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5 Signs that it May be Time for Senior Home Care – North Shore – North Vancouver, West Vancouver

Maintaining a good level of health is an ongoing struggle for most of us. The human body requires a considerable amount of maintenance to perform and function the way you want it to. As we get older, it becomes even more important to keep up with health-augmenting practices on a regular basis. After the age of 60, it becomes harder and harder to ward off illness, disease, and injury. However, the key to managing health in your senior years is preventative maintenance. It is estimated that roughly 80% of illness that affects seniors can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and early detection. One of the best ways for seniors to stay on top of their health is through the dedicated assistance of a professional caregiver. Home caregivers can help implement healthy routines, as well as monitor your loved one’s health to catch illness and disease before it becomes unmanageable. 5 Signs it Might be Time to Consider Home Care There are many factors that indicate older adults could benefit from some caregiver assistance. Some of the most common clues, may be: Unhealthy diet Memory issues Poor hygiene Increased falls or accidents Chronic fatigue Unhealthy Diet Nutrition is one of the most important factors for maintaining good health. Seniors with a poor diet are at a much higher risk for injury and illness. There are many reasons older adults might engage in unhealthy eating habits. For example, processed food is often cheaper and easier to prepare than healthy food. Also, seniors may lose interest in cooking, especially if they are only cooking for themselves every night. Plus, our taste...

Vision Care for Seniors – North Shore – North Vancouver, West Vancouver

Changes in eye health and quality of vision are a natural, and inevitable, part of aging. You may have noticed a very large proportion of people over 40 requiring bifocals or reading glasses. This is called presbyopia. What is Presbyopia? Presbyopia is caused by the thickening and loss of elasticity in the lens of the eye. This makes it harder for the eye to focus on nearby objects. You may have noticed someone in the early stages of presbyopia holding a food package at arm’s length and squinting trying to read the ingredients. While presbyopia is a natural part of aging, there are several other eye conditions that can have a more severe impact on vision for older adults. Regular eye examinations and paying attention to possible warning signs of deeper vision problems can be very helpful in preventing serious eye conditions. Signs of Developing Eye Conditions Being aware of symptoms that may indicate the beginnings of vision issues can help recognize the problem before it has a chance to get out of control. Some common symptoms and warning signs to watch out for, are: Chronic dry eyes Problems reading small print Lengthy adjustment period for going from light to dark or vice versa Oversensitivity to bright lights or glare Reduced night vision Trouble distinguishing colors and contrasts Impaired depth perception Difficulty judging distances Persistently watery eyes, consistently tearing up Involuntary twitching or uncontrollable eye movements While these symptoms can be associated with anything from mild irritations to severe eye conditions, it is a good idea to get checked out by a doctor or healthcare professional if you or...

Recognizing Early Onset Dementia – North Shore – North Vancouver, West Vancouver

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and with a perpetually aging population in Canada the prevalence of the disease is growing. Alzheimer’s most typically appears in people over the age of 65. However, some people that have what is known as early onset dementia can begin developing symptoms in their 40s and 50s. A diagnosis made for early onset Alzheimer’s is rare because most believe dementia is only for the elderly, and something else must be causing the symptoms. There are several warning signs to be on the lookout for, if you suspect a family member may be exhibiting behaviors of early onset dementia. Warning Signs for Early Onset Dementia Many of the symptoms of early onset dementia are quite similar to the traditional strain of the illness, but often less pronounced, making them more difficult to detect. Some warning signs to pay attention to, might be: Subtle memory differences Mood swings Difficulty with routine tasks Mild confusion Trouble expressing themselves Repetition Disorientation Problems adjusting or adapting to new situations Slight Changes in Memory Everybody knows that dementia affects the memory. But with early onset Alzheimer’s, memory changes are generally quite subtle and gradual. Most memory issues for people with early onset dementia are to do with the short-term memory. For example, always misplacing things, or forgetting what they are doing in the moment. Mood Swings Abrupt changes in mood are common with early onset dementia. It may not be noticeable to the person it is happening to, but other people may be able to notice a difference. Depression is frequently a symptom of early onset dementia....

Hiring a Caregiver: Go Private or Through a Home Care Agency? – North Shore – North Vancouver, West Vancouver

Deciding to employ the services of a caregiver for you or a loved one can be a significant undertaking. Once you have determined that home care services are required, the next stage is finding a compatible caregiver. There are two main routes you can go when looking to hire a caregiver for in-home care:   Private Caregiver Home Care Agency Private Caregiver A private caregiver will be someone that would hire yourself through your own means. This involves posting an ads, fielding applications, conducting interviews, and performing your own research and checks into each candidate’s background. Home Care Agency A professional home care agency, on the other hand, will do all this leg work for you. For this option, you would just need to contact the agency and book an initial consultation. From there, personal preferences and home care requirements will be discussed to match you or your loved one with a compatible caregiver and design a personalized care plan. Factors to Consider: Private Caregiver vs. Home Care Agency There are many aspects of home care to think about before making a decision about hiring a caregiver. A few factors to examine might be: Legal ramifications Home care services Quality of care Responding to change Legal Ramifications One of the major factors that many people fail to consider are the legal implications of hiring a caregiver. Private Caregiver If you are going the private route for hiring a caregiver, then that caregiver will become your legal employee. With that distinction, comes a set of responsibilities that must be met, as you are know considered an employer. These legal obligations...

Easing Into Home Care for Seniors – North Shore – North Vancouver and West Vancouver

We all know what happens as we begin to get older, declining physical strength and mobility, as well as a drop-off in mental sharpness and memory, are simply inevitabilities that we must deal with. It is how we deal with these changes that can make all the difference. Good planning can help make the transition into old age a smooth one, especially for seniors that wish to continue living at home. Why plan ahead for home care? The vast majority of people approaching the age of 65 and over want to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible. With more options than ever for home care services, this wish can easily become a reality with the right preparation. There are plenty of home care services can help your loved one live an independent lifestyle, while getting the assistance they need to make it happen. Proactive Approach to Home Care People are now taking a more active role in their own health care situations. Since public health care doesn’t really offer a viable option for the level of assistance seniors in Canada need, people are forced to look elsewhere. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as everyone now has the option to get the exact health care services they need, as often as they need them, in the comfort of home. This can involve anything from assistance with home maintenance and housekeeping, to personal care and hygiene, to treatments for specific health problems. What Does a proactive approach to home care involve? There are several aspects to pre-emptive planning that make it a smart practice...

Ways Seniors Can Feel More Energetic – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

Changes in levels or energy tend to come along with the process of ageing and growing older. As we grow older, the many changes that our bodies and lives are going through can result in differences in how our bodies feel and function. For many seniors, it is difficult to navigate the changes that come to impact their energy levels. It can be discouraging to have your body seem to force you to slow down when you are still so ready and willing to get out and do things every day. While outside factors can never entirely override the need for rest and relaxation that the body requires to maintain a state of health and wellbeing, it is possible to make a few lifestyle choices that can help to allow seniors to feel more energetic so that they can continue to participate in all the things they love.  Boosting Energy Everyone’s body works differently, and the things that work well for one person will likely be a little bit different than the ones that work for someone else. Generally speaking, the following are some great things to try that can help seniors to feel more energetic and less sluggish and fatigued throughout the day: Sleep Well: Many seniors deal with sleep problems, and it can be hard to have energy during the day when it hasn’t been replenished throughout the night. Having a good nighttime routine and setting things up in a way that is more conducive to a good night’s sleep can make all the difference. Routine and environment are one thing, but if sleep is a persistent...