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Those with diabetes have their hands full when it comes to effectively managing the disease. From lifestyle changes to medication management and a plethora of medical appointments, tests, and procedures, keeping diabetes in check requires both ongoing education and dedication to following doctors’ orders.
November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month, the perfect time to address this additional facet of diabetes care. You may have heard frightening statistics that link diabetes with blindness, but the truth is, most people with diabetes are at risk for less severe vision problems. However, it’s important for diabetics and those who care for them to be vigilant in keeping up with eye exams and addressing any concerns that arise immediately.
Following are a few of the leading eye conditions that may affect someone with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association:
Cataracts: The risk of cataracts is 60% more common for those with diabetes. Diabetics also are usually diagnosed with cataracts at a younger age than those without diabetes, and they typically progress faster, too. Mild cataracts can be managed by wearing sunglasses and glare-control lenses, while more developed cataracts will likely need to be removed.
Glaucoma: Because diabetics are at a 40% higher risk of contracting glaucoma, it’s crucial to be screened routinely. The risk increases with age and with the length of time a person has had diabetes. Medications are available to reduce the pressure in the eye, and surgery may be an option as well.
Retinopathy: The term “retinopathy” covers all disorders of the retina caused by diabetes, including the most common form, non-proliferative retinopathy, in which pouches form in the back of the eye, as well as proliferative retinopathy, in which blood vessels close off as the result of damage, causing new, weakened vessels to leak blood. Several different treatment options are available for both of these conditions, and as with other eye conditions, the quicker they’re treated, the better the prognosis.
At Home Matters Caregiving, our caregivers are skilled and experienced in helping those with diabetes follow doctors’ orders to remain in optimal health. Some of the many ways we can help include:
Did you know there are financial assistance programs available to veterans who need assisted living care? Our veterans made numerous sacrifices to uphold the freedom we enjoy today while their families kept the home fires burning. They are entitled to many benefits in appreciation for all they endured for America.Veterans benefits for senior living are available for qualifying veterans and their surviving spouses, as long as the veteran served at least 90 days of active duty, including at least one day during a wartime period, and received an honorable or general discharge.Veterans Aid and Attendance for assisted living careOffered through the Department of Veterans Affairs, Aid and Attendance is a monthly pension benefit that can help cover the costs of assisted living care. It is available for wartime veterans and their spouses who have limited income and require the regular attendance of a caregiver.Aid and Attendance is designed for individuals who need assistance from another person to complete everyday activities such as bathing, dressing and assistance with other daily activities. A veterans need for this benefit does not need to be the result of their military service.Funds received from Aid and Attendance benefits can offer a monthly benefit to help pay for assisted living and long-term care for a qualifying veteran and their spouse. The actual monthly benefit is determined by the veterans assets, income and medical expenses and conditions.Contact your local county Veterans Services office with questions on how to apply by visiting www.benefits.va.gov/vso.MedicareMedicare will pay for short-term care at nursing and rehabilitation facilities for seniors who need these services after an illness or injury that requires hospitalization. Medicare does not cover the cost for assisted living, home care or other senior living services.Long-Term Care BenefitsThe Veterans Administration provides both short- and long-term care in skilled nursing settings for veterans who cannot care for themselves. This benefit does not cover assisted living or home care.Housebound BenefitsVeterans confined to their homes and requiring assisted living care may be best suited to receive Housebound benefits. This program provides an increased monthly pension amount for those confined to their home due to a permanent disability.Applying for BenefitsThe Veterans Administration has regional offices that provide Veteran Service Organization representatives who may be able to answer simple questions about assisted living benefits, as well as provide free, basic advice on the application process.Many veterans seeking advice on applying for assisted living benefits hire a qualified attorney accredited by the VA or an accredited claims agent, who has passed a written exam about VA laws and procedures.The application process for assisted living benefits is often very lengthy. It is important to be thorough when completing the application and have all required documentation gathered and ready to submit.There are additional financial options to pay for assisted living care for individuals who do not qualify for veterans benefit. Click to find out more about financial options for senior living.Country Meadows offers affordable assisted living or personal care on its nine campuses in Pennsylvania and one in Frederick, Maryland. Our friendly co-workers are always available to help! Contact us today for more information.
Assisted Living Tours: Find the Right Fit for Your Loved OneBy: Country Meadows | Assisted LivingWe spend our entire lives raising families, managing households, working, balancing checkbooks and making countless decisions. As we age, these everyday duties can become more and more challenging. Making a well-informed and thoughtful choice about assisted living for yourself or a loved one is a significant decision that can impact overall well-being. Too often people wait until a crisis occurs, necessitating a quick decision when selecting senior living. Preparing for assisted living by researching options and taking assisted living tours allows individuals to thoughtfully select senior living accommodations.There are many reasons why visiting and taking assisted living tours in advance are important.Facility atmospherePaying visits and taking in-person assisted living tours allow you to see for yourself the overall atmosphere and ambience of the community. This includes noting cleanliness and the layout as well as the general feeling of the environment. This firsthand experience can provide insights into whether a community is a good fit for personal preferences and comfort.Staff interactionDuring assisted living tours, meeting staff members and interacting with current residents can provide valuable insights. Note the level of professionalism, friendliness and responsiveness of the staff while gauging the overall satisfaction and happiness of residents. Pay attention to staff achievements and organizational awards such as certifications in programs that recognize great places to work.Establishing relationships with co-workers and management during a visit provides customers with insights as to the teams willingness to communicate and work with residents and their families, fostering a sense of trust and confidence in the care to be provided.Services and amenitiesAssisted living communities offer various services and amenities. By visiting and taking assisted living tours, you can personally evaluate the quality and context of services offered, such as dining options, activities, care, transportation and other options. This helps ensure the facility meets specific needs and expectations.Care philosophyEvery assisted living community may have a unique approach to delivering care. By visiting and taking assisted living tours, you can ask thoughtful questions and gain a better understanding of the facilitys care philosophy to determine if it aligns with expectations.Safety and accessibilityTaking assisted living tours helps seniors assess safety and accessibility features in a community. This may include building layout, emergency response system options and general safety measures and policies. Understanding these aspects is vital for ensuring a secure living environment.Stress and anxietyKnowing and being familiar with potential living arrangements in advance reduces the stress and anxiety associated with making urgent decisions. Taking assisted living tours provides familiarity with the location and offers a sense of security during what can be a challenging time.Good fitUltimately, assisted living tours help prospective residents ensure the community is a good fit for individual wants and needs. Factors such as cultural compatibility, community engagement and overall feel of the environment is subjective and only can be assessed through direct experience.Time for questionsDuring assisted living tours, visitors have the chance to ask questions and seek clarification about various aspects of what everyday life will be like in the community. This helps individuals obtain detailed information about policies, costs and other factors that help customers make informed decisions.Plan for the futureVisiting and taking assisted living tours before a crisis allows individuals opportunities for better long-term planning. It provides the time to explore different options, compare facilities and make decisions based on careful consideration rather than under the pressure of urgent circumstances.Country Meadows
Pet Friendly Senior Living Benefits All Animal LoversBy: Country Meadows | Senior LivingThe bond between humans and animals is complex and deeply rooted. Studies have shown time and time again that animal companions can offer numerous benefits for people of all ages and can be a valuable tool in healthy aging. In pet friendly senior living, furry friends enhance the overall quality of life for residents.Some retirement communities like Country Meadows offer pet friendly senior living. For residents who dont have a pet of their own, each campus has house pets for everyone to love, spoil and enjoy. And Dynamic Living teams plan visits to and from animal rescue groups, volunteer opportunities to make pet toys and treats and special events such as dog weddings and furry sweethearts.Pets provide many benefits, including:CompanionshipPets provide companionship and emotional support, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation that some seniors may experience. A pet friendly senior living community provides many opportunities to interact with animals, whether individual pets or therapy animals.Stress reductionInteracting with pets has been shown to lower stress levels and promote relaxation, which can be especially valuable for seniors dealing with the challenges of aging. Staff at a pet friendly senior living community can help older adults provide care for beloved furry friends when needed.Physical activityHaving a pet encourages regular physical activity, such as walking dogs or playing with cats, which can help seniors stay active and maintain a healthier lifestyle.Social interactionPets can serve as conversation starters, fostering connections between residents and encouraging social interactions within the community. At pet friendly senior living, meeting neighbors animals is a great way to break the ice, start conversations and make new friends.Routine and structureTaking care of a pet can establish a daily routine and provides a sense of purpose, providing responsibility and stability.Improved mental healthSeveral studies have shown that pets boost mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, contributing to overall mental well-being. Pet friendly senior living provides many opportunities for residents to interact with animals, whether the pet lives on campus, is visiting or is part of an educational presentation.Cognitive stimulationInteracting with pets can stimulate cognitive functions, such as memory and problem-solving skills, which are essential for maintaining mental sharpness in our later years. Activities involving animals are effective in helping residents living with dementia in pet friendly senior living.Even if a resident chooses not to own their own furry friend, various animal-related activities are planned to provide opportunities for seniors to interact with pets. Some of these activities include:Pet therapyAnimals certified in therapy, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and even reptiles, visit pet friendly senior living communities to interact with residents. Therapy animals are known for their gentle temperament and are specifically trained to provide comfort and companionship. Residents can pet, cuddle or simply spend time with animals.Educational presentationsSome pet friendly senior living facilities invite animal experts to bring a variety of animals such as exotic birds, reptiles, small mammals and others, for residents to interact with and learn about.Volunteer opportunitiesMany residents at pet friendly senior living communities enjoy supporting local animal rescues. At Country Meadows, residents make dog biscuits for local shelters as well as toys and treats. And residents look forward to visiting shelters in their respective areas to donate items in person and meet shelter residents.BirdwatchingRegardless of whether or not one lives at a pet friendly senior living community, birdwatching is a fun opportunity to observe and enjoy local birds. At Country Meadows, residents often enjoy birding walks during which experts point out different birds, talk about their unique traits and educate residents about local habitats.Special activitiesPet friendly senior living communities like Country Meadows are able to offer unique interactions with various types of animals. At Country Meadows of Wyomissing, residents enjoyed a therapeutic puppy yoga session, which was more about cuddling than yoga. At the Forks in Easton location, residents spent their Valentines Day receiving pooch smooches from local shelter dogs, while at Country Meadows of Wyomissing, residents were invited to attend a doggie wedding.AquariumsHaving an aquarium in common areas or resident apartments can be therapeutic. Watching colorful fish swim can be relaxing and help reduce anxiety and stress. Aquariums often can be found regardless of whether or not a community offers pet friendly senior living.Pet friendly living at Country MeadowsWith research demonstrating that seniors benefit from regular animals, Country Meadows offers pet friendly senior living at each of its nine locations in Pennsylvania and one in Frederick, Maryland. Please contact us today to request information or to schedule a visit to meet our residents-human, canine, feline and avian! We look forward to meeting you.
Caregiving can be a challenging and unpredictable journey. Thats why we take great pride in going above and beyond to create a dedicated care team for each of our clients. We believe that having a reliable and compassionate care team is essential for providing the highest quality of care and support.At Home Matters Caregiving, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive support and education through our Nurse Guided Care approach. With our clinical leadership team, we go beyond traditional non-medical care to empower our clients and their families with the knowledge and resources they need. Our clinical leadership team acts as aging coaches, offering expert guidance throughout the care journey. They help navigate healthcare systems, connect with community resources, and make informed decisions. This guidance alleviates stress and provides reassurance to clients and their families, ensuring confident care choices.Personalized Daily Living Support for Enhanced IndependenceWe understand the importance of assisted living especially in maintaining your independence and preferred routines while receiving the necessary assistance with daily activities. Our compassionate caregivers are committed to providing exceptional daily living support that empowers you to lead a fulfilling life within the comfort of your own home. Our Personal / Companion Care services cater to your specific needs, ensuring your well-being is our top priority.Comprehensive Assistance Tailored to Your NeedsOur Daily Living Support services cover a wide range of activities, designed to offer the support you require while respecting your dignity and privacy. Whether you need assistance with personal care, household chores, or meal planning, our caregivers are here to lend a helping hand, allowing you to navigate your day with confidence and ease.Our Daily Living Support services include:Personal CareOur dedicated caregivers provide gentle and respectful assistance with tasks such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting. We understand that personal care is sensitive and ensure your comfort and dignity are always upheld.Meal Planning and PreparationMaintaining a nutritious diet is essential for your well-being. Our caregivers can assist with meal planning and preparation according to your dietary preferences and any specific nutritional requirements you may have.Household ChoresKeeping your home tidy and organized is crucial for a safe and comfortable living environment. Our caregivers can help with light housekeeping tasks, such as dusting, vacuuming, laundry, and ensuring a clutter-free space.Medication RemindersOur attentive caregivers can remind you to take your medications at the prescribed times, helping you stay on track with your treatment plan.CompanionshipLoneliness and social isolation can impact overall health and well-being. Our caregivers are not only here to assist you physically but also to provide companionship and engage in meaningful conversations and activities.Your Well-Being is Our PriorityAt Home Matters Caregiving, we take the time to understand your unique needs and preferences. Our person-centered approach ensures that the support you receive is tailored to fit your lifestyle and goals. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers are dedicated to fostering a warm and nurturing environment, where you can feel comfortable and at ease.Why Choose Home Matters Caregiving?Experienced and Compassionate CaregiversOur caregivers undergo thorough screening and training to ensure they provide the highest level of care and compassion.Customized Care PlansWe believe in individualized care, and our personalized care plans cater to your specific needs, promoting independence and well-being.Flexible SchedulingWe understand that your needs may change, and we offer flexible scheduling to accommodate your preferences.Regular Care MonitoringOur team regularly communicates with you and your family to assess your satisfaction and make any necessary adjustments to your care plan.Experience Enhanced Independence with Daily Living SupportDiscover the joy of leading an independent and fulfilling life with the dedicated support of Home Matters Caregiving. Our Daily Living Support services empower you to maintain your preferred routines, enhance your well-being, and embrace life to the fullest. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you or your loved ones with our Personal and Companion Care services.People facing the end of life often need special care, and their families and loved ones may need additional support as well. Our hospice services provide expert, compassionate care for individuals as they face these stages in their lives.We will be right by you and your loved ones side providing comfort, safety, and security when you need it most. Our professional caregivers are trained to assist families through this difficult time, allowing you to spend precious moments with your loved one while we take care of the rest.Activities of daily living (ADLs) are a list of general activities necessary for one to function and live independently in a household. The six standard ADLs are generally recognized as bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (getting in and out of bed or chair), eating, and continence.Personalized Support Where You Need It MostHome Matters Caregiving understands that care needs can vary, and location should not be a barrier to receiving the support you require. Our commitment to providing care anywhere means that we offer personalized support wherever you call home whether its your own residence, a hospital, or a living community. Explore the benefits of our flexible care services tailored to your unique needs.Comfort and Familiarity of Home CareReceiving care in the comfort of your own home offers a sense of familiarity that can promote emotional well-being. Our home care services ensure that you can maintain your routines, preferences, and independence while receiving the care you need. Its an option that values your comfort and the sanctuary of your own space.Quality Care in Hospital SettingsDuring hospital stays, having a trusted caregiver by your side can make a significant difference in your recovery and overall experience. Our hospital care services ensure that you receive personalized support, assistance with daily activities, and companionship while you focus on your health.Community Living with CareLiving communities can offer a supportive environment for older adults, and our living community care services enhance that experience. Our caregivers provide assistance, companionship, and peace of mind, allowing you to thrive and enjoy your community to the fullest.Flexibility to Meet Your Changing NeedsOur care services are highly flexible and adaptable to your changing needs. Whether you require care at home, in a hospital, or in a living community, our caregivers are trained and ready to provide the support that aligns with your preferences and circumstances.Experience Personalized Care and Support, AnywhereAre you ready to experience personalized support wherever you need it most? Contact Home Matters Caregiving to learn more about our care anywhere services and how they can enhance your quality of life. Join us in embracing an approach to care that prioritizes your unique needs and offers support tailored to your chosen living environment.Give us a call today to connect with an aging expert!