Heat Wave

August 24, 2023

Florida has been experiencing a heat wave that has broken several records for the hottest summer ever recorded. Heat can be very dangerous for older adults, especially if they have chronic health conditions or take certain medications. Just Like Family Home Care can help seniors during high heat index by providing them with various services and support. Some of the ways a Just Like Family Home Care can help are:

  1. Monitor health and well-being of seniors who are at risk of heat-related illnesses, such as those with chronic conditions, medications, or cognitive impairment. Just Like Family Home Care can check on seniors regularly, assess their symptoms, and provide appropriate care or referrals.
  2. Educate seniors and their family members about the dangers of extreme heat and how to prevent and treat heat-related illnesses. Just Like Family Home Care can provide information and tips on how to stay cool, hydrated, and safe during hot weather.
  3. Provide assistance with daily activities that may be difficult or unsafe for seniors to perform in the heat, such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, or transportation. Just Like Family Home Care can help seniors reduce their exposure to heat and avoid using appliances that generate heat.
  4. Offer companionship and social support to seniors who may feel isolated or lonely during hot weather. Just Like Family Home Care can help seniors stay connected with their family, friends, and community, and provide them with emotional support and comfort.

If you or someone you know is a senior who needs help during high heat index, you can contact Just Like Family Home Care to find out what services we offer, and how we can assist you. Stay cool!

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Happy Independence Day

July 3, 2023

Just Like Family Home Care can help 4th of July celebration in many ways, depending on the needs and preferences of our clients. Here are some possible ideas:

  • Help with planning and preparing a safe and enjoyable barbecue. Just Like Family Home Care can assist with shopping, cooking, serving and cleaning up. We can also make sure that the food is cooked well, that the grill is supervised, and that the seniors follow any dietary restrictions they may have.
  • Accompany seniors to watch fireworks or enjoy them at home. Just Like Family Home Care can help seniors find a suitable location to watch fireworks, whether it’s a public show or a private display. We can also make sure that clients wear ear protection, stay hydrated and avoid crowds. If clients prefer to stay home, Just Like Family Home Care can help them watch fireworks on TV or online.
  • Engage seniors in patriotic activities. Just Like Family Home Care can help seniors celebrate the Independence Day by doing things like singing patriotic songs, making crafts with red, white and blue colors, or watching patriotic movies.
  • Follow Covid-19 safety guidelines. Just Like Family Home Care can help seniors protect themselves and others from the coronavirus by following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, avoiding close contact with people outside their household, and staying home if they are sick.

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Happy Father’s Day

June 16, 2023

Father’s Day is a special occasion to honor and celebrate the fathers and father figures in our lives. However, for some seniors who need home health care services, celebrating Father’s Day can be challenging due to physical, mental, or emotional limitations. Fortunately, Just Like Family Home Care can help make Father’s Day more enjoyable and meaningful for both seniors and their families. Here are some ways how:

1. Provide personal care and assistance. Just Like Family Home Care can provide personal care and assistance to seniors who need help with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and medication management. This can help seniors feel more comfortable and confident on Father’s Day, as well as reduce the stress and burden on their family caregivers.

2. Plan and facilitate activities. Just Like Family Home Care can also plan and facilitate activities that are suitable and enjoyable for seniors on Father’s Day. For example, we can help seniors make cards or gifts for their children or grandchildren, watch a movie or sports game together, play games or puzzles, or listen to music or stories. These activities can help seniors stay engaged, stimulated, and entertained on Father’s Day, as well as strengthen their bonds with their family members.

3. Arrange transportation. Just Like Family Home Care can also arrange transportation and companionship for seniors who want to go out on Father’s Day. For example, we can help seniors visit their favorite places, such as a park, a museum, a restaurant, or a church. We can also help seniors attend family gatherings or events, such as a picnic, a barbecue, or a party. These outings can help seniors enjoy the fresh air, socialize with others, and create new memories on Father’s Day.

4. Offer companionship and support. Just Like Family Home Care can also offer companionship and support to seniors who may feel lonely or isolated on Father’s Day. For example, we can chat with seniors about their lives, hobbies, interests, or memories. We can also listen to seniors’ feelings and concerns, offer empathy and encouragement, and provide emotional support. These interactions can help seniors feel valued, respected, and appreciated on Father’s Day.

In conclusion, Just Like Family Home Care can help with Father’s Day celebration by providing personal care and assistance, planning and facilitating activities, arranging transportation, and offering companionship and support to seniors. By doing so, Just Like Family Home Care can help seniors have a happy and memorable Father’s Day with their families.

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Easter Celebration Ideas

April 5, 2023

Easter is a wonderful time to celebrate with joy and hope. You can plan some fun and festive Easter things to do to create fun and lasting memories. Here are some ideas:

1.      Decorate Easter eggs. Decorating eggs is a classic Easter thing to do that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. You can use eggs that are cooked or plastic eggs and decorate them with paints, markers, stickers, glitter, or other things. You can also try some creative ways such as using shaving cream, rice, or silk ties to make colorful patterns on the eggs.

2.      Make Easter baskets. Another fun Easter activity is to make or decorate Easter baskets. You can use baskets made of wicker or make your own baskets from paper plates, cardboard boxes, or plastic containers. Then, you can fill them with candy, chocolate, cookies, or other treats. You can also add some personal touches such as photos, cards, or small gifts. You can give baskets to grandchildren, friends, neighbors, or keep them for yourself.

3.      Host an Easter party. An Easter party is a great way to bring people together and celebrate the holiday with food, games, and music. You can prepare some traditional Easter food such as ham, lamb, deviled eggs, or hot cross buns. You can also play some Easter games such as bingo, egg hunt, egg toss, or trivia. You can also sing some Easter songs or hymns or watch an Easter movie together.

4.      Plant some flowers. Easter is also a sign of spring and new life. Planting some flowers can help enjoy the beauty of nature and feel hopeful about the future. You can plant some flowers in pots or in a garden and choose some colorful kinds such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, or lilies.

5.      Make Easter cards. Making Easter cards is another simple and meaningful way to celebrate the holiday. You can use paper for cards or recycled things such as magazines, newspapers, or cereal boxes.

By following these ideas, you can celebrate Easter and create fun and special memories.

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St. Patrick’s Day

March 13, 2023

St. Patrick’s Day is a special day that many people look forward to. As a senior there are many ways you can enjoy this holiday and have fun.

  1. One way to celebrate is by wearing green. You can wear green clothes, hats, scarves, or jewelry. It’s a simple way to join in the holiday spirit.
  2. Another way to celebrate is by trying some traditional Irish food. If you enjoy cooking, you can make dishes like Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, or shepherd’s pie. If you prefer not to cook, you can order some Irish-inspired food from a local restaurant or bakery.
  3. Listening to Irish music is also a great way to celebrate. You can listen to classic Irish songs like “Danny Boy,” “Whiskey in the Jar,” or “The Wild Rover.” The music will transport you to Ireland and put you in a festive mood.
  4. Watching an Irish movie is another fun way to celebrate. You can watch classic films like “The Quiet Man,” “The Commitments,” or “My Left Foot.” These movies showcase Ireland’s beauty and culture.

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun and festive holiday that seniors can enjoy in many ways. By incorporating some of these ideas, you can celebrate and make lasting memories with loved ones.

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Benefits of Hiring a Home Caregiver

March 1, 2023

As people age or become ill, they often require additional assistance with their daily activities. While some may prefer to move into assisted living facilities, others may wish to remain in the comfort of their own homes. In such cases, hiring a home caregiver can be a great option. Here are some benefits of hiring a home caregiver:

  1. Personalized care: A home caregiver can provide one-on-one attention to the person receiving care, which is often not possible in a care facility. This allows the caregiver to tailor their services to the specific needs of the individual, providing personalized care.
  2. Comfort of home: Staying in one’s own home can be more comfortable and less stressful than moving to a care facility. With a home caregiver, the individual can continue to live in their familiar environment and maintain their daily routines.
  3. Independence: A home caregiver can help the individual maintain their independence by assisting with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and meal preparation, while still allowing them to make their own choices.
  4. Companionship: Loneliness and isolation can be significant issues for seniors and individuals with disabilities. A home caregiver can provide companionship and social interaction, which can greatly improve their overall well-being.
  5. Cost-effective: Hiring a home caregiver can be more cost-effective than moving into a care facility. With a caregiver, the individual only pays for the services they require, rather than the cost of a full care facility.
  6. Peace of mind: Hiring a home caregiver can provide peace of mind for both the individual and their family. The caregiver can provide regular updates on the person’s condition and ensure they are receiving the best possible care.
  7. Flexible schedules: Home caregivers can often work flexible schedules, allowing them to provide care at the times that work best for the individual. This can be particularly useful for those with unpredictable schedules or varying care needs.

In conclusion, hiring a home caregiver can provide many benefits for individuals who require additional assistance with daily activities. Personalized care, comfort of home, independence, companionship, cost-effectiveness, peace of mind, and flexible schedules are just some of the advantages of hiring a home caregiver.

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Five Tips for Seniors When Choosing Online Workout Classes

January 26, 2023

The first month of the New Year is flying by and many the people are still sorting out their goals and resolutions for 2023. It is important to set achievable fitness goals. There are now many online workout classes that can help get you moving and back into shape. The trick is finding the classes that are right for you.

Five tips to consider when choosing an online workout class.

1. Find a class tailored to your goals, fitness level, and/or health status. There’s nothing more discouraging than trying to follow a fitness instructor who’s doing movements at a speed you can’t keep up with, or teaching moves that feel too intense. If you’re just starting out, find beginner classes offering a lower level of intensity. As your fitness improves, add in intermediate level classes. If your fitness level is high, look for advanced classes in cardio, yoga, strength training or other exercises. Older adults should seek instructors who specialize in the specific needs of your age group, such as maintaining and building muscle, maintaining flexibility, and improving balance.

2. Make sure the instructor is qualified. There are thousands of instructors teaching classes on social media or fitness websites, but the wrong instructor can result in injury or a bad experience. Look for instructors who’ve earned credentials and have experience in the types of workouts you enjoy.

3. Choose a program with a wide variety of classes. Movement is medicine, as the saying goes and the more types of movement, the better. Variety can enhance your overall fitness. For example, instead of doing the same cardio class each day, mix in a strength training class to build muscle, tai chi for balance, or yoga for flexibility. Choose other classes that help improve your agility, endurance, and your sense of empowerment and calm.

4. Find a class that motivates you. Data shows that 50 percent of sedentary people who start a new exercise program drop out after six months. An instructor who inspires and motivates you is key to your success. Top motivating factors to look for include enthusiasm and encouragement, personality, challenging exercises, music, and a sense of community. If your online community allows for commenting, share your fitness goals with the group to get additional encouragement or to spark an online conversation. Get engaged with others to stay inspired.

5. Find online classes that are convenient to your schedule and fit your budget. Are you more likely to stick with an 8 AM class, a noon class, or an-end-of-day class? Finding a class time that suits your routine increases your chances of sticking with a new program and achieving your fitness goals.

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How to Keep Your Health in Check This Holiday Season

Holiday Season

December 5, 2022

Holiday Season

The holidays are known for taking a toll on our bodies. Between the chilly temperatures, onset of flu season and the overabundance of sweet treats at every turn, it’s easy for physical, emotional, and mental health to fall to the wayside.

As the holidays kick into full gear, it’s important to prioritize your health so you can start 2023 off in health and happiness. Below are our top three tips to help you stay well this Holiday Season.

  1. Stay current on your exams, screenings and vaccinations. Ask your doctor what exams and vaccinations you need and when to get them.
  2. Manage stress. Support your mental health through exercises that help relieve anxiety and worry, such as mindfulness, meditation and journaling.
  3. Eat well and stay active. It’s easy to overindulge during the holidays, but try to limit unhealthy foods as best you can. Eating nutrient-rich foods can help you manage energy levels and boost your mood.

The holidays are a perfect time of year to enjoy time with friends and loved ones. But they are also a great time to celebrate and protect your well-being and improve your health.

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Post-Surgery Home Care Tips to Promote a Smoother Recovery

April 19, 2022

Postoperative care is the care you receive after a surgical procedure. The type of postoperative care you need depends on the type of surgery you have, as well as your health history. It often includes pain management and wound care.

Postoperative care begins immediately after surgery. It lasts for the duration of your hospital stay and may continue after you’ve been discharged (Healthline).

Around 15 million Americans have a surgery every year. If you’re scheduled to undergo surgery, you’ll want to take the steps to prepare for it to help ensure you have a successful outcome. There are also steps you can take after surgery to heal faster and return to the things you love.

No matter what age you are, recovering at home after a surgery can be uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous. Patients are often tired, stressed an in pain after a surgery and usually require help doing simple tasks, such as walking, eating or bathing.

Here are a few crucial post-surgery considerations to help you into a smooth recovery

Stay Ahead of the Pain

Problems with pain management can affect a patient’s ability to recover. Not to mention, it also makes the recovery process more uncomfortable than it needs to be. Staying ahead of the pain, getting enough sleep, and managing your stress levels will help you manage your pain.

Be aware of nausea and excessive bruising

Medications and anesthesia have adverse effects for most patients. If you or a loved one have trouble, it may be normal. Nausea isn’t alarming, but if it persists, it may stop you from completing daily activities or feeling comfortable.

Blood tends leak and spread to other places under the skin. It’s not uncommon to find bruising around the surgery site.  While bruising won’t hinder healing, it can slow it down. As always, if you’re concerned, contact your doctor.

Maintain good nutrition

Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet after surgery to help promote healing and minimize complications. Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can, as well as whole grains and lean proteins. Eat regularly to keep up your strength.

Get lots of sleep

When you sleep, there are less demands made on your heart. Your blood pressure will drop, and your heart will be able to take a break. Sleep also causes the body to release hormones that can slow breathing and relax other muscles in the body. This process can reduce inflammation and assist with healing (Chicago Tribune).

Get in some steps

If you’re able, try to get up and walk at least a few times per day, even if it’s just a short walk. Don’t hesitate to seek for assistance or help. A family member, friend, or registered nurse.

Walking can help prevent serious complications such as blood clots, and it helps get your bowels moving, which is helpful since anesthesia can cause constipation.

Give your body time to heal

After surgery, you may need to recover for two to three weeks or longer, depending on the procedure. When you begin to feel better, don’t rush back to your old activities at the same pace that you used to.

Consider at home Post-Operative Care

Just Like Family Home Care refers nurses who work directly with you in your home or temporary accommodation setting to provide you with superior care. They provide daily drop-in care, day or night care, as well as extended hours and after-hours home care.

Nursing care includes administering medications, helping with drain tubes, and wound care. They can also assist with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, preparing meals, light housekeeping, laundry, and general household management.

While you are receiving your services, your nurse can transport you to your follow-up appointment if it is scheduled during that time. Our staff will be happy to arrange transportation to or from your surgery and/or post-operative appointments if needed. Learn more about post-operative care here.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!

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Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

March 22, 2022

Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

An estimated 6.2 million people over the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s disease. This debilitating condition has no cure and preventative methods aren’t very effective (though scientists are always researching new options). 

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia. It causes a decline in memory and cognitive abilities, as well as severe mood changes. Once Alzheimer’s starts, there’s no way to stop it.

It’s important to notice the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease so you can get help yourself or a loved one before it gets too advanced. But what are those early signs?

We’re here to talk about it. Read on to learn the first signs of Alzheimer’s so you can prepare yourself.

Memory Loss

Memory loss is the first and most common early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s one that continues to get worse as the disease progresses. 

It’s normal for all people to struggle to remember past events from time to time. Sleep deprivation, stress, and anxiety can cloud our memories, being aware of the correct signs will help.

People with Alzheimer’s can forget important life events and information that they learned recently. They may forget important people in their lives. If you or a loved one tends to write things down to remember them, it’s a sign that Alzheimer’s might be starting. 

Trouble With Problem Solving

Again, a small amount of cognitive decline is normal as you age. You should make every effort to keep yourself sharp by doing puzzles, playing games, and continuing to learn new things.

Things like recipes or basic directions become impossible to track or follow. You may need to break instructions down into smaller pieces to complete them.

If you or a loved one is struggling to solve simple problems and puzzles, it’s a potential sign of Alzheimer’s. 

Losing a Sense of Direction

If you’ve always had a strong sense of direction, but you’re suddenly forgetting where you are or where you’re going, it’s a sign that something is amiss with your memory. 

It’s normal to feel unsure of where you’re going or where you are when you’re in a new place or trying a new route, but you should be able to get around your own city and places that you’ve already been without relying on a GPS. 

Forgetting What You’re Doing

Do you find yourself forgetting what you’re doing while you’re actively doing it? Do you enter a room or open a new tab on your computer without knowing why? 

These things happen to people without dementia or Alzheimer’s disease all the time, but if it’s getting more frequent, it might be time to talk to your doctor, especially if it’s getting in the way of your day-to-day life and activities. 

More severe symptoms may include feeling intense confusion when you forget what you’re doing or forgetting what you were doing immediately beforehand. 

Trouble Finding Words and Conversation Problems

Everyone experiences “tip of the tongue syndrome” from time to time. You’ll forget a word that you know the meaning of and that you use often only for it to return to you hours later. If it’s occasional, it’s nothing to worry about.

Some medications, such as topiramate, can cause this problem. If you’re taking a new medication and you start to experience it, talk to a doctor about changing your medication before you worry about Alzheimer’s.

If it’s happening often and the words that you’re forgetting are common words that you use daily, it’s time to consider that you might be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Alzheimer’s can also impact your conversations in other ways. You may find yourself stopping mid-sentence or losing track of simple conversations. People with Alzheimer’s often repeat themselves.

Lapses in Judgment

Everyone makes bad decisions, but people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s are more likely to make mistakes due to lapses in judgment.

For example, internet scammers prey on people who are experiencing cognitive decline. They’re more likely to make bad choices with money (like giving it to someone running an online scam). 

They may do dangerous things, like drive when they know that they’re too drowsy to do so. 

Significant Mood or Personality Changes

One of the lesser-known symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is significant mood swings and personality changes. 

Alzheimer’s causes confusion. That confusion can lead to anger, intense anxiety, fear, and aggression. People with Alzheimer’s and dementia may lash out at loved ones. 

Social Withdrawal

If you or a loved one is withdrawing from friends and family members, it may be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. 

This has many potential causes. First, people with Alzheimer’s may find their condition embarrassing. The idea of trying to engage with others in social situations is scary if you know that you’re struggling to follow conversations. 

They may feel agitated and unwilling to see friends and family members who they’re upset with (even if that agitation is irrational). 

Catch the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Seek Help

If you start to notice several of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease in yourself or a loved one, it’s time to seek out medical attention. A medical professional can assess the situation and determine whether or not Alzheimer’s is a potential cause. 

Alzheimer’s can make living alone difficult. Hiring an in-home caregiver can help. At Just Like Family Home Care, we can help you find the perfect caregiver for your situation through our referral service.

Contact us to set up a meeting today.

Please note that the above content is for informational and educational purposes only, and does not substitute professional medical advice or consultations with healthcare professionals. If you experience any symptoms or have questions about a potential health issue, please contact your physician.

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