Top 10 Tips for Proper Heart Medication Management for Seniors

If you or a senior loved one in your life have been diagnosed with heart disease, you know how important proper heart medication management for seniors is. It is essential to take heart disease meds exactly as prescribed. But what exactly does that mean? Here are a few helpful recommendations from Advanced Home Health Care to help you get the most from your meds:

Technology Trends for Seniors in 2021 to Help Them Live their Best Year Yet

This year, the West Point, IA home care services’ team saw firsthand how important the role of technology is in the lives of aging adults and seniors. As we move into 2021 and face the challenges of a new year, health and wellness are at the forefront of how we think about technology for older adults. In the new year, it’s predicted that these technology trends will be the ones…

Reducing Hospital Readmissions in the Elderly

There is presently a top priority for hospitals: reducing hospital readmissions in the elderly who are at high risk. Healthcare Financial Management Association’s article “Two Ways Hospitals Can Reduce Avoidable Readmissions” explains that successful initiatives from a sampling of hospitals with minimal 30-day rehospitalizations are, to some degree, the result of participating with inpatient and outpatient care providers, such as Advanced Home Health Care, who can provide a continuum of…

Holiday Safety Tips for Seniors – Avoiding Emergency Room Visits

Although of course we’d love to visualize enjoying a Norman Rockwell-worthy holiday gathering, with all of our family members spending quality time together and Mom’s traditional holiday feast, the reality for numerous family gatherings instead can consist of something unanticipated: an E/R visit. In fact, research shows that E/R visits for seniors rise about 10 – 20% over the holiday season.

Learning from and Responding to Confusion Caused by Alzheimer’s

Dementia confusion, a common symptom of Alzheimer’s, can lead to recent memories being forgotten or distorted, while memories from the more remote past frequently remain intact. This can cause more distant situations to make more sense to an older person with dementia than the present. A person’s alternate reality could be the senior’s way of making sense of the present through past memories.

Dementia Care: How to Identify and Respond to Anosognosia

“How on earth could you think that I have dementia? There is not a thing wrong with me!” If an aging loved one with dementia has communicated sentiments such as this, you might have thought to yourself that the senior was actually in denial and reluctant to recognize such a challenging diagnosis. However, there could be a different reason: anosognosia, or the genuine unawareness that he/she is impaired by dementia.

Enriching Activities for Seniors that Promote Purpose and Self-Worth

Perform an online search for the term “activities for seniors” and you’ll likely find a number of games, crafts, memory-stimulating puzzles, and of course, the requisite bingo. What you won’t find, unless you really search much longer, are the purposeful, philanthropic activities that bring meaning and enrichment to our lives. And yet, if you ask aging adults what they would most want to do, the majority of them will not…

Increasing Senior Self-Confidence Through Meaningful Activities

“Here, let me help you with that.” “Take it easy and don’t overdo it!” “You just sit down and rest; I’ll take care of that.” How many times have we made statements just like these to senior loved ones, with the very best of intentions, of course? We want to do whatever possible in an effort to help our older loved ones, to keep them safe and to take care…

Create Fun Activities for Seniors from Everyday Tasks

Millions of Americans are finding themselves in a role of providing senior care for an older loved one, and even though being a family caregiver is exceedingly satisfying in many ways, the everyday duties involved with senior care can come to be monotonous for both the caregiver and the senior. Advanced Home Health Care, providers of the compassionate senior care and rehabilitation services Burlington, IA and surrounding area residents need,…

The Benefits of Senior Activities and How Advanced Home Health Care Can Help!

Is your loved one getting involved in senior activities on a regular basis, or is he/she stuck in a rut that generally features watching TV, eating, and sleeping? Especially during this time of quarantining and isolation, it can be challenging to maintain an active and involved way of living – but it is crucially important for the health and wellness of older adults.