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Senior Care Tips: Chronic Disease Management

Senior CareMost of us will, at one point or another in our lives, take care of a family member or close friend, and there is a good chance that the loved one being cared for will have at least one chronic disease. It is estimated that about half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions, and one in four have two or more.

The following tips, courtesy of the Arizona home health care team at Nightingale Homecare, can help you get up to speed on how best to support your senior loved one to live the healthiest life possible when faced with a chronic health condition.

Learn About the Disease and Participate

Any new diagnosis presents a learning curve. Your best first step is to take the time to educate yourself on the chronic disease diagnosis and how to manage it. Your loved one’s health care provider is a great place to begin asking for educational materials, or visit an official website for the disease. Nightingale Homecare’s Pathlink chronic disease management program also helps patients newly diagnosed with a chronic disease, teaching self-management skills and providing educational materials and guidance along the way. Participating in your loved one’s doctor appointments, nursing visits and educational seminars will help you gain a better understanding of the disease, and the management of it. Ask questions and take notes. Make sure the health care team knows your loved one’s concerns or apprehensions, if they aren’t able to verbalize those concerns themselves.

Guide Self-Management Practices

One thing you will learn quickly is that it is vital for the person with a chronic disease to self-manage and pay attention to self-care. It is important to encourage, but not to overwhelm your loved one. The health care team can help with your approach so that your encouragement doesn’t overwhelm your loved one. It’s often helpful when you make any necessary lifestyle changes alongside your loved one; taking walks and exercising together, and making healthy changes to your meal plan are great starts! Gentle reminders and oversight are important, but give your loved one time to adjust to the lifestyle change in order to achieve long-term success.

Set Small Goals

Taking a step-by-step approach is the easiest way to make long-term changes. Making small changes with a few specific goals to your loved one’s lifestyle rather than making a lot of big changes all at once is much more motivating for patients. Of course, there are changes your loved one’s doctor may want to see sooner rather than later, so be sure and include the health care team in identifying those immediate goals.

Support for the Caregiver

Learning to care for the complex health care needs of a loved one can take its toll on the caregiver. Acknowledging this stress can be the first step in coping. Be certain you find support for yourself. If you can find a support group for caregivers, consider joining; it can help tremendously to meet others who know exactly what you are going through! And partner with the professionals in senior care in Phoenix, AZ at Nightingale Homecare for trusted senior care that provides peace of mind to families and high quality care to older adults, right where they’re most comfortable – at home. Call us any time at (602) 504-1555 to schedule a free in-home assessment to learn more!

Supporting Your Senior Loved One to Age Safely at Home Household Management: Trust and Support

supporting loved ones at homeHousehold Management: Trust and Support

In our ongoing effort to assist adult children in mastering the necessary elements to support their loved ones to age safely at home, the registered nurses at Nightingale Homecare have created this third in a 7-part blog series, focused on household management.

Keeping appointments, paying bills, and assuring household appliances are maintained can often become overwhelming for a senior. In addition, seniors are vulnerable to a variety of scams, which are a form of elder abuse. This abuse can have tragic effects on your loved one, not only financially, but also emotionally and physically.

In addition to a loved one becoming the victim of a scam, the telltale signs that your senior loved one may be unable to manage everyday tasks can include:

  • Stacks of unopened mail
  • Discontinued services to the home
  • Sparse or limited food choices
  • Neglect to personal care
  • An unkempt house or lawn

This kind of personal/home neglect can also be a warning of early dementia or depression, both common in an elder living alone without support.

Try these tips to provide the support your loved one needs with household management:

  • Assign a trusted family member or certified fiduciary to keep legal issues, bills, and a calendar of necessary financial obligations and payments in order.
  • Involve the older adult as much as possible to encourage independence and involvement.
  • Understand that at some point the appointment of a legal power of attorney (POA) may be necessary.
  • If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of a scam, contact the Arizona Attorney General.
  • To report elder abuse or suspected elder abuse contact Arizona Adult Protective Services.
  • To find a certified fiduciary service to assist your loved one in managing his or her bills and assets, contact the Arizona Fiduciaries Association.

Nightingale Homecare is uniquely qualified in assisting your loved one to age safely at home. Nightingale’s qualified home care professionals are expert in providing individualized care and supportive guidance to your loved one. Our goal is to provide the guidance and care necessary for your loved one to remain safe and independent at home.

Serving families in the Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Maricopa County areas since 1994, all of our services are customized to fit each person’s unique needs, and are available for as little as a few hours to full-time, around-the-clock care. For more information, complete our simple contact form online or call us at 602-504-1555.

Look for the next blog in this series on Medication Management: Accuracy and Adherence and experience success with helping your loved one age in place at home!

Posted in Aging Issues, Blog on June 9th, 2015 · Comments Off on Supporting Your Senior Loved One to Age Safely at Home Household Management: Trust and Support