How Do You Help Your Dad With Medication Management?

In the U.S., around 85 percent of older adults take at least one prescription medication. The most common medications are diabetic medications, beta-blockers for high blood pressure or heart disease, and medications to lower cholesterol levels. These medications need to be taken with care.

If your dad is having a hard time remembering to take his medications or if he’s already taken them, he needs help. Whether you live hours away or are close by, it may become your responsibility to find a way to ensure he’s taking his medications. How you help him depends greatly on how often you can visit him.

Stop By Before or After Work

If you live a few minutes away, stop by before or after work and stay until he’s taken his medications. When he has, you can put the medications back in a locked cabinet or drawer. If you’re not close, do you have a sister or brother who can?

Add Reminders to His Calendar

If he has a phone or computer that he looks at daily, add reminders to his calendar. Set it up so that he gets a pop-up notification that keeps appearing until he marks that he’s done the task.

Purchase a Pill Organizer

There are pill organizers with alarms that open the dispenser door when it’s time to take the medications. Your dad will hear the alarm and take the pills. Most older adults find this system useful. If you stop by to check on him and he hasn’t taken his medications, you’ll need to find another option.

Call Him

If you don’t live nearby and there’s no one else who can stop by, call him on the phone and ask him to take them. It depends on how stubborn he is. If he hates taking his medications, it may be harder to fully trust him to take the pills this way. Video chat is ideal as you can see if he swallows the medications.

Ask an Elder Care Agency About Medication Reminders

Call an elder care agency and ask about medication reminders. Caregivers stop by each day and remind your dad to take his prescriptions. If he is running low, the caregiver can order and pick-up refills.

With elder care, you don’t have to worry about your dad taking two or three doses of the same medication. You don’t have to worry about him failing to take it. Medication reminders and elder care services give you peace of mind.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care in Delray Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at MAZALTOV HOME CARE, LLC today at. (561) 465-5920

Sources:
https://www.cdc.gov

Redesigning Your Mom’s Kitchen to Be Safer for Her

A doctor with New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery says that 6 out of 10 falls happen within the home. It’s also said that 33 percent of adults 65 or older fall each year and half of those people fall more than once.

The bathroom is one area where falls are common. Don’t overlook the kitchen, however. It’s another area where older adults are likely to fall and injure themselves. Make sure your mom’s kitchen is as safe as possible by following these redesign tips.

Eliminate the Need for a Stool

If items your mom needs are in high cabinets, she’s more likely to grab a chair to reach what she needs. A stool can help, but she can still lose her balance. Bringing things down to her level is ideal.

Move items your mom rarely uses into the upper cabinets. Everything else can be moved to lower cabinets. Things she uses often, such as a coffeemaker, can be placed on the counter.

Add Slide-Out Pot Drawers

If your mom has a hard time bending over to reach something in the back of a lower cabinet, consider replacing the cabinet with slide-out drawers. Pot drawers easily slide out and allow your mom to open the drawer and take out what she needs.

Get Rid of Mats

If your mom likes kitchen mats, she needs to get rid of them. If she can’t live without them, make sure she has a heavier mat that has a non-slip backing. A mat that slips around increases the risk of a fall. A memory foam mat designed for the kitchen is ideal.

Put in Vinyl Non-Slip Flooring

Linoleum and tile flooring can be slippery. If your mom is in socks and loses traction, she can fall. Newer vinyl flooring is one idea. Even wet this flooring isn’t very slippery. The vinyl planks look like wood and come in dozens of wood tones.

You can hire someone to install the vinyl planks or install it yourself. It’s a click and lock system that doesn’t require too many tools. Instructions come in the box.

It could be time for her to have help with home chores like meal preparation and grocery organization. Talk to her about it.

Elderly care services help your mom when she’s living at home alone. She doesn’t give up her independence. She doesn’t have to move. She has the help she needs when she needs it. She may want caregivers to stop by once a week or every day. Call an elderly care agency to learn more.


If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Health Care in Delray Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at MAZALTOV HOME CARE, LLC today at. (561) 465-5920

Sources:
Hss.edu

How to Safely Disinfect a Senior’s Home in the Fight Against Coronavirus

Many Americans are working hard to keep their homes free of the coronavirus. As part of that, they are using disinfectants to clean frequently touched surfaces, such as countertops, faucets, and doorknobs. While disinfecting surfaces is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a preventative measure against coronavirus, it has led to an uptick in disinfectant poisonings.

Why are Poisoning Cases Increasing?


According to a government report, the number of poisoning cases due to disinfectants has increased by 20 percent since the beginning of March 2020. Unfortunately, the same cleaning agents that family caregivers are using to kill the germs in their homes and the homes of their aging relatives are also dangerous to human beings.

The rise in poisonings is largely due to people using disinfectants improperly, especially bleach. For example, one case involved a woman who heard that she should clean her groceries upon bringing them home. To do that, she mixed a solution of bleach, vinegar, and hot water to soak her produce. The mixture released toxic fumes that sent the woman to the emergency room. Vinegar and bleach, when mixed together, create toxic chlorine gas.

Some people are also making their own hand sanitizer because of a shortage in stores. Some have suffered from burns on their hands because of contact with excessive amounts of alcohol. Children have also ingested hand sanitizer, which can lead to alcohol poisoning. This is important for family caregivers of seniors with dementia to note since they, too, might drink dangerous chemicals.

Using Disinfectants Safely

The CDC is currently recommending that Americans use disinfectants to remove the virus from frequently touched surfaces. These surfaces include:

  • Tables.
  • Countertops.
  • Hard-backed chairs.
  • Doorknobs.
  • Light switches.
  • Phones.
  • Tablets.
  • Remote controls.

When using disinfectants, use them according to the directions on the label. Never mix chemicals as they may produce dangerous fumes. Use gloves when cleaning with disinfectants and never apply them to the skin. Wash hands after using a disinfectant to remove the chemicals from your hands.

If you are concerned about your aging relative’s home being safely disinfected during the coronavirus pandemic, home care can help. A home care provider can disinfect surfaces in the older adult’s home using the disinfectants you provide according to the directions on the label. In addition, if the senior has a cognitive impairment, such as dementia, the home care provider can make certain chemicals are locked up after use to ensure they don’t pose a hazard to your loved one.


If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care Services in Palm Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at MAZALTOV HOME CARE, LLC today at. (561) 465-5920

Sources
Cdc.gov
Webmd.com
Epa.gov

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