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The Importance of Spiritual Care for the Elderly

It is important to never disregard the spiritual domain when caring for an elderly loved one. Just because one is a senior doesn’t mean they no longer have any room for spiritual growth. On the contrary, there is still much growing to be done, especially when it concerns this aspect. As the body breaks down, the spirit continues to grow, expand, and renew. Spiritual growth helps a person gain a whole new perspective – about themselves, about life, and about what makes them happy.

You may not realize it at first because of focusing all your efforts into staying physically healthy or recovering from your illness, but with a specially-trained caregiver from a well-respected homecare agency such as Lowenhill Home Care Services, you’ll soon realize that there is so much more to care than the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects. While they may all be interconnected in some way, it is vital to pay particular attention and focus to all, including spiritual care.

Spiritual care means being able to connect with spiritual support systems. Seniors require regular fellowship and companionship from other believers in order for their faith to remain strong. While the complications of old age may stand in the way, it is essential for you and all the other family members to make an effort. Become the fellowship and spiritual support system your loved ones need by talking to them about their faith and helping them remember their devotion to the Lord.

In order to be a good spiritual care provider, you have to be:

  • A Good Listener. Listen as your loved one shares their stories.
  • An Excellent Encourager. Touch your loved one’s heart with tender words.
  • Practical. If your loved one can’t make it to church, take the service to them.

Lowenhill Home Care Services endeavors to provide a full range of homecare services that are structured around the unique and changing needs of our clients. We recognize the importance of spiritual care and know how crucial it is to an individual’s overall care at home. Now more than ever, spiritual growth matters for your senior loved ones! For more on our services, you may contact us at 724-788-1072 or send an email to barb@lowenhill.com. You may also visit our website at www.lowenhill.com.

A Guide to Skin Care for Seniors

Age tends to have a more obvious effect on the skin than any other body part. Aside from your skin showing signs of aging and wrinkling as you grow older, it will it also get more sensitive, requiring you to take extra measures to care and protect it from harm – which usually comes in the form of the sun’s rays. When you’re a senior, you’ll need to follow the ideal skin care tips that will make your skin look its best, even as more years are added to your life.

The tips written below are actually beneficial to individuals of all ages; however, seniors should pay particular attention as these are especially advantageous to them. With the assistance of personal care attendants from renowned home care agencies such as Lowenhill Home Care Services, seniors can implement new and improved techniques for skin care into their daily regimens.

Eating a Healthy and Well-Balanced Meal

Like everybody else who is concerned about having and maintaining healthy skin, seniors should eat vitamin-rich foods that contain all kinds of minerals, as well as antioxidants. Such foods include green leafy vegetables, walnuts, avocados, salmon, and much more.

Drink Lots of Water

A lot of debate has surrounded studies regarding how healthy water actually is for a person to drink each day. Regardless of this, the fact still remains that keeping yourself hydrated is key to gaining a lot of health benefits particularly for the skin. With water, you can flush out all the toxins in your body which may potentially lead to skin problems.

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

A senior’s skin is proven to be so much more sensitive and could potentially sustain more damage from the harsh rays of the sun. Keep your skin healthy by steering clear from tanning beds and lotions. Also make it a point to wear protective clothing and apply quality sunscreen if you plan on staying outdoors for an extended period of time.

Avoid Smoking and Keep Away from People Who Do

Smoking is deadly, not only to your skin, but to your health in general. When you smoke, it’ll show on your skin by how dull and dry it feels. Give up smoking so you’ll not only look better, but you’ll become healthier as well!

Lowenhill Home Care Services delivers quality skin care services with the help of specially-trained personal care attendants. We endeavor to prevent skin disease and infection in seniors through reliable skin care services. It will keep the skin looking healthy and vibrant even as our clients grow older.

Feel free to call us at 724-788-1072 or send an email to barb@lowenhill.com for more on our services. You may also visit our page at www.lowenhill.com.

Training Programs on Health Awareness Events for November 2017

“He who cures a disease may be the most skillful, but he who prevents it is the safest physician.” -Thomas Fuller

With the rise of different diseases, health awareness is an indispensable program that we can provide nowadays. This is essential to promote knowledge, prevent some diseases, and reduce the number of individuals who have chronic illnesses.

We at Lowenhill Home Care Services will conduct training programs for the whole month of November this year. Our focus will be about the various aspects to consider to have some knowledge on common health issues. The goal of this course is to advance health awareness for every individual and family in our community.

We have listed the diverse health topics based on the awareness themes for this month. The checklist includes the websites that have the specialization on a particular health issue and how you can connect to them.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month (National)
    www.alz.org
    Contact: Alzheimer’s Association
  • Bladder Health Awareness Month (National)
    www.urologyhealth.org
    Contact: Urology Care Foundation
  • COPD Awareness Month
    www.lung.org/copd
    Contact: American Lung Association
  • Diabetes Month (American)
    www.stopdiabetes.com
    Contact: American Diabetes Association
  • Diabetic Eye Disease Month
    www.geteyesmart.org
    Contact: Public Relations, AAO
  • Family Caregivers Month (National)
    info@caregiveraction.org
    www.caregiveraction.org
    Contact: Caregiver Action Network
  • Healthy Skin Month (National)
    www.aad.org
    Contact: American Academy of Dermatology
  • Home Care and Hospice Month (National)
    pr@nahc.org
    www.nahc.org
    Contact: Public Relations Department, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • Hospice / Palliative Care Month (National)
    communications@nhpco.org
    www.caringinfo.org/hospicemonth
    Contact: Communications Team, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    www.lung.org/lung-cancer
    Contact: American Lung Association
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (National)
    www.pancan.org
    Contact: Marketing Communications, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
  • Prematurity Awareness Month
    www.marchofdimes.com
    www.nacersano.org
    Contact: March of Dimes
  • Sexual Health Month (National)
    www.urologyhealth.org
    Contact: Urology Care Foundation
  • Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
    jflorin@nostomachforcancer.org
    www.nostomachforcancer.org
    Contact: Jonathan Florin, No Stomach For Cancer
  • Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis (November 1 – December 31)
    www.arthritis.org
    Contact: Arthritis Foundation
  • Medical-Surgical Nurses Week (November 1-7)
    amsn-info@amsn.org
    amsn.org
    Contact: AMSN
  • Lung Cancer Walk for Hope (November 5)
    events@cancercare.org
    www.cancercare.org
    Contact: CancerCare
  • November 5-11 – Allied Health Professions Week (National)
    jacoby@asahp.org
    www.asahp.org
    Contact: Jacoby Lawrence, Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
  • November 5-11 – Diabetes Education Week (National)
    communications@aadenet.org
    www.diabeteseducator.org
    Contact: Communications Team, American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • November 5-11 – Radiologic Technology Week (National)
    memberservices@asrt.org
    www.asrt.org/nrtw
    Contact: Marketing Department, American Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Patient Blood Management Awareness Week (November 6-10)
    sabm@sabm.org
    www.sabm.org
    Contact: SABM
  • Great American Smokeout (November 16)
    www.cancer.org
    Contact: American Cancer Society

As we strive to deliver quality care to our customers’ home, we have provided this opportunity not only for the participants to learn but also for us to grow. Our management is continually making ways to develop our staff members and caregivers so we can serve our clients better together with their families.

The training is significant for a number of reasons:

  1. It can enhance the provision of care and support.
  2. It is a great source of new information.
  3. It can build confidence among care providers.
  4. It can help the agency to keep in compliance with the standards, rules, and laws on health care.
  5. It can lead in providing a brighter future for the home care industry.

Here at Lowenhill Home Care Services,we provide ways to improve existing knowledge and promote awareness, learning, and personal development. Contact us at 724-788-1072 extension 1 for details.