September is Pain Awareness Month. The American Chronic Pain Association, in partnership with other organizations across the country, established Pain Awareness Month to help people recognize, understand, and treat and manage chronic pain.

 

Chronic pain is pain that continues beyond the expected time of healing; it can also occur due to ongoing health issues. Many seniors experience chronic pain after a surgery, or as a result of another medical issue, such as rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia, or cancer.

 

Chronic pain can affect sleep, mental health, and can even disrupt the social life of your family member. Fortunately, there are some healthy ways you can help him or her manage chronic pain and live a healthier, happier life.

The decision to seek in-home care for your older loved one can be challenging. In addition to considering how often you’ll need someone to come into the home and the services they should provide, you’ll want to be sure that the caregiver is someone you can trust to go beyond merely performing day-to-day tasks and will treat your loved one as they would their own family member. Here are some of the most important attributes to look for when considering an in-home caregiver:

Hospital systems around the US are changing the way they provide care for older patients during COVID-19. LIFE Geisinger, a care facility designed for older adults that gives them support they need to be able to live at home longer, is one such system.

 

LIFE Geisinger is part of the Geisinger Health Care System in Pennsylvania and normally provides services both at its day centers and in patients’ homes. However, nurses are now providing as many services as possible at the home of their patients rather than at their centers, including physical therapy, medication administration, and even food delivery. More complicated or serious treatments, such as IV treatments and dialysis, are still performed at the hospital system.

The Wall Street Journal recently published this informative article on the demand for in-home care during the coronovirus. If you are a subscriber, you can read the article here. We've also included the entire article in this post. 

 

As older adults shelter in place, an already-stretched caregiver network faces new strains; 'The most vulnerable to Covid are going to be staying home longer than the rest of us'

 

Healthcare workers in Western North Carolina and across the nation are working tirelessly to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, many at the risk of their own health. Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves are desperately needed, and many companies and individuals have stepped up to meet the demand by making and donating equipment.

 

Angie Ballard, Director at Mountain Home Care, has done her part in providing PPE for not only our MHC caregivers, but for our community and beyond! Early on in the outbreak, Angie realized that MHC was going to face the challenge of not having enough PPE. That’s when she decided to buy a sewing machine and begin sewing masks. “I’m not a seamstress, but I found a pattern and started to sew,” says Angie. “It was a bit involved at first, but fortunately after a few attempts I began to figure out what worked best for me. And my skills are slowly improving!”