Tips http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/ en 3 Approaches to Help Someone with Alzheimer’s Sleep Soundly http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/3-approaches-help-someone-alzheimers-sleep-soundly <span property="schema:name">3 Approaches to Help Someone with Alzheimer’s Sleep Soundly</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2019-09-10T19:56:38+00:00">Tue, 09/10/2019 - 12:56</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/d8/thumbnail/article/3-alzheimers-caregiver-tips.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="3 Approaches to Help Someone with Alzheimer’s Sleep Soundly" title="3 Approaches to Help Someone with Alzheimer’s Sleep Soundly" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The following are three caregiver tips to help a person with Alzheimer's sleep better. Take into consideration their environment and sleeping habits.</p> <p>Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease can take stressful. Knowing family tensions can escalate, it is best to take into consideration these tips to reduce the chances of conflict.</p> <ol> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><strong>Stay comfy</strong><br /> <br /> Individuals with Alzheimer’s therefore have a propensity to imitate and feed off of the behavior of those around them. Maintain your cool. Don’t raise your voice and don’t argue with your cherished one.<br />  </li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><strong>Stick to a schedule</strong><br /> <br /> A consistent nightly pattern could have a calming effect on someone who becomes anxious during the evening time.<br />  </li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><strong>Provide a peaceful environment</strong><br /> <br /> Draw the curtains so your cherished one can not see the shadow out. Turn up the lights, play calming music and keep them away from a great deal of action.<br />  </li> </ol> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 10 Sep 2019 19:56:38 +0000 admin 74 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/3-approaches-help-someone-alzheimers-sleep-soundly#comments Tips for Seniors to Stay Safe & Healthy During the Summer http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/tips-seniors-stay-safe-healthy-during-summer <span property="schema:name">Tips for Seniors to Stay Safe &amp; Healthy During the Summer</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-06-26T21:14:13+00:00">Tue, 06/26/2018 - 02:14</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/2018-09/safe-healthy-senior.jpg" width="640" height="426" alt="Tips for Seniors to Stay Safe &amp; Healthy During the Summer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>For most people, summer is a time for playing in the sun, fun and relaxation. However, for seniors, the sun and the heat can be dangerous, especially if the appropriate precautions aren’t taken. Seniors are especially at risk in high heat situations and since a major portion of the United States is experiencing high temperatures, it is important for seniors to be aware of their health and for caregivers to routinely check on the elderly. Here are a few tips that seniors as well as their caregivers can use to ensure they have a fun, safe and healthy summer.</p> <h2>Stay Hydrated</h2> <p>Unfortunately, seniors are highly susceptible to dehydration, which goes hand-in-hand with heatstroke. Seniors can often become less aware of their thirst, they have difficulty conserving water and they struggle adjusting to temperature changes. It is extremely important to remember to drink water often and remember to pack some water when going for a drive or for plans that involve spending time outdoors. Sweating causes loss of electrolyte-packed body fluids, so without replenishing fluids, dehydration occurs, which prevents the ability to sweat enough to cool the body down. Their temperature rises and heatstroke soon follows. Know the warning signs of heatstroke and if symptoms occur, go to the emergency room so intravenous fluids can be given.</p> <h2>Stay Cool</h2> <p>Even if the temperatures only slightly increase, it may shorten the life-span of seniors that are coping with a chronic medical condition. If their home isn’t air-conditioned, find places to spend time that are, such as the library, movie theater or shopping mall. Getting out of the house and spending time doing an activity in the air conditioning will not only help to maintain body temperature, but it’s a great way to get exercise and socialize.</p> <h2>Meet the Neighbors</h2> <p>Getting to know the neighbors is a great resource for seniors, especially if they don’t have regularly scheduled visits from home health care providers and their family lives far away. If you are a senior, ask a neighbor or perhaps one of their kids to come by occasionally to check on you. If you know a senior who isn’t able to get out, consider talking with the neighbors on their behalf. Not on is this a great way to ensure seniors are alright during the summer, but they will love the friendship and the company.</p> <h2>Skin Protection</h2> <p>Sunscreen is a necessity, regardless of age, but seniors especially need the extra protection to help keep them healthy. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat to protect your head and face from sunburn. Don’t forget the bug spray! Seniors are especially prone to encephalitis and West Nile virus, so always apply bug spray before going outdoors, especially if you live in an area where there are a lot of mosquitoes.</p> <p>One of the most important things to do to ensure seniors have a save and healthy summer is visit their doctor. Before the temperatures begin to rise, it is important to talk with your doctor to make sure you aren’t taking medications that may be affected by higher temperatures, especially if your home isn’t air conditioned. Some medications become less effective if they are store in high temperatures and some medications may cause your body to react differently to the sun. Your doctor can also provide information on summer related illnesses and health risks, such a heatstroke and sunburn, including the symptoms and what to do should an emergency occur.</p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 21:14:13 +0000 admin 36 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/tips-seniors-stay-safe-healthy-during-summer#comments Tips to Help Seniors Move to Assisted Living http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/tips-help-seniors-move-assisted-living <span property="schema:name">Tips to Help Seniors Move to Assisted Living</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-05-25T21:16:34+00:00">Fri, 05/25/2018 - 02:16</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/2018-09/senior-move-assisted-living.jpg" width="400" height="300" alt="Tips to Help Seniors Move to Assisted Living" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>One of the most difficult decisions that any family has to make is moving their senior loved one into an assisted living facility. While it may seem like an easy transition; for many seniors, any type of change is difficult. While there are several benefits of assisted living, many seniors will be moving from the place they have called home for generations, so the move will involve changes that may make your loved one feel uncomfortable, frustrated and sadness. Here are a few tips to help make the transition as simple and stress-free as possible.</p> <p><strong>Finding the Best Senior Living Community</strong></p> <p>First, it is important to understand the differences between the types of housing options for seniors. An independent living community means your senior loved one will live in their own house or apartment, but there is medical personnel is either on the site or nearby. Assisted living facilities vary in size and/or options, however, most consist of a building with single or shared bedrooms, provided meals, communal living space and medical personnel that are on site at all times. Once you have narrowed down the most suitable type of housing, as you are taking tours, take note of:</p> <ul> <li>The safety of the facility</li> <li>The amount of onsite and offsite activities</li> <li>The staffs understanding, friendliness and qualifications</li> </ul> <p>After choosing the community in which your senior loved one will be moving to, take them to visit the facility before the move. Attend meals and activities to allow them to become familiar with the other residents, the staff and the community.</p> <p><strong>Sorting, Organizing and Packing</strong></p> <p>One of the most difficult and stressful parts of this transition is the packing. Moving your senior loved one will involve significant downsizing, but it is important to involve them with the process as much as possible. Go through all items in the house together and allow your loved one to determine which items are to be left with family, what items can be sold or donated and what items will be thrown out. Keep in mind that you are moving their memories, not just their belongings. Bring personal items and aspects of their old home into their living space. For example, by favorite bed linens, nightstand and photos, it’s possible to make their new bedroom look just like their bedroom from home.</p> <p><strong>Settling In at the Assisted Living Facility</strong></p> <p>While it is extremely important to visit as often as possible, it is equally important to allow your loved one to be independent. Don’t become overly protective or feel as though you should be with them at all times; excessive “handholding” may prevent your loved one from successfully adapting to their new environment. Encourage them to participate in activities, both on and off site. A great way to help them feel more independent is by encouraging them to help out at the community. For example, many independent living and assisted living communities have their residents volunteer with organizing activities, answering phones, sponsoring a club or managing the onsite library.</p> <p>Seniors will best adjust to their new home with your encouragement and support. Throughout the moving process, it is important to keep in mind that seniors are generally emotionally invested in the home they are leaving, so allow them time to mentally and emotionally prepare. Once they have become accustomed to their new home, most seniors are happy they made the move.</p> <p>Best of all, that’s what we are here for, to help evaluate your needs and explain the confusing and overwhelming amount of information to help you be confident in your choice.</p> <p>We have a partnership with independent living, assisted living communities and Board and Care homes gives us superior access to high quality choices to help make a tough decision easier. Meridian prides itself on providing a personal touch. We are more than just a referral service. We do not just give you names and phone numbers to call.</p> <p>Let our Placement Specialist come to you and discuss your immediate or future plans. We are more than happy to pick up and take you to visit properties. Contact us today.</p> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 25 May 2018 21:16:34 +0000 admin 37 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com Tips on Traveling with Elderly Parents http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/tips-traveling-elderly-parents <span property="schema:name">Tips on Traveling with Elderly Parents</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2017-03-06T22:41:54+00:00">Mon, 03/06/2017 - 02:41</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/2018-09/traveling-elderly-parents.jpg" width="640" height="426" alt="Tips on Traveling with Elderly Parents" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Traveling is an enriching experience for anyone at any age, and taking a vacation with your elderly parents is a great way for all of you to make some wonderful memories together. However, traveling with seniors also comes with some unique challenges. Take a look at some tips that can help ensure a smooth trip with an elderly parent.</p> <h2>Make a Doctor’s Appointment First</h2> <p>Before you travel far from home, it’s a good idea to visit your parent’s physician. If your parent has serious health conditions, then you’ll want to get assurance from their doctor that it’s safe for them to travel. Your parent’s doctor can also help you come up with a list of any accommodations that your parent might need.</p> <p>If your parent takes medication regularly, it’s a good idea to get refills for any prescriptions before you go. You don’t want to run out of a needed medication if you get delayed on your trip.</p> <h2>Request Special Services Early</h2> <p>Your parent may require special services on airplanes, busses, or trains, or at the place that you are planning to visit. Wheelchair service, disabled seating, and special meals all fall under the umbrella of special services. Whenever you make a reservation, ask to make sure that the accommodations your parent needs are available and request that they be included with your reservation.<br /> <br /> It’s especially important to request and confirm these accommodations early when you’re booking transportation. Once you’re on board, the airline, bus, or train staff doesn’t necessarily have to make special services available to passengers who haven’t requested them in advance. They may try to accommodate you anyway, but you shouldn’t count on it.</p> <h2>Look into Preplanned Tours</h2> <p>One way to get the most enjoyment out of your trip for the least amount of hassle is to look into preplanned tours of the area you’re visiting. Some travel agencies even offer tours specifically designed for people who are elderly or disabled.</p> <p>Winging it can be fun when you’re young and able-bodied, but it can be harder on seniors and their caregivers. Taking a preplanned tour cuts down on the amount of special accommodations you have to make – just discuss them with the tour company and let them take care of the rest. Preplanned tours also relieve you of the stress of planning an itinerary.</p> <p>With some careful advance preparation, you and your parent will have a fantastic vacation that you’ll always remember.</p> <p>If you would like more information about our services, please call us (858) 529-1886.</p> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:41:54 +0000 admin 47 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com Giving Back and Staying Healthy At The Holidays http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/giving-back-and-staying-healthy-holidays <span property="schema:name">Giving Back and Staying Healthy At The Holidays</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2014-12-10T00:44:19+00:00">Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:44</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/2018-09/giving_back.jpg" width="640" height="426" alt="Giving Back " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Holidays are a time for spending time with family and friends.  It's also a time when people feel the most alone.  Please take some time to check in on your elderly neighbors, friends, &amp; family members and let them know you're thinking of them during the holidays.  Maybe prepare a meal for them, bring them some cookies, or a small gift to brighten their day.</p> <p>As caregivers, we understand the need to help others &amp; give back especially during the holidays. 1st Meridian Care Services supports our local community and are committed to providing families the best quality home care possible. </p> <h2>Tip for staying healthy during the holidays</h2> <p>Staying active.  Being active helps to alleviate stress that can come from the holidays, and helps keep your mind and body healthy.  One way we do that is through cycling.  At Meridian we have some avid Bicyclers. Rick Schuldt, Eric Tucker, Kym Kapalla, David Shvil, and Dave Falkowski.  Together we ride as a team to support local communities and promote Meridian Home Care services.  We at Meridian are committed to providing families the best quality home care possible.</p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-6"><img alt="" class="img-thumbnail" src="/sites/default/files/rte/dsc_0021_thumb.jpg" /></div> <div class="col-sm-6"><img alt="" class="img-thumbnail" src="/sites/default/files/rte/dsc_0026_thumb.jpg" /></div> </div> <p>The type of cycling Meridian Home Care participates in is called Cycle-cross racing—the bikes look like road bikes, but with off road tires for cross country riding; it's a cross between road biking &amp; mountain biking—we go through the mud, sand pits, jump fences, etc., things we can’t do when mountain biking.  We have to practice mounting &amp; dismounting at fast speeds by using a specific technique to throw the bike on our shoulders &amp; run through the obstacle.  This obstacle course type racing is becoming more popular and is a lot of fun!</p> <p>The event we participated in (and pictured above) was a good way for us to support our local community, and we plan on doing more of the same races in the future.</p> <p>We hope we've inspired you to stay active and give back this holiday and hope you'll think of us for your home care needs.</p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:44:19 +0000 admin 17 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com