Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Benefits of Gardening

May is almost over and June is upon us! In the North West, the skies are lightening and the sun is shining. It’s a GREAT time to get outside! More time to be outside gives us a great opportunity to get some needed exercise, spend time in nature, and cultivate something beautiful. That’s right, it’s time to start gardening.

gardening-1440096-mGardening can have a great and beneficial impact on the environment, a person’s physical health and emotional health. This is true for people of all ages. Though there might be certain changes that need to be made depending on a senior’s level of physical fitness or health concerns, gardening really can be tailored to fit their needs.

One of the greatest benefits to gardening is the physical benefit and exercise associated with working with plants. Gardening increases the use of many different muscles, offering a chance to increase strength. It also encourages mobility and flexibility. These are essential for any older adult wanting to age at home. Vegetable gardening also provides a great source of healthy foods that are free of pesticides and easily accessible.

Gardening is also great for you emotional health. Just being outside in nature can make you feel great! In fact, according to one nursery website, “studies show that merely looking at a garden or plants can generate changes in such things as blood pressure, heart activity, muscle tension, and brain electrical activity.”Gardening reduces your stress as well, making you feel at peace. This can be very beneficial for the elderly who might be experiencing health problems, financial issues, or battling loneliness.untitled-1259083-m

Though all of these benefits are great, we must tailor gardening to the needs of the senior that you care for. Some ways you can do this are by using raised beds to reduce the amount of bending done when gardening. You can also consider container or even windowsill gardening for any senior who has trouble with balance or walking into the yard. Make sure that you have lightweight tools to use and provide a sun hat or shade to help prevent sun damage. A caregiver should also provide chairs to rest near by and plenty of water to drink to stay hydrated.

By doing all of these things, you can provide a peaceful, fun, and satisfying experience for whom ever you care for!

 

What Are The Benefits Of Personal Care?

Many adults are choosing to continue to live at home as they age. They feel more comfortable in their own space rather than moving to a retirement home or assisted living facility  Because of this decision, some complications can arise. What might an older adult living at home need help with?  How can they get the help that they need when they do need it?

There are many reasons why an older adult living at home might need a little bit of help. These needs range from mental to emotional to physical requirements that they cannot meet on their own. In-home care can be great as a solution for meeting these needs. Since older adults’ needs vary, there are several different home care options available. A couple of weeks ago we talked about companion care and the many benefits to just having someone around to spend time with. So, companion care is great option for meeting emotional and mental needs of anyone aging at home. While mental and emotional health are both extremely important, what type of home care is appropriate for an older adult’s physical health needs?

Physical health needs are equally as important and must be addressed. Personal care is a kind of care that can see to those needs. In addition to the services provided through companion care, personal care can address many of the physical needs of an older adult living at home. Addressing these needs is critical to their ability to stay in their own home.  For example, there are many everyday tasks, sometimes referred to as ADL’s or Activities of Daily Living, that an aging adult might need assistance with.  These are tasks ranging from chores to personal hygiene.

Wiser Home Care Services’ Personal Care Services Include:
  • Bathing Assistance
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Follow ups with doctor
  • Walking assistance
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Meal prep and clean up
  • Clothing selection
  • Transferring as needed
  • Toileting assistance
  • Incontinence care
  • Exercise and range of motion
  • Post-surgical care
  • Grocery shopping and errands
  • Dressing
  • Medication reminders
  • Transportation needs

If these services might benefit someone you know who is choosing to age at home, please consider personal care as an asset to their decision.  As always, if you care for an elderly loved one and would like help developing a care plan of any kind please feel free to contact us. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

Mothers Are Amazing

Moms are pretty amazing!  They nurtured us when we were infants, cared for us through childhood, and support us in adulthood.  Throughout our lives our mom is the one that we turn to for both advice when we are feeling low and to share joy with when we have exciting news or achievements. She is the person who has always been there for us. Mother’s day is a great time to acknowledge how much your mom has been there for you, but the question is, do you REALLY know how much she has done for you? Maybe not. There might be a few things you don’t realize about your mom.

Here are some great fun facts you might not know about moms.  For example, did you know that there are 82.5 million moms in the US?  That is a lot of moms!  Of those 82.5 million moms, 72% with a child over 1 also work outside of the home.  On top of their work day, moms take on almost twice the household chores that dads do, averaging 2.2 hours a day in household duties. That’s a busy day!  What makes up the rest of a mom’s day though?  We know that it’s not relaxing, right? A baby will produce 7300 diapers by the time they are 2 years old.  At an average of 2 minutes and 5 seconds per change, that’s over 126 hours a year that a mom will spend on dirty diapers alone!  Talk about sacrificing time!

A mom’s sacrifice does not stop at her time, though. Mom’s sacrifice physically through pregnancy and childbirth, emotionally at every milestone or temper tantrum, and mentally at the endless number of tasks to get accomplished to keep their children safe and comfortable. Mother’s day is May 10th.  When considering what to get mom for Mother’s Day, we hope you will remember all of these sacrifices and really make this year count.  For all of the years that mom took care of us, lets take care of her the best way we can on Sunday.

If you have a mother who is in need of care, please consider contacting us.  We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate her or any of your loved ones needs.