This time of year is a special time for all. With the anticipation of more snow days and the excitement surrounding the holidays, your mind can be consumed. The last thing on your mind is the people in your life who might not have anyone to share this special time of year with anyone. Sometimes the greatest gift that you can give someone is your time. We normally talk about physical proactive steps that you can take to protect the elderly in your life, such as climate control and activity planning, but this month we want to focus on a more emotional approach.

By Linda Lauzon

 

Handwashing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illnesses so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It's quick, it's simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.

 

 

By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health

 

Care and Hospice agencies are made up of millions of devoted nurses, home care aides, therapists, social workers and other professionals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of patients and families who choose to receive care at home and in facilities. The care is often provided following hospitalizations, surgeries, a new chronic care diagnosis or during a period of illness.

We will touch more on the importance of preplanning in cases of bad weather for loved ones who might still be living on their own in future posts, but for now we have a single tip. If your loved one is physically or cognitively impaired, make a plan of people who can stay with him or her during times of bad weather.

Teepa Snow points out the things to watch for if you suspect dementia in a loved one. 

Watch the video here.