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Sudden Behavioral Changes in the Elderly

Posted by Debby Franklin on Aug 22, 2019 1:23:28 PM

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A serious and potentially dangerous complication for elderly loved ones is the onset of "Delirium".  The start is rapid and can begin within hours.  The condition is characterized as "worse than usual".  Delirium is dangerous because it puts an older person at risk for falls, a slower recovery, prolonged hospitalization, and even a higher chance of death.  

  • Identifying Delirium
  • Decrease in attention span, lack of focus
  • Delusions
  • Disorientation, confusion
  • Intermittent confusion
  • Cognitive change
  • Altered consciousness
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Decrease in short term memory
  • Drowsy and quiet behavior, withdrawal
  • Difficulty in following conversation
  • Agitation

Increased Risk for Delirium

  • Severe infection
  • Heart, Liver or Kidney problems
  • Certain medications
  • Low sodium
  • Dehydration
  • Surgery complications
  • Inadequately treated pain or constipation
  • Alcohol or drug intoxication or withdrawal
  • Organ failure
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Ways to prevent Delirium

  • Minimize meds that are known to cause confusion
  • Hydration - Is your loved one getting adequate fluids?
  • Check for infections
  • Constipation issues
  • Is there a UTI?
  • Be aware of the possible causes. Take necessary steps quickly to address the symptom.
  • Could there be sleep deprivation?
  • Look for risk factors
  • Provide mental stimulation

Busy work and family schedules may prevent you from being with your loved one as much as you would like.  That's where a caregiver from an In-Home Care agency like Easy Living Services, Inc. can be an invaluable resource.  Rely on a professional caregiver to provide companionship, supplemental personal care, and to serve as your loved one's advocate when you must be away. A rained caregiver can fill in family care gaps and provide peace of mind.

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Topics: infection, Chronic Medical Condition, hospital care, UTI

Perfect Gifts For A Loved One Who Is In The Hospital

Posted by Debby Franklin on Oct 23, 2012 12:32:00 PM

Finding the perfect gift is challenging even in the best of times, but is even more complicated when you want to cheer up a loved one who is in the hospital.  Before buying any gift decide on what you can and can't bring.  For example does your loved one have dietary restrictions or allergies?  There may be restrictions about having live plants or flowers in the room so consider these limitations as well.  

hospitalization, hospital sitter, hospital discharge, hospital care, Here are gift ideas for unique and meaningful gifts to cheer up a loved one who has been hospitalized and to help make recovery go smoother:

  1. The most valuable gift you can give someone who is restricted to the hospital is the gift of your time.  Spending time and engaging in converstation can do wonders for helping your loved one stay focused on the positives and can help speed the recovery.  You can bring small board games or a deck of cards or boxes of photos and blank albums to fill.  These are great ways to help your loved one pass time as well as enjoy awesome memories.  Activities can be fun, however just a visit from you may be all that they will need to lift their spirits. 
  2. The dry air in a chilly hospital room can make it uncomfortable, but you can improve the atmosphere with a care package you put together to address specific problems.  Here are some items to consider:  Lip balm to moisten lips parched from chemotherapy or dry hospital air, a snuggly throw, mints to freshen a dry mouth, a knit hat for someone who has lost hair from chemo, cozy slippers with nonslip soles, a warm robe or soft pajamas, books and magazines, personal sayings and quotes for comfort.  Personal care items can perk up your loved one by bringing them their own shampoo, soap, moisturizer, makeup, hair accessories, electric razor, shaving cream, perfume or cologne.  Anything that you think will make them feel more like themselves during their stay. 
  3. Music and movies can be great entertainment.  Download your loved ones favorite songs onto an IPOD and give them their own set of earphones or buy a portable CD/DVD player with earphones and purchase their favorite CD's and DVD's.  Having something other than the hospital sounds to listen to can be soothing and help to keep them entertained. 
  4. Hospital food ranks low on the list of appetizing and good.  If your loved one is not on a restricted diet, surprise them with some of their favorites.  What is their favorite meal in their favorite restaurant?  Order it to go and pick it up on the way to the hospital.  It will be so appreciated and it will help build their strength as well.
  5. Although your loved one may not be able to use it immediately, a gift certificate for a massage, a salon visit, manicure or pedicure, or a spa service provides something to look forward to after recovery.
  6. A loved one in the hospital has a lot of worries:  keeping the house running, picking up groceries and dry cleaning, taking children to and from activities, caring for pets, as well as other responsibilities.  Offering to lend a helping hand by running errands and helping with chores might be even more relevant and appreciated than any gift you buy.
  7. If you don't have time to lend a hand, a prepaid service package for homemaker service from a Home Care company could be the perfect gift.  Homemaker services can include; errands, transportation, grocery shopping, meal preparation, laundry and light housekeeping and more.  For more options and details give us a call at 770-442-8664.

It's not easy to see someone you love and care about sick and in the hospital.  You can however make their stay much easier with creative gift ideas to keep them busy until they are able to go home. 

 Atlanta Caregivers

Topics: Hospital Sitter, hospitalization, hospital stay, hospital discharge, hospital care, hospital