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Universal Precautions – Don’t Get or Pass Germs - Universal Precautions – Don’t Get or Pass Germs Universal precautions refers to certain infection-control steps that health care professionals take to reduce the risk of transmitting infectious diseases. The scientific basis of universal precautions is that individuals should treat any blood or bodily fluid as though it contains an infectious agent. Universal precautions assume that all bodily fluids are dangerous and to treat them accordingly. This not only protects caregivers, but also, by applying the same procedures to everyone, removes the stigma or embarrassment that might be associated with glove-and-mask use around highly infectious patients. Clean Hands Are Healthy Hands It’s not possible to clean or disinfect every surface you have contact with, but keeping hands clean is the first line of defense for keeping infection causing germs from reaching your mouth, nose, or eyes, where they can make you and then others, sick. Proper hand-washing requires soap and water. By ru

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Vision Loss - Losing your vision can feel a little like the world is closing in on you. For many seniors with vision loss, this feeling is often actualized with a diminished ability to engage in daily activities, such as preparing a meal or using the telephone, that most of us take for granted. Vision loss is a major contributor to disability, the loss of independence, and reduced quality of life, and more than 2.9 million Americans aged 65 or older suffer from vision impairment. While the chance of vision loss increases with age, and there is the misconception that it should be taken as a normal part of aging, it is not any less traumatic for the older individual than it would be for a younger person. It may, in fact, be the most traumatic health problem many seniors face. The psychosocial effects of vision loss in seniors can have detrimental consequences. Fast Facts Getting regular, comprehensive eye exams to identify disease early can help prevent or diminish 50% of all vision problems, yet man

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In-Home Care Can Help Reduce Readmission - With hospitals facing Medicare penalties for high rates of readmissions for specific diseases, doctors and other medical personnel are seeking ways to reduce the chance that seniors land back in the hospital after an initial stay. Nearly one-fifth of all Medicare patients in the United States who are discharged from the hospital end up returning to the hospital within 30 days. There are many reasons seniors may need to be readmitted to the hospital, but those that have garnered the greatest interest are preventable causes. Fast Facts Many hospital readmissions can be avoided if patients, families, caregivers, and hospital staff prepare for the patient’s day of discharge well in advance. Research indicates that caregivers are critical in helping seniors overcome some of the main preventable causes for returning to the hospital. Consider the following: Many seniors are unable to appropriately follow prescribed medication schedules. When you consider that, on average, seniors with chro

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Why Am I So Cold? Hypothermia - One of the common changes people notice while they are aging is that they are more sensitive to cold temperatures. The normal workings that keep our body warm may be affected by poor health and a weak immune system. Sometimes, hormonal changes, especially in women, can lead to feeling cold all the time. Low estrogen levels associated with menopause or low thyroid hormone levels are some examples of changes that commonly occur in women. Your doctor may try to find out if your feeling cold all the time may be a symptom of a medical problem such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Low thyroid activity and high cholesterol can also affect your body’s ability to regulate your temperature. Some drugs may also contribute to these symptoms. Medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease, such as beta blockers and calcium channel blockers, can affect blood vessels and blood circulation, which can lead to heat loss and hypothermia. Hypothermia is a condition characterized by

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The Great Outdoors: Outdoor Activities for Seniors Spending time outdoors exercising or just enjoying the scenery can bring about sharper mental states and happier moods, along with improved physical health and sense of wellbeing. For these reasons, spending time outdoors may be crucial for seniors who want to live alone in their own homes well into their golden years. Seniors living alone are prone to outdoor isolation, especially after the loss of a spouse or friends. This sense of isolation can increase if seniors rarely leave home. Many seniors take advantage of group activities such as book clubs or volunteering to maintain social interaction, but spending time with nature, even alone, has the potential to battle loneliness and foster a happier state of mind. While some seniors are able to perform physical activities outdoors, such as riding bikes or playing tennis, others may be restricted due to physical limitations. However, there are a myriad of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed and adapted to all levels of physical abil

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Help Seniors Prepare Their Homes for Summer The summer months can become exceedingly hot for many but especially for seniors. Every summer, the news reports stories of seniors facing life-threatening conditions, and in some cases, even death, due to the effects of high temperatures. While it is widely known that seniors should take care when venturing outdoors during sweltering hot days, it is also important for seniors to know they can become overheated in their own homes. As seniors age, their bodies become less able to regulate internal temperatures. Medications they take can contribute to this condition. “As a result, you may find that seniors wear sweaters because they feel chilly when, in fact, they should not be cold at all,” says [Insert RN or Owner’s name from your office], Owner or RN of Comfort Keepers in [INSERT CITY]. Other seniors may opt to leave air conditioners off for the same reason. In summer months, this type of behavior can lead them to become overheated in their own homes. It is vitally important fo

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Five Tips to Make the Holidays Easier The holidays are joyous times that inspire feelings of togetherness, fond recollections of past times and hopes for the future. Gatherings with family and friends are sure to lift spirits of all ages as new memories are forged among people. The holidays may create certain challenges for seniors. Some challenges are common while others may be unique to the individual. In any case, immense stress and upheaval may be present during times of holiday cheer. If you have a senior in your life, whether family or friend, the following tips will help you recognize some of these challenges as well as offer ways to alleviate the stress they may cause. Cooking for Holiday Gatherings Cooking large meals for holiday gatherings may be difficult for a senior to accomplish. The reasons may vary from not being accustomed to preparing large meals to the orchestration it involves to pull it off. Offer to help plan and prepare the meal together. This takes the pressure off of the senior of doing it all alo

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Pneumonia: Making the Most of At-Home Recovery Fast Facts • The majority (60%) of preventable hospital readmissions in seniors occur with those who are on Medicare or uninsured. • In the 1930s pneumonia was the number one infectious disease and killed more people than tuberculosis. You have a senior with pneumonia who is about to be sent home to recover, and you are worried. Changes to healthcare laws now allow penalties to be levied on hospitals with high readmission rates for a number of illnesses, including pneumonia, and because this person is over 65, her risk of readmission is greatly increased. A greater concern for you, though, is that the mortality rate for seniors with pneumonia is significantly greater than that in the younger population. Quite simply, her recovery is critical, and you want to ensure she has every resource available to her for a successful recovery at home. There are many reasons seniors need to be readmitted to the hospital for conditions like pneumonia, and some of these factors are controllable.

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Healthy Eating: Simply and on a Budget There is a lot of information on eating healthy and a lot of confusion to go along with it. What is certain is that we all know that we are supposed to eat healthy. Before we can do that, though, we need to understand what this means. Breastcancer.org gives an excellent, simple definition, one that is applicable to all people, not just cancer patients, of what eating healthy means: “Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals.” While this definition is simple, putting it into practice is a difficult task for many people. For seniors, it may be particularly difficult for two reasons: they may have physical limitations that prevent them from preparing food regularly and they may believe they cannot afford to. However, the same strategies that can be applied by a working mother or a busy single father to get he

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In-Home Care for Successful Recovery at Home Changes in healthcare and advances in medicine have created a situation where patients are discharged from the hospital much sooner than previously. While the patients may be medically fit to return home, they are often not mentally and emotionally prepared for the in-home recovery process. Unfortunately, this can lead to patients returning to the hospital rather than recovering and thriving in the community. Offering the appropriate support at home, however, can give patients a feeling of security and increase their chances of a successful recovery. Each year about 2.6 million seniors on Medicare are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Many factors contribute to this figure, including stressors the senior encounters when returning home. Often admission to the hospital happens unexpectedly through an emergency situation. As a result, the senior may return home after an extended hospital stay to discover there is no food in the home, the home may be in disarray, bil
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