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How To Help Seniors Lower Their Fall Risks

There is nothing too good for your senior loved one. We understand…and we agree! From excellent senior care services to professional and qualified caregivers – your senior should have it all. We also believe in making safety a top priority, especially when your senior is aging in the comfort of their own home. There are several effective steps you can take to prevent falls and injuries from happening. Take a look at our top 10 tips below and learn how you can help lower your senior’s fall risks.

  1. Know Their Risk Factors. Have your senior’s overall health assessed. A doctor can uncover any conditions such as vision impairment, arthritis, or memory loss may increase fall risk.
  2. Help Them Exercise. Get up and get moving! Encourage your senior to get regular exercise so they can build muscle strength and endurance.
  3. Check for Issues with Balance. Falls can happen to balance issues. A doctor can perform a balance test and check for any disorders with the vestibular system, which can cause imbalance.
  4. Get a Home Inspection. Who knew…? You can get a home inspection that specifically checks for fall hazards in the home! Have a professional come out and check your senior’s home.
  5. Review Their Medications. Certain medications when combined can have severe side effects. Have a doctor review your senior’s medication list to ensure they aren’t experiencing side effects that can lead to a fall.
  6. Get Their Vision Checked Regularly. Having your senior’s vision tested regularly helps to ensure both their eye health and that they can clearly see their surroundings.
  7. Give Them Proper Nutrition. The proper nutrients starts with a solid diet. Nutrients are key to increasing muscle and bone strength!
  8. Use Walking Aids. Walking aids, like canes and walkers, are very helpful when used properly and fitted correctly to your senior.
  9. Avoid Distracted Walking. Help your senior follow basic guidelines, like not walking while using a smartphone, so they can avoid distractions while on the move.
  10. Home Care Services. Take extra measures to make sure your senior is safe in their home by adding home care services to their routine.

Need further guidance on how to best keep your senior loved one safe? Home Care Assistance of Carmel and the surrounding cities is here for you 24/7! Call our expert caregivers today and schedule your consultation.

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Ways To Calm Someone Down with Dementia

Would you know which steps to take to help calm down a senior with dementia? If you are caring for or visiting with someone who has dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, we recommend knowing a few effective strategies that can help you de-escalate the situation and move onto problem-solving. There are several techniques that we find particularly useful, and we’re sharing them with you below. Read on to learn how you can best help someone with dementia calm down.

Mirror Their Emotions.

Do your best to begin mirroring the senior’s emotions. This involves playing on their body’s natural responses so you can match their distress levels. This can help you learn how they are feeling, show them that you sympathize and care about their frustrations, and gather clues about what exactly is wrong.

Take Deep Breaths.

As you continue to mirror the senior’s emotions, you can also start to take deep and exaggerated breaths if you notice them begin to mirror you back. As the senior begins to take deep breaths of their own, help them focus on big exhales, which can relax their ribcage and allow them to take in more oxygen.

Take Their Hand.

Another method you can try is to simply offer to take the senior’s hands in your own. This is a kind and encouraging gesture known as the hand-over-hand technique that helps to calm as well. Often times, the senior may already be reaching out to you, as this is common in many seniors with dementia.

Use Heartbeat Rhythm.

Next, as you have the senior’s hands in yours, you can try out a method that mimics the rhythms of a heartbeat. Begin doing so by gently pumping the senior’s hands. This is another comforting and reassuring gesture. Just be sure they are not experiencing any discomfort as you do so.

Home Care Assistance of Carmel knows about the challenges associated with caring for a senior loved one with dementia and helping them cope with the disease. We understand this is not an easy time for anyone involved. But we are here for you every step of the way to offer you our full support. If you would like to learn more about our world-class Alzheimer’s and Dementia care services, reach out to our caregivers at any time.