Always Best Care provides warm, compassionate and professional care for seniors and others when they need it most. We’re local experts in senior care, providing a resource for aging and senior living delivered through an international network of locally owned and operated offices. We’re dedicated to exceeding your expectations … always.

In-Home Care for Seniors

Baby Boomers Changing the Face of Retirement

Share Button

As the 78-million-strong Baby Boomer generation retires, senior care such as home care services, assisted living, and residential care is set to change, as this generation has different ideas about retirement than previous generations.

Aside from their sheer size, the Baby Boomer generation also wants more independence and a more active retirement than generations past. These demands are increasing strain on senior care providers to accommodate both the needs and the desires of the Boomers.

One way Boomers are changing the industry is through their life expectancy. People are living longer and longer, and the increased longevity is increasing the demand for long-term care. Providers will need to train and hire more personnel and find more economies of scale to give adequate care to retired Boomers as they grow older.

Boomers are much more reluctant to go into a residential retirement facility than their parents and grandparents, wanting to stay independent in their homes as long as possible. Home care can help support aging Boomers in their homes.

Financial companies are getting more creative in providing options for Boomers to finance long-term care. Deals like reverse mortgages are becoming more common as Boomers search for the funds they need to ensure a comfortable long-term retirement.

Always Best Care connects seniors and their families with quality assisted living and home health services. To find out more, explore our website or call 1-855-470-CARE.

Retiring Together: Boomers & Their Parents

Share Button

As people are living longer, the chances that your parents may still be alive when you retire are increasing. Many Baby Boomers hitting retirement age are still taking care of aged parents. A significant portion of these new seniors are taking their parents with them in planned communities close to assisted living facilities for their parents.

The average life expectancy in the U.S. is a little over 78 years, but members of some demographic groups have even longer average life expectancies. This situation can result in children in their 60s taking care of parents in their 80s and 90s.

If you’re retiring and plan on taking your parent or parents with you to your new home, finding a good assisted living facility close to your residence can help. When evaluating assisted living facilities, consider the following:

  • Trained staff. Make sure the staff of the facility have the necessary medical and care skills your parent needs.
  • Proximity. Choose a facility that’s close to your home, to make visiting convenient.
  • Activities. Make sure the facility you choose has plenty of structured, health-promoting activities for your parent. Seniors need exercise, socialization, and intellectual stimulation.
  • Budget. Before choosing a facility, make sure it fits comfortably into your and your parents’ budget.
  • Atmosphere. Be sure to visit the facility several times to see how residents and staff interact.

Always Best Care connects seniors and their families with quality assisted living and home health services. To find out more, explore our website or call 1-855-470-CARE.

Always best care

Five Hot Trends in Elder Care

Share Button

As the elderly population in the U.S. increases, elder care will become an increasingly important issue for our society. By 2025, the elderly population in the U.S. is expected to grow by 80 percent. Care industry experts predict the following trends in care for seniors:

  • The Decline of Residential Nursing Care. Nursing homes are becoming a thing of the past as economic realities, improving technology, and the desires of the elderly are pushing toward more home and community-based care models. Nursing homes will largely be reserved for severely ill or disabled seniors.
  • Assistive Technology. Tracking devices, technology that promotes memory and health, and robots to help with tasks are expected to become more common in senior care. This technology will help seniors, previously unsuited for home care, to remain in their homes.
  • Senior-Friendly Housing – More homes will be built that have standard senior-friendly features, such as gently sloping ramps, protective floors, handrails, and more.
  • Co-Housing. More seniors will live together in senior communities of independent homes. This will help with financial burdens and allow seniors to take care of one another.
  • Home Care Boom. As more seniors find it practical and desirable to remain in their homes, the home care industry will boom. Jobs in the industry are expected to increase exponentially over the next decade, and revenues for home care companies are also expected to climb.

Always Best Care offers in-home care, as well as assisted living and Alzheimer’s/dementia care, all over the nation. Call us to find out more about our services at 1-855-470-2273.

 

Technology Contributing to Greater Dementia Home Care Options

Share Button

Improving technology will help dementia sufferers stay in their homes longer, delaying or even eliminating the need for residential care as home care options expand.

Dementia affects millions of people in the U.S., and that number is expected to grow as the U.S. population ages. Dementia care is expensive, with the costs of residential care often consuming the assets of elderly individuals and their families. Finding more cost-effective ways to provide dementia care and solutions that allow sufferers of this condition to stay in their homes longer can help reduce this financial burden.

Technological solutions that help people with dementia adjust safely to their condition can greatly help. A number of assistive technologies have recently hit the market and can help dementia patients stay independent. Some of these devices include way-finding devices, technology that promotes social interaction, online games, and puzzles that foster memory and health and other items. Monitoring devices that help home care workers keep tabs on their charges can also help promote greater home care results.

Robotics also offers promise. Some recent advances include assistive devices that can lift and carry people, reducing injury risk, therapeutic robots that provide the benefits that owning a pet can have for dementia sufferers, and robots capable of assisting home care workers.

Always Best Care offers in-home care, as well as assisted living and Alzheimer’s/dementia care, all over the nation. Call us to find out more about our services at 1-855-470-2273.

New Study Urges Policy Changes for Dementia Care

Share Button

The RAND Corporation recently released a report detailing important policy changes needed to ease the burden of long-term dementia care.

The organization noted that dementia care poses a substantial burden on caretakers and urges changes to how dementia care is provided. The study noted that 15 percent of people over 70 suffered from dementia. About a third of family caregivers reported being stressed by taking care of relatives with dementia, with much of the stress being caused by the financial burden. The RAND Corporation examined care data and developed five major suggestions. The report urged the following changes:

  • Increased public awareness aimed at reducing the stigma associated with dementia and the promotion of early detection of the condition.
  • Better access to long-term service and support, including home and community-based services. Better training for caregivers is also urged.
  • Promotion of high quality care dedicated to the needs of dementia sufferers and their caregivers.
  • More information and support for caregivers that allows them to better find and obtain services and financial assistance.
  • Single-payer health insurance and linking long-term care insurance to health insurance.

As the senior population in the U.S. increases, it is likely that the number of individuals and families dealing with dementia care will also increase. Finding ways to ease the burden of care can greatly assist a significant portion of the population.

Always Best Care offers in-home care, as well as assisted living and Alzheimer’s/dementia care, all over the nation. Call us to find out more about our services at 1-855-470-2273.

Creating Activities for Seniors with Dementia

Share Button

Many caregivers struggle to create activities that seniors with dementia can participate in, but getting these seniors active is important to slowing the progress of dementia and improving their health. Many assisted living facilities have professionals with the skills and know-how to get elderly people with dementia up and moving. When seeking a facility for your loved one, be sure to check into their activities for residents living with dementia.

In general, when devising activities for residents with dementia, it’s important to keep their interests in mind. For example, seniors who enjoy gardening should be included in gardening-related activities. Assisted living facility staff can help residents with diminished capacity in these activities, by simplifying activities or assisting them with the parts of the activity they are unable to do.

Assisted living facility staff should work to make activities meaningful, instead of just ways to pass time. A component of achievement or learning should always be part of the activity. When activities are meaningful, seniors are more likely to respond to them positively.

Seniors living with dementia often benefit from activities that reestablish old routines. By creating activities relevant to their lives, assisted living staff can help create activities seniors will find engaging and enjoyable. Even common household tasks, such as washing dishes or cooking, can be meaningful to seniors. Assisted living staff must work to ensure these activities are safe and ability-appropriate for seniors, however.

Studies have shown that staying fit physically and mentally greatly increases the quality of life for seniors and helps to mitigate some of the effects of dementia. With a cooperative assisted living staff, you can ensure that your senior stays busy and keeps well. To find the perfect facility for your senior, contact Always Best Care. We will provide you with assisted living placement finder services during your care consultation, free of charge.

 

Walking Works Wonders

Share Button

Recent studies show that regular walks can be the dividing line between good health and poor health for seniors.

According to a recent University of Georgia study, walking offers health benefits and helps older people stay independent. In the study, researchers split subjects into walkers and non-walkers. The walkers began by taking 10 minute walks, and later increased to taking 40 minute walks.

Both the walking group and the control group were tested on aerobic capacity and physical ability by researchers before and after the study. After four months, the study found that:

  • Physical function results increased by 25 percent for the walkers, but decreased in the control group. Disability risk also decreased significantly for the control group.
  • Peak aerobic capacity also increased for the walkers, growing by nearly 20 percent. Peak aerobic capacity declined for the non-walkers by about 9 percent.
  • Aerobic capacity is important, as it helps provide the energy people need to accomplish physical tasks.
  • Study participants reported improved energy and also commented positively on the social aspect of walking with others.

Researchers concluded that walking is a simple means of improving health that seniors from all walks of life can engage in to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. This low cost method of health maintenance can help maintain mobility and physical condition, and reduce risk of illness or injury, making it worthwhile. A home care professional from Always Best Care can help you create a walking schedule to follow, and even walk with you around your neighborhood, so that you too can reap the benefits of regular walking.

Watching Cholesterol is Essential for Senior Health

Share Button

It’s been said a million times, but it bears repeating. Seniors – whether they’re benefitting from home care or in an assisted living facility – have to keep a careful watch on their cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a leading contributor to heart disease, the leading killer of older Americans. To lower their risk of illness and death, seniors and their caregivers should carefully monitor cholesterol levels and work to keep their levels within reasonable limits.

Cholesterol – a fatty substance in the blood – is vital to various life functions, but too much of it can be dangerous and contribute to heart disease and other ills. Doctors say that total cholesterol level should be less than 200 mg/dL.

Cholesterol is also further broken down into LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol. LDL should be less than 130 mg/dL. HDL cholesterol should be above 35 mg/dL in men and 45 mg/dL in women.

If you have elevated cholesterol levels, your doctor will recommend treatment. To start, you’ll be told to make changes to your diet, limiting foods high in fat such as red meat, eggs, and fried foods. You’ll also need to up your fruit and vegetable intake and exercise more often.

Medications may also be prescribed to treat cholesterol. A doctor will determine whether medication is the best route, as some cholesterol treatments may have side effects.

The goal of your treatment will be to keep cholesterol within acceptable levels and, often, to also boost HDL cholesterol – also referred to as “good cholesterol.” Regular visits to a doctor can help seniors and their caregivers keep tight rein over cholesterol levels. Once you have visited a doctor, your non-medical home care caregiver from Always Best Care can help you maintain a healthy diet by setting up an eating and exercise schedule for you to follow.

8 Vision Care Tips for Seniors

Share Button

Maintaining mobility and vision are two important tasks for seniors who want to maintain their independence. Good vision allows seniors to perform many daily tasks and avoid having to rely more on others.

Seniors should be proactive to maintain their vision. There are a number of good habits and practices seniors can engage in to maintain good eye health, including:

  • Getting regular eye exams. A good ophthalmologist can help correct vision problems before they become pronounced.
  • Load up on the fruits and vegetables. Studies show that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help maintain eye health in older people.
  • Protect your eyes. When going outside, particularly in the summer, put on a hat and some sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation.
  • Avoid eyestrain. Be sure to take breaks from watching TV or working on the computer to avoid excessive strain. If you find your eyes growing tired or hurting while looking at electronics, turn them off, or leave the area to give your eyes a rest.
  • Add light. When reading or working, make sure you have sufficient light to see what you’re doing without having to strain your eyes.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow to the eyes and can contribute to eye conditions and ailments.
  • Take multivitamins. Multivitamins can ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs for eye health.

By taking these proactive steps, you can ensure your eyes remain in good health as you grow older. With good vision, you can enjoy a great quality of life and maintain your independence with the help of home care from Always Best Care.

Maintaining Bone Health in Seniors

Share Button

As we grow older, our bones become more brittle and prone to injury. Falls resulting in broken bones are frequent causes of serious injury for seniors. Maintaining bone health can reduce the chance of a serious injury resulting from a fall.

Having healthy bones helps to prevent injuries such as hip fractures that can cause hospitalization, disability, or death. One of the most important things older people can do to maintain bone health and reduce their chance of injury is to get enough calcium. According to medical experts, women over the age of 50 should get at least 1,200 mg of calcium each day. Men over 50 should get at least 1,000 mg of calcium daily, increasing the amount to 1,200 mg after age 70.

Adequate Vitamin D is also important to bone health. If you’re between 51 and 70, you should be sure to get at least 600 IU of Vitamin D each day. If you’re over 70, bump it up to 800 IU each day.

Staying physically active is also important to bone health. Seniors should try to get at least half an hour of physical exercise each day in low-impact activities such as walking, gardening, or similar pursuits.

Regular doctor visits can also help maintain bone health. Physicians can perform bone density tests to assess the state of your bones and prescribe medication for improving bone health if necessary.

By maintaining your bone health, you can ensure your overall health remains good into your golden years. To learn more about maintaining bone health, consult with your in-home care professional or contact your local medical professional.