|November 27, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Health, Prepare for Care, Stress|
National Caregiver Month is quickly coming to a close, which means the holiday season is upon us! The holiday season brings added stress to everyone’s lives, but especially those who are caregivers. Balancing appointments, prescriptions, home healthcare supplies and a daily routine is bound to stress you out, regardless of how many holiday tunes you listen to! But, there are ways to manage the stresses that come with caregiving during the busiest weeks of the year! So before you deck the hall or light your menorah, take a minute to review some holiday stress tips for caregivers!
1. Make a holiday calendar and to-do list. This should include events, gathering, traditions, as well as tasks that need to be taken care of during the season. This will give caregivers an opportunity not only to get organized, but give them the opportunity to decide what to do or eliminate that may not be feasible while caregiving. Your calendar will allow you to look at the big picture and see how you can even simplify your plans and traditions before they arrive. For example, switching a meal from the evening to the afternoon, or even changing locations.
2. Enlist your caregiving army! Once you’ve gotten organized with your calendar and to-do list, get in touch with the people in your life that can help! Find people who can work together with you. Once you have your caregiving army, don’t be shy and delegate appropriate tasks that will help reduce stress during the season. For example, one person can be in charge of home healthcare supplies, another can be assigned meals for different days of the week, or this can even assign who will be driving your loved one to different appointment and commitments they have during the holidays.
3. Remember it’s OK to say NO! Caregiving is a full time job, if there are things that need to be simplified during the holiday season, it’s ok! Don’t be afraid to say no when it comes to adding more to your plate. Communicate effectively with your caregiving army and your loved one.
4. Stay Healthy! Caregivers are often so focused on his or her loved one, that they often forget about themselves! Remember to keep up with your own medical appointments during the holiday season. Also, don’t forget to exercise. Exercising is one of the best stress relieving tactics. Even just a few minutes of exercise a day will help maintain a healthy balance for you and reduce the stress of caregiving.
5. Perfection is Overrated! Some of the best holiday stories come from the imperfections! Be flexible and cut yourself some slack this holiday season. Don’t sweat the small stuff!
|November 26, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Top Products, Uncategorized, Wellness|
|November 14, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Health News, Prepare for Care, Stress, Wellness|
Caregiving is a 24-hour a day job. Everything from managing prescriptions, home healthcare supplies and the day-to-day needs of a loved one can take a toll on a caregiver. In addition, many caregivers have full time jobs of their own. Due to the demands and pressure of caregiving, it’s important that caregivers know the best way to manage their stress.
On our mission to provide you the best home healthcare supplies and a simplified caregiving community, we’ve compiled some tips to reduce stress for caregivers.
- Exercise: Physical activity is a proven method for stress relief and also benefits your personal health. There are many forms of exercise that are specifically for stress management, like yoga or tai-chi.
- Meditate: Allowing yourself a moment of “silence”, during activities like meditation will allow to you relax and regroup. Meditation can be as short as just a few moments, or can last as long as you see fit.
- Ask for help: According to a study from Caregivingstress.com, 72% of caregivers perform their daily duties without any outside help. Caregivers need to know that they are not alone. It is perfectly ok to ask for assistance. Whether you reach out to another family member or friends, or seek support and advice from others in a similar position, asking for help will help relieve stress! You may be surprised how many people are willing and able to help. Even a simple task, like having someone pick up your home healthcare supplies, will decrease your stress.
- Take a break: Don’t forget to make time for yourself. Like any job, you need a break from caregiving. Find someone else to fill-in for you, even if it’s only for a few hours a week. It will certainly decrease your stress level.
- Don’t forget about yourself! Eat well, keep up with all of your own medical appointments and indulge in something for yourself every once in a while. You can’t give your best to the one you’re caring for unless you’re at your best!
|November 13, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Caregiving, Health, Prepare for Care, Top Products|
When caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia, establishing an organized routine is crucial. One of the most important elements to this routine is when medication should be taken or administered. If you’re looking for an easy solution to schedule medication doses, the Med-E-Lert automatic pill dispenser is the perfect addition to your home healthcare supplies!
Designed specifically for patients with forms of dementia, the automatic pill dispenser helps to ensure that medications are taken properly and on time. You can schedule up to 4 daily doses with the built-in programmable timer. The alert is a loud tone that can be adjusted to three different settings. The automatic pill dispenser will release the right dosage of the right pills at the right time. It holds medication for one to two weeks, depending on the number of doses per day. But, unlike other home healthcare supplies, the automatic pill dispenser only allows the patient to access the designated dose.
The automatic pill dispenser saves precious time for everyone! It increases the safety for those taking the medication and offers peace of mind for caregivers!
|November 7, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Caregiving, Health, Wellness|
November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month! Across the United States, caregivers, medical professionals and home healthcare supplies leaders have teamed up to provide the community with as much information as possible. This month, our series of blogs will follow suit in these efforts.
There are ten common warning signs that should be taken into consideration when addressing a potential Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Paying attention to the warnings signs, combined with experienced medical professional advice and the use of proper home healthcare supplies, will assist in the best Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
- Memory loss impacting daily life: This is one of the most common signs of dementia. Red flags are forgetting relevant dates and events on a frequent basis or frequently needing information repeated.
- Problem Solving Challenges: This can be everything from simple ability to process numbers, all the way to difficulty following a familiar or simple recipe.
- Difficulty with routine tasks: Daily tasks become more of a challenge, regardless of how long they have been part of the person’s regular routine.
- Time Confusion: In addition to forgetting how or when a person got to a particular place, time confusion also alters how a person can recall a story historically.
- Visual challenges: Difficulty reading, adjusting to color and contrast are also signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Newly developed speech and writing difficulty: Repetition in a conversation and difficulty even inserting oneself into a conversation becomes increasingly common. Also, struggling with vocabulary regularly occurs.
- Unable to Retrace Steps: Many patients constantly misplace regularly used items, because they are placed in unusual locations. Even in short periods of time, he or she may not be able to retrace steps accurately.
- Poor Judgment: Proper decision making on all levels becomes increasingly challenging. Many examples money related issues and hygiene and grooming responsibilities.
- Social Withdrawal: Gradual removal from normal social, work and hobbies. In addition, it is very common for even extroverted individuals to become increasingly introverted because of the changes he or she has experienced.
- Extreme mood and personality changes: Confusion, increased suspicion, depression and anxiety.
While these ten warning signs can’t provide you an exact diagnosis, they can be used as talking points with your health care professional. Identify you or your loved one’s strengths and weaknesses in memory related activities. If diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, be sure to remain up to date on current information, best practice for caregiving and the proper home healthcare supplies for your specific.
|November 1, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Disabilities, Health, Health News, Prepare for Care, Stress, Uncategorized|
National Caregivers Month is upon us! As a leader in the home healthcare supplies industry, it’s our privilege to provide a simplified caregiving community that ranges from products to information. Caregivers are family, friends, and loved ones that care for elderly, sick, injured and disabled individuals every day.
The act of caregiving is not only time consuming and stressful, but it’s often a thankless job. There just aren’t enough days in the month to express the appropriate gratitude for the nation’s caregivers.
The chances are high that even if you aren’t a caregiver, you know more than one caregiver. According to the Administration on Aging:
- 65.7 million caregivers make up 29 percent of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged.
- Family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion worth of uncompensated care to loved ones annually
- The average age of caregivers is 48 years old.
- 51 percent of caregivers are between the ages of 18 and 49.
- Of those caregiving for a person age 65 plus, the average age of caregivers is 63 years with one third of these caregivers in fair to poor health.
Take a moment to thank a caregiver in your life or community! Send a card, post on social media sites to spread awareness or if you can, purchase home healthcare supplies to donate to a family or caregiving facility. A warm and heartfelt thank you to all of our Easier Living caregivers. We admire your hard work, commitment and sacrifice everyday!
|October 31, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Arthritis, Caregiving, Disabilities, Ergonomics, Fitness, Health, Health News, Knee Surgery, Mobility, Pain Management, Prepare for Care, Stress, Stroke, Surgery, Wellness|
It’s common to be overwhelmed when recovering from surgery or an injury. Aside from the physical aspect, the emotional component can really take a toll on you! Everything from understanding all of your home healthcare supplies around the house, to the thought of your recovery time frame, can rapidly increase stress. When it comes to recovery, mindset is everything. We’ve found some great tips on how to mentally approach recovery!
- First, identify the positives. The discipline involved in maintaining a proper recovery regimen improves your mental toughness. There is a positive in every situation!
- Use the down time you have wisely; you now have the time to learn things about yourself that you haven’t picked up on in the past! (Add this to your list of positives!)
- In addition to just learning about yourself, educate yourself on new topics! Personal growth is something you will have far beyond the end of your rehabilitation! (Another positive!)
- Education can also directly apply to your rehabilitation: Become an expert in your therapy and condition. It’s also important to know the ins and outs to all of your home healthcare supplies. The more you know, the better prepared your are during this process.
- Find support. Reach out to local and virtual support groups. You’re never alone! People in similar situations can serve as invaluable resources! Easier Living acts as a resource and support system for many conditions. Our Facebook and Twitter community could start you off in the right direction!
- Be visual. If you see it, you’ll believe it! Create a positivity board with motivational photos, quotes, etc. that you can look to for inspiration.
- Most importantly, set multiple goals. Although you ultimate goal is complete recovery, set smaller goals. When you hit these mini-milestones, you’re one step closer to your goal. It gives you something short–term to strive towards.
Although staying positive in your recovery is a constant challenge, it’s crucial to your success. Your emotional well being is equally as important as the proper home healthcare supplies and actual physical rehabilitation regime. Use these suggestions to make your road to recovery the smoothest one possible!
|October 29, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Disabilities, Fall Management, Health, Health News, Knee Surgery, Making a Home Accessible, Prepare for Care, Surgery, Top Products, Uncategorized|
If you or someone you are caring for is suffering from a chronic disease or even recovering from an injury, there is one common challenge: bathroom use. Circumstances that range from a total knee replacements, more common in elderly patients, to those of ACL surgery, common at any age, can cause challenges when it comes to comfortably using the bathroom. While many home healthcare supplies offer assistance in this area, we haven’t found a product comparable to our Toilevator!
The Toilevator, designed to raise the toilet by 3.5″, acts as a spacer between the floor and toilet base. Regardless of what you currently own, the Toilevator fits most standard toilet shapes and sizes. You can now raise your toilet without worry of inconveniencing guests or installing an unattractive seat that sits in plain view. In addition, the toilevator is easily installed and comes complete with a universally designed modification kit to insure the toilet is raised safely and hygienically. While the toilevator is sold only in ivory, it can easily be painted to match any bathroom decor. Its design, level of comfort and easy assembly sets it apart from other home healthcare supplies in its category.
Trying to decide if a Toilevator is the best option for your condition? Take a look at these facts and decide for yourself!
- First and foremost: the use of the Toilevator helps prevent other medical problems for both those suffering from chronic illness and those recovering from an injury.
- Toilevators enable patients to use the bathroom conveniently, and for the most part independently. This increases both dignity and self confidence in a patient.
- While providing undeniable benefits for users, it is also aesthetically appealing.
Regardless of condition, one thing most people take for granted in the easy use of the bathroom. Investing in the proper home healthcare supplies can make your situation much more tolerable. The Toilevator has a proven track record as the go-to product in this category!
|October 25, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Disabilities, Health, Health News, Knee Surgery, Making a Home Accessible, Mobility, Prepare for Care, Stress, Stroke, Surgery, Wellness|
While physical therapy at home can be extremely convenient, the thought of losing direct contact with your physical therapist can be nerve-racking for some patients. Whether your entire rehab is taking place at home, or you are transitioning from in-office visits, stress is the last thing you need! After you have received your required exercises and home healthcare supplies, organization and documentation are essential to making the most out of your at home rehabilitation.
Organize your rehab space! Knowing where everything is and how everything works is half the battle! If you have specific home healthcare supplies for your rehab, test them out before you are required to begin. It’s important to make sure you understand each and every product and it’s equally as important to check that they are all fully functional for your physical therapy needs.
Document your progress! Just as your physical therapist would keep a chart in their office, it’s equally as important to keep track of your at-home physical therapy. Many patients find tracking their exercises and taking personal notes helpful for follow up appointments with their therapist. It’s also important to document what home healthcare supplies you find both beneficial and ones you may not have needed to use as much.
Whether you are battling a chronic illness or recovering from an injury, physical therapy is a key component to the quality of your life. Make the most of your at home rehabilitation efforts; first, by understanding your required exercises and home healthcare supplies and then taking matters into your own hands with organization and documentation!
|August 13, 2013||Posted by admin under Health, Wellness|
When it comes to caring for our aging loved ones, it’s known that access to medical professionals will become increasingly scarce. With each generation getting older, this issue is only going to increase and leave an aging nation without adequate care.
So how can we start to manage this problem? Are there resources currently available that we’re not utilizing correctly or perhaps just not aware of? The answer is yes and yes. So let’s shed some light on the subject.
One resource that we are all aware exists but may not be sure how to utilize is the nurse practitioner. In a recent study conducted by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society it was proven that nurse practitioners can actually improve older patients’ quality of care.
The difference is an interesting balance of background and what physicians vs. nurse practitioners have the time to recommend or have been taught to do — particularly as the first action towards recovery from an ailment. By way of explanation, here’s a little background. When you go to the doctor’s office with an issue, it is ideal if you first try and solve the problem with a change in lifestyle, rather than just jumping right to medication. Witht his approach patients can have the benefit of a cure without the side effects. However, the study revealed the physician didn’t always address the issue with this philosophy.
The study had 500 people over the age of 75 visit the doctor for incontinence. When a nurse practitioner and a physician tended to the patient, 95% were given the recommendation for Kegels exercises. However when the patient saw the physician alone, none were given advice about non-drug approaches.
In addition to urinary incontinence, the study also focused on falls, depression and dementia. When it came to depression, the addition of a nurse practitioner didn’t make that much difference- patients received the same amount of care, but when it came to the other three the results were far less effective.
“The nurse practitioners may have paid more attention, Dr. Reuben said, because ‘managing these conditions was their job. They were focused on it, and they had the time to do it comprehensively’.”
Dr. Rueben, head of the study, reiterates he’s not trying to bash physicians, but rather sympathizes with them. Elderly patients often have several aliments, which makes things a little complicated and difficult. “There are certain things doctors do well, certain things they don’t do well, and certain things nurse practitioners do better.”.For example, when it comes to incontinence, explaining the illness and Kegel exercises takes a considerable amount of time.
So adding nurse practitioners to the mix sounds like a smart response, especially since the numbers of people needing care are only going to increase with each coming year. This information might prove very effective the next time you have to take your loved one to the doctor.
Source: New York Times Blog: New Old Age