The single most important benefit of using a home care agency is the fact that they employ and supervise their caregivers. You eliminate all the hassles and worries about background checks, tax withholding, benefits and managing your caregiver. That is all done for you. All caregivers are supported and supervised by our professional and dedicated management team.
Houston Home Care Tips
One of the most common behaviors our case managers see among the elderly is that they do not drink enough fluids, especially water. When a case manager at CareWorks, a private duty home care agency in Houston, Texas, performs an assessment, one of the questions they ask the family is how much water does your parent drink? Most of the time the answer to the question is I don’t know or not enough. Did you know that approximately 75% of the human body is made up of water? Water is important for your body and your brain to function properly. Being only 2% dehydrated can seriously affect your physical and mental functions.
When I was performing an assessment with an elderly lady, I asked her “How much water do you drink per day?” She replied, “I drink two large glasses of water each day.” I asked her if I could see the glass. She said, “No problem.” When she brought the glass to me it was a small juice glass. We had a conversation about how important water is for a healthy life and she agreed to have our caregiver remind her to drink more water.
How much water should you drink?
There is no simple answer, although most of us should drink more water. We’ve all heard that we should drink 8 glasses of water per day. Well, that depends on your health, activity level and other factors. The best thing to do is ask your doctor what is right for you.
Benefits of drinking water include:
- Assists in removing toxins from the body
- Assists in nutrient absorption and is very important for digestion
- Aids in circulation
- May prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones
- Lack of water can lead to short-term memory loss and confusion
To learn more about the health and well-being of the elderly visit www.careworks.biz.
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Houston Long Term Care News
How does someone plan for long term care? In simple terms, long term care planning involves someone deciding and documenting their desires for the end of their life. This would include having a co-decider for healthcare decisions in the event the person cannot make any or all decisions for themselves.
Caring for a parent or a family member at home may involve providing only minimal help or it could require 24-hour-a-day assistance. Receiving care at home allows people to get the help they need without having to leave familiar and safe surroundings.
When family, case managers, or social workers have made the decision that 24-hour care is the best solution, home care may be provided by a trained Live-in home care aide hired through an insured and bonded Home Care Agency (P.A.S. Licensed) to provide this quality care.
From American Care Manager Monthly Newsletter: Millions of Americans wake up in the morning to a cup of coffee or tea and continue to consume one or the other throughout the day. Seniors are no exception, especially since they have built up a daily routine over their lifetime which includes coffee and/or tea. As a senior care taker you have to answer one question, is drinking an abundance of coffee and or tea something that seniors should continue?
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, it’s a question of quantity and quality. People of all ages need to get a certain amount of sleep in order to function well, but how well they sleep can also affect them. The brain remains active during sleep, with events occurring at different stages. Some sleep stages are necessary in order to feel well rested and energetic the next day, while research has shown that others help with learning and to create memories.
Alzheimer’s disease is the single largest unaddressed public health threat facing the nation today. As many as 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease and nearly 15 million are acting as family caregivers. The baby boomer generation is growing older and age is the greatest risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s.