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Practicing Good Skin Health for Seniors

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The aging skin can appear dry and thin – which makes seniors vulnerable to skin conditions. If the skin has lost its moisture and becomes too dry, cracks can form on the surface which allows bacteria to penetrate.

Taking good care of your skin should be part of your health and wellness – and more especially as a part of a health regimen for your senior loved one.

When a senior has sensitive skin, it is best to use mild products only. Cleaning agents and other beauty products applied to the skin include different types of ingredients. Some of the components are on the stronger side and may irritate vulnerable skin. Before using a product, check its contents. Review if there are harsh ingredients included. If you are in doubt, always consult with the pharmacist or see a skin doctor for your senior. List down these active ingredients you need to avoid and ask about other alternatives. Seek a milder solution for your loved one.

Avoid giving your seniors a hot bath. The water temperature can inflame the skin causing itching, redness, and peeling in some cases. Try to reduce the number of showers for your seniors as well. You can ask the doctor about how often they should take a shower to balance hygiene and skin conditions.

If you are caring for a bed-ridden senior, you need to take things up higher. Bedsores and pressure-sensitive ulcers happen because of the constant contact and limited relief. Try changing your senior’s position from time to time. Change their catheters frequently. Immediately change soiled linens and regularly change unsoiled ones.

When you need help to care for your loved one, call Lowenhill Home Care Services today.

Source: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/skin-care-and-aging

What Is Psoriatic Arthritis in Seniors?

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Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune condition that happens when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Surveys show that an estimated 1 million people or 30% of people diagnosed with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes a scaly, dry, red rash that often appears on a person’s knees, elbows, ankles, feet, and hands.

If you have psoriatic arthritis, you may experience symptoms such as swollen fingers and toes, foot pain, lower back pain, fatigue, less range of motion, nail changes, and swelling and pain around the tendons.

Symptoms that are often seen in psoriasis patients may also develop, such as scaly skin, especially on your knees, elbows, and scalp. There are also some cases where a patient may feel stiffness and tiredness in the morning.

Types of Psoriatic Arthritis

Oligoarticular
This type of psoriatic arthritis is often a milder type that affects four or fewer joints in the body.

Polyarticular
On the other hand, this type of psoriatic arthritis can be a more severe type that affects four or more joints in the body.

Psoriatic Causes and Risk Factors

While doctors aren’t sure what causes psoriatic arthritis to develop, there are a few elements that may play a role:

Genes
Having a parent or relative who has psoriasis triples your chance of developing psoriasis, which, in turn, makes you more likely to get psoriatic arthritis.

Infection
An infection that sets off your immune system could be to blame.

If your loved one is struggling with discomfort from psoriatic arthritis or some other condition, it may be time to consider Home Care to help ease their pain.

Contact Lowenhill Home Care Services to learn more about the options available to your senior!

The Most Important Shots for Older Adults

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An estimated 45,000 adults die every year from complications due to vaccine-preventable diseases. This is because most adults don’t feel the need to get vaccinated or are worried about the possible side effects of vaccines. However, seniors aged 65 and older are at higher risk of developing complications without vaccinations.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month — and we at Lowenhill Home Care Services show our support to this cause by encouraging our clients to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Here are some of the most important shots for older adults:

Influenza/Flu Vaccine
Seniors must get an annual flu vaccine, especially if they have underlying high-risk conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease.

Pneumococcal Vaccine
Pneumonia is responsible for 60,000 deaths each year. If your loved one is over 65 and has previously been vaccinated, they can get a one-time repeat vaccination if five (5) years or more have elapsed since their original shot.

Zoster Vaccine
The zoster vaccine has only been available for a few years. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s essentially a security measure that helps prevent and/or minimize a shingles outbreak. Shingles is a painful, uncomfortable, contagious blistering rash. The vaccine decreases your chances of getting it by 50%.

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap)
More and more seniors are getting pertussis, or whooping cough, possibly due to fading immunity. If you are less than 65 years old, the Tdap vaccine will protect you against the disease the best. On the other hand, if you’re older than 65, you can get the tetanus-diphtheria vaccine without the pertussis component

COVID-19 Vaccine
The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. Therefore, the CDC recommends that adults 65 years and older receive COVID-19 vaccines to help prevent developing severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Benefits of Having Hoyer Lifts for Seniors at Home

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We understand the challenges and struggles of caring for a senior loved one with mobility issues. With all the challenging aspects of care, one of the most difficult tasks is getting them to move around the house without the right support. However, Lowenhill Home Care Services has the right tools and qualified care providers who can help seniors regain better independence. We use Hoyer Lifts, for example, to make moving from place to place easier for seniors with physical disabilities or injuries.

Seniors with limited mobility require a lot of strength and effort on behalf of most family caregivers to move them in and out of bed, especially around the house. This is where our Hoyer lifts become handy to seniors, and their care providers as well.

Patient lift equipment is designed to help lift, or transfer, patients from one spot to another. They can be used to help move a senior or a patient in and out of bed, from a wheelchair to a bed, and in and out of the bathtub. These tools are easy to use and are easy to use. Our caregivers can help out family caregivers as well to guide and teach how this equipment can be used best.

Using these medical tools gives you fewer chances of slipping or having a fall when getting in and out of bed or the bathtub. You’ll have peace of mind in knowing the odds of falling are greatly reduced. To experience this type of home care service, please do not hesitate to give our lines a call. Our lines are kept open to cater to as many seniors in the community who requires quality care services.

Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors to Keep in Mind

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As you age, the definition of eating healthy also changes. As we grow older, our body’s metabolism slows down, this would mean that we need to eat fewer calories than what we are used to. Your body would also need more nutrients. At Lowenhill Home Care Services, we have care providers who can help seniors make delicious meals with the best nutritional value each day.

Make sure that you eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need, and keep in mind the list of recommended foods provided by your doctors. To make mealtimes more enjoyable, try playing with colorful and healthy foods on your plate like bright colored foods are always the best choice! A healthy meal should include lean protein, fruits, and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, or other alternatives. Remember to choose foods that are high in fiber and low in sodium or salt. Also, look for Vitamin D, it is an important mineral as we age.

If you want to achieve healthy eating or have someone prepare healthy food options for your or your senior loved ones each day, we have the right care providers who can for you. Not only that, but we also provide a wide range of home care services that you can choose from.

To avail of our quality and reliable home care services, please do not hesitate to reach out to our lines or schedule an appointment with us. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

How You Can Help Your Loved One Recover from Knee Surgery

Physiotherapist working with elderly patient in clinic

Depending on several factors, patients who undergo knee surgery — especially seniors — may face a series of restrictions and require specific care and assistance.

Some common surgical procedures that may damage a person’s mobility and functions after surgery are:

  • Knee replacement surgery
  • ACL reconstruction surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery

There are several steps you can take prior to your loved one’s surgery to ensure their effective recovery after they get discharged post-surgery.

Get the House Ready

Prepare your loved one’s home for their arrival. This may mean doing things like removing clutter, installing devices such as grab bars in the shower, or using non-slip mats on the floor.

Make sure the room your loved one is moving into is near the bathroom and kitchen, too.

Have Prescriptions Filled

It’s highly likely your loved one will come home with one or two new prescriptions post-surgery. Ask your loved one’s doctor if he/she can prescribe the medications a day before the scheduled operation. That way you can buy the medicine and have it ready at home for your loved one.

Hire the Right Help

In some cases, seniors might need more help than they can get from their family members. Getting help from a professional nurse or caregiver can be highly beneficial in their recovery process.

Not only can they help patients stay on top of their treatments and medications, but they can also provide emotional support for patients who are having a hard time adjusting to their new situation.

Contact Lowenhill Home Care Services to get reliable care and assistance for your loved ones, today!