Gentle Home Services is excited to announce the debut of our Memory Café with CJE SeniorLife at The Friend Center in Deerfield.
The Memory Café will be held on the second Thursday of the month from 4-5 pm. The first one begins on February 14th. The program is perfect for adults with Alzheimer’s, early onset and mild cognitive impairment. The attendee must be accompanied by a family member or care provider. Registration is required and the programs/activities are free.
Please share with your contacts or families/clients you work with who may be interested in an hour of socialization and activities.
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If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Deerfield IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.
Americans, on average, eat more sugar than people in any other nation. The amount of sugar consumed on a daily basis has steadily increased over the years, even as people have received warnings about consuming excess sugar. Reducing the amount of sugar in the diet can be a valuable step toward health for anyone, but as a family caregiver, you should know this can be even more important for your elderly parent.
Many seniors struggle with health problems that are worsened by sugar, making reducing this sugar an invaluable part of preserving their health as they age in place. Fortunately, there are many simple ways you can cut down on the amount of sugar in your senior's diet on a daily basis.
Use these tips to reduce sugar in your senior's diet:
* Cut out sodas. This is the leading source of sugar in the average American's diet and accounts for a huge number of calories on a regular basis.
* Learn to read nutritional labels and make sure you and your senior read the labels on all foods and beverages they consume.
* Avoid having sugar out on the table. Your senior is much less likely to add sugar to their food and beverages if they do not have it out in front of them.
* When choosing packaged fruits, look for those packaged in natural juice without added sugar. Avoid anything that says "syrup".
* Sweeten foods such as oatmeal or pancakes with fruit rather than sugar.
* When baking, replace sugar with unsweetened applesauce.
* Look for natural sweetener alternatives such as monk fruit.
* Add more flavor to recipes using spices such as cinnamon and ginger rather than sugar.
An senior home care services provider can make eating healthier easier and more accessible for your senior. As their family caregiver, you want your parent to be able to live their best life, and eating a well-balanced diet is an important part of that. Senior care can make it less daunting for your parent to eat well when they are dealing with challenges and limitations.
Personalized services can include reliable transportation to the grocery store, assistance with shopping, help reading and understanding labels, meal and snack preparation, and encouragement to maintain good nutrition and hydration. This enables your parent to enjoy many of their favorite foods in healthier ways by reminding them of their dietary guidelines, researching recipes with them, assisting with preparation, and more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Lake Forest IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.
No one wants to catch a cold. They’re miserable. Coughing, running nose, scratchy throat… For older adults, having a cold can be even more awful. Colds are caused by different kinds of viruses. One of the most common is the rhinovirus. In seniors, rhinovirus can develop into a serious respiratory infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most adults can expect to have 2 to 3 colds each year.
While you cannot expect to avoid them all, there are ways you can help your aging relative to reduce their chances of catching a cold. Here are some tips for preventing a cold.
Frequent Hand Washing
This tip is right at the top of the list of cold prevention tips for both the CDC and WebMD. That’s because hand washing removes germs and prevents them from entering into the body through the nose, mouth, or eyes. People touch their faces dozens of times each day, so if there are germs on the older adult’s hands, they could get in and cause a cold. To get rid of germs, your aging relative needs to use soap and scrub for about 20 seconds. When soap and water aren’t readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol.
Avoid Contact with Sick People
Keep your aging relative away from people who already have colds. Ask people to stay away when they have a cold. Instead, suggest that they keep in touch with phone calls, emails, and cards. Save visits for when their cold is over. Also, when the older adult is out in public, advise them not to shake hands or hug other people. They can simply politely say, “I’m trying to avoid catching a cold, so I’m not shaking hands. But, I’m really happy to see you.”
Germs can linger on surfaces for hours or even days. Get rid of them by disinfecting surfaces that are touched often, such as counter tops, faucets, and door knobs. It’s a good idea for the older adult to carry sanitizing wipes with them to wipe down the handles of shopping carts, too.
Home care services can help your aging relative to avoid catching colds this winter. Home care services providers can remind the older adult to wash their hands several times each day. They can also help to prevent people who are ill from coming in contact with your loved one. A home care services provider can field calls from friends and family who are planning to visit and ask that they only come if they are well. Home care services providers can also keep the house as germ-free as possible by washing countertops and other surfaces with disinfecting cleaners.
Sources : https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/avoid-cold-flu#1
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Skokie IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seniors are at a greater risk for developing epilepsy. In fact, around 1 million people aged 55 and older in the United States have epilepsy. The reason epilepsy occurs more often in older adults is because they are more likely to have risk factors for the condition, such as strokes, brain tumors, and Alzheimer’s disease. Because of the high risk to seniors, it’s important that their family caregivers know how to spot a seizure and what to do if one occurs.
Kinds of Seizures
Certain kinds of seizures pose more danger than others. The two basic kinds of seizures are:
Focal Onset Seizures: This kind of seizure starts in just one part of the brain. It may cause just one part of the body to move or twitch, like an arm or the face. The older adult is awake when the seizure begins, but they cannot control the movement. As the seizure goes on, they might stare off into space. After the seizure, they won’t remember having had it.
Generalized Seizures: A generalized seizure affects more than one area of the brain. The person having the seizure isn’t likely to be aware of it. Grand mal seizures, the most well-known type of seizure, is a generalized seizure. A grand mal seizure is the kind you usually see on television where the person’s whole body convulses. These are frightening to witness and can require emergency medical attention.
Generalized seizures are the more dangerous of the two kinds of seizures. During this kind of seizure, the person is unaware of their surroundings, so they can injure themselves by striking objects around them.
Seizure First Aid
Most of the time, a person having a seizure won’t need any medical attention. What they really need is for someone to keep them safe during the event. Here’s what to do during a seizure:
* Stay calm and speak to the person in a gentle, comforting tone.
* Don’t leave the person until they are fully awake again.
* Place something under their head to cushion it from hitting against the floor.
* Move objects that could injure them out of the way.
* Put the person on their side so that breathing is easier.
* Time the length of the seizure.
* Never place anything in the person’s mouth.
If the person has never had a seizure before, you should call 9-1-1. Also call for emergency assistance if the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or if the person has trouble breathing.
Elder care can help protect seniors with seizure disorders. An elder care provider can prevent injuries during a senior. They can also monitor the length of the seizure. If your aging relative needs emergency medical care, an elder care provider can call 9-1-1. Elder care providers can also serve as a source of comfort and relieve the stress of the older adult and their family members since they know that someone will be there if a seizure should occur.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Glenview IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.
Gentle Home Services was very active this fall. Here is a glimpse of what we hosted, sponsored and participated in recently. Hope you enjoy!
November 7, 2018
ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter
Educational and Scientific Symposium
Gentle Home Services was one of the event sponsors for the symposium this year. Over 100 guests attended this very informative program.
November 9, 2019
And we volunteered at the 3rd National Caregiving Conference in Chicago
Susan Scatchell from Gentle Home Services volunteered with Chicago colleagues, Ellen Masuret from Senior Living Experts and Cece Isenman from Arden Courts.
November 13, 2018
Deerfield, Bannockburn, Riverwoods Chamber Meeting
Colleen Muscarella, Business Development Director and Chamber Director, introduces Rick Niksic from the Greenhouse Group. Colleen chairs the Health and Wellness Professional group for the DBR Chamber.
November 16, 2018
Springfield Trip with the Home Care Association of America, IL Chapter
Susan Scatchell from Gentle Home Services (third from left) was accompanied by a collaborative group of other home services agencies to meet with the Illinois Department of Public Health. This group spent months preparing to discuss important regulation changes in the home services licensing act. The original regulations were implemented over 10 years ago. Healthcare is changing, and more services are being pushed back into the community and the home. Time for a regulation tune-up. We still have a lot of work ahead of us!
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Deerfield IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.
Gentle Home Services was very active this fall. Here is a glimpse of what we hosted, sponsored and participated in recently. Hope you enjoy!
October 4, 2018
Continuing Education program with retired police commander Tom Smith on “Active Intruder”. This program discussed how to prevent, prepare, and actions to take when confronted with an active intruder. One of the best programs we ever attended.
Pictured to the right: Colleen Muscarella from Gentle Home Services, Tom Smith, retired police commander/speaker, Connie Polke from Advocate Healthcare and CHUG, Susan Scatchell from Gentle Home Services, Noreen Daya from Legacy Healthcare and Barbara Rosenberg from Elderwerks.
October 6, 2018
Kick Off Case Manager’s Week Continuing Education
Gentle Home Services and several co-sponsored kicked off Case Manager’s week with a half day of great education. Pat Stern of Patient-Centered Care Partners started the morning with an awesome presentation on integrating behavioral health into primary care.
October 9, 2018
Gentle Home Services sponsored a table at the CJE Celebrate event again this year. It was a fantastic evening to support CJE SeniorLife capped off by an energizing performance by Green Light. CJE SeniorLife helps make a difference in the lives of 20,000 older adults and their family members through various programs and services. Gentle Home Services is proud to be their preferred provider for quality home care services for over 12 years.
Pictured to the right: Elly Bauman from Park Plaza, Gail Niksic from Elderwerks, Michele Mangrum from CJE SeniorLife, Lisa Rae from Integrative Group Psychological Services, Kathy Stone from CJE SeniorLife, Susan Scatchell from Gentle Home Services, Karen Waxer from Daily Money and Life Management, Sara White from Grey Sage and Stephanie Sexauer from Sexauer Law.
Pictured above: Susan Scatchell from Gentle Home Services, Elly Bauman from Park Plaza, Lisa Rae from Integrative Group Psychological Services, Stephanie Sexauer from Sexauer Law, Nina Szidon from The Care Plan, Sibyl Yau from NShore Patient Advocates, Colleen Muscarella from Gentle Home Services, Gail Niksic from Elderwerks, Sara White from Grey Sage and Karen Waxer from Daily Money and Life Management.
October 10, 2018
Panel conversation, Healthy, Well-thy and Wise with our friends from UBS Financial in Northbrook. The panel demystified the aspects of aging, reviewed legal documents, care management services, who’s your quarterback, should you stay in your home with services or move. The audience came prepared with some touch questions.
October 18, 2018
Seniors in Transition Event at the Irish American Heritage Center
Industry leaders discussed how to help your parents transition to their next lifestyle. Event was moderated by Real Estate Advisor Jean-Marie Minton.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Deerfield IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.
September 29, 2018
ALS Walk for Life - Over 7,000 walkers gathered at Solder Field in Chicago to show support, raise awareness and fundraise for Les Turner ALS Foundation.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Deerfield IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.
If you're taking care of other people in your life, but avoiding taking care of yourself, that's a recipe for disaster. You have to put together a plan that lets you do both.
Make Little Tweaks to What You're Already Doing
You're likely doing more than you think you are for self-care. After all, you're alive and well, right? So look at what is already working well. You might be eating a fairly healthy diet already. You might have a steady workout routine in place or you might already be focusing on getting plenty of sleep. Just look at what you could do to tweak the good things a tiny bit. Remember that big changes take more time and energy, but smaller changes are easier to adapt.
Move a Little Bit More
There are so many ways to add a little more movement to your everyday life. You can do the simple suggestions, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or you can get a little more creative. If you spend a good bit of time on the phone, you might want to consider standing when you're in a call. Or you might want to stand while you check email, whether that's at a computer or on your phone. Make your own rules.
Pick One Small Way to Eat Healthier
You may already be trying to eat as healthy a diet as you possibly can, but even if you aren't, what small change can you make today? For instance, you might choose something besides a burger and fries the next time you go through the drive-through at your favorite fast food place. If you cook at home, try making at least one meal a day from scratch rather than relying on processed, pre-packaged foods.
If You Feel Overwhelmed, Back Up
If you start to feel overwhelmed or that these changes you're trying to make are just too much, back up a step. Give yourself a little more time to adapt to the changes you're already trying to make. If this is happening the first time you try to make any changes at all, look for a smaller change to make. You can also try to sit with this feeling for a little bit and determine why you're feeling overwhelmed by changes.
Take More Breaks
No matter what other changes you're making, one of them needs to be giving yourself more breaks. You need to have time away from caregiving and from other responsibilities so that you can truly take care of yourself. Hiring home care providers gives you a way to ensure that your senior is in good hands while you focus on you.
If you're finding self-care difficult or keep thinking that you're wasting time or being selfish, you need to take a deeper look at why you're feeling that way. These feelings could arise because of external factors, such as other people disapproving of you taking time away.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Chicago IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.
Despite some misleading articles, flu shots are safe for most people. As part of your parent's elderly care plans, a flu shot is important. Your mom and dad are not at risk of mercury poisoning or getting the flu from the flu shot.
Here is the information you need to know about influenza vaccinations and your mom's flu shot options in 2018.
You Need Time
After getting a flu shot, it takes a couple of weeks for your body to build up immunities to the strains of virus included in the vaccine. Your parents should stay vigilant to prevent becoming infected in the meantime. This includes avoiding people who are sick, washing hands frequently, and using an antibacterial cream or gel if there's no sink close enough.
Types of Flu Vaccines
Trivalent flu vaccines cover three types of flu. Quadrivalent vaccines protect against four. Most doctors can access either. Ask your mom or dad's doctor for a recommendation. If your parent goes to a pharmacy or flu clinic, they likely will only get a choice between standard-dose or high-dose.
Standard-dose vaccinations are given via a needle or a jet injector into the skin. Nasal spray flu vaccines are not recommended after the age of 50.
Most seniors are advised to get the high-dose for optimal protection. There are versions where the viruses are grown in eggs. If your parent is allergic to eggs, ask about cell-based flu shots that are grown in cell cultures rather than an egg.
Your Mom or Dad Could Still Get the Flu
Flu shots do require a bit of guesswork. There is the chance that this year's vaccine will not cover all the strains of flu that make the rounds. If this happens, your parent could end up with the flu. However, the symptoms and longevity are likely to be reduced.
Should your mom or dad develop the flu anyway, the family doctor may be able to help with medications that reduce the severity. You can help by making sure they have time to rest and making sure they stay hydrated and eat enough.
If you can't get your mom to her doctor or a flu shot clinic, consider other things that may be overlooked due to tight schedules and personal demands. Caregivers from a home care sevices agency can help. A caregiver can drive your mom to the doctor, drive her to a flu shot clinic, or help her stay hydrated if she does get a cold or flu. Call our home care services agency to get started.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Chicago IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.
Radiation dermatitis is a common side effect of radiation therapy used to treat cancer. Up to 95 percent of people who undergo radiation therapy experience at least some level of radiation dermatitis. Symptoms usually start within two weeks of radiation therapy beginning and can continue for years after treatment has ended.
If your aging relative is undergoing radiation therapy, understanding this common side effect and what you can do about it could make their treatment more comfortable.
How Radiation Dermatitis Happens
Radiation therapy is delivered either externally or internally. Its purpose is to change the DNA of cancer cells and cause them to die. The dosage of radiation the patient receives is determined on a case by case basis.
Radiation therapy has come a long way since it was first used. Doctors try to minimize its effect on healthy cells, but some damage is unavoidable. When skin cells near the area being treated are affected, it can cause side effects like radiation dermatitis. In addition, when radiation therapy is combined with chemotherapy, it becomes even more toxic to the body, increasing the chances of radiation dermatitis.
Radiation Dermatitis Symptoms
Symptoms of radiation dermatitis vary depending on several factors. People can experience mild to severe symptoms, which may include:
* Skin that appears red or pink.
* Swollen skin, called edema.
* Skin that is dry and peeling.
* Thinning and weakened skin.
Doctors classify the severity of radiation dermatitis in the following manner:
Grade 1: Skin is slightly red and is peeling.
Grade 2: Skin is moderately red and swollen. There may also be some thinning of the skin in folds.
Grade 3: Skin is thinning more than 1.5 centimeters across. Thinning is present in places other than skin folds and severe swelling is present.
Grade 4: Skin cells are dying and there are deep skin ulcers present.
Managing Radiation Dermatitis at Home
There are several steps you can take at home to help soothe radiation dermatitis in your aging relative. To treat dry, itchy skin, try:
* Apply mineral oil or baby oil to the skin after bathing while the skin is still damp. Or, add oil to bathwater.
* Use cool or warm water to wash, not hot. Also, do not scrub the skin during washing.
* Use moisturizer at least twice per day. Calamine lotion or witch hazel can help with itching.
* Do not apply products that contain alcohol to the skin, including colognes and perfumes.
* Offer extra fluids.
Elder care can help to manage radiation dermatitis. An elder care provider can help your family member to apply moisturizers or calamine lotion. Elder care can also help the senior to bathe safely in cool or warm water, ensuring they don’t fall when getting in or out of the tub.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Evanston IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.