Heat Index is 97 this afternoon by my house. I can't help but think about the senior citizens in their homes without a/c. Sometimes they have a/c but don't turn it on during the day. They only turn it on at night to sleep. Please don't forget to check on any seniors that live in … Continue reading How Hot Is It?
What's in a name? A lot. It's all how you look at it or speak it. Of course, we need to look at the Greek language to interpret. The word, "Geriatrics" comes from the Greek words "geras,"meaning old age. "iatro," means relating to medical treatment. Geriatrics is the medical specialty that deals with the physiology … Continue reading The word “Geriatrics”
As I am sitting here thinking about what to write tonight, I wanted to keep it uplifting. Here are some good thoughts to think about this weekend, especially, if visiting your parents. Perhaps you could also discuss this with the grandchildren on the way there. Myth-Most older people are all alike. Fact-The elderly group are … Continue reading Seniors-**Myths vs. Facts**
There are a few objects that are dangerous items in an elderly persons home but the one I want to talk about is throw rugs. These rugs have caused more falls than probably any other object in their homes. They are put in hallways, by beds, by bathtubs, over carpets, doorways, front and back doors, … Continue reading Hazards in the Home for Elderly People
The summer is here in most of the U. S., though not officially. I watched the Weather Channel and they were talking about snow in the Northwest. There isn't snow in the south. When it gets really hot the elderly need activities that are inside and safer for their health. There are Senior Day Care … Continue reading Senior Day Care Centers
This is one of the best tools that can be used when transferring a patient that has little mobility. It can be used safely when transferring from a bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to toilet, shower bench to wheelchair , wheelchair to car or any other places. The patient does need to be able to stand … Continue reading Transfer Disc for Safely Transferring a Patient.
For most of the elderly sleeping all night is a challenge. Sometimes the doctors prescribe Ambien or tell them to take Benadryl. The problem with that is they become an even greater fall risk at night. Waking up in the middle of the night drugged can be dangerous as they stumble through the house to … Continue reading Sleeping Habits
As we get older and we all do quicker than we realize, it seems we lose our independence a little piece at a time. For the elderly, being told they need to use a walker when walking around just doesn't sit too well with them. Excuse the pun. We all remember either it was us … Continue reading The Stigma Associated With Using A Walker
There are several different types of caregivers. There are caregivers that work for companies that are licensed, bonded and insured and approved by the state. Caregivers that work for smaller companies or companies that aren't licensed by the state. Caregivers that are independent and set their own pay rates, hours and what their duties will … Continue reading Choosing a Caregiver
This is not a topic we like to think about but it does happen. There are several forms of abuse: physical, mental, exploitation and neglect. Unfortunately, there are many elderly people being neglected behind their closed doors. When a child is being neglected it is easy to see but not so much with the elderly. … Continue reading Elderly Abuse Hotline