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As you age, your future care plans may become a topic of conversation among your family members. Most seniors scoff at the idea of senior living communities. Still, many places that feature personal care services have the potential to renew your sense of purpose and improve your quality of life.Here are five ways personal care communities can help you to live better:Daily Support. A little help goes a long way. With 24-hour personal care services, staff members are available to assist you with dressing, bathing, and grooming. Many senior living communities include light housekeeping, laundry, and maintenance in the rental fee, so youre free to conquer the day on your terms. Safety. A fall-related injury could be detrimental to your health; even a fear of falling can keep you homebound. Personal care communities are designed with mobility challenges in mind, offering fall prevention programs and emergency call systems.Food. Leave the food preparations to the Dining Director. Most communities provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an emphasis on nutrition without sacrificing taste. Special dietary needs are also accommodated.Engagement. Through social, recreational, and educational programs, personal care communities can nurture your physical, mental, and spiritual needs. Senior Commons at Powder Mill in York engages its residents with an array of activities and events designed to foster meaningful relationships. Activities include card games, on-site entertainment, guest speakers, shopping and scenic excursions, devotions and more. Fitness. Personal care communities provide on-site fitness classes like circuit training and yoga to help maintain your strength, mobility, and balance, so you remain as independent as possible.At Senior Commons, residents are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve with a focus on preserving overall wellness through life-enhancing programs and services. To find out if a move to a senior living community is right for you, schedule a tour to meet the staff and residents.Editors Note: This article was contributed by Kelly Golden, marketing director at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, which provides Independent Living, Personal Care, and Memory Care on one campus.
No one wants to experience a fall, but for those over 55, a fall can lead to serious injury. Thats why learning how to prevent falls is so important for healthy aging.Heres a look at why falls happen, why preventing them is important, and some exercises and activities that can help older adults build balance and stability, while actually being fun and engaging.To help prevent falls, first understand why they happenHere are some common reasons why seniors fall:Changes in visionWeakening hip and leg musclesPoor posture or spinal degenerationStumbling due to the inability to lift your feetSlower reaction time to obstaclesDrug interactions that result in dizziness or poor balanceLightheadedness caused by low blood pressureWhy its so important to prevent fallsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 36 million falls are reported among older adults each year, resulting in more than 32,000 deaths. One out of every five falls causes an injury, such as a broken bone or head injury.Working on flexibility, stability, stretching and strength are vital when your goal is to prevent falls so you can live a long and healthy life. Many of the movements are simple, and many are fun activities as well. Always remember to take your time, do what feels comfortable, and breathe deeply. Here are just a few suggested exercises to prevent falls.Getting started: activities and exercises to help prevent fallsDanceDancing is a wonderful exercise for aerobic fitness, weight management, muscle and bone strength and endurance. In addition, moving through space in different directions and in different ways improves static and dynamic balance, spatial awareness, coordination, and reaction time. Dancing is also an excellent way to get all the benefits of socializing and interacting with others on a regular basis. And it can be a lot of fun!Tai ChiThe National Council on Aging reports that many studies have shown Tai Chi to be one of the most effective exercises to prevent falls. Tai Chi targets leg strength, flexibility, range of motion, and reflexes.According to the Tai Chi for Health Institute, with regular practice, Tai Chi improves balance by strengthening muscles and co-ordination; at the same time, it strengthens the mind, thereby improving calmness and confidence in not falling. Thus, both physically and mentally, Tai Chi is an extremely effective exercise when your goal is to prevent falls.YogaYoga is good for so many things that affect healthy aging: reducing stress, treating fatigue, lessening pain, and perhaps most importantly, increasing core strength and balance. This last one can reduce the risk of falling.You dont have to do complicated moves to the benefits. For example, the simple mountain pose can help you improve your posture and body awareness. Stand tall, weight distributed evenly on both feet, keep your knees slightly bent. Draw your shoulder blades together and down your back. Relax your arms and let your palms face forward. Breathe deeply and relax.WalkingNo special equipment required, just a good pair of walking shoes and a place to walk (indoors or outdoors). Add a friend or two and you have a fun way to get a workout that doubles as a balance booster!According to Harvard Health, walking strengthens the muscles in the lower body. It also is a great way to stretch muscles and thus improve your posture, which in turn, can improve your balance. Dont worry about distance, especially if you are beginning a walking program. And dont hesitate to use a cane or walker if you need one. As you feel stronger, add more minutes to your walks. Try to walk at least 150 minutes a week. Wear comfortable clothing, walk with confidence, and breathe deeply.GrapevineHeres an easy move that can help improve your balance. You might begin by being near a wall or a chair to help steady you or hold someones hand if needed. Simply step across in front of your right foot with your left leg. Continue moving across the room sideways, uncrossing the left leg. Repeat. When ready, just reverse direction. Wear smooth-bottomed shoes and concentrate on your movements.At Heritage Communities, we are here to help you live better and live longer.We do this by proactively implementing best-in-class lifestyle enrichments, senior-centric technologies, and the latest approaches to senior care. Our values define how we lead, care, and behave at every community we own. Let us tell you more.We redefine living better. You make it your own. Download our free guide, Family Decision Toolkit. Or contact us today 402-614-5222.
Traditionally, an adult daycare center is a non-medical, non-residential center supporting adults social, medical, nutritional, and daily living activity needs in a professionally staffed, group setting. These facilities provide seniors with transitional care and short-term rehabilitation following hospital discharge. You can sign up for one day a week, five days a week, or just come in as you need to.When to Consider Adult DayCare. According to the National Adult Day Services Association and the AARP, one might want to start looking into daycare when they start to see the following signs:The senior can no longer structure their own daily activitiesThere is a concernHere is a breakdown of the various types of settings and services you might find.Social Day Service SettingsThese programs usually offer nutritious meals, snacks, personal care, socialization, exercise, recreational activities, outings, and educational programs. These settings are often informal, and, typically, the care recipient attending these facilities is very independent.Medical Day Service SettingsThese programs are often housed and sponsored by hospitals or nursing facilities, or you will find free-standing centers. Medical and/or non-medical personnel are available at all times. Staff may include on-call physicians and nurses, therapists, social workers, certified nursing assistants (CNAs), personal care workers, drivers, and program directors.Specialized Day Service CentersThese settings are appropriate for patients with dementia or Alzheimers disease. They offer a safe and stimulating environment and provide socialization activities and outings.Shopping for Adult Service CareThe first step is to determine the primary need of the senior and then consider the following important aspects of adult daycare:Do they provide round-trip transportation?Are they licensing for administering medicine and medical procedures?What are the professional qualifications of the staff?Do they have a schedule of activities?Do they have nutritious menus that meet the needs of the client?Do they have competitive prices for services offered?What payment source do they take? Is it a county or charity facility? Is the seniors income low enough to qualify for assistance? Will the long-term care insurance company accept this as a reimbursable expense? Does the facility accept Medicaid? Or Veteran Benefits?What is the staff to client ratio?Daycare CostsAccording to the U.S. Administration on Aging, costs for adult daycare can range from as little as $25 to more than $100 a day, depending upon factors such as what services are offered. The average cost is just under $70 a day.Unfortunately, Medicare typically doesnt cover the fees. However, many may be eligible for financial assistance through other government programs, such as Medicaid, the Veterans Health Administration, and other state agencies. That means adult daycare may be a more affordable option for caregivers seeking help and respite than hiring a worker to provide in-home care.If you would like help finding the perfect adult day program for you, please fill out this form and someone will get ahold of you.If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Broomfield, CO please contact the caring staff at Talem Home Care & Placement Services today. Call 720-789-8529.
At Talem Home Care, our goal is to empower people to experience the full joy of living. We enable our clients to take control of their well-being as we lead them though the complicated health care system so they can achieve their goal of staying independent and healthy for as long as possible. Care coordination and advocation is included for free.
Your Family is Our Family No family should experience the stresses of aging without the needed information to make the best decision.Our Certified Senior Advisors are dedicated to providing compassion, dedication, professionalism, and advice to give the reassurance we all need when helping our loved ones. Our vision is to Empower People to Experience the Full Joy of Living. That statement defines who we are as a company. Our duty is to help our staff, our clients, and our community partners achieve their goals and dreams by giving those we work with every opportunity possible to be successful.We recognize that our staff, with all their hard work and dedication, is the single most important key to our success and we strive every day to find better ways to support and show appreciation towards our staff. Our employees enjoy a family-friendly office environment that offers flexibility in a low-stress, low-pressure environment. Which in turn, allows our clients to experience the best in customer service.Our clients experience greater self-confidence, freedom, and our support allows them to enjoy their life on their own terms.Talem Home Care - Broomfield has a strong reputation as a responsible community citizen and has long been committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.Talem Home Care - Broomfield recognizes the importance of balancing both work and a family life.At Talem, we have a strong appreciation for the variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds that shape us into the unique individual we are today.It does not matter if your needs include Home Care, Free Care Management, Senior Placement services, Veterans Care, Alzheimers Care, Hospice Support, Medical Equipment, Assisted Living, or someone to shovel the snow, we are here to help!
Your Family is Our FamilyNo family should experience the stresses of aging without the needed information to make the best decision. Our Certified Senior Advisors are dedicated to providing compassion, dedication, professionalism, and advice to give the reassurance we all need when helping our loved ones. Our vision is to Empower People to Experience the Full Joy of Living. That statement defines who we are as a company. Our duty is to help our staff, our clients, and our community partners achieve their goals and dreams by giving those we work with every opportunity possible to be successful.We recognize that our staff, with all their hard work and dedication, is the single most important key to our success and we strive every day to find better ways to support and show appreciation towards our staff. Our employees enjoy a family-friendly office environment that offers flexibility in a low-stress, low-pressure environment. Which in turn, allows our clients to experience the best in customer service. Our clients experience greater self-confidence, freedom, and our support allows them to enjoy their life on their own termsTalem Home Care - Broomfield has a strong reputation as a responsible community citizen and has long been committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.Talem Home Care - Broomfield recognizes the importance of balancing both work and family life.At Talem, we have a strong appreciation for the variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds that shapes us into the unique individual we are today.It does not matter if your needs include Home Care, Free Care Management, Senior Placement services, Veterans Care, Alzheimers Care, Hospice Support, Medical Equipment, Assisted Living, or someone to shovel the snow, we are here to help!