Senior Needs Companionship After Retirement

Many senior citizens prefer to stay independent in their retirement years. Unfortunately, this can increase their chances of suffering from stress, depression, and isolation. To stave off such problems, seniors need companionship. Regular visits from friends and family members can help, although distance and other responsibilities may make it difficult for family to spend much time with them. If this happens to be the case, consider hiring professional in-home caregivers.

In-home caregivers can provide the much-needed companionship services, helping your loved one stay connected and engaged. In addition, they will have someone to communicate and interact, which gives them the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences.

The care providers also encourage your loved ones to participate in different social activities and cultural programs. Socialization helps with dealing with stress, depression, and loneliness.

As seniors age, it becomes difficult for them to carry out their daily living activities due to mobility issues and other medical conditions. An experienced in-home caregiver will not only look after your senior’s safety, but also help them with the basic daily living tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, and mobility as needed. They can also ensure proper medication and meal management.

Caregivers can provide transportation and accompany your loved ones to shopping, movies, doctor’s appointment, exercise programs, and more. If you are looking for in-home senior care providers in Raleigh, contact Always Best Care today. They are a noted senior care organization that has highly trained, bonded, and insured caregivers who provide high quality care giving services. For more information, call at (919) 724-4297.

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Seniors: Breaking a Hip Can Increase Your Risk of Death

There are many reasons why seniors become more susceptible to falls than when they were younger. There’s declining bone density, declining muscle strength, increase in number of medications they are taking, failing vision, and more. One out of every three seniors falls every year, and some of these lead to physical complications that are irreversible. Breaking a hip is one of the most common complications from a fall (95% of hip fractures are caused by falls), so it’s important to know about these dangers and how to avoid them.

Who is most at risk?

While all seniors are – generally – at risk of falling, there are other factors that come into play including:

  • Women are more likely to fall than men
  • People of Asian and Caucasian ethnicity are more prone to falls
  • People who are small boned are more at risk
  • People who are slender are more at risk
  • Those who don’t exercise regularly are more prone to falls
  • People who don’t eat a nutritious diet that keeps bones strong are more at risk
  • Those with alcohol or drug addictions are more prone to falling
  • People who have cluttered homes are also more likely to fall

What can you do to prevent a fall?

  • Keep a journal or log of all of your medications. Know which ones have side effects that include dizziness, tiredness, etc. Take these at night before bed if possible. Talk to your doctor if these side effects become a problem.
  • Assess your home. What types of hazards are in your home? This can include rugs that aren’t tacked down properly, cords that are in the path of traffic, an absence of grab bars in the bathtub, insufficient lighting, and unstable furniture. Get help to rectify these problems.
  • See your eye doctor annually. When you can’t see well, you’re more likely to trip and fall. A regular visit to the doctor will help you stay alert.
  • Exercise regularly. This will help strengthen your body in general, and make you less prone to falls.

Seniors who live in the Raleigh area, who are interested in learning about assisted living in Raleigh NC or Cary assisted living, are encouraged to call the Always Best Care Raleigh location at 919-724-4297 to set up a free consultation. They look forward to talking with you!

Don’t Be Fooled by These Food Substitutes

Most of us want to be healthier because we know it will lead to increased immunity, less risk of disease (lowered inflammation), and ultimately an increase in overall quality of life. So, we switch out certain foods for other foods, in the hopes that we are reducing calories, reducing trans-fat intake, and being healthier. However, most foods that we think to swap in for bad ones are just as unhealthy as the original foods. Here is a short list:

  • Swapping Out: Potato Chips/ Swapping In: Pretzels. It might seem like pretzels are the healthier choice because they aren’t fried in oil like chips, however, calorically they are nearly exactly the same. A better swap? Stove popped popcorn – but don’t drench it in melted butter and handfuls of salt!
  • Swapping Out: Dark Chocolate/ Swapping In: Fat-free Candy. Don’t be fooled by the “fat free” label – just because something doesn’t have fat, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have calories. A small bit of dark chocolate will satisfy most sweet-tooth cravings, and also offers a number of proven health benefits.
  • Swapping Out: Soda/ Swapping In: Vitamin Drink. Anything with the word “vitamin” in the label automatically gives it a healthier “feel,” right? Sure it does. However, both soda and Vitamin Water are loaded with sugar. Try plain water instead with a wedge of lemon or lime.
  • Swapping Out: Sandwiches/ Swapping in: Energy Bars. Again, the word “energy” gets people abuzz and thinking that what they are eating has got to be healthy. But, the truth of the matter is, energy bars are generally loaded with added sugar and more calories than anyone’s diet allows.
  • Swapping Out: White Bread/ Swapping In: Wheat Bread. If the wheat bread you are buying isn’t 100% whole wheat bread, you’re just replacing one unhealthy bread for another. Read the label to be sure.

Always Best Care has been providing in-home senior care and assisted living referrals to seniors all over the United States and Canada for the past 20 years. If you live in the Raleigh, NC area and are interested in getting information about Cary assisted living options or in-home care in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, or Garner, call the Always Best Care Raleigh location today at 919-724-4297 or email them at sdas@abc-seniors.com to set up a free consultation.

Why Seniors are at High Risk of Developing a Gambling Addiction

Over the past couple of decades casinos have morphed into what they have become today – a place that makes people feel comfortable through discounts, a variety of options, free drinks, free meals, and for seniors, even free transportation and surroundings that are highly conducive to easy wheelchair navigation. Gambling at casinos is a big draw for many people, and seniors are not immune because they might want to supplement their retirement income, they enjoy being out with other people, they enjoy the thrill of small pot winnings (that happen much more often than landing the big win), and more.

  • Gambling at casinos offers a mental “getaway” from the reality of life which might include health problems, relationship problems, and family problems. People, seniors included, may roam the casino for hours slipping coins into slots and being mesmerized by the bells and whistles (that are there quite strategically).
  • There might be an underlying health issue such as dementia that causes the senior to “lose” themselves inside the casino. There are also certain medications such as dopamine antagonist medications that put seniors at risk of compulsive gambling.
  • It’s now a casino’s job to make their patrons feel loved and missed, and they do this by sending them birthday cards as well as “We miss you!” cards to entice people back inside. Some casinos even have vibrating seats, screen animations, and offer patrons a full sensory encounter that they end up wanting to enjoy again and again.

It’s important to recognize the signs of senior gambling addiction which might include:

  • Is the senior continually asking for loans due to various reasons like they lost their wallet or a discrepancy occurred in their bank account?
  • Is the senior still engaging in other activities they usually enjoy like gardening or hiking?
  • Is there less food in the senior’s refrigerator or pantry than usual?
  • Is the senior taking less care of themselves hygiene-wise?
  • Is the senior visiting the doctor or hospital more often than usual?

If your parent or a senior you know is exhibiting these behaviors, talk with them and contact the National Council on Problem Gambling for more information.

If you live in the Raleigh area and you are interested in receiving information regarding Apex home health care, or other options surrounding in-home care in Raleigh, you can call the Always Best Care Raleigh location at 919-724-4297 or email them at sdas@abc-seniors.com for more information and to set up a free consultation.

Discussing Assisted Living and Home Health Care with Seniors

Bringing up the topic of assisted living or home health care with a senior loved one can be a difficult subject to broach.The ultimate decision has to be made by them, but if you, as the child, believe they should start considering the idea, taking it slow is the best method of approach.It’s unlikely that any conversation you have with them about the subject will be concluded in just one sitting.These types of decisions take time, and your senior loved one might need time to warm up to the idea.

When you are discussing it, approach the subject as you might to inspire them about a new adventure.The senior needs to know that you are only concerned with their safety and well-being. Ask questions like:

  • If you could, how would you balance assisted care and independence?
  • Throughout the day, do you often find yourself thinking you might like to be around other people?
  • Are you managing your daily tasks without much assistance? Or do you feel like you need some help?

Be supportive by listening to what matters most to them. They might have an idea of what they would like out of assisted living or home health care, and you can help them refine their wants and needs by asking just a few questions like:

  • What activities do you see yourself doing in an assisted living community?
  • What are the daily requirements that you have for yourself?
  • What features are you most interested in an assisted living community?

Research the communities on their behalf and think about items like safety, meals, and socialization.Assisted living communities, just by virtue of what they are help seniors in all of these aspects of daily living.It’s best to have a checklist available for each, but the senior will likely live with greater safety, more nutritious meals, and enjoy increased socialization by moving to an assisted living community. An in-home health care situation will also provide them with greater safety, meals that are better for them, and increased socialization. Always Best Care assists families find appropriate living solutions for their senior members’ unique needs, for FREE.

If you are interested in finding out more information about in-home health care in Raleigh or Apex, NC, call 919-724-4297 today to find out how you can get a free consultation. Always Best Care has been in the business of compassionate senior care for 20 years, and they look forward to working with you.

Make Visiting Fun for Grandkids with These Activities

Make Visiting Fun for Grandkids with These Activities

It’s always a special time for seniors when grandkids come to visit them. But sometimes, it can be a little overwhelming for children because they aren’t used to visiting an assisted living community and don’t know what to expect. It’s best to have some activities planned ahead of time so that seniors and their grandkids can not only make the most of their time together, but truly bond in the process.

Fun Grandkid Activities

  • Everybody loves scavenger hunts! Make a list of items that the grandkids can collect in your own apartment/room and in the common areas and pathways around the community. Challenges and puzzles are fun for everyone and the grandkids will get a kick out of touring the grounds with you as well as locating items on your list.
  • Play cards! The only requirements for this are a flat surface and a deck of cards! There are plenty of child-appropriate card games to play including War, Crazy Eights, Concentration, Go Fish, Hearts, Old Maid, Rummy, etc.
  • It’s Movie Time! Make a list together of all of the fun movies you and your grandkids can watch together. There are plenty of classics as well as modern day movies that you’ll both find enjoyable including ET, Parent Trap, Home Alone, etc.
  • Look through photo albums! Grandkids sometimes don’t even realize that you, too, were once their age, they will delight in seeing pictures proving this fact. Or, if none are available, any pictures of you and them will do.
  • Read together! Pass along your love of reading and read a chapter book with your grandchild. Read one chapter to them, and have them read one to you, it’s an exciting way to both learn and a positive reinforcement every time they return – because they won’t be able to wait and see what happens next.

Always Best Care Senior Services is an in-home care company that has been in the industry for the past 20 years. Since 1996, their caregivers have been providing exceptional quality seniors home health care in Garner and in-home care to seniors in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Garner and other communities in the East & South Wake areas. If you are interested in finding out more about in-home care in the Raleigh area, call 919-724-4297 or email sdas@abc-seniors.com today.