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Top Tips to Help Seniors with Surgery Recovery at Home

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Help your older loved ones with surgery recovery at home.

When an older adult is facing a surgical procedure, and the subsequent surgery recovery, it can be a time of stress and anxiety, both for the senior herself and her loved ones. The best course of action to ensure peace of mind and as comfortable an experience as possible is through taking proactive measures before the operation, eliminating a post-op rush to get the home in order.

The Phoenix, AZ home care team at Nightingale Homecare suggest the following steps family caregivers can take now to ease surgery recovery when the time comes:

  1. Learn about hospital delirium. Some degree of confusion is quite common in older adults following surgery, and can be quite unsettling for family members who are unaware of this condition. Post-operative delirium occurs most frequently in seniors who have been heavily sedated and/or on a ventilator, and can last for months, causing memory and cognitive problems and hallucinations. Talk with your senior loved one’s surgeon before surgery about this possibility, and how to prevent it.
  2. Make a list, and check it twice. Ask a member of the senior’s medical team if any medical equipment or assistive devices will be necessary or simply helpful during the surgery recovery process, and make arrangements to have those items ready in the senior’s home. This might include a wheelchair or walker, a hospital bed, a bedside commode, and more. You can also find out if it’s possible to pick up any medications the senior will need before the surgery.
  3. Prepare the home. Take a walk through the senior’s home to address any safety concerns, such as ensuring there are clear pathways in the areas the senior will be ambulating, ensuring there are grab bars near the toilet and shower/tub, removing throw rugs and other fall hazards, and arranging helpful items where the senior will be able to easily access them, such as a phone, TV remote control, reading materials, etc. Fill the fridge and pantry with nutritious food choices, and if possible, prepare some meals in advance to store in the freezer for easy reheating.
  4. Reach out to others. Caring for a senior loved one post-surgery is often more than one person can handle alone. Enlist other family members, friends, and neighbors to take shifts in caring for the senior, to help with housework and laundry, to run errands, or simply to provide friendly companionship.

Nightingale Homecare offers a wide range of in-home care services to help seniors with surgery recovery, from non-medical needs such as help around the home and with meals, to highly skilled medical care from our team of registered nurses, and so much more. Allow us to provide seniors in Phoenix the care at home they need to make surgery recovery a smoother process for your senior loved one by calling us at (602) 504-1555.

 

Emergency Button Technology

An adult child’s worries never end! Especially if their elder loved one chooses to remain aging in their own home, without assistance. Even with excellent in home care in Arizona, concerning situations can arise when the elder is left alone. What if your loved one falls, or they have a heart attack, or another medical emergency when home alone? This is where the use of emergency button technology provides much-needed peace of mind.

Emergency button technology allows the user to simply press a button, notifying a trained emergency personnel, that they need immediate help.

There are many mechanisms on the market that will instantly call for help in the event of an emergency.  These include: Personal Emergency Response Systems, Medical Alerts, and Medical Emergency Response Systems, all systems involve the use of emergency button technology.

Any senior who uses this technology, should keep their emergency button someplace where it is easy to access, such as a pocket, a belt loop or even around their neck or wrist. This way, if emergency help is needed, all the senior has to do is press their button… and help is on the way.

Medical alert systems are generally comprised of three elements: a radio transmitter (emergency button), a console (connected to the user’s telephone) and an emergency response center (monitors distress calls).  An emergency button’s capabilities depend on the type of system a senior has in place. Basic systems can turn on lights within the user’s home, where as more advanced systems can notify family, friends or neighbors through text messaging or phone calls.

Home health agencies can provide critical everyday care for seniors, however, emergency button technology is also a wise investment for those wanting round-the-clock monitoring 24/7 for their aging loved ones without the cost of a ever-present caregiver.

Nightingale Homecare offers to all of our patients a 60 day free-of-charge service called: “Nightingale Homecare Connect”.  This service is a personal emergency response system, much like a “nurse call button” in a hospital or care facility setting, which provides a “button” that the user-patient wears. The button is pushed if the patient experiences an urgent medical event. The patient is then connected to a live, trained representative and emergency services, or the Nightingale Homecare clinicians are dispatched, to assist the individual and notify their important contacts that the event has occurred.

The Nightingale Homecare Connect happens to be much more than a personal emergency response system. Our patients are encouraged to press their button for any kind of help they need – even when non urgent or health related. The patient can speak with a representative immediately if they are lonely or anxious, in need of transportation, grocery or medication deliveries, or to schedule physician visits.  Most importantly, the Nightingale health care   to the patient is notified of every patient request, and has worked in conjunction with the Nightingale Homecare Connect staff to establish protocol for each potential patient request. This tool assists in reducing patient hospitalizations by intervening when the patient isn’t feeling well, or in need of direction of their self-care management, then involving expert clinicians immediately when a problem exists.

This free 60-day service provided by Nightingale for all our homecare patients is an important lifeline between the patient, Nightingale and other health care professionals.  After the free 60 day introductory period, the patient can then elect to keep the service at a small monthly fee.

Nightingale Homecare is a top-rated, home health care agency providing medical home care and non-medical home care to Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, and Scottsdale residents. Please call (602) 504-1555 or contact our home health care agency online today to learn more about your options for home care in Arizona.

Posted in Blog on September 5th, 2014 · Comments Off on Emergency Button Technology

Making Personal Care Tasks More Comfortable for Family Caregivers

As a homecare agency professional, you have likely worked past the awkwardness that can accompany assisting the elderly in their personal care. But for a senior’s family members, personal care tasks can be harder to take on. In this post, our homecare professionals list some suggestions you can recommend to family caregivers.

Change Their Viewpoint

Suggest to family members that they think of these tasks as medical necessities. For example, instead of a son providing a tube feeding for his father, he’s providing nourishment to help him heal.

Maximize Their Usefulness

As a homecare agency worker, you can encourage family members to have the senior – if they are able—perform the parts of a task that are most difficult emotionally for both parties, such as washing private areas.

Utilize Distraction

Just as when a small child has to get a shot, a parent may sing or talk to them to keep their mind off the task at hand; the same premise can be applied to personal care tasks. Carrying on a conversation with a senior or reminiscing about past memories, can work to get the task done quickly and efficiently with little embarrassment.

Convenience is Their Friend

Try using bath wipes and dry shampoo in between full baths and wet wipes for toileting needs.

Routine is Key

Suggesting families implement a regimen for a senior’s personal care tasks, especially for those patients who suffer from dementia, is crucial.  A regular routine creates a sense of stability for the senior and their families.  Prompt family members to perform hygiene tasks when a senior is most alert.

Ask for Help

Remind family members there is no shame in asking for help, especially if it prevents caretaker burn-out.

At Nightingale Homecare, one of Arizona’s top rated home health agencies, we know what it means to be a caregiver, working to keep a loved one at home where he or she can have the highest possible quality of life. Our Professional Homecare staff is happy to come out and give family members a respite break from providing care.  Call (602) 504-1555 or contact our homecare agency online to learn more about Phoenix at home care.

Posted in Blog on August 4th, 2014 · Comments Off on Making Personal Care Tasks More Comfortable for Family Caregivers

Planning for Your Online Accounts after Death

Estate planning, while not an easy topic for most is essential in ensuring that your family is taken care of and your financial wishes are met, after you pass. These preemptive plans play an important role in reducing confusion for loved ones, especially in the digital age.

The first step in planning for your online accounts after death should be to take inventory of your digital assets. These assets can include:

  • Online bank accounts
  • Customer profiles with home health agencies
  • e-mail accounts
  • Social media platforms
  • Digital photo storage accounts
  • eBay or other online auction accounts
  • PayPal
  • Brokerage accounts
  • Frequent Flyer accounts
  • Electronic devices (e-reader, tablet, cell phone, computer)

Anything digital that completes the story of your personal, professional and financial life should be included in your list.

Next, you’ll want to be sure to include usernames and up-to-date passwords to your electronics, bank accounts, utility accounts, email accounts and any other online accounts you deem important. It may seem easy enough for your loved ones to step in and begin to manage your accounts, however federal and state laws created to guard against things like identity theft and fraud, can inadvertently work against loved ones trying to access your digital assets.

Don’t underestimate the sentimental and financial value digital accounts hold for your loved ones. Give yourself (and family members) peace of mind by including your digital property in the estate planning process.

Nightingale Homecare, one of the top-rated home health agencies in Arizona, has built an outstanding reputation among clients, caregivers, physicians, and professional agencies as a private duty home health service. Call (602) 504-1555 or contact our private duty home health agency online, for the best in Arizona Alzheimer’s care or to speak with a representative who can custom-fit a plan for your in home care in Arizona.

Posted in Blog on July 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off on Planning for Your Online Accounts after Death