What Can You Do for Quality of Life with High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure can turn into a big problem if your elderly family member isn’t managing it carefully. But managing high blood pressure tends to sound like a boring process that takes all the fun out of life. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Use a Home Monitor

Home monitors used to be clunky and difficult to use easily. Now, they’re small enough to fit on your senior’s wrist and can get the information she needs with very little time. The home monitor helps your senior to see what helps her blood pressure right away and where she is in terms of managing her health. Using the monitor regularly helps her to have some control over her health.

Encourage Your Senior to Follow Her Doctor’s Recommendations

Your senior’s doctor has likely given her a detailed plan for managing her blood pressure. That plan likely includes medications, exercise recommendations, and even dietary guidelines. Your senior may not want to make some of these changes and she can easily ignore them. But the result is going to be that her health will suffer and that’s not great. Help her to make those changes gradually so that they’re less overwhelming for her.

Skip that Nightcap

Managing vices can be one of the most effective tools when your senior is dealing with high blood pressure. This is especially true if she smokes or has more than an occasional alcoholic drink. Both of these activities can cause her blood pressure to be much higher than it should be in order for her to be as healthy as possible. Your senior’s doctor can help her to formulate a plan for cutting back on vices that are hindering her health.

Remove or Reduce Stress

Reducing your senior’s stress levels can help a lot, too. It’s easier when you know what’s stressing her out, of course. Daily stresses can have more of an impact than either of you expect. One way to help your elderly family member to experience less stress is to bring more help into her daily life. Elderly care providers can efficiently handle a variety of tasks, giving your senior time to focus on herself.

Your senior’s situation may change periodically in terms of her blood pressure and how high it gets. That’s why going to regular appointments and monitoring at home can be so important. Her doctor can help you to adjust your senior’s plan as necessary.

If you or an aging loved one is considering elderly care in Victor, NY, please contact the caring staff at Touching Hearts at Home of Rochester today. 585-271-7390.

What Should Seniors at Higher Risk of Getting Sick Do about COVID-19?

If your elderly family member is at a higher risk of getting sick during the coronavirus pandemic, you might be a little more nervous than usual about her health. The good news is that being at higher risk doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s guaranteed to get sick. There are some steps you can take to help her to remain as healthy as possible.

Keep up with Current Treatment Plans as Much as Possible

Your senior’s current medications and treatments are likely still possible now, especially if she is able to handle all of that at home. If there are treatments that your senior must do at a hospital or other location, her doctor can give her information about how to handle that. For the most part, there probably aren’t major changes to how your elderly family member is treating her existing health issues.

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April Caregiver of the Month!

Thank you Diane for your Compassion, Commitment, Consideration, and Communication – we are so glad to have you on our caregiving team!

 

Giving Back with the Touching Hearts Mobile Snack Shack!!

Touching Hearts at Home is taking our mobile snack shack on the road to provide snacks and drinks to health care workers. We want to help our frontline workers, working long shifts with little time to eat a snack or get a drink. We thank you for all you do!

To Nominate a healthcare location for our next stop, email us at annette@touchingheartsny.com and tell us the senior living community, skilled nursing facility or hospital you would like to nominate!!

Get Your Elderly Loved One to Be More Physically Active Starting Today

Physical activity is one of the most important things for everyone. When it comes to elderly adults, it may be even more important. Elderly adults need something to keep them going. They need a purpose in their life and to keep their body healthy at the same time. If you are caring for your elderly loved one, helping them to be more physically active starting today is a great idea. There are some tips that can help with this.

Talking to Your Loved One’s to Doctor

Before you start getting your elderly loved one more physically active you should have a talk with their doctor. Ask the doctor which types of exercises are alright for your loved one. Find out which exercises they should avoid. By scheduling a telehealth appointment with your elderly loved one’s doctor, you can make sure they will be safe while exercising. Since it may not be safe to visit a doctor’s office during the coronavirus pandemic, telehealth can be an excellent alternative.

Check Into the Local Community Center

Many local community centers have fitness classes, fitness programs, gyms, and sometimes even swimming pools. Now that you know what is safe for your elderly loved one, you can check into these classes, programs, and other things that might be available at the local community center. This can not only get your elderly loved one to be more physically active, but it can help them socialize with others at the same time.

Taking it Slow

Whether you are getting your elderly loved one to exercise at the local community center or having them do so at home, the number one thing to remember is they need to take it slow. Pushing them into an exercise routine that their body isn’t ready for could cause more harm than good. It could lead to terrible injuries. Be sure you remind your elderly adult to take things slow. Let them know that if they start hurting, more than just the hurt of a stretched muscle, they should stop what they are doing. In addition, they shouldn’t exercise every day of the week. Have them start with 3 days a week for about 15 minutes each time to see how that goes. Find a fitness class that sparks your interest.

Getting Outside

You can also have your elderly loved one get outside more. If you don’t have the time to take them outside, have their caregivers get them outdoors. Your loved one can garden, walk, jog, and just explore when outdoors. All of these things can get them to be more physically active.

These are some of the ways to get your elderly loved one to be more physically active starting today. Start from the top of this list and get your elderly loved one moving.

Sources
https://health.gov/news-archive/blog/2016/04/how-to-get-older-adults-more-physically-active/index.html

If you or an aging loved one is considering caregivers in Victor, NY, please contact the caring staff at Touching Hearts at Home of Rochester today. 585-271-7390.

Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

Thank you to our wonderful Caregivers!!! You are helping the most vulnerable people during these challenging times.

The Importance of Handwashing

With the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, a persistent fear around the world right now, one common question is how one can best clean his or her hands to help prevent the spread. So what are the best hand-washing techniques, and how can washing hands help prevent spread of illness?

How Washing Hands Can Help

Germs are microscopic — per the CDC, a single gram of human feces can contain one trillion germs — and can be easily transmitted from a surface to the hands and the hands to … anything else the hands might touch. Handwashing with soap is an excellent way to remove those germs from the hands. Per the CDC’s research, community education on handwashing is connected with a stark reduction in diarrhea, respiratory illness (like COVID-19) and other illness.

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5 Grocery Shopping Safety Tips to Avoid Viruses

1. Social Distance! The biggest threat is proximity to people, not products and surfaces.
2. BYO wipes and hand sanitizer. Stores run out.
3. Use self checkout and credit card. Try not to exchange anything with a cashier.
4. Don’t handle your phone while in the store.
5. Wash hands after putting everything away at home.

The following actions are questionable in terms of effectiveness, but are not harmful: use of mask and gloves; washing/wiping product surfaces; and washing clothes after shopping.

Touching Hearts Care Package Distribution Center

Welcome to Touching Hearts Care Package Distribution Center! Today we began delivering care packages to our caregivers and clients containing soap, wipes, gloves and sanitizer. Notice how our distribution team (Bridget, Annette and Mark) are still practicing social distancing! Stay safe everyone!

Thank you Black Button Distilling

Thank you Black Button Distilling for supplying hand sanitizer to our caregivers who are helping our seniors stay safe at home