Avoiding Falls is a Balancing Act!

One in three seniors will fall each year. One in five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. In fact, 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling.

It is time to get serious about the significant impact of falls and educate seniors about the steps they can take to avoid a fall. Prevention is critical because falling once doubles a a person’s chances of falling again. That is the goal of this education tool – to inform seniors about the factors that put them at risk and encourage them to take important steps to precent falls and related injuries.

Dr. Jane Mahoney, Professor of Geriatrics at the UW – Madison, recommends a regular exercise program to improve balance. With this tool we have outlined three simple balance exercises on the back of the card to get a senior started on a simple program they can do at home with a chair. Of course, everyone should consult their doctor before starting any exercise program.

If you would like more information, please give our office a call at 844-543-3546.

Being Older Does Not Mean Being Depressed!

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that elderly depression is not only widespread, but a “serious public health concern.”

Depression is not a normal part of aging. However, older adults are at an increased risk of experiencing depression. The condition often is misdiagnosed or undertreated. Health care providers may mistake symptoms of depression as just a natural reaction to illness or the life style changes that come with age. Older adults themselves share the same beliefs and are reluctant to ask for help.

The good news is that senior depression can be treated and with the right support, treatment, and home care strategies, seniors feel better and live a happy and vibrant life. A home aide can provide encouragement, and a personal connection to help a senior overcome depression. The companionship that our caregivers provide is priceless!

In fact, studies show that elders who have a support system are more likely to recover from a depressive episode than those who are isolated. If you would like more information, please give our office a call at 844-543-3546.

Emergency Department Visits Are Rising!

Despite CMS efforts to reduce hospitalizations, the number of emergency room visits among seniors are rising. The CDC report highlighted that the number of seniors who end up in an ER will continue to rise as the population continues to age. Given that the fastest growing age group in the country is 80+ year olds, the statistics are alarming!

Homecare is a valuable solution to help reduce hospitalizations. As adults get older, having help at home can help minimize many of the risks that lead to hospitalizations. With a wide range of services, home care can help seniors remain safe, healthy, and independent. If you would like more information, please give our office a call at 844-543-3546.

Old Age Isn’t Old Age Anymore!

“Aging in place,” is the big buzz word of the decade!
Everyday 10,000 people turn 65, and seniors are living longer than ever before. They say 65 is the new 55, and there has never been a better time for aging. The stereotype of spending your golden years in a rocking chair at a nursing home is gone!

We know seniors want to remain independent in the place they call home. The demand for home-based care solutions will continue to grow as seniors redefine aging in America.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 70% of people 65 and older will require some form of care. If a person is living independently at home, our caregivers can help with ADL’s, household chores, medication adherence, and companionship, just to name a few.

Home is where the heart is! To find out more information about how we can help you or a loved one age in place, please find us on Facebook, or give our office a call at 844-543-3546.

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. As our senior population continues to grow, the number of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will continue to rise. In fact, it is expected that the number of people with Alzheimer’s Disease will double by 2030!

While the world still searches for a cure, help us spread awareness and remember to watch for early signs and symptoms in your loved ones! We created this informational poster to make it easier to recognize the early warning signs and react by seeking medical support. The more people who know about Alzheimer’s, the more action we can inspire. Until there is a cure, there is care! We have seen an increase in calls from families looking for care for their loved one suffering with dementia. Dementia care can prolong a person’s ability to stay home and provide the families with needed peace of mind!

For more information, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LifelineHomecare

The Great Reset in Senior Care

In Healthcare industry news we are seeing daily reports of organizations launching home-based care programs. We’re seeing Hospital at Home, SNF at Home, and Mayo Clinic launched an advanced care at home model as an example.

The reality is that payors, health care organizations, and senior advocates are looking for new and creative ways to keep seniors at home with the care and services they need. Luckily we have been specializing in this type of care for over 30 years!

Policymakers recognize the growing demand and are rethinking how we deliver care to seniors. Spiking hospitalizations and readmission rates are causing healthcare costs to surge. Keeping patients at home is the goal of everyone. In fact, expanding home and community-based services is part of the legislative package that was passed on November 19, 2021, as part of the Build Back Better Act.

Home care services are an integral part of any home-based care model. Researchers have found more than 90% of hospital readmissions can be traced to non-clinical factors, such as having insufficient support for day-to-day functional needs after a patient is discharged home.

This article outlines how we can all work together to, “Build Back Better for Seniors!” We would love to talk to you in more detail about how our home care services can help you and your family reduce hospitalizations and improve outcomes for your loved ones. For more information, please give our office a call at 844-543-3546.

Parkinson’s Disease Resources

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. We always like to share helpful information to support patients and their families. We created this resource guide for people with PD and their families as part of our TULIP campaign.

Anyone with a chronic disease like PD can use all the help they can get. We compiled a list of agencies to support and direct patients and/or their families as they walk through their journey.

Parkinson’s is a challenging progressive neurological condition that impairs a person’s movement and, in advanced stages, requires full-time care. We provide Parkinson’s Care at Home which focuses on ensuring that clients get their medication on time every time and have the help they need with ADLs to avoid falls.

Many people with PD complain of changes in their thinking and mental abilities, difficulties when decision making, planning activities, and problem-solving. Our caregivers are trained in Parkinson’s related dementia and are familiar with dementia care techniques.

For more information, please give our office a call at 844-543-3546.

“If I Could Turn Back Time”

Senior isolation during the pandemic reached an all-time high. There are many articles suggesting that isolation, loneliness, and depression have become major health concerns among the senior population.

In addition to loneliness, ER visits within this age group are also on the rise. The CDC reports a yearly average of 29 million ER visits by patients 60 and over. Their data shows that the risk of hospitalizations increases with age and chronic conditions.

Unfortunately, we can’t turn back time, but our home care services can lift a person’s spirit and help oversee their health and wellbeing! Caregivers are trained to assist seniors in the activities that keep patients safe at home. Two of the main causes of hospitalizations are falls and poor management of their medical condition, including medication management. These are important tasks that are satisfied with home care.

Making a difference in a senior’s life is the goal of every caregiver. That’s why they chose this line of work. Over the years, we have seen incredible friendships develop. As care managers, it is our job to assess the client’s needs and ensure that the care plan addresses exactly what tasks need to be accomplished each visit, and what risks the caregiver should avoid. We always like to get family feedback too to ensure that we’re not missing anything. It is a team effort, and communication is key.

For more information, please call our office at 844-543-3546.