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Alzheimer's-Caregiver Tips

Posted by Debby Franklin on Mar 9, 2018 1:23:05 PM



Alzheimer's is an irreversible, progressive condition that slowly destroys memory, thinking, and the ability to carry out the most simple tasks.  Damage to the brain can begin as early as 10 to 20 years before problems are evident. 

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's can be an unrewarding and stressful job.  Your day will be filled with emotional ups and downs and you will need to make tough decisions.  Many times persons with Alzheimer's will develop behaviors and moods that are hard to cope with. 

Here are facts on the disease and tips that may help you get through the challenging days.

  • Everyone progresses at a different rate and not everyone will experience all symptoms at the various stages.
  • Some plateau at a stage for an extended time and other progress very rapidly.
  • Research has shown that a person with Alzheimer's will survive from two to twenty years.
  • Alzheimer's does not cause death, however, the disease progresses to the point of many of the body's organs shutting down with the end result being death.
  • 45% of American seniors 85 and older suffer from Alzheimer s.
  • Early stage can include; getting lost, trouble handling money, forgetfulness, repeating questions, taking an extended amount of time to do daily task, mood and personality changes, and poor judgment.
  • Mid stage can include; confusion, memory loss, difficulty recognizing family and friends, impulsive behavior, poor hygiene, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and inability to cope with new situations. 
  • Final stage can include; inability to communicate, dependent on other for complete care, difficulty with mobility and in bed until the organs and body shut down.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can have extreme physical, emotional, and financial responsibility.  Caregivers have an increased likelihood of physical strain, mental and emotional stress, depression, financial issues and interpersonal strain.  

Important things to consider.

  • Learn all that you can about the disease.
  • The Alzheimer's Association offers classes and on line material that will educate you on the practical strategies for dealing with difficult situations.
  • Work on coping skills.
  • Develop a strong support system; family, friends, church and synagogue.
  • Join a support group, most people find this a critical lifeline.
  • Find out what respite services are offered.  Contact the local Senior Center or National Institute on Aging for information on government assisted programs. 
  • Take time to take care of yourself by staying physically active and spending time relaxing and enjoying things that make you happy.

In-Home Care for Alzheimer's

If you are finding it difficult to juggle it all- work, family, errands and other demands that leave you over taxed. Where do you turn when a loved ones needs are more than you can manage on your own?  Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care, Easy Living Services, Inc.  We have supported families since 1994 in an effort to keep loved ones safe, and cared for with personal attention at home. 

Call us to learn more 770-442-8664

Topics: Alzheimer's

My Parents Need "Around the Clock" Care

Posted by Debby Franklin on Mar 2, 2018 11:55:41 AM

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Anyone with elderly parents worry about their safety and well being.  Did you know that keeping your loved ones in a familiar environment can prolong their health?  But what do you do when a parent needs "Around the Clock" care and wishes to remain in their home?  One solution for someone who needs assistance throughout the day and into the evening is "around the clock" 24 hour Home Care assistance.

Numerous studies have shown that more than 90% of the senior population say that they want to spend the rest of their lives in their own home.  These studies also show that seniors fear moving into a nursing home and losing their independence more than they fear death! 

What are the benefits of aging at home?

  • It is comforting to be in a familiar environment.
  • There is a faster recovery at home vs. a medical facility. Being at home promotes healing!
  • Home Care assistance can be more affordable than the cost of a nursing home.
  • Living the "golden years" at home promotes dignity and independence and that equals happiness.
  • The chances of getting an infection or catching something from another resident is greatly reduced at home.  Home is a healthier environment.

At Easy Living we offer a solution for persons who may have chronic health conditions, mobility limitations, cognitive decline and other issues related to aging but want to remain in the comfort of home.  Our "Total Care Plus" is "around the clock" personal care and support at a significant savings over traditional care plans.  This service refers to a caregiver that lives with the care recipient for a specified period of time (usually 3-4 days).  Typically when this service is set up 3 caregivers are selected to work with a specific client so that familiarity and continuity can be established between the client and the care team.  This type of care is billed at a flat, daily rate which can be considerably less that the standard hourly care.  In order to meet the qualifications for "Total Care Plus"  one of the requirements is that the caregiver must sleep for 8 hours per day and have a separate space to rest during that time period. 

What does "Total Care Plus" include?

  • Personal care & hygiene assistance; bathing, dressing, oral care, toilet needs
  • Medication supervision
  • Household management & light housekeeping service
  • Laundry service and linen change
  • Companionship and socialization
  • Personal meal planning
  • Grocery shopping and meal preparation
  • Transportation to and from appointments
  • Pet care
  • Family updates and reporting
  • Care consistency
  • Assistance with mobility
  • Crisis or medical emergency support

Around the clock care simply delivers unparalleled value and exceptional In-Home Care services for safety and comfort at home.  

Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care assistance, Easy Living Services, Inc.  We have helped to support Atlanta families in their efforts to keep loved ones fulfilled at home since 1994.  We offer flexible care plans designed to provide companionship and personalized attention.  Call us today to explore whether "around the clock" care is right for your love one.  770-442-8664

Topics: 24 Hour Home Care, 24 Hour Caregiver

Precautions to Fight the Flu

Posted by Saxon Olson on Feb 8, 2018 10:25:08 AM

dreamstime_middle_aged_man_resting.jpgThe U.S. is in the midst of one of our most deadly flu outbreaks! So far, the flu has already been the cause of 53 child-deaths this year, and it's not over. It is incredibly important that we all take precautions to fight the flu, especially children and the elderly. Due to compromised immune systems, people over 65 and under age 5 are most at risk for severe, or even deadly results. While considering this, it is important to also realize that anyone can get the flu, so it is vital that we all take a few extra steps to prevent the spreading.  Here are some tips and tricks on how to fight off the flu.

The CDC highly recommends that everyone, over the age of 6 months, gets the flu vaccination. Even though it is not a foolproof remedy, the flu shot is good protection. The CDC promotes that even for those that catch the flu after a flu vaccination, it is likely to lesson the severity of your symptoms.

There are a large number of people who oppose the flu shot, so for those and the persons who are vaccinated certain steps need to be made to avoid becoming sick.  It is obviously important to keep your distance from people who are ill! Even if you are a caretaker for someone with the flu, it is important to make minimal contact and keep your hands washed constantly. If you do not have access to good antibacterial soap,  keep a small bottle of alcohol based hand sanitizer with you at all times. Simply washing your hands throughout the day can do wonders to prevent spreading germs and illness.  Being in the Home Care industry we understand why nurses are taught universal precautions as a typical routine to eliminate the spreading of germs and illness.  Universal precautions means "solid" hand washing when coming in contact physically with anyone!  Make sure when you are washing your hands you use warm water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Another tip is to sing through "Happy Birthday" while you wash your hands to make sure you get them clean enough! Also, it is helpful to keep your hands away from your eyes, ears, nose and mouth. These are places which will quickly spread any bacteria or virus to your body. If you need to visit a loved one at the hospital, ask for a face mask to cover your nose and mouth so you don't breathe in anything that could make you sick. 

If you or a loved one does come down with the flu, it is necessary that they stay incredibly hydrated, get lots of rest, and make a visit to their doctor very early on. Prescription antiviral medicines will work much better than drug store options. For a more homeopathic approach humidifiers, nose spray, and anti bacterial jell around the nostrils can help with preventive care.  Make certain you are hitting the flu virus head on and getting rid of it as soon as you can. 

The flu virus is on attack this year, so make sure you keep yourself safe and healthy. Don't hesitate to visit a doctor if you are getting any flu-like symptoms.  As Ben Franklin said "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

Easy Living Services, Inc. is proud to support families in their efforts to keep loved ones safe, comfortable and fulfilled, at home. Flexible, customized care options are available to accommodate any budget and are available on an hourly or "around the clock" basis.  If you need help caring for a loved one, make life a little easier with caregiver services.  Call us today at 770-442-8664.  Serving the Metro Atlanta community since 1994.

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Holiday Gifts for Senior Loved Ones

Posted by Debby Franklin on Nov 30, 2017 12:37:45 PM

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It can be difficult finding appreciated gifts for senior loved ones.  Many have down sized and lack storage space or they may be dealing with health issues and physical challenges.  At this time in life, your loved one probably doesn't need more stuff they only need things that can really be used.  

Here is a list of ideas to help with your gift giving this holiday:

  • Flameless Candles - Provides a safe alternative to the traditional candle and they can help to lift the spirit and mood.
  • Digital Picture Frames - Record a personalized greeting that can be replayed by your loved one.
  • Photo Dialer Telephones - This device is equipped with large buttons and high volume.  The photo dialer makes calling family, friends and medical professionals less challenging for those suffering with age, eye and ear related issues.
  • Technology - Stay connected and in touch by purchasing a tablet and helping them to set up user friendly apps and programs such as Facebook, email and instant messenger.
  • Lotions and Skin Care Items - These are gifts that are always useful.  Be sure to find out about allergies and favorite products. 
  • Homemade Anything - Treats, gifts made by the family or grandchildren are always special.
  • Decorate for the Holidays - Offering to bring in and decorate the sitting area for your loved one helps to share the holiday joy.
  • Schedule an Outing - Make arrangements for a visit or special outing with a favorite past time or holiday show.
  • Adult Coloring books - These are very popular for all ages and have been known to provide hours of positive brain stimulation.  The coloring books can be a creative outlet that can brighten the day for someone who may be at home or by themselves throughout the day.
  • TV Apps - Set up Netflix and buy a years subscription or call their provider and pay for the Hallmark Channels to be added to their account.
  • Comfy Things - Bathrobes, slippers, cozy blankets or throws, bed jackets and shawls are always appreciated.
  • Home Care Assistance - Purchase a gift certificate, redeemable for hours of home care service. Here are examples:
    • Give the gift of a personal driver to take your loved one on appointments, errands, shopping or outings with friends.
    • Give the gift of help with household chores. Light housekeeping, organizing and maintenance.
    • Give the gift of holiday help.  Gift shopping and wrapping, mailing packages, sending out cards,  holiday decorating, help with holiday recipes or transportation to holiday events.
    • Give the gift of respite care for a family member that is a full time caregiver.  For the enormously large number of people who care for a family member, having time to allow for self care is a most valuable gift. 
    • Give the gift of companionship and socialization. Many senors have lost spouses and close friends or may be separated from family, it can be a time of loneliness and sadness that result in holiday blues.

Time is the most valuable gift you can give to anyone, not only during the holidays but throughout the year.  The holidays are a reminder for family and friends to come together and serve one another.  It' a time to be thankful and to be selfless in giving.

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Topics: Caregiver Information, elder care, senior care

Preventing Falls For Healthy Aging

Posted by Debby Franklin on Oct 18, 2017 1:07:17 PM

Fotosearch_k7427830 Couple in wheelbarrel.jpgFalls are NOT a normal part of aging!  Staying fit and active is the key to reducing, preventing and helping your body react to a fall in progress.  Preventing falls is critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  There are over 9 million visits to the emergency room annually due to falls.  Follow these simple fall prevention measures:

Light it upKeeping your home brightly lit will help to avoid tripping on objects.  Keep clear paths to light switches.  Always turn on lights before going up or down stairs.  Use night lights in the bedroom, bathroom and hallways.

Stay activeExercise is the key to healthy aging.  simple exercise like walking or aerobic activity for 20 minutes a day can help build muscle strength and improve balance, which can prevent falls.  Programs such as Jazzercise, Yoga, Palates, and Tai Chi are especially good to help increase strength and improve balance.

Conduct a home safety checkTake a look around your home and move items to make your home safer.  Look for things such as poor lighting, loose rugs, slippery floors, unsteady furniture, electrical cords, and uneven flooring.  Keep essential items on lower shelves and cabinets-get assistance if you need to reach things that are higher up.  The most hazardous place for falls is in the bathroom.  Install hand bars and non slip mats and consider a shower bench while bathing.

Schedule a yearly eye examSee your eye doctor once a year.  Age-related eye diseases, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, can increase the risk of falling.  Early detection of eye issues is the key to safety.

Know the side effect of your medsTalk with your doctor or pharmacist about the medicines you are taking and whether they may cause drowsiness or dizziness.  Discuss things you can do to ensure that you are taking your medications safely.  Some of the medication that may increase the risk of falls are: Blood Pressure Pills, Heart Medicine, Diuretics, Muscle relaxants and Sleeping pills.

Just breathMany falls are caused by hurrying.  Slow down and think through the task you are getting ready to perform.  Be mindful of possible fall risks and act accordingly. 

Prevent broken bones if you fallTry to fall forwards or backwards, on your buttocks, because if you fall to the side you may break your hip.  Broken hips are usually a long hard recovery road.  Also use your hands or grab things around you to help break a fall.

Keeping your bones healthy is also critical in preventing broken bones.  Here are things to do to have healthy bones:

  • Get enough calcium and vitamin D each day.
  • Walk, climb stairs, lift weights, or dance on a daily basis.
  • Speak with your doctor about having a bone mineral density test so you know the strength of your bones.
  • Consider taking supplements to make your bones stronger.

If you or a loved one are recovering from a fall consult with Atlanta's most trusted source for Home Care since 1994, Easy Living Services.  Someone who is recovering from a fall injury can greatly benefit from an in-home caregiver.  Having help with things as simple as meal preparation, taking out the trash, picking up the mail, feeding and walking the family pets, can make all the difference in a speedy and successful recovery.  Having help while the body heals can ensure safety from an additional fall.  Staying safe, happy and healthy is everyone's ultimate goal. 

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