Blogs 2018-05-18T00:51:54+00:00
From Hospital to Home

From Hospital to Home – Making the Transition Work

Dec 08
Coming home from the hospital is always a transition, no matter how long you were there, and no matter how mild the ailment that landed you there. It is described well in The Chosen, when the protagonist returns home from the hospital: “The world jumped into focus and everything looked suddenly bright and fresh and clean, as it does on an early morning with the sun on the trees, and there was newness everywhere, a feeling that I had been away a long time in a dark place and was now returning home to sunlight” (p. 95). It’s a glorious description. Even so, coming home from the hospital can be a little tense.  If the patient is your elderly loved one, like your mom, you will likely want jump in and help out with getting her discharged quickly, and learning what you can to help take care of her at
Thanksgiving Inspiration

Thanksgiving Inspiration

Nov 23
When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. I like the crush of the fallen leaves, in all their glorious color (I’m not giving away too much if I acknowledge I’m from New Hampshire, right?) I like the crisp, brisk November air, with that hint of snow we hope waits until December. I collect Thanksgiving traditions, and relish the story of the annual presidential pardoning of the bird. And then, of course, there’s the food! I guess I’ll never be sure whether turkey with all the fixings (you know, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry relish) is my all-time favorite because the food reminds me of the holiday, or whether my love of those foods made the day that much more memorable for me. Either way, the bottom line is that even with all of these decorative elements, my love of Thanksgiving is really because of the people. You know,
Pressure Ulcers

Pressure Ulcers

Nov 19
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
Ode to My Caregiver

An Ode to My Caregiver

Nov 18
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
Winter Coat Drive

Winter Coat Drive

Nov 10
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!
Veteran's Day

Veteran’s Day: A Home Health Care Provider Reflects

Nov 10
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
Medication Management for Seniors

Medication Management for Seniors

Nov 02
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
Home Care Companions

Top 5 Ways Home Care Companions Save the Day

Oct 22
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

Celebrating the Bond Between Grandparents and Grandchildren

Sep 10
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. 1534