas can collect bacteria which cause skin infections.

6. Lastly, make sure that they are enjoying their hygiene routines by talking to them or adding fun things like music and story-telling.

Can you think of other tips to help an elderly with their hygiene routines?

Summer Safety Tips

Our senior loved ones are prone to dehydration and heatstroke during the summer. They are at-risk individuals who need special care when the temperature starts to shoot up. In many cases, drinking fluids is not just enough to fight off the heat, so, as your care providers, we have listed some tips so that you will know how to keep your loved ones comfortable and safe despite the hot weather.

  1. Yes, drink water. Drinking water may not be enough, but it is important. Help your loved one increase their fluid intake to help them replace what’s lost through sweating during a hot day.
  2. Convince them to stay indoors. Prepare in-door activities that will require little movement.
  3. Close down the windows and put down the blinds to avoid direct contact with the sun.
  4. Let them wear clothes that are light-colored and made from light materials. Refrain them from doing rigorous activities that will make your senior loved one sweat.
  5. Prepare foods that are rich in water like watermelon, celery, and cucumbers among others. This way, you are fighting off dehydration while serving them healthy options.

Be smart in dealing with the heat and always choose your loved one’ safety first. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

A holiday is coming up this week and as family members and care providers, it will not hurt to consider activities that our senior members can join in — it’ll be the 4th of July, anyway!

Instead of making them stay in their rooms the whole day, we are suggesting a few activities that you can prepare outdoors. Here are some things that they might actually enjoy:

  1. A barbecue party at home or a relative’s

– While this generation prefers digital celebrations, seniors still enjoy traditional ways of celebrating the holidays. A barbecue party with everyone around sounds a good idea! Let them have their share of fun grilling and eating.

  1. Board games with older adults!

– We bet the young ones don’t appreciate board games as much as the adults do. It is a good idea to throw a competition among our senior loved ones then. It will be good for their mental and emotional beings, too.

  1. Have a flag making activity at home

– Why don’t you involve your senior members in flag making and giving activities? Such things don’t require much effort and they will surely love it!

  1. Host an Independence-Day-related trivia contest at home!

– Unleash the nerds in them and make them participate in a trivia contest relating to Independence Day. Who can have more wisdom than our elders, anyway?

While we want to let them have fun, it is still important to always check their well-being while they are out and moving. Let us put the necessary precautions and make this 4th of July the best one ever for our senior loved ones!

Flu is a virus that can cause mild to severe illness. Symptoms may vary from having fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, chills, headache and fatigue. While flu can easily be treated, sometimes it can be harmful.

It is especially dangerous for older adults and people with chronic diseases. It often leads to hospitalization, and it can sometimes be fatal. The good thing is that this condition is easy to prevent. For your senior members, we recommend the following:

  1. Get a flu vaccine
  • A flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching the flu virus.
  1. Drink plenty of water
  • Staying hydrated can help you fight off the flu. Drinking plenty of water helps the nasal passages stay moist and trap germs before they can spread into the body.
  1. Eat healthy, get proper sleep and exercise regularly
  • Fuel your body with the right and proper amount of nutrients. Have enough sleep and maintain a regular exercise to help your strengthen your immune system.
  1. Always clean your environment
  • By cleaning your environment, you also clean the breeding ground for germs that may cause illnesses.
  1. Always apply proper hygiene like washing of hands
  • Generally speaking, a good hygiene can keep you from common sicknesses. Always wash your hands with soap and water, and use hand sanitizer to kill cold and flu germs.
  1. Stay away from people who are sick
  • You can protect yourself by staying far away from people who have the flu virus.
  1. Stay away from crowded areas or wear mask when you are in a public place
  • Getting into a room full of people increases the chance of catching a cold or flu from an infected person. Avoid staying out and always wear a face mask for a safety precautions.

It is better to be safe than sorry. Always work to protect your loved ones from illnesses. If you need someone to take care of them, you can book a service by calling us at 562-420-4695.

     Keep them warm, keep them safe and healthy.

Winter does not only mean low temperatures. It also means cold weather, snow and ice. Such things are tolerable for younger people, but for seniors, these can be bothersome and can even cause some serious conditions.

Worry not! The care managers and caregivers of Angel Connection Nursing Services listed several care tips for the safety of your senior loved ones:

1. Always keep warm
– Be it indoors or outdoors, your senior loved ones must always keep warm by choosing warm clothes, gloves and socks and setting your heater to a comfortable temperature.

2. Watch for signs of hypothermia
– Be vigilant if you notice your senior ones with cold feet and hands, pale skin, slurring words, and shallow breathing. These can be signs of hypothermia and you must call your doctor immediately.

3. Avoid Slip
– When you are out in a park or anywhere, make sure that you take care of your senior loved ones to avoid slipping on icy, snowy roads and sidewalks.
4. Boost immune system and keep the illnesses away.

Cold temperatures and less sunlight can weaken your senior loved ones’ immune system. You can prevent illnesses from attacking your senior loved ones by letting them eat immunity-boosting foods like fruits and vegetables, having flu shot, getting plenty of sleep, and proper hygiene.

Protect your loved ones during this season. If you need someone to take care of them, you can book a service by calling us at 562-420-4695.

 

Among the common risk factors that increase the likelihood of heart attacks are smoking and long-term exposure to second hand smoke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, stress, alcohol, and a family history of heart attacks and heart disease. If your loved one of these, it is best to monitor their condition and implement necessary measures to remove any possibility of an attack.

If your loved one is experiencing a heart attack, treatment must begin with the first symptoms. If they experience the symptoms of a heart attack, you should call 9-1-1 immediately. If they have doctor-prescribed nitroglycerin she should take it as instructed while awaiting the EMT. Another reason that immediate treatment is essential is because heart attacks can trigger sudden cardiac arrest. Once your loved one arrives at the hospital she will likely receive medication or undergo a surgical procedure to restore blood flow and keep their heart tissue alive and healthy.

The bigger responsibility lies after your loved one survives the heart attack. We, at Angel Connection Nursing Services, want to share tips on senior care after a heart attack.

  1. Monitor the patient’s medications

Medications, as prescribed after a heart attack, are the most crucial part of recovery. Such can help prevent future blood clots, lessen the work of the heart and improve its performance and recovery. They also manage cholesterol levels and a lot more.

  1. Help the patient change their lifestyle for the better

Major lifestyle changes can help a lot in preventing another heart attack. You can tell your loved ones to stop smoking, follow a low-fat, low-cholesterol eating plan and perform regular physical exercises.

  1. Help the patient resume their normal daily activity

This is crucial in your loved one’s recovery, but support is a huge factor in achieving it. Help them go back to their habits little by little by showing support and being physically present.

If you need help in taking care of your loved ones who have this condition, Angel Connection Nursing Services is here for you! We have expert care managers and compassionate caregivers whom you can count on. You can visit www.myangelconnect.com for more information or you can book a service by calling us at (562) 984-2714 or at (800) 876-8063.

According to reports, depression affects older people differently than younger people. It is often associated with an increased risk of cardiac diseases and an increased risk of death from illness.

It often occurs with other medical illnesses and disabilities and it reduces the elderly person’s ability to rehabilitate.  Another research shows that depression increases the risk of suicide. Because of such risks, proper evaluation and treatment are necessary when a senior member of your family show signs of depression.

Your medical doctor can use a series of standard questions to screen your loved ones for depression. You can also make some assessments based on their behaviors and routines. According to Help Guide, the red flags include the following:

  • Showing sadness or feelings of despair
  • Unexplained or aggravated aches and pains
  • Loss of interest in socializing or lack of hobbies
  • Visible weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Skipping meals and medication intake
  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of energy
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Loss of self-worth
  • Slowed movement or speech
  • Increased use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Memory problems
  • Neglecting personal hygiene

If you observe such symptoms, it is time to call for help from your doctor.

Let us take care of your loved ones. For bookings, you can call us at (562) 984-2714, (800) 876-8063 or (562) 637-3898.

You can also visit myangelconnect.com for more information regarding the services that we offer.

Although a new study says that the rate of Dementia in Americans aged 65 and older fell by 24 percent over the last 12 years, the condition still remains to be one of the risks acquired by the aging population in the United States.

Dementia is a syndrome that, according to medical studies, affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, and judgement. Most people with this condition lose their ability to think clearly and remember things. Many Dementia patients are unable to reason effectively and sometimes behave inappropriately.

The early signs of developing Dementia can be subtle and vague. We believe that early detection can help a lot in how family members deal with patients who have Dementia. We, at Angel Connection Nursing Services, want to share with you early symptoms that you must watch out for in your loved ones. Symptoms can include:

  • Problems in remembering things, especially recent events
  • Have an increasing confusion
  • Problems in concentration
  • Changes in personality or behavior
  • Apathy or depression
  • Inability to perform everyday tasks.

 

To some family members, these signs are normal part of the aging process. Sometimes, symptoms also develop gradually and go unnoticed for a long time. We encourage family members to check their elderly loved ones, and if they notice several signs, consult a doctor for a complete assessment.

Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death in America. It accounts for approximately 34 percent of deaths.

Making lifestyle changes as early as possible is necessary in preventing heart disease. We all know that lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet and other unhealthy habits can be dangerous. In order to keep your heart healthy, you must do something today!

  1. Watch what you eat!

A healthy and balanced diet is necessary in keeping your overall health and wellness. Choose your fruits and vegetables over junk foods!

  1. Watch your sugar intake

Your risk to developing a heart disease is higher if you have diabetes.

  1. Don’t smoke or expose yourself to second-hand smoke.

Avoid smoking as it increases the risks of heart and lung diseases.

  1. Maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Hypertension is a silent killer. Always monitor your BP levels and work to maintain a normal range for a healthy heart.

  1. Monitor your cholesterol

Abnormal or high blood lipids or fats are a major contributor to a heart disease. Ensure that you have normal cholesterol levels.

  1. Exercise and avoid sedentary lifestyle

The lack of exercise can lead to obesity. Perform exercise to burn calories and maintain  a healthy weight.

  1. Reduce stress

Avoid stress. It contributes to cardiovascular disease and, if severe, can cause a heart attack or sudden death.

Do you need help in ensuring that your loved one is healthy and not at risk for a heart disease? Angel Connection Nursing Services has a team to help you! You can book a service by calling us at (562) 984-2714 or at (800) 876-8063. You can also visit www.myangelconnect.com for more information.

 

According to studies, 1 out of 3 American adults has high blood pressure. Approximately 75 million is an alarming figure because high blood pressure is considered a silent killer nowadays. An elevated BP level comes without persistent symptoms. However, it can cause dangerous complications that can affect other organs including the heart, brain and kidneys!

Many seniors who discover that they have high blood pressure need more assistance and care in dealing with their condition than younger people. Fortunately, there are many ways to control, manage, and even fight this condition.

We listed the following ways to help you deal with and take care of your senior members:

  1. Regularly monitor their blood pressure to help you plan what actions to take.
  2. Let your loved ones take medications as prescribed by their physicians.
  3. Monitor and ensure that their weight is normal.
  4. Prepare and let them eat heart-healthy foods. Monitor the amount of their sugar and sodium intake.
  5. Encourage and guide them to exercise regularly.
  6. Help them avoid habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol.
  7. Help them manage stress and develop a happy life outlook in life.

Ultimately, seeking help from experienced care providers is the best option to help you take care of your loved ones. Contact Angel Connection Nursing Services for more information!

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