To keep our clients and caregivers safe, we strictly follow public health guidelines related to COVID-19.

Posts Tagged “Senior Home Care”

5 Ways to Celebrate Stress-Free Holidays with Senior Loved Ones

5 Ways to Celebrate Stress-Free Holidays with Senior Loved OnesFor many seniors, this time of year can bring about a roller coaster of emotions. In tandem with experiencing the joy of family, friends, and holiday activities, feelings of loss, depression, and exhaustion can result in an overload of stress. To help balance out the season for the seniors you love, try some of these tips, courtesy of AARP:

  • Don’t try to do it all. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking we need to embrace every opportunity the holiday season offers, but the reality is, seniors need plenty of downtime in the midst of the festivities. Try to match your pace to that of your senior loved ones, and treasure the times of relaxation together as much as the bustle of shopping and parties.
  • Honor old traditions while introducing the new. While it’s important to uphold certain traditions that are valued by your senior loved ones, realize that they may invoke some measure of sadness for times gone by. Try implementing some brand new traditions that the whole family can agree upon and enjoy together, such as watching a new holiday movie while stringing popcorn and cranberries, constructing a gingerbread house, or a game of holiday charades.
  • Keep an eye on health issues. The busyness of the holidays can mask the subtle signs of health concerns if we’re not careful to pay attention to the cues our senior loved ones are exhibiting. Keep a watchful eye out for signs such as changes in sleeping or eating habits, which could indicate physical or emotional issues that need to be addressed.
  • Think ahead before venturing out. When accompanying a senior to a holiday outing, a little advance planning can go a long way towards ensuring his or her comfort and safety. For example, before hitting the mall for a day of shopping, map out the locations of rest rooms, review meal options (taking into consideration any dietary restrictions), check on wheelchair accessibility or rental options, etc.
  • Allow time to just be together. The best gift you can give your senior loved ones is that of your unhurried time and undivided attention. Simply setting aside an afternoon to visit over a cup of tea, without any other obligations or distractions, shows you care in a way unlike any other.

A professional home care agency, such as Nightingale Homecare, can enhance the holidays for seniors and their families even further. We allow families the opportunity to spend quality time together with activities they can enjoy, while our experienced Phoenix senior caregivers assist with the more mundane aspects of care, such as light housekeeping, bathing and grooming, meal planning and preparation, and much more.

We also provide nursing, therapy, and other home health care services as needed, so seniors can remain safe, comfortable, and as independent as possible, right at home. Contact us to learn more about our Arizona in-home care services and how we can make life easier and more enjoyable for your senior loved one!

4 Surprising Facts You Need to Know About Long-Term Care, and Myths You Need to Forget!

Long Term CareIf you’re alive, breathing, and aging (and if you’re reading this – that means you!), chances are strong that at some point, you’ll need long-term care: nearly 70% of American seniors are currently receiving these services.

So what exactly is “long-term care,” who provides it, where is it provided, and who pays for it? Nightingale Homecare is pleased to answer your long-term care questions with facts and help dispel some of the more commonly believed myths.

What is long-term care?

First of all, the basics. Long-term care covers a broad range of supportive services that are typically non-medical, such as assistance with personal care (bathing, dressing, eating, etc.) and help with everyday tasks (housework, shopping and errands, finance management, caring for pets, etc.).

Who provides long-term care?

Long-term care can come from a variety of sources, often initially through the unpaid benevolence of family, friends, and neighbors. However, when care needs intensify and become overwhelming for those providing care, hiring professional long-term care services through an experienced home care agency, such as Nightingale Homecare, is an excellent alternative to ensure the senior’s care needs are best met and to prevent family caregiver burnout.

Where can long-term care be provided?

The short answer is…anywhere! Although long-term care is most often provided (and most preferred) at home, it’s also available through community support services such as adult day care centers, or facility-based in nursing homes, assisted living and retirement communities. Long-term care can also be provided in a family member’s home.

Who pays for long-term care?

The government will cover costs, of course; right? Unfortunately, Medicare’s coverage is quite limited, and only pays:

  • If skilled services or rehab care are required, up to a maximum of 100 days in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) but often much less (an average of 22 days).
  • Personal care only for a short duration, and only if skilled care is also required.

Medicare does NOT cover ongoing personal care services or everyday tasks which make up the majority of long-term care needs.

Although Medicaid does cover a portion of long-term care cost, there are income and state eligibility requirements that need to be met.

While there are some federal programs that cover long-term care expenses (such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Older Americans Act), they’re for specific populations and circumstances only.

The majority of long-term care is paid for privately, through a number of resources (personal savings, long-term care insurance, reverse mortgages, just to name a few).

The best time to plan for long-term care needs for yourself and your loved ones is today! Allow the professional Phoenix home care experts at Nightingale Homecare to share more about your long-term care options by contacting us at 602-504-1555. We’ve been providing Arizona home care since 1994 and would be glad to talk with you to explain your options and answer any long-term care questions you may have.

Posted in Aging Issues, Arizona Home Care on October 7th, 2015 · Comments Off on 4 Surprising Facts You Need to Know About Long-Term Care, and Myths You Need to Forget!

The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression

Chronic pain and depression often play off each other in a dark and vicious cycle that can feel impossible to escape. Relentless physical pain often leads to a depressed emotional state, which in turn leads to worsened existing body pains. For seniors recovering from injuries or living with a chronic disease, there is an increased likelihood of experiencing depression; likewise, seniors who experience constant and unexplained physical pain could be exhibiting warning signs of depression- for some seniors, this may be the only the warning..

To better understand, consider the very nature of stubborn physical pain and the emotional distress it can summon. With every passing day spent in relentless discomfort moods can turn negative, feelings of despair creep up, and hopelessness begins to take over. Soon, insomnia and exhaustion set in, stress and anxiety take hold and finally, self-esteem can take crushing, crippling blows. The same is true for elders especially those living alone, ,  anything from diabetes and migraines to injuries and surgical recoveries can trigger the onset of depression.

On the other side of the cycle, emotional suffering that goes untended can manifest itself in physical ailments. When sadness has nowhere to go, it festers and grows in the body to make its presence known. In both cases it’s extremely important to get help as soon as possible. While there are treatments designed to treat pain and depression separately, there are also some that work for both:

  • Psychological Counseling – also called talk therapy or psychotherapy, it’s a very effective tool for treating the pain-depression cycle.
  • Pain Rehabilitation – provides a team approach to treatment that covers physical and psychiatric needs for seniors in home care.
  • Stress-reduction Activities – meditating, writing, and physical activity like walking or swimming can assist in emotional and physical healing.
  • Antidepressants – some medications respond to shared chemicals in the brain for pain and depression. Drugs are best used in combination with one or more of the above treatments.

If you believe an elderly loved one is stuck in a revolving door of pain and depression, get help right away. Talk to them, offer support, and go over treatment options so they know they’re not alone and that the suffering can end. The skilled and compassionate caregivers at Scottsdale home health care provider, Nightingale Home Care, we provide a wide range of medical and non-medical home care services that are designed to ease seniors’ physical and emotional wounds. From evaluating the source of pain and determining how to best control it, to assisting with physical therapy exercises and implementing stress management techniques, the professional staff at Nightingale Home Care have made us a leader in Scottsdale home care companies. Call (602) 504-1555 or contact us online to find out more about the Arizona home care services provided by Nightingale Home Care.

Posted in Blog on June 14th, 2013 · Comments Off on The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression

Phoenix Home Health Care Provider Offers Proper Nutrition Tips for Seniors

As we grow older, our metabolism slows and we tend to be less active in our everyday lives. Because of this, a senior’s diet will continuously evolve to require fewer and fewer calories. This does not, however, mean they need fewer nutrients: in fact, the need for essential vitamins and minerals increases. This translates into a necessary switch from larger, less rigid meals to smaller, nutrient-dense meals that are rich in disease-fighting properties and low on empty, processed calories.

It’s recommended that seniors living alone or receiving in-home care follow a modified food pyramid that’s been developed specifically for older adults. This pyramid reflects the reduced caloric intake of seniors while still fulfilling their specific dietary needs with emphasis on:

  • Whole, enriched, fortified grains and cereals like brown rice and rolled oats
  • Bright, colorful vegetables (make one serving per day raw)
  • Fresh fruit, berries and melon
  • Low- and non-fat dairy products such as low-lactose milk or yogurt
  • Dry beans and nuts, fish, poultry, lean meat and eggs (avoid fatty meats like bacon)
  • Liquid vegetable oils and soft spreads low in saturated and trans fats
  • Fluid intake

Proper hydration is also essential for every senior requiring in home care, as they experience declining thirst sensation that could lead to dehydration. Certain medications will also affect water retention. Eight or more eight-ounce glasses of water per day will help curb dehydration, constipation, and kidney failure. If that requirement is too difficult to fulfill, or not recommended by the senior’s physician, due to a medical condition requiring fluid restriction,  try foods and beverages with high water content such as celery, low-sodium vegetable juice, and non-dairy soups.

Even with your best intentions in mind, getting older adults to eat healthfully isn’t always easy. To encourage nutritious habits, try adding spices or a squeeze of lemon juice to make food more appetizing. Peanut butter and light cheese are also simple, tasty, nutrient-boosting additions to snacks and sandwiches. And products like meal replacement shakes can provide nutrients to seniors in home care who have trouble keeping weight on or eating solid meals.

Many older adults- even those who eat well- may have vitamin deficiencies and should check with their doctor or in-home care provider to see if they need supplements. Some common vitamin deficiencies are B12, which is difficult for seniors to absorb; vitamin D from lack of sunlight; and calcium for those who don’t enjoy dairy or are lactose intolerant.

At senior care Phoenix AZ home health agency, Nightingale Home Care, our caregivers offer a higher level of in-home care that includes nutritious meal preparation under a care plan written by a Registered Nurse and approved by the physician. Our compassionate and highly trained caregivers are available around the clock, and are widely considered to be among the top rated home care providers in the state. From accompanying your elderly loved one on physical activities to helping them shop for healthy food, the physical and emotional well-being of your senior relative is our number one priority. To learn more about the heartfelt senior services provided by Nightingale Home Care, call (602) 504-1555 or visit us online.

Posted in Blog on May 17th, 2013 · Comments Off on Phoenix Home Health Care Provider Offers Proper Nutrition Tips for Seniors