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. 

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By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health 

Nearly three out of 10 people who have diabetes don't even know they have the disease. Find out if you should get tested.

Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputations in adults. Having diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, stroke, nerve damage and gum disease.

 

About 24 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. One fourth of them don't know they have the disease. And 57 million more people have pre-diabetes. Studies show that many people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years.

The weather is finally cooling down! You can press pause for a few months on the fear of a loved one overheating. Fall is a great time to take advantage of the crisp weather with family activities like apple or pumpkin picking. Many of the local orchards have picnic areas or rocking chairs where you can a take a break if need be to enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape while catching your breath.