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Home Preparations for Patient Recovery

Nothing compares to the feeling of coming home getting back to the familiar atmosphere. And while we support our clients’ choice to recover at home, we also ensure their needs are taken care of and their new situation is considered.

Make the home more appropriate for recovery by considering the following tips before your loved one gets discharged soon.

  • Remove clutter and maintain a safe space. When items are not in their locations for example, a toy on the floor your loved one’s safety is at risk. Recovering patients with mobility issues or other health concerns may not have the capacity to detect these dangers and respond quickly.
  • Address mobility and independence by installing assistive equipment. Grab bars in key areas can serve a lot of purposes. It can guide the patient’s movement across the space while reinforcing their safety. Support bars like this can be installed in frequently used areas such as near the bed to facilitate getting up and laying down or in the bathroom.
  • Take note of new dietary requirements and ensure you have supplies at home. Your loved one probably looks forward to a warm home-cooked meal. You can make this possible while ensuring their new dietary restrictions are followed. If the doctor has suggested a new diet, get the supplies before they are home to ensure you are ready for cooking.

Whenever you need assistance at home, know that we are just a call away. One part of preparing the home for a loved one’s recovery is to evaluate the need for a caregiver. Call us to learn about the many services we provide.

How Caregivers Assist with Meal Planning

Eating is part of our daily lives and it is a must-do too. After all, we get our health from the food we eat. Eating right is critical to our loved ones who have vulnerable health conditions. This is especially important for someone who is recently discharged or a senior parent who needs to get their recommended nutrition levels.

While preparation and cooking can be done by ourselves, there are situations when these activities become difficult or painful to do. People living by themselves may not have enough time to do every chore. Some with mobility issues may find it difficult to prepare home-cooked meals.

Whether you need assistance with meal planning or simply looking for someone who can make the experience better, you are in for a treat. Our caregivers assist with meal planning in a variety of ways.

Caregivers take note of your doctor’s dietary notes. Keeping track of what to eat by how much can quickly turn complicated. But, if you have someone who can ensure the ingredients used for your dishes are within the physician’s suggestion, you can have one less thing to worry about.

Caregivers can share some notes on dietary restrictions and alternative meal options. Our experienced care providers have worked with different patients and have provided care for those with different dietary restrictions. They can also suggest alternative preparation options to present a healthy meal in an appetizing way.

Caregivers make living a little less stressful. Keeping track of the necessary ingredients, shopping for supplies, preparing the food, and serving warm meals these chores require time and energy. With some assistance, you can spend your energy and time on something else.

How Does Diabetes Affect My Feet?

Diabetes and foot problems are often related to each other but it is important to set the record straight early on – this does not happen in all cases.

Foot issues can happen to some diabetic patients but it is not an absolute case. Diabetic patients do not have to necessarily be afraid of losing a toe or a foot because of diabetes – especially if they are taking care of themselves.

But, how does diabetes endanger our feet? Nerve damage is one of the complications that diabetes causes. Without the nerves signaling what is happening to a body part, we have no idea what is going on and if we are safe. For example, nerve damage on the feet removes sensations that warn us if we have stepped on something sharp that has caused a wound. Without immediate action, wounds and cuts lead to infection.

Another way that diabetes causes problems in our feet is because of the reduced blood flow to the area. Without enough blood flow, wounds take a longer time to heal. This further complicates the current infection and leads to gangrene.

Understanding how diabetes affects the feet is a start to avoiding these issues. Regular checking of the feet provides you with the visual you need to ensure your feet are well – even without the sensation. Proper hygiene is also important to avoid any buildup or opening for unwanted infection. Avoid walking barefoot at all times and wear socks and shoes all the time to prevent hot, cold, or sharp objects from damaging your feet.

Source: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/preventing-problems/foot-problems

Our Mission Statement

Lowenhill Home Care Services strives to provide individually focused home and community based services that achieves best practice and quality care for participant and family satisfaction. It is our mission to provide you with all of the quality non-medical in-home care that you and your family need.

  • Chamber of Commerce of PA
  • Beaver County Chamber
  • Better Business Bureau

Contact Information

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P.O. Box 456 Aliquippa, PA 15001-3711
Phone: 724-788-1072 Ext. 1 Fax:      724-788-1171 Email: barb@lowenhill.com

Web: www.lowenhill.com


1200 East Market Street Akron OH, 44305
Phone: 330-946-8191 Fax: 330-946-8193