16/09/2016 0 Comments
Assisting Seniors with Chronic Conditions & Disease
Over 90 percent of Canadians aged 65 and older have at least one chronic health condition, such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, obesity or respiratory conditions. Complications between these chronic conditions and diseases can make it more difficult for seniors to maintain their independence. The greater number of health concerns they have, the harder it is to compensate for any one given problem. However, there are steps you can take to help make it easier for a senior loved one to manage their self-care.
Helping your senior family member stay safe
Chronic conditions and disease can sometimes affect a senior’s reasoning and judgment skills. By following the suggestions below, you can help them stay safe at home.
- Reduce hazards in their living space. To help reduce the chance of a bad fall, eliminate floor clutter and furnishings with sharp edges. Consider installing carpet if they have hard floors, mount grab bars in the bathroom and have them use a shower chair or bench.
- Prepare healthy meals and snacks. Seniors are sometimes unable to work safely in their kitchens and may not make healthy choices. You can help by purchasing pre-sliced fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains. Ready-made salads with pre-cooked chicken are a healthy choice to have on hand. Try preparing healthy casseroles yourself and store them in single-serving portions for them to heat up in the microwave.
- Encourage daily movement and exercise. Depending on their condition, it may be difficult for them to get around. But daily exercise is still important. Have them try a stretching band to increase blood flow and flexibility in their limbs. Toss a soft rubber ball or balloon back and forth. Encourage the use of a stationary bike or, if they can manage it, go for a walk together.
- Help them manage their sleep habits. For someone with chronic conditions, it’s critical to get the restorative sleep they need. You can help by encouraging them to eat at regular intervals and going to bed and getting up at the same time each day. It’s also important to create an inviting sleep environment and make sure the room is at a comfortable temperature for sleeping.
When to consider home care in North York
Seniors are often forced to give up their independence too soon. If they’re just not ready yet, in-home care in North York and the GTA is an excellent alternative to local nursing homes. It allows your aging loved one to stay in their home as long as possible while reducing the burden on you.
Getting home personal care in North York can help seniors lead a happier and healthier life with a constant companion by their side to keep them safe and sociable.
Our attentive nurses at Care 2000 are dedicated to improving the lives of seniors. Our nurses often become an extension of your family while helping seniors get the care they need in their own home. If you’re considering home care in North York and the GTA, don’t hesitate: contact us today.