Monthly Archives: May 2016

How to Tour an Assisted Living Facility

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There are several major life decisions that we often make at different stages of our life including who to sit next to on the bus, where to go to college, who to marry, where to buy a home and how many kids to have.  Another life-changing decision is what assisted living community to bring your loved one to. We know this decision is stressful, which is why the experts at Choice Health Management are here to help with these assisted living assessment tips:

  1. Safety and Security – For most families viewing an assisted living facility, the issue of safety and security sit high on the list of priorities. To properly evaluate the safety and security of an assisted living facility, you’ll need to ask many questions of the staff.  Observe the presence of grab bars in key areas such as hallways, bathrooms and rooms.  Ask about staffing patterns during both the daytime and at night, as well as staff qualifications such as how many registered nurses are on site.  Finally, ask how residents contact staff in case of an emergency in their living area.
  2. Food – While taste is important, you’ll also want to check for proper nutrition and variety. Also, take time to learn how the facility manages dining hours and dining procedures. Ask what happens when a resident isn’t able to join the other residents for a meal.
  3. Activities – Witness scheduled activities or community events at the assisted living facility. Notice whether the staff are enjoying the activity, are the activities fitting to what your loved one enjoys to do and whether or not they host religious services.
  4. Friendliness – This one is a big one for most families. Take time to observe the staff members and how they interact with residents.  Meet with staff and the management team to understand the goals of the facility and the confidence they have in the staff.
  5. Outdoor Area – If you’re visiting on a nice day, take a walk outside and see what the outdoor areas are like and if your loved one can see themselves enjoying the outdoor facilities. Don’t forget to evaluate how safe and secure the outdoor areas feel.

Overall, you and your loved one will need to trust your instincts about the assisted living facility.  If you have questions about our assisted living services, please don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule a visit soon!

How to Help the Elderly Beat the Summer Heat

elderly summer heat

Are you worried for your elderly loved one and the high temperatures coming this summer?  Not to worry – we’ve got you covered!  The team at Choice Health Management is here to offer support and tips that will help you keep your loved one safe and healthy through the hot summer months.

  1. Stay Hydrated – As you age, your ability to hold water and your ability to know when you’re thirsty deteriorate. This make it even more important to push the fluids when your aging loved one is outdoors.
  2. Medication Reactions to Heat – When temperatures rise above 78 degrees, the effectiveness of some medications decrease. Know the medications your aging loved one is on and which ones are most affected by the heat.
  3. Stay Cool – Get your aging loved one out of the house to visit other cool, air-conditioned destinations like the mall, the grocery store, library or movie theater. This will allow your loved one to get out, remain cool and get some much needed exercise.
  4. Stay in Touch – On hot days, check on your aging loved one even more, and consider asking neighbors to also check in with them. When outdoors doing enjoyable activities like gardening, many individuals can lose track of time and stay out in the sun longer than they planned.
  5. Summer Dress – Be sure to check your aging loved one’s summer wardrobe to see that they have plenty of cool outfit choices. Look for cool, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing options that are made of cotton instead of synthetic fibers.
  6. Protect Skin – The elderly population is affected more intensely by west nile virus and encephalitis, which is why you need to be pushing bug spray use as well as sunscreen use.
  7. Know the Warning Signs – If your loved one did get too much sun, know when to seek medical attention for hyperthermia or heat stroke. These signs include:
  • High body temperature
  • Confusion or agitation
  • Flushed skin
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Heavy breathing
  • Not sweating
  • Fainting

We hope these tips help you protect your aging loved ones from the summer heat.  If you have questions or concerns about caring for your aging loved one, please reach out to our team right away!