It’s never an elegant topic, but World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is November 19, so elegant or not, it’s time to address this serious concern and remind ourselves how to prevent pressure ulcers. What are pressure ulcers? Fundamentally, a pressure ulcer is what develops when there is enough pressure on a soft tissue area of the body that rests on a bony area – consider a heel, or a hip – to clamp the capillaries there, preventing the flow of blood to the tissues. When the cells there don’t receive sufficient blood flow, they don’t receive sufficient oxygen, which means that they begin to die. Where those cells die (that means the skin breaks down) that’s a pressure ulcer. And how easily one may expect pressure ulcers to heal depends not only on the patient’s overall health, and how he or she conducts him or herself with regard to
When I was young, I wanted to do everything myself. I still do, but now I understand that I can’t. It’s hard to give up my independence, and let others Do for me, but it helps that I have you to help. When I was young, I had the whole world ahead of me. Now it’s a struggle just to get through the day. But when you help me with a smile and a joke I forget for a few minutes that I am elderly and frail. Now that I am old, simple things have become difficult. Actions I took for granted now require assistance. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have my dignity, And I am so glad that you realize this as well. Now that I am old, I have accepted that my time is short. I am eternally grateful that you are there to Make this
Towne Home Care is getting warmed up to join Jersey Cares 20th Annual Coat Drive. We would like to encourage you to participate in working towards helping us keep our neighbors throughout the state warm. Last year Jersey Cares collected and distributed over 30,000 coats and we’d like to help them double that number this year. The end date of the drive is December 5th. This is the last day that coats can be dropped off at container sites. Towne Home Care has set up 2 drop-off sites: Towne Home Care: 9:00am – 5:00pm 5140 US Highway 9 South Howell, NJ 07731 Crystal Lake Healthcare and Rehabilitation: 9:00am – 5:00pm 395 Lakeside Blvd Bayville, NJ 08721 Let’s make this a success together!
I don’t know about you, but I find that Veteran’s Day can creep up and catch me unaware. It’s not like Halloween, where the candy sales in the supermarket let you know it’s on its way. Or Thanksgiving, with pumpkin patch pictures all over Facebook and all those reds and oranges and golden browns. You know, harvest colors – at least, in the northeast, where I’m from – and Indian corn, and cranberries, and turkey for 87 cents a pound. Veteran’s Day doesn’t have any special food or tradition that I know of. It’s not even the day we mourn all the American boys and girls (because think of how young they are, really) who we’ve lost to war – that’s Memorial Day, and it doesn’t roll around until the end of spring. Veteran’s Day just kind of appears, often without fanfare, in the middle of November – November 11 to be exact – and
One of the most important jobs of the medical team in a nursing home or other facility is ensuring that the patients take their medications regularly. Medication management for seniors is not always an easy job, but is, of course, extremely important. Left to their own devices, 55% of seniors don’t take their medications according to doctor’s orders. This can cause adverse drug reactions, resulting in hospitalization. In fact, each year, 200,000 elderly patients are hospitalized for this reason. How to prevent medicine misuse One of the causes of misuse of medicine is that many senior citizens suffer from vision problems and can’t properly read the instructions on the bottles. For independent seniors, an easy solution is to request that drug stores print the instructions in large print. Other patients may need the instructions read to them or the medication administered to them directly. Seniors who suffer from Alzheimer’s or
When your parents reach the age where living entirely alone is no longer feasible, decisions must be made to ensure their safety and well-being. Some seniors are in need of around-the-clock care in a nursing facility and others can stay at home with caregivers. More independent and healthy seniors may consider assisted living or home care companions. For some seniors, assisted living is the answer but others prefer to stay at home with a home care companion for these reasons: Moving to assisted living is a big upheaval in a person’s life. It means packing up belongings, adjusting to new and unfamiliar surroundings and leaving behind old friends. A senior who is relatively healthy may want to stay in the home he has lived in for many years and continue to be a standing member of his community. Help from a home care companion can go a long way toward
A lot has changed in recent years in the way that we care for our elderly. Before it was common for women to have careers, it was assumed that they would care for both their children and their elderly parents and in-laws. They were often burdened by the responsibilities of caring for more than one generation at a time and were unable to pursue personal fulfillment. All this has changed with the advent of feminism and two-career families. Elderly parents are given the best care for their personal situation, but are not always being physically cared for by family members. Excellent options in the form of home care, assisted living and nursing homes allow women to concentrate on their families and careers, with the confidence that their parents are being properly looked after. These developments have eased the burden on families, but do they impact the close relationship between grandparents