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Do you think Halloween is just for the youngsters? Think again!

The truth is there are many activities that you can prepare for your senior loved ones during Halloween. It’s a plus if the community that you belong to has prepared something for them. But if nothing is prepared yet, you can always do something and make your older folks partake in the celebration. So, are you ready to organize a Halloween event for them?

We have prepared a list of easy and fun activities for seniors this Halloween.

Halloween costume contest
This is the best way to encourage seniors to pick up costumes and actually wear them! Dressing up can make them feel part of the celebration and there is an excitement knowing that someone is going to win as Best Dressed!

So, allow them to look for their choice of spooky costumes and make sure to vote for them!

Old Folks’ Trick or Treat
For a change, let them do the trick or treat this year! It has always been the kids’ favorite, but once they’re done, you can let your seniors do it.

Pumpkin painting
Pumpkin is a traditional sight for Halloween. Another activity is to let them paint pumpkins and
pick the scariest looking one at the end of the celebration. This is a fun and easy project that your senior loved ones will surely love!

Singing and Dancing

It is easy to grab the Karaoke and let them sing and dance the whole party!

 

Do you have other activities in mind? Share them with us!

In commemoration of the World’s Alzheimer’s Day, we want to dedicate this blog post to all the people who are fighting for their memories because of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible and progressive and the most difficult part of the disease is to see a loved one lose their memories along with a part of their personality. This disease continues to shatter the hearts of many families and we are one with them in their fight. Many scientists and medical professionals have been working against the disease for nearly two decades now and finally, there seems to be hope.

If you have not heard about it yet, we want to share this new development with you!

Just recently, we read the news regarding an open-label clinical trial working with AD patients. Eight people with AD were subjected to a test that included a wearable device emitting electromagnetic impulses. The conclusion showed that the device can significantly reduce memory loss in Alzheimer’s by disaggregating toxic protein formed in the brain. This had been proven helpful in seven out of the eight patients.

If you have a loved one suffering from AD, we want to let you know that their memories are worth fighting for. There is always hope as long we are living and we are one with you!

If your loved one is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, it’s not too late to help them. Lifestyle changes can play a huge role in managing this painful disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis causes joint pain, tenderness, and fatigue that can affect one’s activities and daily life in general. As a home care company dealing with many elderly patients on a daily basis, we want to ensure our clients’ comfort and well-being by helping them manage conditions like arthritis.

Help your loved one by helping them make these changes:
  • Convince them to become alcohol-free.
  • Help them maintain good weight by managing their diet.
  • Help them perform regular exercises. Physical exercise can help alleviate many conditions including those affecting one’s joints like arthritis.
  • Plan their meals and serve them low-fat, low-calorie foods.
  • Get them vitamin C. It is said to be helpful in managing inflammation in the body.
If you need help in taking care of your loved one, you can contact us! Book a service by calling us at 562-420-4695. 


According to records, fall incidents are the leading cause of injuries among elderly people. These often result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries that can be both fatal and non-fatal. Fall incidents are also the leading cause of deaths from injuries.

This is why helping an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor reduce the risk of falling is necessary. It is easier because falls can be prevented.

As your care services providers, we would like to share some basic steps that you can do to help prevent falls:

  • Assess the condition of your loved ones. Ask them important questions related to difficulty in standing or getting up.
  • Talk about their medications. Ask them if they experience side effects in their medications. If they do, you can talk to their doctors and ask if they can have their medications reviewed.
  • Talk about their last eye checkup. If your older loved one wears glasses, make sure they’re using the right glasses as advised by their doctor.
  • Assess the environment of your loved ones and ensure the following:
  1. Remove clutter.
  2. Repair or remove tripping hazards.
  3. Install handrails, if necessary.
  4. Advise them to move carefully.

The best move is to have someone monitor the movements of your loved ones most time of the day. If you need help in taking care of your loved ones, you can get the service of the caregivers at Angel Connection Nursing Services. If you are interested in our services, you can call us at 562-420-4695.

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.

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