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Dudley’s Home Health Care blog that focuses on senior care, elder care, caring for aging parents, respite care, caregiver tips, RN’s, CNA’s, VA, Medicaid and more.

Fall Prevention

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The ability to perform daily activities and maintain independence requires strong muscles, balance and endurance. Regular physical activity or exercise helps to prevent the decline of muscle strength and improve balance and endurance. Balance plays an important role in everyday activities such as getting up out of a chair, walking or leaning over to pick up a grandchild. Balance problems can reduce your independence by interfering with activities of daily living. However, by participating in regular physical activity you can significantly improve your balance and reduce your risk for falling!

The 1996 Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health recommends people of all ages should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on five or more days of the week. The 30 minutes can be consecutive or broken into several sessions throughout the day that add up to 30 minutes. Additionally, it is recommended that seniors participate in strength training activities 2 days per week.

Click here to view 11 basic exercises for Seniors who are currently at a low risk of falling provided by SeniorsAbilitiesUnlimited.com

Make sure you talk to your doctor BEFORE you begin exercising! Your doctor will make sure your body is ready to be active so you can exercise safely.

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Spring Cleaning with your Senior loved one

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spring has sprung and it is a time of new beginnings. Now is the perfect time to help your Senior loved one take on some cleaning and organizational tasks around their home! Many Seniors grew up with the concept of “Spring Cleaning” and they continue to make it a part of their annual routine. However, spring cleaning involves many chores that can be challenging to those dealing with limited mobility, vision loss and other chronic conditions of aging. This is a great way for you to help your Senior loved one while spending quality time together!

Keep these simple Spring Cleaning tips in mind when helping your Senior loved one.

  • Make a checklist of everything that you and your Senior loved one would like to accomplish.
  • Schedule time that you can devote to helping your Senior loved one with all of the chores on the checklist.
  • Ask other family members to assist you with completing the more strenuous chores on the checklist or consider hiring help. A professional caregiver can assist with many light housekeeping tasks including: vacuuming, dusting, moping and laundry.

Here is a useful list of Spring Cleaning chores to accomplish together with your Senior loved one.

  • Check batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Run a test to ensure they’re working.
  • Clean the medicine cabinet and check all items for expiration dates. Are they stored in a cool, dry place? Discard any unused or outdated medications.
  • Post emergency fire, ambulance and poison control numbers next to each phone.
  • Remove clutter to reduce the risk of trips and falls. Also, remove unnecessary furniture that obstructs the traffic flow.
  • Organize cabinets to make frequently-used items more accessible, and throw away outdated food from the pantry or refrigerator.
  • Replace light bulbs if necessary and ensure rooms and hallways are adequately lit.
  • Are there grab bars in the bathrooms? If not, consider installing some to help prevent falls.

If you notice expired food in the pantry, piles of mail or unpaid bills while helping your Senior loved one with their Spring cleaning then it might be time to consider getting some extra help. Having a little help around the house from a caregiver for a few hours a week can go a long way. It can provide your Senior loved one with companionship along with keeping the home clean on a regular basis.

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