Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Seniors: How Dangerous is Breaking a Hip?

As people get older, bones become more brittle, balance is harder to obtain and falls become not just more common, but also more problematic. Breaking a hip can lead to serious injury, and even death. Even though the rates for hip fractures are steadily declining in America, falling remains the number one cause of injury in the elderly. 

Women are twice as likely to fracture their hip as men are, and a full 20% of patients who have suffered from a hip fracture die within one year of the injury. About one in every three falls leads to a serious injury and 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls. 

Outside all of the statistics, what’s important to keep in mind is that even though a senior’s risk of falling increases as they get older, there are also preventative methods they can utilize to reduce the risk of falling, and subsequently, reduce their risk of mortality due to a fall.

Maintain Good Bone Health
  • Some people are more inclined toward brittle bones than others; these include small-boned people, Asians and Caucasians, women, and those who are slender. Knowing this predisposition is beneficial to taking the right steps toward prevention.
  • Eating a healthy diet will help keep bones strong. Include lots of calcium found in foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese, kale, broccoli, watercress, etc.
  • Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia will have a depleting affect on bone health (and health in general).
  • Take your daily vitamins to make sure your bones are getting the nutrients they need.
Preventing Falls
  • Medications can cause dizziness, check with your doctor to make sure there are no negative drug interactions with your medications, and if a medication does cause dizziness, try to take it at night before bed.
  • Exercise regularly to strengthen muscles and maintain focus and balance.
  • Keep your eyes healthy by regularly visiting the optometrist.
  • Wear appropriate shoes (flat) to avoid tripping and falling.
  • Add grab bars, railings, tack down carpets, and install good lighting at home.
If you live in the Raleigh area and are interested in receiving Alzheimer’s care in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Garner, Clayton and the surrounding areas, you can call the Always Best Care Raleigh location at (919) 724-4297 to set up a free care consultation. They can also offer you free referrals for assisted living placement in Raleigh. Call them today; they look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Obtain Premium Home Care Assistance in Raleigh with Always Best Care

Are you a senior living in the Raleigh area? Has the time come for you to consider your options for the future like obtaining in-home assistance, or moving into either an assisted living facility or other type of senior living community? The team at Always Best Care in Raleigh can help you decide what is best for you. Simply call them and set up a free care consultation and they will help you make the decisions that are best for you and your future.

The in-home care assistance in Raleigh that Always Best Care provides includes an entire spectrum of services. These services fall within the home helper, companion, and personal care categories and include (but certainly aren’t limited to): light housecleaning, grocery shopping, home maintenance supervision, medication and appointment reminders, pet care, companionship, assistance with evening tuck-in and morning wake-up, escorting to various locations such as doctor’s appointments, grocery store, etc.

Regardless of the level of care that you need, Always Best Care can provide it. The company takes enormous pride in pairing the best caregiver with the best senior client. They will also create a free care plan for you which is a detailed personalized assessment of your needs. You can rely on Always Best Care when you require:

  • Companion Care (Level 1): Personal Care Assistants assist with all types of errands, light housekeeping, preparing meals, and friendly companionship. It is perfect for seniors who would like to have non-medical in-home assistance, giving both the senior clients and their families’ peace of mind.
  • Personal Care (Level 2): Trained Caregivers visit you to help with daily activities such as medication reminders, bathing and grooming, incontinence, as well as everything involved in companion care. 
  • Very High Level of Care (Level 3): Highly Experienced Caregivers provide everything in levels one and two, plus knowledgeable assistance to help seniors who are suffering from a chronic illness, who are bed-bound, and those who are on hospice.

If you live in the Raleigh area and would like information about home care assistance in Raleigh or Apex home care, you can call the Always Best Care Raleigh location at 919-724-4297 to set up a free care consultation. They look forward to hearing from you!