Archive for September, 2010

Check Out Our New Veterans’ Program Page!

September 30th, 2010 1 Comment

Home Care for New Jersey Veterans

We are excited to unveil our new Veterans’ Program page on our website (click on the Veterans’ Program tab).

What makes Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties’ Veterans Program so special? The key is TIME. When a qualified U.S. veteran or their widowed spouse applies for their well-deserved “Aid and Attendance Benefit” (which can cover up to 75 HOURS of home care services each month) through standard government channels, it may take up to 8-12 months for them to start receiving benefits. But by applying through us, the Veteran or his widowed spouse will start getting the care they need shortly after completing the application—Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties will provide care during the 8-12 month processing period. Even better news: if the Veterans Administration rejects the Veteran’s application, neither the Veteran nor their family will be charge for any home care assistance we provided.

So, if you know a wartime veteran who needs care (or are one yourself), be sure to check out the Veterans tab for more information!

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We’ve also updated our “Family Survival Kit” page by adding a highly detailed “Home Care Checklist.” Don’t call a home care NJ agency without it!

Fall Prevention Awareness Week: September 19-25

September 23rd, 2010 No Comments

 

The coming of the fall season brings the annual Fall Prevention Awareness Week. Falls are especially dangerous for older adults.

– – –How widespread is the problem?

  • Did you know that more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States?
  • Among older people, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths. Falls also are the major cause of injuries that aren’t fatal and are the leading cause of hospital admissions for trauma.
  • In 2010, over 2 million older adults were treated in emergency departments due to falls; more than 662,000 were retained in the hospital due to falls
  • The rates of fall-related deaths among older adults increased over the past decade.
  • 20% – 30% of people who fall have moderate to severe injuries–bruises, hip fractures, lacerations, or head traumas.
  • Another factor to consider: medications. Many older adults take multiple medications to treat their health conditions. Taking four or more medications can greatly increase the risk for falling. This is because there are a greater number of side effects associated with multiple medication use and the side effects can be intense. Interactions between medications can also cause side effects.

Video from Texas Health Resources

Half of the trauma admissions at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hosptial Fort Worth involve falls. “And we did a little bit of research saying what makes people fall. Things that make them fall are the amount of medications that they have, if they have cords on the floor, if their rooms are crowded, if they can’t see properly,” said Mary Ann Contreras, RN. They developed a screening test used to determine if a patient was at risk of losing their balance. The test evaluates strength, flexibility, sensation, and visual vestibular interaction. Afterward, they are educated on home safety issues, and exercise.


Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/adultfalls.html; 
http://www.fallpreventiontaskforce.org/falls_medication.htm

Design Your Home to Age In Place

September 16th, 2010 No Comments

One of the latest trends in home design is Universal Design—”the design of environments usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” The videos we’ve spotlighted here all show examples. Universal design allows people to “age in place” by staying in their home as long as possible—an AARP study shows that 90% of people over 60 would like to remain at home. Wouldn’t it be great if your home could grow old with you?

Design tips from the videos:

  • Bathrooms: Choose single-handle lever faucets, seats in showers, high-seat toilets, slide bar shower heads with adjustable height controls, and curbless shower stalls
  • Doors: Use swing-away hinges to allow doors to open wider
  • Lighting: Add more light throughout the home with skylights and task lights
  • Flooring: Install smooth-surface flooring
  • If the house has 2 or more levels, install an elevator


www.dannylipford.com

www.hgtvpro.com

karmavision.tv.com (http://bit.ly/s2WltK)

Sources: http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/press-center/info-2005/livable_communities.html

Video Tips on Aging Well

September 9th, 2010 No Comments

In keeping with this month’s theme of Healthy Aging, we found this informative video (only about 6 minutes long) which helps explain what’s happening as we age. It also gives great tips on how to stay healthy, fit and independent!


Watch and Learn!

Video Highlights

What happens when we age?

  • Cells age
  • External changes (gray hair, thinning skin)
  • Internal changes (weakened heart muscles, decline in immune system, brittle bones)

How to maintain health as we age

  • Exercise
  • Balanced diet
  • Stay involved, learn new things, volunteer
  • Get regular health screenings
  • Keep your home free of hazards
  • Laugh often!  😆

Video source: mbrine’s YouTube Channel (http://bit.ly/w13yb1)