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FAQ: How Assisted Living Can Benefit Your Loved One

With each year, there are new opportunities to create treasured memories with the people that are close to your heart. However, the passage of time can also bring obstacles for your aging loved ones. The possibility of injuries, accidents, and isolation present potential threats to their well-being and overall health. To combat these key concerns, Choice Health Management is ready to break down the myths of assisted living so that you can get the best possible care for the people that matter most.

Q: Would assisted living prevent my loved one from getting personal attention?

Not only does assisted living provide the security you need for your loved ones but it also includes an abundant opportunity for them to socialize with new friends and participate in activities. With professional assistance available in case of potential problems and nearby recreational events, it literally presents the best of both worlds by allowing your family member the chance to maintain their independence and increase their overall well-being.

Q: Does if offer enough privacy?

With assistant living, your aging loved one can receive the care they need when they need it in a homey setting. As an affordable and more private alternative to nursing homes, this allows them to participate in events when they would like and easily take a break if they begin to feel overwhelmed. This also is useful for family visits and activities so that they can have the ability to socialize with their new group of friends when desired and still be able to share quiet moments together in the peace of their own room.

Q: How can it improve my loved one’s quality of life?

Due to a readily available source of assistance from high-quality profession caregivers, residents can receive daily help with activities such as bathing, dressing and eating so that you can get the peace of mind needed to rest easier. In the event of a maintenance issue in the home, our staff will be ready to fix any potential issue so that they will not have to worry about basic home repairs. From this, they can decrease their stress and achieve an optimum level of health.

Although moving into an assisted living home can present a new change for your aging loved ones, it also provides needed security and support so that they can stay active. At Choice Health Management, our team puts your family first. Contact our staff today to learn more about our assisted living program and how it can help you.

3 Keys to Fighting Elderly Depression

With the arrival of World Health Day every April, taking the time to reflect on vital issues can be a key step in improving your overall quality of life. In the past, this important holiday has helped spread awareness of diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure, and food-based illnesses by sharing knowledge and advocating preventative actions. However, this year we are taking a step back to understand that not all conditions can be evident to the outside eye. Each year, more than 16 million American adults suffer from depression, making it one of the most common mental illnesses in the nation. From this, 7 million of those affected are over the age of 65. In honor of the World Health Day’s ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign, which seeks to spread awareness of this vital issue, Choice Health Management offers these essential management guidelines so that you can find the help you need to live a full life:

Know the Symptoms

Allowing depression to go untreated can dramatically decrease your well-being. Although it can be easy, dismissing warning signs and treating them as common mood swings can have severe future consequences. To ensure you get the help necessary to live your days to the fullest, recognize the symptoms. Although feeling sadness, hopeless, cranky, nervous and disengaged are the most publicized effects, they are not the only indicators. If you are feeling fatigue, have consistent headaches, abdominal cramps, digestive issues, an increase or decrease in your appetite and experience insomnia, these can also be important signs of a more serious problem.

Speak Out

If you experience these symptoms, don’t keep it inside. Speaking to family, friends and medical professionals is a key component of managing the effects of the disease. If you are not yet comfortable in seeking personal support, contacting an advocacy group such as the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance can be an important first step in coming to terms with the condition. No matter which option you take, by breaking the barrier and seeking help you can find the treatment that’s effective for your unique needs and have a core team that will provide vital support with the transition.

Stay Healthy

A key tool in the fight against depression is keeping active. With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to enjoy walks and other outdoor events. Spending the day in a park can also help increase relaxation and prevent possible anxiety. If you are struggling to make it outside, start small. Make it a point to walk each day to the end of your driveway and back. Additionally, try to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet and eliminate caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes. To help stay active, you can also join community clubs and groups or simply ask a friend to accompany you on a daily stroll. Even the smallest steps can make a major impact in improving your overall well-being.

Although depression is an ongoing fight, with support and healthy habits, you can continue to overcome the obstacles. If you need professional assistance to help manage the symptoms, Choice Health Management offers both independent and assisted living so that you get the professional aid needed to live a full life. Contact our friendly team today to find out how we can help you.

What You Can Do To Help Prevent Memory Loss

With each passing year, there is new opportunities to make treasured memories with your family. However, if your loved one is having difficultly remembering past events and names, it may be a sign of a larger problem. Last year, an estimated 5.4 million Americans suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. From this, 5.2 million cases were in adults age 65 or older. Although there are no guarantees or cures for Alzheimer’s, certain activities may help improve memory. At Choice Health Management, we take the health of your family to heart. To help slow the effects of memory loss and improve overall health, we offer these key guidelines for your aging loved ones.

Stay Social

According to research done by the MacArthur Foundation, social support can improve the mental performance of seniors as well as increase self-esteem. Joining groups, especially ones that include learning new skills or hobbies, is a way to cultivate a sense of meaning and counter the effects of stress-related disease. Additionally, participating in activities that challenge your brain can aid in sharpening the memory. To start, ask your loved one what activities they are interested in and research local groups or clubs that can help provide assistance. This can be as easy as doing a jigsaw puzzle daily or joining in a local bingo game. All of these efforts may seem small but, by giving purpose and relying on a strong social team, you can help improve both memory and their quality of life.

Keep it Healthy

By placing an emphasis on healthy living, your loved one can improve their physical fitness and brain cognition by receiving vital nutrients. Fruits and vegetables offer sufficient sources of antioxidants and healthy fats from fish, nuts, and whole grains help protect the body from deterioration and reduces the risk of stroke. Additionally, regular exercise is another key practice to staying mentally sharp. This does not have to be extraneous or intense to be effective. Participating in daily walks, yoga, swimming or even gardening can reap vital physical benefits.  By combining proper diet, daily exercises and a consistent sleep schedule, the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure dramatically decreases. From this, you give your loved ones the best possible tools to stay healthy.

Seek Help

Although steps such as a strong diet and proper sleep can aid in increasing fitness and prevent disease, it is not always enough. If you are concerned that your loved one needs additional assistance, Choice Health Management is here to help make the process as easy as possible. Contact our staff today to learn more about our assisted living and memory care services.

What You Can Do During National Bath Safety Month

With the arrival of January comes the beginning of National Bath Safety Month. More than one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year and, from this, 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. Due to the multitude and instability of bathroom surfaces, it is important for the security of your loved ones to properly outfit these problematic areas. With these helpful guidelines form Choice Health Management, you can ensure your family will avoid potential injury.

Update Problematic Areas

To guarantee safety in and out of the bathtub, install reachable safety handles by the bathtub, toilet and shower. This should be specialty designed items that will support their weight, as opposed to a towel rack or bar which can cause further injury if used as a grab bar. For stable footing, install non-slip strips or mats in the bottom of the bathtub as well as a stable mat in the entry/exit of the shower. Additionally, make sure a portable phone is always available in the bathroom in the event of an emergency.

Stay Safe in the Shower

According to the CDC, approximately 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care every year for fall-related injuries, fractures, or head traumas. Showers are one of the most at-risk areas to experience such an injury. To combat this, transfer benches and shower chairs offer additional support to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Keep It Clean

Since bathrooms are at high risk for falls, don’t put anything to chance. Make sure all spills are cleaned promptly and the bathroom floor is clean. Additionally, don’t let décor ideas stand in your way. Clear away any unnecessary items so that there is plenty of space to move around. For added precaution, cover sharp edges of counters and faucets with towels while the bathroom is in use.

Although bathrooms offer a potential increase in injury, these tips can help keep your loved ones safe. However, if you require additional assistance, Choice Health Management offers several services such as assisted living and nursing services to provide maximize care. To learn more about how we can help your family, contact our team today.

4 Ways to Fight the Flu This Winter

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The arrival of winter brings with it plenty of reasons to celebrate: Holidays, good food and time with friends and family are at the top of the list. However, this time of year also marks an increase in flu cases. According to the CDC, people 65 and older experience a 54 to 70 percent chance of flu-related hospitalization compared to other age groups. To protect yourself this winter, Choice Health Management offers these important preventive guidelines.

  • Practice Healthy Hygiene

Although we have been taught since childhood the importance of good health habits, these become particularly important during flu season. Make sure to clean your hands often to protect from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Make sure to clean and disinfect frequently touched areas in your home and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and make sure to eat healthy, get regular exercise and plenty of sleep.

  • Avoid Stress

Chronic stress not only can disrupt your sleeping habits, it can actually lower your immune system. Stress produces ample levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone, which can alter your immune system responses. Although the body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting, chronic stress can active it long-term, disrupting your body’s processes. By lessening stress, you can help your body ward off potential illness.

  • Seek Medical Advice Quickly

During flu season, being cautious can make a difference. If you experience fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, or fatigues, they may be signs of influenza. In this circumstance, it is best to consult a doctor immediately to ensure that you can get treated early.

  • Don’t Wait to Get Your Flu Shot

Since adults age 65 years or older are at a high risk for complications from the flu, the most effective measure you can take to prevent influenza is to get a flu shot each year. According to the CDC, the shot reduces the risk of the flu by 57% for adults age 50 and older. Flu shots are often updated each season to keep up with changing viruses so it is recommended to get vaccinated each year.

Preparing for flu season is a crucial step in ensuring your year-round health. By taking these important precautions, you can maintain your continued quality of life. At Choice Health Management, our residents well-being is our first priority. Contact our pharmacy services to find out how we can help you.

Taking Care of Your Loved Ones During the Holidays

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At Choice Health Management, the holidays are a treasured time to help celebrate with our residents. Each year, we are honored to share in this important tradition with your family and we enjoy planning each festive event. By adding your own personal touches, you can help make the holidays for your loved ones a joyous occasion.

Bring Memories from Home

Including your own traditions for your loved ones in assisted or independent living can help the holidays feel like home. Bring copies of old photos to display on the walls. If you had a holiday tradition, like a special meal or snack, bring some for the occasion. Ask them to help with the preparation to the best of their ability. Make sure their living area reflects the season by stringing up old fashion popcorn garland and lights. If you have family holiday ornaments, bring them as well. Not only will the festivities bring seasonal joy but it can help you both to reconnect.

Get Involved in the Fun

At Choice Health Management, we enjoy planning events year-round for our residents. The holidays bring plenty of opportunities to get involved in the fun. Ask your loved one what events interest them, and get to know their neighbors and friends. Join them for coffee hour or volunteer to help them find holiday gifts. You can also accompany your loved ones to holiday recreational activities. If you have any questions about how you can help get involved, please feel free to speak to our staff.

Avoid Overstimulation

With the excitement of the season, it can be easy to try and do it all. Make sure you stay alert for signs of potential stress or exhaustion in your loved ones. If they start to get agitated, escort them to a quiet area and limit activies for the next few hours. Our staff is also here to help. If you feel like your love one is becoming overwhelmed and you require assistance, a member of our team will be happy to offer support.

Helping your loved one enjoy the holiday festivities can bring joy for you both. By incorporating your family traditions and getting involved, you can ensure they have a happy new year. If you have any questions on how you can help this holiday season, please contact our team today.

How to Make Your Caregiving Life Easier

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Every November we salute the dedication of caregivers with National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme is “Take Care to Give Care,” reminding us of the daily commitment of each caregiver. Choice Health Management offers these tips to ensure you can give the best care possible.

  1. Take Time for Yourself
    Caregivers need care too. Maintaining a balance in your life is essential to effective care for your loved one, as well as your own mental well-being. Make time to relax using practices such as mediation and journaling. Exercise and proper nutrition can also give you an added boost to your energy. Remember, caregiving isn’t a one-person operation. Sometimes you can use help too! Having a strong support team that helps care for your loved one can provide you with the much needed break you deserve.
  2. Recognize Stress
    Trying to do too much can be damaging to both you and your loved one. Stress is not only emotionally harming but it can also cause sleep-deprivation and forgetfulness. Recognize your warning signs early and don’t wait until you become overwhelmed. By developing a new hobby such as gardening or yoga, you can take action to help regain your sense of control and calm.
  3. Enjoy your time together.
    Caring for your loved ones is a dedicated commitment. Too often, the wear of day-to-day life can rob the enjoyment of the experience. Take time to re-connect with simple activities. If they had a game they enjoyed in the past such as jacks or marbles, start a weekly tournament for fun. Relax in the evenings by watching an old movie. Doing so not only allows you time to catch your breath, but gives you the chance to appreciate each other’s company.

Choice Health Management recognizes the demand on caregivers every day. If you need additional assistance for your loved ones, contact our team to learn more about the ways we can help.

3 Tips for Helping Aging Parents Over Thanksgiving

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With the arrival of the holidays comes the chance to reconnect with the loved ones in your life. However, this time of year can also be a potential source of stress for your aging relatives. Choice Health Management Services offers these tips to help you and your family make the most of this holiday season.

Keep your eyes open! Stepping into your loved one’s home can provide vital clues about their current well-being. Check to see if the refrigerator is stocked with food. Empty cupboards could be a potential sign of problems. Is their medication in order? If expired pill bottles are mixed with the new ones, it may be a sign that they need additional help identifying their proper intake. The most important way to learn is to listen so ask your parents about their hobbies and other daily activities to better understand their day-to-day lives.

Limit outside stress! Although the holidays bring a sense of excitement, don’t let your loved ones become overwhelmed. Avoid the large crowds at the mall. By sticking to a regular routine you can have a huge impact on the mental and physical health of your loved one.

Create solutions! Once you have identified the signs, it is time to make adjustments for your loved ones. It can be as simple as helping them organize their medication, or getting to know their friends and neighbors. By doing so, you can be confident that they have a support system, and you have a secondary contact even after you leave for home.

Above all, remember that you are not alone. Choice Health Management Services provides professional assistance including independent and assisted living. Please contact our team to learn more about the services we provide today.

How to Help the Elderly Beat the Summer Heat

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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!