There is no early or routine screening test — such as a mammogram or colonoscopy — for malignant pleural mesothelioma, the rare and aggressive cancer caused by an exposure to asbestos. Yet there is something equally important and just as valuable when it comes to the...
There is no early or routine screening test — such as a mammogram or colonoscopy — for malignant pleural mesothelioma, the rare and aggressive cancer caused by an exposure to asbestos. Yet there is something equally important and just as valuable when it comes to the critical, early detection that can give seniors a fighting chance against this insidious disease. It’s an awareness of symptoms that often mirror those of less serious illnesses. It’s called vigilance. No one ever expects to be diagnosed with mesothelioma, which strikes only a small fraction of people compared to those hit by lung cancer or breast cancer each year. But it happens. Anyone with a past occupational exposure to asbestos should pay close attention to typical flu-like symptoms if they don’t dissipate normally. Anyone who worked in shipyards, the U.S. Navy, manufacturing, oil or construction should be aware. Those early symptoms could include: A dry, hacking cough that persists Tightness or pain in the chest Shortness of breath Unexplained weight loss Together, those could mean a chronic inflammatory condition, or pleural plaques — a fibrous thickening of the lining around the lungs. Although these plaques are not cancerous, they likely signal a significant past […]
Whether you are a relative of an aging loved one, a friend to someone who seems to be struggling with age related issues, or someone who recognizes they need some help; hiring a home caregiver can provide a great solution to maintaining independence, safety, and peace of mind. Caregivers not only provide physical assistance, they also offer someone who can help with the emotional and routine aspects of daily life. Provide social interaction and companionship Many of us live alone or do not have family and friends nearby. We feel isolated and limited in our ability to get out and enjoy the things we used to do. A personal companion can provide conversation, a lunch mate, or someone to go out and catch a movie. We provide transportation to sporting events, church services, or any other special occasions. Provide housekeeping services in the home. At some point, it becomes difficult to keep up with all the housekeeping duties of maintaining a house. Loss of movement and pain may make it difficult to push a vacuum, clean floors, do laundry, and make beds. Putting away groceries is often an issue for those with arthritis or with range of motion problems. Cleaning […]
Even if your senior has Alzheimer’s or dementia, they still enjoy having visitors! Here’s how to make these visits successful and positive by helping family and friends know what to say and do. Plan visits strategically Limit visitors to 1 or 2 people at a time. Too many people can be overwhelming. Schedule visits for the time of day when your older adult is usually at their best. Minimize distractions by keeping the environment calm and quiet. Turn off the TV or loud music and ask any non-visitors to go to another room. Send this list to your visitors ahead of time so they’ll have time to absorb the information. DO: Keep your tone and body language friendly and positive. Make eye contact and stay at their eye level. Introduce yourself even if you’re sure they must know you. “Hi, Grandma. I’m Joe your grandson.” Speak slowly and in short sentences with only one idea per sentence. For example, “Hi, Mary. I’m Jane, your friend” or “What a beautiful day. The sunshine is nice isn’t it?” or “Tell me about your daughter.” Give them extra time to speak or answer questions. (don’t rush the conversation.) Use open-ended questions because there […]
Who is Teepa Snow? Teepa Snow is a dementia care education specialist that provides an in-depth awareness of how dementia affects those with the condition. She has 30 years clinical experience in occupational therapy and has worked in various settings. Teepa has such a deep understanding of what the dementia patient has to overcome, that she brings the condition to life with her demonstrations of the various levels of dementia progression. With the new insight of how the brain changes in the people with dementia, caregivers become prepared to learn a new skill set of care. We invite you to meet Teepa at her website www.teepasnow.com and experience for yourself some of the wisdom and enlightenment she provides on the dementia patient. At Home Care Provides Teepa Snow Training For Caregivers We have sent two groups to Teepa Snow seminars to better provide better care for our dementia clients. Our first group came back from the training so energized and better prepared to help, that a second group was sent this month. The second group reacted with the same enthusiasm, and we will send a third group in the future. Those that have had the training are busy passing on […]