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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.

Stay Active this Winter with these 3 Indoor Exercises

With the winter weather looming outside, it can be difficult to do more than curl up with a book and wait until spring. However, limiting your activity this season can be detrimental to your physical fitness and cause a potential decrease in heath. To stay fit, Choice Health Management offers these indoor exercises to keep you active year-round:

  • Yoga
    If inclement weather has you staying indoors during the winter months, yoga is a low impact exercise that can be easily adjusted to fit any physical restrictions. Not only does it increase flexibility and endurance, but it can also be a way to reduce stress and increase relaxation. Many yoga poses come with alternatives to take pressure off of potential hot spots such as the wrists and knees. These poses can be done at home or through classes at your local community center.

 

  • Swimming

It can be tempting to skip a trip to the indoor pool, however, swimming is one of the most beneficial ways you can keep in shape. Since it is low impact, it gives you the chance to increase your endurance and flexibility without a heightened risk of injury. If the effort or weather risks of traveling outdoors intimidates you, finding a swimming partner can help increase your commitment. Many physical therapy practices offer aquatic exercise programs, so look into finding one that fits your specific needs.

 

  • Weightlifting
    The idea of weightlifting can seem intimidating, however, it can be an effective exercise to proactively prevent broken or fractured bones. When performed properly, weightlifting can also increase strength, balance and agility. All of this helps limit risk of future falls and injuries. This exercise also provides relief from arthritis pain by strengthening muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joints. Before you begin, speak with your doctor about what exercises are best suited for your personal health to avoid potential injury.

Utilizing these important exercises this winter can not only help you stay social but it will contribute to a better sleep schedule and increased overall health. At Choice Health Management, we are here to help with on-site fitness centers for our assisted living residents and transportation services for our independent living residents. Find out more by speaking with our friendly staff today.

 

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.

Welcome to our new blog!

As part of our commitment to providing you with the best products and customer service, we’ve established this blog to keep you up-to-date. Here you’ll find updates on new products and/or services, industry news, and tips and advice to help you live better!

We value all of our customers and hope that you find the information in our blog to be both informational and helpful. Be sure to check back regularly for updates!

From all of us at Choice Health Management Services, we appreciate your business and look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon!